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RATINGS: 79   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 8, 2007
This spiced ale pours a light amber color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, spicy and sweet. A medium bodied spiced ale. Malts are caramel and sweet. Hops are grapefruit and floral. Kind of sweet, lots of holiday spices, but not overly obnoxious about them. Very drinkable X-Mas beer. There is lots of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg other stuff here. Sort of works for me, but I can see this one being a love or hate it beer.. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5145) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2008
btl. A clean copper pour with hard hints of amber. Spicey aroma that has hard cinnamon and nutmeg. Spice is light with medium malt character that struggles to carry the abv. Decent bitter finish. Carbonation is over the top for me just a tad and its a wee bit thin. Overall a good warm holiday beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (5034) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight hops, and light spices. Poured orange in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Some medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, spices, and some bittering hops. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, spice, hop finish is lightly sweet and medium bitter. 7.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dwyerpg (4579) - 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. It’s not really that good though. Dry throughout, it’s just too much spices.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Poured a lightly hazed amber color with a small beige head. Spicey aroma with notes of ginger and cinanamon. Malty base. The flavor was malty with a big spice mix. The finish had a spicey bite to it. Medium-full bodied. Some warming sensation.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4232) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
The aroma has malt, herbal hops, and spice. The taste is like the aroma. The appearance is amber. Overall not that good but has a nice spice quality.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4229) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, tan colored head that forms a layered lacing pattern on the sides of my glass and varied, deep sink holes as it slowly recedes. the beer is a richly, amber hued, clear, copper colored brew. The aroma is fairly spicy with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, sweet ginger and allspice.

The taste is sweet, but this is actually accentuated by the spice flavors as the beer has a light-medium fullness to it that makes this fairly drinkable. The spices actually keep this a sipping a brew though as they are quite apparent; flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon a touch of ginger and cardamom dominate the flavor profile. Actually the nutmeg is probably the single most noticeable flavor here. At times, the spice notes bring out a sort of berry like flavor.

I would not quite say that the spices are overwhelming here, this beer is still drinkable and even somewhat enjoyable, but the spice levels are just a bit over the top. They really run roughshod over the other flavors of this beer, and hardly allow anything else to be noticeable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3327) - 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.


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