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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Our traditional Christmas Ale, brewed with Pale, Wheat, Munich and Dextrine malts and hopped with Magnum and Styrian Goldings varieties. Delicately spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and pure vanilla extract.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2004
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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2004
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!


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 29, 2004
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?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
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.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 5, 2003
2002. I definately smell the mace. Very interesting and spicy. The spice and hops make this pretty undesireable. Not very good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2003
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2655) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2003
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2003
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.


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