1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 68
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Photo of jooler
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1000 IBU, hell no.
Hoppy and bitter, you bet your sweet ass it is
Any good, meh
Balanced, you bet your sweet ass it's not

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial nonic a cloudy(alot of chunky's and floaties)russet tinged burnt orange with a large fluffy top that settled into a creamy mass leaving a few broken chunks behind.A mix of brown sugar and powerful resinous and earthy hops,the hops are in full effect here no doubt,not much alcohol presence to be had.Dry on the palate,no sugary sweetness like way to many of the style,earthy and resinous,some light brown sugar-like sweetness is there but it dont stand up to the intense drying hoppiness.This beer is no joke,you better like the cones to like this beer,I do and I like it...alot.

Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a beautiful but unusually dark brown color with a gorgeous brown-white head that came up easily and was very delicate.

Smell - This is complicated. Hops are not very aromatic so take a bit of digging to find the right description. There's a light bittering mint aroma and some good citrus, and the citrus is very sweet. I'm getting a lot of spices here especially chili powder and no I just didn't eat a taco.

The malt backbone though is huge. It is very bready with some strong toasty notes and maybe even a little English biscuit. There are tons of malty sugars in here as well. I'd say that, being the purist that I am, the malt was a little big for the hop profile.

Taste - The malts really do dominate this ale. The mix of toasted grain and bready dough highlight the flavor profile. The bittering hops make themselves known but otherwise the hop profile is fairly bland.

Having said that, and having said that you expect great hops from a DIPA, this malt base is amazing and well worth the trip. The bread is incredibly well done and I'd say even maybe the best bread I've found in a DIPA. The toasty flavor is amazing as well. It manages to bring out a powerful toasty flavor without a hint of burntness if that's a word at all. The sugars are of the highest quality as well. It's one of the few times that I've tasted a good baker's style sugar with hints of raw cane to boot. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel - This is the ale's strongpoint IMO. This beer is medium to full-bodied with a light but satisfying carbonation. The smoothness though is beyond reproach. I don't know how to begin to describe it. It feels like someone put a shot of novicane in my tongue before drinking this. The bitterness, which is big but 100% unoffending, somehow smooths out the feel of this ale and the sugars, which aren't overly sweet, played perfect with this bitterness to tone things down and smooth things out. The malt base managed to somehow be intense and harmonious at the same time, and I mean super intense but super harmonious. It is just an incredible mouthfeel and not only deserves a 5.0 rating but is unquestionably the best mouthfeel in a beer I have ever felt. I don't know why Europeans seem to be able to do this so well, but this is a clinic in the art of beermaking right here.

Drinkability - This beer lacked a hop complexity and intensity that I expect from the style which was the only thing keeping me fron doing sumersaults, but otherwise this was an amazing brew that was borderline perfect in every way.

Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured extra slow as to not disturb the sediment. Got some anyway. Deep red color with a creamy white head that really holds on well. Cosmic blasts of bubbles erupting from the bottom of the glass bumping the sediment around.

The nose reminds me of DIPAs that I drank when I first got into hoppy beers. Minty, piney, and grassy as all get out. It's like a floral hop forest with hints of red grapefruit, cranberry, and a touch of dark candi sugar. Solid, though not mind blowing.

At first, it seems to be not all that bitter. Then, on the back of the tongue, it hits. Though it tastes somewhat like a lawnmower blade from time to time, you have those in between moments where you have dried cranberries, prickly pine, and a little bit of litter box as it warms. The mouthfeel is great, the carbonation soft and splendid with a slight chalkiness on the back of the tongue. The finish is dry and quite bitter, surely, as the name implies. I'm not sure what else to expect.

I drank the bottle without issue, but I definitely need a glass of water. A great treat for a hophead.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep hazy red brown pour with a creamy light tan head that leaves sticky lacing in its wake. Big dense bready / caramel malt backbone alongside a blast of piney resinous hops. Earthy and herbal it's a bit of an odd hop profile. Somewhat fruity as well in there.

First sip brings a sweet candy inflected malt upfront with a bready caramel backbone and decent sweetness. Big piney, resinous hops kick in a bring a blast of bitterness. Flows down with lingering earthy, herbal hop tones and a long puckering bitter kick. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Good mellow carbonation throughout. Goes down pretty smooth and really this is not as bitter as I was hoping. Nowhere near 1000 IBU, not that it is even possible. Fairly drinkable, sorta like an imperial barleywine. Glad to have checked it out.

Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy with sediment, amber in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops

Taste: sweet caramel with pine hops in the background. some floral hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a bitter background..really bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: I do like the caramel and pine taste. This is a sipper and I want this again, but only one per tasting.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is strong caramel with some pine and citrus notes. It smells like a barleywine. The flavor is a strong mix of pine and caramel. There are also some resiny hops. The tastes is similar to a hoppy barleywine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Mizfit019
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring this beer into my snifter the aroma hit me instantly, deliciously resiny and floral. The taste followed suit with semi-sweet piney and floral notes. Appearance is very cloudy and inviting.

The only quarrel I have with this beer is the label of 1000 IBU's. Is this for real???
Overall I enjoy this beer very much (just not the price tag at almost $14.00 for 12.7 oz) It is definitely worth it to try just once.

Photo of Two40addict
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bursting with flavor, very enjoyable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came out a murky brown, minimal head. Overpowering vegetal hop aroma out of this one, lots of pine to it.

Taste, again, that vegetable hop flavor, maybe it was the green bottle, but this one just seemed to be so plant like in its taste, plenty of hops for sure, very sweet, I guess they had to use tons of malt to give any semblance of balance to something like this. The overall mouthfeel of it does not lend itself to be something 'uber hoppy' I think I've had plenty of beers with a bigger hop mouthfeel than this. Lots of caramel and toffee with this one.

Comes off at times more reminiscient of a barleywine, but definitely one with a big hop edge, not your traditional English barleywine.

$12 at St. James Infirmary in Reno, a decent price given that it was $10 in stores when I've seen it. Nonetheless, it piqued my curiosity, now that I've had it, I doubt I'll be revisiting it. Was a pretty cool bottle to shoot though, pretty thick.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a surprisingly opaque dark copper color (both the opaque and dark parts were surprising, just to clarify) with a one-finger off-white head. The head slowly recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright pine hops with hints of underlying citrus and robust caramel malts.

Tastes good. Grainy caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors soften a bit allowing more citrus flavors however a strong bitterness also kicks in. The bitterness intensifies through the end, leaving a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a real nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was surprised by this beer, it's really more of an American barleywine than an AIPA. Call it whatever you want but it's worth a shot.

Photo of coryking
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle into a pint glass.

Beautiful honey colored ale. Nice head from the high alcohol.

I can smell this beer from across the room! All of the hops you would expect. Mangoes, pineapples, grapefruits, pine, earth, lemon zest, resin.

Exquisite flavor. May be one of my more favorite IPAs now, which is tough to say! Awesome balance between the hops and malt. Obviously, you cant taste 1000 IBUs, so its not really overpowering on the palate. More citrus fruit and sweetness that just a bitter hop bomb. Enjoyable!

Mediumish mouthfeel with the higher alcohol. Pairs nicely with the carbonation and the juicy hops.

Great brew, I recommend trying it!!

Photo of BlazerT
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep, dark amber with medium, densed, white head. Great lacing. Good head retention. Aroma is mainly pine, resin and grassy, also in the background some floral and tropical fruits notes. Taste is very bitter, balanced with good malty backbone. In flavour again resin, pine and grassy accents. Aftertaste is long and very bitter. Medium body, thick texture, soft carbonation, Finsih is semi-dry, long and bitter. I'd say very long. In overall very balanced, hopped DIPA.

Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 paper-wrapped bottle. Inside, on the actual label, the creepy detached-arm 'hops thief' that I remember from the barrel-aged version of this offering. And though only in Danish, the ingredient list plays amusingly off of an old trope: "Hops, something, hops, malt, hops, something, hops". Ha.

This beer pours a muddy, dishwater 'golden' brown hue, with three fingers of foamy, rising, cascading beige head, which does a decent Guinness imitation, before giving way to some pervasive Swiss cheese lace around the breadth of the glass.

It smells of bitter, fresh, outdoorsy pine resin, bittersweet citrus peel, and bursting at the tethers caramel/toffee malt. The taste is sweet, almost sugary caramel/vanilla cream, and not to be underestimated tongue-scrape worthy pine and citrus hops, each bobbing and weaving to assume a temporary topside position in this war of palate attrition (and perhaps fatigue), one which I willingly sign onto, as if coerced by an Uncle Sam sign. Oh, and the damned-near 10 points of booze sneakily show no signs of themselves, at least at this point.

The carbonation is present, but nice and reserved, the body a sturdy medium weight, and as smooth as possible, given those meddling hop stragglers. It finishes surprisingly less hoppy than expected, save the bitterness, which goes somewhat herbal, all amongst a drain-circling malt.

Hmmm. While a hell of an agreeable DIPA, I just don't get this marketing pap claim of a nice round 1000 IBUs. Ten times as hoppy as the equivalently bitter offerings I've thus encountered? Not a chance, so overall points deducted for shitty snakeoilsmanship. One well 'balanced' big-ass DIPA, all sides represented? Hell yes. Discuss at will - Imma gonna go and finish this bad boy, woe that there isn't more of it.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes 3/12/11. Thanks to THECPJ for splitting this one.

A: Pours a dark orange with lots of sediment and floaties. Fortunately, most of the sediment was left inside the bottle. A huge 2.5 finger white head formed and had great retention with spotty lacing.

S: Was expecting some overpowering citrus hops, but the aroma was floral and piney. A decent sized caramel malt backbone aroma comes in at the end.

T: Lots of oily hops, not overly bitter though. Dominated by the hops as expected, but there is a sizeable malt component to keep everything in check..sort of.

M: Had a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, extremely dry though, felt like it was sucking the moisture out of my mouth.

O: Not as much of a hop bomb as I was expecting, especially based on the name. Definitely unique, and overall pretty good. Glad to have had it, but probably won't pick it up again due to the price point.

Photo of Stigs
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle, served in a 12oz tulip

A - pours slowly witha solid inch and a half of tight and creamy, light tan colored foam. the beer is hazy, with floating chunks of what I would assume to be hop/yeast matter, dark amber in color. covers at least half of the glass in sticky lace.

S - abundant amount of sweet caramel and toffee, hops barely come into play near the second half bringing some dank pine and grass.

T - very sweet, caramel and honey covered bread. hops are present, overtaking by the end with a massive amount of wet pine, pineapple, and melon. some notes of tobacco, spicy yeast, and toasted nuts through the finish.

M - big, thick body with light playful (albeit thin) carbonation. both syrupy coating and slick going down, finishes with lingering pungent bitterness. minor alcohol burn livens the mouth and warms the body.

D - well, this might have suffered from a little bit of age but its not an over the top hop bomb as I was expecting. though, it is nicely balanced, bordering that hopped up barleywine territory...and doing it well.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green label, green bottle, very appropriate for bringing what promises to be an insane amount of the great green flower...but 1000 IBU, eh? Yeah right...

The head is immediately remarkable...a big, bountiful, fluffy, creamy thing, light tan in color. Liquid is fantastic too: deep burnt orange, and nearly opaque from what I can only guess is a serious hop haze, a hop-steeped fog of catastrophic proportions. Or something.

The nose? Perfect. It radiates hop intensity. It's like going face down into a pile of green sticky marijuana buds, this is intensely flowery, herbal beyond description, citric in some way but more on the piney side. Serious, serious, serious stuff.

Flavor-wise, this is way more balanced than expected. I was thinking this would be a tongue-ripper, and while it's beautifully bitter, and even though it twists the tongue up pretty good, it's not a ripper on the order of Moylan's Hopsickle (the standard-bearer of awesomely unbalanced double IPAs). Pineapple comes in but is wiped out by citrus rind, resin of some ridiculous mutant pot strain, airy caramel/toffee malt balance, and more pine. Pungency is a big part of the flavor, in a good way, like a crazy stinky cheese. Bitter, but flowery and herbal and citric and piney and...pretty much heaven for the hophead. There's something about it that doesn't register a total 5/5 jackpot for me, but I'm not complaining either.

The flavor is so demanding that the texture almost went by unnoticed. But it's a good one, scoring big for not being overly sticky or thick. It's hardly even what I would call creamy, something I usually want in a double IPA. Rather, it holds back and remains slick and buoyant and utterly smooth, which allows the hops to shine brightly.

West coast overload...from Denmark/Belgium! Even if this was 1000 IBU, scientists say we can't detect BU beyond 100 or so...it's like releasing a song boasting "the highest note ever!" It could technically be there, but we couldn't hear it. Despite my pessimism, there is no doubt that this is one of the great hop-tastic beers of all time. I regret not buying more than one, but I did purchase this at the most expensive beer store in Philadelphia (The Foodery) so I'll remind myself of my good excuse next time I'm longing for this incredible piece of liquid art.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into pint glass
A- Dark copper. You can't see through this beer. Head is about 1-2 fingers, tan. Lots of sediment.
S - Super hop bomb-pine. A bit like fresh Zombie Dust
T- You get what you smell- hop bomb! Tons of hops on hops. Pine and resin.
M- Smooth and drinkable
O- I know you should judge a beer on its own merits, but this reminded me of a mix of Zombie Dust and Daisy Cutter. Both amazing beers. The is a very good hop bomb.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to rudge75 at Half Pints for this.

Pours a dark cloudy orange. Nice thick head.

Pine on the nose. Not as "jump up and slap your face" as I was expecting.

Shockingly drinkable. I have to say I was a little bit scared, but it's really not as undrinkable as you would think. Pine right through to the end, but a nice helping of caramel to balance everything out. It's in the finish that you get that bitterness punch and it lasts until you clear it out.

Thick like syrup, contribues to the overall resinous experience.

A novelty, but not bad.

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for splitting this bomber with me.

Pours a cloudy, brownish amber with some orange hue. There is a foamy, brownish head that sits atop this brew that has good retention. The nose has notes of baked apples, citrus, bread, caramel, and it's a bit musty. The flavor is complex; orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, herbal, bread, sweet, hints of dark fruit, pineapple, alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a nice beer, but not nearly as bitter as the name may lead you to believe. It has great flavor though a bit unbalanced at times. It's also a bit sweet, but it does showcase every aspect that hops can provide. If you're a hop head, you should check it out.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish amber, cloudy. No head or lace.

It's at least 4 months old, smells like faint hops, and quite raisiny. Very pleasant. Vegetal in a way, like green bell peppers.

Piney, honey and raisin, like Christmas if Christmas were a taste. Like really, really dry fruitcake. There are hops of course, and spicy ones. It's not actually bitter at this point, but it's very good.

Slightly light, decent. Not extraordinary.

It's quite nice even for a non-hop-lover. But it's a bit old, so maybe not as it 'should' be.

Photo of mikey711
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy bronze color. Not much transparency, but it was bottle conditioned, The head was very nice and fluffy and about an inch thick, the bubbles could have been a bit more compact, but the retention was good as was the lacing.

S: Very nice citrus aroma, although not punch you in the face strong citrus. There are hints of apricot, mango, pineapple along with a mild pininess and some caramal. Definitely more of a west cost IPA

T: It starts off slightly sweet with the caramel until the hops thuroughly take over. First is a way of piney grapfruit bitterness. It then transitions to a wave mild wave of citrus fruit before going back to a finishing grapefruit and pine hoppiness. The hop bite is quite intense, but in no respects overhelming. The hop profile seemed to change as this one got a bit warmer and the more I drank it as the citrus notes became more prevalent

M: There is a slight bit of heat, but it is mostly covered up by the hops. Also the lingering bitterness is quite enjoyable and there really isnt a harsh rough feel of note

D: Very happy to have tried this one, and the theoretical 1000 IBUs is rather amusing. It went down pretty easy, but probably not a good IPA to give to a beginner, but if you love hops like I do, it is a must try

Photo of cjacobsen
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brown with a white frothy head on it that had decent retention.

The smell was earthy and very green. A lot of pine, hops, and some alcohol.

The taste was bitter and very hoppy, but I actually expected more, not that I was disappointed. It had a lot of pine and grass taste to it, almost like a farmhouse ale mixed with a crapload of hops and bittering oils. It wasn't a bad taste, but nothing out of this world.

It was pretty smooth for what it was. The carbonation was evident and the bitterness helped to take bites out here and there but it wasn't at all bad.

This beer, to me anyway, seemed like a novelty act. It wasn't a bad brew and definitely worth a try, but it's nothing I would go out of my way to get again. I enjoy Mikkeller and commend them on the attempt and great lengths that they were shooting for on this one.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork was a beast to remove

pour is deep copper with hits of red. massive 2 inch head. tons of lacing and crazy retention.

for a 1000 IBU's, the scent was light. light citrus and pine with emphasis on bitterness.

tons of earthy resin bitterness up front. a bit of sweetness kicks in and brings it down a notch. and finally the bitter pine flavor kicks in to finish this off. light malt backbone. this is quite balanced actually. very enjoyable.

not as thick as i had anticipated. almost light and sweet. very easy drinking and refreshing.

very drinkable overall. the price kind of sucks at $12 for a 375ml and the 9.6% ABV is a bit high. flavor though makes it easy to drink though, VERY easy.

Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. WAAAAY overpriced at $14, but the hype sucked me in.

Pours dirty, muddy amber-brown with a small lasting white head. Looks sludgy and sedimenty, not attractive.

Aroma is pretty nice, with citrusy and piney hops as well as a little caramel. I'm getting more like 80-100 IBU here, not 1000.

Flavor is decent. Not as good as I expected, and hell, not as hoppy. That's because 1000 IBU is way over the amount that's even possible in a beer, so the premise of this is sort of a joke. Citrusy, piney, and resinous hops, and a surprising amount of caramel malt poking through. Pretty bitter, but not outstandingly so.

Medium-full bodied and mildly palate-wrecking, although I've had other beers wreck my palate a lot more. Sort of a letdown.

Overall, what did you expect? It's a silly gimmick, and I'm just not a huge fan of silly gimmick beers these days. It should probably score higher than this, but I'm judging this against what Mikkeller purported this beer to be: a 1000 IBU double IPA. Basically the hoppiest, craziest thing ever. Frankly, it fails at this. It's hoppy, but I've had hoppier.

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1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.