Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2002
2000. One of the best and most memorable beers I've tasted. My favorite at the 2001 GABF. It's very hoppy and has a nice, but not overwhelming kick to the palate. The balance of hops and malt makes it warm and inviting, but its kick makes it impossible to drink complacently. You notice it, with pleasure, as you sip. I only wish there were a way to get my hands on it out east . . . SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
22 oz bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. Upon the pouring of this ale, I noticed an immediate aroma of spices and minor notes of hops. The flavor follows along the same lines as the aroma with a delicious serving of spices and hint of nutmeg backed by a moderate serving of hops. Even the appearance was attractive with a delicate fluffy layer of foam for a head paired with a orange color of liquid. I really liked this Christmas offering from Hoppy Brewing and I plan on picking up more around the holidays. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - 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. 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. J_man (1025) - 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.
dnstone (3705) - 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. Strykzone (7800) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2016
22 oz bottle from hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. Hazy golden brown with a nice off white creamy head. Falls very unevenly. Cool looking. This begins with big nutmeg and pumpkin but soon huge fruit emerges. That fruit is not really citrus, not tropical, not stone, etc. Not sure what it was. Whatever, it was good. Lets call this a humulus holiday beer. I liked everything about it. And all of that fruit was the icing on the, well, humulus. Not usually a fan of holiday beers but this one stood out. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 14, 2005
GABF: I liked this one even if it was a bit strange. Poured clear light orange/yellow. Spicy aroma with some nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger maybe. Full beige head. Strange mix of hops and all that spice but it works for me. LinusStick (3530) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2007
What an incredible different beer. Acquired via trade with Dirty_Martini...I owe you! I have never experienced a beer like this. The aroma was nutmeg and cinnamon....yes you read that right. The pour was a hazy brown with a thin white head with decent lacing. The taste was the same as the aroma with a hoppy bite. Very nice! Thisis12ptfont (1234) - 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.