Hoppy Claus Holiday Ale | Hoppy Brewing Co.

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Hoppy Claus Holiday AleHoppy Claus Holiday Ale
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Hoppy Claus Holiday AleHoppy Claus Holiday Ale

Brewed by:
Hoppy Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by pjwilson on 12-04-2005

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by zeff80:
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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Photo of magictrokini
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Goofy label with an okay beer behind it. Orangish pour with a decent, off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy and floral, to te point that I expected more of an IPA. The flavor is flat. Wooden, grassy, and dusty, without the hop bitterness the aroma led me to expect. There is a mystery flavor that is medicinal, kind of like the anti-bacterial first-aid spray. This might be worth a second try, but I'm not racing out to get it.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear gold/amber with a small head that melts quickly to thin sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet, sweet powder sugar frosting and cinnamon.
Flavor is very heavy on cloves, cinnamon and no hops at all. Just sweet and holiday spices. Powdered holiday spices.
Besides being very heavy in spices...it comes off boring.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy dark red colored body.
The aroma is rich malt, cinnamon and fresh baked bread. Nice.
The taste is super sweet throughout. There are little bits of spice and lemon, but the sweetness is dominating.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
The sweetness is too much for me.

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Photo of bum732
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

S: Faint citrus hops, fruity malt backbone, touch of cinnamon, fairly muted all around.

L: Fairly clear orangish red. Creamy white that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Earthy cinnamon up front with some earthy, hop flavor. Toasty malt backbone prominent throughout. Medium earthy bitterness with some subtle spiciness, cinnamon and cardamom. Slight bisquity backbone. Finishes with some hoppy dryness with the bisquity backbone complementing.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Meh, fairly hoppy "winter warmer". Pretty mediocre.

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Photo of Tripphop
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trade extra thanks to Loki83.
Funny looking bottle, trippy label, silly brewery name, who'da thunk it. This beer is pretty damn tasty. I'm typically not a fan of winter spiced beers, but this one did it right.

Great look to this one, fine foamy cream head and deep amber-orange color with a tinge of red in the right light. Fresh hoppy aroma with wintery spices. Smells of pine, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and hoppy goodness. Taste is clean and full. Sweet candy malt backbone with just the right touch of pie spice. Winter wamer up front, IPA in the back. Finishes crisp with bold malt, but a bright piney hop-pucker that sticks with you.

Would be yummy on draft. Glad to drink it fresh and hoppy.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to my SA-BA pint glass, the liquid is a medium dark copper, slightly cloudy with very nice carbonation. The head is one finger off white and leaves a nice lace.

The smell is a nice mild pine woods hop with a lightly toasted malty back bone.

The taste follows well, a very nice malty base topped off with a big hoppy finish. The brew has been mildly spiced, it works ok, but I am no big fan of spiced brew so take it from me if that is your thing this might be your holiday brew.

The mouthfeel works well, this is a better then medium body brew with very nice carbonation.

The drinkability is fine, quite a nice beer all in all.

Prosit MK

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of aepb1
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A hazy burnt orange body (Kasey says it looks like a sunrise and she should know, she goes to work at 4:30 am)

S- Citrusy hops and some clove

T- Follows the nose with some spiciness and there is a definite malt belly that is a bit roasty

M- Full-bodied, creamy and good carbonation

D- Interesting spiced IPA and will return if able to

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3.99 at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in December 2006. Tasted 12/18/06.

Pours a nice rich amber and with a decent head that gets better with time- lots of lacing demonstrates it's rich creaminess. Very nice.

Aroma- spices, yes, that's it. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, raisins, a hint of sweet ornage candy (just a hint) and good bready malts.

Flavor follows through. Other reviews have suggested a lack of hops, and compared to some winter brews I have tried, it's a fair cop, but I find them very distinct and tasty here. A nice bitter ending to this winter warmer is just right.

I like this one. I'm not a big fan of winter brews, spiced up and overwhelming, sometimes muddy and indistinct. This one is not that at all. Quite tasty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say as to why I am drinking a Hoppy Clause in the middle of July?!?!? I have really been cleaning out the closet lately and found this sitting literally way in the back. I cannot even begin to describe how upset I was to see this sitting back there, what a waste I first thought, thinking that it would be long past its prime( I would be shocked later). Then I was actually happy, I had totally forgotten I got this, or where it even came from. But the name alone just made me smile. I mean how could something called Hoppy Clause, with a tripped out dripping smiley face on the front, be even remotely considered bad for someone like me. I guess the old term chrismas in july, really does come true sometimes. Anyway, enough of my mindless dribble, and on to the real reason at hand. How did that bottle of Hoppy Clause hold up in my closet for probably close to a year? This question will be answered soon enough....

So we begin, poured into the pint glass. It is a very dark and hazy orange/amber, great tone hear. Haziness makes it look very thick and full. Decent carbonation could be seen streaming up in bubble chains, so I know it is definatly not flat. As if I needed further convincing, a huge billowing white, pillow like head formed on the top. Incredible staying power, as it was still over a halh an inch about 5 minutes later. Lots of really sticky lace then formed on the inside of the glass. This pretty much obscured everything from sight for the rest of the session. This really had the appearence of a thick IPA that really meant buisness. I was very pleased with the overall look of this one and was very anxious to try it.

For the nose we immediatly get set back by the hops, a very good sign. First notes were a warm citrus smell, followed by the most certain aroma of cinnamon I have ever picked up in a brew. I mean there was no denying the strong cinnamon presence right off the top on this one. The mix between the strong orange peel, and grapefruit aromas mixed in with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices produced a wonderful smell. Very reminiscent of a wintertime theme. I was really smiling after breathing this in. It had a very warm and cozy feel to it, and then it had that explosive hop bomb right off the top. I was really quite pleased to see this holding up so well so far. Now it was time for the true test, how will the taste profile hold up on this? Lets find out...

So, first sip...wow. What a first impression this gave. Strong hop wallop(no pun intended) hit me right away, this was definatly still fresh! Lots of orange and graperuit and tangerine flavors were immediatly noticeable and very strong and fresh feeling. But then the complexity of the brew fully set it. Such a strong wave of cinnamon washed over the palate, followed by some nutmeg, maybe even some berry flavors. This was a damn fine tasting brew! Great mouthfeel let the flavors really explode and made everything even that more noticeable. Silky smooth and effortlessly it went down, leaving behind a dry, but spicy bitter finish. Lots of resiny flavors a few seconds later started to take over and left your lips sticking to the outside of your teeth. I really was blown away by the spiceness mixed into this. Especially the cinnamon, I really can't stress as to how strong this flavor came across, and not in a bad way, it was just really very nice. It made you immediatly think of that christmas time feeling all over again. Just extremely well roundd and well crafted, one of the best all around flavors I have ever tasted, especially in an extremely hopped up west coast brew.

Overall this was a damn fine brew here. It really impressed me from the very beginning. Initially I had been worried about the unintentional aging, but I believe this may have actually been beneficial in this case. It may have helped tone down the hops just enough to let the these flavors really start to come out. Maybe this should be a lesson to let some of these sit a while longer, especially the holiday ales which always tend to have something else added into the mix. I guess it all depends though as I have tried that before with little success (see sierra nevada celebration). Or maybe this was just that good?? Anyone wanna send me another to compare, I would gladly take this again any day, seriously this was damn goood.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Skyjmpr
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JoeCorleone
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy reddish amber colored ale with a decent off white head.

Smell is very spicy and is dominated by the scent of clove. Take it from me, I once put too much of the stuff in a Holiday Cider, this is all clove. Too bad it is one dimensional in that respect.

Taste is dry and very spicy like the taste of a spice gum drop. Decently bitter but cloves over power the taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good beer ruined by that cursed spice CLOVE. I can't say that I haven't been there, I have ruined a homebrew with it myself. NEVER add clove to your beer it just takes over and never mellows no matter how many years you age it.

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Photo of sweethome
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is clean - dark golden color. White head lingers for some time.

Nose of clover honey and ginger. Some alcohol.

Entry is thick - big blast of ginger takes over and fights to hold on. Warmth late and some nice hopping provides a bit of balance. Plenty of clove here too. Very spicey beer. Big body, thick and warming.

I really like the mouthfeel and warming effect. Ginger is a bit harsh and clove only adds to that effect.

A decent winter warmer with a nice feel - just a little out of kilter on the spices.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of TastyTaste
2.21/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Medium brown body, wimpy off-white head, fades to very little.

Smell: Light sweet ginger and lemon.

Taste: Malty and sweet. An odd vegetable/tomato juice flavor flavor is not too pleasant, most likely from the spices that don't mesh well here. Misses the mark.

Drinkability: Goes wrong where so many go right, the spices are definitely not melding here.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow orange citrus and notes of candy sugar and nutmeg. In the taste, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and a pinch of all spice. A spice bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange peel and spice in the aftertaste. Nice spice and quite enjoyable, but just over average.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber, the beer has a thick, dense 2-inch head on top of a cloudy, orange-amber-ish colored beer. Pretty good aroma of spice (nutmeg and coriander?) and citrus, but light. The initial taste on the front of the tongue is hops, which is predominant in this brewery's products (and I am grateful). The spice follows right behind, with the hint of citrus right behind it, so the smell does not lead you astray. There is a sourness to the aftertaste, which is not entirely unpleasant. It balances well with the smells and flavors of the beer. The beer feels round and smooth on the tongue. The sourness does make for a limiting factor on drinkability, as it seems to have a cumulative effect, but for one or two, it is a tasty beer.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, pours a deep slightly hazy orange to red, limited white-beige head, limited head, dissipates quickly with limited lacing.

Aroma is somewhat limited, some spice, hard to identify, and slightly sweet.

Taste is cinnamon, coriander, perhaps nutmeg, sweet malt, and a distinct and strong spice aftertaste.

Mouth is distinctly sharp and medium bodied.

A decent beer, interesting for a holiday brew: sort of like a hoppy red, malty sweet, but with profound spices. I'd buy it again, as a holiday brew, but it's not amazing.

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Photo of Calculat0r
5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of DogFood11
3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had some success with this brewery so the winter warmer was a no brainer pick up. Poured this bomber into a tulip it formed a loose off white head that pops down to islands and ring like lace. Copper body.

The smell is "FULL" of spices. Cinnamon and coriander were dominant at the get go. Pumpkin bread heavily laced with Cinnamon was the taste I got. Some powdered sugar on top with an over rip raisin here and there and you've got this brew down. A well brewed beer. Mouthfeel was meaty but it lightened up just enough to make it tolerable for more consumption. As it warmed up a mollases really shows its face.

Notes: I've always thought this brewery has a lot of potential and this is a pretty nice example of the style.

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Hoppy Claus Holiday Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
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