Hoppy Christmas | BrewDog

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Hoppy ChristmasHoppy Christmas

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Voodoo Doll in Scandanavia

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.

Added by MasterSki on 11-26-2012

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 77
Photo of josanguapo
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing A Golden Wake. Remebered me why simcoe is one of my preferred hops. Finished it reallt quickly.Lots of pine/citric notes. Really pleasant feel

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Photo of mickwin
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

clear, very little head, aroma is malt, caramel, and a little pepper, flavour is caramel and orange and very malty and a little hops, , a nice beer, definitely worth a try.

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

From bottle. Pours hazey golden with a White head that quickly dissipates very quickly. Aroma very hoppy pineapple, citrus. Taste like the aroma big on tropical flavours. Very nice.

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Photo of interzen
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a goblet

Look: Clear, dark golden, almost coppery, brown. Good carbonation but not much in the way of head and what there was disappeared fairly quickly leaving a few bits of foam floating on the surface.

Smell: Hops, pine resin, flowers, cut grass and more hops - if this smelt any hoppier then it'd be leaping off the table. This certainly smells like an American style IPA. Some muted citrus and pineapple notes, but the hops are the star here. Very much so.

Taste: Follows the smell, although a bit less intense - there's hop character by the truckload, and whilst it does a good job of beating out the maltier flavours you can still get those if you let the beer breath for a while. Whilst it's not as insanely hopped as some IPAs, the fact remains that the hops are there anre Brewdog make damned sure you know it.

Feel: Medium body with a dry, bitter finish. Strangely, for something that's so hop-forward in terms of taste and smell, the hop character drops off fairly quickly. Even so, the flavours carry through well.

Overall: I'm either slightly late, or very early, for a Christmas ale. Not that I'm bothered - after a couple of Belgian tripels I needed something with a bit of an edge and this did the job nicely. Definitely one for the IPA afficianados - and remember, hops are for life, not just Christmas! Nice one, Brewdog.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of stcules
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of MarkoNm
3.49/5  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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Photo of dcmchew
4.29/5  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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Photo of ADZA
3.86/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 7,2%Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Best before 01/10/2014

Thanks to my Grandmother for adding this bottle to my Christmas present.

Appearance: Hoppy Christmas pours a clear bright golden-orange colour, with a rough pour yielding a large white head. The head has an oddly course texture, but still seems to last fairly well and leave a few patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: As with all Brewdogs I was a little worried about the freshness of this bottle. Thankfully the nose is pretty hoppy so all seems well. Notes include: Sweet orange, pithy grapefruit, a slightly resinous character, some leafy hops, pineapple and a hint of malt.

Taste: Hoppy Christmas is certainly a citrus forward IPA, with the flavour offering some lovely sweet orange notes, grapefruit, some pith and some citrus peel. As the beer warms, a light leafy note becomes apparent alongside some sweeter tropical notes of pineapple.
There is a solid bitterness in the finish and a light dryness.

Mouthfeel: The high level of carbonation is a little too expansive for my tastes, but it settles down quickly enough to not be too obtrusive. The body is medium-light and offers a nice oily character.

Overall: Hoppy Christmas is a solid IPA and one I'd be happy to buy if there was a constant supply of fresh bottles locally.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

best before date October 2014 which I assume means it was bottled in October 2013.
A dark amber beer, little to no foam on top.
Strong fresh hoppy smell. Lots of fresh sweet green aromas and pine with some grapefruit. Very nice but doesn't really jump out at you like other IPAs can. May be a result of just using one hop variety.
Flavor is similarly piney with some grapefruit and pith, making it bitter, that covers the full sweet malt body. Nice. Grows on you.
The hoppiness builds up and each sip coats your teeth. Very much an American style IPA here, something I don't encounter often these days - at least not fresh ones - but this one makes me want to seek them out more.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber colour with a foamy, white head about two centimetre tall that stays very well and doesn't reduce much over the first couple of minutes.

Hoppy, some strong grapefruit and pine hops. Some sweet malts and some lighter spices also make an appearance. There is also some floral notes and some herbal ones on top of that.

A strong grapefruit taste at the start with, as expected, tonnes of hops following this. There is a few spices and a juicy, almost topical fruit flavour up next with some orange and maybe some mango.

Medium, a sweet and almost rich feel with some good spices and lively carbonation without being overdone.

A pretty good Christmas beer, another solid effort from Brewdog following on from their Christmas Porter from last year and a welcome change from the usual darker Christmas beers that are more common. I could see myself enjoying this one year round if it was available permanently so hopefully it appears again next year as well.

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Photo of dgilks
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber colour with a creamy off-white head. Very nice.

RIch, dank hop aroma. Tons of pine and grapefruit. Classic Simcoe. Some sweet malt but mostly just deliciousness.

An intense and delicious hop character up front. A fair bit of cohumulone too. Nice grapefruit and mango flavour. Moderate bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A really solid IPA. Excellent flavour and balance.

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

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast

Poured a nice golden honey colour. Slightly off white head poured thick and foamy. Light carbonation leaves a thin covering throughout... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Juicy, spicy and maybe slightly tropical fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruits, pineapple), spicy yeast, pine, light palm sugar / caramel sweetness, sea salt, light toasted malt, fresh cut wet grass, light herbal notes, quite floral (lillies maybe ?), white pepper...

Taste - Spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, light floral honey / caramel sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges, grapefruit, light pineapple, apricot), herbal notes, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath. Light / medium bodied... very quaffable..

Overall - An excellent IPA though not particularly festive... highly recommended though...

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Hoppy Christmas from BrewDog
4.02 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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