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Hoppy Holidaze - Marin Brewing Company

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102 Ratings

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mark on 12-02-2002

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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 78
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3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 650 mL bomber to Mikasa pint glass

A: Spot on apricot in color, clear and quite pretty. Forms a small wispy head that dissipates quickly, leaving scant lacing.

S: The bouquet is the highlight of the brew as it gives off distinct aromas of orange-chocolate candy, nutmeg and clove, with a doughy, pastry-like malt sweetness that works as a backdrop. There isn't much in the way of hop or alcohol presence to speak of, but this smells lovely.

T: At the front of the sip your palate is met by the array of described holiday spices, with a touch of earthy, tea-like hop flavors to break up the festive sweetness. But then, "pfft', gone. It's like the flavors neutralize each other and your palate is left with a subtle citrusy malt flavor that rapidly retracts.

M: And the relatively light body contributes to this flavor-vanishing act. I didn't notice it at first, but the beer lacks weight and viscosity for its attempted style and flavor-profile.

Hmmm, strange beer. When you pop the cap you smell nothing but holiday goodness, but flavors just don't go far enough. This isn't to say it's not drinkable. In fact, far from it - this goes down pretty easy. But it's as if the subtle hop presence nukes the tasty holiday flavors, and the back of the swallow is almost...watery? Well, not watery, but tamed, and the brew would do so much better if it aimed a little "bigger".

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3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky light orange with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruits, and a blend of spices. Taste is of slightly sour citrus fruit, bubblegum, and the spice flavors (although nothing stands out on its own). There is a very mild sourness that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel and is a bit drying on the palate. Overall, this is a pretty good Winter beer from Marin that is easy to drink.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. 2011 vintage. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a cloudy gold with a finger of white foam. Head settles, but doesn't disappear. Moderate amounts of lacing in the glass.

Aroma is mostly of bold christmas spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg come on strong with a touch of orange peel. Grainy malt in background. Hops seem fairly neutral, or are just buried by the spices.

Taste is very sweet, spicy, and a little fruity. There's an initial tartness that is quickly overwhelmed by sweet malts. Spices emerge in the middle along with some citrusy fruits. Finish stays sweet and spicy and lingers for quite awhile. No sign of the moderately high ABV in the flavor. Really nice flavor and better than the nose.

Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation. A touch thick but seems good for a winter warmer.

I really like this beer. Obviously the name is more of a pun than an indication that this is an amped-up hoppy beer, but I'm not going to hold it against them.

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3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes out looking like liquid caramel, but there is a ton of haze in the beer. Small white head. Aroma was very sweet, that was the most obvious thing. For having hoppy in the name, it was one of the least hoppy beers aroma wise.

Taste, still not much in the way of hops, but who jacks up a bunch of hops in their winter warmer anyway? More big time caramel sweetness. Pretty sticky stuff. Legitimate amount of malt heft to this one. Not overly spicy, just a bit of cinnamon and mint in very low leves. Might as well round that out with a pinch of nutmeg and a somewhat peppery aftertaste given how sweet the initial sips were.

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Hoppy Holidaze from Marin Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.