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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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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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. (1,823 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 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 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 drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (799 characters)

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. (506 characters)

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. (638 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 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 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 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. (614 characters)

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 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 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. (755 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 gford217
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (813 characters)

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. (526 characters)

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. (411 characters)

Photo of david18
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to Rattle N Hum in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring a number single hop ipa's I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. At this event, there were a number of british and european hops which made it all the more interesting. I recently had a flight of Tettnanger, Cluster, Soriachi Ace and Bravo.

Tettnanger: This one was a little less like and IPA than a Pale Ale. Very interesting aroma and a bit on the sweet side but overall very good.

Cluster: Again, not so much an IPA as it should be but also very good. A bit bready on the aroma and flavor. Some bitterness that is a little more on the piney side than the fruity side.

Soriachi Ace: I think the best of the bunch and a little more like an IPA than the rest (more like the earlier single hop versions released by Mikkeller). Good citrus and pine aroma and good bitterness on the flavor.

Bravo: The Bravo was the least ipa like of the bunch although not a bad beer. Nice balance, nice aroma and nice flavor...just not what you expect when you ask for an IPA.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap. (1,390 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)

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. (281 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 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)

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Bravo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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