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Chelsea Hoppy Holiday Ale
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5842) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Cask at Buffalo Cask Ale Festival. Pours Dr. Pepper red with a thin beige head. The aroma is fruity and floral hoppy, like an orange hard candy. The flavor is caramel malt, oranges, candy sugar and floral hops. Seems a little bit muddled, but really it is quite nice and drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2008
May 2007- Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC: Nice light red color, Bit of cheese and malt in the nose- malty and slightly hoppy taste. lgiht hoppy finish. NOt overly exciting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JUL 14, 2007
Fresh hop and malt nose, amber color. Gritty dirty bitter that lingers. Has some character, but otherwise straightfoward.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2007
Draught at Ginger Man, 36th NYC
Amber color; creamy head; nice lace. Very nice aroma of sweet caramel, hop, pine needles and some fruits (pink grapefruit). Full mouthfeel, good malt, a lot of residual sugars without being cloying, powerful and aromatic hopping, both fruity and resiny. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5603) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2007
on tap @ Coles Buffalo NY . Medicinal & Herbal hop flavor with sweet malt flavor. Citrus hop presnece also. Pretty good offering

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Draught at Jimmy’s No 43, Fair head, lastingrough, earthy, very rich. plums, and lemons and wood

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Cask at Blue Point cask fest - apa you say? nay! - amber color out of the hand pump, with a rather large head that spilled over the sides of the glass, leaving a sticky residue, warning me to expect loads of sweetness - it was there alright, but the copious amounts of herbal hops kept it from becoming cloying - some fruitiness through the middle, mostly apricot and citrus - herbal tea qualities on the back end - dry, earthy hops throughout - this brewery certainly isn’t great, but their beers are severely under-rated.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Tap @ Barcade: I rather enjoyed this. Nice orangey amber pour which is slightly hazy, topped by an off white head. Leaves a brief lacing. Very aromatic. Sweet lemon/sherbert aroma. The hops also show through nicely in the flavor. Mainly lemon citrus comes through, and it has a nice malt back that gives a balancing light sweetness. Somewhat dirty middle, twiggy. The finish is a bit more bitter, more like lemon-rind, closer to grapefruity. Also the alcohol is extremely well hidden, wouldn’t have guessed it to be 8.4% ABV. This stuff is highly drinkable and nicely balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
sampled at Barcade. Amber/orange in color. Citrus hops in the aroma with some malt. Taste is citrus, with caramel/toffee and a bit sweet, although it does have alot of citrus and a moderate amount of bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Cask at Brazen Head. Clear copper/orange with a fairly substantial head considering the cask pour. Bright citrus and floral hop aroma. Fresh tasting orangey and tea hop flavor, with a bit of spice and citrus zest bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with a smooth non-carbonated real ale palate, making it very drinkable. The alleged 8.4% ABV is imperceptible. I’m actually wondering why this is designated here as an APA rather than an "American Strong Ale."


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