joeneugs (3979) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Headbanger (3502) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle 12/31/11 (Binny’s Glen Ellyn)-44° in Lager Glass-Pours a light to medium amber with a small off white covering for a head. Aroma of spices, caramel, and matl. Taste of spices, malt, caramel, and toffee. This medium to full bodiedbrew is well balanced and goes down quite easily. Nice holiday brew.
DYCSoccer17 (3461) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
thegreenrooster (3459) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hoppy chocolate aroma with minor spice. Some pumpkin. Lots of spice in the flavor with strong pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and such. Very much like a pumpkin ale. Pretty nice. The hoppiness adds a good dimension to this.
smith4498 (3224) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours slightly hazy copper color with off white head. Smells like a pumpkin pie with cinnamon and nutmeg and some toasted malts. Similar flavors. Medium body with lively carbonation.
Palidor19 (3050) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
lots of herbs with a strange funkiness. hops are short and bitter with a spicy assortment
Blairgus (3043) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 Dec 2011, bottle. light amber, clear, occasional bubbles, frothy head. malty aroma with some very faint spices that i couldn’t identify. med body and moderately fizzy. i don’t know why they call it a malt beverage instead of beer. up front there is a resiny hop, sugary red fruit malt, and maybe some spices. alcohol is pretty prominent but not dominant. pretty nice. a bit bitter finish. i like this.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
08-Dec-06 (22 oz bottle: $2.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Years ago, I began experimenting with adding a bunch of spices to my pancakes and the first time, I went overboard on the nutmeg. The result was a bitter, unpleasant pancake and I tossed the whole batch. Just like those pancakes, the spices in Hoppy Claus have been added with reckless abandon. The grainy malts are moderately sweet and caramely, but are easily overshadowed by the strong spice component and a persistent bitterness from both hops and spices. Bitter spices seem to include an entire crop of ginger, plus nutmeg, clove and possibly cinnamon. Despite the moderate sweetness, the medium-bodied beer is quite dry right through to the long-lasting finish. Medium-high carbonation and enduring bitterness keep the palate lively and crisp, though a bit astringent. Spicy, grainy nose is more enjoyable because you can’t smell astringent bitterness. Copper in color and fairly cloudy initially, despite the lack of sedimentary evidence of bottle conditioning, but when the beer magically clears up over time, the cloudiness is obviously chill haze. Fluffy, light-tan head rises to nearly about half an inch in height before settling back down to a thin, filmy layer. Overall, there’s just too much focus on the spice for this beer to be truly enjoyable or a candidate for repeat purchases.