riversideAK (5650) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg notes, grainy malts with some underlying sweetness. Pale golden amber with not much of a head or lace to speak of. Sweet up front, grainy, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg - not over the top, but the spices and vanilla are definitely there. Underlying base beer is not too impressive and does not add much to the flavor profile. Softly carbonated, lingering moderately sweet/spicy finish.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. Bottle. Light golden color with no head. Dry nose with some subtle spices, notes of bread and no discernible hop aroma which is odd given the beerís moniker. Lots of cereal and bread flavors with a strong bitter streak following it up. Spices are somewhat medicinal with the mace being the most prominent. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Finishes with a long mildly bitter and astringent kick. Unimpressive.
JohnnyJ (4615) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Clear amber pour, off-white head. Sweet bready malt, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light fruit. Its not great, but still a decent holiday brew.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bevmo. Golden orange with a fizzy off white head. Sweet malty, grainy aroma and taste with good complimentary spice, the cinnamon stands out nicely. Decent.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Orange amber with light head that disappeared quickly. Light spice nose, like iced tea. Ginger, peach, cinnamon, clove. Taste is not there. Not much hops, yeast, malt, or spices. Some light fruitiness and light spiciness, same as nose, but nothing very noteworthy or impressive. Bummer. Sounded way better than it was.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber with large white head. Hop aroma with spice, different, very sweet. Sweet malt flavor with spice, very christmas. Creamy, medium body. Way too sweet.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Dak. Hmmm. Pours a hazy warm orange gold and has a weird almost off-putting aroma that reminds me of pedio but itís not, itís a sharp strange and unripe aroma that makes me wince. Fizzy mouthfeel. I like the flavors only slightly better than the aromas, although it did grow on me as I drank it. Has some fruitiness. As it warmed I enjoyed it more, the flavors mellow and the soft malt comes out of its shell. The spices are overpowering and incongruous and the nutmeg (and mace) are distinctly in the way. Odd brew.
daknole (9608) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy apricot color with a small bubbly white head. Aroma has lots of ginger(odd), orange, yeast and light aroma of hops. Flavor has more of the ginger flavor, tart apples, spides, yeast and citrus. I donít get this beer. The muted hops, odd spices, and level of malts just dont add up.
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, but itís missing something. Lighter in color than most holiday beers, a cloudy orangish. Citrusy west coast hops on the aroma with some spice. Subdued west coast hoppiness on the flavor, definitely not enough to include "hoppy" in the name. Slight holiday spices, again not enough. Some yeast and sweet pale/caramel malt. Medium-bodied. Not awful, but just like everyone always tells your girlfriend, "You can do better."
rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle a darker blonde with medium sized white head. Aromas of citrus and spice with a vegetale taint. Flavor is mildly sweet with vanilla, corriander and nutmeg most notable followed by malt without much bitter. Palate is slightly sweet and spicy, with a malty full mouthfeel and ends a bit powdery. Overall, not bad. The spices blend nicely but with hoppy in the name I was looking for a few of those. I would drink a few at the holidays but not more than that.