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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Hoppy Claus, available for a limited time, is an amber ale brewed with Belgian malted barley and a 'secret' blend of spices. This seasonal brew represents Hoppy Brewing Company's dedication to crafting the finest ales available today.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
krumbum (402) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Cloudy deep amber color. Smells like a fruit cake. It has a smooth spiced flavor and leaves a light coating of it behind.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Orange/red with a finger-wide white head. Aroma of grapefruit, apple juice, nutmeg., and cinnamon. Flavor is sharp on the spices at first, but transitions into a hoppy fruit finish. Spice lingers in the aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Bottle. Obviously, not in the holiday spirit anymore, but this doesn’t come across quite right. The pumpkin pie kinda thing dominates this, but it’s not pumpkiny, just some mulled spice thing, which unfortunately finishes with a off-putting mash IMHO. (#5458, 3/13/2014)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a deep golden orange color with an off white head. The aroma has some nice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and fresh baked pastries. The flavor is a bit heavy on the spices with background bready malts. Pretty thick body and some solid bitterness in the finish along with slight astringency from the spices. Pretty dry and bready without much sweetness. It could have used a touch more sweetness with the spices actually.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (1096) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy dark red colored body. The aroma is rich malt, cinnamon and fresh baked bread. Nice. The taste is super sweet throughout. There are little bits of spice and lemon, but the sweetness is dominating. The texture is soft with moderate carbonation. The sweetness is too much for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baraciisch (1531) - USA - DEC 22, 2013
Amber copper in color.... Aroma of Belgian malts, cinnamon, spices, light citrus hops... Flavor is nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar... Nutty malts... Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (4690) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a small fizzy off-white head. The nose is a mash up of caramel sweetness, light floral hops, and a mix of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is a pretty odd mash up as well. Fairly heavy caramel sweetness and moderately bitter hops, it comes across as a hoppy Amber, but then the spices take over on the finish. Not sure I really dig the fairly heavy hop level with all these spices, they just don’t seem to work together all that well. Then there’s the fact that this is all over a fairly boring Amber ale base. Medium bodied and a bit clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. Meh, I think I’d pass on this one if I had it to do over.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
boxofrane (1881) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Draft at beer fest. Hazy copper with minimal white head. The aroma is spices and brown sugar. The taste is dry, bitter, light spices. This was a bit weird, honestly.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PorterPounder (5200) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 22 oz bomber. Medium copper pour, light, off white head that dissipates quickly, light lacing. Aroma is intriguing and spicy and just this side of cloying with a ginger and cinnamon thing going on. The spicy concoction carries over to the flavor and reminds me somewhat of horehound candy, mothballs, cinnamon and ginger. Finish has some jellied candy notes. Mouthfeel has an artificial stickiness to it. 12 oz of this would have been enough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (3908) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Zesty, citrus and nutmeg, sweet, dark toffee aroma. Psychedelic label, clear dark brown. Sweet, spicy, woody, a little boozy. The spice wasn’t overdone. Substantial mouthfeel, spice-bitter aftertaste. Bomber. ABC, Betton.


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