1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS
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Ratings: 599 | Reviews: 255 | Display Reviews Only:
3.74/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
07-28-2013 19:08:34 | More by metter98
4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
Out-of-focus ochre with coral and orange accents along the bottom edge of the snifter. The pour produced slightly more than half a glassful of golden ecru hued foam that is impressively rich and whipped creamy. Looks like the hop resins will be responsible for some outstanding looking lace. Great out of the gate.
The nose is akin to a caramel malty IPA with a generous amount of fruity American hops. The brewery says that 6.5 Kg of alpha acid extract and 10 Kg of Simcoe hop pellets are used for every 1000 liters of beer. I'm not sure if that's a lot, but it sure sounds like a lot.
Whoever finds fault with Mikkeller for a gimmicky name is wasting their scorn. If it helps get them get noticed and helps them sell more 1000 IBU, then more power to them. The bottom line, when all else is stripped away, including the ridiculous purchase price, is that this is delicious big beer... that isn't hoppy enough.
The issue isn't a lack of lupulins, it's an abundance of malt sugars. What might have been a buzzsaw of alpha acids and tropical fruity Simcoe hop goodness is (somewhat) blunted by toasted bread and melted caramel. Having said that, this is still hugely hop-soaked beer that is pleasing me to no end. It's a very close call, but the taste score will be rounded down. And the drinkability score will be rounded up.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the ABV and the amount of underlying sweetness. As the beer continues to warm, however, it ventures toward medium for the style and gains a lightly chewy quality. Even though the bubbles are a bit peppy, it works.
Mikkeller 1000 IBU bears at least a passing resemblance to Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. This beer is less sweet, less boozy and (arguably) more bitter and hop flavorful. Having said that, equally fresh bottles of each are the only way to say for sure. What the hell, the last few ounces have convinced me that the higher flavor score is warranted. If this brew was even slighty less expensive, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
06-01-2010 14:34:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks to Bosse for this one, I wanted something interesting when I came home tonight, so I grabbed this wonderfully packaged beer and poured it into a white birch glass. consumed on 08/14/2010.
despite my best efforts there was no way to avoid this one pouring out with a ton of sediment, i swear there was a quarter bottle of yeast in this one! very dark colored with a small head of white that left a small bit of lacing on the sides. very cloudy and hazy.
the aroma was not at all what i was expecting, i was thinking sharp, and huge citrus hops, but what was there was a nice piney aroma that was balanced by a huge malt bill. each sip seemed to yield a ton of oily and resiny hops that seemed to drip with resin, but there was more then an adequate malt bill that balanced it out very nicely. not obnoxious and the alcohol was sparingly present, not a bad combination. thick and viscous feel, it was like sipping oil out of a fresh hop.
overall not at all what i was expecting and really much more muted and easier to drink, i have had much bigger hop bombs.
08-15-2010 00:35:22 | More by mikesgroove
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
06-25-2014 16:11:22 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
A: 375ml bottle with a very stubborn synthetic cork which comes out without a sound. Thankfully, the pour appears nicely carbonated with a finger's worth of khaki head.
S: The nose is pure hops, as you would expect considering the 1000 IBU name. Tons of citrus and even more pine. Despite the hop overkill, the caramel malt still comes through.
T: The hops are there, and certainly bitter. However, there is quite a bit of bready malt on the tongue. The bitterness is long lasting and stays in the mouth long after the sip is finished.
M: The body is medium with a somewhat low carbonation.
D: I admit, I mostly bought this beer "just to see", and it's actually not too bad. But, there are plenty of other IPAs I would rather have for much less.
06-03-2010 04:39:20 | More by womencantsail
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
This beer pours out as a copper like color with a foamy white head. It has a decent lacing down the glass. The smell reminded me of leather and hops, it's actually a little strange certain smells that I don't recall ever having smelled before. The taste of this beer is unlike anything I think I've ever had, it's very strong and has a lot of flavor to it the mouth feel is on the thicker side a little bit of oily texture to it and has a decent carbonation. Overall I find this beers pretty unique and I did enjoy it but it was expensive and I can't see myself paying for again
07-03-2011 16:15:05 | More by Knapp85
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
Poured into a imperial nonic a cloudy(alot of chunky's and floaties)russet tinged burnt orange with a large fluffy top that settled into a creamy mass leaving a few broken chunks behind.A mix of brown sugar and powerful resinous and earthy hops,the hops are in full effect here no doubt,not much alcohol presence to be had.Dry on the palate,no sugary sweetness like way to many of the style,earthy and resinous,some light brown sugar-like sweetness is there but it dont stand up to the intense drying hoppiness.This beer is no joke,you better like the cones to like this beer,I do and I like it...alot.
02-02-2011 22:58:14 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -9%
Served in a nonic pint glass.
A fitting cap to this day's deluge of hops! It pours a lightly hazy amber-garnet topped by a finger of light cream froth. The nose comprises leek, toffee, pine, ruby red grapefruit, and mint. A bit disjointed here, kinda like a Futurist sculpture. The taste holds notes of pine, leek, garlic, toffee, light corn, and mint. A similarly disjointed experience here. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, I think this one tried just a bit to hard to be some sort of hop-nuke, while balance and gracefulness suffered a bit.
01-26-2011 21:15:47 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
A - Poured out a somewhat murky, burgundy/light brown color with a thick, tan head of long-lasting foam. It left sticky rings of lace.
S - It smelled strongly of grapefruit, orange peel and pine. There was a toasty malt aroma, too.
T - It tasted sweet and malty with some bitter piney hops. The grapefruit and orange flavors were good, too.
M - It was crisp, sharp and very dry. A medium bodied beer.
D - This was easier drinking than one would expect for a beer called "1000 IBU" . It was not nearly as bitter as I expected but tasty and worth a try.
04-12-2010 01:43:38 | More by zeff80
3.05/5 rDev -21.4%
Yet another interesting bottle shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick.
Mikkeller's latest gimmick sits in the glass a cloudy dark copper color with a large, lasting and frothy head atop.
Resiny pine and grapefruit scents emanate from the glass, this is monstrously hoppy but equally malty. A substantial caramel malt backbone is present just beneath the hops, providing ample sweetness that I find slightly detracting.
Sweet caramel and pine flavors hit the palate with equal strength up front. The bitterness begins to take hold mid-palate, and it is an impressively long and bitter finish, though it's not necessarily more bitter than your average DIPA. Decent stuff, the sweetness does a lot to balance the hops. The only sign that this is hopped as heavily as it is comes from long bitter finish, which grows rather tiring and astringent after a few ounces.
04-28-2010 23:02:16 | More by largadeer
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
375 paper-wrapped bottle. Inside, on the actual label, the creepy detached-arm 'hops thief' that I remember from the barrel-aged version of this offering. And though only in Danish, the ingredient list plays amusingly off of an old trope: "Hops, something, hops, malt, hops, something, hops". Ha.
This beer pours a muddy, dishwater 'golden' brown hue, with three fingers of foamy, rising, cascading beige head, which does a decent Guinness imitation, before giving way to some pervasive Swiss cheese lace around the breadth of the glass.
It smells of bitter, fresh, outdoorsy pine resin, bittersweet citrus peel, and bursting at the tethers caramel/toffee malt. The taste is sweet, almost sugary caramel/vanilla cream, and not to be underestimated tongue-scrape worthy pine and citrus hops, each bobbing and weaving to assume a temporary topside position in this war of palate attrition (and perhaps fatigue), one which I willingly sign onto, as if coerced by an Uncle Sam sign. Oh, and the damned-near 10 points of booze sneakily show no signs of themselves, at least at this point.
The carbonation is present, but nice and reserved, the body a sturdy medium weight, and as smooth as possible, given those meddling hop stragglers. It finishes surprisingly less hoppy than expected, save the bitterness, which goes somewhat herbal, all amongst a drain-circling malt.
Hmmm. While a hell of an agreeable DIPA, I just don't get this marketing pap claim of a nice round 1000 IBUs. Ten times as hoppy as the equivalently bitter offerings I've thus encountered? Not a chance, so overall points deducted for shitty snakeoilsmanship. One well 'balanced' big-ass DIPA, all sides represented? Hell yes. Discuss at will - Imma gonna go and finish this bad boy, woe that there isn't more of it.
04-01-2012 04:09:29 | More by biboergosum
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
Picked this up on a whim at West Lakeview liquors. 375ml bottle shared with friends. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass. Must be pretty fresh as the first bottle review was only two weeks ago.
A - Two fingers of tan foam, with good retention. Settles to a thin cap and leaves lots of splotchy lacing. Hazy golden body with obvious hop chunks and yeast floating about in there.
S - Candied citrus, grapefruit, tangerines, caramel, and sugary malt. There's a little bit of burnt sugar, spice, pine, and medicinal notes, as well as some light Columbus cheesiness. Booze peeks through as it warms. This is bordering on a hoppy barleywine as the malt bill is pretty hefty.
T - Starts sweet with caramel and sugar, and then morphs into fairly intense bitterness. There's a bit of orange hard candy mid-palate. Not as good as the smell, and not as bitter and palate-shredding as some other beers I've had (with much lower IBUs I might add).
M - Very resinous and oily, some light heat, medium-full body. Lower carbonation, but just enough to keep it from being syrupy. Very nice texture.
D - I'd say 6oz or so is enough of this one. It's not because of the bitterness, but more due to the moderate alcohol presence. I'm glad I got to try it, but I probably won't buy it again. It might be interesting to try on-tap or cask though.
04-06-2010 21:10:10 | More by MasterSki
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
A: Decent fluffy 1/2 finger head fades slowly over murky muddy rusty brown colored beer.
N: Not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Some spicy and fruity hops, a little earthy and citrus hops, but not so heavy on the hops. Not super hoppy and heavy. a slight musty fresh resiny hop. WIth all the hops is a slight malty base but hides the booze well, at least on the aroma.
T: Weird as hell! Lots of heavy hops, very bitter! Some fruit hops, citrus, tangerine, earthy and very piny hops. A little resinous hop flavor with some hop extracts too. A little minerality and salty flavors too. Slight chewy malt base and some sweetness with the malts, but hides the booze well as well on the taste. A slight toasty malt too.
M: Medium body with decent carbonation.
F: Heavy bitterness on the finish too. More heavy spicy hops with more hop extracts, hop resin, and just lots of hops in general. A looong lingering bitterness. Lots of long orange peel and citrus, pine, etc etc etc. The 1000 IBUs really don't come through until 10 minutes after you finish the sip and it still tastes like you are swallowing it. A slight juicy fruit on the finish. This might be the first beer I've reviewed that the finish is longer (in words for the review) and heavier (in taste) than the initial taste. Crazy muuu fuuu!!!
06-12-2010 21:04:59 | More by jlindros
1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.