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Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
88
very good

224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 11-12-2006)
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Reviews by DefenCorps:
Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into my Unibroue tulip

A; A gorgeous clear copper with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing

S: Pine hops well balanced with a nice malt backbone

T: Sharp and spicy pine hops up front that's well-balanced. Bitter and dry finish

M: Undercarbonated leading to a rather slick mouthfeel that doesn't do justice to the beer.

D: Very pleasant, I'd drink it again!

DefenCorps, Apr 06, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man if you didnt know you would think this is an old school Oregon IPA on roids,poured into an imperial pint glass a clear full copper color with a well formed one finger white head.Smell like laundry detergent with some caramel and for me thats heaven on earth just beautiful.Resiny and citric this is a left coast American style IPA all the way the subdued but noticeable aramel malt base rounds out the beer nicely and makes it very "Americanized" in my mind,these guys studied well a great "big" IPA" bursting with hop flavors here.

oberon, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a pretty brown in color with a good, easy head that tingled the lips.

Smell - The smells here are very sharp. The hops are classic Americana and unabashed while the malt is more like a stiff English bitter.

Taste - This is a tale of two cities. The hops are heavy-handed pleasing the die-hard hophead but scaring off the casual drinker or the veteran looking for an easy Belgian flare.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with a harsh bitter malt bite.

Drinkability - The flavors are powerful but they don't meld well.

RoyalT, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of brewdogmrb
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took a few chances on bottles I didn't know much about when I was down at State Line the other day. Among them was Danish brewery Mikkeller's nicely designed and somewhat understated "Stateside IPA" which comes from the brewer's self-professed love for American craft beer. I haven't had much Danish craft beer, and I have to say that the designer inside me (yes, he's in there) was excited by the labels of this beer, which is evidence of a design sense most brewers thankfully don't have or seem to care about. Check out the Mikkeller website for instance, and you can see these guys care about how things look. Which isn't a bad thing, but anyway, to the beer.

I'm a big IPA fan and "Hophead" so I usually go for bitter beers in general, and the trend of European traditional and craft brewers alike responding to American styles and innovations obviously tingles my patriotic brew sense, so I gripped this green and yellow striped brew and took it home. Broke it out last night an was immediately very pleased when I poured it out. This thing stinks! The only other Euro beer that I've had which claims to and actually fulfills its promise of intense bitterness is Alvinne's Gaspar. Mikkeller's Stateside is an awesome IPA, and at 7% ABV is very drinkable. These guys kept it pretty restrained with the malt, and went for three kinds of American hops. There is a really intense smell of pineapple or some other kind of tropical fruit which is bursting all over this beer. It tastes bitter as hell too, with a nice body that is nice but not too thin. Finally, an understated label for an over the top beer, instead of the other way around.

brewdogmrb, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of MaxT
4/5  rDev +1.5%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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!

orbitalr0x, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of blitz134
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. A nice clear, golden-amber color. Off-white head, three fingers thick, superb retention that coats the glass. Its really hard to fault the appearance for anything, head retention is amazing.

Nice aroma, citrusy sweet, some piney hints, spicy too. A bit of sugary sweetness with some bubblegum hints.

Well balanced flavor for a big IPA. A little bready malt underneath, but quickly covered over by the hops. Spice and pine resin dominate, a bit of bitter citrus pith. Nice bitter finish. Beer is quite clean. Only fault is that it needs a little kick from something in the flavor profile.

Nice dry mouthfeel that coats well with a nice crisp carbonation level.

Overall, this is a really solid IPA that is much better than so many others that are out there. Drinkability is just good, clean finish but nicely bitter. I really dig the residual bitterness that comes across in this; how I like my IPAs. You'd have a hard time convincing someone this came from Europe. An IPA like this is what I would like to recreate with my homebrews.

blitz134, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a smal creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts, and minty melon.

The flavor is some sweet caramel malts followed by a big slightly harsh bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA with good bitterness but just OK aromatics and taste. There are much better (and more cost effective at $9 for 16.9 oz) IPAs out there.

Beaver13, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, apricot amber hued body with a lavish and creamy offwhite head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit hops with some pine cone in the back. Caramel is also prominent. Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium body is bolstered by a creamy medium carbonation. Some hop oiliness and earthiness add character. Taste is mostly hops. Grapefruitiness is dominant but with more of a citrus rind presence. Pine bitterness adds some edge. Caramel maltiness adds an ideal balance. Very well done.

merlin48, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for sending this beer my way.

The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is resiny hops with some orange and caramel malt. I also get some floral notes. The flavor is very bitter. I get some resiny hops and some bitter orange peel notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not terrible, but not one of the better Mikkeller IPAs.

Mora2000, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy copper with a moderate-sized white head. Good lacing. Piney hop nose with a smaller blend of orange and grapefruit. Smells fresh. Bubbly, lighter mouthfeel akin to an APA. Taste is very similar; clean, hoppy, but not overdone. More grapefruit with maybe orange zest. Kind of a metallic tang at times, like crystal malt. More pine in the back, but not strong or resiny. Pleasant, easy drinking, but not extraordinary.

magictrokini, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Kraken
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour yields 2 finger bright white head that diminishes to a thin skim with a concentration around the edges. Beer pours a wonderful cloudy dark golden amber. There is no doubt about this beers nature as the nose is bright hops with citrus. On the palate, you get a nice initial bite that lets you know you are drinking an IPA. Light citrus and fairly firm malt body to balance the hops. Exceedingly long bitter finish. This beer has a nice balance of malt. Very nice and worth a try. Price is a little steep, thanks again crappy American Economy.

Kraken, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp caramel malts with good amounts of earthy and pine hop aromas and surprising but not obtrusive amounts of diacetyl.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy and somewhat dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy, pine, and citrus hop flavors, in order of prevalence. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with hints of butterscotch that fade before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer but I prefer a lot of Mikkeller's single hop beers over this one. Still, worth a shot to see for yourself.

glid02, May 27, 2010
Photo of mully
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a -- thick head -- appropriate IPA rich gold color

s-- citrusy a little floral

t-- piney hops malts are a little thin, american hops all the way astringent with malt on the back end

m-- about what I would expect a little on the dry side from no malt sweetness

d-- pretty good, only slightly above average, i would reccomend looking for something else for the price

mully, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Without much effort a big thick head is poured, billowy and like whipped cream...sits on top of glowing copper/gold. Sedimentary stacks of lace coat the glass as the head minimizes, without ever totally disappearing. Very much true to style and quite a looker.

Aroma sits on the toasty side of the IPA world. Certainly some vibrant hops, and those sit on the fresh, sweet side (ie. not all that pungent)...while the toast-factor remains at the forefront. Definitely very "stateside", though not in the hop-attack way of various American IPAs.

But wait! Toasted malts remain very strong in the flavor, yet this time the bitter in "bittering hops" comes through loud and clear. Makes for a coarser, leafier kind of IPA, not as easy-going or creamy as others, but certainly on par with many others that dare to challenge the tastebuds. Has a kind of Pacific NW sort of feel: big-ass but well-controlled bitter hoppiness. Citrus and caramel mingle in the finish, giving a much-appreciated level of depth to this fine, fine IPA. The texture is just right, resting on the buttery, slippery side of the line.

An excellent IPA. By far the most authentically American-tasting of the beers I've had brewed by Europeans going for that distinctively American IPA flavor. It even bests many American versions of the style. Not all Americans brew their IPAs with love, but Mikkeller clearly does. A costly little bugger, but I don't regret it.

Metalmonk, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear orange with a nice fluffy white head that leaves good lace. Nose is hop resin and some clear malt. Taste follows, quite hoppy with relatively clear malt presence. A bit on the sweet side for me, but a very impressive flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thick as well, but quite good. Drinkability is pretty good, but could be improved upon. Overall I am impressed with this european take of an american take of an english beer style.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of JSquires via Papsoe. Seems to be the most known of the brewer's IPA series. This IPA is brewed with three kinds of american hops (chinook, cascade and amarillo), fermented with an american ale yeast strain. A big soapy head. Grapefruit flavour. Creamy mouthfeel.

Sammy, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of tdm168
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

tdm168, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of jbowers56
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colour with half finger head. Poc marked layer.

Pine, grapefruit, caramel, maybe some sweet fruits. I believe this bottle isnt super fresh, so its impressively potent. Quite resinous, almost like a DIPA.

Pretty similar in the mouth to the nose. Heaps of citrus and piney hop flavours. Quite bitter, though not outrageous. Vey nice. A little sticky malt sweetness in there too.

I am really impressed that they have made a beer of this nature at only 7% abv. The body is suitable for a beer of this strength but the taste suggests atleast a percent higher. Good work.

jbowers56, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Ciocanelu, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a sticky off-white head that possesses good retention and lacing. The aroma is very balanced for an IPA, with sweet malt, a touch of caramel and some citrusy hops. The taste like the aroma is well balanced with a good dose of malt to support a nice bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed Stateside IPA. It is not a hop-bomb like some of the American IPAs, but it is solid in its own right. Recommended.

cjgator3, May 04, 2008
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

aztraz, Sep 13, 2013
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Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.