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

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86
very good
365 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
365
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
113
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 365 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkonte
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color with ivory colored head. Spices, toast, roasted malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spice.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I had this for the second time last night, and while good, it feels forced to me. Yes, it tastes like christmas, nutmeg, cinnamon, and the alcohol is somewhat noticeable. It's not very balanced to me, however.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesLeung
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of williams7187
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Metalsnota
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PorterLambic
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Discos2
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look- nice dark Amber/red.
Smell- very aromatic. The spices u want from a holiday beer are all there.
Taste- great spiced ale. Cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted malt.
Feel- bright, spicy and crisp. Slightly sticky.
Overall- if you like spiced winter brews, this is a good one.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LloydDobler
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of MJSJr
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fat Heads Holly Jolly Ale
12oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates but vintage 2015


A: Crystal clear, dark amber, 2 fingers width of tan head has good retention and leaves a small amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Very malty, almost smoky, decent amount of spice. 3.5

T: More spice then the aroma, in a good way; some juniper/pine; still quite malty. Theres a prominent “Christmas spice” that I for some reason can’t place. 3.75

M/D: Fuller side of medium body, carbonation appropriate, drinkablity is average. 3.5

O: Pretty good beer, not something I'd drink frequently and 1 is plenty, but a good beer if you are looking for something different. 3.75

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Photo of Kevin72
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Glanzman
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice caramel color with 1 finger tan head.

Smells, and taste subtly like Christmas... pretty light with the spices.

And ok beer.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerma
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer! Nothing great! Too strong for me to be a regular!

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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
3.81 out of 5 based on 365 ratings.
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