Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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 biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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 zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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 BrewerB
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -10.6%
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 vancurly
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 RoamingGnome
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 spicelab
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Dope
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Parrotshake
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.