Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 11-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 72
Photo of patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange with almost a touch of red, cloudy, no visible carbonation and a finger of creamy white head.




S: Pine needles, orange candy, popcorn, malt, melon as in a honey dew.



T: Pine needles, starts off with a light bitterness that like chili peppers, increases in strength to the end of the brew. Orange, grapefruit. Light sweetness. Not getting the ginger, though the little burn in the throat may be that or alcohol.



M: Thick, resinous, with a solid almost foamy carbonation.



O: I love the idea behind this beer, make a hoppy pine needle induced beer for Christmas, rather than the typical winter warmer or spiced up dark Belgian. Great label of reindeer eating missal toe. Got this brew in Bangkok at Mikkeller bar, drank in Kunming March 15th, 2015.

Photo of Tfwoodard
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasant IPA with strong floral notes

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL capped bottle, smooth with hints of ginger and pine needles

Photo of BlazerT
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Teku glass. Bottle. Amber/orange like with thin to medium, semi-densed, white head, which dissapears fast. Poor lacing. Aroma of caramel and little toasty, in the background maybe honey. Hops aroma is not so noticable mainly some rasin and floral aroma. The taste in the beginning sweet and mild, but quickly it comes with medium bitterness. It becomes most intensed in the middle of degustation with nice hoppy aftertaste. Light to medium body, thin texture, medium carbonation. Finish is bitter and dry. In overall solid IPA, little bit too mild because. It could be nicer if the aroma is more intense.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.96/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Excellent IPA . 330 ml bottle Ireland Christmas Eve 2014. 7.8 % abv

Photo of barczar
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Resiny, lightly citrusy and piney hops and deeply nutty, sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Maltier than expected. Flavor is very sweet and toffee-centric, with resiny and modestly citrusy notes. The carbonation is a bit high. Lightens up the heaviness of the malt dominance. I like it, but it's more malt forward than expected.

Photo of Modernrickk
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Run of the mill IPA .. Can't find anything that stands out.. Besides the price . 15 dollars plus for a 750ml ... Not a good decision IMO . I would never get this again..

Photo of clayrock81
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured a orange body with large head and lace ring that sticks around.
The hoppy aroma is citrusy and strong but the pine needles seem to take over as it is mostly piney aroma with touches of sweet malts in there as well.
Smooth, easy drinking beer that is a mostly piney, citric hop beer (not bomb - doesn't overpower you) that has some ginger sweetness and spiciness to it.
The beer is well balanced and a quality IPA, and to me the ginger and pine needles give it a little something extra that make it stand out amongst other great IPAs.
I am sure some will find the spices off-putting, not interesting, but to each his or her own.

Photo of Kenobi00
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Took a shot in the dark on this. I hadn't heard of it before. I bought it in Carry Out Off Licence, Carlow, Ireland. Expensive here, but most beers are! 4.55€

Smooth and balanced mouthfeel, just right. A decent amount of citrus hop bitterness balanced well with the plum sweetess. Almost tastes like homemade lemonade, only tons better! Aftertaste is sweet plum with a subtle and balanced bitterness.

The packaging, although fun and Christmassy, is not to my taste, but for me it's all about the beer, which is fantastic.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, floral, and slight pine aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, floral, and grape candy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of citrus and floral hop qualities.

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed: 12/31/13

Hoppy Lovin' Christmas by Mikkeller ApS
poured from a bottle into a pint glass

P-packaging: wine bottle presentation (1pt 9,4 oz) with an impressionist reindeer and people design label 4.5

A-appearance : Hazy golden straw brown with excellent lacing 3.75

S- smell: pine or cone hops 4.0

T-taste: hop bitterness with faint orange peels 4.0

M-mouthfeel : fresh and crisp 4.0

D-drinkability:light bodied and refreshing 4.0

O-overall:expectation was more Belgian but a wonderful surprise 4.0

what a wonderful holiday gift this turned out to be ---J

Photo of flyingpig
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from BeersOfEurope website (£3.59):
Slightly hazy amber colour with a 2cm head that is white and looks to be of a thick, foamy texture that manages to hold pretty well and leave some lacing.

Hops some tropical fruits, citrus and what I think is a hint of pineapple too. There was also a slight hint of alcohol towards the end of the aroma but this was mostly masked by the refreshing fruits and the sweet malts that make up most of the nose.

Hoppy with citrus fruits, as I though some pineapple and a bit of grapefruit. There is some pine and a few sweet malts with a little bit of caramel sneaking in as well.

Smooth with a medium body and carbonation about the same, there is a few hints of alcohol but not as much as you'd expect from the abv. thanks to the good balance between flavours. The beer is sticky towards the end and has a dry, sweet finish.

A good change up from the usual, run-of-the-mill Christmas beers, this one still has the alcohol content but thankfully it also backs it up in the taste department as well.

Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Split with friends. Hazy orange pour into a snifter, great lace and head retention.

Scent is unique for an IPA, but nothing too crazy. I probably wouldn't guess ginger was in if I didn't know already, but it does have a good dose of pine, floral, some citrus, sweet malts.

Taste brings out the ginger a bit more, still big on the pine with hop flavors of herbal, floral, lemon, pineapple as well. But it's actually quite malty for an IPA overall, but in a good way that works. Big toffee sweetness, bubblegum and some toastiness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and well-carbonated. Low-medium bitterness and not much alcohol presence.

Maybe a bit maltier than expected, but good flavors and all around a good DIPA. Ginger and pine needles are well-integrated, ginger is the more subtle of the two. Works well as an Xmas beer.

Photo of Arborescence
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden, slightly hazy. Visible (yeast) sediment in the bottle (I didn't pour it in). Pours a massive, thick & white, lasting head.

Aroma: Hoppy and fresh, with grapefruit and floral aromas

Taste: Rich and lingering, light fruity sweetness and somewhat sharp citrus bitterness. Strng yet fresh.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticks to the back of the mouth a bit.

Overall: Pretty good stuff, nice change from super heavy Christmas beers, but it still has the kick!

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a stemmed glass a clear medium golden with a full two finger egg shell colored white head that sticks to the glass like glue,nice carbonation to the body,a great pour.As great as the pour was the aromas are lacking,I pick up some mild floral and tropical fruits and not much else really.A nice smooth feel with no real sharpness.Flavors are leafy and herbal in the hop department,not a citric/pine bomb by any means,I like the fact it's not overly sweet but I want more hops!An up and down beer for me,the hops are a little subdued but so is the sweetness,not bad.

Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles slowly down the glass leaving a thick jagged ring behind.

S- Absolutely heavenly aroma of pine, hops, candy and citrus. Smells like juicy fruit gum combined with a christmas tree candle. Nearly flawless.

T- The flavor is a bit more traditional with the pine being very apparent and the hops giving a moderate grassy bitterness. All is well-balanced and smooth for the ABV but doesn't come close to the magic of the aroma. By the way, not detecting any ginger anywhere though the label claims it's an ingredient.

M- Slightly sharp and oily from the hops and pine. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I just can't get over how lovely the aroma of this beer is. That, along with all the other great attributes of this Mikkeller makes for a home run.

Photo of wl0307
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle; BB 06/03/2014, served mildly chilled in a straight tumbler.

A: pours a lightly cloudy bright amber colour, coming with a pillowy off-white froth and abundant fizziness.
S: the aroma is robust in its hoppiness full of citric and flowery hops, fresh hop resins, piney notes, while pear-ish fruit esters also abound, against a rather understated malt backbone. Not much to say here, but this is really pleasant and well executed, on the nose at least.
T: softly effervescent, the flavour is balanced, rounded, deliciously citrussy hoppy, mildly spicy and estery, altogether very relaxing and easily approachable, delivering a flavour typical of one’s good quality American IPA with an accent on the piney notes; finishing rather clean, well-rounded bitter, and dry-ish without any excessive sweetness. Only in the remote corner of the rear palate does a lightly spicy tinge of (supposedly) ginger emerge.
M&O: very soft on the carbonation, the body feels lighter than 7.8%abv. would lead one to expect, maybe due to the slightly higher attenuation level all in all. Without considering what ingredients are used in this beer, I find it an excellent hoppy and yet also beautifully balanced, dangerously quaffable brew, to be enjoyed in any season of a year!

Photo of Mikkayller
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I felt like this beer could have been a little bit stronger in the pine and ginger, although I did get more of an herbal pine flavor than a ginger one. However the nose was more of a ginger than pine. The ginger gave it a bit of a citrus tone that was quite bitter but sweet. The taste would linger on the back of your tongue and slowly melt down your throat. Smell was ok, it smelled like an IPA, nothing special. I would have liked to have more of the pine sense come through. Overall it was a good beer though.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a curious ipa brewed with ginger and pine needles for Christmas time, probably a little bit past its prime. the pour is a pretty clear golden to orange color with an inch or so of thick white froth that laves some spider web lacing as it drinks. the nose is sweet like hop resin, but the bitterness and hop intensity appears to have decayed a bit. the ginger is present, but im struggling to pick out the pine needles in the aroma. the flavor is a big sticky west coast style ipa, lacking mikkellers usual interesting use of yeast. its pretty straightforward with a touch of fresh ginger on the front of the tongue and a faint pine flavor that could easily be attributed to the hops themselves and not the addition of pine needles. the flavor is good and all, I was just hoping for a uch more accentuated pine element. fuller body, sappy and wet from the hops, slow moving carbonation keeps it that way. finish is a little sweet and quite long. I might have liked this more around holiday time and when it was fresh, but for now its a very confused ipa with the alcohol strength boring a big hole right through the center of it. good not great.

Photo of mick303
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orange gold colour, good finger or so of soapy white head. Good lacing and retention, nice carbonation. Looks good.

Smell is full of hops, juicy grapefruit, lot of fresh pine comes across. Some damp malt, damp towels and smoke? Some spiciness, pepper, ginger blends into the pine, some smoky charcoal. More towards the hops, but tons of interesting stuff here. Dry ginger spice as it warms.

Taste has a satisfying pine and grapefruit, orange, banana, medicinal hops. Malt is biscuity and moderate, providing a balance to the intense hops. A sort of gingery smokiness comes through that is mildly medicinal. A nice dry bitterness at the end, with a good deal of herbal and slightly medicinal hops.

Mouthfeel has a slick alcohol feel, with a strong carbonation, a pretty big body, but it drinks quite smoothly. Finish is dry. The alcohol doesn't really come through too much, and this has a good classic IIPA slick hoppy feel. Delich.

A really nice all-rounder IIPA, great flavours coming across and while it is perhaps a bit unbalanced, I quite enjoy it. A big bold beer, with the pine quite prominent and the ginger playing a background spicy role, all works quite well together. Agree that the carbonation could be decreased, it is a really enjoyable IPA that I hope to have again. Outstanding.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades medium.

S - Grapefruit, orange, floral, pine hops, pine needles, caramel and biscuit malts, ginger, lemon zest.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, floral hops, some mildly resiny bitterness, caramel and biscuit malts, pine needles, lemon zest, ginger, hint of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and sweet finish.

D - Nice hoppy IPA. Pine needles are a nice addition.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle into a pint glass. No discernible bottled on/best by date although plain white bottle cap has printed number 8901209. INDIA PALE ALE BREWED WITH GINGER AND PINE NEEDLES.

Appearance: Pours a pilsneresque golden body with a HUGE soap bubble doughy head. This one almost bubbled over. Ever so slightly cloudy. Consistent carbonation. Great lacing.

Smell: Immediate pine and hoppy aroma upon popping the bottle cap. Smells very fresh, but the pine aroma dominates. Is this coming from the standard DIPA hop dosage or the pine needles? I have yet to detect any ginger in the aroma.

Taste: Not as piney as the aroma would suggest. Still no ginger as far as I can tell. It tastes great, I'm just having a hard time identifying specific flavors as the mouthfeel is a little wacky. Wait, I do get some pine needle flavor and bready pale malts as this warms up little by little. Reminds me a bit of Dogfish Head brews that tend toward the experimental with experimental ingredients. Drinkability is great though for a 7.8% ABV beer. I always love me a pale ale or pale lager that drinks easy.

Mouthfeel: This is the only area where this beer falls down for me. Way too carbonated, almost soda-like, which masks a lot of the flavor in my opinion. Some increase in temperature and aeration helps out a lot. The other issue is an initial slight medicinal aftertaste.

Overall: Overall I really like this and I am so happy to have tried this. I received this 750ml as a gift for Christmas. I have read a fair amount here and there about Mikkeller and what fascinates is both the fact that this is a gypsy brewer, but also a foreign (specifically European) brewer that is making great American-style craft and experimental beers. My only other direct experience with gypsy brewing is having bought some Stillwater 750ml bottles as gifts for others, obviously a more "local" brewer however. As I final note as I put away the second half of this bottle, I recently reviewed my 110 or so BA beer reviews and the top 10+ or so are all pale ales and pale lagers. Give me bready malts and plenty of hops or give me death!

Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a billowy head of off-white foam
Aroma-Big whiff of juicy citrus hops
Taste-Mango/tangerine/ruby red grapefruit with a subtle malt base for balance. Ginger and earthy Belgian spices add character and nuance. A citrus-rind bitterness follows to the end, reminding you that yes, this is an IPA after all. Very tasty and drinkable, a hop-head must-try.

Photo of beergoot
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid gold body crowned with a thick, rocky, creamy white head; lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Finely balanced malt and hop aroma; caramel, biscuit; sourdough toast, honey; lemon. Smooth caramel and soft, roasted malt flavors with a great hop bitterness from the middle to finish. Smooth, creamy texture; medium-body; semi-dry finish.

A well-rounded, very fine IIPA. Malt and hops work well together and keep the alcohol presence well-hidden in the background.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Spuyten Duyvil. I'll admit I usually favor DIPAs that are all hops, but this is a well-crafted DIPA that makes the most of its barley. The hops are big, but a little old school in the sense that it's classic American grapefruit-citrus hops without super bright juice or floral notes. It sort of tastes like a stronger SN Celebration Ale. The malts bring a smooth, slightly bready taste, which by my palate put this closer to an American barleywine than any other style. It's a little thick for the strength, but it's also nice to have a sip-worthy beer that doesn't knock you out with alcohol after a second glass. Check it out if you can.

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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.