Breckenridge Brewery Christmas Ale Review

Next up, a widely distributed Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery in Colorado. Distribution is wide because the brewery was bought by Anheuser-Busch in 2016. But let’s not hold that against them. 

I have to tell you that I’m predisposed to like Christmas Ale because I also bought a 5 litre mini keg. It’s a screaming deal at around $18.99. I plan to serve it at my annual Christmas party. 

Let’s dive into the Christmas Ale. This beer pours a chestnut color with a auburn head of foam. It’s bright and clear. On first taste, there’s a zingy spice on the tongue. Unlike many Christmas beer’s, it’s not a spiced ale, however, the brewery says Chinook and Mt. Hood hops contribute the spiciness. Next comes a bit of caramel and slight cocoa flavors. It finishes very clean and crisp, which adds to the spice impression. It’s 7.1% ABV.

This is a good Winter Warmer that will be enjoyed by a cross-section of people. People who enjoy lighter beers such as lagers and pilsners won’t be overwhelmed by this beer as they would with a spiced beer or something darker such as a stout. Craft beer lovers will be wanting a few more distinct flavor notes.

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    While it's difficult to picture Santa as a young man, he was once. He met the future Mrs. Claus one snowy night when she offered him a winter ale that she brewed herself. It was love at first sight - for both the Mrs. and her winter ales. With Santa's growing fame, his favorite brews became named after his favorite day - Christmas. Santa now travels the world each year to spread the joy that began in a stable in Bethlehem two millennia ago.

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