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

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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


Hermod's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (3458) - Vantaa, - SEP 28, 2013
Tap @ Brewdog Stockholm. Unclesr amber, thick white head. Sweet tropicsl fruity hoppy aroma, like pineapples and tangerine. Flavorwise similar, fresh hoppy. Bitter sweet fruity finish. Session IPA. Great.

-- via beerbasher/winphone
Earlier Rating: 11/10/2012 Total Score: 3.5
33cl bottle, batch #320 bbe 11-10-13. Ambere colored, lasting white head, nice lace. Perfumy aroma with some cats piss and piney grassy notes. Flavor has pine needles, herbs, more perfume and a hoppy bitter finish. House flavour. Enjoyable.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1421) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2014
Comfortably the best of a brace of Brewdog Christmas specials sampled on the day 2014. Absurdly drinkable for the strength, so it’s perhaps a blessing that I had but one in the fridge. Burnt orange colour with a colossal head. Huge, fresh fruit salad aroma. Juicy Fruit chewing gum, passionfruit, mango. Luscious Simcoe happiness. Full bodied. On the tongue, kiwi fruit, passionfruit, mango again. Good malt base. A stonking pale ale. Christmas Day 2014. 330 ml bottle from Leura Cellars.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (2557) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. Golden coloured with orange marmalade and citrus flavours followed by fruit and pine on the finish. Excellent, but not a Christmas ale.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1472) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from a deli in Glasgow. Pours amber with a cream head. Lovely fruity pine aroma. The taste is full of flavour. Lots of resinous pine with caramel in the background. Really bitter finish. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1539) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Aroma: intense floral hops, citrus fruits, ripe oranges. Appearance: clear Amber, medium, frothy, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: hoppy sweets continue, light sweets, turns slight bitter in the finish, medium carbonation. Overall: very nice, intense APA, fantastic aroma. Bottle from Drinks of the World, Zurich HB.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgb1991 (120) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2014
Citrus and stone fruit, not much festive aroma but maybe just right for the aussie xmas season? Crystal clear golden pour. Minimal head. No alcoholic burn. Smooth and well balanced. Bit of peppery spice at the end as well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (1156) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
33cl bottle at home. Somewhat pale amber/orange with a medium white soapy head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Well balanced bitter and sweet tones. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, peach, herbs and caramel. Quite a nice and warming IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (2202) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2014
Tap. Nice. Pineapple, citrus, minerals. Xmas? But a nice beer. Finish after bitterness fades is a bit yeasty. Not much else to say.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tinylightsrecs (257) - - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle from Brewdog Newcastle. Fruity, tropical flavours - an intense yet refreshing IPA. Very good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
momordgz (166) - - DEC 23, 2014
Good IPA but anythong special on it. Intense grapefruit and orange notes. Less fresh than other bdog ales.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Martin243 (800) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
2/3 of a pint at Newcastle Brewdog. Golden beer with a slim white skim. Tropical fruit aroma leaps from the glass and hits the nose like a living thing. Made me dribble. Juicy guava mango and pineapple flavour with chlorophyll astringency keeping the rowdy attention seeking tropicals in line. A judicious hint of caramel there as well.. The morning after, I am salivating as I write this. Medium bodied, slick mouth feel. Wife loved it too. Unreservedly recommended.


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