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1000 IBU - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 64
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Nickls on 03-16-2010

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.


Photo of BARFLYB
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

Photo of bark
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of benclimbs
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of drpimento
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


Photo of Jeffo
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jaxon53
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to FishGetter for grabbing me this brew. Served this beer chilled, in an over sized snifter, from a 12.7 ounce green paper wrapped bottle. Here we go.

Appearance: 1000 IBU pours out a deep, dark amber brown color. A semi hard pour yielded about a solid finger of thick, frothy, beige head. Head faded away very quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam sticking to the glass.

Smell: Where do you begin? Nose is loaded with hops. Almost too much to comprehend. Tiny hints of malt hidden behind a wall of hops. Smells quite sweet, and almost barley wine like. Smells medicinal and boozy. Quite an earthy aroma to it.

Taste: Not exactly what I was expecting. I was expecting a complete palate smasher, but not quite. Hoppy nonetheless. Medicinal, slightly piney. Some sweet malt comes through in waves and sweetens the beer abit. Hops come around again in the dry finish. This beer is sort of all over the place. 9.6 percent ABV really shows itself.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full bodied mouthfeel for sure. Carbonation is lower. Sticks to the palate nicely. Probably the best feature of this beer in my opinion.

Drinkability: A tough drink for me. probably because of the sweetness. Not a bad beer though. A novelty brew in my opinion.

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

12.7oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. The synthetic cork was a pain to get out.

A- Pours a very deep red, pretty much brown. A small head, only about a half finger's worth that recedes rather quickly. A bunch of sediment sits at the bottom of the glass.

S- A big amount of hops, with a fair amount of floral aromas with it, mostly grassy. Just the slightest hint of malt and a little bit of caramel.

T- The hops seem fairly mellow but they still get their point across. A surprising malt base that really evens this beer out. Like the nose, some caramel in there and some good grassy notes.

M- Not nearly as bitter as one would have thought with a name like "1000 IBU". Though the bitterness does stick around long after the initial sip, which I rather enjoyed. A little dry on the finish. Medium to full bodied.

D- A good amount of bitterness but not palate crushing like I was hoping. I was impressed with the lasting bitterness. I know that Mikkeller makes some out there offerings but I feel this one is surprisingly balanced regardless of the name.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the Hulmeville Inn for this one.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy brown with alot of sediment. Almost equivalent to muddy brown water with a great light brown heading.

Smell is more of a malty beer. All roasted and a bit of a bitter hop aroma but not what you would expect for a 1000 IBU beer.

Taste again more of the same a heavy malty taste with alot of a burnt caramel leaving's of sediment. Again decent hoppiness but 1000 IBU's I would question it just doesn't seem to be that bitter.

Mouth is medium bodied with great carbonation, does leave a heavy oil hoppiness that makes a film on the palate.

A decent IIPA but nothing spectacular. More of a malt lover IIPA with a decent hop kick.

Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark amber with two fingers of head, which has decent retention and lacing. The aroma has pine, grapefruit, and sweet caramel malt.

The taste is very malt forward and sweet at first. More so than I expected. Becomes more bitter as you keep drinking. Pine, grapefruit, and caramel malt are as strong in the taste as they were in the aroma.

Full bodied, syrupy, and the carbonation is a bit high. Very oily, and the hops come to the front the more you drink. A decent beer overall, but not the best DIPA on the market.

Photo of TrueRates
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky apple cider color with a tint of a cherry light brown. Slight pop with the cork and no head buildup. Much more fruit pronounced than expected on the nose. Some prune, popcorn, orange blossom, pine needles, and dare I say a gallon size of hop pellets. Holy bananas! That is like a hop tea bag teamed with an imperial ipa all coached by one bitter Bill Bellicheck. Yes'sir! There's even a sour component that is so interesting with the bone dry finish on the palate. Will that finish ever end? There's so much depth and attention to detail with all ingredients. By no means is this straight hop juice. There's the malt shining through, the aromas prancing on fruit tones, and an everlasting finish that just seems to never stop. This is truly incredible!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep hazy red brown pour with a creamy light tan head that leaves sticky lacing in its wake. Big dense bready / caramel malt backbone alongside a blast of piney resinous hops. Earthy and herbal it's a bit of an odd hop profile. Somewhat fruity as well in there.

First sip brings a sweet candy inflected malt upfront with a bready caramel backbone and decent sweetness. Big piney, resinous hops kick in a bring a blast of bitterness. Flows down with lingering earthy, herbal hop tones and a long puckering bitter kick. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Good mellow carbonation throughout. Goes down pretty smooth and really this is not as bitter as I was hoping. Nowhere near 1000 IBU, not that it is even possible. Fairly drinkable, sorta like an imperial barleywine. Glad to have checked it out.

Photo of sweemzander
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 14/1/12 printed on the cork.

(A)- Pours a dark dark mahogany color that produced a good tan foamy head that coated the sides of the glass with lacing as it dissipated. One of the darkest colored DIPAs I have ever seen.

(S)- A big piney dry blast of resin-like lemon with a big malty background of caramel-ish lemon.

(T)- Same as the smell. A huge malty background of caramel and toffee with a lemon citrus that flows into a full bodied dry bitterness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. One of the biggest malt profiles of any DIPA I have ever experienced. At the same time, this is so heavily hopped that the bitterness and citrus of lemon and pine is almost chewy when combined with the malt. This almost has to have that big malt profile, otherwise this would taste burnt.

(D)- Definitely an interesting take on the style. Malty as hell, but also hoppy as hell. I am glad to have tried this, but for the $12 price tag for a mere 12.7oz. of beer, I would much rather grab a good six or four pack of something else in the style. Good though. Becomes very cloying the more I have of it.

Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts a while.

Smell: super strong pine, grapefruit, and bitterness warns the tastebuds through the nose what is to come.

Taste: hearty caramel sweetness with a very strong and biting bitterenss. Grapefruit, pine, lemon zest, and a leafy bitterness is almost over the top.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp and very dry to start, smooth and very dry at the finish. Aftertaste is very long as the dryness and bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: one bottle was more than enough in a session. A definite slow sipper, and keep some water handy to refresh your tongue after the glass is empty.

Photo of rarbring
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clouded deep red amber, with a light brown head that leaves an enormous amount of lacing.

The smell is fresh citric, oranges, clementines, lime and grape-fruit, fresh pine needles and resin. Nearly overpowering.

Butterscotch and biscuits upfront, qucikly then the cirtric juisces, to be replaced by the bitter oils that fills your senses and satys for a loooong time.

Medium low carbonation, smooth and dry. A warm feeling.

This is almost to much hops, but as such damned good hops. Must be enjoyed sloooowly.

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

A: Decent fluffy 1/2 finger head fades slowly over murky muddy rusty brown colored beer.

N: Not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Some spicy and fruity hops, a little earthy and citrus hops, but not so heavy on the hops. Not super hoppy and heavy. a slight musty fresh resiny hop. WIth all the hops is a slight malty base but hides the booze well, at least on the aroma.

T: Weird as hell! Lots of heavy hops, very bitter! Some fruit hops, citrus, tangerine, earthy and very piny hops. A little resinous hop flavor with some hop extracts too. A little minerality and salty flavors too. Slight chewy malt base and some sweetness with the malts, but hides the booze well as well on the taste. A slight toasty malt too.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Heavy bitterness on the finish too. More heavy spicy hops with more hop extracts, hop resin, and just lots of hops in general. A looong lingering bitterness. Lots of long orange peel and citrus, pine, etc etc etc. The 1000 IBUs really don't come through until 10 minutes after you finish the sip and it still tastes like you are swallowing it. A slight juicy fruit on the finish. This might be the first beer I've reviewed that the finish is longer (in words for the review) and heavier (in taste) than the initial taste. Crazy muuu fuuu!!!

Photo of ahalloin
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live Review.

The synthetic cork was very sluggish coming off the bottle and even when I did get it out, there was almost no audible pop. My reaction when this happens, with all beers, is to immediately pour rather aggressively into my chosen glassware to try to stimulate head. (yeah, I know what I just said) This turned out to be the wrong approach, as I generated a ridiculous 5 fingered head that took a good 5 minutes to recede. Ample time for smelling, I guess.

Pours a surprisingly dark, dull mahogany brown with little clarity. This is much dark than all DIPAs I've ever seen. Darker and duller than Surly Furious and 120 IPA, which are pretty dark for an IPA and DIPA respectively. I would even classify the head as light tan. The head lingers in full for quite a while atop the beer and leaves tremendous lacing the "high water" mark.

The smell is very pungent with huge notes of pine sap, pineapple, strong tea leaves, slightly sweet cocoa, and gritty citrus. "Gritty". I don't know why, but that is how I would characterize the smell. It smells like it should be crunchy. Weird, I know. Maybe I'm off my rocker today.

Taste: The taste is biting from the ridiculousness of the hops. An extremely long bitter aftertaste rips through your mouth after each swallow. More and more, it feels like I'm breathing fire after each sip. The front of the taste has a decent but subdued malt backbone with strong notes of pine. As it lingers, I get a slight unpleasant buttery note, that might be due to it sitting on a store shelf without being chilled. Like I said, the finish is ridiculously bitter. My wife is going to hate me when she gets home, because this will do a number on my breath for a good four hours!

The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous without a bunch of carbonation. It seems very chewy to me as well.

Drinkability: This beer is drinkable for the hop heads and strong flavor types, but others will probably hate this. It is unapologetically harshly bitter.

Overall, I have to applaud Mikkeller for making a seriously bitter forward beer without it being too unbalanced.

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4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Nice copper, ruby pour with a huge caramel colored head and great lacing. Lots of floaties in this one. The nose is all fresh hops and resin with a touch of malty caramel sweetness. One of those beers you enjoy with your nose also. The taste is, as expected, all bitter hops, at least initially. But it becomes nicely balanced while retaining a nice bitter finish. Nicely complex with loads of bitter hoppy resin and pine offset by some nice caramel maltiness. A unique taste that definitely stands out amongst Imperial IPA's. Hugely drinkable, smooth and creamy, and a little chewy at the same time. As always, Mikkeller has come up with a world class beer. Still one of my favorite breweries that I wish I could get more regularly.

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