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Bravo Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Bravo Single Hop IPABravo Single Hop IPA

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 71
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rated in 2012.
Strong aroma is more fruity than hoppy, mainly sour orange with a subtle grapefruit note, and a hoppy tone that is more woody then evergreen. It pours a dark, bubbly, reddish amber bordering on mahogany with a thick, fluffy, palest golden-tan head. Flavor is fairly hoppy, though not as much as many other IPAs I have tried. It has firm fruity notes, sour orange and a little apple and grapefruit, as well as a bit of malt. Hop component is largely woody and not at all bitter - it is fairly sweet as far as IPAs go. Firm texture has a good amount of fizz. Not great, but still enjoyable. (603 characters)

Photo of GFM
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

All of the single hop offerings by Mikkeller have the same basic look, feel and flavor profile, with only slight variations in tone and taste. Like this one, pours a somewhat dark and cloudy amber shade with moderate head. For a modest ABV (just under 7), the smell is surprisingly boozy. Not a bitter hop bomb; sweetness and malt backbone are very evident. As I said, hard to distinguish among the beers in this series. All solid and a nice IPA alternative to the citrusy or bitter West Coast offerings. (8.0) (510 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a bottle poured into an American pint glass at Beer Revolution here in Calgary. Rather dark in color, a brownish red amber hue with a copious amount of dark beige head. Not one of the better known hop varieties at this time ... All the descriptions I've found say to expect a rather pungent high alpha acid piney and spicy experience without a ton of citrus or tropical flavors. Does smell reasonably fruity and floral, recalling gummy worm candy and citrus rind, along with the expected earthy and spicy notes. What I found odd was that although the hops were prominent on the nose, the taste was initially rather malty. The first gulp was all molasses, toffee, and (I swear) chocolate cake with just the barest hints of orange rind and tobacco. Not what I was expecting. Does evolve toward a more salient hop flavor, evoking a chocolate orange and then some cigar tobacco, kitchen herbs (rosemary?), bitter leafy greens, pine needles, and nutty green tea, with some currant notes showing up late. Consistent with the malt-forward palate, I found this brew to be on the chewy side, with a somewhat prickly mouthfeel and a flavorsome finish that includes continuously developing spicy citrus peel and toasted notes. Unique IPA in its malt profile and evolving hop flavors that start small and grow rather earthy and spicy as happens with Bravo's parent Zeus. Maybe too malty for the style, which is interesting considering that other Mikkeler single hop brews do not yield this effect. Could have been an old bottle but I suspect not. (1,542 characters)

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 ounce bottle into a teku glass. Beautiful, majestic, glowing, deep orange in the glass. Head retention all the way down, beautiful lacing coating the glass the whole way as well. This is how an IPA should be made - American craft breweries take notes. Perfect infusion of the hop into the beer... Feels like shoving your face into a giant bag of hops. Your tastebuds and nose will be assaulted with hop character. Perfect malt balance. I would bathe in vats of any one of the Mikkeller single hop series any day, and the Bravo is no different. (548 characters)

Photo of timmy2b
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz Bottle poured slowly into a pint glass. Very dark orange, red, amber color. Has a large amount of malt that is being picked up by the nose. No noticeable hop scent at all. Very malty with a little bit of almost sour bitterness. There is no hop flavor at all. The head was very minimal and was gone as I was only 1/3 of the way through the glass. Feels very heavy in the mouth. May have waited a little too long on this one as I see that it has been retired. (462 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne by my brother.

Pours a hazed amber hue, quite deep and quite dark (indeed, perhaps slightly darker than the others in the series), with a fine froth of yellowish film across the top that stays as a solid ring around the edge. Some streaky, soap-suds lace, and fine stremas of carbonation when tilted. Body looks solid. Overall, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is spicy with hops, with a very herbal, almost savoury tone to them. I get suggestions of rosemary and lavender, along with a slight nuttiness and some sweeter citrus: orange pith perhaps. Slightly earthy as well. It strikes me as the sort of aroma you get from high-alpha, low-oil hops, suggesting Bravo's better used just for bittering.

Strangely enough, the palate is a lot sweeter than I expected, with fruit characters of peach and a little marmalade coming through. There's still a prickly, herbal bitterness along the spine of the beer, but the body cocoons it meaning that it doesn't have the broad impact or the resiny bite on the finish it might have had otherwise. In the aftertaste are ghosts of those herbs: rosemary, perhaps a little thyme. It's pleasant enough.

Feel is solid enough: faintly round and smooth, with a carbonic percussion.

Overall, this is an okay IPA, but perhaps a lesser entry in the series. The hop really didn't wow me with anything it had, and in some senses it just didn't have the skills required: the aroma is too dank and herbal, the bitterness restrained (at least as it is used here). Certainly not one of my favourite Mikkeller single hops. (1,595 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 22/5/13

A murky brownish amber with quite a bit of sediment, yeast I'm assuming, lots of slow little bubbles moving through what appears to be a thick liquid, solid two fingers of foam has great retention and leaves a few distinct rings of lace followed by random patches

S earthy nose with faint pine and some floral hops, yeast and caramel, nothing too exciting

T a little rind but its not very strong, much like the nose, tastes a little faded

M leaning towards full but you don't have much time to judge before it foams up, mild grit after the fact

O It's OK but nothing special, pretty basic and it just doesn't taste fresh even though it just showed up in Alberta

I'm glad I tried it but I wouldn't go looking for a second bottle, not sure what to make of the 8161203 I see on the cap, the 12 might be an indicator of an old IPA, I'm off to check Pappat444's site Fresh Beer Only and see if I can get to the bottom of this (970 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is cloudy amber. A finger or so of dense, buttery, light tan head dissipated slowly, leaving a spotted lacing, dense ring around the edge, and foam stuck to the glass. There is also quite a bit of floating sedimentation.

Smell: Mostly malty with lemon zest and a bit grapefruit and orange. Sweet caramel, toffee, honey, a little pine, grassy and earthy hops.

Taste: It has a thick, full mouth-feel. The hop bitterness attacks the taste buds; I could even feel a tingling in my jaw and ear. The bitterness aside, there is lemon zest, grapefruit, orange, pine, and earthy hops. The bitterness weakens as it warms, but the malts are overpowered except for hints of toffee and honey.

Drinkability: This is a bitter pill that demonstrates the power of Bravo. (853 characters)

Photo of SamJory
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Craft Beer co in brixton.

Poured in a tulip half pint glass. Appeared a hazy copper with a fluffy white head.

On the nose was floral hops and sweet malt, good so far.

Taste was disappointing, some bitterness upfront but it didn't last, the malt took over and the beer had a really thin, weak mouthfeel.

I don't know if the keg was old, which may be the reason why the malt took over and the hops lost their kick. Won't seek this out again (453 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bière & Chopes, and tasted 2013.

Appearance : amber color, with white foamy head (w lacing).
Smell : hops, malty and caramel aromas
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and dry hoppy flavors, nice bitter finish with long duration.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style India Pale Ale. (313 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, medium golden amber colour, with three bulbous fingers of rocky, foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some chunky swaths of lace around the glass as it lazily ebbs away.

It smells of sweet, sugary caramel/toffee malt, orange cream, bitter pine resin, and a whiff of edgy, though short of harsh, warming alcohol. The taste is pungent leafy, piney hops, some acrid citrus pith, lemon cleanser, mild tropical fruit notes, and a bit of further herbal, grassy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body an adequate medium weight, and more or less smooth, what with the somewhat overbearing hop influence. It finishes off-dry, the bitter hoppiness setting the tone over the waning bready malt.

An agreeable enough single hop IPA, the Bravo varietal capable of holding the fort, as the bitter and sweet qualities pair off quite well. (886 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep bengal orange with apple highlights for color. A dense showering of effervesce fills the inner vessel while a 3 finger buff tinted head is rocky and sturdy atop. The lacing shellacks the glass with a meaty coverage. Rocky barges of foam sit atop like an ice cream float.

S: The aroma is floral with a strong minty scent. Apple peel fruitiness with a light touch of herbal hoppiness.Things are rounded out by soft toasty cereal grains but defined by the minty hopping.

T: Apple cinnamon crunch cereal, strong minty and floral hops meet you up front with a lingering minty flowery bitterness that soon follows. Herbal hints of dill, spearamint and alcohol soon close out.

M: Minty mouthful, frothy texture that was edgy, creamy and dry fading with a bitterness.

O: Overall the bravo hops highlight a minty-floral flavor that is definitly unique from most other hop experiences and begs a try. (905 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows piny and grapefruit hops, along with a resinous note. Also a fair whack of rich sweet caramel.
Flavours follow along those lines; lots of sweet, syrupy crystal malt, resinous hops and soft grapefruit/pine. Finishes with an assertive bitterness, but the malt wins out in the end.
Body feels a bit too syrupy.
Too much malt in my opinion, almost cloying. (401 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of earthy hops with light citrus undertones and dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by a nice dose of earthy hops with some citrus undertones and a light bitter finish. Body is full with good carbonation. Not my favourite hops varietal but still very enjoyable nonetheless. (395 characters)

Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Leura Cellars. Old-style label.

Pours a classic IPA-colour. Malty red. Great head/lacing.

Smell is leafy hops and orangey malt.

Taste is the same and excellently balanced if not mind-blowingly pungent.

Mouthfeel is crisp, decent body with subtle bitterness.

An unambitious textbook IPA. (303 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a huge, pillowy whitish head.

S: Very straight-forward aromas of biscuits, caramel, grass, herbs, bitter orange, and lemon are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuits, lemon, grapefruit pith, bitter orange, kumquat, fresh herbs, grass, and juniper berry wash across the palate. The finish is bitter and long with notes of citrus, herbs, and juniper very pronounced.

M: Medium-bodied, chalky, filmy, and very dry. Carbonation is fairly firm. Alcohol presence is virtually nonexistent. This beer will dry your mouth out very quickly, making it somewhat difficult to drink.

O: This is a decent single hop IPA, but it is nothing really special. I'm not that familiar with Bravo hops, and I doubt many other people are, so getting to experience some of the flavors they produce is enlightening. Still, this is not the best of Mikkeller's single hop experiments. (906 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours a very cloudy shade of orange with a two finger slightly offwhite head. Clarity on Mikkeller's IPAs remains awful

S- very nice citrus aroma...pungent, and lovely

T- starts off with come nice citrus, the finish is extremely bitter, and almost tastes soapy. Uh....ew

M- medium bodied

O- you know, I love the idea of these single hops....but the execution is awful. This is my last one, at least (448 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that never completely faded away and left a thick coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrus and tropical fruits in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrus and tropical fruits along with some hints of pine resin. The hops also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness, which isn’t overpowering but lingers through the finish. Similar to the beers in the single hop series, the taste has notes of caramel from the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn’t deliver a strong punch of hops as do other American IPAs, but I enjoyed the taste of the hops because they offered a few different flavors even though one variety was used. (949 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger of creamy white head which gives way to creamy sheet lacing. Pours a mid to dark amber colour.

S - Mostly pine in the nostrils, some tart lemon and caramel malt.

T - Pine again, some citrus peel, slightly peppery and resinous.

M - Medium body and carbonation, nice solid bitterness coming through.

O - Probably my least favourite of the single hops I've tried (Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin, Citra) but a good IPA by comparison to the norm. (452 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Mikkeller bar in Copenhagen. Served in a Mikkeller snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some fruity notes. I'm getting some berries. A mild hop bitterness shows up as well.

Taste: More hops than the smell. Some fruity and bready notes from the malt. Bitter citrus peel hops show up, mostly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This wasn't a bad beer, but I thought it was too malt forward. The fruity notes were a little bit weird. (629 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent for an IPA, though at first it seemed oddly hot. Another detractor is the higher carbonation. But the spices and hop tones come through "okay" here. Like all of the others from this series, things seem clogged and meshed together and there is no real strong defining characteristics that severely separate it from the rest. An expensive "okay" beer at best. (364 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a one-inch foam that lasts a long time and leaves a fine coat of lacing.

Subdued and a bit fruity, perhaps pears. The background has grapefruit and grass.

Very bitter, this one is all hops with some pine and a long, sharp finish that is as powerful as the entry.

Medium body. Fizzy, almost overly carbonated. Some alcohol. High astringency and palate-coating.

This was enjoyed as part of a self training exercise to distinguish hop varieties, but it would still make a fine component to a meal.

Sampled from a pint glass alongside the Centennial Single Hop IPA. (617 characters)

Photo of dpasotti
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, dead-on copper color with solid head and good thick lace. Promising aroma of red apple, pear, grape, and some sweet caramel malt. Very similar to El Dorado hop character.

Similar flavor. Pear, apple, and other non-citrus fruit with caramel malt in back and a hint of perfume. Not all that great. Usually Mikkel finds a way to make these single-hop beers surprisingly complex, but this is an exception. The bitterness seems a bit harsh too. Balance leans toward the sweeter side, which works fine.

Carbonation is at least medium, with medium-light body. Seems a little spritzy. Well, this kinda kills my plan of brewing a single-hop Bravo beer, but I'm glad I spent $5 here instead of $30 for 5gal that would surely turn out worse than this. The best aspect of the beer is the super-fresh, clean hop aroma, but it lacks the punch of a typical IPA. (854 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is amber orange with a decent head that lasts.

Nose is earthy and floral with a touch of mint.

Tastes earthy and floral at first, then with a little tangerine/grapefruit fruit and a spicy tingle on the tongue. Finishes bitter.

Body is typical of the single hop series, medium with a good level of carbonation to produce a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This showcases a pleasant bittering hop variety with earthy, floral, and fruity components. (453 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a very cloudy amber orange with a big 2 finger off white head that left spotted lacing

smell is funny and there is some off notes here - and those off notes overpower everything else here - yes there are bready malt and citrus hops but the take a backseat to that funkiness

taste - the off notes present in the nose are not here in the flavor - yes there is some tang but maybe that is just the bravo hops? good balance of bitter and sweet - hops are juicy and fruity

mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation - smooth and creamy

overall - while i love the idea of a single hop series they have not produced a mindblowing beer or really given me an idea of what each hop bring to the table - the more i drink mikkeller beers the more overrated they get (for the price) (787 characters)

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Bravo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.