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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.


3.6
   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.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Saw this on sale at Bevmo and thought, "what the hell". Havenít had too many things from this brewery. This wasnít bad. Heavily spiced, which is not my thing, but this works pretty well. Lots of corriander, allspice and maybe even some ginger. Reminds me of 2007 Vertical epic if it was dry hopped with some citrusy hops. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
650 ml bottle from La Bodega. Clear orange amber with a fizzy white head. Sweet spice and hoppy aroma. Tastes like an IPA with dominant nutmeg and cloves in the flavor. Itís an interesting taste, but Iím not sure if it works. That said, itís worth a try.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (2610) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
22 Dec 2011, bottle. light amber, clear, occasional bubbles, frothy head. malty aroma with some very faint spices that i couldnít identify. med body and moderately fizzy. i donít 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle shared by puzzl. Deep amber-orange beer with a thin yellowish-beige head. Lots of cinnamon, allspice and ginger on the nose. Sweet and slightly malty on the back. It’s very pumpkin beer like with some sweet spiciness and a lingering gingery character. Kind of simple with an earthy hoppiness. As it warms, more malty sweetness comes out along with the peppery alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (6499) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Pours cloudy amber with a thick beige head and a spicy aroma. There is an herbal caramel malt flavor with a very bitter spicy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
22oz bottle 12/31/11 (Binnyís Glen Ellyn)-44į 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4178) - 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 wasnít overdone. Substantial mouthfeel, spice-bitter aftertaste. Bomber. ABC, Betton.


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