Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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88
very good

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
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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Photo of beereality
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured half a bomber vigoursly into an imperial pint. big suddsy head, good lacing. looks very nice. dark golden. WOW hops galore. super nice.yummy, crisp dry, very dry, hoppy, with a clean finish. it reminds me of alpha king with a kick. I love this beer. kinda pricey, but would buy again.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Without much effort a big thick head is poured, billowy and like whipped cream...sits on top of glowing copper/gold. Sedimentary stacks of lace coat the glass as the head minimizes, without ever totally disappearing. Very much true to style and quite a looker.

Aroma sits on the toasty side of the IPA world. Certainly some vibrant hops, and those sit on the fresh, sweet side (ie. not all that pungent)...while the toast-factor remains at the forefront. Definitely very "stateside", though not in the hop-attack way of various American IPAs.

But wait! Toasted malts remain very strong in the flavor, yet this time the bitter in "bittering hops" comes through loud and clear. Makes for a coarser, leafier kind of IPA, not as easy-going or creamy as others, but certainly on par with many others that dare to challenge the tastebuds. Has a kind of Pacific NW sort of feel: big-ass but well-controlled bitter hoppiness. Citrus and caramel mingle in the finish, giving a much-appreciated level of depth to this fine, fine IPA. The texture is just right, resting on the buttery, slippery side of the line.

An excellent IPA. By far the most authentically American-tasting of the beers I've had brewed by Europeans going for that distinctively American IPA flavor. It even bests many American versions of the style. Not all Americans brew their IPAs with love, but Mikkeller clearly does. A costly little bugger, but I don't regret it.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront aromatic citrus and herbal hop.

The taste was initially peppery and herbal, with a sweet caramel hop to follow.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a pretty good AIPA. A nice (and unique) imported rendition of an American classic.

Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a sticky off-white head that possesses good retention and lacing. The aroma is very balanced for an IPA, with sweet malt, a touch of caramel and some citrusy hops. The taste like the aroma is well balanced with a good dose of malt to support a nice bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed Stateside IPA. It is not a hop-bomb like some of the American IPAs, but it is solid in its own right. Recommended.

Photo of sholland119
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy honey amber. Nice white foamy head.

S-Moderate floral hops and a little citrus. Also a bit of maltiness.

T-Makes up for a blandish nose with a really nice taste. A but sweet to start, closes with a very nice hop bitterness. Tasty.

M-Kid of oily, with a lot of residual bitterness on the tongue.

D-A little too much bite to be a sessionable IPA but still quite drinkable.

I have never had a bad beer from Mikkeller. This ia one of my favorites.

HV

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice foamy off-white head that left some sticky lacing. The aroma is of honey malt and some floral and grassy hops. Not a very strong IPA aroma. The taste is big on honey malt, grassy and slightly citrus hops. A bit too malty on taste. The feel is moderate with fairly soft carbonation, finishes bitter. This brew brings a big malt presence to support the higher ABV but not necessarily to support the hop presence. It has a nice hop flavor but not strong enough to warrant the malt profile. Felt more like a DIPA with less alcohol.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with an ok white head. A few trails of lacing. Smell is a very nice IPA smell. Citrus, grapefruit and a distinct floral note. Also some bready maltyness in there. Very appealing. Taste is maltier than expected up front and then the hops kicks in. Nice bitterness level and very fruity. Mouth is thick and syrupy. This one is going down very quickly. Very nice beer. Interesting to see Eurepean brewers copying American styles. They did a good job with this one.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great luminescent copper color. A few stragler bubbles here and there and a decent head after the first pour that quickly dissipates to nothing. The aroma is a strong floral scent thats lightly perfumey mixed with a touch o fruity malts. The first sip is a mix of a fruity, citrus malt and flowey hops. The middle and finish develops the flowery notes of the hops into a bouqet. Great hop profile. The palate is complexly bitter with a well mixed malt bill. The malt add an essence of syrupy fruits to this well done Danish IPA.

Photo of abankovich
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from its 16.9oz bottle into my snifter a crisp clean amber color with an incredibly thick off-white head that had tons of bubbles in it and held together very well. Immediately began leaving lacing on its way down.

Smells like a delicious IPA should. Citrusy and warm, grapefruits, oranges and lemons from the hops

Bitter and satisfying with some tartness through the middle. A little bread taste on the back end. Overall not as much hop flavor as I would have expected, but that certainly isn't to say it's not there.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, could be a little more full imo but that isn't a complaint. I actually like the slightly lighter body on this beer for some reason.

Drinkability on this is pretty high. I could definitely drink quite a few more. 7% ABV isn't too high and none of the flavors are so strong that it would make it difficult to have more. Unfortunately this is my only bottle right now, so I'll just have to go and pick more up sometime. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and it surprised me from start to finish compared to what I was expecting.

Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, apricot amber hued body with a lavish and creamy offwhite head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is citrusy grapefruit hops with some pine cone in the back. Caramel is also prominent. Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium body is bolstered by a creamy medium carbonation. Some hop oiliness and earthiness add character. Taste is mostly hops. Grapefruitiness is dominant but with more of a citrus rind presence. Pine bitterness adds some edge. Caramel maltiness adds an ideal balance. Very well done.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bought from Hi-Times,

A: Pours orange, with a firm medium-sized cap of white froth with good head retention, and lots of lacing.

S: Pine predominately, pink grapefruit, and caramel malt.

T: As opposed to the smell, the grapefruit begins the flavour and is the main hop component, with a burst of Christmas pine tree at the end. Solid malt backbone, lends the balancing flavours of toasted bread and toffee.

M: Full and resiny, crisp and biting at times, light carbonation character.

D: This was my first Danish beer and first from Mikkeller. Was interested in seeing how an American-style IPA would hold up crossing the ocean, as some of those English ones seem to lose much of their character. All and all, a very good beer, would buy again.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into my Unibroue tulip

A; A gorgeous clear copper with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing

S: Pine hops well balanced with a nice malt backbone

T: Sharp and spicy pine hops up front that's well-balanced. Bitter and dry finish

M: Undercarbonated leading to a rather slick mouthfeel that doesn't do justice to the beer.

D: Very pleasant, I'd drink it again!

Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a coppery amber colored brew with a thick light tan head. plenty of lacing.
the nose is quite hoppy, with a resinous, but soft, pleasant, orangey citrus quality as well as some faint bitter medicinal asprin type aromas. some pineapple is also noticable along with the bready carmel malts.
the taste has a nice citrusy orange/apricot/pineapple cocktail sort of hop quality. a harsh, but not unpleasant pine bitterness bites towards the back. caramel and light toffee is present throughout, along with something that reminds me just a bit of a belgian tripel, that may just be some of the fruity hop qualities though.
it's got a nice fuller side of medium mouthfeel with a moderate but delicate carbonation that suits the beer well.
good drinkability considering the 7% abv, and for that matter even if it was 5%. i can safely say that this is the finest danish american IPA styled beer i've ever had. but seriously, this holds up to some of the best stuff to come off of the west coast.

Photo of albern
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer for hop heads. It pours a slightly orange copper, a bit hazy, and what a head on this ale! This beer has a very thick, prodigious, off white head that retains about as well as any beer I've seen. The lacing is impressive as well. The smell is oily hop esters, some bready malts, some hoppy floral notes too. The taste is very robust, full bodied, and hoppy. You'll find lots of hoppy resiny tastes, some mint hop as well. There is a dry bready, thick malty character to this beer that completely complements the hops. This is a great floral hoppy beer, just thick, warming, bready, in all of its full bodied robustness. This is very drinkable but there is slightly more aftertaste than I would have preferred, but eminently enjoyable nonetheless. L'Chaim.

Photo of jaxon53
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served this one slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a brown bottle.I love when foreign breweries brew a beer like this.

Appearance: Pours out a light golden copper color that has great clarity. A vigorous pour yields a bright white, two finger head that was quite fluffy and pillowy. Great retention, head just seems to hang there. A thick ring of white lace is left behind after every sip.

Smell: Has a nice hoppy, fruity smell to it. Somewhat flowery and herbal. Lots of orange and lemon zest with a soft touch of pineapple. A big malty backbone balances the hops. Bready and grassy. Smells like it is somewhat sweet.

Taste: Nice thick flavors here. A mild hop bite starts things out and quickly collides with a huge, sweet, maltiness. Sweet and almost sugary. Almost has an orange juice like flavor to it. Notes of lemon zest and grass. Has a mild astringent alcohol flavor in the background. Pretty well balanced in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel. Thick and palate coating. Pleasant medium body. The perfect amount of tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability as well. Overall a tasty, well balanced IPA.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass the liquid is orange with ok carbonation. The head is i finger, white and leave little lace.

The smell is plenty hoppy, pine and citrus notes.

The taste follows a very hoppy brew, nice sweet malt lends balance, really quite good, very good.

The mouthfeel is good, not a huge body, and good carbonation. For an IPA this is really what it should be.

The drinkability is fantastic, really a smooth, easy drinking brew. There guys really nailed this style and maybe even raised the bar.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of ikats
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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 HotHabanero
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Pours hazy with a deep yellow body with an off-white head. It has a very complex, hoppy aroma, with orange and citrus fruits. Very hoppy and grassy flavour, fruity with lemon, grape, orange and apricot notes. Full bodied. It has a very long and bitter finish. Very tasty!

Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to light copper color. Certainly not as dark as most examples. Lots of foamy head, though. Definitely pour this one down the side of the glass.

Smells like a west coast IPA along the lines of Stone or Green Flash. Lots a grapefruity citrus overtones. The yeast is a tiny bit different that most, which gives it a little spice...but you won't mistake it for anything but a US craft from smell alone.

The taste is actually a little more balanced than I expected. It starts off with the citrus wave from the hops, then a creamy caramel malt in the middle, and a really potent super-bitter hop hit in the finish. One of the most bitter aftertastes I can remember. It leaves you wanting more, though!

Mouthfeel's a little thicker than a typical IPA, but it's not syrupy like a DIPA. It's just a little foamy like Belgian golden.

I really liked this and would gladly drink more. A single bomber's probably enough just because of that bitter finish, but that's not a bad thing.

I'd love to revisit this as it's terrific, BUT the rub is that for a style you can find good examples of left and right in the US...this bomber was over $10. That can be the cost of a 6-pack if not a more of an equivalent local offering. It's great, but at that price it's probably something I won't revisit often.

Mikkeller's making some world class stuff, but for a more sessionable beer like this it's tough to drop $10+ per bottle.

Photo of roan22
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seeing the attractive, [now familiar] bright, green-striped label immediately makes me want to buy it. I know its gonna be piney and resiney as hell...and it is! Its also got notes of spicy pepper [mmm], and citrus...and its boozy!

But the best part is the sharp pine bitterness that lingers on my tongue an impressively long time...this is my favorite characteristic of a classic American piney/resiney/citrusy IPA.

Import price=$13! I am definitely thankful that I have access to Mikkeller beers however.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Outstanding golden-with-white head appearance. Good depth of color - not too shiny - and the head is as voluminous as I've seen in an IPA recently.

Big ass aroma, like you wiped your nose with West Coast aromatic hops. Nothing much Continental about it, more like Centennial.

Flavor is big on the citrics, just a nod toward a piney-dark side. Mild pepper in the mouth, and a punishing bitter finish. I mean that in a good way. It just never lets up the way that a one-dimensional IPA does: the malt is big enough to carry some sway without really taking away from the surface enjoyment of the hops.

I dropped the drinkability just a hair to enunciate that this beer could use a touch more sweetness. A touch. The finish will remind some of a double IPA, or turn off some by being 'too bitter'. The flavor is not too bitter at all, it's just that it's not quite lifted off the palate as quickly as it could.

Bottom line: if you like hops and are comfortable with a punchy, "bitter" finish, step up to the plate. You will enjoy it a ton; see MABZ's review below mine. If you prefer a pale ale to an IPA, this is not the one to start out with.

If only the price were as local as the hops...

Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge egg-shell white head with great lasting power. The color is orange-amber with a slight chill haze. Unusually light lace (but more than most beers) than the head would suggest.

Lots of raw hop aromas, much like hop pellets from a home brew shop. The malt smells are very much in the background.

The taste matches the nose--lots of hop from the initial sip through the swallow and long afterwards. The malt provides a base but little taste after the first sip. The body is appropriate for the style and the carbonation is equally within expectations.

This is a hop-lovers beer. Do not look for balance. I like this style, but I would also place it close to the extreme level of bitterness.

Photo of BlindPig
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.