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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 214
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking copper color with a good looki white head on top. The retention and lacing is pretty good. The smell of the beer is a mix between hops and malt and a subtle pine note. The taste is malty, with a moderate hoppy pine flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth with a good carbonation. Overall is a good brew. Not overly piny but a good IPA. Worthy of trying!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mikkel will use any excuse to release another IPA. This time, Christmas isn't only the season, but also the reason.

With a somewhat murky pour which leads to a dense appearance, the beer releases a creamy off white foam that caps the beer with tremendous staying power and strong lace. Its coppery orange color only reinforces the stern IPA look.

Much like many other Mikkeller IPAs, the aromas captures a deeply earthy scent with citrus, pine, and grass. Backed by floral-fruity sweetness and biscuit, the malts seem to make a big mark on the beer and nearly pulls the hops into balance. Lightly peppery, some Belgian-esque roots start to show.

Rich malt taste coats the mouth with notions of light caramel, honey, and starchy biscuit malt. Hop flavor rises close behind with the taste of white grapefruit, dried lemons, and tropical melon and mango. As the malt-hop balance crosses the middle palate, the hop bitterness develops with the resinous taste of pine, sharp grasses, and cannabis. Its late palate continues to bring out earthy and spicy notes of lemon pepper, cumin, and weathered woods. It's a complex taste that is certainly hop-focused but there's a lot of rustic taste that seems born out of Belgium.

Medium bodied, the beer's biscuit quality offers a dry-bitter mouthfeel that keeps the hops from complete dominance, as is typical from American versions. But as the creamy carbonation recedes, so does the malt presence- leaving the beer to finish resinous, dry, warm, and mildly acidic.

Hoppy Lovin' Christmas is a very pleasant and comforting ale with multitudes of complexity to entice the palate. But if you are looking for a different taste than any other Mikkeller IPA, then its not likely to be found. With little actual "Christmas" taste, the beer is simply very similar to all others from the gypsy brewery.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
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+

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Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge (4/5 of glass) head. Steadily settles with a tight dome and plenty of large spots of lace. The liquid is hazy with a gold color

Relatively mild, floral hop aroma, particularly for this style.

Solid malt start, but a strong grapefruit-like bitterness takes over, leading to a long, long aftertaste. The body is full and the carbonation is below average. Classic full-flavored

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Plonk in Canberra.

Pours a hazed golden orange hue, closer to orange in the thick parts of the glass, closer to gold in the slimmer. Head is a frothy, extravagant monstrosity, coming closer to a big Belgian ale in size and volume. Lacing, as it collapses, is intricate: it looks like Hindi script. Body is fluid. Looks pretty good.

Nose is mildly fruity, but with some earthier deeper tones. Notes of rosewater, banana and crushed bitter herbs come through strongly, along with hints of overripe peach and white chocolate. It's an oddly fatty aroma: smelling sweet and thoroughly bad for you.

Taste has similar themes to the nose. There is a general sense of "yes, this is an IPA, but yes, it's also weird. By the way, no, you're probably not going to pick up what's so weird about it". More of those banana tones come through, giving almost a hefe estery character to the brew, along with a chalky bitterness, and a really, really long aftertaste that is spread and smeared along the length of the palate, leaving bitter herbs and brusque bush pepper. For all this, it doesn't feel harsh, and the feel probably helps with this: despite looking pretty light and liquid, it sticks to the palate and caresses it, while the flavour bombards it from above.

Overall, I'm again impressed with what Mikkeller can do with a style they've done so much with already. I always sit down with a beer like this and the sense of "Oh, *another* IPA from Mikkeller, what could possibly be different?". But they always provide a different and nuanced variation on the theme. And that's a mighty difficult thing to do.

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Photo of wl0307
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden colour with a big, creamy, fluffy, off-white head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Bright citrus with some more resinous, dank, tropical fruit notes as well. Fairly sweet but not overly malty. Very nice.

Nice balance of slightly sweet malt and fruity, tropical New Zealand hops. The mango, pawpaw, passionfruit and guava notes are all nice. Moderately bitter but the malt takes care of most of it. Quite nice really.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A nice IPA with plenty of hops and a good idea from Mikkeller. I really appreciate the idea of a hoppy, light and fresh Christmas beer rather than the same old combination of Strong ale whether it be English, American or Belgian.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.01/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of barczar
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus hops and a small candy sugar presence. In the taste, orange citrus to pine like hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus hop in the aftertaste. Big hops, especially citrus, very good!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
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