NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Before there was extreme beer -- this one seemed so. Nowadays it seems like a pleasing but lackluster-somehwat lighweight-holiday ale. Kudos to Marin for blazing a spiced & hoppy trail but, I think they should follow Anchor and others by switching up the recipe a little every year, up the malt a bit and this could be a beer to age. Marin used to come out with new offerings frequently but seems to be resting a bit--especially with the not-quite-so-Hoppy Holidaze. Nonetheless, delicious. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
A: The pour into a pint glass is fantastic on this one. A clear amber color with a fluffy white head which leaves some great lacing.
S: The nose is rather disappointing, especially considering the name of the beer. A bit of muddled spice (perhaps some nutmeg and cinnamon), and a slight pepper aroma.
T: The flavors are more impressive, with the typical winter ale players. Nutmeg and cinnamon are again the main spices with a slight sweetness and maybe even some vanilla. The finish has an ever so slight bitterness to it.
M: The sip really fills your mouth and the carbonation gives the beer an almost creamy feel, very nice and pleasantly surprising.
D: Just about no alcohol presence and some nice flavors from a holiday ale. I was expecting a hoppier brew, given the name, but was not let down either way. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Nose of cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg notes, grainy malts with some underlying sweetness. Pale golden amber with not much of a head or lace to speak of. Sweet up front, grainy, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg - not over the top, but the spices and vanilla are definitely there. Underlying base beer is not too impressive and does not add much to the flavor profile. Softly carbonated, lingering moderately sweet/spicy finish. Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2009
22oz. Bottle. Light golden color with no head. Dry nose with some subtle spices, notes of bread and no discernible hop aroma which is odd given the beer’s moniker. Lots of cereal and bread flavors with a strong bitter streak following it up. Spices are somewhat medicinal with the mace being the most prominent. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Finishes with a long mildly bitter and astringent kick. Unimpressive. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2009
22 oz bottle. Clear amber pour, off-white head. Sweet bready malt, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light fruit. Its not great, but still a decent holiday brew.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle from Bevmo. Golden orange with a fizzy off white head. Sweet malty, grainy aroma and taste with good complimentary spice, the cinnamon stands out nicely. Decent. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2009
22 oz bottle. Orange amber with light head that disappeared quickly. Light spice nose, like iced tea. Ginger, peach, cinnamon, clove. Taste is not there. Not much hops, yeast, malt, or spices. Some light fruitiness and light spiciness, same as nose, but nothing very noteworthy or impressive. Bummer. Sounded way better than it was. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle. Cloudy amber with large white head. Hop aroma with spice, different, very sweet. Sweet malt flavor with spice, very christmas. Creamy, medium body. Way too sweet. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
Bottle shared by Dak. Hmmm. Pours a hazy warm orange gold and has a weird almost off-putting aroma that reminds me of pedio but it’s not, it’s a sharp strange and unripe aroma that makes me wince. Fizzy mouthfeel. I like the flavors only slightly better than the aromas, although it did grow on me as I drank it. Has some fruitiness. As it warmed I enjoyed it more, the flavors mellow and the soft malt comes out of its shell. The spices are overpowering and incongruous and the nutmeg (and mace) are distinctly in the way. Odd brew. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy apricot color with a small bubbly white head. Aroma has lots of ginger(odd), orange, yeast and light aroma of hops. Flavor has more of the ginger flavor, tart apples, spides, yeast and citrus. I don’t get this beer. The muted hops, odd spices, and level of malts just dont add up.