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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Goofy label with an okay beer behind it. Orangish pour with a decent, off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy and floral, to te point that I expected more of an IPA. The flavor is flat. Wooden, grassy, and dusty, without the hop bitterness the aroma led me to expect. There is a mystery flavor that is medicinal, kind of like the anti-bacterial first-aid spray. This might be worth a second try, but Iím not racing out to get it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottled. Dark honey body, lightly sparkling, with an off-white, yellowish head, and nice lacing. Looks great. Mouth is medium to full with light, foamy carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Aroma of honey, flowers and LOTS A HOPS. Smells like...hops, hop flowers, fruit like a bag of fresh oranges, sweet malts, sugary pollen, honey, floral aroma, and rubbing alcohol. Tastes like...pine, wood, something nectar-like that I couldnít really pinpoint, lightly alcoholic flavor and an astringent apple flavor. There is something like hop oil...or something. Itís unique. Pretty decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11534) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Rich aroma of spice and malt. Deep coppery amber color with a not longlasting head which demonstrates a small amount of lacing. Itís beginning to smell a lot like Xmas. Starts with those spicy things like nutmeg, probably allspice, and a gingery tingle. Substantial mouth feel. Creamy, yes, but not exactly smooth. Every sip is a fresh expression of spice. And itís spice that goes well with the ale concept. Imagine anybody doing this with a lager (challenge issued to Boston Beer; Fezziwig isnít it). The finish is reduced spice, some kind of vegetable, and that light tingle. Not sure thereís much hop in here, but whatever it is works.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Bomber 2000 vintage poured a chunky orange with an amber head. Aromas of orange, spices, and ginger.Palate was medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Flavors of ginger, allspice and orange with a mildly sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 14, 2005
GABF: I liked this one even if it was a bit strange. Poured clear light orange/yellow. Spicy aroma with some nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger maybe. Full beige head. Strange mix of hops and all that spice but it works for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
Amber, clear topped by a solid off-white head that is mostly lasting. Sweet and yeasty upfront, presenting meringue and pomegranate notes. Hard to pick up spices that are actually not all that upfront, possibly ginger and nutmeg, not quite the exotic spices I was expecting from the commercial description. They leave a slightly biting sensation as the pie-like yeastiness fades with a watery sensation. Light bodied, fair carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF 2005: Clear light coppery hue with a good head and some lace. The aroma is spicy and piney with notes of caradmom, nutmeg, belgian yeast and sugar. The taste has a big spicy bite and a hoppy character as well. I got cinnamom in the flavor I didnít find on the nose. The aftertaste and feel is a bit bready, chalky and short. An okay beer, different and some will enjoy the spice blend.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2004
GABF 2004: Pours a clear darkish copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma is rich, complex and well-spiced with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg supported by crystal malts. Body has a nice subtle maltiness and some dry caramel and a spiced finish. A nice holiday beer, but nothing too exciting.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2002
2000. One of the best and most memorable beers Iíve tasted. My favorite at the 2001 GABF. Itís very hoppy and has a nice, but not overwhelming kick to the palate. The balance of hops and malt makes it warm and inviting, but its kick makes it impossible to drink complacently. You notice it, with pleasure, as you sip. I only wish there were a way to get my hands on it out east . . .

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11666) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 (GABF05) Clear straw body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, Belgian spice, floral, very fruity. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, grapefruit, light nutmeg. Ligt-medium body, some resin in the finish. (8/3/7/4/15)

2000 version: This was my favorite beer at the 2001 GABF (admittedly, i stuck to beers i hadnít tried before). sweet and hoppy, with alcohol warmth seeping into the flavor. rich malty aroma, even though my sense of smell wasnít at peak levels when i found this beer. great palate, and nice bittersweet aftertaste. too bad they donít ship this one east! (8/5/9/5/18)


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