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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
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66 Ratings
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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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jsh420

Illinois

3.48/5  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)

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 06:06:28 | More by jsh420
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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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rarbring

Sweden

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 17:15:29 | More by rarbring
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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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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-19-2012 01:01:22 | More by ADTaber
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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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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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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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Florida9

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:30:33 | More by Florida9
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cdizinno

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 18:47:14 | More by cdizinno
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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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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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david18

New York

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 12:57:42 | More by david18
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted after Mikkeller's Sorachi Ace and before their Simcoe Single Hop offerings.I would discourage side by side tastings with these.

A-Mild to medium hop haze on a burnt orange/amber body that supported 1 1/2 fingers of bone white foam that receded slowly and left thin,moderate lacing.

S-Caramel malt,some floral qualities,barely there citrus and mild,mild pine.Not quite the nose you would expect on an IPA.

T-Hop deficient.Dominant malts with some flavors of mild citrus and dull tea.This drinks more like an amber ale with mild bitterness.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied with an overall fleeting presence.Far from dry with only a slight hop tingle.

O-Not a favorite of mine.I love this concept and I enjoyed the Sorachi Ace,Simcoe and Nugget versions but I don't think the Bravo hop stands up to this kind of scrutiny.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 11:43:39 | More by StlHopHead77
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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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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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Bravo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.