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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Hoppy Claus, available for a limited time, is an amber ale brewed with Belgian malted barley and a 'secret' blend of spices. This seasonal brew represents Hoppy Brewing Company's dedication to crafting the finest ales available today.

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3.7
motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 19, 2012
bottled, big thanks to chris for this one. poured a rich shade of amber with a hint of haze and a lasting off-white head; aroma of apple and rhubarb tart with lemon zest and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon; soft mouthfeel; some rusty tea flavours with a good hit of bitterness and some light lurking grapefruit. nice to drink a holiday beer that balances the xmas spices with some tangy hops

3.6
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2012
(bottle from bhensonb, thanks!) Pours a slightly hazed orangish/amber with a medium cream-colored head and some lacing. Aroma is certainly spice-forward, with plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and biscuit malt, which when put together smells a lot like a gingerbread cookie. Ginger gets stronger as it warms, and the beer smells passingly similar to a pumpkin beer with further warming. Flavor has plenty of sweet caramel malt, toasty biscuit, faint yam, with a quick shift of spice that abruptly slices through the sweetness. The finish lingers with spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is correct. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one, and it reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Christmas.

3.2
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight hops, and light spices. Poured orange in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Some medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, spices, and some bittering hops. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, spice, hop finish is lightly sweet and medium bitter. 7.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.4
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
22oz bottle 12/31/11 (Binny’s Glen Ellyn)-44° in Lager Glass-Pours a light to medium amber with a small off white covering for a head. Aroma of spices, caramel, and matl. Taste of spices, malt, caramel, and toffee. This medium to full bodiedbrew is well balanced and goes down quite easily. Nice holiday brew.

3.4
marcus (10346) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Pours cloudy amber with a thick beige head and a spicy aroma. There is an herbal caramel malt flavor with a very bitter spicy finish.

3.5
Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
22 Dec 2011, bottle. light amber, clear, occasional bubbles, frothy head. malty aroma with some very faint spices that i couldn’t identify. med body and moderately fizzy. i don’t know why they call it a malt beverage instead of beer. up front there is a resiny hop, sugary red fruit malt, and maybe some spices. alcohol is pretty prominent but not dominant. pretty nice. a bit bitter finish. i like this.

3.3
DocLock (10745) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bomber. Pours copper with off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, orange zest, nutmeg, perhaps ginger,and hops. Tasted malty, with the spiced and hops complementing each other. A good holiday ale.

3
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle thanks to bhensonb. Poured amber with an off white head. Aroma was a huge blend of spices and maybe some dark fruits. Flavor was spice, citrus, Orange, pine, and caramel. Body was medium with medium carbonation.

2.5
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bomber: pours red-amber with medium off-white head and low carb. Aroma is slightly vegetal with some cinnamon and caramel. Flavor is disjointed with cinnamon and nutmeg bittering the tongue, while vegetal hops run around in the background together with a little caramel malt. Palate is mild sweet with a lingering bitterness that takes over. Maybe this beer would do better with a little time but not my favorite now.

3.6
bnoel09 (587) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Deep copper color with no real head. Aroma has a variety of spices and is reminiscent of gingerbread. Flavor matches the aroma well with some bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall a nice winter beer.


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