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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Winter   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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GJF (1203) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2008
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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
timfoolery (1123) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2008
Cloud amber with medium white head. Sourish aroma with notes of sour milk. Sour flavour with lacto and yeasty notes. Sourish finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DTM (783) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On tap toronado. Light golden color. Over the top on the spices, too much gingerbread/nutmeg for me to be enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
RedSox2004 (1139) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
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.


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