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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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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.

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rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
OOOh a very very nice winter brew. Very full of spices and full body. Appearance is very nice and brown with a cloudy texture. Has a thin lacey head. Mouthfeel is smooth with a little aftertaste but not bad.

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.

3.6
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.

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.

2.9
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 22 oz bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Flavor starts with some nutmeg and clove followed by a touch of cinnamon with a light citrus bitterness in the finish. Medium body is smooth with moderate carbonation. This spice thing ain’t my thing.

3.8
Thisis12ptfont (1192) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Pleasant aroma of hops, pumpkin, ginger and nutmeg. Amber/copper color with no foam. Crisp with very hoppy overtones with strong spice and caramel malt on the finish. Overall, I actually really enjoy this. Assertive hops and spice. I’d give this a B+ rating.

3.2
krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Cloudy deep amber color. Smells like a fruit cake. It has a smooth spiced flavor and leaves a light coating of it behind.

2.9
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle. Not a fan of spiced beers and especially not a fan of this beer. 2 sips and then down the drain.

3.3
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Goofy label with an okay beer behind it. Orangish pour with a decent, off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy and floral, to te point that I expected more of an IPA. The flavor is flat. Wooden, grassy, and dusty, without the hop bitterness the aroma led me to expect. There is a mystery flavor that is medicinal, kind of like the anti-bacterial first-aid spray. This might be worth a second try, but I’m not racing out to get it.


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