Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
From a 22oz into a standard pint.
A- Nice, pale orange with a swiss-cheese head that stays and stays. Spraypaint-like lacing, very impressive.
S- A hop treat. Floral, new-growth pine, and pretty damn good.
T- Nice, floral, piney hops. Good bitter, lingering finish and juust enough malt to round it out. Great bouquet on this. Pine resin, a bit of honeysuckle sweetness and some unripe tropical fruit.
M- Crisp, healthy carbonation, goes down nice, well-balanced composition.
D- Moderately high. A bit pricey, although fantastic going down. Worth getting fresh.
09-25-2009 00:12:07 | More by ShogoKawada
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
09-12-2009 22:39:34 | More by pinotboy007
United Kingdom (England)
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
09-08-2009 22:30:43 | More by PartyBear
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
09-06-2009 01:02:55 | More by tronester
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
Another stellar offering I was able to snag recently. I really have been running through their lineup very quickly as of late. This was one I was excited to try as I had really heard some good things. Served cold and poured into a large pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/01/2009.
The pour was just what it should be with a rich and hazy copper tinted amber color. Light carbonation could be seen struggling its way to the top to reinforce what could only be described as a mountainous and rocky head that covered every inch of the glass. Thick lacing dripped down the sides throughout the session, really very nice looking example of the style. Rich citrus hops dominate the profile. Bright mix of grapefruit and sweeter notes that were akin to pineapple are really pushing their way forward here. Warming brings out some sweeter notes but still the deep hop profile easily overcomes all other notions and leaves that fresh aroma clinging to the air. Deep, resin filled flavor floods the mouth on the first sip. Very nicely done here with a medium body that comes across just right. Nice carbonation is lively all the way till the end allowing deep resinous and citrus hops to really explore the palate. Grapefruit is leading the charge here by a mile and really pulls the who thing together quite nicely. No hint of the 7% abv to be found here at all and this went down far too easily for something of its caliber.
Overall as solid as the day is long. I could enjoy this one over and over again and not tire of it. Score another one for the boys, they are really something else with their IPA's/
09-04-2009 20:30:02 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
08-27-2009 21:07:18 | More by magictrokini
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
American IPA via Denmark? Gotta love it.
Wonderfully minimalist hoppy green label.
Poured into a pint glass.
Hazy, bright but deep copper orange. Big, billowy yet delicate light khaki head.
Nose is cascade hops. Some slight sweet malt character, but this is all about the hops.
Taste is a nice solid IPA. Heavy hops. Slight fresh fruit notes overlaid on malts. Long lingering hop finish. Tiniest hint of ethanol on warming. Good mouthfeel; appropriately carbonated.
Great drinkability. A very easy-going IPA.
08-09-2009 03:21:44 | More by shivtim
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-04-2009 04:36:29 | More by Durge
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
07-25-2009 20:23:28 | More by erz316
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Had this at the Tap house in Norfolk. Poured into a pint glass. Appears a caramel color with a thick frothy head. All sweet citrus in the aroma with pineapple dominating. Same profile in the taste with it starting sweet with more citrus and pineapple flavors and then finishes dry. Very smooth and well balanced. My first Mikkeller beer, and I liked it. It was quite pricey. So many great american IPAs can be had for less.
07-15-2009 17:58:44 | More by atpben
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
This beer pours a lovely orangey/amber hue and leaves a nice one finger off white creamy head that hangs around for a little while then dissapates slowly,as soon as i put this beer to my nose you can just smell beautiful aromas of a pine forrest on a nice summers day with citrus and grapefruit aromas present aswell definately a beautiful smelling IPA,the taste is very citrusy with a little bitter edge to it but hardly any bitterness at all just perfect actually, i think the marriage of the hops he used for this beer and the malt was just perfect just so right they counteract each other so well to make this one of the most pleasant IPA's i have ever tasted,once again Mikkeller has not let me down.
07-13-2009 11:09:03 | More by ADZA
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
A - Pours with a bubbly, thicker very lightly tan finger and a half of head; really hazy coppery rust color. Good head retention, and OK lacing
S - Zesty hoppiness at first; then caramel and some sweetness from the malt
T - Solid hop bitterness that was a bit more cedary and piney; good burn from the hops; but backed up with a pretty thick malt backing. Not sweet like suggested in the nose, and quite a dry finish.
M - Medium; a bit creamy and silky, but a nice prickly bit of carbonation. Coated the palate really well, but had a nice dryness about it. Really standout here.
D - Good drinking as it is indeed bitter, but very pleasant and not overpowering on any front. Balanced, but interesting.
Overall, I really enjoyed this brew and while it's not as aggressive as its American counterparts, I think it's certainly a good take on the style. Worth a look.
07-05-2009 20:30:47 | More by Nickls
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
06-29-2009 17:16:51 | More by jminsc76
3.9/5 rDev -1%
This poured a hazy dark copper with light tan head. It smelled like pine and copper hops with some pineapple and caramel malt. It tasted like dry pine and floral hops with some citrus and pineapple, and some caramel malt. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a clean and tasty IPA, but nothing outstanding. It had good body and was fairly easy to drink. But it didn't differentiate itself from other IPAs, and its hops weren't as fruity or juicy as I prefer. Good not great, and probably not worth the price to try more than once.
06-25-2009 21:17:21 | More by Pencible
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
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
06-02-2009 17:58:08 | More by bmcclure
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
05-31-2009 03:15:20 | More by GarrisWH
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-09-2009 22:12:43 | More by Sean9689
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass. Soundtrack: Superdrag's Headtrip in Every Key.
Pours hazy copper with a big, fluffy 2.5-finger khaki head. Head settles in to a thin soapy cap. Nice lacing.
Nose is nicely citric, a bit of bready malt underneath. Clean and effective. Almost tropical.
Taste is toasty, bready. Lots of hop bitterness, soapy towards the finish, with some citric and grassy notes in there and quite a bt of astringency. This one had to have sat on the shelf awhile, just doesn't taste fresh. Hits all the basic note sof a good IPA, they're all just a bit flat.
Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, a bit coarse, medium body.
I think so many of these Mikkeller brews end up on the shelf for far too long. When they're fresh, they're phenomenal, easy home runs, and even when they're far past their prime you can tell they SHOULD be good beers. But this one unfortunately is just stale tasting. If it had a best buy date I would know, but it unfortunately doesn't. Thus, it gets reviewed.
04-24-2009 19:43:33 | More by JohnQVegas
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
American Style IPA from Denmark (we've come a long way!) - Pours a rather cloudy dark gold color with a bubbly mostly white small head. Smells of both citrusy and piney hops. First sip is a tad spicy with the pine hops attributing to the bitterness. It slowly turns to a grapefruit bitterness that highlights the finish. Medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation, this could be a tad hoppier as it is closer to a APA than an IPA.
04-19-2009 23:27:36 | More by ATLbeerDog
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
A - Poured into a tulip glass a hazy orangey/amber colour with a thick fluffy inch of off white head. Bit of lacing lingers.
S - Piney & citrusy hop notes are quite dominant but there is a slight toasty malt touch.
T - Pine and citrus hops on the taste as well as a dry toasted bready maltiness.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Slightly sticky malt and a bit of lingering bitterness.
D - A very good example of the style. Something I'd drink again quite happily. Now if only it was cheaper...
03-31-2009 08:54:00 | More by brendan13
4.63/5 rDev +17.5%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is a good blend of piney hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.
T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of hops bitterness. Then sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and overall there's a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a whole evening as it has enough substance, flavor and strength so that you wouldn't need to look for something else.
03-30-2009 00:04:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
03-26-2009 01:43:28 | More by Yetiman420
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
500ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com...
Poured a nice crystal clear golden copper colour. White head with coppery hints poured big thick and foamy with a meringue like topping then faded slowly to good covering with thick edging... barely any carbonation bubbles... lots of sticky lacing...
Aroma - Lots of juicy mouth watering fruitiness (pears, grapefruits, oranges, limes), light sweet caramel malts, buttery, some bready notes, honey, citrus and grassy hops, light pine, quite floral, talcum powder traces, faint rubbery notes...
Taste - Tart fruits (tons of grapefruit, oranges, limes), good peppery and citrus hop bitterness balanced by caramel sweetness, chalky traces, light metallic notes, quite biscuity...
M&D - Smooth initially with a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied... an extremely quaffable brew even at 7%
Overall - Another first class IPA from Mikkeller... not quite as good as the All Others Pale but definitely recommended...
03-02-2009 10:51:40 | More by mdagnew
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Pours a clear, dark copper with an off-white head with golden tints to the head. Minimal lacing.
The smell is mainly citrusy hops and caramel malts, but not real strong. The taste a perfect balance of grapefruit hops and caramel roasted malts. The hops are uncharacteristically mild for an IPA. The mouthfeel s crisp, yet smooth. Not as carbonated as many IPAs.
This is a highly drinkable beer. In fact, it's uncharacteristic balance of hops and malts makes it easier to drink than a lot of other IPAs.
02-25-2009 04:19:16 | More by theghost3
Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.