Moving right along, we’ve hit our first beer officially labeled as a “Christmas Ale.” Starting to feel pretty festive around here.
Beer Name: Christmas Ale
Brewery: Abita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, LA)
Style: Winter Ale
Description: Listed on the company website as a brown ale, this seasonal offering was brewed with a broad mix of malts and hopped with Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo. Check the link for the full details.
Appearance: It had a transparent deep amber body topped by a fluffy light tan head.
Smell: Sweet caramel malt with a light piney bitterness in the back.
Taste: Started out sweet with caramel malt and maybe a hint of citrus. It had a biscuity middle and finished with a slight piney bitterness that mostly hid herbal wintry spices on the closing of the sip.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Hype: I always have a soft spot in my heart for Abita. Drinking them at home is not the same as doing so in New Orleans, though, but what can you do?
Overall: I enjoyed this one a lot. It’s not the kind of beer that is going to wow you, but it had a flavor profile I tend to really enjoy. I’d definitely pick this up again and, if was going to any holiday parties, would bring along a six-pack to share.