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1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 278
Hads: 744
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 25.84%
Wants: 77
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
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Mikkeller ApS
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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 BierJager89
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of smitty4657
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.16/5  rDev -44.2%
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 +1%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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?

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of roger617
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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).

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Photo of GodlessWatermelon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $11ish for the 375ml, on par with Mikkeller prices in this area.
Pours a rich, deep amber. Some stuff floating about, decent white head, looks good.
Smells hoppy (really!?), quite pungent and has a real sweet aroma.
Taste starts sweet and well balanced. Finishes really bitter. One of the most bitter IPA's I've had, you can really feel and taste the hops lingering on your tongue after a sip. Sticky. Dank.
Not for the faint of heart or IPA-inexperienced. Definitely not an everyday sipper, but one I'd buy again.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Prepping myself- 12oz to snifter, no freshness date

Pours a very murky brown with a finger and a half of foam. Absolutely no visibility anda tiny bit of visible carbonation. Good lacing and retention

Smells incredible. Very rich dank acrid hops, lots of grapefruit, citrus, sort of like smelling a litter box..in a good way. Very sweet malt brings it all together. Very reminiscent of LoF Super ipa, and Pliny. I'm pretty sure this is loaded with simcoe

Taste delivers what it promises. Strong citrusy hops, grapefruit, some lemon, alcohol, and a sweet malt that flashes briefly before it's drown in bitterness

Mouth- I knew this would be bitter, but holy shit. Almost grainy how it goes down, bitterness sticks around for quite a while. Five minutes after a sip and it's still quite present. I'm impressed, this is the holy grail of bitter ipas

Overall crazy idea that really pushes the bitterness we love from our ipas. Tremendous stuff

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Murky amber body with a huge off-white head. Impressive retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell - Pine bomb of a hop profile. Slightly dank with some sugary caramel malt backup.

Taste - Almost immediately bitter, but it doesn't culminate until the very end. Lots of pine and resin. A fair bit of sweetness. The bitterness builds up at the end pretty quickly. In the middle, it's pretty balanced, but very bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick, sweet, extremely bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - So many things wrong with this, but still it seems to come together. Decent hop profile, but extremely intense in the back end. No surprise at 1000 IBUs, if that's really accurate.

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Photo of shand
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta say I wasn't 100% sure how to pour this guy - I figured it was a DIPA with a boatload of potentially unfiltered hops, so I just gave it a full bottoms-up, hell to any yeast sediment there might be in there. Rewarded with the muddiest pour I've ever seen with a ton of sediment particles hanging out in there. Maybe that wasn't the best choice ever. To it's credit, the lacing is awesome though - not that I really care about lacing though. The aroma is big and hoppy for sure, with a huge pine hit. It's not really that much hoppier on the nose than many American DIPAs.

The taste? Well, I thought it was going to let me down with a pretty strong hoppiness with a solid caramel malt base until the beer lingered on the palate for just a bit longer. And damn, do these hops ever linger. Just one sip leaves a huge hop presence that honestly lingers for minutes - like biting into a hop pellet. Maybe there was some credit to my bottoms-up pour after all. 1000 IBU isn't a beer you're going to want every day. But ten-twelve bucks for a novelty like this is surely worth the purchase price. The crazy, three minute lingering aftertaste is really the star of the show here. This is not a beer you want to pair with food. This is a beer you want an hour or two to devote to in order to fully enjoy. Relax, sip slow, and let the hoppiness wash over you.

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Photo of MatthewPlus
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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)!

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Photo of beertunes
1.95/5  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.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.48/5  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.

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Photo of janubio
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of watsonmd
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of CHickman
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber-copper color with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine, grassy, floral hops, sweet caramel and bready malts, a bit of booze.

T - Grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, lots of resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, brown sugar, a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and resiny finish.

D - Big, bold, and hoppy. Great complex hop profile and bitterness throughout.

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1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.