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1000 IBU | Mikkeller ApS

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1000 IBU1000 IBU
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Added by Nickls on 03-16-2010

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, darker amber color. Lasting head with lots of blanketing lace. Very attractive.

Deep caramel aroma to start. There is a pleasant floral nose that only hints of hop behind.

Much stronger bitter presence in the taste. The malt is brief and mild. The hop is straight up bitter without any distinctive subtleties that I've come to expect from Mikkeller. The aftertaste is very long and bitter in a lip smacking sort of way. Creamy body with an adequate carbonation level.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Came out strangely brown actually, didn't look like a 'pale' ale at all. Very thin minimal off white head. Aroma kicked down lots of pine and woodsy green herbal hop components.

Taste, well it definitely delivered on the high ibu claims, but is that something to brag on? Much better beers with lower ibu ranges, especially in the ipa category, something Mikkeller has always had a hard time with, much less providing one affordably. This is no different. Way too expensive to justify a return excursion. Just a big hot, bitter bomb of a beer. So much caramel and toffee.

Its like if Mikkeller made Bigfoot ale.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy amber, two finger head. Big caramel and citrus aroma. Taste is similar with caramel toasted bread and tons of grapefruit peel. Bitterness lasts well past the swallow but not off putting. This is a powerful but tasty brew.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely rich burgundy-brown. A little like a muddy wine. Very frothy, and foamy off-white head, with a great deal of lacing left behind on the glass sit atop. Citrus, piney, and tropical hop notes form a tremendous aroma. Really enjoying it so far. Sweet, citrus and tropical hops open up, with a bitter, piney hop finish. Very well blended and therefore easy to drink. There is a lingering bitter, hop after taste, which gives me the idea to take another sweet and balanced drink quick. Mouth coating feel, combined with its smoothness, also gives it an easy drinking feel despite the high alcohol content and hoppy taste. Overall, a great beer. Seems well rounded and tasty. On par with other IIPAs I've tried that are considered "world class".

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The maltiness of this IIPA helps the balance but still all about the hops. This may be the best smelling beer I have tried. 4

A – A beautiful lacing at the end of the glass - 4

S – The aroma on this beer is unbelievable. Like my head was shoved into a bag of hops. 5

T – A very tasty hoppy beer, that gains some balance from a solid malt bill. 4

MF – A medium bodied beer with a dry finish but not a long lasting bitterness or burn. 4

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Photo of Johnct
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

"1000 IPA" is what the label says. I've been told it's the same beer.

This beer is a novelty.

It's bitter. As you could imagine. That's about it. The taste is bitterness, not really anything else.

Overall it's not bad.

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be quite enjoyable. if this is 1000 ibus, im surprised. its less bitter than some less than 100 ibu brews. but the flavor profile of the hops is quite good. for the price, I probably wont revisit, but its good none the less.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From elcervecero. In Duvel glass. Watching Breaking Bad 4x11. Surprinsingly drinkable for its high IBUs. There are DIPAs with a much more disgusting bitterness. Its bitterness isnt the best one but isnt bad either. The aroma is great soft and nice. Could repeat if it werent so expensive (6€) Every beerman should taste it to experience a 1000 IBUs brew and im sure they wont be dissapointed

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Photo of LAp
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a 12oz snifter. Poured an almost light-orange/amber, with a thick, one finger head. Smells of hops and almost sweet. I must say that this beer tasted entirely different from what I anticipated for a name that promises such intense bitterness. Not nearly as bitter as many of the bold west-coat ipas. That said, without the bitterness, there was a strong taste of hops, like drinking an ultrafiltrate of the hop plant itself. The closest I can get to describing this flavor is this: it tastes like the hop plant smells. That taste was compounded by a strong malty sweetness, which ultimately gave the beer a thick, warming mouthfeel. Overall, not even remotely what I was expecting, but pleasantly surprising.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Dark amber, surprisingly dark for an IPA. It had a thick 1 finger head with plenty of lacing down the glass.

Plenty of bitter hop in the aroma, but some of the booze is coming out in the nose as well.

This beer is what it says it is. Bitter, with notes of chicory and radicchio on the finish. There is a pleasant amount of carbonation which helps curb the bitterness, and the booze detected on the nose is well hidden in the taste.

As the glass warmed up, hints of orange and spice broke through. Solid effort.

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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 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 bnes09
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge towering head appearing like the top of a root beer float. Retention is out of this world. Aroma is malty with plenty of spice from the hops. Flavor begins with a deep caramel, toasty malt backbone. Quickly after, hops lay down an impenetrable fortress on the tongue that is pungent and makes my face muscles tense up as the layers of hops hit flesh. This is a totally new hop experience. Flavor is mostly concentrated detergent, pinesol and grapefruit. Hop do not let up creating a pungent bitterness well into the aftertaste. Full bodied and very dry feel yet well carbonated. Not for the faint of heart and certainly not for those afraid of hops.

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Photo of sphmiel
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draught at iTap CWE.
Dark cloudy orange, lingering sticky head.
Piney resin nose, carried into the flavor. Sticky viscous mouthfeel.
Long lingering bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden by the bitterness.
Good to finish the night, cause you won't taste much after this one.

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Photo of JMUduke
2.04/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I'm a hop lover, but I must say this brew is a tragedy. I paid 250 NT roughly 7 USD for one 12oz bottle, and I want my money back. Sure, it's nice to look at and the aroma is OK, but it tastes like a train wreck.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy brown amber with creamy golden head, long retention. Smell without any revelations and extreme - smooth resiny, tropical fruits. Mouth puckering at first sip, radical hop bitterness. Than goes down smoother. Nice malt medium body. Really bitter bomb brew.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting. Never had anything like it. Super tart and a great lingering finish. Not many hops at all which was surprising.

Recommend grabbing this if you see it.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hops attacking your mouth. Like, viciously.. With a hatchet.. Covered in barbed-wire. Good, but really over the top. It's dark, dank and sticky. It was tough to finish the whole glass.

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Photo of Wobbly
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yet another example of how Mikkeller is an overrated brewery. I admit some of their barley wines are very good, but most of their beers do not deserve the hype or the price.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tumbler glass.

A: The body is composed out of a very thick copper and brown color with some gold tones. Pouring created a beautiful beige head with both awesome retention and lacing
S: Hops. The smell is a big entity here. It's solid. Prominent. Cohesive. Basically, it's tremendously hoppy, and nothing else can get along with this.
T: Hops. There's a slight appearance of a piney taste but most of it is hops. I like it because of my own preferences but I was expecting some a bit more complex here.
M: Hops. This is what I came here for. The unknown but high amount of IBUs make this beer fashionable, mouthfeel-wise speaking.
O: I wish I had another.

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Photo of KevBot89
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a snifter.
Look: Thick, dark amber with a slightly orange twang, a 3/4 inch white/cream-colored head.

Smell: Primarily bitter, biting, nose-tingling fresh pine with notes of earthy and grassy hops

Taste: Follows nose with a blast of bitter piney hops with mild earthiness. Some malt sweetness follows but the beer, unsurprisingly based off its name, is totally dominated by very bitter hop flavor: primarily pine.

Feel: The beer is thick and medium carbonation. The bitterness lingers for a very long time afterwards with the malt sweetness a little more noticeable after finishing each swig.

Overall: This beer delivers what is promised. This is extremely bitter and a super hop bomb. A nice refreshing DIPA.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque amber-brown (18) with huge beige head/excellent lacing. The whole room smelled of hop pellets as I filled my SAPP! Nevertheless, surprisingly the malt balances the hops and the alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel with initial hoppy tongue tingle. Big and "hop crazy" with a big hop finish. Maybe not for everybody, but I enjoyed.

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Photo of BlazerT
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep, dark amber with medium, densed, white head. Great lacing. Good head retention. Aroma is mainly pine, resin and grassy, also in the background some floral and tropical fruits notes. Taste is very bitter, balanced with good malty backbone. In flavour again resin, pine and grassy accents. Aftertaste is long and very bitter. Medium body, thick texture, soft carbonation, Finsih is semi-dry, long and bitter. I'd say very long. In overall very balanced, hopped DIPA.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the newer bottles: no paper wrap, no cork, new label, green 375ml.

Pours a surprisingly dark and almost murky reddish brown. Beige head is huge and sticky. Good retention, decent lace.

Smells of extreme pine sap, resin, pineapple, grapefruit, earthiness, sweet toffee malt.

Taste brings resiny, grapefruit, earthy hops and a little more malt sweetness of the toffee and bready variety. The first few sips come off as astringent but that seems to fix itself with time. A bit of mint there as well.

Mouthfeel is big, almost syrupy, good dose of hop bitterness but also big malt sweetness. Almost comes off as a barleywine in a way. Alcohol heat is minor, but it's a sipper because of its robustness.

Those hoping for a game changing OMG level of hop bitterness will surely be let down, but a decent DIPA-leaning-towards-barleywine.

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Photo of mijustin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Drank this very late; expiry date was 22/03/13. (Beer had a cork, and was stored in darkness)

Poured dark and flat with lots of black liquorice and molasses on the nose. Very pungent. No sediment that I could see.

Front: very sweet, fruity (blackberries), and black liquorice.

Mid: a bit flat half-way through.

End: Big finish. Smoky and oaky, leather, caramel, sherry. (no bitterness since I'd aged it for so long)

Comments: the aging process definitely smoothed out the hops + bitterness. Very sweet.

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