Mikkeller Hoppy Lovin’ Christmas

Reviewed by on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mikkeller

  • Origin: Denmark

  • Rated On: December 8, 2012

  • Best Before: March 6, 2014

  • ABV: 7.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A 330ml bottle, with some weird reindeer feeding time artwork on the label. Made with ginger and pine spruce tips.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, 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, rather sweet beginner’s DIPA, with a prominent Christmas forest essence. Drinkable, right alongside the rum and eggnog, for a more boreal, natural-esque seasonal experience.

Brady White

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