herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours the color of orange blossom honey with a thin white head. The hoppy in the name is sure misleading. Spiced tropical fruit is what I keep thinking as I drink this one. Abv is well hidden. Overall, could have used a little more hoppiness but what do I know. A decent brew.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium gold/copper color. Small head. Aroma is fruity, mango and apricot, A medium bodied Christmas ale. Brewed with Pale, wheat, caramel, and Munich malts. Hopped with Magnum and Styrian golding varieties. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, orange peel and vanilla extract. That said this ale has a slightly sweet maltyness. Hops are evident but not overpowering. There is a definite fruitiness and spiciness to this beer. Orange, grapefruit and nutmeg and cinnamon. The vanilla is not very evident. Smooth taste. Kind of warming. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth/ Aftertaste is slightly bitter, Not much of an alcohol bite at 7.5%. Etched/Painted beer bottle.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 almost sprucy and sweet with a medley of spice..orangish bronz in color..spicy indeed is this concoction..lots of nutmeg and stuff..lovely..no hops for a hoppy holiday..but whatever..i still taste some pine needles...interesting..warming too..nice holiday brew!
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden copper color with little head. Spiced mango aroma. You can taste the nutmeg and mace pretty clearly, not so much the vanilla and cinnamon. Fruity finish. Interesting balance in that you can taste the fruit and the spice at the same time, but they don’t feel like the same flavor -- they seem separate. One is in the foreground, then it moves aside quickly for the other. Interesting and pleasant.
argo0 (12312) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity and somewhat hoppy aroma, with hint of vanilla. Flavor is disappointing, as the ’Hoppy’ in the name never really materializes. Instead, there’s some spiciness and mild hops. Overall, an OK beer, just not really what I expected.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A complex winter warmer, with tons of spices. Works fairly well.
joet (2408) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange/amber, with pale, wheat, Munich, and Dextrine malts. Magnum and Styrian goldings. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and vanillin. Floral aroma, soft, low effervescent feel, some tannic finish that’s soft and quick. Nutmeg/mace is apparent but not overbearing. Acidic feel. Obvious alcohol pepper and light tang in the finish. Hmmm... Balanced, tame and with big alcohol. Not an easy feat.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 varietal. Cloudy, palge golden color, pours to a good head that lingers. Scent is floral and piney. Initial flavor is very hoppy, with a pleasing nuttiness to the bitters. Well balanced with some fruitiness in the malts. Good creamy mouthfeel.