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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ADZA on 11-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
235
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
18.02%
 
 
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Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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 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 Gavage
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a big 3" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace sticks to the glass during the session.

Smell: orange and floral hops are the main aromatic components.

Taste: big caramel, orange, some grapefruit, a hint of pine, and a nice bitterness creates a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a slow sipping DIPA that warms and refreshes. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of thefilmcake
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a hazy amber body and a thick head. It offers a hoppy smell with an emphasis on the scent of pine needles. Those same pine notes return in the taste. The brightness of the ginger is followed by the hoppy bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel starts out with a very carbonated start but then ends with a creamy smoothness by the end. This beer feels like a cold winter evening amid a forest of pines.

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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 megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 beerhan
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter (3 times)

A-Huge and I mean huge foamy white head that leaves a massive lacing on the glass. Dark orange body with some bubbles.

S-Resinny orange with some pine and cinnamon.

T-lots of ginger up front actually but very mellow. It stands out enough that it is felt. Lemon and orange peel as well as that resin taste. I am remind of a combination between a belgian wit and a west coast ipa. There is also a sweet grape after taste.

M-Just perfect carbonation. Very creamy and drinkable and not overwhelmingly spicy.

O-Very nice take on an IPA, it is rare that I find a good christmas beer but this one ranks high among them. Drinkable enough that I did not split this 750.

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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 Extrajoker00
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - lightly hazy bright golden, two fingers of head retained nicely and left some random spot lacing
S - tropical citrus followed by pine, floral, light grain and spice
T - perfume and piney hops up front with some citrus, hint of ginger bread sweetness, definitely a unique spin
M - light with solid carbonation, mild bitterness, alcohol is sneaky, just a tad dry
O - the ginger spice is gentle but does make this a unique DIPA, not mind blowing but a solid drinkable brew that is worth a try or two

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Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Stout 12/5
Served in a tulip

A: This beer pours a hazy copper, amberish color with a two finger of frothy off white head. Head retains nicely on this one leaving big, sticky sheets of lacing behind.

S: Nose is orange peel citrus, some ginger notes, and a good deal of piney hops.

T: Taste starts with a healthy doseage of big juicy, piney notes. Orange peel, and a touch of mango and apple come in through the middle. Finish has a nice caramel sweetness with just a hint of grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice smooth feel with a dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, somewhat fillnig, decent kick and a very nice representation of style. I was hesitant to try this beer, but the bartender offered a taste and I had to have it.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy mandarin hue which leaves a two finger head and heaps of clingy lacing.

S-Citrus,cinamon,orange peel,a touch of candy and piney hops.

T-Pineapple,mangoes,orange peel,sweet cinamon,soft candy,sherbet and finished with a bittersweet finish of piney hops and candy.

M-Medium bodied and creamy which suits perfectly.

O-Its nice,easy and very drinkable with its bitterness counteracted by the sugary sweetness with the high ABV well hidden and i could drink alot of cheers.

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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 BrewerB
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden colour with a big, creamy, fluffy, off-white head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Bright citrus with some more resinous, dank, tropical fruit notes as well. Fairly sweet but not overly malty. Very nice.

Nice balance of slightly sweet malt and fruity, tropical New Zealand hops. The mango, pawpaw, passionfruit and guava notes are all nice. Moderately bitter but the malt takes care of most of it. Quite nice really.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A nice IPA with plenty of hops and a good idea from Mikkeller. I really appreciate the idea of a hoppy, light and fresh Christmas beer rather than the same old combination of Strong ale whether it be English, American or Belgian.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%

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 zac16125
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 barczar
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 DCon
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Flamingo Bowl in St. Louis, MO for $17. Poured from the Red/Green labeled bottle w/ men feeding deer mistletoe (added the pic! Artwork by: Keith Shore) into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Does not have a Freshness Date but not worried b/c I know this just got released and is fresh.

Aroma- Citrus and pine come out HUGE in this one! The fruit and hops are perfect in here and also seems there is some sweetness hanging in the background.

Appearance- Pours a 3.5 finger head that lasts for an incredible amount of time! The body color is a medium orange/copper with a bit of hazing behind it. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- The initial flavor isn't hops actually... There is a slight ginger taste and then breaks into a pine needle/huge floral flavor. THEN the hops come in with light citrus and grassy with sweetness. Has a medium-high hop bitterness, so isn't anything to mess around with.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has a good fruity/sweet finish. Bit of hops are left as well.

Overall Impression- What a perfect holiday gift to a friend or family! This 2X IPA is packed with an awesome array of character. Starts with ginger, nice hops, pine needle definitely, and then finishes sweet but still is packed with a punch. Tough to turn those on to this brew if not a fan of hops, but they'll get used to it! Serve it in a fancy glass, present to bottle appropriately, and they will be won over immediately. "Oh, maybe hops ARE a nice ingredient in beer!".

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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).

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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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