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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Just before the holiday season, the fresh crop of hops are harvested available to the brewer. To celebrate the new harvest we brewed a holiday ale with an enormous kettle addition of freshly harvested American hops. This robust red ale has been dry hopped as well to finish a thoroughly intense hop presence form the initial burst of aroma through the lingering bitter finish. Hop lovers will enjoy this special brew available only during the holiday season. OG 15.5.

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3.9
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Handpump at the The Englander. Now this is an IPA. Hoppy aromas, of fruit, flowers. The flavor is very intense (maybe due to lack of any carbonation), again of fruit, and it finishes with this typical bitterness. The beer pours a little darker than most IPAs, and it is medium-bodied. This is obviously the 2005 edition by the way.

3.6
Ratman197 (15224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bomber poured a hazy reddish copper with an amber head. Aromas of grass, oranges, and carmel. Palate was medium bodied with a resiny feel to it. Flavors of carmel,grass, grapefruit rind with a pleasantly bitter, dry finish.

3.6
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Bottle: Amber, small sudsy white head, spotty lacing, light carbonation.   Straight forward hoppy nose.   Decent hop bite, considering it was brewed/bottled for the 2004 Holiday season.   Very soft tea or tobacco leaves are noticable.   Average body and mouthfeel.   Lingering tobacco leaves.   Decent IPA, sturdy.   Thanks HoppedHead for sharing!


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ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Hoppy aroma with fruit and some malty molasses that makes it not quite ideal. Still a nice aroma. Very nice hazy amber/copper body with very small particalia. Off white to light tan head. Hoppy and bitter flavor; tastes like it smells. Very good. Not sure why this is billed as a holiday beer. I didn’t taste any of the spices that are added to the typical holiday beer. Glad I didn’t wait until December to drink this. Palate is a little disorganized. Molasses, tannins, dark chocolate and some dust. A little odd that I found this in late June at Whole Foods, Redwood City.

3.8
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Full aroma rife with chunky, viscous maltiness and a sticky, fruity hoppiness. Still quite a hoppy nose for being perhaps a few months past its optimal date. Reminds me in the nose a lot of Drake’s IPA (a good thing). Flavor is quite sweet with a lot of body for a sub-6% beer, but not too much. Flavor proves to be not quite as bold as the aroma, but still good. Very floral and with a quite assertive but comfortable bitter edge. Quite tasty stuff! I’ll be looking for some others from this brewery. Only flaw is that it’s just a touch too sweet.

3.9
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
This was an excellent west coast IPA. Pours copper with with fine medium head. Aroma is of hops citrusy and floral. Aroma also had lots of malt to balance. This was a nice full bodied IPA with a real nice thick and smooth mouthfeel. Plenty of bitterness present. Aftertaste is bitter and sticks. Very good.

3.9
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Clear amber color with a small beige head. Nice grapefruit and floral hops aroma. Very strong citrus and floral hops flavors with a touch of honey. Medium thick feel with a crisp dry hops finish. Very good!

3.9
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Crystal clear mahogonay color with a small off-white head. The aroma was really nice...citrus (grapefruit and lemon,) slight earthy character and some woody tones. The flavor was very similar to the aroma...quite hoppy bitter aftertaste (this thing is definitely a west coast IPA.) Slightly thick, crisp feel with a semi-dry finish. Very nice!

3.7
bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Bottle. Reddish amber color with a frothy white head. Nice hoppy aroma. Nice hop flavor with some malt backing. Lingering hopiness. I agree with jazz88 that it’s makes you think of a double IPA. Not bad. Could use just a hint more alcohol presence (but then I’m trying to push it to really be a double IPA).

3.8
jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle. A dark reddish-orange color with an off-white head. An intense hop aroma that could have led me to believe this was a double IPA. Full bodied with a big hop flavor and bitter finish.


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