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1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
87
very good

637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 60
Gots: 56 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010)
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Photo of MatthewPlus
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from a bottle into a Wakefield chalice.

I had tried this at Taberna Lupulo in San Juan about a year ago on draft and had been searching for it to revisit since. found it this week, tried it again last night.

A- Pours predictably thick, burnt umber hue. left the yeast bombing last 1oz in the bottle, but still opaque. muted garnet head, dissolved away quickly.

S- caramel malt sweetness upfront quickly gives way to dominant hop presence. resin, pine, some citrus, maybe grapefruit. mostly sappy resin...

T- woof. bitter bitter bitter. i remember that it took me about 45 minutes to drink a chalice of this beer in PR last year, and this was the same experience. Big malty backbone but its just simply overwhelmed by bittering hops. 1000 IBU? i doubt, but still easily the most bitter beer ive ever had, and i spent a long time searching for said beer.

M- light, but appropriate carbonation. very heavy mouthfeel for the style. finish is the most bitter aspect of the flavor profile. its very intense and lingering.

O- Im very happy to have tried this beer again, but damn. it IS a bit over the top, but certainly worth a try if you're into extreme beers. at $14.99/bottle, however, this will likely be the last time i purchase it.

Photo of Capman62
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of ek_ek
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Liquoric3
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Focusf111
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Twig2848
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber, which seems unusual with a huge fucking head into my glass. Pardon my french. There's a ton of lacing. Beautiful presentation but a little too much amber for the style.

Like inhaling fresh pine needles. What else do you expect? What I want to know is, how is it possible to make a beer with 1000IBUs? Wouldn't that be like, the bitterest beer known to man?

Holy shit! Biting, stinging, bitterness with a sharp pine edge attacks the mouth. My taste buds are down for the count here! So damn bitter. Shouldn't be possible.

Lingering bitterness with a decent alcohol burn. Malt? What malt? This is all hops, baby!

Ok, I doubt that any beer could theoretically top 1000IBUs without being highly undrinkable. This beer is quite honest about its' intentions. It will lay waste to your taste buds (temporary)!

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of beertunes
1.94/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Sarah and Chris for picking this one up for me. Shared the bottle with fellow BA OKComputer, and it was a good thing I did. The beer was a cloudy orange brown color with no head or lace. The beer even looked syrupy.

That syrup was foremost on the nose, with some bitter hops following, a noticeable alcohol scent, and just the faintest hint of pine. The taste was nearly identical, with a bit of pine that didn't show on the nose.

The body was very thick, sticky and, you guessed it, syrupy, with an unpleasantly sticky finish. Drinkability was very low, near to a drain pour by both of our estimations. Overall, this is a novelty beer, and the gimmick isn't enough to carry the weight. Avoid this beer, unless, like me, you want the tick.

Photo of RockAZ
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First of all I am thrilled to have two 12.7oz bottles of this, and although there is no bottle date, at least the supply chain dates of just over a week from the brewery have been documented - it has not been sitting around in this country at least and it just might be a fresh batch. Short of asking Mikkeller, I don't know how to verify its freshness. The only other beer I can compare it to is "Gubna" and it is so much more intense than that, like they brewed it without any water in the boil - just whatever moisture the hops had to give.

Strong smell of bitter hops, the taste built with every sip becoming something very unique. As my taste buds started to die off, I got a salty taste, followed by not just the piney resin but also grapefruit rind. Then the black pepper, some other spices. It reminds me of an herbal and vegetable puree that has a lot of carbonation that sticks like thick paint on the side of the glass. Odd orange color, thick consistency to both the foam and the beer.

Amazing beer, glad I had it. Really had trouble with the ratings tho - could not drink this beer very often, it kinda burns and I am worried about my digestive systems reaction to it. Thinking seriously about putting the second bottle down for 5 years to see what happens.

Photo of janubio
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. bottle.Opaque brown color with a good amount of foam that seems to stick forever to the glass. Smell of hops mostly, as one could expect, but there are also spices (pepper), fruits (including tropical and dark fruits) and there is mal too, in the form of caramel. Round body, very bitter and astringent palate. Taste is the same as smell, lots of hops, lots of fruits, very bitter but with some real good sweetness, chocolate... this is a hell of a beer.

Photo of jmmy3
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of vthippie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of kennethkearns
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of watsonmd
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date.

A: Dark, golden color, thick head, sticky lacing.

S: Hops, hops, HOPS! cirtus and pine, mostly pine

T: Follows the nose. striking, bitter, and in your face.

M: dry, but sticky. lingering bitterness. I wonder what the actual IBU rating is on this one.

O: Interesting. Would buy again, and try it as fresh as possible. It was very hoppy, but I have had it on the shelf in the cellar for at least 4 months.

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 fl oz. bottle, with no bottled on date present. I know this beer is already listed as retired, but I dgaf, I couldn't be more excited to have landed one of these beers as I have been eyeing this bottle for a long time now! Expecting good, bitter things!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful, clean dark rich bloody ruby color, with a wonderful thick three finger doughy tan head sitting on top with excellent retention. Looks very nice, indeed! Very nice looking rings of lacing coming down the sides of the glass.

S - Bitter sticky resinous pine needle hop smell wafts it's way past the head. Has a slight sweet smell to it also, so it's not all entirely bitter. Fruity and juicy in the vein of citrus fruits like pineapple and blood orange. Burnt brown sugar. Slightly bready.

T - Extreme blast of bitter hops. My palate is surely to be doomed after this experience. A truly bitter experience meant to please only the most extreme of hopheads, yet this beer isn't really the true monster you would expect. Hoppy, bitter, and tartly dry like all hell, but it really isn't much more intense than many other imperial IPA's to be had out there. Not for the IPA beginner though, that's for sure. Slightly spicy and peppery in the finish. A tasty beer, but fairly one dimensional in it's attack - a bitter hop assault on your palate.

M - Very bitter resinous mouthfeel follows the taste nicely. Sweet, sugary aftertaste is very pleasant. Nice thick medium bodied feel, and a nice level of carbonation. Very dry feel in the end.

Overall, not a beer for the unadventurous, but a beer for those who enjoy their IPA's at the most bitter level possible. A tasty brew that does not taste like it is packing a 9.6% abv at all. A very good beer, and definitely drinkable, but probably more of a novelty experience in my opinion. Would I pay $15 for another bottle of this? Probably not. However, I would probably pay another $15 to try the Mikkeller 1000 IBU Barrel Aged version, if I could ever locate one. Either way, if you see this beer I advise you to pick it up while you still can!

Mikkeller 1000 IBU ---4/5

Photo of CHickman
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy dark orange brown/amber color with a ton of huge sediment chunks floating in it, a 2 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles that faded very slowly, leaving good spotty lacing and rings as it went down. This may been the winner of the coveted most crap floating in the beer poured from a bottle award.

Smells of juicy citrus and hops up front, with pineapple, mango, orange, guava, sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, brown sugar, dark fruit, light herbs, floral hops, syrup, biscuit, and more sweet hops like wet citra hops were dropped in the glass. Pungent hop nose that is powerful and inviting, but the graham cracker sweetness adds balance to the piney and citrus notes that come out aggressive but then settle down. The hop sweetness hides the ABV in the nose, allowing the caramel essence to shine as well. It was a shock that this did not just smell like a hop, and the malt presence was very nice.

Tastes just about like it smells, very sweet and hoppy up front, but with distinct booze kicking in unlike the aroma. The flavor is a blend of citrus hops, pine cone/piney hops, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange, guava, lemon, sweet malt, caramel, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, dark fruit like plum and cherry, light herbs, floral hops, syrup, butter and more sweet hoppy notes that trail off with the bitterness to be expected; it is a very sweet beer, with strong piney and citrus hops, but the malt and booze (almost like rum) tamed the hops, adding more sweetness and some balance while driving down the bitterness. It is bitter, but not that bitter for a DIPA. The juicy hops and malty balance made this somewhat drinkable for such a heavy beer.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and buttery, with a chewy, heavy body, mild carbonation and a very sweet and slightly bitter finish. Not 1000 IBU bitter.

This was a roll of the dice and I knew this could have been a world class winner or a train wreck based on the title and high IBU expectations, but overall I found it much less bitter than expected, more malt balanced in every way and a little less hoppy than I hoped for and expected. It's not too bad, but it did not overly impress me either. There are plenty of other IPA’s and DIPA’s that I’d drink before I got this again, and the very expensive price locks this in as a one time beer for me. It was good, and I bought this because I really like this brewer but it was not the hop-bomb I thought that it would be.

Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Loganyoung
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Proclarush
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.