Christmas Ale Anchor Brewing Company San Francisco
Like other spiced beers, this one hides the malt and hops, but in this case, it worked. The usual pumpkin pie-like suspects -- like cinnamon, ginger and clove -- were there, as well as what I believe was a touch of myrrh.
(By the way, my friend Mark says myrrh is his favorite word when he plays hangman because it's a tough one to figure out, what with no vowels, unless you count the "y" and the double "r." I am not sure why he is playing hangman at age 39, but whatever. Myrrh also seems like it would make for a good Scrabble word. As for the beer, I was just kidding about the myrrh flavor.)
Anyway, I did like this beer, which surprised me because I haven't liked some of Anchor's previous holiday efforts. -- Jonathan Shikes
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