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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
88
very good

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: ADZA on 11-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Hopdaemon39
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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 crnipeter
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with pine needles and ginger pours slightly hazed deep golden with a finger of dense white head that eventually shrinks to a stable cloth. Head sticks to the walls creating stable sheets of lace as the glass gets swirled.

Nose is dominated by sweet orange-like hops and yes, freshly picked pine needles whose aroma could be distinguished from usual piney-hopage. Malt combines with the ginger added to deliver some peppery-sweet spiciness.

Flavor is sweet with apricot-like fruitiness initially but the finish is abrupt and quite
clean, followed by mild bitterness with minor woodsy notes. Between both ends the palate is
governed by orange peel, ginger and pine.

Body is medium with quite soft carbonation.

Overall, sometimes experiments even succeed and this time Mikkeller hasn't wasted my time nor money. One of the better IPAs I've had in a while (330 ml, Best by 03-06-2014, into tulip).

Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Converge
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a medium copper hue with a ton of haze and a big billowing head of beige bubbles. Solid head retention and sticky clumps and bubbly lace, like most Mikkeller brews.

S - Smells terrific. The first thing that hits me is actually fruitiness, with apples, crisp and green, being at the forefront. Malty notes of caramel, sweet toffee, and bready crusts help balance a zippy hop profile comprised of light pine, citric rind, and slight tropical fruitiness. As it sits, it begins to smell more resinous, with hop oils and light booze being introduced. Very nice.

T - Follows the nose a great deal. Oily, piney hops are assertive and bitter, but there are some sweet fruity notes coming through, with green apple, orange, and grapefruit being detected. More malt balance than the average hop bomb, with sweet caramel malt, toffee, light nutty notes, and some toasty flavors too. Bitter like a DIPA but balanced like an APA. Something about the sweetened, easy drinking nature of this DIPA does strike me as distinctly festive as well.

M - Nice carbonation, with a smooth feel to it. Light to medium bodied, and not too thick or hot like some DIPAs tend to be. A nice, easy drinking mouthfeel that compliments the balanced profile really well.

D - A rather drinkable and balanced offering in a style that often comes across as being too abrasive for my palate. This DIPA brings big flavor, but also big balance, and even some unique touches (never tasted apple before in an IPA/DIPA). All around a tasty and festive DIPA I could see myself drinking again, but knowing Mikkeller it will probably disappear off shelves forever after a single round.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of petluo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of lionoa7x
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of AleApostle
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 ste5venla
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 DSlim71
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mwilbur
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.

Photo of Meerkey
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.