Two Holiday Ales

  • So I just got two holiday ales today while shopping for food for the week. I let them chill this morning and tucked into them this afternoon. One I really liked, the other was decent, but lacking in the holiday part.

    First:

     

    Rogue Ales

    Santa's Private Reserve

    Copper color, the near-nonexistent head disappeared quickly, though this seems fairly carbonated.

    A bit malty, but a hops bitterness dominates at times and especially at the finish. Nothing extra-special holiday about it really, but I liked it as a decent ale. Not overfond of the hops, but it works OK.

    Anchor Brewing Co. - San Francisco

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

    This I really liked. It had a rich dark ruby-brown color, a nice head (which made its exit within a minute or so). It had a excellent complex flavor. Someone with a better palate than me can try to distinguish the components, so all I will say is that I really liked it. There was a slight hop bitterness, but was very balanced to my tastes.

3 comments
  • TheBrewClub
    TheBrewClub Cool - I just picked up the Anchor Merry Christmas & Happy New Year today, and hope to get to it this week sometime and review at some point. Glad to hear you liked it!
    November 28, 2008
  • TheBrewClub
    TheBrewClub Update I Just tried it tonight...I agree, nice beer. I didn't think it was great, but I'd probably try the next batch in 2009 even though it will be different!
    December 5, 2008
  • Rick
    Rick I like how they change it each year. Makes it interesting.
    December 7, 2008