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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
89
very good

175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

oberon, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Immortale25, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Stinger80OH, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +1.5%

tbryan5, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Kreko7
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Kreko7, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

wl0307, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Dawkins
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Dawkins, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Brewer1980
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of crbnfbr
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

crbnfbr, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Hoptoudrop
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Hoptoudrop, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +1.5%

abex44, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

JamLand, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Kirk, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of thampel09
4/5  rDev +1.5%

thampel09, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of T_rizzo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

T_rizzo, May 28, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Kmat10, May 27, 2013
Photo of Mikkayller
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I felt like this beer could have been a little bit stronger in the pine and ginger, although I did get more of an herbal pine flavor than a ginger one. However the nose was more of a ginger than pine. The ginger gave it a bit of a citrus tone that was quite bitter but sweet. The taste would linger on the back of your tongue and slowly melt down your throat. Smell was ok, it smelled like an IPA, nothing special. I would have liked to have more of the pine sense come through. Overall it was a good beer though.

Mikkayller, May 14, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a curious ipa brewed with ginger and pine needles for Christmas time, probably a little bit past its prime. the pour is a pretty clear golden to orange color with an inch or so of thick white froth that laves some spider web lacing as it drinks. the nose is sweet like hop resin, but the bitterness and hop intensity appears to have decayed a bit. the ginger is present, but im struggling to pick out the pine needles in the aroma. the flavor is a big sticky west coast style ipa, lacking mikkellers usual interesting use of yeast. its pretty straightforward with a touch of fresh ginger on the front of the tongue and a faint pine flavor that could easily be attributed to the hops themselves and not the addition of pine needles. the flavor is good and all, I was just hoping for a uch more accentuated pine element. fuller body, sappy and wet from the hops, slow moving carbonation keeps it that way. finish is a little sweet and quite long. I might have liked this more around holiday time and when it was fresh, but for now its a very confused ipa with the alcohol strength boring a big hole right through the center of it. good not great.

StonedTrippin, May 13, 2013
Photo of heresy22
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

heresy22, May 06, 2013
Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

WanderingFool, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Ciocanelu, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -23.9%

jenray, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of mick303
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orange gold colour, good finger or so of soapy white head. Good lacing and retention, nice carbonation. Looks good.

Smell is full of hops, juicy grapefruit, lot of fresh pine comes across. Some damp malt, damp towels and smoke? Some spiciness, pepper, ginger blends into the pine, some smoky charcoal. More towards the hops, but tons of interesting stuff here. Dry ginger spice as it warms.

Taste has a satisfying pine and grapefruit, orange, banana, medicinal hops. Malt is biscuity and moderate, providing a balance to the intense hops. A sort of gingery smokiness comes through that is mildly medicinal. A nice dry bitterness at the end, with a good deal of herbal and slightly medicinal hops.

Mouthfeel has a slick alcohol feel, with a strong carbonation, a pretty big body, but it drinks quite smoothly. Finish is dry. The alcohol doesn't really come through too much, and this has a good classic IIPA slick hoppy feel. Delich.

A really nice all-rounder IIPA, great flavours coming across and while it is perhaps a bit unbalanced, I quite enjoy it. A big bold beer, with the pine quite prominent and the ginger playing a background spicy role, all works quite well together. Agree that the carbonation could be decreased, it is a really enjoyable IPA that I hope to have again. Outstanding.

mick303, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Bizoneill
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Bizoneill, Feb 27, 2013
Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.