American Style - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheHumanTorch on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by DrinkSlurm:
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at state line liquors for like $12.
Really excited about this collaboration...prairie & mikkeller....awesome.
Poured a orange color with slight head into tulip.
Nice fruity tropical aroma...some fruit is from the hops and some is deff from the brett. I believe this is an all brett fermentation???
Taste is tropical and citrus hop and a definite bready malt characteristic. The yeast really boosts the tropical fruit notes...very unique. If this is all brett, I want more. Im sure I could have let this one age and it would really funk up, but my cellar is getting to big. Regardless, its awesome!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Monika1
2.47/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too malty hops were not present

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best Mikkeller IPA I've tasted so far, the Prairie combo team definitely helped this effort. Brewed at De Proef in Belgium two sets of gypsies met, and I'm guessing the guys from Prairie provided the hops at this brew session, which include nugget, citra, centennial, Columbus, and saaz. With the kicker that probably inhibits this one from being an incredible IPA...the brettanomyces. Glowing orange amber beautiful looking IPA, fine off white cream colored head. Very enjoyable big bottled IPA. Citrus, herbal notes, tropical fruit (mangos/passionfruit/pineapple), really expressive hops, bready tart yeast components, the funky yeast is still young but there's hints of brett going on. Okay I had to have a 2nd bottle with a cleaner palate, and more of this to sample to really set a verdict on this one. I will say it's damn good, well made American Style IPA...I love the artwork inspired by the Boss. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with resinous hop oils coating the palate, carbonation is natural bottled conditioned with big brettanomyces hints of barnyard, band aid, earthy components. Overall, this is huge fun to drink IPA I'm excited to try more hoppy beers from Mikkeller and more beers in general from Prairie.

Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%

large bottle poured light amber with a decent head.
Sweet malty aroma is followed by a more balance and hoppy flavor. Largely an APA.
Somewhat thin body.

Photo of KYGunner
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This sets up as all good IPAs should with a deep orange and coppery hue. The head was thick, bright and foamy.

The aroma is funky cat piss!

For as bad as this smells the flavor is pretty good. A musty, earthy hop flavor melds with a near sour like ale flavor. This is funky, funky, funky. The sour is wild and gamey but you can never escape the hops.

This feels like a tangy sour, maybe a Saison. This has a wild ale like tang on the tongue.

Odd, funky, strange and different all come to mind in an ale that can be good on the palate.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sample on tap at Max's (3/11/14)

A: Clear, copper with no lacing.

S: Slightly floral with decent hops.

T: Funky. Rot. Foul. Lots of farm and earth. Mud and dirty. This was just all Brett and not a good combination of it either. It tasted really weird and not in a good way. Perhaps this was the most Brett-y beer I've ever had and this is what it is like at the extreme ends. I think it was just a weird confluence of flavors that did it.

M: Smooth, with only a slight massage of bubbles.

O: I did not like this, but my friend at the bar did. It was just too much and not what I was expecting. I've had Brett IPAs before and Brett beers.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, stamped with 23/10/16 on the top of the foil covering the cap. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch and a half off-white head. The head sticks around a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit, mango), floral hops, apricots, grass, and some grainy/bready malt. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit) hops, mango, apricots, melon, lemon peel, pine hops, grainy/bready malt and a bit of funk. There's also a nice bitter and fruity finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and is also well carbonated. I liked this brew, definitely worth a try. $12.99 a bottle.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of Brett funk and some bright fruits.

Tastes of a good dose of Brett layered on top of sweet malts and fruits. Musty yeast leads off with plenty of funk. Malts come through next and add in a bit of bread and syrupy sweet notes. Next comes fruity hop notes with grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and mango. This is followed by some pine and grass notes with a moderate bitterness. It is fairly balanced throughout. Finishes with a slight bit of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive yet airy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty Brett based IPA, but I wish mouthfeel was a little more firm.

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Deep and shiny orange body color. Slightly cloudy, but mostly quite shimmering and bright. Thick three finger head, off white in appearance with a creamy thick texture. Not much lacking while drinking, otherwise pretty solid.

Interesting hop angle. Some light and spiced sensing fruit hints also to lots of dry pine and a strange almost minty quality. Light bodied it seems might be coming from a clean sensing nose.

Palate pretty much delivers as the nose expected. A good hop blast miking of pine, so.e orange and faint tropical notes, but also lots of woody dry qualities also. Finishes very clean but also quite arid with a good lingering pine and smoke hop aromatic that goes for sometime. Mouthfeel is kind of chalky, and takes away a little bit of the palates appeal but not horribly so.

Looks like a colaboration that worked and makes for easy drinking as well. Enjoyable and somewhat memorable.

Photo of jwchestnut
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Mikkeller beer for me - that I got only because of how much I've enjoyed the Prairie beers I've been able to get - that said it was good but way overpriced. It poured a lovely amber, burnt orange color, with nice tightly bubbled white head. The smell was subdued but mostly the fruity hops: apricots, mangos, a little peach - was searching for some brett but couldn't really discern any. The taste was mostly the tropical, fruity hops. Nice malt profile to it. A little pine shows up as well as some flat, peppery notes (for lack of a better term). Light and crisp body with a tangy, bitter, dry finish. Yeah, I really enjoyed this but couldn't imagine ever paying for it again.

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottle cap says 20-11-16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains well before slowly diminishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Tropical fruit aroma from the hops brings notes of peach, pineapple and grapefruit but isn't as bursting with Brett as I expected. The Brett is more in the background to support the smell of the hops in the profile.

T- Even less Brett in the flavor. More of just juicy hop notes. Moderately bitter. Slightly sweet.

M- Tangy, zesty and even slightly tart. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I bet if you let this sit for another 6 months the Brett would really start to take over but then the hops would be faded. It'd be cool if I had a second bottle to lay down and revisit once it transformed but, at $13 a bottle, I don't have that kind of dough to throw around. Was really looking forward to this and it is a very good beer but not quite as awesome as I was expecting.

Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had at Torst in Brooklyn. This collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales was my favorite of three Prairies tried (Bomb! and Prairie Ale)...and clearly credit to Mikkeller, as the other two aren't collaborations (I think). It has a very weird taste. It's very soapy with a vegetable taste, some banana. Rice? It has a dirty, earthy taste to it. Carbonated and medium bodied. It's extremely unique and so refreshing. Good copper color and a big foamy white head with lacing, and little bubbles streaming up throughout. Not as interesting as Bomb!, but it has a taste I enjoy much more.

Photo of More_betterness
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy burnt orange with a two finger white head that recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass.

S: Overripe tropical fruits, juicy orange, and a touch of musty funk. A touch of white grape skins. Great nose.

T: Musty pineapple and tart tangerine upfront, followed with a closing note of bitter orange pith. Small amounts of crackery malt and brett funk become more apparent as it warms. Hard to tell where the hops end and the brett begins. Very interesting combo of flavors.

M: Light/medium bodied and effervescent. Pleasant, with a tongue coating texture.

O: I love the way certain brett strains interact with hops and this was a great example of that. The fruity notes from the brett and the hops flow together in a way that makes it difficult to decipher which flavors come from which. Great job by Prairie and Mikkeller.

Photo of skipxtracer
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ugliest label I've seen but was happy to get my hands on anything by prairie and interested in what the collaboration would bring. Pours a really pretty peach color with a small head and barely any lacing. Aroma is the strong point here. Intense peach citrus smell with a little funkiness. The taste started strong with a lot of fruitiness and a little Brett. I let it get a little warm though and the fruit faded to turn pretty bitter, just a pretty good IPA.

Photo of MartzMimic
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at McNellie's OKC. Pours amber with a bit of haze. The foamy white head lasts just a bit, leaving decent lacing. Smells of malt, apricots, hops and just a bit of funk. Nice bit of pine and citrus, and I love what the brett adds. The bitterness builds a bit as the beer warms, but it's never overpowering. Medium mouth, but it has a bit of crispness to it. Yes, it's an IPA, but you can definitely feel Prairie's affinity for farmhouse ales. Teaming up was a great idea. For those times when I can't decide between an IPA or saison, this is the best of both worlds.

Photo of bmwats
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into DFH IPA glass.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a 3 finger, foamy, white head. Craters slowly, and unevenly. Dry bubbly lacing.

S: Floral hops and brett funk.

T: Light hop, and yeasty funk.

M: Light and crisp body. Bitter and lightly tangy finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Deep hue, lots of effervescence, giant head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is floral and funky. Flavor, similarly, yeasty with a crisp hop and a tangy finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of PPOmaha
2.43/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Aroma: very harsh plastic/vinyl aroma, not pleasant. Citrus and mango hop aroma is there but not the prominent aroma. Light malt sweetness. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Appearance: golden-copper brilliantly clear. White rocky head that lingers.

Flavor: Again the plastic off-flavor is in the flavor although the citrus peel and grapefruit are much more prominent now. No complex Brett flavors. Bitterness lingers at the back of the tongue. No DMS, light diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: medium light body and medium carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: This is not a pleasant beer, it could be the Brett from this specific bottle got hot at some point, I really hope so. I wouldn't think Prarie would put there name on this, if this is what it was supposed to be.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy dark golden with bright orange accents. 2 finger white head settles in to a consistent ring around the edge. The lacing does its part to cling to my Prairie teku glass.

S- Citra and Nugget hops immediately greet my olfactory cells. I smell I'm quite familiar with and welcome to my nose anytime. Lemon grass, herbal notes, and slight dirt and musk finish out the back end.

T- Bright, citrus flavors come together in a smooth transition with the funky yeast that shows up late. I would prefer a little more musk character, but balance is certainly made here.

M- Very dry, prickly carbonation on the tongue, moderate bitterness. Mid body.

O- Not a whole lot of flaws here. Well balanced and love the feel. My only concern with using the Citra cone is that it can be so pungent and distinct that it can overpower some of the Brett character. Probably better to use more submissive hops to highlight the Brett. I will age to see if the hops settle down some.

Pair with herbal chicken or Thai food
$13 for 750ml

Photo of Beerparrot
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We did a side by side between this Mikkeller Brett and the Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett. This was the winner in my book. Very clean and good hop presence all the way through.

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light amber color. Small head that settles to half a rim of bubbles. The only lace is from the initial sip-- a spotty ring.

Great floral hop presence. Still, there's a solid soft malt base. Good baseline for an American IPA.

This is a rather neutral American IPA. There's the starting malt and then the biting hop. Long aftertaste of black pepper. The body leans to the thin side and the carbonation is a bit elevated.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The new taste that corners the "American" flavor is trending hoppy and bretty. The new-wave hops that are smooth and tropical are given a powdery funk that links up with the lupulin with ease. Let's hope that Mikkeller doesn't get too in the way here.

The ale pours with a fruity-looking concoction: a hazy peach and orange hue emits through a slightly milky gaze. As a light bone colored creamy froth works itself into a rich lather, the head shows no sign of fading as it easily outlasts the session, sheeting the glass with lacing patterns all along the way.

Bright and fruity aromas give a zesty scent in the form of citrus and tropical fruit. With a glimmer of leaf and chive peaking through, the beer is lightly herbal. The contributions from brettanomyces give impressions of dried fruit- oranges, lemons and melon along with a light aged cork mustiness.

The taste is much sweeter and fruitier than the nose let on. Juicy and vibrant tropical fruits of pineapple, mango, apricot all link up with orchard fruit flavors of peach, apple and cantaloupe. A thinly sweet backbone of honey and caramel give the fruit a riper impression, just as the pithy citrus bitterness of red grapefruit and nectarine provide a plump but musty taste to close.

Medium-dry, the beer's boldish sweetness and fruitiness gives a fructose-sweetened texture laying on the palate deeper in finish than expected. But its herbal dryness, moderate alcohol warmth and delicately resinous feel refreshes the palate and leads to a quick finish but lingering citrus bitterness.

The ale had the opportunity to really capture that "funky-fresh" flavor for which Prairie is better known, the ale would really benefit from more brett influence. However, the extra age would deter from the hop flavor, aroma and bitterness. But there's balance found in there somewhere and American Style approaches that.

Photo of Joecaddie
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just stopped by a bottle shop in Orlando on my way to Daytona. I was surprised to find some Prairie beers in the location. The employee at the counter said he just got this Mikkeller / Prairie IPA just in and pulled it out of a box.

Onto the beer! After pouring this into my awesome hotel glass, it smells very fresh. Great smell to this new IPA. You can really smell the citra and nugget hops, beer is golden in color.

Very well balance with the brett. It does not overwhelm this beer. Most brett ipa that I have had are over the top. This is a nice surprise, try if you can find it.

Photo of Chico1985
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller/Prairie collaboration, American style IPA brewed with brettanomyces. 750ml split amongst peeps. Nice Bruce Springsteen label.

Darkish orange beer with some haze to it. Off-white head with good retention.

Scent has lots of dirty grassy earthy hops, veggie, onion, with some lemon and pineapple citrus funk. Pretty weird and wild hop brett combo.

Taste is a little more fruit forward with pineapple/citrus apparent with a good amount of grass, onion and earth still dominating slightly. Not overly funky and tart, noticeable brett, but nowhere near as funky as Prairie 'Merica for example. Some oddball stuff like mint, spruce, spice. Some slight caramel malt backing.

Solid and smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Definitely unique, a solid and complex IPA with nice touches of brett. It definitely leans on the ultra earthy/grassy side of things but haven't had many beers that pull it off like this. Probably best to split as the flavors can get pretty intense.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy orange. Large-bubbled tan head. Good retention. Foamy and clumpy patches of lacing.

S: very tropical. lots of pithy fruits. Citra. Pulpy mango. Tangerine and apricot. Tame bretty yeast character. Musty with a very light funk.

T: Brett character is much more prominent in taste. Very yeasty, musty, and funky up front. Layers of rustic barnyard and horse blanket. Pineapple esters. Tropical hops are muffled underneath the Brett, but they eventually come to the forefront. Grapefruit rind. Pulpy mango. Tangerine. Ruby red grapefruit. Pine needles. Bitterness is very modest. Crackery malt flavors. Blood orange and passion fruit on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and silky with some malty firmness. Low carbonation. Light hop astringencies.

O: Brett and IPA is not a combo that sounded good on appear, but this worked. Very different flavor profiles, but they play nicely together.

Photo of Nostrajonus
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Slightly cloudy golden pour with at two finger stark white head that disappears after a drink or two leaving moderate lacing.

S- I'm getting lot of hop aromas...floral, citrus, piney...mmmhm.

T- The taste really follows the nose. Very citrus and piney, with bready malt flavors to complement. Im not really picking up on the brettnomyces...fine by me.

M- The carbonation is spot on...maybe the only offering from the brett (thank god). Very drinkable, but not light.

O- I was so excited to see this collaboration..two amazing breweries got together and hit this one out of the park. It feels like summertime on a lake every sip.

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