Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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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
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
A - pours a murky copper/amber with a good two fingers of off-white head; good persistence and some lacing
S - smells of sweet malt and plenty of hops; the hops don't have a clear focus - the bottle says citrus, but I am getting more earthiness and citrus pith; there is a yeasty musty note as well, which is a little off-putting
T - palate follows the nose, with nice bitterness front to back and enough caramel-y malt to hold it all in place
M - good weight and texture; CO2 is moderate; a beer of substance that isn't heavy-going
O - a solid IPA, but it took a little getting used to; not as clean or crisp as I was expecting, but an enjoyable brew
08-01-2011 00:46:01 | More by nezelrac
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.
A: Hazy mahogany colored ale with a huge three-finger off-white head after a violent pour. Leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and ends in a thin wispy lace.
S: Strong hoppy aroma is dominant and satisfying.
T : Hoppy brew as called for by the style. This is a smooth bitter beer with hints of citrus and a little sweetness. Alcohol is present but masked nicely by the hops.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation
O: I love Mikeller and I love a good IPA – so I was excited when I got a chance to try this bad-boy. I was not disappointed. I could drink this all day.
07-13-2011 02:06:20 | More by ckollias
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
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
This beer pours a hazy amber color with a trace of white foamy head that doesn't retain or lace well. The aroma is strong with caramel malt and citrusy hops. The taste starts malt sweet, with lots of caramel, then has some citrusy hops and ends hoppy bitter. The mouthfeel is a little off with an astringent aftertaste. Overall a pretty good take on an American IPA.
07-09-2011 02:03:33 | More by csiewert
4/5 rDev +1.5%
I let it warm up a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, billowy, thick cream to light tan colored head that lasts and a little lace. Color is a medium orarnge amber. Aroma is hops, must, yeast, malt, caramel, citrus, & apricot. Flavor is similar to nose and mainly bitter with some fruitiness and a hint of caramel malt. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor with some alcohol and fairly long. Too bitter for me as a session.
07-04-2011 18:46:12 | More by drpimento
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
From bottle to pint glass
A: Pours apricot in color, cloudy, almost mirky - there's a surprising amount suspended yeast floating about. The brew forms a frothy, cavernous 2-inch head, leaving a fair amount of patchy lacing.
S: Honey-grapefruit is the first scent noticed, smells really sweet for the style. A little floral, nutty as well. Alcohol is apparent. Strong bouquet overall.
T: Refreshingly bitter up-front, piny, floral. Much more bitter than expected, like bitter grapefruit. There's a woody, nutty tone mid-sip that blends nicely with the bitter overtone. Honey-malts round the profile, but it tastes far less sweet than the nose would have you believe. Bitter citrus tones carry to the finish, drying toward the end.
M: Medium bodied, slightly chewy but plenty of carbonation to wash residue. Actually, carbonation balance is spot on.
I was impressed with this brew. I'm not sure why others thought this was going to be a hop-bomb, I didn't get that impression from the bottle. It's a "single" IPA, 7% ABV, and there are plenty of less-than-hoppy IPA's "stateside", especially in the Northwest. I had this beer in my fridge for a couple of months and it still had that clean, bitter, piny-hop taste you'd expect from a good IPA.
06-23-2011 05:47:19 | More by rand
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
3.2/5 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
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours a dark red-amber colour, darker than I expected, and that goes for the head as well which is very dark beige - almost ochre in colour. Varying bubble size with some large ones belying its otherwise tight, dense appearance. Lace clings nicely in a ring of whispy foam. Bit of haze in the glass. Not bad but odd.
Smells pleasant, with lotza hops. Largely fruity and floral with a big aloe vera smell being noticeable at the front. Lots of citrus and nectar characters backing up, all undermined by a rich caramel maltiness that threatens at times to engulf the hops. Pleasant, indeed, but doesn't quite pack the whallop I expected.
Very rich, deep caramel malt on the front takes on flavour hops early; tangy and fruity with citrus and a burdock kind of note. Retains that aloe vera flavour on the mid - a fresh, vegetative flavour with a crisp tang to it, very succulent - where it's joined by the signature Mikkeller nutty malt and a rising hoppy bitterness. Very piney, woody on the finish, ending very dry, and making for tasty drinking, if not a thorough flooding with crisp hoppy goodness. Bitter hang takes on a touch of the ashy bitterness.
Quite carbonated texture but not harsh, just a nice tingly texture to cut through the noticeable malt body.
Overall a pleasant IPA, could have pulled back on the bitterness a bit and upped the flavour hop ante a bit more. It wouldn't strangle the IPA credentials but it would make for an overall more strikingly delicious beer.
04-15-2011 00:08:55 | More by laituegonflable
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
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
A 330ml bottle with a BB date of April 2010. Rather out of date, but never mind. I picked this up cheap along with another Mikkeller brew a while back - I'd heard of the brewery and thought I'd try it out.
Poured into a Stella chalice. A coppery-amber colour with good carbonation. Produces a thick off-white head of foam that subsides after a couple of minutes. A fantastic hoppy aroma dominated by pine. Hints of malt and floral notes. Smells intense despite it's age.
Taste is strongly aromatic and bitter, though attenuated with sweet malt. Distinctive notes of resinous pine. Mouthfeel is smooth and astringent but slightly thin - the flavour suggests it ought to have a more substantial body. Bitter pine aftertaste.
A beer with a big flavour. The hoppy bitterness is quite something - I can only imagine what this must be like fresh. I haven't tried loads of american IPAs, but this comes across as a solid attempt at the style. An intense experience that's well worth having - give it a whirl if you come across it.
02-27-2011 02:30:25 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
11-19-2010 02:57:40 | More by Frosty80
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
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a very nice reddish golden-orange colour, clear enough but with a touch of haze, and a full-bodied and rather creamy head of off-white foam. Lacing is good leaving tiny honeycombing patterns down the inside of the glass. Surprisingly thin body for something that's 7% ABV, but we can't have everything. Looks like a very decent American IPA.
Genuine American hoppy notes on the nose. Good citrus rind freshness and a clipped grass note that verges towards pine needles. All very classic characters from the hops used, but they're used well. Could use a more full bodied aroma, but the constituents are all there.
Taste is again pretty much on the money for the style. Big welling of slightly spicy grapefruit bitterness through the centre of the palate, that rises until it runs out of steam, ending as a reedy but prominent spike on the tongue. I think the body is indeed a little thin, so it tastes a little like crunching through some whole hop flowers, but there's just enough there to take the edge off it.
It's a refreshing drop, and a pleasantly hop-heavy one. On the palate, it's certainly on the more aggressive side of IPAs, but I feel it lacks a little in other areas, so you don't get the full spectrum of American IPA flavours that would make it superb.
Nice enough to drink though.
10-19-2010 09:15:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured into an imperial pint glass... 11.2 oz. bottle I'm guessing.
It's an amber color... not a huge head but good retention and lacing.
The aroma is all evergreen and caramel... delicious. What a fantastic smell to this one.
The taste is good, but not as good as the smell... The pine flavors dominate and leave a bitter aftertaste that doesn't compliment the front of each sip well.
A bit lost there... it's a good IPA but it's not quite as well rounded as I'd prefer.
09-30-2010 01:52:11 | More by theboozecruise
British Columbia (Canada)
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: Clear amber with big off white head with good retention and lace.
Aroma: Really unusual: Citrusy hop and milky bananas.
Taste: Citrusy hops, herbal. Sweet malt profile with a hint of honey. Some tropical fruit as it warms. Milky banana flavour continues. This unusual flavour must have something to do with the fact that there is also wheat in this IPA.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full, nice carbonation, dry finish.
Drinkability: A very unusual tasting beer which really has to be tried to be believed, but is so unusual it doesn't seem sessionable. However, a clever achievement.
08-30-2010 02:43:19 | More by lumikuuro
British Columbia (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
Not bad. A nice orangey-amber, with very little head. Sweet malty smell, with a vigorous zesty hop scent. Reminiscent of an English IPA, but just a bit too hoppy. Quite pleasant.
A little bit bitter on the taste - too much hops. Even the malt comes off as somewhat bitter.
Good carbonation, even somewhat smooth. A good brew, but a little bitter. The malts could stand to be strengthened a bit more.
07-19-2010 02:46:27 | More by BDTyre
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
4/5 rDev +1.5%
First batches brewed by Mikkeller at Ørbæk Bryggeri, later batches were brewed by Mikkeller at BrewDog. Original rating: RBESG 2006 Grand Tasting. Cloudy orange-brown colour. Lovely hoppy aroma (chinook, cascade and amarillo). Flavour is also hoppy, on a relatively sweet (too sweet?) malty base. Rerate 500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger: The flavour is not too sweet. Fruitiness first (oranges, grapefruit), then a distinct and sharp bitterness lasting through the finish and long aftertaste, notes of pine and resin. I'm upping it a few points.
07-01-2010 21:54:58 | More by Sigmund
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
3.03/5 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
Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.