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

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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6180) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2012
Keg at BrewDog Camden. It pours clear amber with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is orange, satsuma, mango, bubblegum, Irn Bru and light earth. The taste is earth, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, caramel, assertive bitterness, orange squash, alcohol warmth and cracked black pepper with a bitter finish. Medium body and moderate-high carbonation. Good bitterness. A well made IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle from Yamaichi. Very nice citrus hop nose, grapefruit, orange, grass, passion fruit. Juicy and almost bursting. Clear, orange-gold, lace. Pale malt, some honey, peaches, oranges, slightly metallic flavor. Medium bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (6120) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2013
Medium offwhite head. Nearly clear amber body, but lots of little particles. Grapefruit, kiwi and cat’s pee aroma with spicy notes. Dry-sweet wooden strawberry taste with kiwi notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish wooden spicy aftertaste with gooseberry and cat’s pee notes. Fisherman’s Friend traces linger. Not bad, but the hop character is a bit odd. (0.33l bottle, from wine monopoly, Strømmen.)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6041) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2013
(Draught at BrewDog Stockholm, 6 Dec 2013, as "Voodoo Doll") Golden amber colour with frothy, white head. Malty, fruity nose with grainy malt, toast, apricots and orange peel. Malty, fruity taste with notes of toast, grainy malt, apricots, citrus peel and a generous floral bitterness. Medium body, with balanced sweetness. More tropical than Christmasy in my opinion, but fresh and tasty. Nice one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6013) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Bittersweet, fruity, full bodied. Flowers. Nice dry finish. Very decent, but no wow. They have spolit us.
Earlier Rating: 11/7/2013 Total Score: 4.1
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Majorstuen. Glowing amber. Fruit punch, grass, pine. Very fresh, unresistable. Light body, loads of peaches and pineapple. Then a fine dry finish creeps in.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lusikka (5950) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2013
Draught @ OlutExpo 2013, Helsinki. Pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. Aroma of grainy malts, grass, sweet apricot and wet earth. Flavour of caramel, grass, honey, grains and straw. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and a grassy grainy finish. Bland.
Earlier Rating: 11/8/2012 Total Score: 3.5
330 ml bottle. Batch #320, BBE 11-10-2013. 7.5% ABV.
Pours a deep golden copper colour with a firm white head. Aroma of fresh floral hops, citrus and some honey. Flavour of crisp floral hops, heavy caramel, mint, pineapple and bread-like maltiness. Medium bodied, thick mouthfeel and a sharp, sweet, bitter finish which leads to hoppy burbs. Quite musty but nicely hopped. Will buy this again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (5855) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2013
Tap @ BeerExpo Finland 2013.
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Aroma of hay, starcha nd malts. Flavour is the same with some fruits also. Weird.
3313
Earlier Rating: 11/10/2012 Total Score: 3.6
33 cl bottle. Batch #320. BBE 11.10.2013.
Pours clear dark amber color with a large frothy head. Aroma of hops, fruits, grass, pine needles and some caramel malts. Flavor of hops, hay, caramel notes, some sweet fruits and mild goose berries. Medium CO2, bitter palate. Very good.
3514

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5631) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Chula. Slightly hazy golden. Aroma of citric hops, slightly stale with light tropical hints. Flavor has some sweetish malt with a touch of caramel, nice fruity hops, some citric, and a nice bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (5620) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle from Fakta. Clear golden colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, fruit, floral, and grassy notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (5611) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle @ Home. Pours golden with a large white head. Aroma of malt, little bread, rich fruity hops, peach, mango, some citrus. Flavor of malt, fruity hops, mango, grapes, citrus, grapefruit, pine. Medium body, average carbonation. + points for being dirt cheap in Danish supermarkets. 171113


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