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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle… Mostly clear amber ale with an orange tint and a mid-sized, creamy, white head. The bouquet lends a “secret blend of spices” – probably nutmeg, ginger and possibly clove – to compliment some really nice date and toffee notes. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and snappy carbonation. The spicy, moderately sweet flavor presents brown sugar, caramel and sugar cookie flanked and balanced out a bit by medium woody bitterness and Christmas spices aplenty. Finishes bittersweet and dry. The sweetness quickly fades, but the bitterness hangs on a good while. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (6699) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 19, 2012
bottled, big thanks to chris for this one. poured a rich shade of amber with a hint of haze and a lasting off-white head; aroma of apple and rhubarb tart with lemon zest and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon; soft mouthfeel; some rusty tea flavours with a good hit of bitterness and some light lurking grapefruit. nice to drink a holiday beer that balances the xmas spices with some tangy hops

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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11066) - 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. It’s 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 it’s spice that goes well with the ale concept. Imagine anybody doing this with a lager (challenge issued to Boston Beer; Fezziwig isn’t it). The finish is reduced spice, some kind of vegetable, and that light tingle. Not sure there’s much hop in here, but whatever it is works.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle from Hi Time Cellars, xmas 07. Nice amber-straw color, white head that hangs in. Aroma is sweet malt and light spicy that hints of xmas loaf. Flavor is sweet crystal malty with a good balance spice, finishes bitter and clean. A decent beer, not much else to say.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2008
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2009
sampled some time back. hazy copper pour with thin soapy head. nutmeg, cinnamon trump hops and malting in aroma. dry hopos. bitterness and rich roasted malt. nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
650ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a hazy copper color with a big foamy off-white head that has good retention. The aroma is mild with piney hops, sweet grains and mulling spices like nutmeg, cloves and allspice. The taste is hops forward with piney biter hops followed by the mulling spices and a good caramel malt backbone. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes somewhat short and clean. Overall: Very tasty

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnoel09 (433) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Deep copper color with no real head. Aroma has a variety of spices and is reminiscent of gingerbread. Flavor matches the aroma well with some bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall a nice winter beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1168) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2012
(bottle from bhensonb, thanks!) Pours a slightly hazed orangish/amber with a medium cream-colored head and some lacing. Aroma is certainly spice-forward, with plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and biscuit malt, which when put together smells a lot like a gingerbread cookie. Ginger gets stronger as it warms, and the beer smells passingly similar to a pumpkin beer with further warming. Flavor has plenty of sweet caramel malt, toasty biscuit, faint yam, with a quick shift of spice that abruptly slices through the sweetness. The finish lingers with spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is correct. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one, and it reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Christmas.


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