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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

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BA SCORE
85
very good

149 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 7
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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Crafts_and_recreation

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours a deep, ruby hue with dense, fluffy off-white head which dissapated but left a nice 1/4 inch on top. Tons of carbonation, bubbles continue to rise in the glass while I write this, and a thin, spotty lacing throughout.

Aroma is very complex of ginger, cinnamon, clove, pine, some honey or molasses, breads malts. Smells sweet and spicy, very pleasant with a hint of brown sugar and orange peel.

Flavor is very smooth, spices hit the palate first but are followed by a clean malt base and it's a hint sweet without overdoing it. Almost reminiscent of fruitcake, it starts out with cinnamon and spice, followed by pine, and with a smooth orangey finish. Very little noticeable bitterness if any and mild fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is one of this beer's strong points in my opinion, it's smooth and silky with a full body and clean finish. Flavor is really carried across the palate by this rich brew and is surprisingly drinkable for its strength.

Overall this is one of the better Christmas beers I've tried. It's spicy without being overwhelming, piney without being too pungent, and has a deep, satiny body that goes down easily with a pleasant aftertaste. This beer is what I had hoped ST 2xmas would be like, the aromas are similar, but FH presents a much smoother and more palatable flavor in my opinion. Not something I'd want all the time, but I would certainly recommend trying it.

12-25-2013 21:42:12 | More by Crafts_and_recreation
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-23-2013 03:40:05 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-22-2013 02:59:42 | More by Gatordaddy
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rieg21

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

12-21-2013 23:40:51 | More by rieg21
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M1A2

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-21-2013 04:23:24 | More by M1A2
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Hermthegerm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-21-2013 02:00:22 | More by Hermthegerm
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davemathews68

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-21-2013 00:17:30 | More by davemathews68
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JayKay412

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-19-2013 17:31:38 | More by JayKay412
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cd_beer_disapear

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-19-2013 12:29:17 | More by cd_beer_disapear
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-19-2013 01:09:55 | More by kylehay2004
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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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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-17-2013 14:59:47 | More by Segelstrom
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ZachRusk

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-16-2013 00:54:29 | More by ZachRusk
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-15-2013 23:57:29 | More by Knapp85
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DCHritz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-15-2013 20:23:43 | More by DCHritz
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Artjsantos

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-14-2013 20:14:47 | More by Artjsantos
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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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DustinSWB

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-14-2013 18:41:41 | More by DustinSWB
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redmaw

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-14-2013 15:18:21 | More by redmaw
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elkinbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-14-2013 15:06:33 | More by elkinbrown
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Machete824

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

12-14-2013 02:54:40 | More by Machete824
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zimm421

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemless wine glass. Appears a beautiful deep amber color with a nice tan head. The head has good staying power, and leaves decent lacing.

The nose has hints of ginger, honey, spices and sweet caramel malt. Very nice aroma here, just what you would expect. The taste is right in line with this with the malts dominating, and the honey playing a supporting role. The spices also come through in the forefront with ginger and cinnamon dominating. The combinations here work really well, and the hops even seem to appear in the finish with a little floral note.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with active carbonation, and there's a pretty sticky finish that you can feel for a good 30 seconds after each sip. Overall, this is a good winter beer / Christmas ale. Not the best style on earth, but this gets the job done when you're looking for something to warm you up or looking for something that fits in during the season.

12-13-2013 01:01:19 | More by zimm421
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-12-2013 21:45:19 | More by ChrisMon02
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Chris_Panos

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-12-2013 17:29:26 | More by Chris_Panos
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Archimetez

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-12-2013 01:39:47 | More by Archimetez
Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
85 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.