Hoppy Christmas

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Scotland, United Kingdom
American IPA
Ranked #1,633
Ranked #14,298
3.94 | pDev: 12.94%
Jan 29, 2023
Nov 26, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: Also known as Voodoo Doll in Scandanavia

Buckle up for this seasonal Simcoe sled ride. A fruity festive fellow that delivers an all out Blitzen of Citrus flavour by the sack load. Citrus and tropical fruits on the Red nose. Tangy citrus, papaya and pineapple Dancer across the palate. All resting on a firm malty under carriage. A happy but bitter end waits.

Hoppy Christmas - don't keep the receipt.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
330 ml can, from Vinmonopolet Egersund. ABV is 6%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate aroma of citric and spicy hops. The flavour has also notes of citric and spicy hops, hints of tropical fruits, resinous bitter finish.
Jan 29, 2023
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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can (enjoy by: 1/31/23) poured into a 14 oz Rastal Teku glass. Pours faintly hazy golden yellow with tall park of bubbly white head. Fresh aromas of pine, citrus and tropical fruit. Crisp hoppy flavor with more citrus, tropical fruit, and a light malt base. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Lighter bodied, crisply bitter and nicely hopped IPA.
Jan 29, 2023
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Reviewed by Mitchster from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz can as part of the mixed Christmas 12 pack. 6.0% ABV. Brewed with Pale, Extra Dark Crystal, Caramalt. Hopped with only Simcoe.
Pours out to a medium burnt orange, forming a solid off white head with very good retention and lacing. Predominant peach in the nose, followed by mango and pineapple. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewy. Very subtle but interesting malt flavors going on here which support the fruit nose nicely. Bitterness is medium-light, easy to drink. Cleanly fermented, no off flavors or aromas. Carbonation is medium, ~2.5 carbs. Finishes quite clean (for the style) with a well balanced bitterness.

I dig this. Well brewed. Would recommend and would buy again.
Jan 23, 2023
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Rated by The_Beer_Guru from New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Standard American IPA no Christmas flavors (not a bad thing imo). This beer is solid.
Jan 21, 2023
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Slightly hazy rose gold color with a substantial and lasting off white head and some nice lacing. The aroma is pineapple, papaya and hints of caramel malt and pine.
The taste is pine and citrus up front followed by tropical fruit - pineapple,mango, coconut, papaya. The finish is dry and back to some pine resin and grapefruit.
The body is medium, moderate carbonation, smooth, very drinkable.
Altogether, this is a tasty and enjoyable IPA with elements from New England and West Coast, nice level of bitterness, very nice.
Jan 10, 2023
Rated: 3.74 by npendres from Wisconsin

Jan 05, 2023
Rated: 5 by mquinn919 from Pennsylvania

Dec 23, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by Zigzach from Florida

Dec 19, 2022
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Rated by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Really solid seasonal ipa. Clear, hoppy, delicious.
Dec 03, 2022
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

2.32/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON: 09/22/22 3272 11:34"

Appearance: The body is an indian summer gold color with a moderate haze. The head is large, fluffy, and white. It has good head retention. There are some cobwebs of lacing.

Aroma: White pepper comes through briefly, then cooked cabbage. Old mowed wildgrass comes through on the nose. It isn't very appealing.

Taste: Up front there is some tart mango with a bit of sickly acidic character. It tastes grassy towards the middle and it finishes with a slightly pleasant mango water flavor. The mango character in the beer is pleasant but everything else just kills the experience. Over time an old cooked cabbage flavor appears, like an old stew that has been sitting in the fridge. There is a bit of mint that also crops up but it feels like grasping at straws for some positivity in this mess of a beer.

Mouthfeel: It has an odd tartness which is misplaced. There is a moderate bitterness which comes across as overcooked herbs; it is like eating a bay leaf that has been left in the pan for too long. Drinkability is low.

Overall: The beer is a miss. As a holiday beer it offers nothing special and as a regular IPA it offers even less. I recommend skipping this and grabbing almost any regular IPA off the shelf rather than this. It tastes old and it has notes of cabbage and grass. I wouldn't buy it again.
Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by Danzifer from Ohio

Nov 21, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Rainintheface from Florida

Nov 09, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

Nov 07, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Oct 19, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got a can of this beer from a Christmas 2021 Holiday 24pck from my wife. It poured a relatively clear golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had good malt and ripe fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bright hop flare. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.
Jan 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pale yellow with a 1" white head, which fades to 1/4". Moderate lacing.

Aroma is floral, pine, citrus, spices.

Taste is pineapple, papaya, orange zest, spices.

Medium body, light carbonation. Dry, fruity, spicy finish.

Pretty good Xmas Ale.
Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
APPEARANCE: Clean golden, with a nice head of off-white foam. Clouds of lace.

NOSE: Brisk citrus hops, very appealing.

TASTE: Plenty of citrus hops, fairly old-school and seemingly a Celebration clone. Solid, though.
Jan 02, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 2.4 by nathanu10

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Lelampp from Ohio

Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 FL OZ. can
Served in a perfect pint glass

This beer pours straw colored with a slight haze. One billion bubbles rise from nucleation sites etched into the bottom of the glass to feed a couple inches of off-white head that leaves spotty lacing.

Citrus and pine aroma.

Sharp citrus flavor. Grapefruit. Resin.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel

Solid IPA.
Dec 21, 2021
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Rated by Zylod from West Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This is not bad, but its another log on the ipa fire.
Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by sjmalikjr from Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
I bought this in a mix 6 at my local Giant Eagle: Disappointed but not in the same class as other Christmas beers, Celebrator ect. Would not buy again
Dec 20, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
The BrewDog Advent Calendar Apocalypse day 16.
I think I know what they were blaring over the nuke plant's emergency loudspeakers that they have all over the county. It sounded like they were saying not to drink the eggnog. Brains brains. All those people going nuts and fires and civil unrest over eggnog? I'm going to continue to stay indoors and drink my BrewDog. Brains brains.

While this one seemed to have promise, with a great, if unoriginal name, Hoppy Christmas, but one look at the bottom of the can seems to show that the ale is five months old. I don't know if that can be, but it tastes like it is five months old. It looked nice and golden in the glass but it was all downhill from there. Nothing about this stale ale says Christmas. If I didn't need its immunizing properties, it might have been a drain pour.

I could not recommend this brew based on this sample. I would be willing to give it another a shot if I knew it was fresh. This is what was wrong with the Costco beer advent calendar my sister used to buy for me - everything in those was very old and few of them were still OK. Based just on this one I probably won't buy any of these again (I bought one for my son and one for my son in law too).

Hopefully it will still ward of the zombie (or eggnog?) disease that is running rampant. Drink up your BrewDog or eat brains.
Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by golf4collet from West Virginia

Dec 14, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sudsy trail of lace on the glass. It smelled of citrus, pineapple and other tropical fruits with toasted caramel and some pine. Sweet tropical fruit taste with caramel and a piney bitterness.
Dec 14, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by Casterbridge from Connecticut

Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Seejae from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a straw yellow, light head, heavy lacing. The bouquet is overripe fruit and fresh cut orange. Really nice taste and feel to this. Lots of citrus, touch of berry, some melon wash. This is perhaps the best beer I’ve had from Brewdog. Their beers tend towards simple broad appeal, but there is uniqueness to this. Well done.
Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I've been working my way through a number of Christmas style ipas this season.... This is perhaps my least favorite so far... Seems a bit skunky and thin... The date on the can indicates it was brewed a week before Halloween so perhaps it's a bit too aged
Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by Meddwol from Michigan

Dec 06, 2021
Rated: 3.53 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the Brew Dog 2021 Advent Calendar. From the can, it pours a clear light amber color with a nice long lasting white head that leaves lacing. In the nose, the first scent I got was old poo - seriously - followed by . In the mouth, it is a touch of bitter orange, followed by a citrusy malt.
Dec 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
11/20/21 Marilyn's on Main in Morgantown. On tap.
Apricot and orange aromas permeate the slight malt undertone. Smooth, slight bite, papaya, and lemon full the mouth. Ours was a little warm, but I think it actually enhanced the flavor.
Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
12oz can poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright golden with solid clarity; fluffy white head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing.

The aromas have a mild blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Lots of breads and crackers. Hints of caramel. Malts are there.

The flavors basically follow the nose. Hints of grapefruit leading the way. Some coconut in the mix. Lots of fresh grass. More crackers and bread. Nice bitterness. Malts do their thing without dominating. Finishes dry. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed.

Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, spritzy, fluffy and smooth.

This is an okay IPA. It's honestly just your "middle of the road" IPA. It has no Christmas or winter vibes at all. It's very clean, crisp and refreshing though.
Nov 02, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by koolkitty from England

Jan 07, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

Dec 08, 2020
Rated: 4 by iftcoach from Germany

Aug 18, 2020
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 128 ratings