Marin Hoppy Holidaze, a creation by Marin Brewing, enters the seasonal beer scene with promises of a traditional Christmas Ale. Infused with a blend of Pale, Wheat, Caramalt, and Munich malts, and enriched with Sterling and Styrian Goldings hops, this 7.0% alcohol by volume beverage boasts a festive touch of canela, nutmeg, mace, orange peel, and pure vanilla extract.


The liquid pours out in a dark copper hue, accompanied by a head that swiftly retreats, leaving behind a subdued presentation.


Immersing the olfactory senses in a holiday reverie, the beer emanates scents reminiscent of dried cranberry, plum, honey, holly berry, and cinnamon. The aromatic profile is akin to being enveloped in the ambiance of a holiday-themed Yankee candle.


In the realm of flavor, the beer unfolds a tapestry of honey-like malt, baked apples, and cinnamon. The interplay of nutmeg and hop spice adds complexity, with the alcohol content skillfully concealed. A subtle touch of ginger contributes to a dry finish.


The mouthfeel is characterized by a full-bodied experience, complemented by a prickly carbonation that adds a lively texture to the overall drinking sensation.

Overall Assessment

Despite its misleading name, Marin Hoppy Holidaze does not deliver on the “hoppy” promise. Instead, it emerges as a quintessential “holidaze” companion. Often overshadowed by more assertive seasonal brews, this offering from Marin Brewing proves to be a delightful and economically sound addition to any holiday tasting lineup. Its unique blend of spices and well-balanced characteristics make it a noteworthy contender in the festive beer category this season.

Publisher: Marin Brewing
Genre: Spiced/Herbed/Vegetable Beer
Print Length: 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass
ISBN: Not specified