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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our traditional Christmas Ale, brewed with Pale, Wheat, Munich and Dextrine malts and hopped with Magnum and Styrian Goldings varieties. Delicately spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and pure vanilla extract.

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3.3
Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2012
10 Jan 2012, bottle. med gold, clear, some steady bubbles, foamy head that fades immediately. not really smelling the hops over the spices. Very sweet and malty. lots of nutmeg. i’d probably try this as a thanksgiving ale instead of a christmas ale. med body, a little creamy, and a bit fizzy. not a huge fan. unfortunately i’ve got a big bottle to drink! light caramel malt, some cinnamon and nutmeg with an odd spice that adds a weird flavor. there’s a drying finish that fades fast.

2.6
Thisis12ptfont (1191) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Aroma is earthy/piney hops with a light citrus. Appearance is a spectacular gold with a thin foam top. Taste is very sweet malts with small hops present. The finish is very sweet vanilla and caramel with a small wheat like aftertaste. Overall, for a beer named hoppy holidaze, there sure isn’t a whole lot of hop. Mainly malty with other subtle tastes of wheat and citrus. I’d give this a D+ rating.

3.3
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Well I bought this because it was 3.50, and for that price I was not disappointed. Pours like a pale ale. Aroma is not overtly spicy which I found surprising considering the list of ingredients. Flavor and aroma remind me of several of Alaskan breweries beers, most notably the summer kolsch and amber. Has that fruity hint common to both beers. The spice is slightly present in the flavor, but this drinks like a estery pale ale. Nice and easy to drink for the alcohol, but not your typical spicy winter beer.

3.3
baraciisch (3232) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Aroma of cinnamon,nutmeg, spices.... Cloudy orange in color... Flavor is citrusy malts with notes of spices, fairly light body.... Interesting beer, not my favorite, prefer the darker holiday beers...

3.3
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Honey-colored pour with a nice eggshell head that left a bit of spotty lacing. Aroma and flavor consist of citrus, caramel malt, and typical holiday spices (vanilla, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon). Think those flavors typically lend themselves better to darker, richer beers. Just didn’t like how the citrus played with it. Not terrible but not a huge fan.

2.8
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2011
I didn’t care too much for this one. Hazy pale. Vanilla nose. Very weak and thin flavored. Little malt and hop flavor. Very weak hop nose, and no bitterness. With a name like hoppy I would expect more.

3.3
Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. Slightly hazy copper color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of malt and ginger. Light body with flavors of sweet ginger and nutmeg along with some malt. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Slightly above average holiday brew overall.

3.3
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bomber. Pale honey golden colored with lots of fluffy white head. The aroma is mostly cereal malt, lemon citrus and grassy hops. The taste is a blend of herbal hops, honey, cloves, orange spice and cinnamon. It has a dry fruitiness to it that reminds me of a Belgian Witbier. Overall pretty tasty but it doesn’t quite deliver enough hops flavors to justify its name.

2.6
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2010
650 ml bottle. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that soon fades to a fine film. The aroma is odd with cardboard, barley and stale spices. The taste is malty caramel and peanuts laced with lightly biter spices that do not seem to work together correctly. The palate is thin and unsatisfying with soft carbonation. The finish is medium in duration. Overall: I find this brew kinda strange, this one is not for me.

4.1
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2010
A: pours a nice rose colored amber. Nice, big bubbled, off-white head. Great rate of head retention and a nice amount of lacing to accompany it. S: nice big earthy hop aroma, some flowery notes, with a hint of evergreens. Slight funky aroma, like a wild ale. Light sweetness from the malts in the nose. T: very unusual ale. Good amount of flavors from the hops, mostly floral. I do pull a holiday flavor out of this, which is nice. I pull some strawberries, light notes of vanilla. Light flavors of orange peel as well. M: wonderful holiday brew, light, crisp and refreshing. Higher carbonation level than expected. Medium bodied.


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