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1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 276
Hads: 730
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 25.84%
Wants: 76
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010

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Photo of beholder_pl
4.96/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mikkeller 1000 IBU

Appearance: Caramel, medium head, and great lacing.

Smell: HOPS! and spices.

Taste: Malty hop goodness!

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth

This is a MUST try if you like IPAs. It is hopilicious and beautifully balanced. It has this great lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Netdigger2
4.87/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

II had this on tap at Barley's in Greenville and decided I needed to make my first review.

It pours out a deep bronze with a bit of a copper tint around the edges. Decent carb and a 1" bleach white head with little lace.

The smell is very citrusy with a hint of pine and lemon zest.

The taste is overwhelmingly bruising bitter. The hops take over with a dryness that lingers well after. There are some floral notes, but they quickly are subdued by the citrus and piney HUGE hop presence. It is very acidic and to me, a massive hophead, pleasing. The malt used is very hard to detect, but I'd imagine a bit of maris otter, honey and acidulated resin as the base of this.

The mouthfeel is difficult to determine with the lingering bitterness, but I suspect this beer to have a lot of unfermented residual sugar that makes the hop stick to your palate long after the beer is gone.

Overall, this is an amazing DIPA second only to Hopslam in my opinion, solely because it ruined my Sculpin that I had immediately after. I literally tasted it for a solid 15 minutes after leaving the restaurant. Try this beer on tap, I'd imagine it would be fresher- rinse your mouth out after.

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Photo of korguy123
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6721011 (stamped on the back of the bottle; bottling date?)

A- Hazy burnt toffee colored pour. Three finger soapy light tan head. Slowly recedes to finger width cap that just clings to the glass.

S- Bitter floral right off the bat. Resinous pine, juicy grapefruit, mandarin. Slight buttery note. Slight cat urine hiding in the back. Sweet malt backing and nice roundness.

T- Wow... Pure hop kick. Just bitter, no floral pine or fruit. Just straight bitter. Smooth malt sweetness just before the dry bitter onslaught commences.

M- Medium bodied, chewy at first, quickly jumps into overdrive and dries your mouth out like sand paper.

O- Bitter and glorious, dry and wonderful. Just hoppy bliss. Not nearly as sweet as I intended it would have to be.

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Photo of crossovert
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz green bottle, corked, caged, and covered in paper. Very nice packaging.

Served very lightly chilled (15 min in fridge). It pours into my American pint glass a thick brownish orange/red with an abundance of hop bits floating around. I alwasy love the appearence of the unfiltered DIPAs. THe head is huge, off-white, and foamy. It sticks for a long time and slowly receds with some very nice lacing.

The smell is really good, I'm sure if it were colder it would be less fragrant but this is exquisite. Of course there is some simcoe in there which I love. It is piney, perfumey, citrusy, and intensely concentrated. It is a pure hop aroma.

This beer is dynamite on the taste buds, it is about as bitter as you can get with a decent malt backing. The simcoe stars again here. I really enjoyed Mikkeller's single hop simcoe and Weyerbachers Unfiltered Double Simcoe, but this one takes the cake. If you love this hop variety you will love this beer. The hop flavor coats the mouth like a resin. The hops are just so over the top but yet tamed by the thin but sweet maltiness. It is like drinking Simcoe juice.

If you like the bitter feeling pounding in your mouth this one is for you. To me it is extremely drinkable both for the alcohol percentage (which has no presence in the mouth) and the style in general. I am a sucker for the Simcoe.

This beer has a gimmicky cloak, yes it is 1000 ibus theoretically, but it is also a fantastic take on the DIPA. The brewer specifically stated that it was meant to show how an extreme beer can be a drinkable and enjoyable one. It is too bad it is so expensive and rare, otherwise it would easily be a go to DIPA along with Pliny and Hopslam.

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Photo of ndolover
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Copenhagen, which I liked slightly better. However, this review is from the bottle.

A: Tawny light brown with golden highlights. rocky off white head sits atop and dissapates to a small 1 cm collar.

S: Wonderful tropical fruit aromas: Pinapple, mango, passionfruit hit the nose up front, some traditional bready malt notes poke trhough as it warms. Some cheesy hops and west coast hops are present as well. Nelson, Simcoe, cascade are noted. The aroma stays up front like a persistent perfume...IT WILL NOT PASS!!! =)

T: Many of the same notes from the aroma. Passionfruit, pinapple, grapefruit...Nelson and Simcoe hops. Marris malts? Some bread notes. Well balanced malt and hop profiles...but this is a hop bomb! Bitterness does well to work with the malt.

M: Not astringent at all..well executed with the alcohol as it is not overpowering with the hops, no fusels noted. Well cabonated, medium mouthfeel
O: This is a great hop bomb...is it to style DIPA? Maybe not, but who cares! The upfront aroma and late boil hops of a Bell's Two hearted with the back of the mouth cheese and fruit bitterness of a Surly Furious! For those all about hop bombs...don't miss this well executed beer!

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Photo of Mizfit019
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a 375ml bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big 3+ finger thicker looking off-white head with great retention. Auburn brown or rosewood read in color, which is a little darker than most in the style, with a bit of carbonation and a few floaties in there. Head fades slowly to a thick foam cap leaving some immediate lacing. A good film remains and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. A good looking uniquely colored double India.

SMELL: Pale and caramel malts in there, with touches of pineapple. Lots of floral hops and heaps of grapefruit aromas. Pretty big nose on this, and it's not nearly as one dimensional as I thought it would be. It even smells like it'll be bitter.

TASTE: If you like extreme beer, this is your bag. Obviously not 1000 IBU, as that's just the name of the beer, not the actual value. On the first sip, bitterness comes at you in waves. When you think it's all there, the next wave hits. There is some caramel malt sweetness and toffee notes up front, but this is all quickly swept aside in preparation for the assault. Floral hops and lots of bitter pine and grapefruit splash down through the middle and into the finish. The aftertaste is very bitter and full of piney and citrus hop notes. It's huge and lingers for eternity. I could still taste the last sip with the hop residue hours after it was done. Holly bitter shit. A bit of booze in there works well too. Massive, and very impressive.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and oily slick with a bit of a bite at the end. Finishes nicely mouth-coating. Great feel on this one.

OVERALL: I can understand why some people don't like extreme beer. This was just a whole lot of stuff thrown into a bottle, but at the same time, it is the extreme beer fan's wet dream. If you like big, bold, massive examples of extreme beer, this one will not disappoint. This was probably the most bitter beer I've ever had; the bitterness just wouldn't quit stomping me into the ground. What was even more impressive is that there were other nuances, aromas and flavors to complement the beer as well. A masterpiece of extremity. Another gem from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green label, green bottle, very appropriate for bringing what promises to be an insane amount of the great green flower...but 1000 IBU, eh? Yeah right...

The head is immediately remarkable...a big, bountiful, fluffy, creamy thing, light tan in color. Liquid is fantastic too: deep burnt orange, and nearly opaque from what I can only guess is a serious hop haze, a hop-steeped fog of catastrophic proportions. Or something.

The nose? Perfect. It radiates hop intensity. It's like going face down into a pile of green sticky marijuana buds, this is intensely flowery, herbal beyond description, citric in some way but more on the piney side. Serious, serious, serious stuff.

Flavor-wise, this is way more balanced than expected. I was thinking this would be a tongue-ripper, and while it's beautifully bitter, and even though it twists the tongue up pretty good, it's not a ripper on the order of Moylan's Hopsickle (the standard-bearer of awesomely unbalanced double IPAs). Pineapple comes in but is wiped out by citrus rind, resin of some ridiculous mutant pot strain, airy caramel/toffee malt balance, and more pine. Pungency is a big part of the flavor, in a good way, like a crazy stinky cheese. Bitter, but flowery and herbal and citric and piney and...pretty much heaven for the hophead. There's something about it that doesn't register a total 5/5 jackpot for me, but I'm not complaining either.

The flavor is so demanding that the texture almost went by unnoticed. But it's a good one, scoring big for not being overly sticky or thick. It's hardly even what I would call creamy, something I usually want in a double IPA. Rather, it holds back and remains slick and buoyant and utterly smooth, which allows the hops to shine brightly.

West coast overload...from Denmark/Belgium! Even if this was 1000 IBU, scientists say we can't detect BU beyond 100 or so...it's like releasing a song boasting "the highest note ever!" It could technically be there, but we couldn't hear it. Despite my pessimism, there is no doubt that this is one of the great hop-tastic beers of all time. I regret not buying more than one, but I did purchase this at the most expensive beer store in Philadelphia (The Foodery) so I'll remind myself of my good excuse next time I'm longing for this incredible piece of liquid art.

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Photo of johndakar
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. tulip

Pours a perfect 1.5 inch creamy off-yellow head.
Nice rich coppery brown color.
Hops hops hops! I'm smelling American aroma hops (Centennial, Amarillo and Simcoe come to mind).
Malt balances the hop bitterness nicely (though it is a hop-forward beer).
Not so much an astringent bitterness as a spicy, late lingering burn.


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Photo of Ellis1701
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the amount of hops, this is a surprisingly balanced beer. Not overly sweet (the way hops are normally balanced)...just very drinkable. Not the kick-in-the-teeth hops experience I was expecting...and that was, in a way, kind of a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller 1000 IBU, 12.7-oz bottle bought at Oak Tree in South Plainfield, New Jersey, for god-knows-how-much-but-a-lot-for-sure.

Dark green bottle, sort of a Heineken color. Corked (very difficult to pop open) and wrapped. Whatever it takes to make it more appealing and expensive...

Appearance: Served in my goddamn Sierra snifter, 1000 IBU pours like champagne, light and happy, producing a beautiful one-finger head of a nuanced chestnut/color. Exceptional retention (head lingers) and lacing. An outrageous amount of sediment floats at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Very hot and boozy. Malty! Reminds me of Flying Dog Double Dog and Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, that nourishing bready cookie-like pungent aroma. Some citrus hops too, cooked and musty. Not fresh hops. Like canned pineapple juice exposed to the sun and baked slightly.

Taste: An extreme bitterness takes over the mouth. No, actually it attacks and conquers the mouth, then the brain and the whole body. It made me shake! Puckering as fuck. Massively hoppy, with a dry and bitter finish that hurts so good. And a ton of malt to go with the hops. Not much else, though. One-dimensional but brutally delicious, if you like it strong and bitter. Again, I am reminded of Double Simcoe and Double Dog.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor, medium carbonation. Hot and prickly, did I mention the bitterness? Packs a punch and then some. Super dry- have some water nearby! The hops stay with you forever, sticking like glue to the tongue.

Overall: I like this one a whole-cone hop-a lot. Particularly when it warms up, the full effect of the theoretical 1000 IBU shows up. Immensely drinkable to boot, even at room-temp. Very well balanced. I do not see all that barleywine-like sweetness a lot of reviewers pick up.

I have never had a beer that makes me shake from the utter bitterness! If it weren't so pricey, I'd buy another one (or two or three).

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Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cork dated 1 /01/12

A: Pours an absolutely beautiful, toasted-orange/caramel brown color that's completely cloudy. Topping this is about two full fingers of creamy, meringue-like, khaki colored head that retains for ages and leaves sheets and ropes of sticky lace behind. Loads of suspended sediment.

S: Incredible hop aroma. Runs the gamut from pine, to mango, pineapple, clementine, and grass clippings. Rich maltiness rears its' head with aromas of caramel, vanilla, and pie crust (!). Alcohol is obviously present, but mainly in the background.

T: The flavor follows the aroma very closely with the exception being the alcohol. Alcohol is more obvoious here in the taste with it taking on subtle minty qualities. Pine, caramel, and tropical fruit are the big players.

M: Quite slick and smooth with big stickiness. Resinous pine and alcohol are the big contributors to the perception of the supposed 1000 IBU's. Although the alcohol is there, I didn't find it to be intrusive in the least.

D: What can I say? This beer really wowed me. I was expecting a raw-assed sawblade hop bomb of a DIPA. And it mostly delivered. Thankfully the raw, hotness I expected was tempered by the balancing maltiness. Thank you Mikkel, thank you!

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Imperial IPA from a 375ml bottle into a pint glass. This IPA poured a cloudy orangeish color, produced a thick tannish head, and it featured above average retention and off the charts lacing. The aroma of this IIPA is full of hops. Everything I would expect with the name 1000 IBU- Despite all of the hop citric and piney aroma there is a nice bit of caramel malt that comes through. Medium bodied, a baseline fresh baked bread gives way to Piney ( and I mean Piney), citrus flavor. This is a very bitter brew, and i will add that the bitterness just does not show up for a moment and abruptly leave- the bitter flavor sticks to your mouth and throat almost the same way as its lacing sticks to the pint glass. (A LONG TIME) This is the most "bitter" IPA i have sampled thus far.Finishes dry, warming alcohol effect as you swallow. Excellent session beer,for anyone who loves hops....I suggest that you must try this. Shot out to my boy the St. Charles Whisker Biscuit for picking this up for me.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well this was an unexpected one. I fell in love with this beer, and will hopefully be able to pick some more up soon. It is intense, and is one of the closest beers to Pliny the Younger that I have experienced to date. Its still not as good, but cured my hop craving for a bit.

The appearance is a cloudy murky orange, with a darker amber brown heart. The head is fluffy and sticks around for the entire tasting. This thing is awesome looking and has the thickest oily legs that leave their mark. It also has a medium amount of lacing. The head is almost gooey, never really leaving and just staring you in the face. It is not clear at all, but still oily and thick. The bubbles from the carbonation struggle to make their way up, which reminds me of Younger.

The smell is like falling into a pile of pine needles. Pine, caramel, sugars, mary jane, and more pine. Beautiful.

The taste just soaks into your palate and wreaks havoc. Incredible hop bitterness paired with sweet caramel malts is just divine. Lots of hop pine, with some bitterness makes me think of chewing on that wet hop cone that one time...

Mouthfeel just kills everything that you have in your mouth. It destroys the palate with its oily hop bite. Incredibly drinkable, but a bit expensive. This beer was surprisingly good. Well done.

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Photo of dankbrew21
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice bottle presentation. Wrapped in green paper with similar bottle design. Cork under wire cage. What appears to be a date printed on the cork 14/01/12.

A- Hazy orangish/brown color. Good two finger head with lots of lacing.

S- Smells like hops! Like a fresh, wet hop field. Plenty of citrus and a good sweet malt presence. Ripe grapefruit.

T- I don't know about 1000 IBU but definitly a great hop base. Well balanced IMO. Super balnced, with plenty of bitterness and hoppy goodness to qualify as an IIPA. Starts out Sweet and bitter followed by the creamy malt background. Leaves a stingy sweet after taste. Alcohol is there but blends well with all the flavors. Not sure if this one lives up to the hype but for sure a well constructed beer that deserves much respect.

D- Very drinkable and enjoyable. A pricy beer that I would not mind buying again. Yum.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked and caged green bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a really murky dark brown hazy as all hell with a thin off white head that's barely a finger. Dissipates almost instantly leaving some decent sticky lacing.

S- Nice pine and earthy hop aroma up front followed by a strong malt background. More caramel and almost barley wine style malts. Slight alcohol in the nose but not bad at all. Due to this brews age i think it's starting to lose a lot of it's hop presence but they are definitely still there.

T- Wow maybe i was wrong. Strong bitter pine and grassy hops blow you away up front with a nice sweetness in the background from the malts. Definitely caramel and some barley in there. The after taste is intense to say the least, so much bitterness and hop flavor. They weren't kidding about the 1000 IBU!

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation and a insanely strong bitter finish that drys you right out. Definitely going to need a glass of water after this one!


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Photo of coryking
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle into a pint glass.

Beautiful honey colored ale. Nice head from the high alcohol.

I can smell this beer from across the room! All of the hops you would expect. Mangoes, pineapples, grapefruits, pine, earth, lemon zest, resin.

Exquisite flavor. May be one of my more favorite IPAs now, which is tough to say! Awesome balance between the hops and malt. Obviously, you cant taste 1000 IBUs, so its not really overpowering on the palate. More citrus fruit and sweetness that just a bitter hop bomb. Enjoyable!

Mediumish mouthfeel with the higher alcohol. Pairs nicely with the carbonation and the juicy hops.

Great brew, I recommend trying it!!

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Photo of rarbring
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clouded deep red amber, with a light brown head that leaves an enormous amount of lacing.

The smell is fresh citric, oranges, clementines, lime and grape-fruit, fresh pine needles and resin. Nearly overpowering.

Butterscotch and biscuits upfront, qucikly then the cirtric juisces, to be replaced by the bitter oils that fills your senses and satys for a loooong time.

Medium low carbonation, smooth and dry. A warm feeling.

This is almost to much hops, but as such damned good hops. Must be enjoyed sloooowly.

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Photo of jdklks
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a super-dark, murky amber with a fat-ass tan/light brown head and shit floating around all over the place. The smell is of HOPS. Super piney, earthy, and a little sweet malt that reminds me of caramel.

The flavor is much like the smell. One of the hoppiest ipas I've ever had. Super bitter. Super piney. There is, however, a big malt presence, and the sweetness is reminiscent, as in the smell, of caramel. A lot of good things going on here.

One of the best mouthfeels for an IPA. Nice and thick, but with perfect carbonation that allows it to still be super drinkable. Overall, a great beer. This is definitely one you would only want to have fresh though.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Opaque-dark amber. Three fingers of head with great retention and solid lacing. Great looking beer.

S: If I've smelled something more pleasant, I can't remember when. The dank, oily-thick, fat-wet hops I can smell from many feet away. Up close, there is is fresh pine, towering grapefuit, caramel-sweet malts. Mmmm. Like a sticky barleywine.

T: What could possibly follow that smell? Not this. First off, not noticeably super-bitter; certainly not 1000 IBU. Obviously a Double IPA, but the hops are light, spicy, grassy, and pleasant. The huge malts provide the well-needed counterweight, and the the maintaste is more sweet than not. At the halfway point of taste, though, the flavor changes. Here lies the pine, the bite, the bitterness, the joy, the sheer unadulterated hops. Grapefruit juice, so strongly that I feel it must have been added to the beer. A bitter, eternal aftertaste. All the same, after time, it wears. So big, so bold, too much?

M: Despite the maltiness, not very substantial. Light and hoppy.

O: An amazing Double IPA, and an excellent Mikkeller. It probably even lives up to its pricetag. Highly recommended. Will try to drink again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is an epic brew, easily the best ipa ive ever had, including heady, pliny, and all the rest of them. this is sensationally powerful and different, and is deserving of much more recognition. it pours a perplexingly dark copper color, more red than brown or orange, with some yeast floaters and a prominent off white head that leaves so sticky lacing on the glass. the nose major. it smells like ive put my face in liquid hops, its so oily and dank, bitter as hell, but also supported by some darker malts that give the beer a real mature and sophisticated aroma. the flavor is like nothing ive ever tasted. its high alpha for sure, just like fresh hops through a juicer, but somehow concentrated, its piney mostly, but theres some really bitter citrus in there as well, like the pith from a grapefruit. its got some malt backbone under all of the hops, but it plays only a supporting role here. the hop profile of this beer is so intense, its so fresh, and man oh man is it bitter. this is my fantasy playing out, i swear to god its so so so hoppy. the mouthfeel is perfect, the body is full, the carbonation is just enough, and the hop bitterness is almost caustic, almost burning the insides of my mouth. its not puckery like a sour, but it literally is contorting my face somehow. the alcohol is strong but it fits in nicely. i taste this even half an hour after my last sip. its impossible to describe how good this really is. easily the biggest, meanest ipa out there right now. incredible!

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Opaque, cloudy, foamy, lots of lacing, sediment, amber 4FH that really lasts.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, pine.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, nutty, pine, coffee.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, smooth, very lingering, warming, very frothy.

VALUE - $9.60 for an 11-oz bottle. A bit pricey, even for an import.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - 1,000 IBU is an advertising gimmick, but this beer is worth a try. It is bitter, but that's mostly because it's not malty at all, just zero sweetness to it.

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Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12.7oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/11/10).

A: Pours a cloudy golden light shade of caramel capped with two finger of a creamy and frothy off-white head. Exceptional retention and lots of thick lacing lacing.

S: Great aroma consisting of layer of citrus hops and a very light malt. The hops smell great in this one and they are very citrus forward.

T: Quite bitter, but not overwhelming and the citrus flavor are intense and quite fresh. Lots of orange, tropical fruit, pineapple, lemon and mango going on. Some pine is there as well, but citrus steals the show in this one.

M: Medium to full-bodied with moderate and creamy carbonation. A lingering bitterness rounds things out.

D: Very easy to drink and the 9.6% abv is hidden to perfection. I love the bitterness in this one.

Overall this is a great DIPA that I wish was a bit cheaper, but the quality is certainly apparent. If you see it on the shelf pick one up and enjoy! Recommended.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
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.
Very nice.

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.

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1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.