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
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 Westsidethreat
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Perhaps a strawberry cider with a touch of rootbeer added. Head is almost a cement color with decent height and composition around the glass.

S: Cinnamon, cloves, dirty hops and nutmeg. Way too overspiced on the nose.

T: Begins aggresively spiced at the tip of the tongue. Next comes a bizarre mixture of piney bittering hops that blanket the tongue but DO NOT go well with the spices at all. Some honey, orange peel and a pile of unblanced spices take over and overwhelm the palate. Finishes piney with apple sweetness and a dirty presence. Ugh.

M: Medium body with a slight hard consistency.

D: I'm not having another sip of this beer. Done. Over.

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Photo of Toddv29424
2.37/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a light red-orange color with almost no head. The smell is alright, mostly sweet malts with a hint of something pungent and oily in the aftertaste. I dont like the taste at all, and I really dont know what they were going for. That same oily consistancy is there, and it reminds me of dishsoap. There is a dabble of hops in there, but very little bitterness and it seems to be drowned out by another sour apple taste. The aftertaste is sour again, and I am not sure where it would come from: it does not taste like malts or hops, but rather an ad-hoc flavor.

This beer is nothing special.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.47/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to someone for bringing a commercial style to homebrew club meeting.

A - Poured copper, with a 1/2 finger of white head. Dissipates fast and leaves no lacing. No carbonation either. :(

S - Honey, peppermint, cloves, cinnamon, and no hops.

T - Honey, peppermint, slight bittering hops, and clove. Slightly sour and moderate alcohol.

M - Medium in body, malt dominated, heavy alcohol. Way too much mintiness.

D - Dumped it. Note to homebrewers, less spice is more. Also, this one may have been infected.

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Photo of pjwilson
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well the label is Hidieous that's for sure. What are they thinking? The beer its self is a light looking amber with a decent head. It looks thin.

smell: It smells like gingerbread. Cinamin, clove and such. It smells a little fake though and sort of hides other flavors.

taste: fake cinamin taste. this could be classified as a pumpkin ale with all the fake pumpkin spices and such. I sure don't like this style and am pretty mad I have a bomber. I sure hate that fake spice taste. Saving the beer from drain pour status is the someone high malt bill sort brings something that tastes like beer to the table. a thin mouthfeel bill doesn't help anything. keep away.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of JeffBlue
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Draft, Bay Area Brew Festival, San Francisco 1/24/15) Nutmeg spiciness was the most memorable quality of this beer, however I cannot say I will be trying others from this brewer.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange white head that settles to a thin film. Small foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of some malt and subdued vegetal/herbal hops. Taste is of malt and herbal hops with a weird dirt like aftertaste. There is a pretty assertive medicinal hop bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a slightly crisp mouthfeel with a drying aspect. Overall, this is a pretty average beer in all the areas that matter. I picked one of these up on clearance at Total Wine and I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this one.

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Photo of jdelenikos89
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of BlindPig
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- 1/4" off white head on a kind of cloudy deep amber orange body.
S- Medium spices like nutmeg and maybe like cloves. Some citrus hops come through too giving it a sort of orange back ground. Also a light pale malt aroma is in there too.
T- Light bittering hops is what first hits my taste buds. Shortly followed by a good helping of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and a few other spices. There is also a orange flavor to it too. Light malt back ground.
M- Medium body low carbonation.
D- It is a alright winter warmer. Nothing special and I wouldn't buy it. Just goes as another one from the style that I got to try.

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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 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 gillagorilla
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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 GallowsThief
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice amber, caramel color with just a b it of cloudiness. Nice one inch frothy head. Left a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S - As you would expect had a nice hoppy smell. Has a faint trace of citrus as well. Gives off a nice piney aroma.

T - Just a bit of spiciness in this one. Has a little bitterness as well certainly from the hops. I get just a touch of nutmeg. Finishes a bit dry.

M - Medium bodied. Leaves a decent tingle on the tongue with its carbonation.

D - It has a decent ABV but it's hidden pretty well. This is a drinkable holiday ale. I enjoyed it more then I thought. Worth a try of course. Go for it.

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Photo of ChillMike
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ours a nice amber color with a bright white head that doesn't last all that long but it does leave some nice lacing around. Ok this is going to sound completely bizare but it smells almost like a mix of pot and cinnamon. I can't figure out why it smells a bit like pot but it just does
also lots of sweet smells mixed with a bit of a hops.Tastes woah, not exactly what I was expecting, a bit over the top on cinnamon here, lots of nutmeg as well. I suppose it is a Christmas ale and all but there should be a warning label when brewers decide to play these kinds of games. Alright well let's see what else we've got, some bitter hops but they seem to be overpowered by the cinnamon. Not as much hops as I would have expected from a beer with hoppy in the name but I suppose this was a pretty good switch up from the norm. Mouth feel/carbonation seem pretty right on par and isn't all that imposing on the alcohol side of things. Definitely a "holiday" brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tawny copper color, good head and residual foaming. There's even a little lacing here and there. A little cloudy too.

Toasty crackers and a little cinnamon and mace. Add to that some hops on the more "Holiday Spice" end of the aroma spectrum.

A weird, agave alcoholic spice note that mixes with heavily toasted malts, not too well. I get som cinnamon and mace like X-Mas spice flavors, but then there's that Agave, Tequila flavor.

The palate is a weird, oil and water mix. Not bad to try, but I will not buy again or recommend this beer to others.

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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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Hoppy Claus Holiday Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
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