Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
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
01-24-2008 02:00:32 | More by Gueuzedude
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
16.9 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about nine dollars
Poured into my Chimay goblet with a golden orange color with a red tint, more of a copper color than anything, big one inch white creamy head that settled after three or four minutes, decent retention and very nice lacing for an IPA
Smell had complexity and was quite nice, citrus and caramel malt dominated the aroma, but there was also some apples and peaches, toffee, other sweet aromas, last but not least some strong grassy hops
Taste was nice and bitter right up front, there were some orange and lemon flavors present as well, caramel malt really started becoming stronger with each sip and less cold the beer got, was nice though because it balanced out the hoppy accents so well, caramel on the tongue along with a dry hoppiness in the aftertaste, some nice kick all the way through, floral and citrus made this one diverse and different than any of the IPAs I have tasted before it, only complaint is that nothing measures up to its initial bite, loses something along the way
Body was nice for an IPA, not too thick but lots of carbonation, taste only lasted a couple seconds after each sip which forced me to drink this a little faster than I wanted to, creamy and dry mouthfeel overall
Could have drank this stuff all night, so smooth and easy to drink for a bitter beer, hoppiness is subtle and not overpowering in any sense, light on the stomach, ABV is fairly high for an india pale ale but not too bad, it is hidden well within, wanted a lot more once I finished my glass
Nice brew from Mikkeller, only had a few of their things and they have all been pretty good, this was not as good as their Beer Geek but totally different styles, highly recommended even with the extremely high price tag
01-20-2008 08:12:40 | More by Floydster
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
A 500 mL bottle purchased at Capone's. The bottle still has the tell-tale price tag sticker on it.
A: The ale was poured into a Widmer Bros. weizen glass, so a huge five finger head erupted and required two pours to finish the bottle. The result is prodigious lacing. The IPA is a copper penny color, more orange than red, pale with a crystal clear look.
S: The nose is a delicious cascade blast of grapefruit and flowers. The hops are concentrated and fresh-smelling. A nicely paired caramel sweetness also wafts out of the glass.
T: The first sip reveals a hop body that is not as intense as I would have hoped. This is a straight-forward IPA, lots of hops that are met by a strong malt profile. The hops are citrusy, grapefruit-flavored with a rather fleeting taste. The malts are caramel and sweet, enough to cut briefly into the hops. As the malt fades, the hops return with a vengeance, biting at the tastebuds before fading away. The hop profile is good, strong but not overpowering. I'd place this in the second tier of IPAs, perilously close to the top.
M: The hops seem to be restrained, content to take a backseat and then, before you know it a blast of citrusy bitterness bites you in the ass. This is a sneaker, in the best sense of a beer.
D: The alcohol hides itself throughout the drink, allowing the hops and, to a lesser degree, the malt to define the beer. The hop profile strikes you as ho-hum but quickly you realize that it packs a punch. I'm gonna grab another bottle of this.
01-20-2008 02:50:44 | More by akorsak
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
I like the label on this bottle, with the Mikkeller guy is wearing a green turbin and the modern simple design.
The pour reveals a slightly turbid glowing orange liquid with a few meandering bubbles noticeable and a sticky, frothy head. The head doesnt last too long but manages to muster up lots of lace patches. The understated aroma is citrus hops mixed with toffee and shortbread. The nose is deceptively balanced. The first sip releases a burst of white grapefruit, under ripe and extremely bitter. Bitterness builds and thick pine resin shows as the beer warms. A vague soapyness described by another reviewer is also noticeable, but not unpleasant. Malt is very minimal throughout. The finish is eminently bitter and lasts for hours, coating my mouth with sweet, sweet lupulin. The mouthfeel is medium and light on carbonation.
A fantastic hop forward IPA. Like concentrated grapefruit extract. Is it worth the hefty price tag? Only one way to find out. I think so.
01-18-2008 05:21:35 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle.
A: Pours a clear copper under a good fingers worth of white head. Good retention, hints of lace.
S: Grapefruit and slightly piney hops, slight hint of alcohol and some caramel maltiness. A little subdued.
T: Mostly bitter, mostly a piney/earthy type of hops. Front end could use more of a malty backbone. There is a orangish quality to the bitter finish that, although confused the hell out of my taste buds at first (and seemed a little off), actually has some redeeming qualities.
M/D: Light to medium bodied, a hint of creaminess, carbonation is light. Drinkability is fine on this one, but the taste is slightly off in my opinion.
01-11-2008 01:19:11 | More by NCSUdo
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
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours amber with a good initial head that fades to a ring. Smells of citrusy hops and sweet malt. The taste is more big citrusy hops followed by more sweet malt. Very fresh and full tasting and imo balanced in the same way a West coast ipa is. Lots of hops, but the malt is there to back it up too. Mouthfeel is balanced and fairly big, but smooth with a bit of spice. A pleasure to try this beer from the Scandanavian brewing revolution.
01-01-2008 01:47:21 | More by Georgiabeer
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
Purchased at Green's Beverages-Midtown. Been curious to try this 'Stateside IPA' from Denmark. Very pretty IPA in the glass, clear golden-orange. 2F pillowy white shiny frothy head in a std pint glass. All cascade hop aroma without any specific member of the citrus family standing out. Very sharp, bitter taste. Like the aroma, huge citrus mouthfeel. This one is all hops, not at all balanced. Nice attempt at this authentic American style.
12-25-2007 15:51:31 | More by RustyDiamond
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
16.9oz bottle...thin lipped high ball glass
Eyes: Bright....orange...white head, so fluffy beautiful typical carbo for style
Nose: some toasted malts....ever so subtle biscuity...hops subtle, citrusy...but fading...overall still smells healthy.
Tongue: Beautiful balance of subtle malt complexities toasty bready with little bitterness but flavor hops to balance.
Texture: Smooth..high end of a medium body.
Overall experience: Give it to me all night but at typical American IPA prices.
12-22-2007 05:08:56 | More by HombreWing
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
Mikkeller Stateside IPA
Mmmm, aroma just spills out of this one, right out of the gate! Let's look at it first, though....
Clearish, ambery color, big, puffy off-white head. Mighty fine lookin' IPA!
It's all going down in the nose, bitter twist of grapefruit, hint of lemon, plenty of pine. Big hoppy aromatics, vast, and ever-lasting. Intense hop bitterness, out loud and proud!
Drinkin' it: spanks the tongue, slaps the palate, beats the 'buds, and lets every sensory receptor swim in the tastiness! Then after the bitter barrage, it glides softly and creamy-ly along, utterly pleasant. Smooth even, although the slightly above average abv, (7%) sticks out some. But not too much.
I'll say what I always say..."worth it?" the 9.49 for a bomber, I mean?
No. As good or better IPAs are made all the time here in the USA, and I could have picked up a growler of a 6-pack for the same price. But, I had to try it. This is quite cool, that European brewers are emulating American beer innovations, and doing micro-breweries in places like Denmark and Norway.
Way, way cool.
12-18-2007 07:42:47 | More by feloniousmonk
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
Upon the pour from the 500ml bottle, it appears a slightly hazy amber with a two-fingered creamy white head that fades leaving a complete blanket of lace upon the glass. Nose has a delicious hop floral aroma, followed quickly by the sweet malt, crisp and clean, mouthwatering. Start has a delectable malt presence, hop bitter at the back, somewhat sweet with the top moderate in feel. Finish has a persistent acidity, the hops powerful and spicy, aftertaste is bone dry and the hops stick to the palate, quite a refreshing beer.
12-13-2007 19:48:36 | More by Gusler
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass a nice crisp orange with a very frothy off-white head that left great lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine hops and caramel. The taste is a wonderful hop blend that balances on pine and citrus hops that are greatly balanced with caramel malt flavor. The beer is on the low side of medium bodied with slight stickiness. This is a very enjoyable beer.
12-13-2007 04:43:44 | More by atsprings
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into an Imperial pint glass. A nice clear, golden-amber color. Off-white head, three fingers thick, superb retention that coats the glass. Its really hard to fault the appearance for anything, head retention is amazing.
Nice aroma, citrusy sweet, some piney hints, spicy too. A bit of sugary sweetness with some bubblegum hints.
Well balanced flavor for a big IPA. A little bready malt underneath, but quickly covered over by the hops. Spice and pine resin dominate, a bit of bitter citrus pith. Nice bitter finish. Beer is quite clean. Only fault is that it needs a little kick from something in the flavor profile.
Nice dry mouthfeel that coats well with a nice crisp carbonation level.
Overall, this is a really solid IPA that is much better than so many others that are out there. Drinkability is just good, clean finish but nicely bitter. I really dig the residual bitterness that comes across in this; how I like my IPAs. You'd have a hard time convincing someone this came from Europe. An IPA like this is what I would like to recreate with my homebrews.
12-10-2007 03:08:28 | More by blitz134
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
Man if you didnt know you would think this is an old school Oregon IPA on roids,poured into an imperial pint glass a clear full copper color with a well formed one finger white head.Smell like laundry detergent with some caramel and for me thats heaven on earth just beautiful.Resiny and citric this is a left coast American style IPA all the way the subdued but noticeable aramel malt base rounds out the beer nicely and makes it very "Americanized" in my mind,these guys studied well a great "big" IPA" bursting with hop flavors here.
12-09-2007 23:53:16 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours slightly hazy orange with huge white head.
Nose is prickly floral with a ton of pine cone.
Palate is grapefruit citrusy sour, old fashioned soapy, with a lot of dry pine cone wallop going on.
Almost has a kitchen cleaning product quality to it, but still a tasty beer. Or maybe it's the soap - clean as a whistle!
11-30-2007 23:05:31 | More by yemenmocha
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
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass...shared with trep.
Mikkeller is an interesting brewery. They're one of the few (that I know of) foreign breweries that seems intent on making American Micro-style beers. Suspicions arose after having their delicious "Beer Geek Breakfast", an american style Double Stout, and their Stateside IPA confirmed my beliefs. With that said, I hope the trend continues.
The body pours straw golden with hints of orange; it's clear as can be with a frothy light yellow & khaki head. Great retention and nice spackles of lacing highlight the sides of the pint glass. The aroma is hoppy for sure (as one might expect). Lots of pine and foresty notes. I found the label-advertised citrus dominance to be more of a side note, however...
The flavor is one for hop-lovers. Hops galore pack an orange peel-esque bitterness with malts providing a touch of caramel. Again, the label description let me down a bit, but the beer is good enough to hold its own without the brewers hyping it up...I can't really blame them, I'd probably do the same thing. The mouthfeel is the bread-winner of Stateside IPA. Its body is of perfect thickness, carbonation level, and packs an everlasting, bitter hop note. Very memorable... This beer is definately drinkable, I really enjoyed it and would have more around the house if it weren't so rare (at least for now).
11-21-2007 21:44:27 | More by wagenvolks
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
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
11-17-2007 18:57:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.
A: Pours a nice and bubbly bright orange. Capping this is a slightly orange colored 2 1/2 finger head. The head recedes quickly to a foamy skim that leaves a nice coating of lace.
S: Damn! A surplus of citrus and piney aromas along with toasted caramel malt. Lemon, orange zest, grapefruit and sweet caramel malt.
T: This is just about a perfct balance of bitter and spicy hops, toasted malt, and caramel malt.
M: Bitter, peppery hops, that tingle the lips and tongue, are tempered expertly by the dose of malt in here.
D: Probably the best drinking AIPA I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Everything fits together perfectly. Seek this out at all costs.
11-15-2007 23:59:18 | More by GbVDave
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured really nice with a good head. I was impressed with how long the head stayed prominent in the glass too.
This is a very hoppy for European beers, but I know that is the point. A real good IPA, very sweet and citrusy. Reminded me of lime or orange hard candy. Still the beer had a good bitter kick.
It is very drinkable, not very thick or sticky like some IPA's.
Buy this beer if you can find it. Well worth it.
11-04-2007 23:09:57 | More by pacond
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a light amber color with a thick eggshell head that maintains. Thick, sticky lacing on the glass.
Nice citrusy aroma with some herbal and grassy tones.
Citrusy hop flavors upfront, with a distinct lemon taste. Herbal and grassy flavors are also present. An aggressive bitterness hits midway through and rides through the finish. Finishes out rather dry with a light lingering hop flavor.
Light body, light carbonation.
Wow. This is an impressive American IPA from a foreign brewery. Plenty of hops with a sense of balance and easy to drink. Good to see that our affection for hops is starting to spread across the world.
11-04-2007 02:44:51 | More by MaltyGoodness
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of floral hops is quite intense and enjoyable with some piney and citrusy notes. Taste is dominated by bitter and citrus hops with some clear piney notes as well as some great caramel malt to sustain all those hops. Body is full with some great carbonation. Probably one of the best west coast IPA outside of the West coast.
06-04-2007 19:06:57 | More by Phyl21ca
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
11-12-2006 03:52:11 | More by Sammy
Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.