The 12 Beers of Christmas – 1 – Wychwood Brewery Bah Humbug Christmas Ale

(From Oxfordshire England’s Wychwood Brewery comes the “Bah Humbug Christmas Ale” added by Mike)

The first beer of Christmas on my list is a surprisingly hoppy Christmas ale.

Pleasant red-brown colour reminiscent of gingerbread with a white head that reminds me of icing.

There is a great gingerbread nose with emphasis on nutmeg with nice piney hop backing it. Faint notes of plum are on the tail end of the nose. Very Christmas-y smelling.

As I mentioned before this is a surprisingly hoppy Christmas ale, though not in a bad way. The pine and bitterness balance very nicely with the molasses notes and nice round mouthfeel. There are hints of spice that are refreshingly understated in a Christmas ale.

While it is not particularly complex Bah Humbug is a pleasant beer and something I will happily drink again.


Scarecrow Organic Golden Pale Ale – Wychwood Brewery

From Oxfordshire England’s Wychwood Brewery comes the “Scarecrow Organic Golden Pale Ale″.  The pale ale pours a golden yellow with an off white head.  The aroma of the beer is of apples and other fruits with a sweet overtone.  The flavour consists of apples and other sweet fruits with a mild bitter hops.  This is not berry sweet and tastes quite nice.  The alcohol content of this beer is 4.7%.

Commercial Description:  Scarecrow is a wonderfully refreshing Golden Ale evoking lazy, hazy days of summer in golden meadows & ripe barleyfields. A winning combination of tart citric fruit flavours perfectly balanced by a rich biscuity maltiness and rounded off with a spicy bittersweet finish.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Summery foods such as salads, quiches, vegetarian pies, char-grilled vegetables.