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1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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612 Ratings
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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 58
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

AlCaponeJunior, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%

375 ml wrapped bottle into tulip glass, no bottling date. Pours super hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense kahki head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, pine, caramel, orange, herbal spiciness, biscuit, a bit of tropical fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, herbal, floral, biscuit, and light tropical fruit. Fairly intense, yet smooth bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, biscuit, and herbal spiciness for a while. Great balance of bitterness and flavor here; making this "1000" IBUs very easy to sip on. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink at 9.6%, but is still a sipper. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent DIPA offering from Mikkeller, despite the 1000 IBU gimmick. Big citrus hop flavors with great balance. Really enjoyed this one.

superspak, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of TMasterFlash
5/5  rDev +29.2%

TMasterFlash, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +3.4%

John11486, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%

On tap at Bav Lodge

A: Served in a snifter. Color is dark orangish brown. Quite cloudy to the point of being opaque. Served with a thin creamy dark head that dissipates into a swirly surface coating.

S: Not overly aromatic. Light citrus, light sweetness, and some orange

T: Starts off with a light caramel sweetness before turning brutally bitter. Woodsy and earthy with little complexity other than a light sweetness and an extremely aggressive bitterness.

M: surprisingly thin, or at least it feels that way. Easy carbonation. Obviously, extremely bitter.

O: Brutal on the front end, but as it deadens the taste buds it becomes more palatable. However there is little complexity and little of anything other than bitterness. There is very little malt or hop character: just a thin sweet backbone and an excessive bitterness.

Florida9, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

ObeMaltKinobee, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of McStagger
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

A: Pours a hazy, murky reddish brown with fairly dark (for the style) head. Two fingers of head. Good retention. Great lacing.

S: Malt, toffee, caramel, Evergreen, orange and lemon bitters, orange peel, grapefruit peel. None of the juiciness of either fruit, just the bitter peel.

T: Initial malt sweetness is completely engulfed in a bitter firestorm of citric, herbal hoppiness. Killer malt profile along with the powerful alcohol bring some sweetness to play, but the point is to highlight the pure recockulous amount of hops at play here. Abrasive, astringent and powerful. Finishing bitterness that simply sticks with you.

M: The body comes through. Nice slickness in the palate keeps things gliding along as well as they can with the monstrous bitterness dominating every aspect of this beer.

O: Hop madness. Every man has his limit, I guess. I let this one warm before pouring it. The added temp seemed to bring out the sweetness of the malt and the alcohol. Way way way too expensive for the experience. I'll stick to Ruination when I want a hop bomb. This guy just doesn't do it for me.

McStagger, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of vic21234
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

My first time having this was on tap at The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL about a week ago. Bought a bottle at my local bottle shop for a review. 12.7oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours dark amber, borderline brown. I see hues of a lighter amber/ orange toward the sides of the glass. About a finger's worth of head formed upon the pour but quickly faded. The beer is very cloudy too.

S- Pure hop bomb, as one would expect. The hop presence is noted immediately upon popping the cap. I'm getting mostly pine aromas, but hints of citrus and grapefruit also.

T- I really get nothing more than the hops. Mostly piney characters, as noted in the smell. No malt balance, all hops.

M- Light and nicely carbonted but very bitter. The hop bite sticks around for awhile.

Not a bad beer, but really just something I would only buy a bottle of once. It's rather pricey for a 12 ounce bottle too. Still a good one for hopheads to get under their belt.

vic21234, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of kif
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Deep Amber color with a cream colored head

S: Lots of hops. Mostly pine, although there is some citrus hops as well from which I mostly get grapefruit. There is a bit of a sweet malt smell as well

T: Lots of piney hops that hit you right up front. There is a bit of sweetness at the backend to try to balance it, but the Hops linger for awhile.

M: Light to medium body. Leaves your mouth with a dry feeling, almost like tannins in wine.

O: I know its called 1000 IBU and they want a ton of hops, but I wish it was a bit more balanced. I think a decent effort for what they were attempting though.

kif, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

deapokid, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of johnhenryconway
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

johnhenryconway, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

ADTaber, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured into a tulip on tap at The Refuge on 1/27/12.

Looks strange for a DIPA. Milky milk chocolate with a tan head, which even looks sticky. It looks thick in the body and head. The foam laces well, as one might expect. The aroma is intensely hoppy. Woodsy, earthy and piney. Aggressive. Not much malt, but I'm sure it's hiding behind the hops somewhere. The taste is like drinking a pine tree. Not in a bad way though. Acidic, abrasive, intensely bitter. Tingles the tongue bitter. Again, not much could be detected about the malt bill, but whatever it is it serves well as a stage for the hops. Aftertaste isn't aggressive. Smooths out very well, which surprised me. Thick feel, this has a dry finish.

I would have called this thing Hop Shot. You have to sip it, it's so abrasive. It's not bad though. I knew it was going to try to kill my tastebuds, which is why it was my last beer of the evening. This feels like a man's drink. I like this in the same way someone would enjoy a scotch and soda. I add the soda because it's not just annoyingly hoppy. Mikkeller really smoothed out the aftertaste to make it as drinkable as possible. Still, I wouldn't want more than a glass. Très intéressant.

Philousa, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of theempire
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

theempire, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of AngryNucleus
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Poured into a snifter. Pours a murky light brown color. About a finger of head. Retains a thin layer of head. Looks like it should be interesting.

S - Piney resin smell with some alcohol. Definitely can tell that there are a lot of hops but it's not overwhelming. Has a subtle sweet malty smell that balances the amount of hops well. A pleasant IPA aroma but I wouldn't classify it as outstanding.

T - Not as aggressive as a lot of American imperials tend to be. The hops are at the forefront here, as advertised, but are not harsh. There is a subtle malt sweetness that serves well for balance. Alcohol comes through at the end to remind you of the ABV. Hop aftertaste sticks around for a while but is not unpleasant. Is a good representation of the style but doesn't do a lot to differentiate itself.

M - Medium-light body. Feels thin but not in a bad way. Carbonation was medium and I would say spot-on for this beer.

O - This was a tasty beer that I don't regret buying. With that said, I won't be rushing out to buy another any time soon because the price was a little steep. This was a solid imperial IPA but it was not life-changing.

AngryNucleus, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of ESPNman
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Poured into a Stone RIS Snifter, perhaps not the best choice for this beer. It pours a hazy off-amber, almost greenish hue. One finger of off-white head that stuck around for a while.

S - Hops, hops, and more piney, sappy, floral hops. There is a faint bit of burnt sugar and caramel in there, but mostly mind-bending hop aroma.

T - Much like the nose, this one is truly a hop bomb. Piney, floral, and a little citric. The pine is what really hit me hard on this one. It was like running headfirst into a pine tree with my mouth open... truly a stunner to the palate. There is, surprisingly, also some of that burnt sugar malt in there as well. It does a good job of lending some semblance of balance to this monster of an "IPA".

M - Thick, sticky, and heavy. It has a little bit of carbonation that keeps it from being overwhelming, but this one is not to be trifled with. Truly a fine example of a "sipping" beer.

O - A great beer to try once. I don't think I'll be picking up many more of these due to the price tag, but I'd wholeheartedly recommend it to any hophead.

ESPNman, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of onewordheadline
1/5  rDev -74.2%

onewordheadline, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

BenTherHppedThat, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev +3.4%

roblund, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +3.4%

ohtheguilt, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

kiki3drt292, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of AndybIPA
4/5  rDev +3.4%

AndybIPA, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

polishkaz, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of tsauce2
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Reviewed from notes on 12-31-11

P: 12.7 fl oz bottle into a snifter.

A: SRM is mustard yellow. Hazy. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: A hop explosion. While the palate may not be able to taste anything over 100 IBUs, the nose can certainly smell over 100 IBUs. Big piney and citrus hop notes, honey sweetness, and malt.

T: Huge hop flavor, but not overly bitter. Very well balanced. Honey sweetness and malt base are discernable. Aftertaste is piney and resinous hops with malt and honey.

M: Full body. Surprisingly smooth and balanced. Malt and honey add texture and a moderate creamy feel. Semi wet finish.

O: Very good. Nicely blended and balanced. Huge hops, but honey and malt serve as excellent counterpoints.

tsauce2, Jan 13, 2012
1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.