This is the 39th annual Christmas Ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid–January. The Ale's recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life.
Most commonly these beers are a seasonal offering during the colder months. English versions contain no to moderate "winter" spices, while the American versions are often spiced with hops (although other spices can be added).
Color varies from reddish brown to black, and the malt flavors usually take center stage. In addition to the typical dark roasted flavors (chocolate, coffee, toffee) there is usually a slight sweetness. Alcohol can be moderate to high, in order to aid the warming sensation of the beer. Hop bitterness is generally low, but hop flavors are usually moderate.
Best served cool, 46-54 degrees, in a pint glass or stemmed tulip glass.
Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard’s holiday gift for real beer lovers. This hearty, warming brew is a classic winter ale, deep amber in color, with hints of molasses balanced by the “spiciness” of Chinook hops. (Description provided by company)
How did we end up in this situation? Plenty of blame to go around for sure, but we're going to have to formulate our way out of this mess. Beer climates change, seasons creep but the liquid must remain cyc. Hey man, it is all about the %*@#ing formulation. Now that's Mad Science.
This mahogany-hued ale is our tribute to winter and will surely warm your spirits. A blend of Belgian and American malts, English hops, and a special blend of spices gives this beer an awesome aroma and taste. Enjoy the aromas of winter without enduring the cold!
The West Sixth Christmas Ale is spiced ale with aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with a sturdy malt backbone that will hold up to the chilliest of nights.
Spicy & bold, this festive ale is bursting with the flavors of the season. With a full body and spice it’ll help those long winter nights pass more quickly.
Winter Coat Season – A strong ale brewed with generous amounts of rich malt, coupled with a taint of cinnamon and mace to keep you warm and toasted all winter long We Double Dog Dare You (Description provided by company)
Harpoon Winter Warmer was the first seasonal beer we brewed and, as a matter of fact, it was one of the first seasonal beers in the country. To this day, we still look forward to the first Winter Warmer bottling of the season as a sign of the approaching holidays.
Medium- to full-bodied. Malty/fruity backdrop, X-mas spiced character (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel). (Description provided by company)
A holiday ale brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon. (Description provided by company)