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Drikkeriget GIPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 113
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 02-13-2010

An American IPA with German aroma hops (Tettninger), American bitter hops (Tomahawk) and pilsner, pale and münich malt.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium.
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Photo of kkleu357
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%

From notes on 4/20/14

Smells like lemon pledge. Very murky pale yellow body. Some yeast chunks floating. Very lemony taste. Bitter beer. Not really that good. (159 characters)

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden-orange, one finger white head, nice lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango, floral hops, slight funk.

T - Slightly pungent hops, grapefruit, sweet grains, slight bitter finish.

M - Medium, moderate carbonation.

O - Enjoyable session beer, but cost prohibiting for what it is. (280 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good beer as usual from Mikkeller. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, thick, off-white head that lasts all the way down and some lace. Color is a clear amber with dozens of active bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, grass, resin. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, mostly bitter at first, then slight carbonic tang with suggestion of sweet. Body is soft and full with mild carbonation (don't know how that's done!). Finish is like flavor and along with mouth feel is long and very drinkable. Bravo! (524 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep copper brown with a solid half inch khaki head that lingers.

Aroma begins with fresh cut grass, resin, and grapefruit pith. There's a bready sweet malt undertone offering support. Tropical fruit aromas emerge as it warms, adding complexity.

Flavor is much less subtle, with bready malt and hints of toast carrying a hop onslaught of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, mango. The finishing earthy hop bitterness is not for the faint of hop! Tea and herbal subtleties emerge when my palate acclimates.

Body is moderate, with a moderate amount of carbonation accentuating the citrus flavor.

Overall, an extremely bitter offering. Great hop presence, but the bitterness is a bit overwhelming! (706 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When Easter weekend arrives, a visit to the lawn to watch children scavenge for brightly decorated eggs bring about the scents of an awakening world. Fresh cut grass, citrus blossoms, and brighter weather seem to fuel the thirst for IPA.

The rusty and deep copper ale carries a robust haze with a dense slightly yellowish head that persists stubbornly and trails with strong pockets of lace. Aside from the heavy and weighted haze of hops and yeast, this is an ideal looking ale.

A combination of caramel-soaked citrus and bready earthen characteristic carry the nose with a firm and more balanced nose than is expected. The slight fruitiness of easters is quickly consumed by hop character of grapefruit and herbal grasses to round out the slight hop-forward nose.

Firm malty flavors of caramel, bread, and English biscuit create a full and rich taste for an IPA. However a modest early presence of red grapefruit, tropical fruit pulp, and freshly mulled herbs and grasses give a delicate rebuttal to malt, but quickly develop into the sharp acidity of citrus pith, grassy bite, and piney resin bitterness to finish. While starting fresh and zesty, the hops make a lot of headway in short time turning earthy and resiny shortly after. Spicy earth character nearly reminds me of rye that's expounded by the bread taste that turns mildly stale with yeast and must late.

Full textured as well as the bready/biscuity taste manifests in the mouthfeel with a full creamy body that envelops the growing hop bitterness, dryness, and mildly astringent bite. The beer just works itself into a lather as the taste continues to develop sip after sip, deeper and deeper into finish.

Drikkeriget (Hoppy Easter) is a stern IPA that carries a lot of the semi-English, semi-American taste that I've come to expect from Mikkeller. As all of their IPAs taste nearly the same, while carrying a similar yeasty stale bread taste, makes me think that fresher examples would garner more individualism from beer to beer and with fresher, zestier taste. (2,033 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry yeast and a nice, small dry hop. In the taste, a small bitter hop, with a note of candy sugar. A very small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice balance with hop and a yeasty/ candy sugar balance. (324 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at Mari's in Reading during a recent visit and held it in abeyance awaiting today. The date on the bottle, however, reads "04/02/12" which does not make a whole lotta sense. Oh well, I am drinking it today, so Happy Hoppy Easter to me and to all of my followers.

My pour gave me a brief finger of tawny head before disappearing into wisps. Color was a hazy golden yellow. Nose was a very earthy, grassy smell which was not what I would have expected from the style. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was surprisingly lager-like with a honey sweetness along with a grassy hoppiness on the tongue. Wild! Finish was dry, slightly bitter, but ultimately unsatisfying for a hophead. It was a fun drink for Easter Sunday, but I was underwhelmed overall. (763 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now this is an interesting take on an IPA,very German in nature much more than American.Poured into a standard pint a hazed dull orange tinged medium golden with a nice tightly formed one finger white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it never fully settles leaving a thinner creamy top.Pilsner malt really comes thru in the nose along with German leafy hops,the hops don't make a big splash but it's a decent combo.Again the pilsner malt plays a big role giving off a toasted bread note on the palate with a tinge of honey-like sweetness and herbal lightly spicy hops in the finish.To me it almost tastes like a highly hopped pils with a little fruitiness from the ale yeast,it's not great but I applaud the effort here. (735 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, clinging white head.

S: Aromas of apple skin, herbs, grass, citrus, and a floral sweetness are present on the nose.

T: Notes of grass, straw, green apple, sage, mint, lime zest, and a fleeting honey and beeswax sweetness wash across the palate. The finish is bitter, but balanced, presenting notes of grass, straw, lime zest, and honey.

M: On the lighter side of medium and very dry. Carbonation is forceful, but stops just short of being distracting.

O: This is a unique IPA. I particularly like the fact that you can really get a sense of what the German aroma hops can bring to the table in this style of ale. Nicely done. (663 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Stamped 6711101, but presumably brewed for Easter.

A: Light, fluffy white finger of head briefly tops a brown-yellow beer that looks a bit like mud or clay. Some bubbles within. Opaque.

S: The German aroma hops are noticeable. It smells like a bit like a crisp pilsner.

T: It's okay, but definitely not reminiscent of an American IPA. Despite the Tomahawk providing a nice bitterness on the aftertaste, the 'GIPA' classification is more appropriate, or even an English IPA. The hop character is earthy, grassy, and muted. A slight lagery sweetness in the middle is somehow simultaneously out of place and apropos.

M: Dry and lightly carbonated. Crisp and delicious, but at times almost watery.

O: As always, interesting. But ultimately unsatisfying. It's refreshing, perhaps, with an unexpected astringent bitterness noticeable only after swallowing, but Hoppy Easter isn't particularly...compelling. Still, good effort. Recommended as a hybrid pils/IPA. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Fux
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best before May 2011. Passed the date for several months, then.

A: Light golden hazy color. Thick head which disappears very slowly in large scattering accumulations of foam.

S: Discreet but fruity. Citruses but also apricots, peach, tangerine, etc. Peppery on the finish.

T: The same fruits that the nose but also a distinctive grape flavor. Behind that, you can taste the announced pils malts. A light bitterness remains on the palate.

M: Highly carbonated. Surprisingly a bit syrupy as an aftertaste. The balance between German malts and American bitter hops makes it a highly drinkable beer.

O: Subtle aromas in this beer, quite unusual (which is an habit for this brewer), but pleasant. The ingredients blending is a nice cultural mix ! (753 characters)

Photo of hoser
2.56/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My review is not going to be popular as I am not impressed by this beer. It has an oaky thin medicinal feel that is not very appealing. This beer is one dimension and seems to taste of Band-Aids. I find this quality to all their beers that are brewed a de Proef even when I had their collaborations brewed with Three Floyd's that were brewed at this Belgian brewery when I went to their bar in Copenhagen. Not for me won't be buying this again and will be checking where each Mikkeller beer is brewed from now on. I have had some outstanding beer from this Gypsy brewer but this isn't one of them. (597 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DIPA territory in betterness. Retained head of a quarter inch on cloudy yellow lemonade coloured body. Hoppy and malty aroma. A bit of a palate shredder, with citrus flavour. Good drinkability. Seemed boozier than it was.Middle mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation. (263 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - fully hazy golden orange, tall white head left random spots of lacing as it dissipated
S - strong hops aromas of orange citrus, with some perfuminess, along with pepper and light yeast
T - citrus quickly moves to a resiny woody domination, some florals come through along with grainy malt
M - big refreshing carbonation kick, juicy with a subtle but lasting hop bitter
O - I'm guessing that the 'german style' aspect of this is the very resiny woody flavour domination, different from many IPA's while being right in the pocket (531 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/9/11

A hazy golden orange with as many bubbles as you could fit in a glass, large three finger head retains very well slowly falling to a finger of foam leaving several partial rings of lace with some random lace on the side

S fruity floral hops with some toffee, apricot and tangerine are the fruits upon further inspection

T some yeast and iced tea on top of what I smell, a little rind in there and some bread crust, fairly earthy overall

M medium bodied with enough carbonation to cream it up a bit without turning it to foam, anymore bubbles and I'd be entering a belching contest

O looks great and not lacking in any area... but not blowing me away in any area either

no reason not to try this, but no reason to go searching for it either. FYI... I did find the beer hidden behind the hop bush at the bottom right corner of the label (lazy bunny) (896 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Weird seeing anything Easter-ish in August...at least it isn't those forsaken chocolate egg ads...

This beer pours a tangentially muddled medium golden colour, with two fingers of thin foamy off-white head, which leaves a multitude of varied lace structures around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of yeasty bitter citrus rind, a bit of breadiness, and a vinous fruit character. The taste is strongly bitter leafy, grassy and to a lesser extent, lemon citrus hops right up front, followed gamely by some pale Belgian-esque malt, and attendant yeastiness, which stymies the perception of any extracurricular alcohol. The carbonation is average, if a bit zippy at first, the body fairly light, and too zingy and pithy to be considered all that smooth. It finishes quite dry, the hops blending together to join the persistent, lurking yeast to seal the deal.

Well, if you had told me that you'd make an American-style IPA, but in Belgium, with some additional central European hops thrown in, this would be what I would have imagined. IPA meets Belgian Pale meets German Pils. Like the Battle of the Bulge, only much more agreeable and tasty. (1,164 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve really come to enjoy the malt profile of Mikkeller IPA’s. I think it has an interesting flavor and one that is very different than most American made IPA’s. A nice change of pace. This one meets this description. Found this at Charleston Beer Exchange and had to grab one.

A hazy amber orange beer is topped with a foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves thick clumps of lace behind.

Aroma is of citrus peel, a touch of yeast and grapes.

The flavor has a distinctive grape flavor as well. Rather interesting. Nice assertive bitterness from front to back. Lots of fruit mid palate. From the aroma I would have expected more yeasty notes, but they really do not make an appearance until the finish. Still getting a touch of spice… perhaps some light white pepper.

Not astringent, but a little dry in your mouth. Pithy perhaps.

A decent little IPA and one that’s different than most. Interesting. Glad I grabbed the bottle. (954 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Farmers' Cabinet.

Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with pale tangerine edges and a frothy two finger soapy white head.  Good retention slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring.  Chunky lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma that is mostly yeast with subtle funk, zesty spice and light fruit.  Not very hoppy and kind of bland.

Medium bodied but on the fuller side with more of a dry Amarillo bitterness up front than the aroma suggests.  Dry and bitter but not too much so, balanced by bready yeast and crisp fruit.  Hints of apple and pear with faint alcohol heat toward finish. (600 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden color and a hazy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, hoppy, lively aroma with this beer.

T: Tasted of bitter hops, a good amount of malt and some citrus thrown in for good measure. Isn't really like an American IPA, but more like a Belgian Pale Ale with a large hop content. Still, it's a tasty beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting beer that's easy to drink. (532 characters)

Photo of sliverX
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented with slightly hazy dark straw colored brew with a thin whisp of white foam
Smells slightly citrus but bigger on the pine but now where near over powering
Taste follows the nose but with a sweet orange flavor coming through and lingering
Mouthfeel is lighter but refreshing a bit drying on the tongue
Overall a good beer nothing to scream from the mountain tops about but still tasty
On tap @ Pizza Plant Walker (424 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Frisco Beer & Tap House in Columbia, MD last night for happy hour.

A - Bright gold, clear, one finger bubbly white head

S - Smells bright and sweet, just a sniff of hops

T - Tastes like a slightly hop forward Belgian pale. Doesn't feel like an IPA to me at all. Very subtle grapefruit notes up front. Dry middle and bitter finish. Not much sweetness until longer after it's gone, the residue on the lips is tasty.

M - Feels medium and creamy in body

O - This is a very drinkable beer. I was surprised at the flavor profile, expecting a much more hop forward brew. This was good, but there are better versions of this style on the market and far better offerings from Mikkeller. Priced at $9 a pour at Frisco will keep me away from it for a while. (774 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a fairly clear copper in the glass (although there where some suspended floaties present), with a finger of tight bright-white head. This retains with a rich and foamy ½ cap that soaps the sides of the glass with heavy cascade of lace. The aroma smells of earth and grass, light spice, and maybe even a tingle of pine in the back. Fruity citric bitterness mingles in the nose with the sweet toasted sugars of the malts.

The taste is a mellow mix of citrus (I'm getting a lot of lemon tartness out of this) and slightly stiff sweet bready grains, which is surrounded on the edges of the profile by a grassy and earthy feel. This finishes with a pithy (and lightly resinous) dryness that sticks in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth light crispness that flows easy enough in the mouth but you can start to feel that higher ABV a bit more the faster you drink this.

Yeah, I don't know. This seemed to be a hybrid of an IPA and hoppy Pilsner but didn't really seem to want to commit to either side and just ended up being kind of "just there" in the end. This is by no means a bad beer here but I've taken a few chances on some of these Mikkeller 12 oz offerings and not one of them seems to be worth the high price IMHO. (1,284 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.11/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Who cares if Easter is three weeks away, let's have an Easter beer. On to the beer:

A small pour generates a lot of foam in the glass. The color is pale orange, heading into the direction of faded yellow. The head is thick and frothy on top, retaining very well. Thw nose has some things to like and some to be worried about; floral, grass, and lemon peel notes are likeable, a distince phenol note in the background is distracting at times.

This is, in respect of taste, suck-a-rific. It's hollow. It's almost like eating a rice cake. There's a little tingle of dried out grass, aspirin pills, some bitterness, and a wave of phenols. Mouthfeel at least is smooth and has texture, though the aftertaste tastes a lot like chewing on aspirin pills.

04/02/2012 is printed on the back label, so logicially the bottle should still be good. Looks like I'll use the flowchart and conclude that Hoppy Easter sucks. I wish I had a gooey Cadbury chocolate egg nearby to rejuventate my tastebuds. (990 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 8/1/10. Thanks to Bryan (wishuwerebeer) for sharing.

12oz brown bottle with a best by date of 4/2/12. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with a thin whisp of white head that receeds fairly fast. Spotty amount of white lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is predominently herbal hops that are a bit grassy in character. Some slight citrus akin to orange and/or lemon rind is notes.

Taste is bitter herbal hops upfront with the grassy and lemony citrus component through the back. There is a minimal amount of grainy malt sweetness that hardly holds up to the bitterness of the hops. However, it does maintain a touch of sweetness that contrasts the lemony bitter citrus aspect of the hops.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Finishes quite drying despite the grainy flavors hinted through the body. Overall not bad but not something I would be upset about if I never got to try again either. (954 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw colour with slight cloudy haze and steady stream of bubbles. Head is white and pockmarked consisently on the top. Sinks slowly, leaving some lovely webs of lacing. Quite nice indeed.

Smell is quite fruity and sweet. A lot of banana to it as well as caramel and vanilla. Quite cakey, really, with some floury overtones. Slight tang rounds it out and imbues it with a freshness, but mostly just nicely sweet.

Tastes quite pleasant. A lot of sweet notes on the front with caramel, vanilla, then gets kind of tangy/fruity with bitter overtones on the mid. Hints of lemon and orange and a hint of banana, maybe some tangerine as well. Slight earthy bitterness late-mid is a very slight off-note, just slightly out of step with the rest, but finishes with good fruity notes and a pleasant, more drawn-out, subtle and refreshing bitterness. Yes all of those things.

A little bit thin on the feel, although there is a slight foamy texture to it. Not bad for the style, but there could be more body and I wouldn't be complaining.

A very nice drinking beer indeed. A very gentle drop, really - soft, sweet flavours that are pleasant and like being dropped into a vat of lightly whipped egg-white. This is the beer your Mother would brew for you when you're ill. (1,275 characters)

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Drikkeriget GIPA from Mikkeller ApS
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