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Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
88
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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 11-12-2006

Brewed at Ørbæk Bryggeri, Ørbæk, Denmark. Some batches are brewed at De Proef Brouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pilsner, munich and caramunich), flaked oats, hops (chinook, cascade and amarillo) and ale yeast.
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Ratings: 231 | Reviews: 177
Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown glass bottle with simple green label and unbranded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop in Budapest, Hungary and served into a Zlaty Bazant .3L pils glass in me friend's gaff in Budapest. Reviewed live, as an IPA - because the label and name clearly identify it as such. 6.9% ABV. No best before date is listed. Cost was 1000 forent.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a two finger wide head of off-white colour. Somewhat thin. Inconsistent spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Fairly creamy and thick. Okay complexion and consistency. Above average (~3-4 minute) retention.

BODY: Dark murky copper with faint amber hues. Translucent. Nontransparent. Some yeast particulate is plainly visible about the bottom of the glass. No hop sediment is visible.

It's looking rather unfiltered, which I consider a good thing. It's a pretty standard looking IPA otherwise. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Mango, tangerine, floral, some nectar, light citrusy zest, and some lightly bitter grapefruit round out the hop profile. Pale malts provide the unobtrusive foundation, allowing the hops to be emphasized. Seems to have a good bitterness/sweetness balance, but these hop choices don't seem ideal - at least not for my personal tastes. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character, spices, alcohol, or off-character is detectable.

TASTE: Citrusy zest, some grapefruity hop bitterness. Assorted fruity hop notes - tangerine and mango, mainly. Pale malts. Floral hop character. Average intensity, duration, and depth of flavour. Has fair complexity and subtlety, but it's not intricate or nuanced for an IPA, and I've definitely experienced more complex layering and better flavour amplitude. It's definitely well-balanced in terms of sweetness/bitterness, but I'm not a huge fan of these choices of hops.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, on the thinner side for an IPA, clean, and perfectly carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, scratchy, or biting.

Decent presence on the palate. This texture suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable, and certainly enjoyable. I like it but I wouldn't get it again. It's a nice IPA from Mikkeller but the price point even by Hungarian standards is pretty unreasonable. I'm sure it's fairly priced in Denmark. I could down many in one sitting, but it's far from world class. Worth trying, sure, but only if you can get it fresh.

B-

Photo of beholder_pl
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a bit hazy light amber in colour with quite big white head that lasts long. Nice lacing.

Aroma: a lot of tropical fruits, some malt and unfortunately a bit of rust and iron. Wasn't expecting that from Mikkeller.

Taste: grapefruit, mango, orange, maybe a bit of pineapple and again the rust and iron. Average to high bitterness. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, (too) high carbonation. Was feeling full half the bottle down.

Overall: The rust and iron in aroma and taste ruined this otherwise great beer. Probably just a bad batch, that's all. BB: 29.10.2015 so it's a fresh one. Don't get me wrong, it's good, very good, and you can actually barely taste and smell that iron and rust, but it's there, and it's ruining this beer for me.

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, 6.9% ABV. The label is made up to approximate the American flag (in green and gold) with a weird array of single-cell organisms where the stars-as-states should be - I guess that they're meant to represent the American ale yeast.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium copper amber hue, with four fingers of slowly climbing, puffy, loosely foamy beige head, which leaves some nice thorough broken Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple rinds, a bit of pine resin, caramel/toffee malt, a soft earthy yeastiness, and a twinge of simmering metallic alcohol. The taste is more fairly bitter, earthy fruit - muddled grapefruit, overripe orange, some hints of black plums - bready caramel malt, tame brewer's yeast, some airborne black pepper, and further piney, leafy hops.

The carbonation is obviously quite active, leading to a subdued frothy character, the body a so-so medium weight, and gamely creamy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malty sweetness holding up more stringently than any of the fading hops.

This appear to be an American-style IPA, as seen through a wacky Dane's eye, and further coloured via a typically Belgian brew process. While tasty enough, it's not really all that similar to the American standards it espouses, mainly due to the yeast. Worth a try, but not a repeat for me.

Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, a very pretty beer, a medium caramel gold colour, really good retention and lacing. Aromas are mostly spicey and hop forward, some nutty malts. A bit of yeast as well adding an interesting dimension. Taste-wise I found this an interesting take on the style, still lots of hops but much less of the grapefruit citrus hopiness, more toward the spicy, zesty, almost earthy profile, balanced together quite well. A very drinkable mouthfeel, some of the coating yeastiness that mikkeller does so well. A very nice beer, I would look to get it again if it were reasonable. An interesting departure rather than an imitation of the american styles, and a rather nice beer in its own right.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle - Thanks to Lubiere for sharing

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a small size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, dark fruits?

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some pineapple and something along the line of raisins. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with only a bit of hop bitterness.

Overall - This bottle might have been past it's prime. Most of the Mikkeller beers I've had don't have dates clearly labelled. The ink on the cap with the best before always rubs off. Oh well, still glad to have tried.

Photo of Duke
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From a hollow-stemmed goblet)

Appearance: Stateside IPA pours a foggy tangelo with a finger-thick head which reduces to a thin ring.

Smell: The beer's hops are very evident in the nose. Behind the piney hops, the grapefruit joins the party with some nuts as a complementary sidekick. The beer finishes with a malty profile and the hops hang on 'til the end.

Taste: Stateside IPA is boldly and drily hoppy. As with the nose, the grapefruit is supported by the nuts, and I think there might be a hint of peppers in there too.

Mouthfeel: I find the beer very light but also smooth, and the carbonation is light too, which suits the whole experience nicely.

Overall: This excellent IPA manages to be bold and yet well rounded. It's a very good drink.

Photo of tdm168
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, orangish amber with very thick head. Great retention. Bready malt notes and mild hop aroma in the nose. Taste starts quite malty; bread, biscuits, hints of dark fruit. A surprisingly mild hop character; faint fruit up front, mild pine in the finish. Mouthfeel is much lighter and thinner than I had anticipated.

A little maltier and thin than I would have expected, but not a bad beer. In fact I enjoy the fruit flavors and the bready malt. It's worth a try, but it will probably disappoint the true hop head.

Photo of nezelrac
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a murky copper/amber with a good two fingers of off-white head; good persistence and some lacing

S - smells of sweet malt and plenty of hops; the hops don't have a clear focus - the bottle says citrus, but I am getting more earthiness and citrus pith; there is a yeasty musty note as well, which is a little off-putting

T - palate follows the nose, with nice bitterness front to back and enough caramel-y malt to hold it all in place

M - good weight and texture; CO2 is moderate; a beer of substance that isn't heavy-going

O - a solid IPA, but it took a little getting used to; not as clean or crisp as I was expecting, but an enjoyable brew

Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy mahogany colored ale with a huge three-finger off-white head after a violent pour. Leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and ends in a thin wispy lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma is dominant and satisfying.

T : Hoppy brew as called for by the style. This is a smooth bitter beer with hints of citrus and a little sweetness. Alcohol is present but masked nicely by the hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: I love Mikeller and I love a good IPA – so I was excited when I got a chance to try this bad-boy. I was not disappointed. I could drink this all day.

Photo of thagr81us
1.99/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a TON of floaties with a two finger beige head that subsided to a one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hop, and subtle citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, bitter hop, slight citurs, and BIG bitter yeast. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium high carbonation. Overall I was not a fan of this beer at all. The floaties on this one killed it for me. They were suspended throughout and would not settle even upon sitting for quite some time. The aftertaste left by them was quite terrible and was almost unbearable. This one had sat in the fridge for a few days before opening, so the yeasties should have settled out. Alas, that was not the case. Drain pour after muscling through half the bottle.

Photo of csiewert
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber color with a trace of white foamy head that doesn't retain or lace well. The aroma is strong with caramel malt and citrusy hops. The taste starts malt sweet, with lots of caramel, then has some citrusy hops and ends hoppy bitter. The mouthfeel is a little off with an astringent aftertaste. Overall a pretty good take on an American IPA.

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let it warm up a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, billowy, thick cream to light tan colored head that lasts and a little lace. Color is a medium orarnge amber. Aroma is hops, must, yeast, malt, caramel, citrus, & apricot. Flavor is similar to nose and mainly bitter with some fruitiness and a hint of caramel malt. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor with some alcohol and fairly long. Too bitter for me as a session.

Photo of rand
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass

A: Pours apricot in color, cloudy, almost mirky - there's a surprising amount suspended yeast floating about. The brew forms a frothy, cavernous 2-inch head, leaving a fair amount of patchy lacing.

S: Honey-grapefruit is the first scent noticed, smells really sweet for the style. A little floral, nutty as well. Alcohol is apparent. Strong bouquet overall.

T: Refreshingly bitter up-front, piny, floral. Much more bitter than expected, like bitter grapefruit. There's a woody, nutty tone mid-sip that blends nicely with the bitter overtone. Honey-malts round the profile, but it tastes far less sweet than the nose would have you believe. Bitter citrus tones carry to the finish, drying toward the end.

M: Medium bodied, slightly chewy but plenty of carbonation to wash residue. Actually, carbonation balance is spot on.

I was impressed with this brew. I'm not sure why others thought this was going to be a hop-bomb, I didn't get that impression from the bottle. It's a "single" IPA, 7% ABV, and there are plenty of less-than-hoppy IPA's "stateside", especially in the Northwest. I had this beer in my fridge for a couple of months and it still had that clean, bitter, piny-hop taste you'd expect from a good IPA.

Photo of match1112
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice tan head sits atop a dark copper colored body. smells of rich malts, slight pine hops. taste is a nice caramel malt up front before the hops set in to stay. mouthfeel is creamy yet dry at the same time with a bitter finish. not my favorite ipa but not bad.

Photo of PEIhop
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured deep, hazy orange with very expressive lacings and a very bubbly head.

S - Very fine piney/floral notes with caramel dominating the nose.

T - Due to the name, I was expecting my palate to be destroyed by IBUs, however this IPA had its taste dominated by caramel maltiness, which was extremely disappointing.

M - Much creamy than I anticipated with a dry finish.

Overall, this beer was somewhat of a let down. I was hoping for a more floral and hoppy product. With that being said, I love their Stouts (Beer Geek Weasel AMAZING!!), but will continue to seek out their imaginative and creative line-up.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red-amber colour, darker than I expected, and that goes for the head as well which is very dark beige - almost ochre in colour. Varying bubble size with some large ones belying its otherwise tight, dense appearance. Lace clings nicely in a ring of whispy foam. Bit of haze in the glass. Not bad but odd.

Smells pleasant, with lotza hops. Largely fruity and floral with a big aloe vera smell being noticeable at the front. Lots of citrus and nectar characters backing up, all undermined by a rich caramel maltiness that threatens at times to engulf the hops. Pleasant, indeed, but doesn't quite pack the whallop I expected.

Very rich, deep caramel malt on the front takes on flavour hops early; tangy and fruity with citrus and a burdock kind of note. Retains that aloe vera flavour on the mid - a fresh, vegetative flavour with a crisp tang to it, very succulent - where it's joined by the signature Mikkeller nutty malt and a rising hoppy bitterness. Very piney, woody on the finish, ending very dry, and making for tasty drinking, if not a thorough flooding with crisp hoppy goodness. Bitter hang takes on a touch of the ashy bitterness.

Quite carbonated texture but not harsh, just a nice tingly texture to cut through the noticeable malt body.

Overall a pleasant IPA, could have pulled back on the bitterness a bit and upped the flavour hop ante a bit more. It wouldn't strangle the IPA credentials but it would make for an overall more strikingly delicious beer.

Photo of July2Nov
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Muddy brownish color with orange hues around the edges. One inch frothy head that went down to 1/3 of an inch lacing.

Smell: Both malt and hops seep out. Caramel and toffee in the nose. Has a "bready" tinge about it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Has a sour lemon tartness to it, with a peppery end. The hops are not as pronounced as was expected and seem to just lay there. Aftertaste is dry and bitter with a floral touch. Caramel upfront with a dry uneventful hop in the middle and end.

Overall: Not impressed as I thought I would be with this version of an American IPA from the Mikkeller brand. Too bad as I'm usually very impressed by their beers...guess you can't win them all.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB date of April 2010. Rather out of date, but never mind. I picked this up cheap along with another Mikkeller brew a while back - I'd heard of the brewery and thought I'd try it out.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A coppery-amber colour with good carbonation. Produces a thick off-white head of foam that subsides after a couple of minutes. A fantastic hoppy aroma dominated by pine. Hints of malt and floral notes. Smells intense despite it's age.

Taste is strongly aromatic and bitter, though attenuated with sweet malt. Distinctive notes of resinous pine. Mouthfeel is smooth and astringent but slightly thin - the flavour suggests it ought to have a more substantial body. Bitter pine aftertaste.

A beer with a big flavour. The hoppy bitterness is quite something - I can only imagine what this must be like fresh. I haven't tried loads of american IPAs, but this comes across as a solid attempt at the style. An intense experience that's well worth having - give it a whirl if you come across it.

Photo of Frosty80
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light brown and sits a slightly hazy brownish orange. great creamy, offwhite head with decent lacing

Smell: high-medium piny, slightly citrusy american hops with a low-medium caramel malt backbone

Taste: a little more balanced than i would expect. still though, high-medium hop flavor with a medium malt character. medium bitterness throughout with a finish that is somewhat dry with a solid bitterness that lingers

Mouthfeel: low-medium body with smooth, moderate carbonation

Notes: solid american-style IPA thats very drinkable. again, a little more balanced than i would have expected, almost approaching an English-like balance.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a moderate orange-copper and brings a slight white head without leaving much lacing behind. The nose is a bit of light caramel plus some bready malt. There is a faint hint of American C-hops, but not too much. The hops are almost entirely gone from the flavor, and I don't think there was much there to begin with, as this is pretty fresh. I really am not too big a fan of what Mikkeller does with hops. Slightly bitter in the feel, but overall not a very good beer and I much prefer their stouts.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice reddish golden-orange colour, clear enough but with a touch of haze, and a full-bodied and rather creamy head of off-white foam. Lacing is good leaving tiny honeycombing patterns down the inside of the glass. Surprisingly thin body for something that's 7% ABV, but we can't have everything. Looks like a very decent American IPA.

Genuine American hoppy notes on the nose. Good citrus rind freshness and a clipped grass note that verges towards pine needles. All very classic characters from the hops used, but they're used well. Could use a more full bodied aroma, but the constituents are all there.

Taste is again pretty much on the money for the style. Big welling of slightly spicy grapefruit bitterness through the centre of the palate, that rises until it runs out of steam, ending as a reedy but prominent spike on the tongue. I think the body is indeed a little thin, so it tastes a little like crunching through some whole hop flowers, but there's just enough there to take the edge off it.

It's a refreshing drop, and a pleasantly hop-heavy one. On the palate, it's certainly on the more aggressive side of IPAs, but I feel it lacks a little in other areas, so you don't get the full spectrum of American IPA flavours that would make it superb.

Nice enough to drink though.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass... 11.2 oz. bottle I'm guessing.

It's an amber color... not a huge head but good retention and lacing.

The aroma is all evergreen and caramel... delicious. What a fantastic smell to this one.

The taste is good, but not as good as the smell... The pine flavors dominate and leave a bitter aftertaste that doesn't compliment the front of each sip well.

A bit lost there... it's a good IPA but it's not quite as well rounded as I'd prefer.

Photo of lumikuuro
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber with big off white head with good retention and lace.

Aroma: Really unusual: Citrusy hop and milky bananas.

Taste: Citrusy hops, herbal. Sweet malt profile with a hint of honey. Some tropical fruit as it warms. Milky banana flavour continues. This unusual flavour must have something to do with the fact that there is also wheat in this IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, nice carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: A very unusual tasting beer which really has to be tried to be believed, but is so unusual it doesn't seem sessionable. However, a clever achievement.

Photo of BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. A nice orangey-amber, with very little head. Sweet malty smell, with a vigorous zesty hop scent. Reminiscent of an English IPA, but just a bit too hoppy. Quite pleasant.

A little bit bitter on the taste - too much hops. Even the malt comes off as somewhat bitter.

Good carbonation, even somewhat smooth. A good brew, but a little bitter. The malts could stand to be strengthened a bit more.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one as a wedding present...sweet! Pours into my glass an extremely hazy dark orange, can't see through this one. A half inch of creamy white foam has some good staying power. Aromas start off with crisp grain malts and a dash of caramel. Fruity hops with an earthy tea-like aroma as well as a touch of pine. Hops are definitely muted compared to what I've come to expect from an American IPA as the aroma comes off as more malty.

First sip brings a nice mix of caramel and toasted grains upfront that moves into a mix of fruity, earthy hops alongside a touch of pine and a decent bitterness. Again, the hops are quite faded in the flavor and this is falling more on the malty side. Flows down with a lingering caramel malt sweetness and bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Goes down fairly easy. I'm not sure if this one just didn't travel well or if it was on the shelf too long, but the hops just weren't there making it a bit of a disappointment. Bottle states brewed at Ørbæk, which means it's from an earlier batch as it's now brewed at BrewDog, so that could be part of it...will have to track down a fresher bottle!

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Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.