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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2646) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle. A reddish brown clear color with a foamy off-white head. A spiced (ginger, candy, pepper) hoppy malt aroma that finishes with a vegetable grainy, malt and caramel flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3590) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
22 ounce bomber purchased at BevMo in Natomas, CA. Fruity, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe a bit of vanilla present in the nose. There also appears to be some herbal, floral hoppiness present as well. Somewhat sour...kind of smells off, actually. Transparent amber-orange body with a medium light tan head and sufficient lacing present. Light cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness to start, which is followed up by a nice nutty, caramel chewy maltiness in the middle. Lingering floral hoppiness comes in at the end with some more spices making their way into the flavor. A little dry, bitter ethanolic finish, but the flavor makes up for the awkward aroma. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dwyerpg (5327) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Smells great, nutmeg and pumpking. Very strong aroma. Taste is like the smell, it actually seems to have quite a bit of pumpking. Itís not really that good though. Dry throughout, itís just too much spices.

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 (13612) - 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 (12668) - 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 (6166) - 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 (6509) - 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.


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