BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Contrary to the name, not all that hoppy. It was still slightly bitter with a smooth, sweet finish. Delicious egnogg like flavors. The vanilla and nutmeg really come through for a tasty treat. If a beer could taste like eggnog, this is it. I’m buying more.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Happy Holidaze pours to a beautiful caramel color with a creamy slight tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose of this beer is truly joyful. Aromas of sweet malt and spicy hops, marry with a melange of spices, such a cinnamon, nutmeg, with a nice underpinning of vanilla. The palate is rich and delicious with lots of sweet, pale, and caramel malt flavors. This is paired with a nice back drop of nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, and vanilla flavor. Hoppy Holidaze finishes with more great sweet malty flavors up front, then ends with slightly warming, slightly zesty hop bitter, and melange of spices finish.
This is a fantastic spiced ale that really features those wonderful spices used so often during the holiday season. The notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, mace, and vanilla can be found in nose, palate, and finish of this beer, and the use of these spices fills one with a sense of holiday cheer. I was very impressed with this beer, it is akin to drinking a slice of mice meat pie. This beer makes the perfect holiday brew to sip and savor with its sweet maltiness, and slightly warming alcohol burn.
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is lightly spiced with cinammon, nutmeg and aslo holds a mint and juju bees candy aroma. After a couple of sips the inital thought of mine was that this was a heavily spiced ale because i could feel the spice from the inside my throat. Wide varities of flavors interact with the aroma unmasking signs of spice, ginger root, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, hazelnut, and only the slightest touch of orange. A nice holiday ale i will sure pick up again.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium gold/copper color. Small head. Aroma is fruity, mango and apricot, A medium bodied Christmas ale. Brewed with Pale, wheat, caramel, and Munich malts. Hopped with Magnum and Styrian golding varieties. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, orange peel and vanilla extract. That said this ale has a slightly sweet maltyness. Hops are evident but not overpowering. There is a definite fruitiness and spiciness to this beer. Orange, grapefruit and nutmeg and cinnamon. The vanilla is not very evident. Smooth taste. Kind of warming. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth/ Aftertaste is slightly bitter, Not much of an alcohol bite at 7.5%. Etched/Painted beer bottle.
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: pours a nice rose colored amber. Nice, big bubbled, off-white head. Great rate of head retention and a nice amount of lacing to accompany it.
S: nice big earthy hop aroma, some flowery notes, with a hint of evergreens. Slight funky aroma, like a wild ale. Light sweetness from the malts in the nose.
T: very unusual ale. Good amount of flavors from the hops, mostly floral. I do pull a holiday flavor out of this, which is nice. I pull some strawberries, light notes of vanilla. Light flavors of orange peel as well.
M: wonderful holiday brew, light, crisp and refreshing. Higher carbonation level than expected. Medium bodied.
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark gold color with a quickly reducing head. Very interesting aroma of spice and delicate hops. Almost apricot. A unique and beautiful beer.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice beer. Not what I would consider to be a normal winter brew. It does have nice cinnamon and nutmeg flavor that very nice. Overall its a nice ale with good hoppy flavoring. Pooring is carmel brown.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle,I have to Thank Flipbrewer for sending this fine brew my way.Good orange/amber color,small white head that left a faint lace behind.Floral hop aroma,malt and light spice and even something that smells like shaving cream.The flavor was very nice,malty and wheaty with a decent citrus side and nicely hopped with the spice being done in a very nice amount.Nicely sweet as well with the spice and hops becoming a little more pronounced as it warms.The after taste is sweet citrus and spice.Very nice brew and a bit under rated IMO.Well worth trying again if i could manage to talk flip out of another some time.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foggy light amber hue, with no head. Nutmeg mixed with a barleywine that is well hopped is the aroma to me. This is up there for me as far as holiday brews go! Like OSA & Winter Solstice, but more complex and just better in general.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 the best spiced beer i have ever had. the nutmeg, vanilla extract and citrus give the brew a very interesting taste. its like egg nog beer. perfect for the holidays. if you have a chance to get your hands on this stock up!