1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by Dope:
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Interestingly enough, a green bottle - except it's wrapped in opaque paper to prevent light penetration. Nice touch.
A: A very murky sort of amber/orange pour. Large off-white fluffy head. Retention is great. Lacing is decent.
S: I can smell it from the glass multiple feet away. Hop A-Bomb. Having said that, it's not the king of strong aromas. I think it's probably not 100% fresh. Fresh Hopsickle or Ruination or Devil Dancer is stronger.
Anyway, mostly pine resin with a strong grapefruit presence. Good pineapple too. Get some lemons too. Mango? Apricot? The whole family is here. Surprisingly strong caramel malt too - not that it's overpowering, it's just that I'm surprised I can smell it at all.
T: Wow, hop flavor is a lot stronger than the smell. It's pure oily, resinous hop juice. As mentioned above, lots of pineapple, mango, apricot and grapefruit. A bit of pine on the back end. Surprising sweetness bursts through and balances out very nicely. Hops are so strong, regardless, that it actually hurts my teeth. It's honestly delicious despite the strength.
M: Pretty heavy, quite drying.
O: I expected this to just be an unpalatable experiment in bitterness. But it's actually quite good! If you can get past the toothache it's a huge, juicy fruit bomb that is shockingly relatively balanced (if there were such a thing).
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2012 07:04:22 | More by Dope
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4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
So what would 1000 Ibu's taste like, feel like, or smell like? It turns out that the end result is the ultimate resin taste and sticky-dry texture but the grassy and woody character adds woodsy rustic and charm.
Darker than the common IPA, its garnet hues lead straight into the beer's toffee and biscuity start. But that's all overcome when the dominance of hops set in quickly. Citrus, pine and fresh-cut grass swirl about the olfactories while those supporting caramel and maple sweetensses struggle to contend.
White sharp grapefruit ribs, tea-like herb, dried bitter orange, shaven sassafras, sawdust, and pecan all begin to sculpt the bulk of taste while a deep drying sensation sets in. Despite its "imperial status, the reckless abundance of hops bullies its way toward bitter dominance and chases all sweet balances away; much like standard American IPA
Diving unapologetically into a resiny, earthy, and stemmish finish- the way the beer closes is uncomfortably dry and spicily heated, but still tantalizingly peppery and controlled. Its unique taste is balanced like IPA but at elevated alcohol which shouldn't happen with such harmony, but yet it does.
Though the taste bogs down with its own seeping dankness, and rootish quality; this ale rivals the most bitter beers that have ever been tasted.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 16:11:22 | More by BEERchitect
1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.