1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 266
Hads: 700
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 71
Gots: 63 | FT: 2
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Denmark

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 iTunesUpdates
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (170 characters)

Photo of dwagner003
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (184 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (173 characters)

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of KevBot89
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of BlazerT
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of mijustin
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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. (507 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. This sucker is rather dark, a cloudy flat-out brown (alright, brown amber) with a finger and a half of frothy large bubbles on top. Some yeast debris visible thanks to my shitty pour. Take a deep sniff or three and marvel at the pungent resins and bright tropical notes (strong pineapple mainly, offset a little by orange and grapefruit rind, underripe mangoes, and black pepper). Whoa. If you think the smell is potent, take a sip. This is pure bitter, like a pine bough dipped in Vicks Vapo-Rub rammed down your throat. Perhaps I exaggerate a little ... Just a little. My tongue is fairly numb after just seven sips, however, and the alcohol is warming my belly. I have reviewed 75 American IPAs and 38 DIPAs on this site to date, and this is the most powerful from a sheer resin perspective. As the bitter receptors crap out, the citrus and tropical fruit elements from the nose become more pronounced on the palate, a welcome reprieve. Very nice, deep tangerine and grapefruit peel flavor. Some lime too. This is one sick ticket. Am I enjoying myself? Well, yeah. Mostly. There's some darkish malts in here too, much like Mikkeller's single hop IPA series, almost a bit chocolatey. If you can get past the pine that is. Apparently the palate cannot truly detect 1000 IBU, which is just a calculation rather than a subjective taste reality that can actually be perceived. Could have fooled me though. I seriously think my eyes are burning. Interestingly, the aroma becomes more refined as one drinks, with a gorgeous floral perfume coming on strong and straight up pine sap and lemon oil settling down into a more pleasing spruce needle and dried peel tea. Body on the thick side to boot. Heavy canned peach and mango near the end. For me, this is probably right at my threshold of hoppy enjoyment and if there is something more rancorous out there and we cross paths, I might take a pass. Maybe. (1,942 characters)

Photo of Chizzzy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

It lives up to its name. The color was nice, it had some sediment which is expected with a lot of brews. Just don't plan on pairing this with food or a night with other great beers you want to try. (199 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,313 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into pint glass
A- Dark copper. You can't see through this beer. Head is about 1-2 fingers, tan. Lots of sediment.
S - Super hop bomb-pine. A bit like fresh Zombie Dust
T- You get what you smell- hop bomb! Tons of hops on hops. Pine and resin.
M- Smooth and drinkable
O- I know you should judge a beer on its own merits, but this reminded me of a mix of Zombie Dust and Daisy Cutter. Both amazing beers. The is a very good hop bomb. (447 characters)

Photo of beholder_pl
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. (656 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of smitty4657
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.16/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: the color is a murky light brown. Pours with about half a finger of tan head and was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Light lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

Smell: The first thing that jumped out to me was a heavy malt body. Big body tangerines, grapefruit, orange peel, and ripe purple grapes. Bitterness is picked up on the back end and lingers on the nose.

Taste: Bitter pine and saturated tropical fruits hit on the front. The bitterness does not let up and continues to punish the palate through the body. Some medium bodied malt is picked up toward the back end but is up staged by a lingering pine and resin bitterness. The finish is lots of hops with some lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: You do get a little balance with the malt body which comes off with a caramel bready sweetness but no doubt hop dominated bitterness.

Overall: Lives up to its name. Unrelenting bitterness attacks the palate throughout. Although you always pay top dollar for Mikkeller products they are always interesting and unique. (1,063 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim 375ml green bottle, BB 18/12/2015, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a dirty dark copper colour with lots of large chunks of yeast sediments floating in the beer, coming with a very thick and tight dark beige frothy head and relatively quiet carbonation.
S: on the nose, the aroma is initially thick, resinous and caramely sweet-citric hinting at citrus-focused hops as well as a robust malt base; given a very good swirl, the delicious fruitiness, as of ripe grapefruits, peaches, fat prunes, lychees, added with a touch of mangos, pierces through the huge froth, along with the thicker edge of hop resins. Very rich and reasonably complex.
T: on the palate, the initial taste is a really thick swallow of rather nice longan-fruit dominated fruity-malty theme, with a moderately estery touch quite like many an American barleywine actually, ensued by an increasingly bitter impact from the thick body of lychee-ish and citric hops, as well as a deeper note going down the throat almost like the aftertaste of lightly-roasted and medium-fermented Taiwanese tea, which is aromatically smoked and tannic. Nicely chewy with a sound acidity in the finish, which is lingeringly bitter with more tannins like crushed citrus seeds.
M&O: creamy on the palate, softly carbonated and full bodied, this 1000 IBU hoppy ale is quite delicious and enjoyable to my taste, but somehow I wonder if hop essential oil is used instead of a copious amount of hops only? Also, does the IBU really stand at 1000 units? (1,537 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Max's and word is it was a fresh batch (from notes).

A: Dark brown. Hazy /cloudy. Tiny lacing.

S: Spicy pine (peppery) with a hint of citrus, like there is a warning sign.

T: Wow. It just envelops your mouth. Reminds me of the Almond Joy tropical commercial where the palm tree just explodes into the toll booth. This is a pine tree in your mouth. A total pine bomb. TIny flavor/coarse particles throughout. You get hints of a barleywine and sweet malts at the end. Nice interesting aftertaste. Even pine with malt and chocolate/stout too.

M: Sharp and crisp throughout. Coarse bubbles.

O: Wow. Not what I was expecting at all. Strange but good profile. Very fresh. (680 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Bulldog New Orleans. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch beige head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Somewhat resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Very sweet smelling with a shot of booze and actually not a whole lot of hop fume.

T- Bitter but not as bitter as expected. It's actually got more of that sugary sweet malt flavor Mikkel's known for in his IPAs. Plenty of pine, wet grass and heavy earthiness. The hop bite lingers a while but doesn't scream of a high IBU score. Only after multiple sips in a row do I go "this sure is bitter." Subtle notes of grapefruit and lemon come through in the aftertaste. OK, now it's starting to creep up on me. Usually my palate becomes fully acclimated to the alpha acids at this point, but not with this beer. Every sip I take leaves my tongue reeling.

M- Sharp, dry and oily with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This beer started out with some enjoyably contrasting balance but, halfway through, the bitterness slashed its way through all the other flavors making it pretty much all you can taste. I can see what Mr. Bjergso was going for with this but I couldn't see myself having another 10 oz. pour of this. (1,317 characters)

Photo of roger617
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Nonic glass.

A: 3.5 pours light brown in color with a strong haze. 2 fingers of off white head that reduces slowly and leaves plenty of lacing.
S: 3.75 Strong malt forward, undoubtedly needed for the heap of hops added for bittering.
T: 3.5 Strange enough this is a malt forward IIPA, with the hops and bitterness taking a big bite on the back end.
M: 3.75 carbed well, smooth, very dry after taste.
O: 3.5 the biggest surprise for me was just how powerful the malt backbone played a role in both the aroma and taste. A very good beer, but not one that I'd seek out again. (597 characters)

Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy, deep, unfiltered amber color with abundant, frothy head. Retains well with decent lacing effect.
S - Dominant earthy must, with strong hints of root, oak tannins, and a subtle sour mash scent.
T - With all the hyped IBU's, they hardly appear available for bear. The final gravity on this must be fairly high to really offset the bitterness, because it just doesn't feel like the hop-bomb I expected. Simple grain notes with a subtle sour malt character. Heavy presence of root and almost a leather flavor in there. I'd be curious of the hop bill used. Definitely more from the piny offerings with resin character.
M - There's a very thick, chewy resin component to the mouthfeel, so I'm assuming the FG is fairly substantial. Thick, with very little harshness from the alcohol. Subtle spicy finish on the tongue.
O - Overall, I was expecting a little more from this offering. The hops could have been a fair bit brighter with more bitter resins and oils to weather on the palate. One could only hope. Still it's not too far off the mark for a bigger brew. (1,074 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is extremely hazy amber yellow in color and has lots of particular matter visible near the bottom of the bottle. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head and left a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and surprisingly no collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is like a ticking hop bomb waiting to go off that has flavors of pine resins that becomes increasingly bitter towards the finish and has even more bitterness that lingers through the aftertaste. Notes of underlying caramel malts are present in the initial taste. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a very easy beer to drink as it finishes with an intense amount of pine resin and woody flavors along with tons of bitterness. I thought that the taste improved a little after you sloshed around the remnants of the bottle and poured out all of the particulates. (1,083 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy deep brownish orange with a sandstone head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine, citrus, and fruity hops. A lot of them.

Tastes of big hop notes with some malt underpinning. Waves of hops come at you first with pine, citrus, and tropical fruits. This is then mediated by a caramel and toasted bread malt character. Sweetness is there, but get wiped out by a rush of earthy bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a frothy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is very good, but the price is prohibitive ($13 for 1/2 liter). (564 characters)

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1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.