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RATINGS: 83   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (3171) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
lots of herbs with a strange funkiness. hops are short and bitter with a spicy assortment

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
08-Dec-06 (22 oz bottle: $2.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Years ago, I began experimenting with adding a bunch of spices to my pancakes and the first time, I went overboard on the nutmeg. The result was a bitter, unpleasant pancake and I tossed the whole batch. Just like those pancakes, the spices in Hoppy Claus have been added with reckless abandon. The grainy malts are moderately sweet and caramely, but are easily overshadowed by the strong spice component and a persistent bitterness from both hops and spices. Bitter spices seem to include an entire crop of ginger, plus nutmeg, clove and possibly cinnamon. Despite the moderate sweetness, the medium-bodied beer is quite dry right through to the long-lasting finish. Medium-high carbonation and enduring bitterness keep the palate lively and crisp, though a bit astringent. Spicy, grainy nose is more enjoyable because you cant smell astringent bitterness. Copper in color and fairly cloudy initially, despite the lack of sedimentary evidence of bottle conditioning, but when the beer magically clears up over time, the cloudiness is obviously chill haze. Fluffy, light-tan head rises to nearly about half an inch in height before settling back down to a thin, filmy layer. Overall, theres just too much focus on the spice for this beer to be truly enjoyable or a candidate for repeat purchases.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bomber from BevMo. Dark amber/copper color with a nice beige head. Spicy aroma, seems to be nutmeg. Spiced and hoppy flavors. Kind of hard to tell where the spice ends and hops begin. Decent brew. Could use a little more balance between the bitterness and malts. Kind of dry. A little more sweetness would be helpful.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baraciisch (3028) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Amber copper in color.... Aroma of Belgian malts, cinnamon, spices, light citrus hops... Flavor is nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar... Nutty malts... Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 Id be. Had a great spicy, sweet nose. On the pallet I found hints of habanero, banana, and other random fruits.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2807) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Spiced aroma. Hazed amber color with a nice tan head. Hoppy and spiced flavor. A great holiday beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Pours copper and hazy with fluufy off white head, and some spotty lacing. Pumpkin spice aroma. Pumpkin, hops, and nutmeg. clove on the finish

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle. A reddish brown clear color with a foamy off-white head. A spiced (ginger, candy, pepper) hoppy malt aroma that finishes with a vegetable grainy, malt and caramel flavor.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Decent sized tan head of varying sized bubbles. Spicy aroma with some ginger and nutmeg, vegetal aromas, some light roasted grains and grass. Color is a dark amber with good clarity. Spicy flavor as one would expect with lots of ginger and cinnamon, earthy vegetable and straw flavors, light roastyness and some tea leaves. Moderate lingering bitterness late swallow with more spices and a somewhat chalky palate. An ok brew that is heavy on the spice. Not something that I would like to drink regularily.


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