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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
88
very good

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%


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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kojevergas

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a beige colour head of slight cream, okay thickness, and decent retention. Body colour is a transparent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Good. Hoppy with floral character. Nectary. Citrus injection. An above average strength aroma.

T: Floral hop notes, nectary hops, some orange citrus notes. A bit simple for the style, but balanced and enjoyable. Pale malts.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavour well. Good carbonation and palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, but it's a tasty refreshing flavorful IPA.

Low C+

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 02:37:03 | More by kojevergas
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RaulMondesi

California

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 07:13:34 | More by RaulMondesi
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An off-white billowy head fills up the tulip quickly; jumping beyond the rim with a flurry of bubble activity. After a slow fade a significant lacing is all that is left atop the this pale orange brew.

Has a striking herbal and citrus hoppiness to the nose. Tastes malty and grainy with the bitterness enveloping afterward. A little gummy sweetness at the bottom and some light fruits at the end. Aroma and flavor profile is quite nondescript.

Medium bodied with little to no discernible alcohol heat. Goes down way smooth for a DIPA.

Nothing to get worked up about here either way, and sometimes playing it safe is the best approach.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 00:49:50 | More by stephens101
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, medium orange color with moderate carbonation and a dense one fingered frothy head.

S - Aroma is weak - light oranges, caramel, and floral.

T - Light caramel and pine with some light orange tang at the very end with mild pine bitterness, overall well balanced.

M - Medium body with mild carbonation and a smooth finish.

O - Meh. Mikkeller continues to disappoint, especially for the price point.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 02:06:35 | More by jzeilinger
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phichifiji00

California

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden straw color. Pours 3 fingers of thick off-white head that fades very slowly.

Smell: pine resin, grapefruit, hoppy, peppery.

Taste: pine resin, grapefruit, hoppy, bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy.

Overall: A tasty IPA. One of the better non-CA IPA's I've had. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 19:05:40 | More by phichifiji00
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

What better venue for a Christmas-themed brew than a small Christmas get-together with the friends, right? This stuff pours a cloudy golden straw topped by a more-than-healthy amount of cream-white foam. The nose is a tidal wave of pine needles, with some ginger, orange rind, and light honey rounding things out. The taste similarly emphasizes the pine needles, but now some caramel comes in to help balance things out (kinda vainly, though). The ginger and orange rind remain, joined by a small bit of grass. The pine comes close to being a bit much, but stops just short thereof. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice IPA, but you've really gotta like the whole pine needle thing to fully enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 04:58:00 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a golden/orange with a three-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sheets of patchy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled smelled of cinnamon and spicy/hoppy notes. A touch of pine and caramel.

T - It tasted of cinnamon and other Christmas spices. Good bitter piney hop bite on top of burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice holiday ale. Mikkeller is consistently good with IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 19:15:35 | More by zeff80
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Mikkayller

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 23:20:04 | More by Mikkayller
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:41:05 | More by oberon
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 04:43:01 | More by mwilbur
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Meerkey

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Huge white frothy head. Cloudy, lots of bubbles. Some sediment. Honey colored.

S: Pine needles. Ginger. Hops.

T: Pine. Lots of pine. Drying hops and a hint of malts. Pretty good.

M: Full with a little carbonation. Pretty nice.

O: There is a little something weird about, but still good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:47:06 | More by Meerkey
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Hopdaemon39

New York

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".

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 04:55:26 | More by Hopdaemon39
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 26/11/12 from notes

A hazy copperish orange with lots of tiny suspended particles and a massive 3 finger foam that leaves a random chunky mess on the side of my glass before it turns to an eraser top island

S apple juice is the first thing that hits my nose, some pine, grapefruit and ginger followed up with a little caramel, some yeast as it warms

T citrus and pine work well with the toffee but the ginger takes away from the IPA aspect if that makes any sense, some spice I can't place

M a little gritty with a bitter kick, well carbonated with a rindy finish

O I want to love the taste and smell but there's something holding it back, strong spicy ginger and a strange yeast profile, that being said the booze is well hidden and its an interesting take on an IPA

I think the novelty of this one is holding it back, leave the "Christmas" out of this one and I might really like it

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 06:32:44 | More by wordemupg
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mulder1010

Australia

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a CCB snifter

A-- Poured a hazy straw orange color. Big, fluffy, one finger of white head. Head fades pretty quickly leaving a solid looking ring of soapy lacing. Looks a bit better on swirling.

S-- Mostly citrus. Faint at start but builds well. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Very little malt backbone detected.

T-- Lots of grapefruit and orange. Quite pungent. Not a lot of sweetness in this at all.

M-- Started of dry and became quite oily. Little bit sweeter in the feel. Well balanced beer though more hop forward . Lower carbonation and somewhat heavy feel.

O-- To me more of an IPA than a DIPA. Good beer either way. Nose is not that aromatic but it makes up for it in the taste and feel. Good Christmas seasonal. Perfect for this climate and a Christmas at the beach.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 14:26:57 | More by mulder1010
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vancurly

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A kind gift from Adam at Platinum.

a) Pours a big foamy off-white head, with lots of carbonation. Colour is hazy orange brown.

s) Lightly citrus nose, soft perfumey/floral note. Fleshy, wurst-like yeast.

t) Lemon sherbet, piney resins. Yeasty phenolics like rosewater or musk. A herbaceous element that I assume is the "mistelten". Nice bitterness and a lingering piney aftertaste.

m) Explodes in the mouth. Medium body with a tingly, prickly mouth roof.

d) A nice IPA with a good but not aggressive hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:46:28 | More by vancurly
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 19:16:05 | More by StonedTrippin
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AgentMunky

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Massive head, with great retention and lace. Translucent, cloudy honey coloured.

S: Strong pine notes, probably more from the pine needles than the hops. Touch of ginger, with an odd smell (burning plastic?).

T: Strange, but not unpleasant. Sweetish, with that odd ozoneish burst before the undeniably pleasant aftertaste, full of dryingly bitter hops and lingering pine. A well-balanced beer, with notable alocholic notes and bready malts.

M: Substantial and delicious. Lightly carbonated, but more heavy than not. Creamy. Yum.

O: There's a really weird smell/taste that I associate with bad taps that snakes through the beer and diminishes my enjoyment. But other than that, a great beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:42:54 | More by AgentMunky
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Arborescence

Finland

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 17:38:56 | More by Arborescence
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Parrotshake

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Archive, poured into a Rogue pint glass. A handsome burnished gold with a half-inch of fluffy white head. The head disappears right away but each sip leaves a big scattering of lacing on the glass.

The smell is disappointing. A faint whiff of eucalyptus, tangerine and boiled sweets. Not much, though.

A very interesting hop profile on this one. Pine, papaya, eucalyptus, herbs (mint, mostly). Ginger (is there ginger in it?). A little too-sweet malt and some bubblegum, white grape and alcohol in the finish. Different. Compelling. Big lingering bitterness and spice in the finish. Lighter side of medium bodied, right on for this beer. I dig it. Grows on you.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2011 06:55:05 | More by Parrotshake
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy apricot with a thick and dense white head. The foam is dense and has stellar retention lacing.

S - Ginger, perfume floral notes, dried pine needles, citrus peel, honey bread,

T - Strong pungent hops are heavy handed, pine oils, spicy ginger, citrus zest, bitter citrus pith, strong bready yeast presence as well. Honey malt sweetness, spicy and bitter on the finish.

M - Full bodied, thick velvety feel, creamy carbonation.

Good use of ginger, it adds without overpowering. Thick yeasty mouthfeel makes this feel homey and great balance of hop flavor, bitter, and aroma. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 23:22:22 | More by StaveHooks
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 11:47:25 | More by CrazyDavros
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 12:41:10 | More by Chico1985
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spicelab

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 09:21:35 | More by spicelab
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 03:35:17 | More by Sammy
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a big 3" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace sticks to the glass during the session.

Smell: orange and floral hops are the main aromatic components.

Taste: big caramel, orange, some grapefruit, a hint of pine, and a nice bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a slow sipping DIPA that warms and refreshes. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 01:35:24 | More by Gavage
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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.