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Better Half - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 24 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of briandaube
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdilauro
4.81/5  rDev +29%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.68/5  rDev +25.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of broadway848
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -3.8%
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 +7.8%
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 -5.4%
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 Goldndomer
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of smakawhat
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Better Half from Mikkeller ApS
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