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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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3.9
dnstone (3524) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Spiced aroma. Hazed amber color with a nice tan head. Hoppy and spiced flavor. A great holiday beer.

2.7
Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
lots of herbs with a strange funkiness. hops are short and bitter with a spicy assortment

2.7
nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
The aroma has malt, herbal hops, and spice. The taste is like the aroma. The appearance is amber. Overall not that good but has a nice spice quality.

4
J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 19, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Found this holiday beer yesterday on 5/18 and had to rescue it. Strong sweet malty aroma with a cotton candy component coming off a clear copper/amber body with a foamy white head. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor with a good clove/nutmeg spice component. It’s one of the best balanced additions like this that I’ve had as it’s noticeable but not overwhelming or out of balance in any way. Good bitter, earthy hop bite that balances out some of the sweetness in a very good way. Spices, sugar and a little smokiness are left behind. This gets better and better as it warms up so don’t drink it too cold. Very well done holiday ale. It’s Christmas in May! **2012** Just had the 2011 version and my notes seem to still apply to this vintage. This is really a delicious holiday ale and I’m surprised it doesn’t get higher ratings.

3.7
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle… Mostly clear amber ale with an orange tint and a mid-sized, creamy, white head. The bouquet lends a “secret blend of spices” – probably nutmeg, ginger and possibly clove – to compliment some really nice date and toffee notes. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and snappy carbonation. The spicy, moderately sweet flavor presents brown sugar, caramel and sugar cookie flanked and balanced out a bit by medium woody bitterness and Christmas spices aplenty. Finishes bittersweet and dry. The sweetness quickly fades, but the bitterness hangs on a good while. Solid.

3.3
smith4498 (3674) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Pours slightly hazy copper color with off white head. Smells like a pumpkin pie with cinnamon and nutmeg and some toasted malts. Similar flavors. Medium body with lively carbonation.

4.1
Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bomber pours clear copper with tan head. The mild aroma offers up holiday spices, caramel malts, crystal malts, some sweet dark fruity esters and hints of vague hoppiness. The taste begins a touch creamy on the palate and introduces pine hop flavor mixing with malts, crystal type malts and winter-ish spices. The pine hop presence grows in bitterness as well as the winter spiciness. These notes go well together and I’m really enjoying this. It leaves a moderate level of pine hop like bitterness lingering. Great winter brew.

3.6
StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2011
650ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a hazy copper color with a big foamy off-white head that has good retention. The aroma is mild with piney hops, sweet grains and mulling spices like nutmeg, cloves and allspice. The taste is hops forward with piney biter hops followed by the mulling spices and a good caramel malt backbone. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes somewhat short and clean. Overall: Very tasty

1.5
theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Aroma is malty and spicy. Appearance is brownish. Taste is awful. Was told by waitress this is the house amber with "spicy/tangy tea bags" added. I wasnt sure if I should laugh or barf.... until I tried the beer. This beer is a disaster.

3.6
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2009
sampled some time back. hazy copper pour with thin soapy head. nutmeg, cinnamon trump hops and malting in aroma. dry hopos. bitterness and rich roasted malt. nice.


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