86. Gritty McDuff’s Christmas Ale

This is another solid offering from Gritty’s. One of the best things about seasonal offerings is they just taste fresh. This year’s batch of Christmas Ale has a great reddish brown color and slight head that leaves a nice lace on the glass. The beer is classified as an extra special bitter (ESB) however it does not have the bitterness of an IPA. This beer has lots of complex flavors and goes down smooth for a 6.2% ABV beer. I enjoyed this been and will certainly be having more this holiday season.
Pros: Color, aroma, taste
Cons: Seasonal
Alcohol Content: 6.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 28.5
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Gritty McDuff’s
Brewers Description: If it looks like Ed just got merrier, you’re right. Every November heralds the return of our holiday seasonal, Christmas Ale – available on draft and in six-packs. Our Christmas Ale is a robust E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) full of holiday cheer. Christmas Ale has a lovely, dark red/amber color and a rich, full-bodied, malty taste with a slightly roasted undertone. We brew our Christmas Ale to an original gravity of 1064 (about 6.2% alcohol by volume) using only the finest English Pale and Crystal Malts, with a touch of Roasted Barley as well. A blend of Clusters, Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Yakima Goldings leaf hops round out this hearty brew. Gritty’s Christmas Ale has no additives, fruits or spices. It’s just a good honest ale, perfect for the season. And to top it all off, it’s already gift-wrapped! Happy Holidays!

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