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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
88
very good

211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 211 | Reviews: 72
Reviews by rdickey:
Photo of rdickey
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, slightly cloudy gold into my Unibroue tulip. A nice fluffy white head dissipates slowly, leaving great lacing.

Smell: The nose is big, classic Pacific Northwest hops all the way – a perfect balance of pine and grapefruit.

Taste: Wow; I continue to be amazed by his beers. The hops from the nose continue, but they’re not overly bitter and in almost perfect balance with a strong yet unobtrusive malt backbone. As it warms up, the advertised ginger sneaks in towards the end, adding a spicy twist.

Mouthfeel: It’s a medium-bodied beer, but the best word to describe it in the mouth is “clean”. The finish is just about perfect.

Drinkability: Extremely high; it is a damn shame that there will be such a limited supply in the U.S.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of BlazerT
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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 lnashsig
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.96/5  rDev +25.9%
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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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".

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of beerhan
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows heavy caramel and resinous hops. Pine underneath. Very malty aroma.
Pretty malty flavours too. More pine and resin, but lots of sweet clean malt balancing things out. Assertive bitterness in the finish but the malt wins out.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yep! Did it again. Out of a bottle at tha joint - The Playground in Downtown Santa Ana, CA.

Yeah, so the Great Dane done brewed him some spruce juice. N yeah, Raul had some. I get it; a lil different, a lil crazy, a lil good. But that makes Raul think; yeah, it's aite. Yeah, it's defi different. But overall, it don't make Raul want to come back.

Glad Raul tried it, but peace!

Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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 spicelab
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle thanks to Adam@Platinum.

Heavily hazed muddy apricot with a towering white head that drops over 5 minutes leaving nice lace-trails.

Nose shows an assertive dose of herbal, vegetal spice that is somewhat Saison-esque and strikes as yeast-driven, combining with strong grapefruit, lemon pith, moderate orange, and flashes of sherbet and candied citrus.

Fairly strong ginger and Curacao, with a very clean herbal bitterness. Most of the hop aromas are present behind this and savoury and candied malts creep in as it warms.

Medium but vibrant mouthfeel with a mild but lingering bitterness. Very nice.

Quite impressive really. Clever and prudent spicing that cooperates instead of competing with the base beer, which is one of my pet hates with spiced/barrel-aged beers.

Photo of mwilbur
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a mildly hazy lemon with high carbonation producing a huge 4-5 inch frothy white head. Pour carefully! Retention lasts just about forever. Massive, thick lacing...most I've seen in a beer to date.
S: Nice pine hops (perfectly strong, but not overpowering). Notes of citrus and white pepper...and maybe a touch of salt...or is it pickled ginger?
T: Strong bitter pine hops...without much malt backbone to balance it out. Definitely a hop-bomb. With warming, this starts to deepen in complexity with notes of juniper, mint, orange peel, and grapefruit.
M: Light body. Crisp and clean feel. Strong in-your-face bitterness...almost tongue-lacerating (I shun this term, but it is deserved here). And a hint of ginger in the finish.
D: Definitely interesting and definitely hop-forward. Nicely refreshing brew, but wish it had better balance. Make sure you wait for it to warm a bit for full enjoyment.

Photo of Arborescence
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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 megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Happy Lovin' Christmas IPA brewed with ginger and pine needles

Appearance: light orange, some good lacing, and medium-large head.

Smell: hops, slight yeast, and a citrusy pine aroma.

Taste: hops, pine, light ginger, and a very slight citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium with a bitter finish.

Overall:
This is a good brew. The flavors mesh well and create a nice bouquet. It is really more of a normal IPA than anything else.

Photo of patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Mikkayller
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Modernrickk
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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 rarbring
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foggy amber colored beer. A warm off-white head with good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of pine-apple, almost overpowering grape-fruit, pine and soap.

Tasting sweet toffee and bread, grape-fruit marmalade and grape-fruit peel.

Medium carbonation, a coarse texture. A big body with a not dry finish.

Powerful, somewhat overly spicy, a citric bomb.

Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy hazed gold with cap if dense white froth. Strong notes of citrus and tropical fruits followed by whiffs of pine and ginger, lightly sweet malty presence. Strong tropical fruits like mango lead, citrus notes of orange and grapefruit follow, pine in equal amounts, solid ginger bite, malt is noticeable, lightly sweet bit not a major part. Medium bodied, dry finnish. Overall, a nice unique twist to the style.

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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.