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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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.


1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"ok, i see that this got some decent reviews, and i can honestly say i donít know what any of you are thinking. Dec 07 i had a holiday beer taste-off with over 2 dozen beers (about 20 people)...nobody liked this beer (what the hell is in there anyway)...and i think 19 of the 20 said we should dump it, so we did. needless to say it finished in a very distant last place. no redeeming qualities. maybe we got a bad one, but it didnít taste spoiled... 2010-better than b4, still notworth buying."

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3310) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Pour is a hazy red with a small white head. Aroma is all spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor is kind of a syrupy malt with some of the spice. Finish leaves some candied apple like malt with some butterscotch on the tongue. This was a bargain bin pickup at about a quarter of the regular price so it was probably well past its prime as the spices were kinda lost. But fresh I could see this as a overly spiced winter ale.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
krumbum (523) - 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 (1600) - 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 (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Bottle. Obviously, not in the holiday spirit anymore, but this doesnít come across quite right. The pumpkin pie kinda thing dominates this, but itís 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 (3498) - 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 (1406) - 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 (2033) - California, 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 (5108) - 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 donít seem to work together all that well. Then thereís 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 Iíd 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 (2259) - 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.


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