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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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3.4
Delirium (669) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2008
Bomber. Pours dark amber-orange with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is Christmas spices, sweet malt, and some citrus hops. Flavor is various spices, a bit stronger than in the aroma, with a bit of caramel malt with a hint of roastiness, and finishing with a bit of citrus hops. Main flaws are alcohol is a bit too noticeable when it warms, and finish is quite short. The malt/spice/hops interaction is interesting overall though. Pretty good for the spiced-Christmas-beer style.

3.4
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
Bottle shared by puzzl. Deep amber-orange beer with a thin yellowish-beige head. Lots of cinnamon, allspice and ginger on the nose. Sweet and slightly malty on the back. It’s very pumpkin beer like with some sweet spiciness and a lingering gingery character. Kind of simple with an earthy hoppiness. As it warms, more malty sweetness comes out along with the peppery alcohol.

3.6
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle. Hoppy chocolate aroma with minor spice. Some pumpkin. Lots of spice in the flavor with strong pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and such. Very much like a pumpkin ale. Pretty nice. The hoppiness adds a good dimension to this.

3.3
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
clear copper with a fleeting head. Big spicy herbal smell with black currant, anise. Taste is full of fresh hops, pale malts, and that holiday spice mix. Not too bad. 11287

3.2
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
22oz bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and amber/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-toffee, spice-cinnamon, nutmeg. Taste is spice, medium malt-toffee, some earthy. OK carbonation. Thanks to Stevo for sharing.

3.3
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2008
btl. A clean copper pour with hard hints of amber. Spicey aroma that has hard cinnamon and nutmeg. Spice is light with medium malt character that struggles to carry the abv. Decent bitter finish. Carbonation is over the top for me just a tad and its a wee bit thin. Overall a good warm holiday beer.

2.9
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Bottle. Dark orange pour with thin off-white film on top. Aroma of cinnamon, banana-nut bread, and some sweet malt. The flavor is similar, pretty vegetable-like, with some bitterning hops in the finish. Somewhat a strange concoction of flavors.

3
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
orange with a nice white head that leaves webbing on the glass.strange aroma of beets,wintergreen,and toothpaste.flavor is much of the same.very strange indeed.

3.6
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle from Hi Time Cellars, xmas 07. Nice amber-straw color, white head that hangs in. Aroma is sweet malt and light spicy that hints of xmas loaf. Flavor is sweet crystal malty with a good balance spice, finishes bitter and clean. A decent beer, not much else to say.

3.4
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
22oz bottle from Bevmo Carmel Mountain. I was a lot more into this beer than I thought I’d be. Had a great spicy, sweet nose. On the pallet I found hints of habanero, banana, and other random fruits.


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