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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled, seasonal
single hop simcoe IPA
This Christmas, wish for a green Christmas. Where flurries of hop flakes blanket the world like you’ve never seen it before. And crunching through crisp, sparkling drifts releases billows of pineapple, citrus and papaya with every step. The reign of the snow angel is over. Long live the hop angel where parks and playgrounds become adorned with the outlines of celestial beings that fell to Earth from angry looking emerald clouds. Tune in to breakfast TV to find life’s on hold for 24 hours as this ’hop day’ demands you rocket down a hill on the back of a baking tray. Or simply raise a glass of this festive IPA as we wish you a very hoppy Christmas.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2012
Keg at Arcadia. Pours a golden orange, small white head. Aroma is super fruity - mango, mandarin, lychee, apricot. Almost Ribena-ish, too. Taste is really nice IPA - hoppy, bitter with a juicy fruity character (individual fruits not quite as distinguishable as in the aroma). Bread sweetness too. Orange peel and citric bitterness hangs around subtly for a good while after the drink. Refreshing and not too bitter finish. Very good, this one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
Off keg at brewdog notts. Nothing of Christmas in here, but its very tasty. Almost alpha king standard.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (3776) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
Tap at Brewdog, Notts. outstandingly tasty IPA. Really beautiful blend of berries and super alpha hops. Marvellous on tap, so fresh.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauritsio (410) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Unique fresh hops aroma. Bitter taste that last long. Hart to believe that this is so strong. It's so easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (3027) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle through the BD shop. Fresh fruity hoppy aroma with some reshly cut grass and "green hops" bordering on dill. The hop aroma is held back in the taste, hop resin finish with a fairly thick body and mellow bitterness. Decent IPA, it feels very much lika BrewDog beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACD (626) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 6, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours hazy orange with thin bright white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is a big hit of sweet tropical hop character - mango, pineapple, passionfruit, tangerine; caramel malt prominent on the nose too. Taste gives plenty of pithy grapefruit, peach, orange, mango alongside a fair amount of sweet caramel malt which somewhat overshadows the hop character. Mouthfeel a touch thin. Not too much bitterness on the palate, could do with more. Pretty easy going, refreshing IPA, but could do with a paler malt bill in my eyes.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thoor84 (67) - ICELAND - DEC 6, 2012
Nice! - simcoe hop juice with malty backbone. Citrus, pineapple, passion fruit - sugary hoppy IPA with solid bitterness but would not have hated a bit more bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenH (2239) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with white head. Resinous pine aroma, slightly dusty. Tastes has resinous pine with a heavy malt presence, caramel, toffee and biscuit, slightly nutty. Slightly sweet with a moderate bitter finish, slightly sticky. A waste of simcoe, too much malt and sweetness, not enough bitterness but not an altogether bad beer

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1095) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2012
Small bottle. Light orange/amber body with a small head. Aroma has pine needles and pineapple. Rather sweet malty taste with medium level hoppiness. Expected to taste some ginger or spices but it’s just a regular Brewdog style IPA. Smilar to Punk but a bit stronger.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9260) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2012
330ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki) Fairly simple sweet exotic fruity hop aroma, some sticky crystal malt mashiness. Smooth palate, pleasant carbonation. Slightly floury malts, a little sweeter than I’d like, but that does help keep the alcohol in check. Spicy mandarin and orange peel spiciness. Some stale pepperiness in the finish. Arrives quickly , and leaves quite quickly too. Not an unpleasant encounter, but they really need to leave the floury mashiness behind, probably crystal malts.


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