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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
88
very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 11-29-2011)
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Reviews by JednoPivoProsim:
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!

JednoPivoProsim, Jan 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
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.

oberon, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +1.3%

tbryan5, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of lemons and oranges, with some biscuit malt and some perfume notes thrown in. The flavor is similar, with a lot of orange and lemon notes, as well as some biscuit malt to balance out the bitterness and keep it pretty low. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 21, 2012
Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ryancl, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

fionn13, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Bizoneill
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Bizoneill, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +1.3%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ste5venla, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +1.3%

weonfire, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st beer to taste from my new Rare Beer club membership! IPA brewed with Ginger and Pine Needles. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn snifter glass. Pours a murky yellow color, really nice cloudy white head, great retention and lacing. Looks awesome. Smell- tropical sweet fruits like mango, pine (no surprise here), just a great smelling IPA. Taste- nice hoppy bitterness and piney resin, followed by a nice sweet tropical fruit malt. This is a really nice IPA. Maybe the best IPA from Mikkeller I have had.

lnashsig, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. It's technically December now, so Christmas beer it is!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of specked painted lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of pineapple, orange cream, aged grapefruit flesh, a bit of sugary caramel malt, and that pine tree you just dragged up the stairs, to the 'special' corner in the living room. The taste is bitter tropical fruit, kind of a mash-up between pineapple rind and grapefruit pith, velvety pine needles, like when you first unzip the tent on a cool mountain morning, a sturdy caramel/toffee malt backbone, and some tame sugary alcohol warming.

The carbonation is a bit crackling at first, but settles down soon enough, the body a wavering medium weight, and smooth, but with a hoppy ride-along, which really isn't all that supportive in that regard. It finishes mostly sweet, the rather saccharine malt carrying the day, even with the lingering pine and citrus notes.

A nice, beginner's DIPA, with a more than slight Christmas forest essence. Drinkable, right alongside the rum and eggnog, for a more boreal seasonal experience.

biboergosum, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Dawkins
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Dawkins, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromatic and Substantive hoppiness buffered by spice particularly ginger. Bitterness from pine needles. I am well near spice tasted-out, and so the drinkability is just Ok. Still a decent and complex beer. Above average mouthfeel. Foamy head and lace.

Sammy, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

whatname, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Ciocanelu, Mar 24, 2013
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.

tempest, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of T_rizzo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

T_rizzo, May 28, 2013
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bomber into a tulip- pours a hazy golden orange color with two fingers of bubbly off-white head with good retention and a few splotches of lacing.

Smell is very piney, with some ginger notes and a hint of citrus (of the naval orange variety).

Taste is consistent with the smell- more ginger than pine however. Starts of with ginger, goes to crisp pine flavor and bitterness, then to more ginger and orange flavor to finish. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is very smooth- silky almost. Medium body, very little carbonation. This is an interesting beer; glad I picked it up. I won't get it again but it was worth trying. If you're in the mood for ginger and hops (and you happen to be in MA), get Jack's Abby's "Ginger n Juice".

Hopdaemon39, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber/honey with 3+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit rind, light breadyness & pine, nose was a little subdued

T: Big citrus up front, grapefruit, orange peel lemons & then some piney & a bit bready sweetness & some ginger sweetness/spicyness. Tons of grapefruit & pine as this warms, some pineapple as well, a little bit of mineral dryness, a touch of honey sweetness. Big pine needle bite in the finish, grapefruit & little ginger snap, just a little aspirin leaking in at the end to make me not give this a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation, good balance to this

This lives up to its billing, very hoppy. I really enjoyed this one

russpowell, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of beerhan
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter (3 times)

A-Huge and I mean huge foamy white head that leaves a massive lacing on the glass. Dark orange body with some bubbles.

S-Resinny orange with some pine and cinnamon.

T-lots of ginger up front actually but very mellow. It stands out enough that it is felt. Lemon and orange peel as well as that resin taste. I am remind of a combination between a belgian wit and a west coast ipa. There is also a sweet grape after taste.

M-Just perfect carbonation. Very creamy and drinkable and not overwhelmingly spicy.

O-Very nice take on an IPA, it is rare that I find a good christmas beer but this one ranks high among them. Drinkable enough that I did not split this 750.

beerhan, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - lightly hazy bright golden, two fingers of head retained nicely and left some random spot lacing
S - tropical citrus followed by pine, floral, light grain and spice
T - perfume and piney hops up front with some citrus, hint of ginger bread sweetness, definitely a unique spin
M - light with solid carbonation, mild bitterness, alcohol is sneaky, just a tad dry
O - the ginger spice is gentle but does make this a unique DIPA, not mind blowing but a solid drinkable brew that is worth a try or two

joemcgrath27, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

kmwilson76, Dec 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

JamLand, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

GRG1313, Jan 29, 2013
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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.