Better Half - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BrettRobinson on 03-08-2014

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Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep copper with a lingering frothy cream head.

Floral, perfumey hops, resin, dank cannabis, and tropical fruit form the aroma. Notes of mango and grapefruit emerge.

Flavor is not quite as fruit forward, with the balance being far more resiny. The finish is fairly bitter and earthy. Malt is subtle.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch high and light alcohol warmth.

Wish the flavor matched the aroma more closely. Not quite as complex, and the dominant resin and bitter earthiness are too much for my liking.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Incredibly somber and pure, Mikkeller's canning efforts debut with either a more malt-balanced IPA or a very hoppy Pale Ale. But its elevated alcohol allows the ale to trend IPA.

Its bronzen-copper hue indicates that toasted caramel and nutty flavors that introduce to the tastebuds but its acute citrusy aroma tells a more hoppy tale. Its highly attenuated sweetness allows the taste of caramel, toast and pecan to emanate, but without much of their associated sweetensses.

As the middle unfolds, its malt sweetness turns steely and dry, which elevates its nutty, husken and toasted taste. Blooming hop flavors become vivid with white grapefruit pulp, under-ripened orange, and a soft sassafras herbal taste. With the peppery bitterness of hops and seemingly rye on the palate, its looming finish in certain to shift the taste forcefully toward the hops.

As expected, the beer's taste continues to dry as its caramels dissolve and its hops gain steam.- all working toward a hop-dominant finish with malty-dry resinous bittering, a spicy bite and an earthy husken aftertaste that's just shy of tannic.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Has an interesting bitterness happening in the end I can't place. Not bad.

Photo of rdilauro
4.81/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had given two of my co-workers each a can of Better Half. Both of them LOVED it. I went back and purchased 4 more 4 packs. Then I tried it again, this time in a glass.
That beautiful orange hue with resin, pine tar , grapefruit and orange noise was so very present.
The first taste again so very big and full, crisp, but not too crisp, malty, but not too malty, hoppy, but yes hoppy.
The aftertaste was even better than the start. This beer is slowly moving up on my best list

The pour was on the golden amber side with just a hint of an orange hue. I was expecting this to be a Double IPA, but was surprised it is not labeled as such.

There was little in terms of that grassy pine resin nose that I was expecting from an this IPA. There was also little in terms of that typical grapefruit hoppiness.

It was pleasant enough. The after taste was the best. It left a perfectly dry finish.. Great way to end, just was hoping that the beginning was as good.

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's a date code on the bottom, just don't understand it...

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness & grapefruit, leafy hops as this warms

T: Pineyness, leafy, &woody hops & a bit of caramel up front, plus dryness. A little caramel & astringency as this warms, plus dryness, plus a little bit of floral hops. Very dry finish with some juicy & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, pretty nice balance

Drinks easy, a solid AIPA, hop mix isn't totally in my wheelhouse, but tasty enough

Photo of gillagorilla
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a snifter

A: Lots of lacing and collar. Burnished copper color that starts with a nice head.
S: Nice level of hoppiness that smells quite good. Dank and sweet. with some pinesol.
T: Not a huge level of hoppiness. Just a good flavor that is pretty mild. Nothing to wow you here.
M: Not an upfront level of carbonation. It is very soft and you can tell hat it is carbonated, but you don't really feel it.
O: I really bought it for the can, since I have a Keeper one. Just a plain jane IPA. Nothing special.

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an orange/brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops. Taste is hoppy, bitter, a bit of citrus, but not nearly as much as the smell would have indicated. Some pine, a bit of malts as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows pine, green apple, pineapple, resinous hops and sweet malt.
Flavours include more resinous piny hops with less of the fruit. Supportive sweet malt balances things out.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a soapy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus hops mostly along with some toasted malt.

Tastes of the earthy hops with a supportive malt base. Hops lead off with citrus, herbal, and a bit of earthiness. Malts come in next with notes of caramel and toffee along with some nuttiness. Some earthy spiciness comes towards the end adding some depth. Finishes with a lingering citrus hop note.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA, but doesn't really stand out amongst other IPAs.

Photo of smakawhat
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A real dark ruby red, almost blood garnet body color. Fine carbonation a little bit on the bottom, with some pretty decent clarity. The head is a good soapy thick four fingers tall, and khaki brown. It clumps with soapy thick lace while drinking, real good looking IPA.

Notes of faint caramel and a weedy like sensing hop. Slightly earthy a bit too. Quite balanced and seems pleasant not sure where this is going.

Palate comes quite surprising. Interesting earth and mud like character. Hints of slight pine and big earth soil. Odd sweetness on the front that gets downplayed quickly by a large hop front that isn't too bitter. Mouthfeel is actually pretty interesting, kind of creamy and almost giving to biscuit cookie like character malt bill.

While pretty well made, the hop angle on this isn't really doing too much to excite me, as much as it is pretty balanced and created. 6.8% abv is quite well hidden too.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mikkeller Better Half has a medium-to-thick, cream-colored head, a semi-clear, burnt-orange appearance, some stray bubbles, and moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of strong, pungent, bread crust, hop resin, and pine cone. Taste is the same, with syrupy hop resin and pronounced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Mikkeller Better Half finishes puckering and nicely drinkable.


Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has an ever so slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and a coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except the flavors of caramel malts are a little stronger and almost rival those of the piney hops. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very nice balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: can

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with some sort of canning information printed on the bottom of the can. Another new canned IPA offering from Mikkeller, "Brewed & Canned by Sly Fox Brewing Co., Pottstown, PA, for Mikkeller".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a somewhat dark coppery orange body, with some hues of red thrown in there, and just under two fingers of frothy off-white head. Leaves lots of good scattered strands of sticky lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - A fresh fruity, floral, & soapy hop aroma greets the senses. A subtle bready caramel malt presence is noted in the background.

T - The taste is the same: crisp, clean, fruity, floral, & herbal / earthy. Very nicely balanced malt - hops content. Clean florals, herbal / piney / grapefruit bitterness, & a clean bready malt presence.

M - The feel is very crisp, clean, & easy-drinking. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, another very nice canned IPA offering from Mikkeller. Definitely a likely contender for repeat drinking, and I look forward to more canned offerings from Mikkeller.

Mikkeller Better Half -----4/5.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours a deep orange copper color with 1 finger white head. Smells of pine, citrus, pepper, complex hop aromas with a bready malt backbone. Taste is peppery hops, citrus, orange. Balanced well with the malt to even out the hops. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a tasty IPA, well made and balanced. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to at least try it once.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Quick review. Disclaimer: poured from a very suspect can, this brew as tasted might have been beyond its prime (definitely). Looks nice, deeper hues, DIPA-looking. To wit, this guy has much more in common with a DIPA. Carb is lacking, mouthfeel is malty & dense bordering on syrupy. Hops are somewhat resinous but mostly just bitter. Flavor profile reads very one-dimensionally, at least to me. Think I gotta try this one fresh.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.37/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Artificial tasting. Not very fresh. Sort of a stale flower odor and taste.

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A: Dark amber color with medium white head. Good lacing left on the glass

S: Sweet maltiness, resin, a touch of pine

T: Initial piney bitterness up front then the maltiness takes over and ends with a dry finish

M: Overall, pretty smooth with a bitterness at end and a sharp dryness

O: Overall, decent IPA but nothing outstanding We started getting Mikkeller again in Upstate NY recently and the price point seems better than previously.

Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the can to a tulip glass for the review purposes. The beer has a clear red body and a head rises to about a finger high with a thick, creamy texture. Head retention is good but it eventually falls to a foamy ring that deposits a decent amount of sheets and spots of lace.

S- Hops make up the majority of the aroma with an emphasis on citrus and stone fruits with some floral, pine and tropical notes as well. Slight cracked grains and yeast beyond that but pretty much clean as far as that goes. Strength not quite as pungent as many comparable brews but still appropriate.

T- Pretty much follows the nose in most ways. Juicy stone fruit like apricot and citrus notes of orange and grapefruit zest lead a hop bill that also brings pine resin, floral, earthy and herbal notes. Malts provide a palate for the hops with cracked cereal grain, toasty hints and slight sweetness.

MF- Lighter end of the spectrum for a body that has a creamy, crisp texture. Carbonation nice and high giving the hops a way to really hit the taste buds. Finishes with a medium bitterness on the palate.

Solid IPA in a can, a new trend but something I do not have a problem with in the least. I should probably drink more Mikkeller because it is usually quite good but just can't afford it, even this was a generous gift from a friend.

Photo of 31Sam13
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of piney ...kind of of the mill....okay at best...fwiw...

Photo of jhavs
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One can poured into snifter.
A= Amber with bubbly white head, head lasts.
S= Some hops and malt. Earthy hops.
T= Has fine level of bitterness and a good amount of hop bite, seems like there is a fair amount of crystal malts used.
M= Good level of carbonation, easy to drink.
O= Very good American style IPA, looks and smells good.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a deep clear mahogany color with two fingers of thick beige head. Loads of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of buttery malts and light floral hops.

The taste had the hops even less pronounced and the malts more upfront. Light herbal notes towards the finish.

Medium bodied and clean with a light-moderate carbonation.

Way more malt forward than I expected from an American-style IPA. Average at best.

Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Once more, The Fridge is a major CANtributor to The CANQuest (TM)! Brewed & CANned at Sly Fox in Pottstown, this CAN has some great gaphics. I was put in mind of The Misfits' "Die, Die, My Darling".

The Crack! resonated Lima Charlie (loud & clear), so I inverted the CAN for an attendant Glug, producing just under two fingers of deep-tan head with moderate retention. Falling, it was already beginning to lace up the sides of the glass. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was resinous with pine and now I was really excited. I do not put up a Christmas tree, but if I did, this is what it would smell like. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with an immediate hops presence on my poor bruised and battered tongue. That is not meant to elicit sympathy as it is an S. I. W. (self-inflicted wound) from being a self-avowed hophead and imbibing in every hoppy beer that comes along, especially from a CAN. This was like licking the aforementioned pine tree, and while that may not be to everyone's liking (licking), I have no such CANpunctions. Finish was hoppy, dry, cool with a minty aftertaste that I found highly refreshing.

Photo of justintcoons
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Golden amber with 2 fingers of creamy, tan head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, lemon, and grapefruit.

Big malt presence for an IPA. Toffee and caramel along with lighter notes of molasses and butterscotch. Light hop notes of grapefruit juice, pine, and lemon.

Medium bodied, smooth, and sticky with a medium bitterness.

Way too malty for an IPA. Closer to a Red Ale if anything.

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can in pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, reddish amber, more like an Irish red than a typical IPA. Lingering off-white foam.

Aroma: Light hops.

Taste: Initially floral and citrus hops, then a nice marmalade-malt sweetness. Very light on the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Overall: I think I'm in love. This is not your typical IPA and the hop-heads might hate it, but this is a great balanced and enjoyable beer that is highly complex but still highly sip-able.

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, pine, strong hops, alcohol, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a strong bitterness and average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pine, strong hops, hint of floral, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good hop presence, good body, but too bitter.

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Better Half from Mikkeller ApS
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