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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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88
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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 214
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
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+ (949 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,838 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - lightly hazy bright golden, two fingers of head retained nicely and left some random spot lacing
S - tropical citrus followed by pine, floral, light grain and spice
T - perfume and piney hops up front with some citrus, hint of ginger bread sweetness, definitely a unique spin
M - light with solid carbonation, mild bitterness, alcohol is sneaky, just a tad dry
O - the ginger spice is gentle but does make this a unique DIPA, not mind blowing but a solid drinkable brew that is worth a try or two (500 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (701 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Stout 12/5
Served in a tulip

A: This beer pours a hazy copper, amberish color with a two finger of frothy off white head. Head retains nicely on this one leaving big, sticky sheets of lacing behind.

S: Nose is orange peel citrus, some ginger notes, and a good deal of piney hops.

T: Taste starts with a healthy doseage of big juicy, piney notes. Orange peel, and a touch of mango and apple come in through the middle. Finish has a nice caramel sweetness with just a hint of grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice smooth feel with a dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, somewhat fillnig, decent kick and a very nice representation of style. I was hesitant to try this beer, but the bartender offered a taste and I had to have it. (782 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 (924 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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
DIPA. (388 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,219 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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! (381 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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". (744 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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). (908 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,688 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2%
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! (384 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,625 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of Meerkey
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (776 characters)

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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.