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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

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
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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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

10-29-2012 01:46:57 | More by t0rin0
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metter98

New York

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 01:16:21 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-16-2014 02:47:44 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 13:43:32 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 06:01:08 | More by BEERchitect
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-14-2013 21:51:40 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-11-2014 21:52:00 | More by Knapp85
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:25:30 | More by biboergosum
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 04:46:48 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone added this to beeradvocate but didn't bother reviewing it? Why?

Beer on draft with 18 other single hop IPAs at Churchkey. This year's versions were all hopped with the same AMOUNT of hops rather than last year that were all hopped to the same IBU. The result being drastically different beers. This one, Bravo, was hopped to 103 IBUs. Served in a snifter.

Beer is reddish orange with a white head, some lacing on the glass, low carbonation.

Aroma is slightly more fruity than the other ones I've had but this is less floral as well.

This beer is supposed to be hopped to about 100 IBUs but I can't tell at all....at all. This beer is quite tame on the bitterness, the lead off is sweetness and mild fruits, some alcohol and moderate to low bitterness on the back end. Not really a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 18:17:00 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 19:55:22 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2012 02:27:46 | More by oline73
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 06:07:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 19:02:51 | More by beerthulhu
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 03:38:21 | More by Mebuzzard
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

03-21-2014 04:09:30 | More by afsdan
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 02:38:36 | More by wordemupg
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bark

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-11-2012 17:52:00 | More by bark
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 11:21:05 | More by avalon07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 14:45:52 | More by thagr81us
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gford217

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle alongside Cluster and Sorachi Ace versions.

Pour is very similar on all 3 with a clear orange body with uniform off-white heads. This version has the best lacing and retention of the three. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom.

Aroma is floral, slightly grassy, but does have more citrus than the other two. Some faint lemons and pineapple though they're not dominating by any means.

Taste is sweet malts with a little bit of oranges and a slightly bitter grassy finish. The hops are definitely not prevalent here either.

The mouthfeel is consistent across the three with strong carbonation and a medium to light body.

Overall, this one is definitely better than the Cluster but probably not as nice as the Sorachi Ace though they are very different beers. Not bad but not one I'd revisit.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 00:43:52 | More by gford217
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 12:44:30 | More by mrfrancis
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-29-2012 07:17:04 | More by tbeckett
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 04:11:32 | More by CrazyDavros
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ADZA

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 08:34:17 | More by ADZA
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Bravo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.