1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.5/5 rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
12.7oz Corked & Caged bottle, wrapped in paper (Nice Presentation)
DATE ON CORK: 14/1/12 (Best Before?)
This pours a very nice looking, golden copper color. The synthetic came out of the bottle without a sound, which kind of scared me. This is nicely carbonated, though. It forms a head of almost one-fingers thickness of dark tan colored foam. This recedes to a spotty surface covering film. The lacing is spotty, but very plentiful and nicely sticky.
I am taken aback and quite pleasantly surprized by the nose on this one. It actually comes across as quite balanced. Loads of hops notes, as expected. Lots of citrus presence along with some very nice floral characteristics. Pineapples, grapefruit, mangoes, peaches, nectarines, limes, oranges, etc. This also has a very nice amount of sweet caramel maltiness to it. Good hints of brown sugars, toffee and sweet cherries.
Wow, this beer is surprising. It is not anywhere near as bitter as I'd prepared myself for it to be. It is actually very nicely balanced, as was alluded to by the nose. The taste follows the nose very closely. There are certainly a whole lot of hops in this beer, but they are very nicely balanced by a sweet malty base that makes the whole thing very tasty.
This beer is full-bodied and has a light-to-mild level of carbonation, which compliments it well. It has a wonderful smoothness to it and a very nice touch of creaminess. This helps it come off as almost velour-like.
On top of all of that, the 9.60%abv is also very nicely hidden. You get just a light hint of warmth on the back side of this, but other than that, I don't even notice it, until it starts to hit me. Very surprisingly drinkable. Yes, I'd like to have more, please.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2010 04:36:57 | More by coldmeat23
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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.