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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (5545) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2013
Dec 2012 Cold bottle on Christmas day. Fizzy with a decent head. Lots of astringent bitterness with a bit of pineapple, but lots more grapefruit. A good pale ale in comparison to others I’ve had. Not very floral, which is good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (5513) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (5503) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle @ joes. Clear golden yellow to orange colour with a small white head. Smells hops, citra, slightly malty, chives, nice. Tastes hoppy, tropical fruits, bitter, resin.. Lovely ipa. Medium body, nice carbo, crisp.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (5402) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2013
Tap at Olutexpo 2013, Helsinki. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, hops and malts.
Earlier Rating: 12/7/2012 Total Score: 3.3
Draught at Angleterre, Helsinki. Colour is copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours are caramel, spices, fruits, hops and malts. Quite strong taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (5329) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle 33cl, a clear amber beer with good head. Nose is very hopy on pine. Aroma is on fresh hops, melon, almond and grapefruit. Properly done but very near the other new beer from the brewery, became boring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (5318) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
On tap @sbwf13. Hazy deep golden with off white head. Aroma with strong fruit notes, resin, pineapple and massive caramel. Taste is medium sweet, malty, high bitterness with lots of resin and pineapple.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5300) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle sample @ Ølfestivalen på Nærbø. Clear dark golden body, medium creamy white head. Nose is oranges, mandarines, grass, red berries, hints of caramel. Taste is pine, lemon balm, grass, hints of garden herbs and pale malts. Bitter piney finish. Medium body and carbonation. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle (Voodoo Doll). Great refreshing tropical fruits hoppiness in both nose and mouth. Not overly bitter, but manages a punch. ( or a Voodoo Doll pinch). In the end not too scary, though.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5132) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2014
Bottled. 15cl sample. The aroma is strong hoppy has tropical fruits, some grass/hay/vegetable. Clear, copper coloured beer with a medium, white head. The taste is moderate bitter, perfect clean. Has some biscuity notes, but on the far background. The beer is dominated by hops and hops alone. Nice tropical fruits, but unfortunately also some vegetable tones I really don’t enjoy.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (5099) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2013
Clean amber bodied and stable head. Very piney which I’m sure was the idea behind a hoppy Christmas. Not woody or spicy, as typical Christmas beers, but a clean hop based beer that’s rather refreshing than warming. Body is light bitter for the style and a bit too clean to be interesting. And a Christ’s beer can be eccentric and over the top. This isn’t. This is a clean ipa that drinks nice enough but reminds me nothing of a special, warming, wintery or eclectic Christmas spirit. More of an after work thirst quencher. (33cl bottle from Bootlegger)


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