Gritty McDuff’s Christmas Ale

Well, it’s almost Christmas. I happen to love Christmas, especially now that I don’t have to work it. Let me tell you, after 10 years of being in EMS, it’s so nice to be out. The one thing that happens around Christmas is my anniversary. I’ve already been proactive and gotten a reservation at one of the best restaurants in New Jersey. So, that’s where I’ll be tomorrow. For tonight? Updating the blog while the wife makes me a snack downstairs. I don’t blame you for being jealous.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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!”

Random: I still have to shop for Santa gifts for the child. Quite different from last year.

This one poured with a half a finger white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy brown color with light carbonation visible. The nose was a typical brown ale with caramel malt and nutty notes as well. The taste was a definite brown ale base with some cinnamon thrown in for good measure. Honestly, the taste was relatively boring. It was nutty and malty, not much else. The body was medium thickness with medium carbonation. The finish was quick, yet nutty. This was only an alright brew. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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