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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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BA SCORE
83
good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2011)
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Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

psoriasaurus, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of bluesplit63
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

bluesplit63, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of cdizinno
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange amber color. Clear with a nice off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Nice citrus and mild pine/earthy tones.

T&M: Medium bodied. Well balanced. Very smooth and tasty. Orange and lemon citrus notes with a decent hop bitterness.

This is a very good beer. Very similar to the Mt. Hood except more bitter.

cdizinno, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of nlfrenette
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

nlfrenette, May 24, 2013
Photo of neckbracesub
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

neckbracesub, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Farnswurth
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Farnswurth, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

thierrynantes, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mikkeller Single Hop Series strikes again- this time celebrating the extremely bitter, fruity, and floral Bravo hops.

As with all of the Mikkeller Single Hopped beers, Bravo starts with a much better expected pour of hazy deep copper while carrying an ivory foam cap that takes on rocky appearances early and dense creamy structure late. Thick lacing rounds out the nearly ideal appearance. This beer is classy!

Malty-rich aromas are layered upon by a woody, grassy, rooty scent that carries undertow scents of white grapefruit pith and lemon zest. Mint and orange also ride along the caramelly base for a fairly well-rounded balance of malt and hops- at least to the nose.

Flavors start balances as the caramel malt base is met quickly with citrusy grapefruit, orange and lemon zests. But the beer quickly morphs into bitterness that surpasses citrus and grows into the realm of grassy, piney, and woody flavor and extreme resiny bite in finish. Low on fruity esters and phenolic spice, this beer is all about the firm malt base and the aggressive hop showcase as an education about the Bravo hops.

Richly textured to start, the early mouthfeel is creamy and malty with substantial dexrine character and carbonation. But as the carbonation subsides, the crispness of hops set in and usher in a dryish and minty wood-like finish. Lingering bitterness of citrus and woody, grassy flavor allow for an extended finish that lasts well into the next sip.

(Although I'm a big cheerleader for the Mikkeller Single Hopped beers, I'll still contend that a drier, less malty, and cleaner beer would showcase the hop flavor much better.)

Ideal for fatty American foods and spicy Thai cuisine, I can see this beer holding its own and becomming part of the food profile and not simply a thirst quencher or palate neutralizer.

BEERchitect, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

danieelol, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus and pine notes, exactly like you expect an American IPA to smell.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of pine notes, as well as a little bit of grass from the hops. There is also some orange citrus in the flavor, but it is fairly well hidden. The biscuit malt keeps the bitterness fairly low, even though there is a lot of hop flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
4/5  rDev +9%

Caudalie, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Beerenauslese, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of PJK
4/5  rDev +9%

PJK, May 19, 2013
Photo of Poupae
4/5  rDev +9%

Poupae, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +9%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of rarbring
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded amber brew, a warm off-white head with little lacing and small curtains.

Citric smells, grape-fruit, resin, wet grass.

Tasting of toffee, bitter oranges and a pepper spiciness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, oily, a long dry finish.

A nice straight hop character.

rarbring, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As part of my Xmas Hoppy Holidays IPA celebration, this is #2 on the list.

As with others, this pours quite well. A medium caramel/brown color. Foam is great, white, fluffy, sticky. Enduring.

Aroma is more citrus that the Super Galena, but I wouldn't call it citrus-y. It's subtle but not unrecognizable.

Taste has a bit of a grassy-ness to it. Wood, maybe. Again, nothing major, but it's there. The malt is a bit light, almost hollow, but this is an IPA...I'm here for the hop profile. It does a good job of showing off this variety. It's not a strong presence. Citrus and some grass. I want to say it tastes "yellow". Crazy, I am.

Mebuzzard, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy apricot hue which leaves a three finger creamy head that hangs around and sudsy clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is definately more subdued then the Citra and is more like fresh roses,lavender,peach and bubblegum,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of bubblegum,kiwifruit,peaches,a touch of rosewater,german malts with a crisp bitter finish and i know the hop is American but the german malts really dominate this to really give it a German feel but its nice enough and id drink again cheers.

ADZA, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap numbered 8161103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, subtle pine, and floral notes. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel hop, citrus hop, and subtle pine. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Based on the aroma I got on this one, I thought this was going to be a really nice hop to try, but the caramel hop aspect mixed in with the citrus hop profile just didn't work for me. It wasn't bad, but just not my favorite in the Single Hop line-up that is available from Mikkeller.

thagr81us, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

TheQuietMan22, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark colored amber. Forms a large, creamy, light tan colored head that reduces down to a thick, creamy surface coating. Very light lacing.

S: Some caramel malt, but mostly pine and lots of it.

T: Caramel malt. Pine, pine resin, piney bitterness. Dry. With a slight herbal pepperiness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A good IPA. Lots of pine, but not overdone.

Florida9, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  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.

beerthulhu, Sep 03, 2012
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Bravo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.