Light Liquid Hops.
I recieved this brew as part of the HBT 2007 brewswap. Thanks KnipKnup....
Pour: Nice sound of carbonation at opening, poured down the middle of a standard pint glass and was rewarded with a nice condensed head that measured about .75". Head was a pleasant off white color that lasted for about 3-4 minutes.
Visual: The 60L crystal really gave the brew a deep copper color. Some chill haze was evident, though it did not detract from my enjoyment of the brew.
Aroma: A very nice caramel nose followed by some citrusy overtones upon swirling of the glass. Smelled very sweet and inviting.
Taste: Sweet and "caramely", with just enough hop presence to keep in interesting. A very mild cinnamon/nutmeg flavor becomes apparent as in warms on your tounge and finishes with the lingering taste of raisin.
Overall Impression: While billed as a Pale Ale, I think it leans more towards the amber end of the spectrum. I found it very similar to Mac & Jacks African Amber Ale, a beer that I really like, but slightly more "festive". I will definitely be making a "winter warmer" version of this beer . Great work KnipKnup. Thanks very much.