BREWMUSKCLES (2744) - 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. pivo (2688) - GERMANY - JUL 14, 2007
Fresh hop and malt nose, amber color. Gritty dirty bitter that lingers. Has some character, but otherwise straightfoward. Nickls (2607) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap)
Reddish-copper hue, poured with a nice proportioned slightly off white head. Wonderful lacing throughout the sample. Muted maltiness and really nice herbal aromas with a mild hop bitterness. Really interesting hop bitterness up front, followed by sweeter malts, and the herbal spiciness suggested in the aroma is a bit weaker than I would have thought based on the smell. Medium to thin MF, with some pleasant carbonation which makes this very quaffable. Really great on the drinkability scale give the 7% abv. I would have never guessed it was that high in alcohol as it was completely hidden. Definitely great on the flavors and they all melded well with one another. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2008
May 2007- Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC: Nice light red color, Bit of cheese and malt in the nose- malty and slightly hoppy taste. lgiht hoppy finish. NOt overly exciting. Spiesy (2337) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2004
Draught, at Chelsea Brewery, Pier 59, New York.</br>
Amber with a peachy, lovely lacy white head. Clear and well conditioned. This beer drank well. Hoppy to be sure but no other Christmas flavours noticeable. No spice but some smooth malt notes. I’d have to agree with Austinpowers on this one, the flavour isn’t as long as it could be.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
sampled at Barcade. Amber/orange in color. Citrus hops in the aroma with some malt. Taste is citrus, with caramel/toffee and a bit sweet, although it does have alot of citrus and a moderate amount of bitterness. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
tap at barcade - nice citrusy, floral hopping, sweet caramel. candy. nice smooth palate. tasty bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2006
on cask at hop devil. pretty mellow for this sort of gengre. red amber color clear with a large bubbled tan head that rushed away quickly. mostly hop flavors dominate the nose of spicy greens. flavor on the palate is similiar from the nares. slight possible rock candy feel but not much hint of clove. more of a pale ale feel to me. hivemind (922) - 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... Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Tap at brewpub. Told by Mark that its the only brew on the menu that used an adjunct: brown sugar. Interesting. Just a little bit of spice in there as well. A smidgen. Mainly centers around hops but it *is* HOPPY Holiday.