monk191 (1297) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A fairly basic but well balanced ale. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Smells of berries and a bit of herbs and citrus. Taste is a little bit boring, fruity with a slightly pale finish. Had. On tap at the brewery.
slowrunner77 (7105) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
"i had this beer in 2006 and 2007, and it slightly misses the mark for me. the spices and hop flavor just didn’t come together. not bad at all, but nothing special."
Jhackmeister (13) - Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A very interesting brew. The pour is dark orange with a big, bright white head that sticks around and laces nicely. The aroma is lacking but a faint whiff of tropical hops is accompanied by some orange peal. First you get a nice malt and hop balance on the palate, but the finish of orange and vanilla confuses you a bit. Overall a nice one and done beer for the holiday season.
jdavidh (159) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice color with a lightly spicy and floral nose. Surprising flavor - great spiciness reminds me of old world gruut beer spices. Quite a bit of orange too. Very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Beerathon (1561) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is interesting in that it confused the palate, going in so many directions. Can almost feel a pale ale edge to it, then it turns into more of a winter warmer with its spice notes. The aroma isn’t very good though, would have liked spices, hops, or malts more upfront. The vanilla aftertaste, especially as it warms, is strange. Not bad, but strange. Seems out of place.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden brown with a small head that recedes quickly. Nose is heavy spice, cloves, ginger and cinnamon. Dark fruits marry in with the spice to create and clone of a fruitcake. The taste is sweet, but loses sweetness to dullness momentarily before transitioning to a small bitter finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, body is light and finish is long.
mrmartin (741) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Its kind of like drinking a xmas candle.
Light body. Light amber pour with thin white head. Lots of herbal notes, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla. Pine. Oily finish.
Not a fan of this one.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a dark copper with a quickly subsided head.
Aroma: Dried cranberry, plum, honey, holly berry, cinnamon. Basically a holiday yankee candle.
Taste: Honey like malt, baked apples and cinnamon. Nutmeg and hop spice. Alcohol well hidden. Touch of ginger. Finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation.
Overall: Nothing hoppy about this beer, but very much "holidaze."
Blairgus (3337) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
10 Jan 2012, bottle. med gold, clear, some steady bubbles, foamy head that fades immediately. not really smelling the hops over the spices. Very sweet and malty. lots of nutmeg. i’d probably try this as a thanksgiving ale instead of a christmas ale. med body, a little creamy, and a bit fizzy. not a huge fan. unfortunately i’ve got a big bottle to drink! light caramel malt, some cinnamon and nutmeg with an odd spice that adds a weird flavor. there’s a drying finish that fades fast.
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is earthy/piney hops with a light citrus. Appearance is a spectacular gold with a thin foam top. Taste is very sweet malts with small hops present. The finish is very sweet vanilla and caramel with a small wheat like aftertaste. Overall, for a beer named hoppy holidaze, there sure isn’t a whole lot of hop. Mainly malty with other subtle tastes of wheat and citrus. I’d give this a D+ rating.