X-Mas Hop

Reviewed by on December 5, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brouwerij de Molen

  • Origin: Netherlands

  • Rated On: December 26, 2012

  • Best Before: bottled June 14th, 2012

  • ABV: 6.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A De Molen product that has apparently been shipped to Canada as part of a Craft Beer Advent calendar.  Wow, a label from this brewery that I don’t need Google Translate in order to figure out. Huh.

This 330ml bottle pours a hazy, muddled dark golden hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and bulbous off-white head, which leaves some sparse splatters of fuzzy lace around the glass as it very slowly ebbs away.  It smells of bitter grapefruit rind, fleshy orange, soft pine needles, some leavened, bready caramel malt, and a further floral, perfumed hoppiness. The taste is fruity, as in more of the musty orange, grapefruit, lime, and kiwi citrus notes, a crackery, bready malt backbone, and some earthy, sweet florals lengthening the experience somewhat.

The bubbles are pretty laid back, the body a decent enough medium weight, though a tad pithy in its stab at full-on smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the skewed orange fruitiness and tempered grainy malt contending well with the overall bitterness of the other side players.

An agreeable new-world IPA, fruity and acerbic to a point – however, that point is bit more hollow when put up against the Christmas promise of this offering – I get the orange (in its floral re-imagining here), sure, but the pine essences are mostly lost, to a degree that I don’t think Santa would grok this as a cookie accompaniment to any and all.

Brady White

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