Friday, December 16, 2011

BrewDog: There is no Santa – Basic, but Tasty

If you’ve had BrewDog’s “Santa Paws”, then “There is no Santa” will probably be a bit of a letdown. It’s not that this milder model is substandard when compared to other Christmas brews out there. Indeed, it’s simply not. Yet “There is no Santa” just seems so bland compared to “Santa Paws”. I should note that my sample of the former came after sampling the latter. If you’ve tried neither, than I suggesting trying this 4.7 percent ABV Christmas beer first and then move up to the stronger and more complex “Santa Paws”.  

It pours with a dark brown color and a fair-sized beige head. The lacing is sufficient – sticky, but somewhat sparse. The aroma is magnificent – much like “Santa Paws – and certainly Christmassy. Ginger is front and center, supported by some malty notes and brown sugar. Much like the Santa Paws, the hops seem to be a bit overdone in the context of spicy ginger. But, acclimation comes after only a few generous sips. 

If you’re looking for a tasty, low ABV Christmas beer, then I can say that BrewDog’s “There is no Santa” is really a good place to end up.

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