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

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3.8/5
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382 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

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Added by BB1313 on 12-07-2012

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#18,676
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
382
pDev:
11.58%
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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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Photo of justintcoons
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Reddish-mahogany with a short tan head. Good clarity with yeast sediment dancing around. Lively carbonation.

Nose
Cherry, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and plum.

Taste
Honey, maraschino cherry juice, and black plum. Light bouquet of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, crisp, and silky with a drying finish.

Overall
A nicely spiced holiday beer. Well balanced and hides the abv well.

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

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

Photo of monorailred
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AJmon13
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Peaches13
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GreenMind
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
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 dlin0sbb
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkonte
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -3.7%
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 +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 382 ratings