1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by Philousa:
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a tulip on tap at The Refuge on 1/27/12.
Looks strange for a DIPA. Milky milk chocolate with a tan head, which even looks sticky. It looks thick in the body and head. The foam laces well, as one might expect. The aroma is intensely hoppy. Woodsy, earthy and piney. Aggressive. Not much malt, but I'm sure it's hiding behind the hops somewhere. The taste is like drinking a pine tree. Not in a bad way though. Acidic, abrasive, intensely bitter. Tingles the tongue bitter. Again, not much could be detected about the malt bill, but whatever it is it serves well as a stage for the hops. Aftertaste isn't aggressive. Smooths out very well, which surprised me. Thick feel, this has a dry finish.
I would have called this thing Hop Shot. You have to sip it, it's so abrasive. It's not bad though. I knew it was going to try to kill my tastebuds, which is why it was my last beer of the evening. This feels like a man's drink. I like this in the same way someone would enjoy a scotch and soda. I add the soda because it's not just annoyingly hoppy. Mikkeller really smoothed out the aftertaste to make it as drinkable as possible. Still, I wouldn't want more than a glass. Très intéressant.
Serving type: on-tap
01-28-2012 17:13:14 | More by Philousa
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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 587 ratings.