Bravo Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Bravo Single Hop IPABravo Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
83
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 38
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.

Photo of cdizinno
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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)

Photo of avalon07
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of malt, hops, and a little citrus.

T: This is an odd direction to take an IPA in: A malt-heavy flavor, with a relatively small amount of hops. There was a little citrus, but not that much. Not a totall unpleasant taste, but nothing to write home about either.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a terrible beer, but there are better IPAs (a few by Mikkeller) that I'd choose first.

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.

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.

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Bravo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.