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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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2.6
Braudog (6793) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Bottle. Obviously, not in the holiday spirit anymore, but this doesn’t come across quite right. The pumpkin pie kinda thing dominates this, but it’s not pumpkiny, just some mulled spice thing, which unfortunately finishes with a off-putting mash IMHO. (#5458, 3/13/2014)

2.9
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a small fizzy off-white head. The nose is a mash up of caramel sweetness, light floral hops, and a mix of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is a pretty odd mash up as well. Fairly heavy caramel sweetness and moderately bitter hops, it comes across as a hoppy Amber, but then the spices take over on the finish. Not sure I really dig the fairly heavy hop level with all these spices, they just don’t seem to work together all that well. Then there’s the fact that this is all over a fairly boring Amber ale base. Medium bodied and a bit clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. Meh, I think I’d pass on this one if I had it to do over.

3.1
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF 2005: Clear light coppery hue with a good head and some lace. The aroma is spicy and piney with notes of caradmom, nutmeg, belgian yeast and sugar. The taste has a big spicy bite and a hoppy character as well. I got cinnamom in the flavor I didn’t find on the nose. The aftertaste and feel is a bit bready, chalky and short. An okay beer, different and some will enjoy the spice blend.

3.4
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a deep golden orange color with an off white head. The aroma has some nice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and fresh baked pastries. The flavor is a bit heavy on the spices with background bready malts. Pretty thick body and some solid bitterness in the finish along with slight astringency from the spices. Pretty dry and bready without much sweetness. It could have used a touch more sweetness with the spices actually.

3.3
decaturstevo (6341) - 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.

3.1
dwyerpg (6299) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Smells great, nutmeg and pumpking. Very strong aroma. Taste is like the smell, it actually seems to have quite a bit of pumpking. It’s not really that good though. Dry throughout, it’s just too much spices.

3.2
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
Amber, clear topped by a solid off-white head that is mostly lasting. Sweet and yeasty upfront, presenting meringue and pomegranate notes. Hard to pick up spices that are actually not all that upfront, possibly ginger and nutmeg, not quite the exotic spices I was expecting from the commercial description. They leave a slightly biting sensation as the pie-like yeastiness fades with a watery sensation. Light bodied, fair carbonation.

3.8
hayduke (5579) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured a rich amber color with a beige head and good lacing. Nose is spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium plus body. Flavor is very much a blast of spices. and I get allspice to go along with the nutmeg and cinnamon. Maybe ginger. Finishes rich and flavorful with lovely spices. Great holiday beer.

3.5
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
650 ml bottle from La Bodega. Clear orange amber with a fizzy white head. Sweet spice and hoppy aroma. Tastes like an IPA with dominant nutmeg and cloves in the flavor. It’s an interesting taste, but I’m not sure if it works. That said, it’s worth a try.

3.4
Aurelius (5437) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Zesty, citrus and nutmeg, sweet, dark toffee aroma. Psychedelic label, clear dark brown. Sweet, spicy, woody, a little boozy. The spice wasn’t overdone. Substantial mouthfeel, spice-bitter aftertaste. Bomber. ABC, Betton.


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