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Better Half - Mikkeller ApS

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BrettRobinson on 03-08-2014)
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-10-2014 23:46:17 | More by cjgiant
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Root

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-20-2014 23:08:04 | More by Root
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DubCo21

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-17-2014 22:21:21 | More by DubCo21
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-16-2014 01:26:50 | More by crbnfbr
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MikesnoHSL

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

07-10-2014 12:22:11 | More by MikesnoHSL
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GClarkage

California

3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-07-2014 04:33:55 | More by GClarkage
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2014 01:49:26 | More by ocelot2500
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-06-2014 03:25:50 | More by bcsbeer
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Nolen12

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-03-2014 14:55:47 | More by Nolen12
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-27-2014 20:53:24 | More by sammyg832
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NHhomebrewguy

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

06-24-2014 22:31:53 | More by NHhomebrewguy
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dertyd

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-24-2014 20:36:39 | More by dertyd
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barczar

Kentucky

3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-24-2014 03:22:34 | More by barczar
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-23-2014 05:58:05 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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jman005

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-22-2014 02:03:13 | More by jman005
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Camjmorton

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-20-2014 05:38:30 | More by Camjmorton
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This may be the first Mikkeller beer I've had out of a can. Great medium, great brewer. What can go wrong. Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a really very deep reddish or solid amber hue, quite clear in the body with a bit of heft to it. Head forms a frothy mess initially but settles out to a relatively fine but minimal ring of off-white. Lacing leaves nice leopard patterning down the glass. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is heavy on malt, giving a honey and syrup sweetness that the hops really have a hard time cutting through. There's a light spritzy lemon character lending a suggestion of carob, and a faint pine, almost antiseptic note as it warms. I'm not overly enthused to be perfectly honest.

Taste is a little better, because there's a genuinely tough bitterness running through the centre, that manages to cut through some of the syrup. Nutty notes from the malt come through on the back giving a mildly savoury note like peanut skin when mingled with the bitterness. There's a thinness to the flavours overall that's a little disappointing though—I feel like some of Mikkeller's other IPAs have been far more subtle and complex.

Feel is fine: pretty rich in the mouth despite the dearth of flavours it expresses.

Overall, this is decent stuff at least. No one's going to deny that. It's just that it's a little underwhelming for a brewery with such a oeuvre behind them.

Serving type: can

06-19-2014 06:33:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-19-2014 05:03:53 | More by BEERchitect
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MrJolly

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

06-18-2014 20:32:23 | More by MrJolly
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-18-2014 19:11:53 | More by ralphw56
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babaracas

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orange tinted ruby with big cream colored head, thick sheet of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: caramel... like barleywine levels of caramel, c'mon man, not again with this. Is this a repeat of the terrible Easter IPA? Clean with some herbal, earthy, and sweet citrus notes. Taste: caramel, generic-y bittering hops, grapefruit peel, odd herbal candy. I couldn't pass up a fairly fresh canned beer from Mikkeller, but I should have.

Serving type: can

06-08-2014 02:12:29 | More by babaracas
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frlrv1020

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-26-2014 00:08:12 | More by frlrv1020
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-21-2014 20:02:48 | More by Mattyb79
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gabrielsyme

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-18-2014 22:47:54 | More by gabrielsyme
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Beerswag

California

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-17-2014 15:20:58 | More by Beerswag
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Better Half from Mikkeller ApS
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