On the Second Day of Beermas….
Brewed by: Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company
Christmas ale pours a shadowy amber color with a frothy off white head. When held to the light the beer takes on a deep crimson color that would make Santa Proud.
The aroma of this beer is malt dominate, smells bready, yeasty. A slightly earthy hop aroma comes though on the tail end.
A flavorful ESB, notes of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and dark fruit, raisins maybe. The yeast gives the beer a distinct flavor profile that I associate with other English style ale brewed in Maine, it also leaves you with a slightly buttery mouthfeel. Hops are subtle, earthy and impart a pleasant, even bitterness throughout the sip.
Overall a tasty beverage, flavorful and festive without being overly spiced as some holiday beers tend to be. Christmas ale is available in bottles so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home but is probably even tastier at Gritty McDuff’s Brewpubs after a day of shopping in Freeport, Portland or Lewiston/Auburn.
12 days of Beermas 2013
Day 2: Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company, Christmas Ale