I think the editor’s note on this beer needs to be rethought. https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/anchor-our-special-ale-2005-and-later/52930/
Surely the 2019 version at 6.9% ABV (not 5.5% ABV) is a new beer? Why would each year’s release not be a new entry? The whole point of Anchor’s Christmas beers is that they’re unique and evolve year-on-year, so let’s rate each one as a separate entry from now on. Isn’t that what RateBeer is for? What do others think?
This is Anchor’s take on this year’s Christmas beer: https://www.anchorbrewing.com/mobile/beer/christmas_ale
You’re fighting tradition here. I suggested this a time or two, and somewhere in the depths of the old forums there are likely responses from management.
Under the rules this increase in ABV (+/- 15% or more is it?) should trigger a new beer being created. In fact the editor’s note specifically refers to the ABV usually being in the same range.
If it really changes each year, and the year is visible - then yes, it most likely should be split.
The problem really is that they don’t say what changes. It doesn’t really help the process.
And it’s like CocaCola (xpt the secret changes yearly!):
"Year after year, Anchor creates a new, secret recipe with a unique hand drawn label for their Christmas Ale, but the intent with each brew remains the same: joy for the changing seasons and celebration of the newness of life. With a heavily guarded, confidential recipe, Christmas Ale is sold only from early November to mid-January. "
Bought a six pack & left the other five at the Christmas party. Definitely different, but it’s all the same spices & intent.
“Brewer’s intent” used to be the trump card
Have all previous versions actually been 5.5%? Have there been verified ABV differences on the Anchor page for previous years?