The pale ales and ciders out of the way, it's time to get to the darker portions of my Christmas gift beers!
I offered my mother the first taste of this one. I couldn't see her face, but her shoulders hunched and her neck tucked in like those of a disgruntled pigeon.
So maybe I'm just happy to finally be drinking something with discernible hops, but I like this! It's clean, smooth and pleasant with a slightly creamy aftertaste and the tiiiniest hint of malt. The alcohol content is a modest 5.3% and, when not smothered by a prodigious mattress of foam (drink it from the bottle, kids.), it goes down nicely.
I wouldn't rank it among my favourite (hey, I should write about those.), but I might order it for a lunch out.
Overall, I feel I must bestow upon this beer the highest award in ambiguousness I can provide.