Hoppy Lovin' Christmas | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADZA on 11-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
246
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
31
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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromatic and Substantive hoppiness buffered by spice particularly ginger. Bitterness from pine needles. I am well near spice tasted-out, and so the drinkability is just Ok. Still a decent and complex beer. Above average mouthfeel. Foamy head and lace.

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Photo of acurtis
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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 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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mikkel will use any excuse to release another IPA. This time, Christmas isn't only the season, but also the reason.

With a somewhat murky pour which leads to a dense appearance, the beer releases a creamy off white foam that caps the beer with tremendous staying power and strong lace. Its coppery orange color only reinforces the stern IPA look.

Much like many other Mikkeller IPAs, the aromas captures a deeply earthy scent with citrus, pine, and grass. Backed by floral-fruity sweetness and biscuit, the malts seem to make a big mark on the beer and nearly pulls the hops into balance. Lightly peppery, some Belgian-esque roots start to show.

Rich malt taste coats the mouth with notions of light caramel, honey, and starchy biscuit malt. Hop flavor rises close behind with the taste of white grapefruit, dried lemons, and tropical melon and mango. As the malt-hop balance crosses the middle palate, the hop bitterness develops with the resinous taste of pine, sharp grasses, and cannabis. Its late palate continues to bring out earthy and spicy notes of lemon pepper, cumin, and weathered woods. It's a complex taste that is certainly hop-focused but there's a lot of rustic taste that seems born out of Belgium.

Medium bodied, the beer's biscuit quality offers a dry-bitter mouthfeel that keeps the hops from complete dominance, as is typical from American versions. But as the creamy carbonation recedes, so does the malt presence- leaving the beer to finish resinous, dry, warm, and mildly acidic.

Hoppy Lovin' Christmas is a very pleasant and comforting ale with multitudes of complexity to entice the palate. But if you are looking for a different taste than any other Mikkeller IPA, then its not likely to be found. With little actual "Christmas" taste, the beer is simply very similar to all others from the gypsy brewery.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. It's technically December now, so time Christmas beer it is!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, and 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 retreat essence. Drinkable, right alongside the rum and eggnog, for a more Boreal seasonal experience, rather than overly sweet and spiced.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a beige colour head of slight cream, okay thickness, and decent retention. Body colour is a transparent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Good. Hoppy with floral character. Nectary. Citrus injection. An above average strength aroma.

T: Floral hop notes, nectary hops, some orange citrus notes. A bit simple for the style, but balanced and enjoyable. Pale malts.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavour well. Good carbonation and palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, but it's a tasty refreshing flavorful IPA.

Low C+

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber/honey with 3+ fingers of rocky cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit rind, light breadyness & pine, nose was a little subdued

T: Big citrus up front, grapefruit, orange peel lemons & then some piney & a bit bready sweetness & some ginger sweetness/spicyness. Tons of grapefruit & pine as this warms, some pineapple as well, a little bit of mineral dryness, a touch of honey sweetness. Big pine needle bite in the finish, grapefruit & little ginger snap, just a little aspirin leaking in at the end to make me not give this a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation, good balance to this

This lives up to its billing, very hoppy. I really enjoyed this one

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge (4/5 of glass) head. Steadily settles with a tight dome and plenty of large spots of lace. The liquid is hazy with a gold color

Relatively mild, floral hop aroma, particularly for this style.

Solid malt start, but a strong grapefruit-like bitterness takes over, leading to a long, long aftertaste. The body is full and the carbonation is below average. Classic full-flavored
DIPA.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

What better venue for a Christmas-themed brew than a small Christmas get-together with the friends, right? This stuff pours a cloudy golden straw topped by a more-than-healthy amount of cream-white foam. The nose is a tidal wave of pine needles, with some ginger, orange rind, and light honey rounding things out. The taste similarly emphasizes the pine needles, but now some caramel comes in to help balance things out (kinda vainly, though). The ginger and orange rind remain, joined by a small bit of grass. The pine comes close to being a bit much, but stops just short thereof. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice IPA, but you've really gotta like the whole pine needle thing to fully enjoy it.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IPAchris
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sendbeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hoppy Lovin' Christmas from Mikkeller ApS
3.94 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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