Anchor Christmas Ale

Reviewed by on December 1, 2018 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Anchor Brewing Company

  • Origin: San Francisco, CA, US

  • Rated On: December 1, 2018

  • Best Before: August 2021

  • ABV: 6.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Wow, I can’t believe that we up here in Edmonton, Alberta were the first to get this year’s version.  Anyways, the new tree this time is the Korean pine, which is a lot easier to remember than the typical taxonomic descriptions.

This 355ml bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent disintegrating limestone cliff pattern lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of bready and grainy caramel malt, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, a bit of fig and date fruitiness, brown sugar syrup, and very subtle earthy, musty, and floral hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy cereal malt, some mixed holiday spiciness, molasses sugar cookies, indistinct black fruity notes, and more well-understated herbal, leafy, and musky floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with just a hint of spice astringency maybe not exactly toeing the company line here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt and muddled spices predominating.

Overall – yup, this comes across very much like every other iteration of this series that I have tried.  Don’t have any past ones to compare it to directly, but suffice it to say, this will indeed go down in a pinch come the imminent Yuletide season.

Brady White

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