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

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RATINGS: 559   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (5830) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2013
33cl, at 7.2%Vol, new exclusive Scottish brew Anno 2012, from Melger’s Haarlem, complex bitter brew, fruity/bitter and slightly woody/sweet, balanced, clear, good head, good X-Mas brew

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (5603) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (5562) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (5474) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (5447) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5406) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (5380) - FINLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Tap@bdsthlm. Coppery slight hazy. Really fruity, fruit desserty. Mangos, pineapple juice, tangerines. Feels actually quite fanta- like at times, for those who know that pop. Bitter super fruity body. Not much malts, only fruity hops in flavour. A very soda like beer. Nice to try, but I dont think I could do a session with it.

-- bb/wp8
Earlier Rating: 11/9/2012 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle. Copper amber, clear. Nose is loaded with hoppy grapefruit and pine, some tropicality/florals, caramel, malts. A bit of butterscotch and butter and.. honey? Body is slick, medium light. Good soft bitterness. I’m wondering where’s the xmas in here? Seems like a fresh hoppy ipa to me.

-- bb/h

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (5306) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2013
Very strong aroma of tropical fruits. Flavour also has that fruity, hoppyness too. Quite thick and syrupy. Sweet fruitiness, mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (5283) - 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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