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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

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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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Filabee

Michigan

2/5  rDev -47.2%

04-05-2014 17:11:43 | More by Filabee
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a light spice and quite faint. In the taste, spices, especially all spice, but mellow in the end. A spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. Nice spice but mellow and faint.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 20:36:00 | More by OWSLEY069
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BB1313

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy auburn, off-white head which eventually fades but leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of the usual suspects like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. There are some berries noticeable in the nose as well, especially blueberries. The flavors are pretty malty. The spices definitely shine as well. More cinnamon and ginger, which dominate. The honey isn't too noticeable in the flavors, in my opinion. Very grainy and has a mineral-like quality. There's a subtle bitterness. The flavors just seem to fall flat and don't come off as memorable. I'm also picking up some blueberries in the flavors, for what it's worth. The mouthfeel is nice. High carbonation, almost fizzy, but smooth. The alcohol is well hidden and not noticeable.

I love Fat Head's, but I was underwhelmed by this one. If you're into spiced Christmas ales, give it a shot, but it's not as tasty as Great Lakes, Thirsty Dog, Hoppin' Frog, and The Brew Kettle's interpretations, in my humble opinion. I hate to compare beers in reviews, but it's only fair since they are all too similar and Ohio brewed.

** I'm not sure if this is the same beer/recipe as their Christmas Ale of years past. Seems very similar.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 22:30:33 | More by BB1313
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-27-2012 22:20:17 | More by DWolf
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masterofsparks

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-24-2014 15:57:21 | More by masterofsparks
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jakecattleco

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-30-2013 02:36:26 | More by jakecattleco
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Brew33

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-18-2014 14:40:26 | More by Brew33
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-07-2014 23:10:17 | More by hmmmbeer10
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-03-2013 18:34:41 | More by tmars13
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MaximumYuks

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-27-2014 01:02:04 | More by MaximumYuks
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ValpoExpo

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

11-22-2013 04:44:11 | More by ValpoExpo
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Zonian1

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-02-2014 22:43:46 | More by Zonian1
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-22-2012 21:33:20 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

07-08-2013 14:59:27 | More by Thorpe429
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-18-2013 19:31:03 | More by outoffocus
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TasteTester

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-14-2013 20:13:28 | More by TasteTester
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-05-2013 04:26:09 | More by bcsbeer
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

11-08-2013 23:22:05 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - a pretty pour, clear amber/ruby brew with a finger of manila cream. Festive and elegant.

Aroma - cola/anise, powdery grain.

Taste - like the nose, a cola/anise flavor, malty sweetness. A middle of the road seasonal, but a good crossover into the winter ale styles that tend to be sweeter.

Mouthfeel - smooth, decent weight for the style, slightly muted carbonation.

Overall - decent session Christmas beer, though GLC still rules the roost. A toast of this beer to Steve who introduced himself at the King of the Hill IPA tasting at Incline Public House. He needed a sitdown and I was happy to share my table. Joined by his brother Frank and sister-in-law Leanne, I was about to leave but they bought me one, so thanks for that!! Meeting new friends over good beer is always a keeper in the holiday memories department. Great to meet you guys, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:24:31 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 06:49:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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sarbast

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour with decent head and retention. Aroma is light; nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon, primarily nutmeg. Taste is sweet, with cinnamon up front and the other spices following. Honey is in there somewhere. I like this as a holiday ale, but am not overwhelmed by it. Enjoyable but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 03:30:52 | More by sarbast
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-24-2013 01:28:28 | More by Cynic-ale
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robgage

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-24-2014 01:30:29 | More by robgage
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-27-2013 17:35:28 | More by Lanstrum
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-17-2013 14:59:47 | More by Segelstrom
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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.