Christmas Ale poured a clear, copper color with a thumb width, off white head. The aroma is malty and sweet, with some piney hops. The mouthfeel is smooth, with plenty of backbone. The taste is malty, sweet, and lightly spiced with a touch of sweetness. Fresh hops on the backend lead to a finish with yeast with a light dryness. There was a little hanging lace left on the glass.
Overall, this is just a really good beer and an almost perfect seasonal. It is balanced and has plenty to offer without being overbearing. Incredibly easy drinking for a 7.5% beer, this is another great effort from Great Lakes.