Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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1.9/5 rDev -51.8%
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.
07-12-2011 14:34:24 | More by thagr81us
2.1/5 rDev -46.7%
Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.
From a bottle into an snifter.
APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium looking off-white head with good retention. No carbonation evident. Pours clear and a nice venetian red in color. Head fades to s wisp and a thick ring. Splotchy lacing remains until the end leaving some splotchy lacing down the glass.
SMELL: A very odd nose. Nothing IPA about it. To be honest, all I can think about when I take a whiff is stinky feet. Not appealing; at least not in an IPA way.
TASTE:: Again, some stinky feet up front. I don't know what went wrong here. Stinky feet are followed up by a bit of red fruits and some hop bitterness on the finish. A bolder and longer lasting aftertaste is plenty bitter, which is the only thing that saved this from the abyss.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Not bad here.
OVERALL: The look and feel on this one were spot on, but everything else was all wrong. I don't think the bottle was off, but whatever Mikkeller were trying to do with this one didn't work at all. It wasn't quite awful, but it certainly wasn't anything like an American IPA. Disappointing, as Mikkeller makes some great stuff. If you're looking for a good example of the style, avoid this one at all costs. I'm quite surprised it's rated as highly as it is.
04-17-2010 15:13:08 | More by Jeffo
2.7/5 rDev -31.5%
This is a nice change of pace...we're all used to seeing American breweries try their hand at foreign styles. Here's the opposite.
A: Pours a dark reddish amber-darker than most IPA's you see out there. The head is pretty impressive, around 3-4 fingers, but quickly dissolves leaving a bit of film and a ton of lacing. Clear and doesn't look particularly bubbly.
S: Some citrus and pine hops with a bready and moderately sweet backbone.
T: Opening is a big bitter blast, but without much character. Underneath is a very mild malt flavor, but not really much sweetness. Overally hop dominant, but the flavor is a bit boring.
MF: Thin bodied and only moderate carbonation makes this beer a bit too watery.
D: This is a real miss for me...I don't mind a beer that's all hops, but it's gotta at least have some flavor to it. Perhaps this is an old bottle.
08-15-2008 07:13:01 | More by rxdrewthejew
2.78/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
03-22-2011 04:48:31 | More by July2Nov
2.8/5 rDev -28.9%
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.
11-14-2010 05:14:46 | More by Thorpe429
3.03/5 rDev -23.1%
A - Pours an opaque dark orange color with a creamy tan head that forms a thick but even layer across the top of the glass.
S - The caramel malt aroma is dominating and up front. There's a little bit of citrus in the back ground but it's so faint that it almost blends in with the caramel sweetness.
T - This bottle has peaked but I will continue with the review because there's enough hop presence left to give some sort of indication of "its former self". I've had this in the past so I have an idea of how it should be. Sweet caramel hits the very tip of the tongue but is quickly beaten down with pine hops and bitter grapefruit. There's no citrus sweetness in the nose or taste that everyone has been talking about. Taste is one dimensional but the grapefruit bitterness dominates the flavor while the malts dominated the aroma. Finishes semi-dry and coats the mouth with a hefty heap of grapefruit while retaining a very small trace of caramel aftertaste.
M - Semi-prickly, medium body, leaves a bitter citrus finish that lingers (which I like).
D - Is average. If one didn't know how the beer should taste, it would probably taste pretty darn good.
Let me emphasize that I will be definitely trying this again and adjusting my review accordingly as Mikeller is an outstanding brewer in my book.
06-30-2010 20:33:53 | More by jzeilinger
3.1/5 rDev -21.3%
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber purchased at Brawley's into a pint glass.
A. Amber brew with a thin wispy head that settles quickly. Strong carbonation.
S. Muted hops. Very grassy with a lack of citrus. Hard to pin down the exact variety.
T. Strong hops but again grassy and one dimensional. Slight malt finish.
M. Very bitter and the carbonation is clean and tart.
D. An American style IPA...no, keep trying.
01-24-2008 05:24:46 | More by MarkSCCOT
3.13/5 rDev -20.6%
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
01-05-2008 07:24:57 | More by mully
3.15/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
09-09-2011 01:04:21 | More by tdm168
3.2/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
04-17-2011 00:47:51 | More by PEIhop
3.2/5 rDev -18.8%
Clear, light amber in color with huge creamy white head. Very aromatic. Hoppy aroma is full of grapefruit, some pine. There are some malty sweet notes too. Hop bitterness is overwhelming. The balance between dyr, bitter hops and sweet malt is imperfect, and because of that this beer seems too hoppy for an IPA. Mouthfeel is OK, but I don't find this beer very drinkable. I would probably not reach out for the second one at a pub. That said I think it's very interesting that this IPA came from Europe. As I am sure many, I've picked up this bottle to see how Dannish brewers interpret American style. It would be interesting to find out how this beer is received in Denmark.
03-17-2008 03:12:34 | More by ikats
3.23/5 rDev -18%
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.
05-22-2011 17:14:26 | More by match1112
3.25/5 rDev -17.5%
Bottle as an extra from tytoanderso. Thanks man!
Pours light coppery clear color with a short lived head. Smell is nicely hopped and earthy and fruity in nature. Noce moderate to strong bitterness and tingly, spicy like fresh hop flavor. Medium to thin bodied and a nice balancing sweetness. Slight astringency as it warms. Overall a well done IPA. Thanks again!
03-20-2008 03:05:39 | More by JDV
3.3/5 rDev -16.2%
A: Clear and golden/orange. Nice white head and good retention. Lace lingered thru the entire pint.
S: Sweet malt and citrus hops.
T: Overall, not to bad. A little on the sweet side and maybe a bit of diacetyl (which I don't like in IPAs). Citrus and bitterness that lingers in the finish.
M: Medium body and mouthfeel. Gets a bit "sticky" towards the end of the pint.
D: Avergae drinkability for me. My percedption of diacetyl really starts to turn me off half way thru.
Probably won't buy this again because of its price. Not a bad beer, but not good enough for the price.
02-17-2008 15:45:30 | More by JBStith
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
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!
07-09-2010 01:19:15 | More by orbitalr0x
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
11-27-2007 05:49:55 | More by Beaver13
3.41/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
06-24-2014 20:21:10 | More by kojevergas
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
07-01-2010 04:15:17 | More by Mora2000
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
A- a little bit darker than I like to see an IPA but it pours a brownish-orange, and the head is amazing. Fluffy off-white head sticks forever.
S- The smell is definitely hop forward. Slightly orange citrusy, earthy, and sweet resiny.
T- More towards the sweet resiny side here. Finishes with quite a bitterness.
M/D- really has some body to it for a 7% IPA. I think a lot of it contributes to that background sweetness.
I'll tell you why this didn't completely impress me. It did have a nice hoppiness to me (which I love), but the sweetness, in it's syrupy fashion, was a bit too much for it. It doesn't seem like the hops were able to completely shine through here because of that.
08-23-2008 03:24:17 | More by MiScusi
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
500ml bottle into pint glass.
A cloudy deep amber hue, bordering on copper, sits below a dense one finger tan head that slowly settles to an even cap.
Plenty of sharp hops in the foreground, adding a little bit of a strong herbal aroma. Some caramel is added in the background, along with a little bit of butterscotch.
Plenty of toasty grains in the background, adding a little bit of brown sugar and burnt caramel. The hops add somewhat of a tea-like flavor, as well as a lot of unbalanced bitterness. Full bodied.
I had a little trouble with this one, being that the tart hop bitterness wasn't backed up by a lot of hop flavor. What I get out of that is a mediocre amber ale with some mouth puckering bitterness.
06-13-2009 23:02:37 | More by BeerSox
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
A-Bright copper with a medium white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lacing.
S-Sweet caramel malt upfront with a bit of floral and peppery hop aroma.
T-Sweet caramel malt up front...in fact a bit too sweet for me. I expected more of a hop kick. It does come in with a nice floral/fruity finish but it is towards the end and more of an afterthought.to balance.
M-Medium body with a building sticky feeling. Hop bitterness does build in the aftertaste.
D-A bit disappointed with this one. I was expecting more of a hop forward brew....and this is not that. Too sweet for me to drink very much at any one time. I'm glad I was able to share this bomber.
09-02-2008 12:48:46 | More by Deuane
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
Crystal clear, amber fluid. Huge, light tan head, formed by large bubbles. Great lacing.
Big citrus aroma -- oranges and lemons. Pine as well. Caramel.
Solidly bitter, pine, lemon and grass. Biscuity middle, touch of caramel. Not very balanced, it's the hops show.
Light to medium body, seems too thin. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry.
OK, but give me a San Diego Pale any day. Better IPAs out there at much more reasonable prices ($8 for 17oz. = a $34 six pack). Very easy to drink, and certainly one of the more hoppy offerings from our friends across the Atlantic.
11-21-2007 15:18:57 | More by
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
12-25-2009 03:09:16 | More by RoyalT
Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.