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Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Stateside IPAStateside IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

222 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An American style IPA brewed by a Denmark based brewing concern? Yep.

(On a side note, it's interesting to watch the evolution over the years as American craft brewers copied and even saved from extinction many European beer styles and now the American influence is transferring back to the "Old Country"...)

It pours a hazy orange copper with a billowing ivory head that leaves sheeting lace but dissipates to a wispy forth fairly quickly. Lots of hops in the nose. Herbal spicy hops, hints of tangerine and a lightly earthy malt aroma. Very nice!

The combo of hops that make the nose so good make the flavor a bit haphazard. Juicy sweet citrusy hops intermingled with some coarse herbal hops, like amarillo or something of that nature. Quite bitter but there's a decent bready malt backbone to hold it all together.

(edit: after checking the website, they do indeed use amarillo hops, as well as cascade and chinook...)

A sweet grapefruity finish and aftertaste followed by a long lingering bitterness.

Pretty tasty. I wish the bittering hops blended more nicely. If they did, it would be stellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 18:03:09 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 03:52:11 | More by Sammy
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jminsc76

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a large, whitish head atop an amber/orange-ish body. The head dissipates rapidly but reemerges quickly upon agitation. The abundance of rising bubbles creates a creaminess up top, with thick lacing spiraling down the side.

Aromas of caramel, hops, and some fruitiness. The bouquet intensifies upon agitation and is quite pleasant.

Tastes of grapefruit, bitterness, and other citrus flavors. Not much of a flavor spectrum though. Hits you decently up front but nary a taste at the back. I think the hops may have died down somewhat through the travels from Denmark and/or the amount of storage time at the wine shop I bought it at.

The mouthfeel is crisp and pleasant. A nice finish on the palate that makes up for the lack of strong flavors.

Overall, all of the components are there to makes this an outstanding IPA (as some of the other reviewers are attesting to), and it would probably be better if it didn't have to travel roughly 6,000 miles to get to California. However, it's good to see what the Danes can do, and if this does indeed lose its hop quality upon traveling/storage, but retains a significant hop profile domestically, then Denmark (and its neighbors to the immediate North, South, East, and West) are getting a damn good taste of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 17:16:51 | More by jminsc76
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Durge

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One more from one of those Ohoove sessions next store, this unique IPA was clear amber in color with a huge frothy light oatmeal colored head and gobs of lacing. The aroma is a delicious bready citrus hop and light yeasty malt. The taste is tangy orange bread and caramel. The bitterness dominates so that it doesn't seem very balanced, pretty edgy with a dry bite. The hop is nice, sharp grass and citrus but the tastey malt falls a bit short. Overall it's good but I wouldn't want to drink a lot of these unless they could mellow it out a bit. The mouthfeel is midland, nice, with fair carbonation. Good but not worthy of the import price tag.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 04:36:29 | More by Durge
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark copper/brown with a off-white head that's pretty large. Lots of lacing along the sides after the head has gone down...very sticky.

S - A good amount of malts with some secondary hops. Lots of citrus notes along with some underlying subtle sweetness on the end.

T - A different story from the smell. Lots of hops & bitterness up front, very powerful for an IPA. I get a bitter smoked cheese taste on the finish, don't know why. Very in-your-face compared to the smell.

M - Light-medium in body with good carbonation. Not as crisp/refreshing as I'd like, but not too bad.

D - A good IPA, but one is enough for me in a sitting. Perhaps I'll revisit again, perhaps not. Who knows.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 22:12:43 | More by Sean9689
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass. From a 1pt 9oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark copper color with red hues and a dense off white head about 1 inch tall. Very active CO2 is visible during the pour. Looks nice and creamy. HEad recedes slowly and leaves nice sticky lacing.

S - Biscuity malt aroma up front followed by some crisp citrus hop hints at the back.

T - Caramel malt sweetness up front with a nice transition into some citrusy hops. A bit of sourdough bread and grapefruit are in there. The hop character on the back end seems to cleanse the palette.

M - Medium bodied with nice strong CO2.

D - Medium

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 21:47:18 | More by JoEBoBpr
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a lush, foamy white head. Lightly bubbly.

Smell: Pleasantly perfumy aroma of citrus fruits and pine with a hint of spice and biscuity malts in the background.

Taste: At the start there's a flash of biscuit malts with a brief, subtle caramel sweetness. Then, you get a bright citric, fruity blast and a taste of resinous pine. Finishes dry with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Relatively smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One of the best non-American American IPAs I've had, and one that could give many domestic IPAs a run for their money.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 18:57:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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beholder_pl

Poland

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
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jmmakare

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good IPA. It pours a hazy orange with a decent head and has a strong hoppy smell. It certainly tastes good and is an above average IPA. Its cost, however, is not worth it. Being from St. Louis I would rather enjoy a locally produced IPA from O'Fallon or Schlafly for much cheaper. I bet that much of its cost is due to that fact that it has to be transported overseas and because Mikkeller is a hyped name in beer right now. I would definitely drink this beer again if somebody gave me one for free, but I won't be buying another any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 19:14:39 | More by jmmakare
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red orange with golden highlights. A thick head forms and disappears shortly afterward.

The hops smell is very downplayed in this particular IPA, which is a bit odd to me if it's modeled upon an American version. Slight citrusy hop smell, but with tons of sweet malt notes. I've got to dock some points vs. style for the muted hop notes.

Fairly assertive hop bitterness greets me with the first sip. Roasted grains, sweet caramel and citrus fruits are prominent. This IPA is middle of the road in terms of body, and has a nice dry finish.

A very safe, very drinkable IPA, if a little plain.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 02:38:03 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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mfinster21

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clean and clear copper with an orange-ish tint. Strong head with lacing present.

S-It has a piney and fruity character in the nose, probably derived from some american hops.

T-Hop favor is medium with piney, citrus, and resinuous aspects. Strong malt backbone that supports the hops. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M-medium light bodied mouthfeel with some astringency combined with a medium carbonation that has a dry finish.

D-A good drinkable IPA that has medium hop flavor and aroma with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 03:34:30 | More by mfinster21
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, with a big tan head. Smells strongly of citrus fruit. Taste is surprisingly malty up front, caramel and toffee flavors, the middle has a nice, earthy, citrusy hop flavor. Finish is dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, average carbonation. A very good IPA, a bit pricey though, I would get this again if I saw it, but you can get better IPA's for your dollar IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 01:02:55 | More by tronester
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lexx for purchasing this one.

Pours a slightly hazed amber, thick off white head forms, settles to a thick layer, tons of lace. Smell is sweet caramel, sugar, floral, pine, grapefruit, C hops, a bit perfumy, quite fragrant, not very exciting though. Taste is similar, lots of perfume and floral, citrus, sweet caramel, jasmine, bread, solid bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty smooth and drinkable for average.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 22:50:32 | More by Viggo
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Really thick dense tan head on a cloudy amber orange body.
S- Big pine and citrus hops, sweet caramel malt, grass, a light fruit juice.
T- Pine and grass hops with a hint of citrus. Sweet caramel malt comes in to help provide balance. Almost a light toffee flavor to it also. Leaves a big bitterness all over the tongue. Pine and grass stay around in the aftertaste.
M- Full body with medium carbonation.
D- I think it is a nice IPA and would like to try it on tap. It's good but wouldn't trade for it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 22:53:32 | More by BlindPig
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Ilovebeer1549

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-09-2014 01:04:40 | More by Ilovebeer1549
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed amber with a thin white head. Some bits of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus, some pine and caramel.

The taste is of caramel, which comes dangerously close to overriding the hop presence, which is mostly orange. There's a bitterness in the finish, with a toffeeish aftertaste.

It has a creamy, medium body with a nice texture.

A nice interpretation of an American IPA. A firm malty, caramelish backbone supports, though almost overrides, a citric/orange-y hop bitterness. Alcohol is well-covered. To be honest, though - doesn't stand out enough to be worth repeating with the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 05:08:01 | More by jwc215
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cnbrown313

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-07-2014 14:31:31 | More by cnbrown313
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jkane101

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-14-2013 14:48:31 | More by jkane101
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bmcclure

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma on this beer lacked any major components, very muted. The color was a dark orangey-amber, a small thin head with minimal lacing. Flavor was fairly malty with earthy hop flavors and some pine. I enjoyed this beer but have definitely had IPAs that I prefer. For the price, I probably won't have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 17:58:08 | More by bmcclure
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-15-2013 01:39:26 | More by spycow
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Andy_Luft

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-27-2014 21:18:23 | More by Andy_Luft
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ShrLSU

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark burnt cloudy orange with a nice white head that settled leaving nice lacing. The scent is citrus hop and sweet malt. Overall taste is we'll balanced. Bitter hops and sweet malt. Wish it had a little more citrusy sweetness to it. Medium bodied and not overly carbonated. I took a chance on this and it was exactly what I expected, a well balanced american ipa. I could crush this as a session beer were it not for its $8.99 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 03:32:10 | More by ShrLSU
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 09:15:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially four-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as it slowly recedes. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a multitude of carbonation bubbles in this well carbonated brew. The beer is a full, red-toned, copper color. Aromas of hops and sweet caramelized grain intermingle in the aroma. Though the hops dominate the malt still plays a significant role. Aromas of pine, sharp grapefruit, lychee, berries, lightly toasted bread, soda crackers, sweet malt and caramel are all noticeable. The aroma has enough malt to make this beer seem quite appetizing.

Sharply bitter from the start, the bitterness proceeds to get even bigger through to the finish. There is a fair amount of malt to offset this bitterness though. Chewy, with a medium fullness to the beer, this is definitely not on the dry side for an IPA. I like the residual malt sugars here though as they add a much needed balance to the significant hop character. This is an IPA after all, and the hops do dominate the flavor profile; flavors of bergamot, lychee and ruby-red grapefruit play a significant role up front, but then a substantial pine / menthol / green-herbal note start to kick in towards the middle and finish, where it mixes with the substantial, slightly astringent bitterness. The malt flavors are perhaps not as noticeable despite the important role it plays here, but still flavors of honey-like malt, toasty grain, biscuits, slight toffee and a soft fruitiness are all noticeable before the substantial, lingering, bitterness wipes the palate of their presence.

This is a nice interpretation of an IPA. As expected the malt played a fairly significant role here, though I have had many an American IPA that overplayed the malt, which this one has not done. I still prefer a slightly lesser malt character in a standard IPA; this is not quite as quaffable as it could be, though it is certainly quite drinkable and enjoyable.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 02:00:32 | More by Gueuzedude
Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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