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

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BA SCORE
3.8/5
Very Good
369 Ratings
Holly Jolly Christmas AleHolly Jolly Christmas Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States
fatheadscleveland.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BB1313 on 12-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,797
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
369
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
114
Trade:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color, capped by a two finger ecru head; the retention is disappointing and there is minimal lacing

Smell: Herbal thyme aromatics dominate, with orange, juniper berry, honey and assorted Christmas spicing, primarily ginger and cinnamon

Taste: Spice cake malt and honey flavors, at the outset with the herbal and holiday spice mix building; through the middle, the orangey bitterness becomes prominent; the herbal and juniper tones return, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of a muddle, sort of like blending a pale ale with a winter warmer, and the herbal tones just don't work well on my palate with the hops

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, honey, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, honey, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Christmas ale! All around good balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I just had occasion to revisit GLBC's Christmas Ale and I thought that since I am on a Christmas Ale kick, I would take in another Ahia brewery's offering. A trio of us made a recent foray to Malvern for beer & this was one of the bottles that came home with me. Merry Christmas (a few days late) & Season's Beatings to the Kleveland Klowns this coming Sunday, courtesy of Th' Stillers, 'n' 'at!

From the bottle: :Once upon a frozen evening way up north, a sweet local honey named Holly inspired our jolly fat man (as only Holly can) to create this festive spiced holiday ale. We think that you will enjoy this holiday creation with it's [sic] aromas and flavors of Christmas day. Sweet malt, ginger, honey and cinnamon spice. Sip this by the fire with your significant other. Who knows, maybe it will lead to a little inspiration of your own. From our Jolly Fat Man to yours, Happy Holidays."; "Chill Out Man, Have A Beer! (R) [undersigned] Matt - Chris - Glenn"; "A great beer to spice up your holidays".

I gently Pop!ped the cap since their Fat Man was emblazoned on it & then I conducted a gentle pour sine I was using a smaller glass than what the bottle held. I still got two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention for my efforts. Color was a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Nose was more gingery spicy than cinnamon, but both were evident. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but very thin as compared to GLBC Christmas Ale. The taste was very spicy and the ginger was prevalent, overpowering the honey and leaving the cinnamon in the background. Finish was absolutely dry, thanks to the spices. It was decent, but I would prefer the GLBC version over this one, given a choice. That said, this might be better mulled in a double boiler & I can provide instruction, if you like.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Holly Jolly is a solid Christmas Ale....there are just a few critiques on each category that I must give and reasons as to why this beer didn't score higher with me.....even though I think it might be my favorite Xmas Style Ale I've tried to date. The beer poured a very nice rich amber with thin white head....but no lace (deduct). The scent has spice and pine needles not overpowering (which I like)....but not as strong as others (deduct). The taste is evenly balanced...again the spice and pine not overpowering...again which I like and makes it sessionable. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is good and I like it....but if you're looking for a gingerbread man in a Xmas tree bold punch in the face....this is not it. Very subtle an nice.

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3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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 -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 369 ratings
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