We look behind door number seven and we have…
Dough Head Gingerbread Ale from Vancouver Island Brewery, a 5.5% seasonal ale brewed with molasses, ginger and spices.
Dough Head pour a reddish brown (the colour of gingerbread) with a decent amount of cream coloured head. This ale is somewhat cloudy with bits of sediment floating around. Straight out of the fridge this one is all ginger on the nose almost overwhelmingly so. Dough Head is fairly light bodied with just a touch of cloying sweetness from the malt. Cloves and ginger come through in the flavour as well as maltiness. The spices continue on the finish especially the ginger. Dough Head benefited a great deal from warming up to almost room temperature, which worked miracles on toning down the spices and bringing them back into balance with the malt. Even the mouthfeel improved as the ale warmed up adding more depth to the beer. Finish remained pretty spicy.
Overall I think this beery take on gingerbread may have worked better in a brown ale or something with a bit more body to it. The gingerbread taste kept wanting to overpower this one for me nonetheless I feel this ale hit the mark as being a distinctively Christmas beer though I have to say the label kind of creeps me out.
I am bestowing six candy canes on Dough Head Gingerbread Ale.