I don’t know what kind of operation these Oxfordshire-based brewers think Santa is running, but it sure seems like one that I don’t want to be a part of. Yesterday we had an insanely bad elf, and now the reindeer are in open revolt!
Beer Name: Reindeer’s Revolt
Brewery: Ridgeway Brewing (Oxfordshire, United Kingdom)
Style: English Christmas Ale
Description: Again, I’ll just put the story on the bottle here:
“Bartender, if anyone calls, I’m not here, right? Every year it’s the same nightmare, hauling that over-sized, red-suited endomorph all over kingdom come, up to my shivering haunches in snow and muck! You call him a Saint? Slave-driver, more like. Going down in history is all well and good, but what about the here and now? My therapist says I have to start doing things for me for a change. It’s about time I had a Merry Christmas myself, don’t you think?”
Appearance: It poured a translucent copper/dark amber body with a thin layer of off-white lacing across the top.
Smell: Stereotypical “beer” smell with a bit of malty sweetness and touch of yeast on the end.
Taste: Light cracker malt with a toasty backbone. Tempered by a bit of sweetness with a mildly spicy yeast ending
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with roughly moderate carbonation.
Hype: None. I honestly had no idea what to expect from an “English Christmas Ale,” nor had I ever heard of this brewery before. It did look like a fun beer to include in my Christmas series this year though.
Overall: Not really a standout for me, but enjoyable nonetheless. It was a nice beer to sip at and not think too much about, while is certainly something to appreciate.