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1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 59
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of elgiacomo
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz corked & caged bottle, difficult to open as the synthetic cork didn't give any grip. First time I've used channel locks to open a brew. Recent batch delivered to Georgia. Should be fresh and hopefully will be good considering the $11.99 price tag.

Pours murky copper/brown with lots of floaties and a thick, large foamy off-white head that leaves rings of drippy lacing and holds a rocky island forever.

Aroma is pungent and strong hops, citrus, pine, dank, resinous hops. Incredible strength. Never met more hops per square sniff in my life.

Flavor is resinous hops upon resinous hops, tons of bitterness, some caramel malt that is obliterated by more resinous hop bitterness. An overabundance of hops and I love it!

Mouthfeel is oily, medium to full, medium to high carbonation.

Yes, we are well into the realm of theoretical IBUs, but the bottom line is this is bitter as hell. One-dimensional, but it is the one dimension that I was seeking and expected from this over-the-top brew.

elgiacomo, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of SilentSabre
2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured up a rather cloudy caramel brown colour with a spotty, off-white head. Smell was very hoppy (citrusy), but not *as* outrageous as I was preparing myself for. Outside of the hops, there was little else.
Upon taking a sip, I involuntarily winced and thought to myself, "oh, *there* it is." This beer is "practical joke" hoppy. The level of pine resin in this is ridiculous. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this beer is capable of etching the enamel off of your teeth.
The advertised 9,6%abv is well hidden, but it hardly seems worth mentioning considering how obscenely bitter this thing is. One can actually feel the sticky, resinous hop oils in the mouth.
This is certainly not for me. However, a friend of mine wanted to bring something unique to share with a small group, and I do believe he succeeded. While I didn't care for it, I am glad I had the opportunity to try such a bizarre concoction.

SilentSabre, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on Tap at Sail and Anchor, Fremantle
21st Feb 2011

A - Not sure about the pour but it resembles a Baileys Irish Cream, or a widget beer that never settles, The head is indistinguishable from the body.

S - Smells of heavy piney notes

T - It's a massive pin ey flavour combined with booze. The back of my tongue is zinging with bitterness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation and suprisingly smooth.

D - It's a very overpowering beer that not everyone will enjoy, but you should try it anyway, because it's a pretty unique experience.

eric5bellies, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle into a tulip

A: Deep amber color with a red hue. Excellent thick head that holds on for quite some time. It leaves a ton of lacing behind.

S: Wow. It smells really bitter and actually malty as hell. The hops are there but in more of the bitter sense then an aroma component. The heat from the alcohol is also present, in your face a bit.

T: No getting around the IBU's. The bittering hops smash the palate from start to finish. Scientifically the only way to get IBU's this high would be bittering hops. As a result there is a small window for flavor and aroma. Somewhere in the middle there is a hint of the sweet malt and I can even eek out some pine cones and spicy grass. It seems hot on the palate, but I am placing the blame on the bitterness! It comes off really astringent in the end.

M: I can't really tell because my tongue is so numb from the bitter hop blast. It seems relatively full bodied....

D: That is all folks. Worth a shot but not a beer that I will ever revisit. It is an interesting experiment, but 1000 IBU's says all you need to know, crazily out of balance!

Neffbeer, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of david18
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at a place called Beer Temple in Amsterdam, which actually specializes in serving American beer. I love the Mikkeller IPA's and was very excited to see this. The name alone just begs to be tried. It was served to me in a heavy chalice-style glass , which is a negative for me. The overall beer was good but, like many others have said, somewhat unbalanced.

Color was a orange/straw with a very small but potent head. Aroma was mostly hops, citrussy and very nice. The flavor was somewhat unbalanced with too much hops and maybe a little too hot, which also effects its drinkability. I'll try this again when i see it again but it was not as good as I'd hoped.

david18, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of soulgrowl
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rusty brown with an attractive opacity and an ivory head that leaves nice, webby lacing. Star anise in the aroma, with Campari, brandy, licorice, bergamot, and tobacco. Surprisingly not very hoppy and almost Belgian in character. The flavor is disastrously, overwhelmingly malty. This may have 1000 IBUs, but if that is the case then they have swung way too far in the other direction when trying to balance them out; instead of a hop bomb, they've made a malt bomb, with some nice hop notes. Full of caramel and calvados, brown sugar, raisins, and figs, it is rich with dark sugar flavors, uplifted only by a hint of spicy resin and floral bitterness. Sweet as hell. It's like they're playing some kind of practical joke. The great double IPA swindle. What a tremendous disappointment.

soulgrowl, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of GehenHerzog
2.13/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased from Brawley's poured into a Delirium Tremens Snifter.

A- Pours an amber red with a finger khaki/off white head. Decent lacing. A lot of sediment in the bottom of this beer.

S - Honestly smells of straight alcohol. Not pleasant at all.

T- It doesn't have a huge bitterness to it, but the bitterness is all I taste. No complexity to this beer at all. It's all hops and nothing else.

M- Decently smooth beer. High carbonation with a strong bitterness throughout and even heavier in the after taste.

D- Burns going down. It tastes stronger than the ABV (even at 9.6%).

It was more of a novelty for me to buy it. It definitely wasn't worth the price but I had to try it simply because of the name "1000 IBU's." This beer won't be purchased again.

GehenHerzog, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A - Decent amount of particulate. Hazelnut ice tea bown with a khaki head that pours creamy and holds a good lace.

S - Mild pine. Slight BO off-aroma.

T - Not what I was expecting up front: sweet brown sugar and malt. The bitterness doesn't stand up and punch you in the face; it's a surprisingly slow, but incessant, ramp-up of pure bitter for about 20s with each sip. Behind the white noise are pine and tarragon hop characteristics.

M - The bitterness builds and ramps throughout the drink. Otherwise smooth with a medium body and sweet finish - sweet in a relative sense though, considering the intent wasn't exactly to ship a balanced beer : )

D - For my palate this was more of a novelty than a delight, but one I'm glad I had the opportunity to enjoy. The bitterness isn't as forward as some west coast IPA's, but it stacks on your palate pretty fiercely. For most, this'll be the last beer you drink for the night, or at the very least, the last beer you'll taste. That's not to say you shouldn't try it - just try it on the back end of the night.

vfgccp, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of CMB2012
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Local Option. Poured into large mouth wine glass.

This beer pours a translucent cherry red with hints of amber at the bottom of my chalice. It has a two finger off white head that is dense and spongy.

The smell develops to from a bouquet of sweet pine, citrus, cherry, mango, watermelon, and a slight cannabis infusion. Very nice and welcoming.

I wish I could say the taste was as complex and intriguing as the smell. The truth is that maybe it is, but I could not get through the hops to find out. It starts out with a nice pine and citrus hop flavor before the drinker is almost knocked off their stool by the infiltration of hop bitterness that follows. Each sip begins and ends the same, until the end of the drink when there is almost nothing but the taste of IBUs. Seriously, this beer gives the IBU an actual associated flavor. Unfortunately it isn't too desirable. I could not find any malt flavors, but I'm sure they were there for those with more attuned taste buds.

The beer was palatable and an interesting exercise in both the capabilities and limits of hop exposure. I don't think I will rush back for another, but certainly not an experience I regret.

CMB2012, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Very cloudy golden amber with a finger of fluffy white head, which lingers throughout.

Smell - Sweet bready malt and a lot of citrus hops.

Taste - I can only describe this as total tongue domination. There is quite a bit of bready malt sweetness initially, but then the hops kick in. Extremely bitter citrus hops wreck the tongue through the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability. This one is quite sweet and super bitter. After this my tongue was done tasting beer for the night. I know this is called 1000 IBU, and I'm glad I got to try it, but this is just bitterness for the sake of bitterness and I don't think I'll be coming back.

oline73, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Local Option in a tulip.

Appearance: This has a crazy color that I have never seen in a DIPA before, or any beer for that matter. Originally I thought it was amber, but it is actually more of a cherry ruby color with a subuded tan tint. The taupe head is perfectly creamy and retains perfectly well. It leaves a sheet of lace down the side of the glass. I have a feeling each layer of lace has more IBU's than most IPA's have in a glass.

Smell: This smells dangerous. Skip the fruit, this is all alpha acid - it practically rips out the skin in my nostrils. Spicy notes, sweet caramel malt, and a bit of booze come through once I get over the pure bitterness.

Taste: There is a strong caramel sweetness that hangs on for as long as it can before a blistering bitterness kicks in. Pure bittering hops & straight alpha acids, with a little pine and spice. The finish is destructively bitter.

Mouthfeel: Paint-peeling bitterness cleans my mouth of any living organisms. Medium body for such a big ABV beer. Lots of hop resin in the residue.

Drinkability: Well I cannot really drink anything after this, or at least taste anything. It actually gave me goosebumps to drink this. A bit pricey for me to ruin my palette very often. My bartender and I agree, this is a fun experiment.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is also attractive, showing casing some grapefruit peel, orange citrus and a touch of sweet malt. In combination, it gives the beer a fairly fruity aroma profile. The nose replicates the nose to some extent, except I get some noticeable pine and some heat from alcohol in this fairly dry DIPA as well. This beer certainly is pretty hoppy/bitter, but 1000 IBU's? Come on guys. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter, alcoholic finish. Drinkability is OK, though the noticeable alcohol in the finish detracts from it just a bit in this beer.

While nothing to get too excited about, I thought this another solid beer from the folks at Mikkeller. However, considering what this beer costs, I don't think it's the sort of thing I can ever see myself ordering again (thank God for sample pours at Max's).

John_M, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TMoney2591, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a modified tulip glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this beer.

This beer poured a slightly hazy golden orange color. The nose comprises mostly of malt and citrus hop notes in a rather balanced capacity. There is actually a pretty strong floral taste to this beer that is as if you were eating the petals off of a flower. The grassy earthy notes see to that continuing on the palate. The malty sweetness helps balance that oddness out. The mouthfeel is bitter, but not nearly as much as I had anticipated or assumed. This was a good drinking beer.

Vdubb86, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Abelmacias20
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this sitting around for a while and today was the perfect summer-like-day to crack it open. Poured into a Bruery Tulip.

A - Pours a murky deep mahogany color with about an inch head. Head dissipated to a constant ¼ inch with great lacing. There was some sediment floating at the bottom of the glass.

S - Huge hop aroma, malt, dark cherry, fruit & grass

T - Piney grassy notes up front followed by caramel and sweetness, finished by lingering, bitter notes.

Overall, this was very good. As others have noted, it's not a big as some Cali DIPAs. However, I like the hoppy bitterness which lingered in your taste buds far past the initial drink, begging you for another sip. I will definitely be purchasing another bottle.

Abelmacias20, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been staring at this for some time, kind of woried that it would suck for the $14 i spent, but it didn't.
A - deep dark brown, nothing on the head.
S - big hops, but what would you expect, it says it on the bottle...but a deep malt backbone.
T - I liked the hoppiness on this, being a west coast DIPA fan, and i liked the sweet malt backbone in contrast to the citrus domination i'm so used to.
D - this is a beast of a beer, pretty good and glad i had it but compared to some of the other west coast brews this doesn't match up, but to that east coast DIPA fan that like malt domination your good, but still solid, it just depends on your preference.

chickencoop, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours murky burnt sienna with whipped cream stiff head that leaves a solid sheet of film. Nose is skunky resiny sticky candy hops. Sour cherry and sour orange up front, but the hops are already bleeding through - a crushing aspirin bitterness just offset by a hint of papaya juice/fruit compote. Chalky linger. Medium, chewy, sticky and - dusty!

A touch of fruit keeps it drinkable, but it's far from balanced. Super bitter, but so what? This is more a proof of concept than a beer.

StJamesGate, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of WildTurkey
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color. A bit hazy. Thin off-white head. Floral, and Grassy hop and bready malt smell, a bit disappointing. Sweet malts are bit candy sugar like. Fruit taste of apricot. Very bitter of course but not as much as DFH120. Medium to fuller body with lots of dryness.

WildTurkey, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of wedgie9
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Pours dark amber with a whole lot of chunky sediment and a thick tan head with solid retention. Nose is very sweet toasty malt with an underlying earthy component and a small amount of aromatic hops in the background. Flavor is way hoppier than the nose would have suggested, but there is still a good balance with the super caramelized toasty malts and the sweetness. The body is full with soft carbonation and a long super bitter finish.

wedgie9, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of cjacobsen
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +19%
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 +4.7%
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 -48.1%
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 +5.2%
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
1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
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