GJF (1248) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This just didn’t work for me. Nice spicy aroma, but must say that the name "hoppy" does not apply here. It’s all sweetness and fruity spices. A bit cloying for my tastes.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Valley Wine in Davis, CA. This brew was an odd mix of hops and holiday spice, which didn’t really go. It was a good beer, but no where near what I’m used to. Eh.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloud amber with medium white head. Sourish aroma with notes of sour milk. Sour flavour with lacto and yeasty notes. Sourish finish.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a wine shop in Davis, CA. Maybe we got a bad bottle. Seemed a little flat and not much flavor. Maybe a little bit of the typical holiday spice, but lacked the hoppiness that is stated in the name. Average attempt.
Taverner (1096) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nose, flavor and taste is all nutmeg. For me, nutmeg just does not work in beer. Hoppy enough, but in every other department the nutmeg overpowers.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap toronado. Light golden color. Over the top on the spices, too much gingerbread/nutmeg for me to be enjoyable.
RedSox2004 (1252) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Why did my search for this beer come up with Pabst Blue Ribbon? This is way better. Poured a hazy orange/gold with a bright white head that did not leave much on the side of the glass. Malty caramel aroma with a touch of cinnamon and other spices. Same with the taste, which also included a distinct piney hops bitterness. Medium body, highly carbonated and a clean hops aftertaste. A very good, complex beer, but the spices are a bit much for me.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent ale, though by no means noteworthy. This one is good going down and when entering the stomach. Medium hoppiness with a slight caramel essence. Good overall.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. I wasn’t expecting a spiced brew so much because of the name including the word hoppy. Pors light amber, clearish with a thin white head, specks of lace. Smells spicy, allspice and cinnamon with some sweet caramel malt. Tastes mostly spicy and sweet, not bad. Lots of allspice and cinnamon, not overly sweet or spicy though. I wish it were hoppy. Medium body, good carbonation.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a nice amber with a light snow cap head that fades. Cranberry, orange peel, raspberry smell. Even some walnut. It smells like the jello my mom would make for Thanksgiving. Blueberry ginger and a sweet caramel flavor. A nice strong vanilla comes later with a clove accent. Slightly pungent enrty. A slightly bitter mouthfeel. I did this holiday ale.