Commercial description: 5 Golden Rings is the 5th verse in our ’12 Days of Christmas’ winter seasonal ale series. This is the only golden ale in the bunch but it definitely packs a holiday punch. We spiced up this 11.5% ABV ode to winter with cinnamon, allspice and ginger along with some delicious sweet and tangy pineapple.
Pours a slightly hazy marmalade color with peachy highlights with a finger’s worth of ivory head that didn’t persist. A minimal amount of patchy islands of lace are left behind as I drink.
In the aroma I’m getting a slighly tart and funky Belgian yeast notes, along with some winter spiciness… allspice, cinnamon and ginger. Waves of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and a little boozy sweetness are also noticeable. As the pour warms a bit I’m getting more and more of the ginger.
No surprises here. Much like the nose, I get some tart yeast notes, along with huge lush pineapples. A sweet and sour thing going on here. Finishes with the slight warmth of booze and spices. Allspice, cinnamon and ginger as noted on the nose. I like the use of spices here; however the whole taste profile seems a bit disjointed. Maybe time would help balance it out.
A slightly thick and syrupy body with moderate carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, spice, herbal, slightly grainy and crisp/slightly dry finish.
OVERALL IMPRESSION (8/10)
Not bad, but it seems like this beer has a lot of potential to improve. It’s a bit too sweet and the flavors don’t mesh well. The alcohol is spicy, but not quite hot and the malt is just a bit too thick for my taste. I would take a chance in buying it and laying it down for a while. Age this one for sure.
FINAL SCORE (42/50)