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Hoppy Christmas - BrewDog

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
At BrewDog, we've decided to bring Christmas back home. To cosy nights in with good company and delicious beers. We’re not wishing for a white Christmas, we’re wishing for one as green as Simcoe. Sitting at 7.2% this festive pale ale is an ode to one of our favourite hops. May hop flakes deck the halls and carpet the streets with the tangy sweet citrus aroma of papaya and pineapple.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-26-2012)
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Photo of SmashPants
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a stumpy little blue 330mL can with the typically funky Brewdog label.

Appearance: pours a vibrant orange-golden colour with plenty of fine carbonation. A finger of lemony yellow-off-white head. Drops slowly to thick cap with good lace.

Aroma: heaps of pine and resin hops up front - a great AIPA aroma. Some citrus as well.

Taste: more hop characters up front but it is decidedly weaker than the aroma. Lots of biscuit malts as well that slightly diminish the hops. Still nice though.

Aftertaste: a bit flat on the finish with the hops really dropping away quite a lot. A bit disappointing.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavours through well at the start, but drops away too quickly.

Overall: a pretty decent AIPA up front that drops away too quickly. It wouldn't be too bad other than the price of AU$120 a case. Gasp! Not nearly good enough for that.

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4.76/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Photo of stcules
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful bright orange/amber color, Beige, average foam, not too solid.
Fresh and hoppy smell, not too strong. Good american hop, citric, fruit notes, peach and pineapple. Quite strong pineapple.
Good in the mouth too, the right bitterness, citric notes, grapefruit, again pineappple, some sweetish malt notes, and fruitiness.
Well done and pleasant beer, Hoppy Christmas.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of MarkoNm
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a ruby/orange color, clear, with about a finger of just slightly off-white head.
The aroma is gentle, but very pleasantly fruity and sweet.
The taste is strong and filling, but not too bitter as it often happens. There is perhaps also some metallic feel to it at times.
Another nice beer from BrewDog.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange amber, not a lot of head, but really sticky.
Smell is all-hop, with sweet exotic fruit (as advertised, papaya), peach and tangerines.
Taste is... something you need to elaborate. There's a nice malt backbone present, with some nice caramel also, but it only helps to showcase the great hops. Sweet citrus, with lime and tangerines, ripe orchard fruit and ripe mango and papaya at first, then suddenly going to green leaves and grass,pine, spicy and mineral hops. Really dank also, is this why it's called "festive"?:) Grapefruit in the finish, and also more than midly bitter.
There's a slight buttery feel to it, enough to keep the mild carbonation in check. Alcohol is hidden perfectly, hard to go by those nice aromatic hops.
Not sure that it's supposed to be a Christmas beer, but certainly is Hoppy. Beautiful fruitiness and nice rough bitterness. Tasty as hell.

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3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Abit late for Xmas but nice and fresh netherless and pours a hazed honey hue with a fast vanishing two finger head and a slight touch of lacing,like the label says it smells straight out like pineapple and papaya mixed with paw paw and mangoes,the feel is definately festive it's easy going light bodied and moderately carbonated with tastes of pineapple firstly followed by candy malts and finished with a tropical fruit salad slight bitterness and overall it's not a bad drop that's made for drinking more than one of especially on Xmas wished we got it then but it's still a tasty number worth trying cheers.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2014. Acquired recently from the Brewdog online shop. A festive pale ale - Merry Christmas!

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep orange-amber hue with low carbonation and some faint floating sediment that looks like protein. Produces a vast head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of intensely fruity, spicy hops with notes of pine resin, weed, tropical fruit, orange peel, citrus and hay. Underpinned by sweet caramel malt and subtle yeast hints. Deliciously hoppy.

Tastes of overwhelming aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, tropical fruit, grass/hay, mild caramel, subtle earthiness and stewed hops. Slightly spicy, followed by an intensely hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and spicy hop oils stimulating the palate. Good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and pine resin.

Boom - Christmas goes with a bang! While the style isn't particularly festive, this beer is a smorgasbord of hoppy goodness. Looks a little lacklustre but the aroma and flavour are stunning. An avalanche of hop notes on the palate, and a slight resemblence to Christmas trees. Nice body. A solid effort from Brewdog that'll fix your hop cravings for the new year. Well worth sampling if you come across it.

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Hoppy Christmas from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.