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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2002
A complex winter warmer, with tons of spices. Works fairly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2443) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 29, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2002
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.

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