Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS
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3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
12-24-2011 09:21:35 | More by spicelab
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
A: Ridiculously huge off-white head atop a cloudy pale straw pour. Retention and lacing are excellent. Borderline 5.
S: Tons of pine and ginger right off the bat. Some nice grapefruit too. Bready malt.
T: Nice bitter grapefruit up front, turning very sweet afterward with a big punch from the pine at the end. As it warms the pine is very strong in the aftertaste but is tempered a bit by the sweetness. Interesting transition from bitter to sweet to bitter again. Not as much ginger as in the nose, just a hint in the aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Quite drying.
O: Very underrated. Well balanced with complimentary flavors. I was pleasantly surprised considering this didn't have amazing reviews so far. If you don't like pine, skip it, but for the rest of us it's an excellent DIPA.
12-24-2011 02:04:53 | More by Dope
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
12-23-2011 06:55:05 | More by Parrotshake
3.58/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
12-19-2011 04:58:00 | More by TMoney2591
4.47/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
12-18-2011 21:32:15 | More by rdickey
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
12-17-2011 06:26:04 | More by beerhan
4.03/5 rDev +2%
Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Flamingo Bowl in St. Louis, MO for $17. Poured from the Red/Green labeled bottle w/ men feeding deer mistletoe (added the pic! Artwork by: Keith Shore) into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Does not have a Freshness Date but not worried b/c I know this just got released and is fresh.
Aroma- Citrus and pine come out HUGE in this one! The fruit and hops are perfect in here and also seems there is some sweetness hanging in the background.
Appearance- Pours a 3.5 finger head that lasts for an incredible amount of time! The body color is a medium orange/copper with a bit of hazing behind it. Leaves thick lacing behind.
Flavor- The initial flavor isn't hops actually... There is a slight ginger taste and then breaks into a pine needle/huge floral flavor. THEN the hops come in with light citrus and grassy with sweetness. Has a medium-high hop bitterness, so isn't anything to mess around with.
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has a good fruity/sweet finish. Bit of hops are left as well.
Overall Impression- What a perfect holiday gift to a friend or family! This 2X IPA is packed with an awesome array of character. Starts with ginger, nice hops, pine needle definitely, and then finishes sweet but still is packed with a punch. Tough to turn those on to this brew if not a fan of hops, but they'll get used to it! Serve it in a fancy glass, present to bottle appropriately, and they will be won over immediately. "Oh, maybe hops ARE a nice ingredient in beer!".
12-15-2011 04:59:12 | More by DCon
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
12-12-2011 14:26:57 | More by mulder1010
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
12-07-2011 08:50:24 | More by dgilks
4/5 rDev +1.3%
A-Pours a hazy mandarin hue which leaves a two finger head and heaps of clingy lacing.
S-Citrus,cinamon,orange peel,a touch of candy and piney hops.
T-Pineapple,mangoes,orange peel,sweet cinamon,soft candy,sherbet and finished with a bittersweet finish of piney hops and candy.
M-Medium bodied and creamy which suits perfectly.
O-Its nice,easy and very drinkable with its bitterness counteracted by the sugary sweetness with the high ABV well hidden and i could drink alot of cheers.
11-29-2011 13:26:03 | More by ADZA
Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.