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Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Stateside IPAStateside IPA

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very good

229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of MeisterSmudge
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of PartyBear
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper in colour, with a thin head, and heavy carbonation. Clear grapefruit from the cascade hops, along with sharp lemon, pineapple, and the sweetness of caramel in the background. The taste is sweet at the front, with the nutty flavour of praline persisting until the hops deliver a dry bitterness towards the end. Sweet for the style but it's a brilliant interpretation by a brilliant brewery.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured entire bottle into a nonic. Huge fluffy off white head sits on an orange body for a long while. SLight haze. Smellsof some citrusy hops with some sweetness. Not a huge aroma. Taste is very well balanced between the citrus hops and some caramel malts. Lingering bitter taste on the tongue. Nice zesty mouthfeel, and very drinkable. A tad pricey for what looks like a bomber, but is much smaller, at $9+. I would try again.

Photo of DerBayer
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is dark dark amber going on ruby with minimal head - just soapy lacing

The smell is IPA style with lots of comlex hops but much fainter than I am used to.

The taste is truly IPA but there is NO balancing malt flavour whatsoever so not as good as the best ones

The mouthfeel is light body lighter than I expected but I am drinking this after a Weienbock so will cut some slack...

Photo of erz316
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 0.9floz bottle into sam smith tulip pint glass

A - thats what an ipa should look like, damn fine colour and head. big head that retains well, head stays locked at about 1.5 fingers aboug the top of the s.s. logo (yeah, yeah, not the friggin' Schutzstaffel). the colour is hazy burnt orange, not completely opaque; has a dark orange turbidity. looks 'proper': not too light and not dark by any means, nice off white (probably because of the body colour) head with decent lacing.

S - pine like hops, ans grapefruit rind are the most memorable and noticeable notes in the nose. the only problem is that the nose is very weak and could do with being more pungent, getting those great smells actually up in the nose instead of only giving a slight temptation.

T - taste is solid; a definitely good beer and representative of its style, though i'm not sure it warrants such a high price. initial taste is a citrusy & piney hop character, though not overwhelming the level is good; malts are of course int he background giving a even playing field for the hops to come out. the finish has more bitterness than noticeable hop flavour. after taste is more malty than bitter, so a nice turn around for this bitter and hoppy beer--not that the hops were really too intense, only that they are the predominant taste.

MF&D - the feel is good and full, though almost chewy it doesnt quite make it to that level. if these buggers werent so expensive then i would drink more; the lack of hop in your face-ness is what turns me onto this brew, i'm no hop fanatic so this is a good balance.

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.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper/brown with a bit of a haze akin to apple cider, only with a superb, thick bubbly head, but no lace.

S - Pine, dried apricots, fresh cut hay, sweet malt.

T - Sweet malt up front that dissloves rapidly with the rush of grapefruit and oily, piney hops. Has a hint of what I would call a Saison-like funk that's really nice. Finishes sour, but clean.

M - Creamy, crisp and refreshing; zesty without being too carbonated.

D - Really superb, especially without the runaway ABV. Break out the Fish N Chips.

Photo of GarthT
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper peach color into my Courtyard by Marriott cocktail/tumbler style 10 oz glass.

Very thin, white head that quickly fades leaving some lunar bubbles.

Resiny aroma with some malt sweetness.

First sip comes across very clean and not too malty (good in my book).

An incredibly clean IPA from beginning to finish. The appropriate amount of bitterness and hop flavor at the right points during consumption.

The only lacking element of this beer is the punch hop aroma I expect from American style IPA's.

Photo of meeekyh
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was in a 500ml bottle. I poured it into my belled beer glass.

The beer is a deep orange-hued golden color with a slight haze. The head is off-white or light tan, rather healthy and leaves little lacing.

Smells of this beer are like bread on steroids, really yeasty and grainy with a strong citrus hop kick. there is a bit of pine essence as well.

The taste is much as the nose would imply with a added kick to the piny hops and less sweetness than I expected. There is a nice toffee taste and plenty of tartness with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium and the finish is clean and dry. Carbonation is light but the bitterness balances this nicely.

Drinkability is good but the beer is too bitter and tart to be really quaffable.

I dig this beer. I would really like to get my hands on a set of single-hop IPAs...mmm Danish beer.

Photo of Frosty80
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Ilovebeer1549
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jminsc76
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of JavierGC
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of cpinto6
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of soccerfancooch
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Donnie2112
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours orange, nice head that sits like a film that lingers on the top of the beer nice sticky lace. Sexy sexy!

subtle sweet malts on a piney citric backdrop, about like it should smell

extremely snappy and hop forward! there is a nice sweetness, there is a charming piney, and citric flavor to it.

nice medium body, snappy carbonation, slightly dry and a cleansing astringence.

this beer is exactly what an American IPA is supposed to be, it's a fantastic beer. I really like this one and it's what a single IPA should be!

Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of ikats
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of hophead247
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange amber with a big frothy yellowish white head. Aroma is a little weak, picks up just a bit of hops and malt. Flavor is soft sweet malts with a medium hop bitterness and a great amarillo and cascade flavor of oranges and tangerine mostly with just a hint of the grapefruit. Reminds me of a more mellow Alesmith IPA. Quite good but not worth the pricetag in the USA. Thanks Anna Lisa.

Photo of GarrisWH
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a somewhat hazy orangish-amber color with a frothy two-finger off white head. Good retention and light lacing.

S - Citrus hops dominate with a little bit of caramel malt in the background.

T - Taste first hits with some fairly bitter grapefruit and pine hop notes. Well balanced with sweet, caramel malts. Grassy, "earthy" hop aftertaste. Very nice fresh hop bitterness on this one.

M - Medium bodied and quite resinous. Very smooth going down.

D - I really enjoyed this one and found it to be a very drinkable offering. If they weren't almost $10 a piece, I could easily down a few of these in a sitting. Very nice balance of flavors and I enjoyed the hop character and level of bitterness a lot.

Photo of ShrLSU
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of javiernano
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.