Better Half - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by cbutova:
3.84/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
03-18-2014 02:19:33 | More by cbutova
More User Reviews:
3.81/5 rDev +2.7%
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
04-15-2014 02:38:22 | More by russpowell
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
07-07-2014 01:49:26 | More by ocelot2500
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-22-2014 22:59:50 | More by smakawhat
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
03-21-2014 21:42:32 | More by Monkeyknife
4.28/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
05-18-2014 22:47:54 | More by gabrielsyme
3.74/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-19-2014 05:03:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
Mikkeller cans have arrived! Nice fresh IPA, brewed and canned with Sly Fox Brewing.
Appearance - Pours into a pint glass a translucent dark amber color, definitely on the darker side for an IPA. Big cascading off-white head falls to about a half-finger eventually. Good retention and decent lacing.
Smell - Nice citrusy fruit hops (orange/grapefruit/peach) with some good leafy/piny/slight dankness and tropical fruit elements there as well. There is just a bit of bread and caramel malt backing. Hop-forward but nicely balanced and good all around.
Taste - Solid, though doesn't quite deliver like the scent does. A bit of a heavier bready+toffee malt presence but low on the sweetness. Hops lean a bit more towards piny and floral, though citrus still remains distinct.
Mouthfeel - Somewhat of a hefty feel for the ABV/style with medium/low carbonation and moderate bitterness.
Overall - This one leans towards a hoppy red ale with the color, malt character and body. Nevertheless, nice canned hoppy goodness, and a decent price for Mikkeller standards.
03-16-2014 20:01:37 | More by Chico1985
Better Half from Mikkeller ApS
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