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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

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Holly Jolly Christmas AleHolly Jolly Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BB1313 on 12-07-2012)
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Reviews by Brenden:
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Brenden

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pretty dark, somewhat standard (for a style that has no particular standard) sort of reddish-brown. A tight cream-colored head forms, growing to almost a finger tall, retains itself pretty well, and leaves a modicum of spotty lacing as it recedes.
Initially smelling this and thinking it's a winter warmer, expecting a touch more sweetness and a bit more warmth, it makes sense that it's in an even broader category. The backbone is malty, mostly caramel with some bread, accompanied by some mostly floral hops notes. The spicing is such that it doesn't add sweetness, something of a mix of kitchen and holiday spices. There is a slight kick of cinnamon, and it's well integrated, but otherwise it's more like allspice with an obvious note of nutmeg. The coriander gives it a hint of something like one of those uncategorized Belgian browns. They went safe with it, balancing everything well, making sure it's not too sweet or too heavily spiced. Playing it safe, though, does mute it just a bit overall.
The body is moderate. The carbonation borders on high but is kept in check. Generally it's pretty smooth, definitely plenty crisp but not biting. Alcohol doesn't factor too much in the feel, which is good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 07:19:13 | More by Brenden
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear brownish-crimson color with a fluffy head of tan head. Fades pretty fast and does not leave much lace.

Aroma is ginger galore with the sweet cinnamon-honey coming a close second. Smells very much like a gingerbread cookie.

Taste mixes malt flavors with the spices better than the nose would indicate, still quite cookie-esque though. The honey comes forth in this beer more so than any other beer I have had, maybe even as much as DFH Midas Touch. The ginger seems to help that perception, as does the rich malt. Mouthfeel is great - full and silky. I like this one quite a bit but I could see it being too rich for more than one or two in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 01:47:07 | More by twiggamortis420
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somalley26

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

07-18-2014 22:32:21 | More by somalley26
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MattSharpless

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-17-2014 19:25:35 | More by MattSharpless
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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Ohio

5/5  rDev +31.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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BrewUSA

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

FatHeads HollyJ olly pours a amber reddish orange, with just a bit of Haze~ Light and radiant lacing~a Aroma is nice and spicy, citrus ginger and honey, smells wonderful~ Palate is kicking with some dazzling citrus and spice, dry but sweet, light to med body~ Taste is Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Orange Peel, Honey, Coriander, Clove, Hops, Bread malts and Caramel~ A very good winter warmer~ Smooth and spicy not very complex, yet easy to drink~ A bit of bitterness lingers on the tongue~ Overall: 7.9

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 03:06:16 | More by BrewUSA
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Hacksaw99

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Florida

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Michigan

2/5  rDev -47.2%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Ohio

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Ohio

5/5  rDev +31.9%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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Mtooman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
85 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.