DruncanVeasey (8239) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
Keg at the tap, 20/02/14- 9.25% ABV. Mid-clouded honey amber with a cream cap. Aroma wet fur, grapefruit, papaya and peppery booze. Drinkable and mellow with unspecified tropical and floral hop; mandarins in jelly, peppery hints; underlying honey and biscuits sodden with Southern Comfort. Not bad. trapped (3240) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 17, 2014
Drought. Hazy, rich orange-yellow, with whitish foamy head, slight hops aroma, low carbonation, sweetish hoppy taste, long finish. Good but not special. Theydon_Bois (19720) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
Tap at the brew pub, Chelsea Pier - 01/03/12.
Listed at the brewpub as 9%ABV and titled ’Hoppy Holidays’.
Mid brown verging on dirty orange in colour with a small to medium white head.
Hoppy citrus nose with sweet malt and caramel background notes.
Again taste is citrus but not mega hoppy, get a little biscuit and caramel and grassy notes.
Medium bodied and easy drinking for it’s strength. Brandman (2954) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Dark brown body, creamy white head. Aroma has nice clear balance of cookies and fruity hoppiness. Flavour has caramelly malt touch and same balanced hop bite. Creamy and smooth palate. Quite nice. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Tap at Chelsea brewery. Poured a copper hue with a thin beige head. Nose was citrusy. Front of citrus hops. Creamy mouthful. Abv easily hidden behind a decent malt base. Hints of orange and spice with a hint of sweetness in the finish. . Pretty easy to drink. Worthwhile.
BREWMUSKCLES (2696) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2012
stronger abv %9.2 this year. mellow almost syrup like and deep tangerine color with light orange and beige lacing. Creamy slick with refined orange hop and Vanilla. like an orange liquer with some soft foamy and vibrant carbonation. hop and fresh malt flavor kinda in the backround with minimal additional spice maybe pepper. some alcohol. hivemind (916) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Tap at Pony last night with Paul and Streets. Pours dark amber/brown with a full, thick, off-white head (no bubbles). I was expecting a lot of vegetable, earth, spice, etc. but this was really just a balanced and refreshing ale with a good level of hop bitterness and no pungent aftertaste. There was some spice and the mouthfeel was thicker, which is what I’d expect from a holiday beer, but it was almost more like an IPA or a pale ale in terms of flavor. Some reviews say 7%, RB says 8.4%, and the Pony chalkboard listed it at 9.2% last night ... in any case, it hides the high abv very well. Good beer. EDIT: I now see this is classified as a pale ale, so that makes sense... zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
tap at barcade - nice citrusy, floral hopping, sweet caramel. candy. nice smooth palate. tasty murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Tap @ Barcade.
Clear brown with some off white head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus and a light grassy note. Very bitter, fairly full bodied, more grass/earthiness on the palate. A very solid, flavorful, pale ale. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger as Hoppy Holidays ale 9.2%. So I dont know which entry to use for this one? Pours a deep amber, clear, nice head. Aroma is green, grassy, hoppy, caramel malts, toast, light sharpness, light burnt note, citrus and orange. Flavor is more citrus,, caramel malts, toast, biscuit, molasses, earth, and a pretty clean bitter finish. Pretty nice and very easy drinking despite the high alcohol and makes it stand apart from all the other high abv beers that were hard to drink last night.