1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by stakem:
3.88/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Review from notes taken on 6/12/10
Green 375ml bottle with a synthetic cork, dating of 14/1/12. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a cloudy amber brown color. Despite the most careful pour, uncorking this bottle made the sediment stir up from the bottom and get stuck in suspension. The head appears a yellowish creamy tan and sticks in patches of lace about the glass.
The aroma of this brew is all hops, mostly citrus and herbal in character with a bit of pine. Some dark notes of carmelized sugar come across with a smell that is almost burnt.
Tasting this brew is all about the hops upfront. Brutally bitter it pierces the tongue and has a drying quality about it that brings out the hop flavors reminescent of pine and herbs. The malt has a dry burnt sugar/caramel like flavor. Both the hop flavor and bitternss is amplified by the alcohol which is readily noticeable in both warmth and astringent taste. The hops finish with an oily feel that lingers in the mouth.
Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation. As it warms, the depth of the hop flavor changes a bit to become more piney and a bit grassy but still quite herbal. The nose however takes on a more complex mixture of sweet smelling fruity hops that are a bit floral and sweet smelling. Very contrasting when you go back in for a sip. Overall not bad.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2010 19:19:01 | More by stakem
More User Reviews:
4.96/5 rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
One badass beer.
Appearance: Nice, a bit hazy amber in colour with a yellowish, thick head that lasted very long.
Aroma: Most double IPA's I've tasted had a very sweet or alcohol aroma, but not this one. Amazing hoppy, citrusy aroma from the bottle and even better from the glass. Very intense.
Taste: Extreme hoppy bitterness, little bit of caramel, resin and earthy flavours. Tons of citrus. No alcohol aftertaste, just how I like it.
Mouthfeel: soft carbonation, medium to high bodied.
Overall: Never have I tasted an IIPA so amazingly good. Best IIPA I've ever had and probably one of the best beers I've had so far.
Enjoyed from a teku glass.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2014 20:07:13 | More by beholder_pl
4.44/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Murky brown with a very light brown head.
S: Nose is a hop bomb with a touch of grass, citrus, and a general citrus/pine hop character.
T: Pineapple, citrus, and malt as well. Sweet malt and citrus are the predominant flavors. It's really not that bitter.
M: Medium bodied, a bit less than average carbonation than your typical IPA.
O: Not what I expected. It's extremely drinkable, not at all the most bitter beer I've ever had.
Serving type: bottle
01-18-2014 18:52:58 | More by BierJager89
3.25/5 rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Not sure how to rate this on a lot of things. Reading some reviews feels like I may have had a different beer (I had this on tap in May 2013) because it was outrageously bitter; dried out my mouth for an hour and took about as long for the flavor to dissipate. That said I enjoyed the taste as I crave this kind of bitterness but I know it’s not enjoyable for most people.
Serving type: on-tap
01-14-2014 04:47:53 | More by smitty4657
2.14/5 rDev -44.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
A full paper cover contains this bottle, which is a 12.7 fl oz green glass (come on, Mikkel!) bottle with appealing fun label art and an unbranded pry-off pressure cap. 9.6% ABV confirmed per the label. Reviewed as an imperial IPA becuase the label clearly identifies it as such. IBU: 1000 (yeah, right). Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Mikkel is my favourite brewer.
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
No liquid surges out upon opening.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger wide head of gorgeous off-white colour. Very creamy and thick. Great even consistency and soft complexion. Retention is good - about 8-9 minutes. Lovely even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a murky opaque brownish caramel. Abundant yeast particles are visible. Not a real appealing colour.
Overall, it's not a flattering appearance for an imperial IPA. I'm optimistic, but it's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.
Sm: Floral hop character, biscuity yeast, pale malts, cream, grapefruit pith, and biscuit malt. Seems pretty bitter, but not particularly hoppy. Bready.
A decent aroma of moderate strength. I can't say I'm real excited to try it based on the aroma.
T: Bready malts, cream, heavy floral hop character, hop bitterness, biscuity yeast, grapefruit pith, and pale malts. It's quite resinous. Unremarkable tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, etc).
More balanced than anticipated, but still a damned mess. Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour,though it does come on quite strong on the climax.
Cohesive, but far from gestalt. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. I can't say I'm a big fan of it. There just isn't a lot going on, and I'm not horribly interested in what is.
At least it's not too soapy.
Honestly, it isn't as bitter as I expected. I've had far more bitter brews, some of which still had more balance than this does.
Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Too thick. Somewhat hot, actually. Okay presence on the palate. Unrefreshing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.
Not gushed, harsh, astringent, or rough.
Dr: Downable but very forgettable. It does hide its ABV fairly well, but it's not up to par with Mikkel's best offerings. Nice to try once, but I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. A bitter bomb with little to offer the discerning drinker. I'm glad I'm splitting this with a friend. Terrible imbalance is its undoing. Coming from my favourite brewer, it's a huge disappointment.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 04:36:19 | More by kojevergas
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