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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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BA SCORE
85
very good

267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 13
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BB1313 on 12-07-2012

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Reviews by wvsabbath:
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3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type - Bottle

Appearance - Brownish tan with a thin 1/4 inch head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Classic winter warmer smell. Malts, Cherry, apples,orange, honey, ginger, molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits like plum and rasin.

Taste - Dry malty, toffee, caramel and buttery at first sip. Much like a english brown ale with winter warmer spices and flavors. Ginger is a large flavor that comes in at first sip and remains at the finish. Some minor cherry and added sugars are present. A sting of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat tounge with dry buttery flavors. Palate gets alot of ginger, some fruits and added sugars. The finish is malty, spicey and dry.

Overall - Different style of xmas ale. Its a brown ale, with some winter warmer notes. The sugars and spices arent overpowering at all. Hops are minor, fruits are mixed in with added sugars. Ginger makes up the main flavor with the buttery malts. Good, not great, worth a drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.17/5  rDev +10%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Six packs released with a deep mahogany brown crimson hue with light khaki tan head forming nicely in intricate patterns down the sides of my chalice. Aroma has spices for Christmas, ginger, cinnamon, etc. with a definite honey tone fermented out a bit. Strong spice character throughout each sip it's super spicy limiting the enjoyment of each sip, to how high your tolerance is to the honey, cinnamon, ginger, dry spice additions are. Mouthfeel gets cloying at times be ready to share this beer with those folks who love Great Lakes Christmas ale hell rim the glass with a mix of cinnamon and sugar if you have to. Overall I love Fathead's this beer is off my palate's radar for beers I truly love, but I consider it to be a good solid Christmas ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of imbuckeye
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of McMatt7
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
85 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.