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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
89
very good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 11-29-2011)
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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 Meerkey
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Swervine44
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of mjmadsen21
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BrewerB
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrived courtesy of a recent Rare Beer of the Month club shipment.

Pouring into a 3 floyds pint glass. It's a slightly hazy, medium gold. Foam formation is significant, fluffy, and off-white. Sticky lacing cling to the glass the head slowly retreats.

Plenty of hops in the nose - candied orange peel and mint. Also noting crystalized ginger and sugar cookies. Certainly some of these aromas hint at the "Christmas" in Hoppy Lovin' Christmas. Pine needle surface after the beer has had some time to breathe.

Piney, lemon peel hop bitterness in the from, slight hints of toast in the middle with gingerbread, subtle sweetness on the backend. Bitterness is prevalent throughout the tasting, moderate-high in intensity. Finish is semi-dry, with a short lingering gingerbread cookie sweetness.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a well-hopped, heavy handed IPA that offers up the subtle hints you'd expect from the name. The holidays portrayed with a gingerbread cookie-like sweetness and hints of pine reminding one of sitting by the tree with a waft of winter treats baking in the kitchen.

Photo of lnashsig
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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 phichifiji00
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of fantasyroach
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of vancurly
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fairly hazed gold with a thick white rocky head. lots o' lace.
nose: lots a floral pininess to start. with a swirl ,the ginger comes out with an almost candied-like effect. whiffs of caramel malt here and there.. comes off resinous and sappy. a little alcohol is present.
the taste is alive with hop fruitiness: grapefruit, lemon, apricot, tropical fruit. pine ushers in a unique bitterness mid palate. ginger mingles throughout. comes off sweeter than it might initially seem, that's not to say it's a sweet beer though.
the mouthfeel is fairly middle of the road in body with prickly carbonation that may be applified by some of the flavor characteristics.
overall and great double IPA with some nice complexities. hopped up to be sure, but it doesn't ruin you as some of the genre do.

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of htrae2014
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Christmas morning....

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into my new CBS snifter.

A) A light amber that is fairly cloudy. A massive white foamy head greets me like a beer commercial. Great retention and a crazy amount of sticky lacing. There is a dense foam island in the middle of my snifter.

S) Nice malt presence to go along with a predominantly piney and white grapefruit nose. The aroma was quite nice.

T) Nicely balanced... This is not too bitter and not too sweet. It tastes of grapefruit with a light dusting of sugar. There is some evegreen/juniper to this brew. A little bit of orange rind on the finish.

M) A medium body with about the same from a carbonation standpoint. This is pretty darn smooth and easy drinking. There is a slight tingle, which is perhaps the pine needle and ginger.

O) I though this was pretty much fantastic. I'm sorry I just had one bottle. I would highly recommend this brew. Merry Christmas....

Photo of Ratman197
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml boittle poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of biscuit, pine, lemon zest and light grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit,pine,grapefruit and lemon zest with a crisp dry bitter lingering citrus finish.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of spicelab
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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 beersis81
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.