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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
88
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 11-29-2011)
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-19-2013 03:30:10 | More by lilnicky068
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-16-2013 07:00:13 | More by zestar
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NateMac13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-15-2013 01:35:23 | More by NateMac13
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Brianofthemarsh

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-14-2013 05:01:46 | More by Brianofthemarsh
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stephensinner

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-13-2013 20:30:23 | More by stephensinner
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Split with friends. Hazy orange pour into a snifter, great lace and head retention.

Scent is unique for an IPA, but nothing too crazy. I probably wouldn't guess ginger was in if I didn't know already, but it does have a good dose of pine, floral, some citrus, sweet malts.

Taste brings out the ginger a bit more, still big on the pine with hop flavors of herbal, floral, lemon, pineapple as well. But it's actually quite malty for an IPA overall, but in a good way that works. Big toffee sweetness, bubblegum and some toastiness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and well-carbonated. Low-medium bitterness and not much alcohol presence.

Maybe a bit maltier than expected, but good flavors and all around a good DIPA. Ginger and pine needles are well-integrated, ginger is the more subtle of the two. Works well as an Xmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 12:41:10 | More by Chico1985
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fionn13

Ireland

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-09-2013 03:12:56 | More by fionn13
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CrazyEasyBartender

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12-07-2013 18:08:26 | More by CrazyEasyBartender
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Arborescence

Finland

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden, slightly hazy. Visible (yeast) sediment in the bottle (I didn't pour it in). Pours a massive, thick & white, lasting head.

Aroma: Hoppy and fresh, with grapefruit and floral aromas

Taste: Rich and lingering, light fruity sweetness and somewhat sharp citrus bitterness. Strng yet fresh.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticks to the back of the mouth a bit.

Overall: Pretty good stuff, nice change from super heavy Christmas beers, but it still has the kick!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 17:38:56 | More by Arborescence
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timsoder

Utah

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-05-2013 00:59:05 | More by timsoder
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-29-2013 06:26:36 | More by YobroitsJoe
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ohyayitstrey

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-27-2013 21:30:27 | More by ohyayitstrey
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:41:05 | More by oberon
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:00:19 | More by Immortale25
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-20-2013 02:26:48 | More by Stinger80OH
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-10-2013 14:15:19 | More by tbryan5
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Kreko7

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

11-05-2013 03:53:00 | More by Kreko7
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 17:54:04 | More by wl0307
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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

09-23-2013 01:22:09 | More by Dawkins
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Brewer1980

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-09-2013 16:04:47 | More by Brewer1980
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-12-2013 08:15:51 | More by crbnfbr
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Hoptoudrop

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

08-08-2013 03:05:32 | More by Hoptoudrop
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abex44

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-27-2013 06:02:11 | More by abex44
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

07-09-2013 03:33:57 | More by Zbeetleman
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JamLand

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-01-2013 23:18:04 | More by JamLand
Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.