Amass B & W - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by beholder_pl:
4.11/5 rDev +5.4%
Very refreshing west coast style IPA.
Appearance: light amber, clear with a big white head that drops rather fast but doesn't disappear completly. Pretty nice lacing, but nothing special I guess.
Aroma is of citrusy hops, very fresh and pleasant. Grapefruit, mango and a bit of pine.
Taste: very hoppy, lots and lots of grapefruit, mango and so on. Zero traces of alcohol. Mild bitterness, however it lasts a bit too long.
Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.
Overall it's a very tasty, decent and well balanced beer, but it's nothing special really.
Enjoyed from a shaker glass
02-08-2014 19:57:30 | More by beholder_pl
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3.9/5 rDev 0%
750ml caged and synthetically corked bottle. A 'West Coast Style IPA', apparently, named for the Amass restaurant in Copenhagen, and the label's ornate script inspired by the graffiti in the nearby B&W shipyard.
Jebus H. Christos, I fucking hate that - pop the cork, gently set the bottle back on the desk, and before you can reach for your waiting glass, a rising tower of carbonated ineptitude comes spurting out over everything in the immediate vicinity. Did I say fuuuck?
Anyways, this eventually pours (hah!) a hazy medium copper amber colour, with two fingers (really?) of densely foamy, rocky, and yeasty-looking off-white head, which leaves some random Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.
It smells of pungent grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, and kiwi fruity flesh, an equally sturdy caramel/toffee malt, musty pine needles, and further wet leafy, somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is more grapefruit, Christmas orange, and muddled tropical fruitiness, bready caramel malt, dry toffee, a suggestion of earthy yeast, a forest floor pine astringency, and more leafy, floral hop notes.
The carbonation is soft and barely actively frothy (of course it is), the body a decent medium weight, and smooth as it can be with all those hops skulking about, and weirdly a bit creamy. It finishes off-dry, that yin/yang balance of heady citrus/pine hops and stocky caramel malt still battling it out for our amusement.
A genuinely tasty, well-rendered version of the west-coast IPA paradigm, with just a wee tic of that De Proef yeast to mark its point of origin. Oh right, De Proef - they would be the reason for the downgrade in overall score here - first impressions being what they are in this world.
12-03-2013 05:55:46 | More by biboergosum
3.25/5 rDev -16.7%
Per the label: "West Coast Style India Pale Ale." 6.50% ABV. 330ml brown glass bottle purchased for 9.90 euro (ouch!) at Oluthuone Kaisla in Helsinki, Finland, and served into Oluthuone branded stemware there. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; Mikkel is my favourite brewer and he's done some stellar IPAs in the past.
Label is minimalist.
Served at fridge temp.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of off-white colour, with a nice supple complexion and a shiny complexion. Nicely creamy and thick, though it could be moreso on each front. Leaves consistent lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.
BODY: Murky dull nontransparent peach colour. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.
Appears well-carbonated. It doesn't look unique or special for its style, and I'm a bit perplexed as to why it's so dull.
AROMA: Peach fruit. Fruity ale esters. Apricot. Pale malt sweetness. The dominant hop character is that of fruit, with no real nectary, piney, or even juicy notes. Overall, it's a fresh, appealing aroma of surprising depth. The aroma isn't too intense; it's moderately strong yet fragrant.
I don't detect yeast, alcohol/booze, or off-notes.
Peach hop notes dominate.
TASTE: Fresh peach. Pale malts. Fruity ale esters. Light apricot. It gets fruitier and slightly sweeter in the third act, which is interesting. A kiss of grapefruit. The hop profile is a bit of a mess, though, and lacks focus and cohesion - as does the beer as a whole. The pale malt base never quite fits the scattered fruity hop character, and more diversity of hop profile is needed to elevate this beyond "just another IPA." It doesn't even feature the signature bitterness of the purported "West Coast" IPA, though that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Flavour duration, intensity, and depth is average. Amplitude of flavour is subpar.
It's no more complex or intricate than the next IPA, but there's enough going on here to keep things interesting. It's not a gestalt or subtly executed build, but in a general sense I do like the beer. It's certainly not in league with Mikkel's best IPAs.
TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, and somewhat soft on the palate, which makes it comforting. But it's not refreshing due to its overly full body and assertive thickness, which lend it a heavy hefty overall presence on the palate. This texture suits the taste decently well, but never elevates any elements of the flavour profile and never feels custom-tailored specifically to it.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or rough. I do find it to be lightly scratchy on the palate, which impedes the aforementioned comforting feel.
OVERALL: It's a drinkable IPA, sure, but it doesn't deliver anything unique or special. I'd sooner reach for one of the many more widely available IPAs. And diehard bitterness-loving fans of IPAs of the trendy "West Coast" persuasion will likely be disappointed. I'll finish the glass with ease, but I wouldn't get this beer again, and I'd caution others against trying it - especially at Finnish prices.
When Mikkel is on, he's really fucking on. But sadly this beer seems like it suffers from a phoned-in (perhaps literally) De Proef recipe. Perhaps Mkkel himself didn't even brew this?
That said, the peach and complementary apricot notes are lovely, and I admire that aspect of the flavour profile. I just want a more focused hop profile and a more deliberate structure.
08-13-2014 16:26:42 | More by kojevergas
Amass B & W from Mikkeller ApS
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.