brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
riversideAK (6160) - 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 beer’s 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 (5419) - 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 (5533) - 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 (1323) - 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 (5224) - 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 it’s not, it’s 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 (10883) - 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 don’t get this beer. The muted hops, odd spices, and level of malts just dont add up.
nickd717 (4187) - 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 it’s 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."