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1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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603 Ratings
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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 57
Gots: 52 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010)
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Reviews by CHickman:
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New York

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a very cloudy dark orange brown/amber color with a ton of huge sediment chunks floating in it, a 2 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles that faded very slowly, leaving good spotty lacing and rings as it went down. This may been the winner of the coveted most crap floating in the beer poured from a bottle award.

Smells of juicy citrus and hops up front, with pineapple, mango, orange, guava, sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, brown sugar, dark fruit, light herbs, floral hops, syrup, biscuit, and more sweet hops like wet citra hops were dropped in the glass. Pungent hop nose that is powerful and inviting, but the graham cracker sweetness adds balance to the piney and citrus notes that come out aggressive but then settle down. The hop sweetness hides the ABV in the nose, allowing the caramel essence to shine as well. It was a shock that this did not just smell like a hop, and the malt presence was very nice.

Tastes just about like it smells, very sweet and hoppy up front, but with distinct booze kicking in unlike the aroma. The flavor is a blend of citrus hops, pine cone/piney hops, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, guava, lemon, sweet malt, caramel, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, dark fruit like plum and cherry, light herbs, floral hops, syrup, butter and more sweet hoppy notes that trail off with the bitterness to be expected; it is a very sweet beer, with strong piney and citrus hops, but the malt and booze (almost like rum) tamed the hops, adding more sweetness and some balance while driving down the bitterness. It is bitter, but not that bitter for a DIPA. The juicy hops and malty balance made this somewhat drinkable for such a heavy beer.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and buttery, with a chewy, heavy body, mild carbonation and a very sweet and slightly bitter finish. Not 1000 IBU bitter.

This was a roll of the dice and I knew this could have been a world class winner or a train wreck based on the title and high IBU expectations, but overall I found it much less bitter than expected, more malt balanced in every way and a little less hoppy than I hoped for and expected. It's not too bad, but it did not overly impress me either. There are plenty of other IPA’s and DIPA’s that I’d drink before I got this again, and the very expensive price locks this in as a one time beer for me. It was good, and I bought this because I really like this brewer but it was not the hop-bomb I thought that it would be.

02-14-2013 04:35:52 | More by CHickman
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

02-02-2011 22:58:14 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

08-07-2010 02:41:14 | More by RoyalT
Photo of brownbeer


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

04-02-2010 03:29:46 | More by brownbeer
Photo of trail77

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +28.9%

06-06-2012 03:45:09 | More by trail77
Photo of tbryan5


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-18-2013 11:30:06 | More by tbryan5
Photo of BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-21-2012 00:42:36 | More by BenTherHppedThat
Photo of joemetric


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-10-2014 18:38:57 | More by joemetric
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.15/5  rDev +7%

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.

06-19-2010 04:22:52 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of OSUHopHead

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-10-2012 03:17:48 | More by OSUHopHead
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-21-2013 03:54:48 | More by SuperbikeShaun
Photo of tigg924


3.88/5  rDev 0%

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.

05-24-2010 18:14:00 | More by tigg924
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

06-01-2010 04:28:18 | More by Mora2000
Photo of JupiterJesus


5/5  rDev +28.9%

01-10-2012 23:23:45 | More by JupiterJesus
Photo of Marius


4.5/5  rDev +16%

07-11-2014 18:09:50 | More by Marius
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-05-2014 13:15:55 | More by innominat
Photo of jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-10-2012 01:49:11 | More by jaminjohnson
Photo of standardcherry


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-04-2012 06:19:55 | More by standardcherry
Photo of Mizfit019


4.72/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

01-12-2012 23:52:16 | More by Mizfit019
Photo of virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-20-2012 23:29:22 | More by virinow
Photo of JeffNev


1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

05-09-2013 00:59:16 | More by JeffNev
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-08-2013 18:50:45 | More by fionn13
Photo of doremite


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-01-2013 21:33:52 | More by doremite
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

12-15-2010 23:58:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of glid02


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

04-08-2010 04:42:33 | More by glid02
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