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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: 55 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website

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 cjacobsen
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brown with a white frothy head on it that had decent retention.

The smell was earthy and very green. A lot of pine, hops, and some alcohol.

The taste was bitter and very hoppy, but I actually expected more, not that I was disappointed. It had a lot of pine and grass taste to it, almost like a farmhouse ale mixed with a crapload of hops and bittering oils. It wasn't a bad taste, but nothing out of this world.

It was pretty smooth for what it was. The carbonation was evident and the bitterness helped to take bites out here and there but it wasn't at all bad.

This beer, to me anyway, seemed like a novelty act. It wasn't a bad brew and definitely worth a try, but it's nothing I would go out of my way to get again. I enjoy Mikkeller and commend them on the attempt and great lengths that they were shooting for on this one.

cjacobsen, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked and caged green bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a really murky dark brown hazy as all hell with a thin off white head that's barely a finger. Dissipates almost instantly leaving some decent sticky lacing.

S- Nice pine and earthy hop aroma up front followed by a strong malt background. More caramel and almost barley wine style malts. Slight alcohol in the nose but not bad at all. Due to this brews age i think it's starting to lose a lot of it's hop presence but they are definitely still there.

T- Wow maybe i was wrong. Strong bitter pine and grassy hops blow you away up front with a nice sweetness in the background from the malts. Definitely caramel and some barley in there. The after taste is intense to say the least, so much bitterness and hop flavor. They weren't kidding about the 1000 IBU!

M- Medium bodied with low carbonation and a insanely strong bitter finish that drys you right out. Definitely going to need a glass of water after this one!


Arenbeer, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came out a murky brown, minimal head. Overpowering vegetal hop aroma out of this one, lots of pine to it.

Taste, again, that vegetable hop flavor, maybe it was the green bottle, but this one just seemed to be so plant like in its taste, plenty of hops for sure, very sweet, I guess they had to use tons of malt to give any semblance of balance to something like this. The overall mouthfeel of it does not lend itself to be something 'uber hoppy' I think I've had plenty of beers with a bigger hop mouthfeel than this. Lots of caramel and toffee with this one.

Comes off at times more reminiscient of a barleywine, but definitely one with a big hop edge, not your traditional English barleywine.

$12 at St. James Infirmary in Reno, a decent price given that it was $10 in stores when I've seen it. Nonetheless, it piqued my curiosity, now that I've had it, I doubt I'll be revisiting it. Was a pretty cool bottle to shoot though, pretty thick.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

Although I didn't get a "pop" from the cork, I did get about a finger of light tan head on a deep ruby beer. The head dropped, but left a nice wisp of foam and some lace.

Aroma is big, huge, gigantic with herbal, grassy notes and resinous hops, grapefruit, and pine. The vegetal quality really stands out, like the bottom of my brewpot after boiling a batch of wort. Very distinct aroma of unfermented wort.

First sip is bitter, almost a burnt quality, heavily vegetal. "Green" keeps popping into my mind. Some malty sweetness detected, but this is by no means balanced. Or even hop forward. This is "green" forward. Very grassy and vegetal. Not all that pleasant. Lingering finish is bitter and vegetable-like, like collard greens.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, some astringency.

Not all that drinkable. I'm glad to have had the chance to try it, but don't think I'll be going back for seconds. Not a very pleasant beer. This experiment is interesting. The results tell you something (don't overpack the he hops too much over a calculated 100 IBU). But other than a curiousity, not much else there.

JamnesCameron, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Trueant1
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharing this with a BA friend. Pours out with NO head. Dark Caramel color. Looks thick. The smells are all over the place. Rich sweet malts, bread dough, grapes, vanilla, "cat litter box" off smells, alcoholic, ect ect.
Tastes of bitter up front with extremely sweet sugars, and an alcohol aftertaste. What wins?, for me, it is the bitterness. The sugars are intense. How many hops, and how much malts are in here?, lOTS! Less carbonated than I assumed. Could use more. I could sip this one any time at 9.6%

Trueant1, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of LevitatedEep
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sharing with a friend, poured into my Chimay glass.

A - No head whatsoever and has a cloudy brown color much darker then most IPA's. Looks like cream soda or root beer.

S - Lots of malt and sweet smelling....also smells like pine tar...does not smell like a typical IPA that I have had but smells wonderful.

T - Very bitter but sweet at the same time...both are battling it out for supremacy, lots of booze. It is like a cross between a bitter IPA and sweet Tripel or Quad.

M - Not a lot of carbonation kind of light on the tongue considering how bitter it is.

D - definitely a sipper and very enjoyable especially with some Fontina cheese.

LevitatedEep, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of flannelman808
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky medium brown/violet in color with a medium plus opacity. Topped with a large bubbled just off-white colored head. Very good head retention and very good lacing. This stuff is sting and holding all over the place.

S: Forest floor and toffee show in the bouquet. Maybe some meyer lemon?

T: Toffee and a bit of pine followthrough. Im guessing they must have used a mostly english malt bill. This beer is very much malt driving despite its 1000 ibu claim. Perhaps this is an older bottle, however I cant help but guess its just one of the many highly sweetened medium highly hopped DIPA's. Pretty disappointing.

M: Sticky

D: medium to high

flannelman808, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of shambeano
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown with about an inch of fluffy white head which very very slowly subsides, some lacing.

S- overwhelmingly hoppy, heaps of citrus, grapefruit and a whole bunch of pine. massive nose.

T- touch of sweetness, but then straight into the hop, lots of citrus and grapefruit again but with a very very bitter finish. surprisingly well balanced, a whole heap of malts than a whole heap of hop and bitter.

M- quite thick and very creamy, lightly carbonation but with a bitter finish that lasts a while.

D- is surprisingly drinkable, but i could never have more than one in an evening.

shambeano, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. A golden medium brown color. Amazing thick, fluffy 2 fingers of head with great spongy retention, and sticky lacing. Getting a bit of citrus, a lot of nutty sweet malt, earthy hop and a thick richness on the nose. Nuts up front. Sweet malt. And then an overpowering bitterness, grassy bitterness on the finish. The finish lingers for decades. Dry. Mouthfeel is a little less carbonated than I hoped for, but I guess that's to be expected from a beer with that much alcohol. I should say that the alcohol is barely present on the nose or palate. Scary drinkability for how much booze is in the bottle. I could kick back 2 or 3 of these 375ml bottles in a few hours and then sobriety be damned. Does it live up to the hype? No. But I dig this beer.

WestValleyIPA, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent over by bosse.

A: Pours a nice orange hue with an average white head. Brew really clings to the glass and leave behind some small chunks of lace.

S: Rich sweet aromas. Loads and loads of pine. Mild sweet citric undertones as well.

T: Rich and sweet. Lots of fresh orange and tangerine. Mild grapefruit and sappy pine. The hops are there but the bitterness is actually rather low. Rich sweet with a ton of candied malt.

M: Low on carbonation, rich, sweet, and a bit of boozy burn in the finish.

D: Pretty good actually. I like it.

tpd975, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Lldeegan
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brick, muddy copper color, with a thick, creamy light khaki head.

Sweet malt in the nose with a lingering booziness. Earthy hop notes give way to a fruity and grassy hop aroma.

A quick bitter entrance with the first sip followed by a nice dose of sweet caramel and bready malt then some fruity flavors, earthy hop and a lingering bitter finish with a hint of citrus peel.

This beer has a medium body with bright and refreshing flavors and is creamy. Very easy to drink.

Lldeegan, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.93/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mikkeller 1000 IBU

Appearance: Caramel, medium head, and great lacing.

Smell: HOPS! and spices.

Taste: Malty hop goodness!

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth

This is a MUST try if you like IPAs. It is hopilicious and beautifully balanced. It has this great lingering bitterness.

megahurts4, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle, served in a 12oz tulip

A - pours slowly witha solid inch and a half of tight and creamy, light tan colored foam. the beer is hazy, with floating chunks of what I would assume to be hop/yeast matter, dark amber in color. covers at least half of the glass in sticky lace.

S - abundant amount of sweet caramel and toffee, hops barely come into play near the second half bringing some dank pine and grass.

T - very sweet, caramel and honey covered bread. hops are present, overtaking by the end with a massive amount of wet pine, pineapple, and melon. some notes of tobacco, spicy yeast, and toasted nuts through the finish.

M - big, thick body with light playful (albeit thin) carbonation. both syrupy coating and slick going down, finishes with lingering pungent bitterness. minor alcohol burn livens the mouth and warms the body.

D - well, this might have suffered from a little bit of age but its not an over the top hop bomb as I was expecting. though, it is nicely balanced, bordering that hopped up barleywine territory...and doing it well.

Stigs, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of bbeane
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A tough bottle to open... little help from bottled up pressure, this one barely pops with the removal of the cork. Pours with a very small tan head with little retention and a little lacing. Beer is a very murky copper color with some larger chunks of sediment and little activity.

S- Smells somewhat balanced... a nice hop skunky hop aroma with a bit of malty sweetness

T- The smell isn't consistant with the aroma IMO... not that that is bad. Very hoppy... grapefruit, bit piney, and an ever so little hint of sweetness... just enough that you notice it

M- Medium body with light carbonation. A very distinct lingering bitterness clings to your mouth

D- I've had this one sitting for a bit so I don't recall exactly what I payed for it, but I would say it was worth what I payed. I'd say it's quite drinkable based on taste though it might break your bank and will definitely get ya drunk... just like Samuel Jackson!!


bbeane, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im always looking forwards to trying a new Mikkeller brew and this one is no exception the cork pops out without much pop noise at all and the brew pours a deep,dark,murky,non see through brown hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head,sporadic lacing and floaty bits of yeast all over the lower sides of the bottom of my glass and i gotta admit it really looks like its going to be thick and resiny i mean i havnt seen an ADII look this brown or thick ever before,funnily enough the smell is not the hop bomb i was expecting it has nice aromas of resiny pine coated hops,some light citrus and sweet caramel malts,the mouthfeel is just what i expected very dense,thick and resiny and after a sip this brew leaves your lips and the sides of your mouth all sticky thats how resiny it feels and exudes tastes of resiny pine coated hops,grapefruit,sweet mandarins,sweet toffee fudge,caramel and suprisingly enough again there really isnt too much of a bitter kick at the finish for a beer of 1000 IBU's its a nice use of sweet malts to round out the finish of this brew and make it unbelievably drinkable,overall its a nice drop that you gotta try that is very drinkable but at its price i wouldnt be buying all the time but in saying that this brew just really re-inforces my view that Mikkeller is one hell of a brewer and i will always buy something new from him that i have not tasted yet cheers.

ADZA, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Best buy date on cork: 14/01/12.

A: Not much of a pop when I pulled the cork out. Pours a surprisingly murky dark caramel color with a couple fingers of extremely dense beige head that slowly faded into an oily film that left sticky oily streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of aged hops, sweet caramel malt, maybe some orange rind, and a kind of leafy sharpness that reminds me of brussel sprouts, tobacco or rubberbands. Yet it smells good.
T: Every sip is a complete onslaught of hops. Despite this beer not being as fresh as possible, it's still got all kinds of grassy, citrusy, and piney hops. There is a hint of yeast in the mouth as well, almost bubblegummy. The sweet malt is right there too to balance everything out. Aftertaste is that of tea, sweet fruits, and tobacco with a subtle hint of smoke. The bitterness on this one last and last extra long after the swallow. Sweet and bitter at the same time.
M: Low carbonation with at sticky mouthfeel and medium-full body. Fairly smooth with no alcohol noticed. Super bitter and oily. Like drinking sap or resin.
D: I don't really know what's going on in this beer but I like it. It's not exactly like a standard DIPA that I'm used to, what with the yeast and smokey flavors, but it's hoppy and bitterer than all hell and drinks quite nicely. If you see any bottles floating around definitely don't hesitate in picking one up.

scottfrie, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip.

A. Big 3 finger head. Thick lacing. Great retention. Nice dark orange/copper color.

S. Smell is heavy on piney citrusy hops. Lots of floral hop smell. Very nice hop smell. A little caramel malt, but almost all hops.

T. Taste is way more malt forward. Not much hop flavor, but a bitter aftertaste. Caramle malt that is not that sweet. The little hop taste that I get is mostly piney in nature.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

D. Good beer. Different than most American DIPAs. Don't know if most of the hops have faded away, but for 1000 IBU's its not that hoppy or bitter. The floral hops are still very strong on this bottle?

siradmiralnelson, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of hopstradamus
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a cloudy, muddy, brown, with plenty of particulate. It has a thick tan head, which leaves behind elegant lace on the glass.

S. Dull and piney, with just a hint of soap. As you would expect, hops dominate, but this is not to say that there is no malt to be found. There is a firm backbone of malt as well. The hops are piney and resiny and cling to the nose.

T. There is a certain sharp quality to the bitterness of this beer, as well as an astringent aftertaste. It's piney and floral and even a little grassy, but also sweet and bold. It is rare to find a beer this hoppy and yet still balanced.

M. Thick, but not heavy, and quite chewy. This beer feels like it looks, half beer- half soup.

D. Like most everything from Mikkeller, I wish I had bought more. This was a rare treat that I cannot buy where I live. Definitely a beer I will seek out again.

hopstradamus, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of CanuckRover
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to rudge75 at Half Pints for this.

Pours a dark cloudy orange. Nice thick head.

Pine on the nose. Not as "jump up and slap your face" as I was expecting.

Shockingly drinkable. I have to say I was a little bit scared, but it's really not as undrinkable as you would think. Pine right through to the end, but a nice helping of caramel to balance everything out. It's in the finish that you get that bitterness punch and it lasts until you clear it out.

Thick like syrup, contribues to the overall resinous experience.

A novelty, but not bad.

CanuckRover, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of fear025
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Sweet malt, and piney hops.

Appearance:Dark brown, and low head, but the head is long lasting with tiny bubbles.

Taste:Extremely bitter right up front, but the midtaste through the aftertaste has sweet caramel flavors, reminiscent of a barley wine. The foretaste tastes a lot like the multivitamins my mom used to feed me, ugh. The aftertaste is surprisingly mellow for a beer like this.

Mouthfeel:This one is pretty harsh. The body is medium to heavy.

Drinkability:I think this is one of those beers that I'm glad I tried, but didn't actually enjoy very much while drinking.

fear025, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This is a beautiful but unusually dark brown color with a gorgeous brown-white head that came up easily and was very delicate.

Smell - This is complicated. Hops are not very aromatic so take a bit of digging to find the right description. There's a light bittering mint aroma and some good citrus, and the citrus is very sweet. I'm getting a lot of spices here especially chili powder and no I just didn't eat a taco.

The malt backbone though is huge. It is very bready with some strong toasty notes and maybe even a little English biscuit. There are tons of malty sugars in here as well. I'd say that, being the purist that I am, the malt was a little big for the hop profile.

Taste - The malts really do dominate this ale. The mix of toasted grain and bready dough highlight the flavor profile. The bittering hops make themselves known but otherwise the hop profile is fairly bland.

Having said that, and having said that you expect great hops from a DIPA, this malt base is amazing and well worth the trip. The bread is incredibly well done and I'd say even maybe the best bread I've found in a DIPA. The toasty flavor is amazing as well. It manages to bring out a powerful toasty flavor without a hint of burntness if that's a word at all. The sugars are of the highest quality as well. It's one of the few times that I've tasted a good baker's style sugar with hints of raw cane to boot. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel - This is the ale's strongpoint IMO. This beer is medium to full-bodied with a light but satisfying carbonation. The smoothness though is beyond reproach. I don't know how to begin to describe it. It feels like someone put a shot of novicane in my tongue before drinking this. The bitterness, which is big but 100% unoffending, somehow smooths out the feel of this ale and the sugars, which aren't overly sweet, played perfect with this bitterness to tone things down and smooth things out. The malt base managed to somehow be intense and harmonious at the same time, and I mean super intense but super harmonious. It is just an incredible mouthfeel and not only deserves a 5.0 rating but is unquestionably the best mouthfeel in a beer I have ever felt. I don't know why Europeans seem to be able to do this so well, but this is a clinic in the art of beermaking right here.

Drinkability - This beer lacked a hop complexity and intensity that I expect from the style which was the only thing keeping me fron doing sumersaults, but otherwise this was an amazing brew that was borderline perfect in every way.

RoyalT, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of sholland119
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber, plenty of foamy off white head and good sticky lacing.

S-Citrus and earthy hops, peppery spice and a deep roasted malt.

T-Deep roasted malt takes the front of the palate, then a tongue coating of citrus, and a finish of pepper and apricots.

M-Heavy, coating, oily, lingering. If these adjectives sound appealing, this is the beer for you.

D-Lovely. Rich and heavy, delicious but a bit wearing on the palate. One is terrific though.


sholland119, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at blue dog tavern in a tulip

1000 comes looking dark bronze muddy brown with a nice structured head that's sudsy, good globs of spraypaint lace around the side.

Smell is muted cold off the tap but some fresh barleywine scents arise. Alpha hoppy small tropics, slight pine. Its hard to describe.

It's really hoppy in a extremely fresh barleywine type of way with hop resin oil. I can't detect any one specific fruit but I do get some pine.

Very acidic and coarse going down, hops on steroids. It reminds me of a lighter version of fresh devil dancer. A step above medium bodied, nicely carbed off the tap, hard to drink.

BARFLYB, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at blue dog chalfont.

A- comes to me with a finger of tan foamy head that settles kinda quick to a sudy skin and some cascading lace. A good swirl brings it back with so vigor. Dark orange brown in color with a signifigant haze.

S- rather subdued at first but with some warming some earthy fruity hops come out and a sweet light roast like salvaged burnt wheat toast.
A bit of.hot spiced apple cider with orange slices in it.
T- very aggressively hopped but I knew that going in. Tons of herbatious hits and bitter grapefruit rind. Pine resins and juniper. Malts add a decent balance with some dark bread and burt sugar. Almost acrid at times

M- tipping towards full bodied and a bit less then medium in carb. Very dry, almost parching. Some heat in there.

D- well I've seen a lot better use out of less hops. Not really all that well inegrated and a bit of a rough time to drink. It leans more in the direction of a very hoppy barleywine. But what do I know.

oglmcdgl, Aug 01, 2010
1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.