What with Christmas looming upon us all, I figured I’d throw out a couple of pints I had during Christmas last year. One is a unique run of a Christmas ale and one is a limited edition run of a popular Irish cider.
Beer: Rocking Rudolph
Brewery: Hardy’s and Hansons, England
Impressions: This is a smooth, strongly hopsed dark ale. Strong citrus and cereal aromas and like flavours linger with every sip. Quite mild overall due to the low ABV, also with low carbonation, creating a filling, though somewhat watery at the same time, ale.
Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)
Verdict: A fairly average, enjoyable ale. A nice amount of hops bitterness balances the low ABV and mild flavours. A unique name, but not much unique found within.
Cider: Magners Spiced Apple and Honey Cider
Brewery: Magners, Ireland
Impressions: This is a very smooth cider. With a strong, sweet, warm apple flavour complemented by cinnamon, and soft notes of honey and citrus. Medium to low carbonation means this is easily drinkable.
Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)
Verdict: I have to admit I have a soft spot for cinnamon. I love cinnamon. Naturally, a cinnamon cider was something that attracted me. Sweet, smooth, and warm with cinnamon, this is naturally reminiscent of a nostalgic Christmas day. Sweet, but not too sweet, this cider hits the spot. I definitely would have rated this Cider even higher had the ABV been a little higher. Can’t have it all! Try one! Mmmmm.