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 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 (10738) - 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 (3859) - 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."
rayOfBeer (674) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a small, off-white head and a hazed orange body. Head fades and leave a bit of lacing. Aroma of coriander, mace, orange, caramel, alcohol and a sort of mineral note. Taste is overly spices with candied oranges and an astringent wheat and yeast note. Fizzy and dry.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. pours hazed gold white head. nose of spice and coriander. flavor same, yeasty, gross.
GJF (1448) - 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 (1126) - 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 (10406) - 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.