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1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.72%
Wants: 57
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
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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 tpd975


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

10-26-2010 23:14:02 | More by tpd975
Photo of Lldeegan


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

10-21-2010 08:21:58 | More by Lldeegan
Photo of megahurts4


4.93/5  rDev +27.1%

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.

10-09-2010 05:04:51 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Stigs


3.88/5  rDev 0%

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.

10-05-2010 01:22:43 | More by Stigs
Photo of bbeane


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

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!!


09-29-2010 00:48:47 | More by bbeane
Photo of ADZA


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

09-25-2010 06:13:04 | More by ADZA
Photo of scottfrie


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

09-21-2010 01:08:28 | More by scottfrie
Photo of siradmiralnelson


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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?

09-04-2010 01:34:11 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of hopstradamus


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

08-30-2010 19:32:52 | More by hopstradamus
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

08-25-2010 20:40:16 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of fear025


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

08-21-2010 02:37:46 | More by fear025
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

08-15-2010 00:35:22 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of RoyalT


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

08-07-2010 02:41:14 | More by RoyalT
Photo of sholland119


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

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.


08-05-2010 00:46:41 | More by sholland119
Photo of BARFLYB


3.18/5  rDev -18%

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.

08-01-2010 22:14:41 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of oglmcdgl


3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

08-01-2010 21:53:51 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of stakem


3.88/5  rDev 0%

Review from notes taken on 6/12/10

Green 375ml bottle with a synthetic cork, dating of 14/1/12. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a cloudy amber brown color. Despite the most careful pour, uncorking this bottle made the sediment stir up from the bottom and get stuck in suspension. The head appears a yellowish creamy tan and sticks in patches of lace about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is all hops, mostly citrus and herbal in character with a bit of pine. Some dark notes of carmelized sugar come across with a smell that is almost burnt.

Tasting this brew is all about the hops upfront. Brutally bitter it pierces the tongue and has a drying quality about it that brings out the hop flavors reminescent of pine and herbs. The malt has a dry burnt sugar/caramel like flavor. Both the hop flavor and bitternss is amplified by the alcohol which is readily noticeable in both warmth and astringent taste. The hops finish with an oily feel that lingers in the mouth.

Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation. As it warms, the depth of the hop flavor changes a bit to become more piney and a bit grassy but still quite herbal. The nose however takes on a more complex mixture of sweet smelling fruity hops that are a bit floral and sweet smelling. Very contrasting when you go back in for a sip. Overall not bad.

07-27-2010 19:19:01 | More by stakem
Photo of Bmoyer0301


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%


Well after about ten minutes I wrestled the cork out of this small green bottle and I was surprised to not hear much of a pop noise or any kind of hissing. Tonight I pulled out another one of my favorite snifter's, my Troegs Mad Elf Christmas glass and I poured ever so carefully because I noticed there was a hefty amount of yeast on the bottom of the bottle and I didn't want to get any in my glass. I guess I spoke too soon on the pour, no matter how gentle I titled the bottle and the glass there was just massive amounts of yeast chunks coming out ( see photo ). Now, this isn't a terrible thing and won't impart any taste it just knocks the appearance down a few points. This beer poured a murky reddish brown with a nice thick bone white head about two fingers thick, and aside the chunks in the bottom of my glass this looks real nice.


This baby is just bursting with citrus, with all kinds of fruits jumping right out at you. I'm pulling out oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, and even something that reminds me of grape juice. I don't want to forget the malt because there sure is a lot of it hanging around here with solid amounts of caramel and beady notes. something seems to remind me of toast with some molasses smothered all over it, other than that it's pretty one dimensional and just a straight up hoppy beer.


Unlike the nose this is very complex on the palate giving you different types of bitterness and sweetness as it travels around your mouth and down your throat. Right off the start I get loads of piney almost evergreen tree notes then it sweetens up quite a bit and the caramel shines through. Then when I swallow it there is another huge surge of the hops that resemble Sunny Delight and even after I swallow it there is a waxy residue that coats your mouth with hoppy goodness. There is a fair amount of heat alcohol that goes with the beer very well and delivers the burn quite cunningly and I can even taste the previous sip quite a few minutes after I put my glass down.


If you like extreme beer this one is for you, with a huge bouquet of hops, sweetness and alcohol this is a winner in my book. I enjoyed how complex this beer really was and that it wasn't over done and just packed with hops and no flavor. Although it was sort of a gimmick claiming it was 1000 IBU's the price was right and it was much better than other imperial IPA's I've had before. If you want to take gamble on this beer I'd definitely say go for it due to it's a solid double IPA not because you want to experience a beer with a 1000 IBUs which is not even possible.

07-12-2010 17:03:13 | More by Bmoyer0301
Photo of bark


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

The colour is deep brown; the liquid is clear. The four fingers high head is warm beige. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is loaded with massive amounts of American hops: Lots of grapefruits, hints of fish and meat, peppermint. But there are also a very sweet and malty flavour of German rye bread. Although there is quite a lot of bitterness, it is not as massive as I had hoped for.

The taste is bitter. But the bitterness is not of the aggressive kind, it is very cleverly balanced by the very sweet partly roasted malt. Some bitter herbs and a hint of fresh vegetables, citric fruits, apricots, dried apples and rye bread. Body is medium. No alcohol notes are present. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild with a robust background bitterness, hints of matured cheese and canned citric fruits. The bitter aftertaste is very long lasting.

The carbonation is mild; the many small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is a bit sticky.

A DIPA with more focus on the malts than I had expected. Dangerously drinkable, though.

07-11-2010 22:39:04 | More by bark


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

From 12.7 oz green bottle to oversized wine glass. Best by date of 14/01/12. Sampled in April of 2010. Just over a dollar an ounce.

Before I get into the appearance of the actual beer, Mikkeller needs a few accolades for the presentation...It's immaculate. I don't mind the synthetic cork or the green glass, not only because it works with the label art and overall concept, but because the bottle is hand wrapped in a matte paper with gorgeous design. Vertical poly-tone green stripes provide the backdrop for a whimsical line drawing of Mikkel thiefing a sack of hops. The composition is minimalistic and the typeface contemporary. Unfolded, the paper wrapping becomes a 10" x 14" poster.

A: I'm hoping that the lack of sound from uncorking is due the synthetic cork and not an improper seal. Nothing to worry about. A large 2 finger orange cream colored head is both frothy and creamy and it lasts forever. The body is a medium dark shade of chestnut-amber and rather opaque. Lacing sticks in sheets of sedimentary layers.

S: Heavily malted with toasted caramel and toffee aromas. Heavily hopped, too, with candied orange peel and pine resin and needles. Maybe a little herbal. The yeast imparts a sweaty and musty component with an obvious Belgian-esque dankness.

T: Definitely a bitter bomb but it is nowhere near what's expected from 1000 IBUs. Alcohol is slightly noticeable at colder temperatures. Suggestions of Grand Marnier soaked pineapple. This beer is spicy and has mild chalky and vegetal qualities. The flavors last long, are mildly sweet throughout and harshly bitter. This is a successful American style DIPA with obvious Belgian flare (it was brewed at de Proef Brouwerij). A rather intense DIPA and possibly nipping on the ankles of the barleywine style.

M: The mouthfeel is medium full for the style and has a creamy yet gritty texture. Fine bubbles with a lively level of carbonation. Astringent on the tongue and bitter on the finish. Warming alcohol is more prominent on the second pour, which also unleashes stronger, crisper fresh pine sap aromas and flavors than were initially noticeable.

D: Very good despite the sheer intensity. The flavor, while still very enjoyable, is the weakest attribute for me (for no other reason than that is is overshadowed by the rest of the wonderful experience). Highly recommended.

07-11-2010 12:29:03 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of jrallen34


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Thanks to Bosse for this.

375ml bottle into a tulip.

The beer pours a medium brown color, murky with lots of light brown colored yeast floaties. The head rises about three fingers of tope head, good retention, and lacing...The aroma is super hoppy, tons of pine and metal, this is really over the top hoppy, too much for me...The taste is a hop bomb, its just sticky resin and hops from start to finish. Its almost so bitter it dulls the senses, but then it grows on me and I kind of like it. But its a little straight forward and simple, which it was more complex and then I'd really enjoy the taste. The start is a little malty caramel, wish that carried its way through...The feel is really nice, very heavy and lasting flavor, lots of feel on the mouth...A little tough to drink the whole bottle.

Overall, this is ok, nothing special. If you're a hop head, go for it, if not you should probably skip it.

07-07-2010 20:34:08 | More by jrallen34
Photo of benclimbs


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

pours very nice with a massive sticky head and some nice lacing, visible carbonation as well

smell is some nice clean citrusy hops along with a subtle caramel dark fruitiness, you can definitely pick up the belgian yeasts in the nose

taste is pretty balanced, not very bitter at all - a lot more like east coast ipas than west, it finishes with a profound hop flavour though.

overall this is a very good double IPA, balanced, with lingering hop goodness...not what i expected, but very pleasant indeed

07-07-2010 00:35:07 | More by benclimbs
Photo of drpimento


2.65/5  rDev -31.7%

aaaahhh, shoot; I think I mighta got a bottle that just ain't up to snuff. Poured with a nice thick, foamy, frothy medium sized light tan head and some lace. Color is and yellowish brown with LOTS of tan chunks of sediment floating in suspension. Aroma is funky, leather, yeast, hops, butterscotch, caramel, malt, sweat. Flavor is pretty much like nose. Body is kind of heavy and well carbonated. Odd barnyard flavors in the finish that aren't that pleasing. Sure looks kinda crazy, like it's got a disease with spots. And what with the smell and taste... Ironically, maybe it's actually kind of healthy, what with all the yeastoids in it yet. I'd like to try another.

07-01-2010 23:14:17 | More by drpimento
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

Picked up this pricey gem at Enoteca in North Idaho... Shared with the Ditmier and inflatablechair.

Pours with a thick frothy off white head... great retention... the brew is hazy lite amber.

Nose shows the expected pithy citrus and lite pine... enough sweetness to pull the hops up and out of the glass.

Big bitterness up front that doesn't let go until the finish... I honestly would have preferred more hop flavor instead of just a palate shredding hoppiness.... but hey... that what he's shooting for. more sweetness leans toward caramel malt...

Body is medium/heavy.. lighter than expected carbonation.

I really did not care for this one... Don't care about the gimmicks, but honestly I just thought it was too sweet and the bitterness never let up... I "appreciated" it, but that's as far as it goes.


07-01-2010 08:08:53 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Jeffo


4.7/5  rDev +21.1%

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a 375ml bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big 3+ finger thicker looking off-white head with great retention. Auburn brown or rosewood read in color, which is a little darker than most in the style, with a bit of carbonation and a few floaties in there. Head fades slowly to a thick foam cap leaving some immediate lacing. A good film remains and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. A good looking uniquely colored double India.

SMELL: Pale and caramel malts in there, with touches of pineapple. Lots of floral hops and heaps of grapefruit aromas. Pretty big nose on this, and it's not nearly as one dimensional as I thought it would be. It even smells like it'll be bitter.

TASTE: If you like extreme beer, this is your bag. Obviously not 1000 IBU, as that's just the name of the beer, not the actual value. On the first sip, bitterness comes at you in waves. When you think it's all there, the next wave hits. There is some caramel malt sweetness and toffee notes up front, but this is all quickly swept aside in preparation for the assault. Floral hops and lots of bitter pine and grapefruit splash down through the middle and into the finish. The aftertaste is very bitter and full of piney and citrus hop notes. It's huge and lingers for eternity. I could still taste the last sip with the hop residue hours after it was done. Holly bitter shit. A bit of booze in there works well too. Massive, and very impressive.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and oily slick with a bit of a bite at the end. Finishes nicely mouth-coating. Great feel on this one.

OVERALL: I can understand why some people don't like extreme beer. This was just a whole lot of stuff thrown into a bottle, but at the same time, it is the extreme beer fan's wet dream. If you like big, bold, massive examples of extreme beer, this one will not disappoint. This was probably the most bitter beer I've ever had; the bitterness just wouldn't quit stomping me into the ground. What was even more impressive is that there were other nuances, aromas and flavors to complement the beer as well. A masterpiece of extremity. Another gem from Mikkeller.

06-28-2010 13:03:11 | More by Jeffo
1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
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