Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by neonbrown82:
4/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I love it when innovation comes full circle. A style borrowed from the Old World tradition given a new light in the states, only to once again inspire European brewers to add their own touch. This is a very good example of that.
One of the best looking IPAs I've seen. Has a brilliant golden amber color with excellent clarity that just shouts out, "drink me!" The perfect creamy froth of head sits atop the beverage, and it has a very healthy retention. The head thoroughly laces to the glass, giving the appearance of a sexy set of lingerie. Just a little bit of apparent carbonation. This is the beer that I picture when I think of what an IPA looks looks like.
The smell is great as well. Huge piney aromas, similar to Ruination (but a little less citric and a tad bit more catty). This is the pine bomb that I've been seeking for a while now that intensely citric IPAs seem to be in the mode. Lying in the undergrowth of the Chinook pine forest is a sweet doughy biscuit malt aroma. Just how I like it: hops up front and in your face, but not at the expense of the malt profile. I love me a nice IPA, but let's face it... they are often lame and one dimensional when it comes to malt, but not this one. There is still something about it that I can't quite put my finger on.
The taste is good. Surprisingly toasty malt presence. Very assertive Chinook bitterness up front as the pine makes its way to the back of the palate. A little too catty at the first sup, but as the beer warms, my palate also warms up to it. The malt profile remains interesting. Tastes like perhaps some belgian aromatic malts were used, and not quite the typical caramel malt bomb (though there is some of that to it as well). Maybe a LITTLE more residual sugar would help this beer truly achieve IPA greatness, but I really can't complain, because I still really enjoy this beer for what it is, yet I can't help but think about what the beer COULD be if I customized it to my particular tastes. Another reason I seem to really enjoy it is it bears an uncanny taste resemblance to one of my favorite homebrews.
The body is medium. Carbonation has a decent sting to it, further emphasizing the hops. As balanced as this beer seems to be, it is still overwhelmingly piney. A touch of alcohol burn is also accentuated more than it may actually be, thanks in part to the bitterness and carbonation. This is one of my only complaints about the beer. I think I've said what all there is to say about this... now go drink some for yourself!
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2008 03:28:33 | More by neonbrown82
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3.41/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 20:21:10 | More by kojevergas
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 17:31:20 | More by beholder_pl
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2013 00:36:00 | More by biboergosum
Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.