Wednesday, December 27, 2006

FINAL 2006 HOLIDAY BEER RANKINGS

I’ve cleaned out all 2006 holiday beers from the fridge and the garage and poured each of them down my throat, and documented the results here. No more are left, and I have no plans to go to any bars the rest of 2006 that might serve some wild stray I haven’t tried yet. Thus, without further adieu, here are the final, highly scientific rankings for the holiday beers we tried in 2006. Please note that he ones we tried at the Pacific Coast Brewery holiday beer fest a few weeks ago have been re-graded on the HBJ scale of 1-10; others that have been consumed multiple times had their rankings adjusted depending on my mood. The results are:

1. DESCHUTES JUBELALE - 9/10
1. MOONLIGHT SANTA'S TIPPLE - 9/10
1. 21ST AMENDMENT HOLIDAY SPICED ALE9/10


4. MOYLAN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS BELGIAN-STYLE WIT - 8.5/10

4. MARIN BREWING HOPPY HOLIDAZE - 8.5/10
4. PAUL'S DIRTY SCARECROW - 8.5/10

7. AFFLIGEM NOEL - 8/10
7. BRIDGEPORT EBENEZER ALE - 8/10
9. LOST COAST WINTERBRAUN - 7.5/10
9. GOUDEN CAROLUS NOEL7.5/10

9. NEW BELGIUM 2 BELOW WINTER ALE 7.5/10
12. ANCHOR STEAM "OUR SPECIAL ALE" 20067/10

12. ANDERSON VALLEY WINTER SOLSTICE ALE7/10
12. NORTH COAST OLD STOCK 20067/10

12. N'ICE CHOUFFE 7/10
12. PACIFIC COAST HOLIDAY DOUBLE IPA7/10
12. LAGUNITAS BROWN SHUGGA7/10
12. SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION - 7/10
12. SAMUEL ADAMS WINTER LAGER7/10

12. BIG SKY POWDER HOUND - 7/10
21. ALASKAN BREWING 2006 WINTER ALE - 6.5/10
21. DRAKE'S JOLLY ROGER 20066.5/10

23. He'BREW MONUMENTAL JEWBELATION6/10
24. FULL SAIL VESUVIOUS - 4.5/10
25. SAMUEL ADAMS OLD FEZZIWIG ALE - 4.5/10

3 comments:

steve said...

this was the first year i've had Jubelale, and from that picture, not sure what year that was but it use to be a LOT darker! Wonder what changes they made to it this year.

That Anderson valley winter solstice was close to being a drain pourer for me after about half the glass... so much vanilla I couldn't take it.

Anonymous said...

what, you're already quittin' the holiday beers? Its only Dec 29th! If you find yourself in Berkeley in the next few weeks stop in at Triple Rock and try their Reindeer Ale - I think its pretty good.

Lee said...

It's amazing how many holiday beers there are. A friend of mine had a holiday brew tasting party (read about it here: http://tinyurl.com/y5jodm) and I think only five of your listed beers were on the menu.