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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Well I bought this because it was 3.50, and for that price I was not disappointed. Pours like a pale ale. Aroma is not overtly spicy which I found surprising considering the list of ingredients. Flavor and aroma remind me of several of Alaskan breweries beers, most notably the summer kolsch and amber. Has that fruity hint common to both beers. The spice is slightly present in the flavor, but this drinks like a estery pale ale. Nice and easy to drink for the alcohol, but not your typical spicy winter beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baraciisch (2016) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Aroma of cinnamon,nutmeg, spices.... Cloudy orange in color... Flavor is citrusy malts with notes of spices, fairly light body.... Interesting beer, not my favorite, prefer the darker holiday beers...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Honey-colored pour with a nice eggshell head that left a bit of spotty lacing. Aroma and flavor consist of citrus, caramel malt, and typical holiday spices (vanilla, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon). Think those flavors typically lend themselves better to darker, richer beers. Just didn’t like how the citrus played with it. Not terrible but not a huge fan.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbastard (728) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2011
I didn’t care too much for this one. Hazy pale. Vanilla nose. Very weak and thin flavored. Little malt and hop flavor. Very weak hop nose, and no bitterness. With a name like hoppy I would expect more.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. Slightly hazy copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of malt and ginger. Light body with flavors of sweet ginger and nutmeg along with some malt. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Slightly above average holiday brew overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampesinoTino (782) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bomber. Pale honey golden colored with lots of fluffy white head. The aroma is mostly cereal malt, lemon citrus and grassy hops. The taste is a blend of herbal hops, honey, cloves, orange spice and cinnamon. It has a dry fruitiness to it that reminds me of a Belgian Witbier. Overall pretty tasty but it doesn’t quite deliver enough hops flavors to justify its name.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
650 ml bottle. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that soon fades to a fine film. The aroma is odd with cardboard, barley and stale spices. The taste is malty caramel and peanuts laced with lightly biter spices that do not seem to work together correctly. The palate is thin and unsatisfying with soft carbonation. The finish is medium in duration. Overall: I find this brew kinda strange, this one is not for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2010
A: pours a nice rose colored amber. Nice, big bubbled, off-white head. Great rate of head retention and a nice amount of lacing to accompany it. S: nice big earthy hop aroma, some flowery notes, with a hint of evergreens. Slight funky aroma, like a wild ale. Light sweetness from the malts in the nose. T: very unusual ale. Good amount of flavors from the hops, mostly floral. I do pull a holiday flavor out of this, which is nice. I pull some strawberries, light notes of vanilla. Light flavors of orange peel as well. M: wonderful holiday brew, light, crisp and refreshing. Higher carbonation level than expected. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Before there was extreme beer -- this one seemed so. Nowadays it seems like a pleasing but lackluster-somehwat lighweight-holiday ale. Kudos to Marin for blazing a spiced & hoppy trail but, I think they should follow Anchor and others by switching up the recipe a little every year, up the malt a bit and this could be a beer to age. Marin used to come out with new offerings frequently but seems to be resting a bit--especially with the not-quite-so-Hoppy Holidaze. Nonetheless, delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
A: The pour into a pint glass is fantastic on this one. A clear amber color with a fluffy white head which leaves some great lacing. S: The nose is rather disappointing, especially considering the name of the beer. A bit of muddled spice (perhaps some nutmeg and cinnamon), and a slight pepper aroma. T: The flavors are more impressive, with the typical winter ale players. Nutmeg and cinnamon are again the main spices with a slight sweetness and maybe even some vanilla. The finish has an ever so slight bitterness to it. M: The sip really fills your mouth and the carbonation gives the beer an almost creamy feel, very nice and pleasantly surprising. D: Just about no alcohol presence and some nice flavors from a holiday ale. I was expecting a hoppier brew, given the name, but was not let down either way.


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