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1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 63
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
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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 SubpoenaDeuces
2.62/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mikkeller 1000 Ibu, Imperial IPA 9.x% abv

A: Murky brown with little light passing through, exceptionally dark for the style, a white thick head with large bubbles

S: Strangely smells of figs, raisins, the scent is totally off for the style it seems more like a belgian tripel on the nose, boozy finish with a bit of wafting heat

T: This reigns itself in as an imperial IPA at the aftertaste, the front taste of it is sweet with notes of dark fruits, a confusing crossover beer that is far from an imperial IPA

M: Again, this whole endeavor feels like false advertising. You expect from the color and the head retention that this will be some huge malty Denogginizer experience, then the beer rushes quickly down and away without much lingering or coating. The only really exceptional part is the awesome barky aftertaste that has a ton of chinook. If there are 1000 IBUs in there, it is questionable whether they are working in tandem

D: This is not exceptionally pleasant and it is amongst the most disappointing mikkeller offerings and the 500ml for 13.99 further compounding my chagrin. It is not without its limited charms, but the prohibitive cost and strange crossover status makes it hard to place or recommend. I don't really understand the utility of 1000 ibu when most of it doesnt register on the human palate. It would be like a mixed media art exhibit with audio tones outside the human auditory range.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My dad purchased a bottle of this and offered to share it with me. Of course I said "Sure". This was a pretty damn delicious beer, too.

Pours slightly murky and orange amber in color with a decent, respectable sized white head. Some bits of lacing dot the glass and the retention was quite nice; the head lasted for nearly the entire session.

Aroma was pure hops. I did get a bit of caramel and some chocolate in the background but the hops were certainly the show here. Piney and citrusy with a touch of herbaceousness. Malt lent a background role where it belongs in a Double IPA.

Solid flavor. The beer started out slightly sweet with the caramels malts but almost immediately jumped into a barage of hops. The hops werent completely over the top. It was really bitter but there was no astringency. The hop flavor was predominantly piney.

The bitterness starts to wear a little thin at the end but I thought this was a solid style example. I would compare it to a less sweet Ruination with both being equally hoppy and equally good. Solid work on this one.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 120z bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Old Speckled Hen pint glass - thanks fellas!

The bottle was corked and caged, with the cork being nearly impossible to remove from the bottle - it was a synthetic cork and was twice as long as any cork i've ever seen!!!

A: Pours a hazy deep amber/dark honey hue with a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of lacing in my glass and chunks of yeast at the bottom.

S: Earthy hops - pine sap and mint, raw biscuit dough, raisins and toasted grain.

T: The hop is strong, floral and dominant throughout - there's a big citrus blast - like grapefruit rinds, the malt helps balance the hop flavor somewhat but luckily doesn't stick around too long to muddy up the good amount of bitter resiny hoppiness.

M/D: Medium bodied, smooth start with a sticky/resiny finish, the mellow carbonation lends nicely to the style, with a lingering bitterness that coats the mouth from the good amount of hops. The drinkability is surprisingly friendly for a DIPA and I could easily post up on a few of these in a single sitting - where the hell are they hiding the the booze in this one??? At 9.6% there's hardly a trace of alcohol!

Photo of korguy123
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6721011 (stamped on the back of the bottle; bottling date?)

A- Hazy burnt toffee colored pour. Three finger soapy light tan head. Slowly recedes to finger width cap that just clings to the glass.

S- Bitter floral right off the bat. Resinous pine, juicy grapefruit, mandarin. Slight buttery note. Slight cat urine hiding in the back. Sweet malt backing and nice roundness.

T- Wow... Pure hop kick. Just bitter, no floral pine or fruit. Just straight bitter. Smooth malt sweetness just before the dry bitter onslaught commences.

M- Medium bodied, chewy at first, quickly jumps into overdrive and dries your mouth out like sand paper.

O- Bitter and glorious, dry and wonderful. Just hoppy bliss. Not nearly as sweet as I intended it would have to be.

Photo of Pundarquartis
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow! I really didn’t expect this beer to be good. I wanted to taste it just for the sake of it, but I really thought it would be greatly imbalanced, oh was I wrong. The first that strikes you is the aroma, it’s like going out in a flower garden in the middle of summer. Citrus, earth, leaves, grass, fruits, all of this just blends together to one of the most perfect aromas I have felt. The taste isn’t either all that bad, surprisingly balanced with fruity and citrusy notes on the one side and bitterness on the other with an intense taste lignering on and on, but oh my, is this a hop fix. The main problem with this beer is its utter destroyal of one’s palate. You really cannot feel a thing on your tongue more than half an hour later. Overall it is deeply recommended.

Photo of AgentZero
1.99/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Rusty-nail colored beer with yellow on the edges and a small white head that left some splotches on the sides with poor retention.

S - Ash, hops, rotten malts, caramel, sickly sweet sugar, more sugar, rubber and other gross smells. Kind of not good.

T - Tastes like vulcanized rubber, rotted vegetables, rotted pineapple, and bitter hops. This is disgusting and I am having a hard time getting it down.

M - Somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Pretty gross beer, not as undrinkable as its BA Version, but bad nonetheless. Avoid.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller 1000 IBU, 12.7-oz bottle bought at Oak Tree in South Plainfield, New Jersey, for god-knows-how-much-but-a-lot-for-sure.

Dark green bottle, sort of a Heineken color. Corked (very difficult to pop open) and wrapped. Whatever it takes to make it more appealing and expensive...

Appearance: Served in my goddamn Sierra snifter, 1000 IBU pours like champagne, light and happy, producing a beautiful one-finger head of a nuanced chestnut/color. Exceptional retention (head lingers) and lacing. An outrageous amount of sediment floats at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Very hot and boozy. Malty! Reminds me of Flying Dog Double Dog and Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, that nourishing bready cookie-like pungent aroma. Some citrus hops too, cooked and musty. Not fresh hops. Like canned pineapple juice exposed to the sun and baked slightly.

Taste: An extreme bitterness takes over the mouth. No, actually it attacks and conquers the mouth, then the brain and the whole body. It made me shake! Puckering as fuck. Massively hoppy, with a dry and bitter finish that hurts so good. And a ton of malt to go with the hops. Not much else, though. One-dimensional but brutally delicious, if you like it strong and bitter. Again, I am reminded of Double Simcoe and Double Dog.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor, medium carbonation. Hot and prickly, did I mention the bitterness? Packs a punch and then some. Super dry- have some water nearby! The hops stay with you forever, sticking like glue to the tongue.

Overall: I like this one a whole-cone hop-a lot. Particularly when it warms up, the full effect of the theoretical 1000 IBU shows up. Immensely drinkable to boot, even at room-temp. Very well balanced. I do not see all that barleywine-like sweetness a lot of reviewers pick up.

I have never had a beer that makes me shake from the utter bitterness! If it weren't so pricey, I'd buy another one (or two or three).

Photo of Netdigger2
4.87/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

II had this on tap at Barley's in Greenville and decided I needed to make my first review.

It pours out a deep bronze with a bit of a copper tint around the edges. Decent carb and a 1" bleach white head with little lace.

The smell is very citrusy with a hint of pine and lemon zest.

The taste is overwhelmingly bruising bitter. The hops take over with a dryness that lingers well after. There are some floral notes, but they quickly are subdued by the citrus and piney HUGE hop presence. It is very acidic and to me, a massive hophead, pleasing. The malt used is very hard to detect, but I'd imagine a bit of maris otter, honey and acidulated resin as the base of this.

The mouthfeel is difficult to determine with the lingering bitterness, but I suspect this beer to have a lot of unfermented residual sugar that makes the hop stick to your palate long after the beer is gone.

Overall, this is an amazing DIPA second only to Hopslam in my opinion, solely because it ruined my Sculpin that I had immediately after. I literally tasted it for a solid 15 minutes after leaving the restaurant. Try this beer on tap, I'd imagine it would be fresher- rinse your mouth out after.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle wrapped in green paper. The Bottle was Caged and Corked.

A- Deep brown with lighter edges. Almost non-existent off-white head.

S- Fermented Fuit and sugars, some spice scents

T- Rasins, sugars, toffee.

D- Super sweet and syrupy. No Hoppiness. For a beer named 1000 IBU, I was a bit let down by how sweet it was, and not hop forward.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip...aged for about 9 months or so

A- pours a reddish shade of brown with a one finger offwhite head. The head is pretty dense and leaves excellent lacing. There is a LOT of sediment in here that floats to the bottom. Looks unlike nearly any DIPA I've ever had...

S- it's got that heavily hopped aroma that many of your stronger DIPAs have. Almost a breadiness to it. Some citrus as well. Kind of blah smelling

T- this is nowhere near as hoppy as I assumed it would be upon first bottling...I was a little put off by the 1000 IBU tag and wanted it to mellow out. Well it has, and it's nice and malty now. The hops I'm getting are more of a mellow citric in nature. It's not a hop bomb. Pretty solid

M- it's got a bit of a syrupy quality to it, that's for sure. Very thick beer

O- I don't mind it. It's a nice Mikkeller experiment, but not something I'd be hunting down again

Photo of beerthulhu
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A 2 finger creamy beige head rises to the occasion with sturdy and lasting results. Dark glazed caramel apple coloring is filled with a dense nature of macro yeast sediment that quickly settled to the bottom of the glass. Thin stratified rings line the glass. Within lied a nice suspension of fine and misty yeast cake floating about in a soft rise of carbonation.

S: Freshly squeezed grapefruit and citrus. Fresh pine with a flowery scent is backed by a sweetness of caramel grains. Nice scent, moderate strength, but 1000 ibus? Hardly.

T: The flavor displayed a nice level of bitterness of grapefruit pulp and a good deal of alcohol presence. Toasted grains, bitter hop juices pack a punch of hops straight to the bitter glands of the tongue. Complex? Hardly, 1000 ibu's?, in theory maybe, but does pack a wallop of hops in the top % of ipas. A bitter assault of the tongues bitterness, most likely loaded early and often with a extended boil. There appears to be a bit of sam bucca type licorice on the trail. All in all a boat load of hops for people who like their ipas loaded to the point of total satuation, freshy citrusy, grapefruit yet fairly soothing in a enjoyable way, even for 1000 ibus.

M: Nice consistency, near full body with a soft carbonation. Dry grapefruit and licorice line the tongue on the swallow.

D: If its hops you want, there is no shortage here. A good shock to the taste buds, for the over indulgent, yet not so much where you wouldn't want another one. Worthy of more.

Photo of BrewerB
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Healthy Spirits out of sheer curiousity. The name and paper wrapper certainly got me wondering...

The beer poured a moderately hazy, orange-amber color left legs as the beer swirled in the glass. Formed a fluffy 2-3 finger head composed of very tiny bubbles. Lacing invited a whiff. Hop-dominated aroma showed pine, sweet candied orange, marmalade. Intense aroma. Alcohol was present but not hot. First sip yielded a resiney, instense hoppiness with a slight toasty middle and a long lingering bitter finish. Medium-light in body with moderately high carbonation.

As an IPA-aficionado, a beer proclaiming 1000 IBUs is a must-try. But the overwhelming bitterness that lasted long into the finish detracts from my overall opinion.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 3-25-11

A - clouded dark amber, small offwhite head reduces to a ring

S - really quite sweet malty nose, some light bitter hops in the background

T - Very sweet again, hops in the back are dry.

M - surprisingly thin, a bit flat, quite smooth.

O (D) - not bad, and for being about 4 months old, it's a good deal better than expected.

Photo of brew3crew
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy red with nice head retention
S-smells like old hops, almost fruity
T-very sweet maltiness. His definetley has some age on it but it doesn't detract from the beer at all.
M-medium bodied and very smooth
O-interesting idea. OK beer. More like a barley wine than an I pa.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy brownish orange. A good amount of white head. Very thick and almost syrupy. Smells sweet and hoppy. Very sweet. Tastes bitter and so hoppy its more like syrup. Sweet and tastes almost like hop extract. Super bitter and very tasty for what it is. Not that great but for what it is it's surprisingly good.

Photo of jale
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at crunchy's in east lansing.

A: Pours a hazy amber with red hues and two fingers of head that lasts for an eternity.

S: Hops, and...?

T: Hops, hops and hops. Hops up front in the middle and finish. Sweet at times but mostly hops. But what do you expect from IBU's this high.

M: Medium body with great carbonation.

O: Glad I was able to try this on tap, but I could'nt finish this one.

Photo of DefenCorps
1.69/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Max's before the Agalloch show. I ordered this so I could lower my rAvg.

Amber copper with a beige head with great retention and nice lacing, I can already tell this will be sweet. And that's what I first notice - overly sweet with a moderate hop bitterness with pinesol and grapefruit. The palate opens sweet, ridiculously slow, caramelized and sugary, revolting, even. Bitterness is high, bruising and harshly unpleasant. Full in body with a sweet and bitter finish, this is not even close to being a good beer. Maybe time will make this an acceptable barleywine, but I'm not counting on it.

Photo of Oneeighthcuban
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich copper color that's a bit cloudly. Fair amount of sediment floating throughout, appears to be maybe bits of hop, possibly from dry hopping.

S: Floral at first. Hops really hit you, but can smell the malt coming through. Enjoyable smell.

T: 1000 IBU's, which obviously is far beyond the human threshold for taste. Very bitter. Enjoyable. Hit with the hops taste, the bitterness lingers for a long time after drinking. Not balanced, but obviously they weren't going for balance.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side. But not offensive.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's not anymore bitter than other IPA's I've had, so the 1000 IBU's thing is just a gimmick. Would buy again.

Photo of OddNotion
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a trade with my buddy in Illinois.

Appearance: Pours a dark and murky brown with a 1 finger thick light beige head that just does not want to recede. Holding it up to the light allows me to see a few floaties in suspension

Smell: Well it seems to me that the head is hiding the aroma and will just not go away. I'll get back to this part later. Head finally recedes and I am just met with some boozy scents and a little bit of dark fruit in the background.

Taste: While it is quite bitter off the bat, I am met with a bunch of conflicting flavors. Not a bad thing at all, shows me a lot of complexity which is more than I bargained for with a claim of 1000 IBUs. I catch some fruit flavors and ultimately by the end of the sip this beer is not bitter what so ever. Booziness comes out as it warms a little.

Mouthfeel: Little on the thick side but it works for this beer. Carbonation is there with a nice tingle. Later on the beer gets a little flat.

Overall: Would not revisit, another subpar offering from Mikkeller. I only say subpar because of the price, the beer was alright but not worth that price tag. I know it was from a trade but based on the price of other brews by Mikkeller I can say I would not buy it myself. I am glad I had the opportunity to try it

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes 3/12/11. Thanks to THECPJ for splitting this one.

A: Pours a dark orange with lots of sediment and floaties. Fortunately, most of the sediment was left inside the bottle. A huge 2.5 finger white head formed and had great retention with spotty lacing.

S: Was expecting some overpowering citrus hops, but the aroma was floral and piney. A decent sized caramel malt backbone aroma comes in at the end.

T: Lots of oily hops, not overly bitter though. Dominated by the hops as expected, but there is a sizeable malt component to keep everything in check..sort of.

M: Had a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, extremely dry though, felt like it was sucking the moisture out of my mouth.

O: Not as much of a hop bomb as I was expecting, especially based on the name. Definitely unique, and overall pretty good. Glad to have had it, but probably won't pick it up again due to the price point.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger chunky off white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops lots of hops, malts

taste: wasn't exactly sure if this was actually 1000 ibu's but the taste was much better then expected. floral & citrus hops with sweet malts, decently balanced considering the name. and the finish sucks all the moisture out of your mouth.

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

drinkability: definitely not a beer I would seek out. but the novelty behind it was great enough that I had to give it a try and I'm glad I did.


Photo of seeswo
2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12.7 oz bottle, date code 6721011, so 2/10/11?
Anyway, this pours a reddish brown that really glows behind some light...and illuminates quite a large amount of floaties (as such, I didn't pour the last oz in my glass initially, but failed anyway). Basically, the same deal as double crooked tree. The head is big, tan and hangs out for a while. The smell is that imperial ipa sweetness with some brown sugar richness and a bit of generic bitterness. It smells like an american barleywine. The front is the smooth sweetness that you get in a beer like 90 min, that finishes with a brutal bandaid twinged hop bitterness. There isn't so much a strong hop flavor as there is a wave of sweetness and then a punishing, almost flavorless bitterness (other than the off bandaid flavor). Ill bet this beer would be really good rated as a barleywine after sitting for 2 years. Right now, the taste is disappointing, and borderline just bad, outside of it being an interesting experiment. The bandaid element of the finish pushes it to 2.0 taste territory. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, medium carb. Seems fine. That finish strongly limits the drinkability. Share this one with a few friends if you really want to try it as it gets less appealing as you move through the bottle. But, maybe don't because it doesn't taste good.

Photo of uustal
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a ruby red with a brown hue. Huge, great looking head. Pure looking pearl white with hints of red and brown. Stays with the beer throughout and lines the glass. Aroma not what I was expecting. Mostly malt scents. Caramel, dark fruits, cherry. This one is bitter for the sake of being bitter. Little or no cohesion to the flavor profile. Pine, hints of citrus and some English malts in the flavor. Bitter throughout and then the pine bitterness attacks again on the finish. Off-putting. This isn't really a big hoppy beer, just a bitter beer.

Photo of ChrisPr
1.7/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer pours with a thick head. Muddled aromas and hops and malt. Ruddy color with suspended particulates. The taste is of big, but unimpressive malt and a harsh bitterness that isn't particularly hoppy but is rough and lingers far to long.

Overall this is a complete failure of a beer. It is certainly not sn American double IPA, more like some failed attempt at an imperial red ale or something.

It seems to me that this should have been dumped rather than bottled for the public. I know if I'd have brewed it that's what I would have done. I'm sure it was an expensive beer to brew so maybe that wasn't an option.

Photo of dmsohyea
2.41/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

2/28/11 poured from bottle into snifter glass.

A: Dark reddish brown with orange tinted 1 finger thick head. Moderate lacing down the glass, but not impressive.

S: Smell was a huge turn off for me. Strong malt flavors and brown sugar. Minimal noble style hops, but they're far overpowered by the malt.

T: Malty and bitter. All I can taste is brown sugar and crystal malts. The bitterness is there, but for something labeled 1000 IBU I was very disappointed in the bitterness. Some alcohol on the finish.

M: very thick and viscus, but had a moderately clean finish. Definitely the best part of the beer.

D: Not drinkable. Poured about 1/2 the $14 bottle down the drain. What a waste.

1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
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