Stateside IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured from 22oz. bomber on 8/23/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.
A - Clear amber body with one-fonger white head that receded and left some spotty lacing. Moderate amount of carbonation.
S - Floral and perfumy hop notes with sweet caramel malt and a bit of a spicy/peppery character.
T - Floral hops abound with plenty of sweet caramel malt to balance. This IPA is on the sweet side of the spectrum, but a fruity character emerges toward the finish with a spicy kick to balance out the sweetness.
M - Light to medium body with a moderately oily texture and a bitterness that increases with each sip.
D - Decent IPA, but doesn't really stand out in the grand scheme of things.
08-24-2008 18:40:54 | More by ffejherb
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
A- a little bit darker than I like to see an IPA but it pours a brownish-orange, and the head is amazing. Fluffy off-white head sticks forever.
S- The smell is definitely hop forward. Slightly orange citrusy, earthy, and sweet resiny.
T- More towards the sweet resiny side here. Finishes with quite a bitterness.
M/D- really has some body to it for a 7% IPA. I think a lot of it contributes to that background sweetness.
I'll tell you why this didn't completely impress me. It did have a nice hoppiness to me (which I love), but the sweetness, in it's syrupy fashion, was a bit too much for it. It doesn't seem like the hops were able to completely shine through here because of that.
08-23-2008 03:24:17 | More by MiScusi
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
Appearance: pours a orange color with some yellow highlights on the glass edge. Nice 2" head lasts quite a while. Mild lacing develops.
Smell: loads of floral hops and some orange and grapefruit.
Taste: the malt level provides enough sweetness to cut into the sharp bitterness. Caramel, oranges, and strong grapefruit tones are most noticeable. Some softer pear and tart green grapes are in the background.
Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, crisp and dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness sticks to the tongue.
Drinkability: if you are in the mood for a nice bitter IPA, this is the one for you. Easy to quaff and it hits the spot.
08-16-2008 18:46:31 | More by Gavage
2.7/5 rDev -31.5%
This is a nice change of pace...we're all used to seeing American breweries try their hand at foreign styles. Here's the opposite.
A: Pours a dark reddish amber-darker than most IPA's you see out there. The head is pretty impressive, around 3-4 fingers, but quickly dissolves leaving a bit of film and a ton of lacing. Clear and doesn't look particularly bubbly.
S: Some citrus and pine hops with a bready and moderately sweet backbone.
T: Opening is a big bitter blast, but without much character. Underneath is a very mild malt flavor, but not really much sweetness. Overally hop dominant, but the flavor is a bit boring.
MF: Thin bodied and only moderate carbonation makes this beer a bit too watery.
D: This is a real miss for me...I don't mind a beer that's all hops, but it's gotta at least have some flavor to it. Perhaps this is an old bottle.
08-15-2008 07:13:01 | More by rxdrewthejew
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
What an interesting experience to see yourself as others must see you. This beer appears to be a reflection of how our European friends see America's obsession with big, citrusy West Coast-style IPAs. The results are fascinating.
Pours a bright orange color with a big fluffy head and uncanny lacing. The aroma is strong and sharp, dominated by bitter orange. The flavor follows right along, with a gigantic slap of bitter orange that fades to a deep hoppy bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick, coating the tongue with a slight sting of carbonation on the finish.
This is a great, if slightly twisted, version of a West Coast type IPA. It's like seeing a close relative, who looks a lot, but not exactly, like you.
08-13-2008 20:32:31 | More by Seanibus
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a hazy orange copper with 2 fingers of creamy looking off-white head that retains well with a solid 1/2 of foam that leaves a big cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is a tingling mix of fresh grass, piney esters, citrus tang, with some grainy smelling malts underneath.
The taste is a bit of resinous hops mixed in with some earth, spice, and citrus character that is well balanced out by a backbone of roasted grains and caramel sweetness. Finishes with a nice, lingering bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a smooth and easy carbonation. The overall feel though just seems like it could go a touch deeper considering the ABV and full flavors involved. Alcohol seemed to be hidden very well.
Wow. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, wanted to love this but just couldn't. I liked all of the character that this IPA contained but not one thing really POPPED out at me that would have put this up in a higher rating for me. A freshness issue maybe? Possibly. It was still a tasty affair though and I had no problem finishing off the bottle.
08-13-2008 16:49:38 | More by Kegatron
4.53/5 rDev +15%
The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has a very bitter hop scent that makes a huge initial impact. The malt bill is well balanced with pale, Carapils, and bisquit malts. The taste is great. This is a truely great beer. It's well balanced with excellent malt and hop character. It's creamy and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good IPA. I'm a huge fan of bisquity beers that are well hopped. This goes there and beyond.
08-12-2008 23:19:02 | More by WesWes
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a nice clear orange with a nice fluffy white head that leaves good lace. Nose is hop resin and some clear malt. Taste follows, quite hoppy with relatively clear malt presence. A bit on the sweet side for me, but a very impressive flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thick as well, but quite good. Drinkability is pretty good, but could be improved upon. Overall I am impressed with this european take of an american take of an english beer style.
08-12-2008 01:19:50 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.85/5 rDev +23.1%
Oh my, one of the best IPA's ive ever had out of a bottle. Such a nice hop balance. Huge citrus, pine, grapefruit notes. Hits every part of your tongue and the best part is burping up this beer an hour later. Hopheads will fall in love with this beer. Props to a brewery in Denmark to hit the nail on the head on an American style brew.
08-08-2008 13:20:47 | More by bonbini26
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
This is a very good IPA. It pours a hazy orange with a decent head and has a strong hoppy smell. It certainly tastes good and is an above average IPA. Its cost, however, is not worth it. Being from St. Louis I would rather enjoy a locally produced IPA from O'Fallon or Schlafly for much cheaper. I bet that much of its cost is due to that fact that it has to be transported overseas and because Mikkeller is a hyped name in beer right now. I would definitely drink this beer again if somebody gave me one for free, but I won't be buying another any time soon.
07-27-2008 19:14:39 | More by jmmakare
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
An American style IPA brewed by a Denmark based brewing concern? Yep.
(On a side note, it's interesting to watch the evolution over the years as American craft brewers copied and even saved from extinction many European beer styles and now the American influence is transferring back to the "Old Country"...)
It pours a hazy orange copper with a billowing ivory head that leaves sheeting lace but dissipates to a wispy forth fairly quickly. Lots of hops in the nose. Herbal spicy hops, hints of tangerine and a lightly earthy malt aroma. Very nice!
The combo of hops that make the nose so good make the flavor a bit haphazard. Juicy sweet citrusy hops intermingled with some coarse herbal hops, like amarillo or something of that nature. Quite bitter but there's a decent bready malt backbone to hold it all together.
(edit: after checking the website, they do indeed use amarillo hops, as well as cascade and chinook...)
A sweet grapefruity finish and aftertaste followed by a long lingering bitterness.
Pretty tasty. I wish the bittering hops blended more nicely. If they did, it would be stellar.
07-25-2008 18:03:09 | More by ViveLaChouffe
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy thick off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt tones, nice touch of citrus and some pines. The taste is slighlty sweet/bitter, hoppy, some maltyness, citrus, and some pines. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, this is one of the better Mikkeller's for me, recommended.
07-25-2008 00:15:22 | More by Wasatch
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
I was wondering what those green head wraps were on the heads on the bottle label. Oh, i get it, they're hopheads! How will this American-Danish IPA compare to the ones I've had locally? On to the beer:
Very pretty appearance: pale amber orange color, big rocky head holding up on top. The nose is what I call "sweet hoppy", where the hop aroma is more like a tropical juice than pure earth shattering hops. Shall I taste it out? Sure, can't hurt, right? Not as taxing to your palate as American-made IPA's; think of this as a scaled back version. Grapefruit and "mild" hops dominant here, with some bits of tropical juice. Teh hops sometimes become a tad pungent, but overall this is a good Danish concoction to turn Danes into hopheads.
07-21-2008 04:19:20 | More by DoubleJ
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
Picked up at State Line in Elkton MD, Poured cold from the 16.9oz brown bottle into a goblet and allowed to gradually warm tasted at 45 degrees
A - A brilliant medium amber w/ a 3 finger cap that rises out of the goblets opening. Spacious bubbles leave great sticky lace like webbing along the sides as the head recedes and condenses to about 1/2 inch of tight bubbles
S - A nice juicy amarillo aroma w/ orange and mellow grapefruit notes, there is a nice sweet malt aroma which is a bit bready from the yeast which gives a kind of doughy note. There is a sweet floral essence at work here too - I guess it might be cascade w/ a slight lemon zing
M - Nice sweetness w/ a slight bitter twang from the hops. The carbonation is mild to medium w/ a bit of oily resinous smoothness. The spice comes at the tail end w/ a slight astringency. A bit mild in feel which is good so a '4' not a '3.5' for not overbittering.
T - A very flavorful NW hop taste right off w/ a slightly sweet malt back w/ sweeter taste at warmer temps(less carbonation) The juiced resinous nature is a very appetizing w/a slight sour orange and lemon mix w/ a brown sugar flavor at its lightest. Almost like sugar dusted ruby red with the bitterness coming on late in the taste. I like the mix of sweet malt and citrus, but it could finish a little bit more on the dry side. I consider this very tasty and a great ale
D - Very drinkable IPA, slightly on the heavy side feel wise and abv. I have had some bottles which have a mineral/chalky aspect, but blame my taste buds not the bottle. This one was picked up a month ago and kept refrigerated. I imagine the travel across the pond may add age to an IPA, but this bottle tasted fresh. I consider this a great example of an American Ipa - I won't hesitate to buy this in the future.
07-17-2008 19:29:53 | More by Slatetank
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
07-13-2008 18:18:31 | More by Kraken
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
I took a few chances on bottles I didn't know much about when I was down at State Line the other day. Among them was Danish brewery Mikkeller's nicely designed and somewhat understated "Stateside IPA" which comes from the brewer's self-professed love for American craft beer. I haven't had much Danish craft beer, and I have to say that the designer inside me (yes, he's in there) was excited by the labels of this beer, which is evidence of a design sense most brewers thankfully don't have or seem to care about. Check out the Mikkeller website for instance, and you can see these guys care about how things look. Which isn't a bad thing, but anyway, to the beer.
I'm a big IPA fan and "Hophead" so I usually go for bitter beers in general, and the trend of European traditional and craft brewers alike responding to American styles and innovations obviously tingles my patriotic brew sense, so I gripped this green and yellow striped brew and took it home. Broke it out last night an was immediately very pleased when I poured it out. This thing stinks! The only other Euro beer that I've had which claims to and actually fulfills its promise of intense bitterness is Alvinne's Gaspar. Mikkeller's Stateside is an awesome IPA, and at 7% ABV is very drinkable. These guys kept it pretty restrained with the malt, and went for three kinds of American hops. There is a really intense smell of pineapple or some other kind of tropical fruit which is bursting all over this beer. It tastes bitter as hell too, with a nice body that is nice but not too thin. Finally, an understated label for an over the top beer, instead of the other way around.
07-03-2008 01:23:47 | More by brewdogmrb
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
16.9 fl oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
L - clear, orange color with a huge off-white head that left lots of lacing.
S - sweet citrus hop aroma.
T - bitter citrus taste upfront is balanced out with a sweet caramel malt flavor on the back end.
F - medium bodied, silky smooth.
D - smooth, easy drinking brew.
06-29-2008 20:39:27 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a bright burnished orange with a nice manageable foam head.
What an aroma! Bursting with grapefruits, tropical mango/papaya/something from a rainforest and a bit of pine.
The taste isn't quite as magnificent, but it still has that great grapefruit and caramel malt background, with some exotics playing around. Despite the sweet, citrus-y aroma this is a beer that leaves a serious bitter twang on the palate. Definitely a cleanser.
Nice bubbly mouthfeel. Maybe the only memorable beer from Mikkeller.
06-19-2008 07:50:56 | More by Overlord
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Has a very frothy head that leaves a lot of lacing along the glass. Nice orange color with a lot of carbonation. Smell is subdued with a little citrus. Taste is citrusy and bready with a bitter aftertaste. Overall, a solid brew.
06-18-2008 23:34:29 | More by jdubjacket
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-11-2008 15:20:54 | More by DrDogbeer
4.55/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
06-06-2008 01:09:27 | More by beereality
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
06-01-2008 19:11:08 | More by Metalmonk
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
05-29-2008 02:12:01 | More by plaid75
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
05-04-2008 03:52:59 | More by cjgator3
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
05-04-2008 01:38:54 | More by sholland119
Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.