sloth (2778) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
03 vintage : A trainwreck of spices and flavorings. Most have faded and the doninant ones just dont taste right. Probably a decent brew when fresh but not at this age. Oh well, maybe next time. Thanks slik!
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a nice hazy golden color with a minor dishwater head. Aroma is of cloves and nutmeg. Large juniper/evergreen tree taste, with minor herbish & nutmeg notes. Definately not hoppy like the name suggests. I found this one very interesting. Thanks goes out to herbjones for the trade!
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
not hoppy, as the name would suggest. neither is it a spiced holiday ale. It was kind of sticky sweet and not all that clever. Maybe a glorified lawnmower beer?
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Contrary to the name, not all that hoppy. It was still slightly bitter with a smooth, sweet finish. Delicious egnogg like flavors. The vanilla and nutmeg really come through for a tasty treat. If a beer could taste like eggnog, this is it. I’m buying more.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 A very spiced christmas brew that smells of a wonderful chai tea. Too bad its unbearable going down. A shot of this might be nice on a cold night, but a pint on a warm night is undrinkable. Too many spices coming through. The best part of this beer is that it does go down suprisingly easy. 8/2/4/3/12--2.9
rerate.... fresh bottle from 06....... pours a lightly clouded hue with a light white head with decent lacing. Aromas of orange peel, a hint of spice, straw/hay and light pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with flavors of a light caramel, mild spices, vanilla/oak with a mellow finish. Not what i remembered this brew to taste like. again, this is a very easy brew to drink. Not overly spiced like most holiday brews, but nothing special.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle,I have to Thank Flipbrewer for sending this fine brew my way.Good orange/amber color,small white head that left a faint lace behind.Floral hop aroma,malt and light spice and even something that smells like shaving cream.The flavor was very nice,malty and wheaty with a decent citrus side and nicely hopped with the spice being done in a very nice amount.Nicely sweet as well with the spice and hops becoming a little more pronounced as it warms.The after taste is sweet citrus and spice.Very nice brew and a bit under rated IMO.Well worth trying again if i could manage to talk flip out of another some time.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 5, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
2002. I definately smell the mace. Very interesting and spicy. The spice and hops make this pretty undesireable. Not very good.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy and gold in appears. Name like Hoppy Holidaze I was expecting a very hoppy beer. Notta. More sweet and spicey than hoppy. I can really taste the cinnamon and maybe the nutmeg. Without reading the desciption, I would have guessed wheat too! Most spice beers aren't my cup of tea and this one certainly wasn't.
jazz88 (2650) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden color. A really nice spice with hops, sweet ginger and cinnamon. I like the holiday flavors on this smooth malty body.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 bottle. Poured a clear golden light amber with a moderate white head that shrank a bit but lasted. Sugary, fruity aroma - peaches and mango. Reminded me of canned fruit in syrup. Faint hop flavor followed by lots of peach-like flavor. Then nutmeg, cinnamon, and some lemon. Subtle vanilla aftertaste. Malt flavor mostly hidden. Alcohol not noticeable. A bit of a resin, oily mouthfeel. For me, the fruit part detracted from the beer. It did get much better towards the end of the bottle. Maybe a little better room temp. Some sourness and more carbonation may make it better in my opinion.