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

bottled
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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.


Sizzler80's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, - JAN 23, 2013
Dark amber pour with a frothy white head. Aroma: hops, caramel, grapefruit, mango, pine. Tangy, slightly dry and sweet on the palate. Nicely balanced Christmas IPA.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mateuszk (860) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. Clear light amber with solid white head. Aroma of tropical fruits and pine. In taste low sweet, dry, citrusy with medium to high bitterness in the finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nordic (277) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle 0,33. Strong fruity aroma, pine & caramel notes. Hoppy. Taste: well balanced, powerful bitter finish. Good IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (528) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2015
It is more hoppy than it is Christmas. But now the boys from BrewDog the already known to abstract from everything called common tradition for beers, so of course they launch not one sugared dark malty beer with Belgian influences for Christmas. Only slightly Christmas touch is a delicious aroma of orange mixed with a little spicy tones. The flavor is excellent hopped on a very elegant shape and contains besides orange also a slight malty sweetness that finely balances the otherwise hops bitter dryness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tarmok (430) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 28, 2015
Cloudy amber liquid with minimal white head. Aroma: raisin bisquit, propane. Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, bisquit. Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish,

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (743) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 28, 2015
TÕS5. Bottle. Pours orange with small white head. Aroma is malty and hoppy, pine, fruity, fruity, grass, Taste is sweet, smedium bitter, burnt rubber, caramel, honey. Medium body. Bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robto (59) - Belas, PORTUGAL - JUN 20, 2015
35cl bottle at my house but bought form cerveteca bar in Lisbon. It pours a clear orange colour with a creamy and consistent white head. Aroma is grapefruit, tropical fruits, resins and pineapple. Taste is fruity, hoppy, some pines, some papaya, tropical fruits and a very bittersweet balanced flavour overall. It has a medium body and low carbonation. A very flavourful and yet balanced IPA. Very suitable in Winter and Summer alike. Another great brew from BrewDog.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2625) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2015
Deep, orange body, faintly misted (chill haze?) with fine carbonation and a well established, off-white and tight foam that laces well. There is honey and caramelised oranges on the nose, some apricot and cumquat amongst your usual suspects. Bountifully aromatic and on the sweeter side with no hint of that alcohol. Quite laid back and streamlined on the palate. The explosive fruit nose is turned down a notch as far as flavour. Fruit dominated with a sweet, toasted malt front and a bready mid-palate. Light bodied and soft with an oily finish. Drinks like a 4 per center. Bitter, piney finish with some juicy fruit lingering long. It is easy to drink, balanced and tasty enough but just doesn’t excite me the way I wanted it too. Doesn’t really stand out from other IPA’s on the market. (33cL, BB 01/08/15, The LIquor Shed, Jandakot)

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slautar (134) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUN 19, 2015
Pyszne, intensywnie owocowe i aromatyczne piwo. Wyraźnie ananasowo-cytrusowy smak z delikatną chmielową goryczką w tle. Cieszę się, że piję je w snifterze dzięki czemu aromat cytrusów z ananasem sprawia, że trudno oderwać organ wąchający od naczynia. Jestem przekonany, że piwa ubywa w tempie o wiele szybszym niżbym sobie tego życzył. Doskonałe IPA! Na pewno chcę to powtórzyć. Hoppy life!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (890) - BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2015
Un Noël houblonné, pourquoi pas ? Il y a pire !! Mais il est vrai que c’est original … Ipa de Noël donc, présentée par son brasseur comme un « festive pale ale », tant il est vrai qu’une ipa est d’abord un pale ale, avant d’être une india pale ale … Niveau abv de 7,2 %. Couleur abricot bien typé, magnifique. Clarté nette. Bulles fines en colonne centrale vives et nombreuses. Mousse beige un peu caramel, épaisse, bien texturée, stable à 4 mm. Arômes d’agrumes très fins, zeste d’orange, orange givrée, marmelade de coings. 1ère bouche veloutée au magnifique ensemble malt/houblon/agrume. Arrière-bouche complexe, longue, très nuancée, splendide. 2ème à la magnifique texture, à l’équilibre parfait. Arrière-bouche à l’amertume douce mais précise, la grande classe. 3ème à l’ensemble magnifique malt/houblon/bois. Arrière-bouche à la fois maltée et à l’amertume fleurie. Longueur savoureuse, complexe, dense. Jambes légèrement marquée, longues. Levure boisée, épicée, très belle ligne. Alcool très bien proportionné au genre, gros travail sur l’harmonie. Finale gourmande, à l’infinité de nuances. CONCLUSION : une ipa absolument splendide. Elle a tout ce que la Jack Hammer a de bon … ET aussi tout ce qu’elle n’a pas. En plus, avec exactement le même niveau abv... Le calcul est donc facile !!!! Une top beer, top ipa, top hoppy Xmas ...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kajser27 (366) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 19, 2015
Amber colored, creamy medium white lasting head. Clear. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and strong floral and tropical fruity sensation,a hint of alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet caramel malt, floral, tropical fruits and a bit of citrus, medium bitterness, dry finish. Medium bodied but thick, medium carbonation. Very nice, especially the aroma.


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