Hoppy Lovin' Christmas | Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
3.95/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
79
Ratings:
256
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 256
Photo of drmeto
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a hazy golden-orange with a medium to big, frothy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-Citrus heavy with orange zest, grapefruit & tangerines,pine, slight ginger and a faint metallic note
T:
-Follows the nose, minus the metallic note, with Honey
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
A pretty good, citrus fruit-heavy IPA, the ginger could've been more prominent though.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a five+ finger white head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Hazy light amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Fruity nose and flavor is citrusy not finding ginger & pine needles, light sweetness. Pricey at $4.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

**
12/24/18

Medium hazy maze color, with a healthy white head.

Bottle to snifter. not sure of the age of this beaut, but I see it is retired here on BA, so age may account for some of its un-pleasantries.

Light to medium body. Average carbonation.

The ginger and the pine are subdued. Mostly I get citrus and rice in the aroma and rice/barley in the taste. There is a little numbing bite at the finish which may be attributed to the ginger, but it is not positive; almost medicinal.


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Photo of rex_4539
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Quite clear, amber color, three finger white head, ok lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hops, spices.

T: Hoppy, spicy, malty. Bitter on the back end.

F: Light to medium bodied. Full flavored.

O: This beer tastes exactly as advertised. Nothing more, nothing else.

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Photo of lmaduells
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Accustomed to Belgian beers Christmas, I did not like this as a Christmas beer. No heir understood. Cerevsa a correct but meaningless. Inadecuat a beer style Christmas

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Photo of jzlyo
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is pine needles,spices and hops. The flavor is pine needles, slight ginger, fruit, spices, hops and a mix of tart,slight heat and bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of zac16125
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a pint glass


A: Dark golden, huge light tan head, dissipates very slowly and leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Very hoppy, lots of pine, equal amounts of citrus 4

T: hoppy, tons of pine, Ginger is subtle 4

M/D: medium body, carbonation appropriate, fairly smooth for the style,p drinkablity is good 4

O: Nice beer, one of the better hoppy offerings I've had from Mikkeler 4

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, best by 02/25/2017 printed on the cap, so apparently this is good for two years LOL. A new holiday big bottle to me from Mikkeller, acquired from the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a honey gold body, lots of sediment haze visible even in the bottle before pouring. Active carbonation, with three big fat fluffy airy fingers of bubbly white head. Fluffy, with excellent staying power. Heavily clouded with sediment upon further pouring.

S - A very distinct and interesting aroma. Prominent smell of sweet honey, with a minty / herbal smell imparted from the pine needles. Traditional earthy doughy yeast presence.

T - Taste follows much the same path as the nose: lots of sweetened honeyed malts, herbs, mint, and authentic pine needle flavor. Very unique & delicious. I am actually really enjoying this.

M - Smooth, fluffy, & creamy. Very easy-drinking and delicious stuff. Piney, resinous, & bitter, but more attributed to the pine needles than actual hops this time.

Overall, absolutely delicious and drinkable. Would love to see stuff like this available is six packs yearly. A sure winner.

Mikkeller Hoppy Lovin' Christmas -----4/5.

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Photo of drpimento
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super tasting beer with hints of the pine needles and ginger. Lots of frothy head and lace. Incredibly easy drinking. Bit of alcohol warmth towards the end of the finish. Fab brew.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange with almost a touch of red, cloudy, no visible carbonation and a finger of creamy white head.




S: Pine needles, orange candy, popcorn, malt, melon as in a honey dew.



T: Pine needles, starts off with a light bitterness that like chili peppers, increases in strength to the end of the brew. Orange, grapefruit. Light sweetness. Not getting the ginger, though the little burn in the throat may be that or alcohol.



M: Thick, resinous, with a solid almost foamy carbonation.



O: I love the idea behind this beer, make a hoppy pine needle induced beer for Christmas, rather than the typical winter warmer or spiced up dark Belgian. Great label of reindeer eating missal toe. Got this brew in Bangkok at Mikkeller bar, drank in Kunming March 15th, 2015.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Teku glass. Bottle. Amber/orange like with thin to medium, semi-densed, white head, which dissapears fast. Poor lacing. Aroma of caramel and little toasty, in the background maybe honey. Hops aroma is not so noticable mainly some rasin and floral aroma. The taste in the beginning sweet and mild, but quickly it comes with medium bitterness. It becomes most intensed in the middle of degustation with nice hoppy aftertaste. Light to medium body, thin texture, medium carbonation. Finish is bitter and dry. In overall solid IPA, little bit too mild because. It could be nicer if the aroma is more intense.

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Photo of barczar
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Resiny, lightly citrusy and piney hops and deeply nutty, sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Maltier than expected. Flavor is very sweet and toffee-centric, with resiny and modestly citrusy notes. The carbonation is a bit high. Lightens up the heaviness of the malt dominance. I like it, but it's more malt forward than expected.

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Run of the mill IPA .. Can't find anything that stands out.. Besides the price . 15 dollars plus for a 750ml ... Not a good decision IMO . I would never get this again..

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Photo of clayrock81
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured a orange body with large head and lace ring that sticks around.
The hoppy aroma is citrusy and strong but the pine needles seem to take over as it is mostly piney aroma with touches of sweet malts in there as well.
Smooth, easy drinking beer that is a mostly piney, citric hop beer (not bomb - doesn't overpower you) that has some ginger sweetness and spiciness to it.
The beer is well balanced and a quality IPA, and to me the ginger and pine needles give it a little something extra that make it stand out amongst other great IPAs.
I am sure some will find the spices off-putting, not interesting, but to each his or her own.

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Photo of Kenobi00
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Took a shot in the dark on this. I hadn't heard of it before. I bought it in Carry Out Off Licence, Carlow, Ireland. Expensive here, but most beers are! 4.55€

Smooth and balanced mouthfeel, just right. A decent amount of citrus hop bitterness balanced well with the plum sweetess. Almost tastes like homemade lemonade, only tons better! Aftertaste is sweet plum with a subtle and balanced bitterness.

The packaging, although fun and Christmassy, is not to my taste, but for me it's all about the beer, which is fantastic.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, floral, and slight pine aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, floral, and grape candy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of citrus and floral hop qualities.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed: 12/31/13

Hoppy Lovin' Christmas by Mikkeller ApS
poured from a bottle into a pint glass

P-packaging: wine bottle presentation (1pt 9,4 oz) with an impressionist reindeer and people design label 4.5

A-appearance : Hazy golden straw brown with excellent lacing 3.75

S- smell: pine or cone hops 4.0

T-taste: hop bitterness with faint orange peels 4.0

M-mouthfeel : fresh and crisp 4.0

D-drinkability:light bodied and refreshing 4.0

O-overall:expectation was more Belgian but a wonderful surprise 4.0

what a wonderful holiday gift this turned out to be ---J

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Photo of flyingpig
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from BeersOfEurope website (£3.59):
Slightly hazy amber colour with a 2cm head that is white and looks to be of a thick, foamy texture that manages to hold pretty well and leave some lacing.

Hops some tropical fruits, citrus and what I think is a hint of pineapple too. There was also a slight hint of alcohol towards the end of the aroma but this was mostly masked by the refreshing fruits and the sweet malts that make up most of the nose.

Hoppy with citrus fruits, as I though some pineapple and a bit of grapefruit. There is some pine and a few sweet malts with a little bit of caramel sneaking in as well.

Smooth with a medium body and carbonation about the same, there is a few hints of alcohol but not as much as you'd expect from the abv. thanks to the good balance between flavours. The beer is sticky towards the end and has a dry, sweet finish.

A good change up from the usual, run-of-the-mill Christmas beers, this one still has the alcohol content but thankfully it also backs it up in the taste department as well.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of Mikkayller
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 256 ratings