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1000 IBU Light / Ultramate - Mikkeller ApS

Not Rated.
1000 IBU Light / Ultramate1000 IBU Light / Ultramate

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BA SCORE
80
good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Half the alcohol, all the hops from Mikkeller 1000 IBU.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 08-23-2011)
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Reviews by beerpadawan:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

beerpadawan, Dec 23, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle. This bottle was labeled as 1000 Ultramate, which is the same thing as the 1000 IBU Light.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of floral hops in it, as well as some grass and biscuit notes. The flavor is quite strange but I - unlike several of the people I shared the bottle with - enjoyed. I get the same floral notes, as well as a little bit of leather, grass and assorted spices. There is also a high amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of BenHesk12
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I honestly don't know how to rate this beer since the style is technically a Pale Ale, but to me it's more of an experiment in extreme bitterness. The beer is very light in body and color, yet packs an intense and lasting bitterness which could cause an inexperienced beer drinker to cough or gag with disgust. I enjoyed trying a sampler sized glass and maybe understand how one could acquire a taste for this beer, but mostly it was something you kind of laugh at and move on.

BenHesk12, Apr 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

chinchill, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

mattdbh, Oct 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Lucho, Mar 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

VeganUndead, Mar 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of earthy and piney hops with distinctive bitter notes. Taste is a mix between some piney hops with distinctive earthy notes and light dry caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Quite bitter and hoppy as advertised.

Phyl21ca, Jul 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Bubbles, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of tobeerornottobe
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap at the Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst on 02/09/2011.

Dark bronze in the glass, head a very light brown colour - looks good. Strong hit of cascade-style hops on the nose, but pretty one-note. Taste OK but the bitterness just takes over and the hops flavours are still very one-note. Expecting some sweetness of fruit on the back palate given this is an IPA but it's just not there. I keep smacking my palate together to see if I can get something more, but that's it! I don't really object to the bitterness, more to the fact that it just dries you out. I can actually feel the bitterness in my stomach.

I wonder about the 1000 IBU claim, as even if Mikkeller did in theory get there they could so easily just say this when it's actually 300 IBU or whatever. Not as bad as I expected overall and it is great to see the style pushed to the limit as it helps you appreciate good rounded IPAs better! Be interested to try the higher alcohol version of this beer in the future.

tobeerornottobe, Sep 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Bilco, Feb 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Cramerican, Feb 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

MaseFace, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

ROGUE16, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Rickythejeweler
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Burnt orange, one finger white head, good lacing. Dark for a pale ale.

S - Hints of grapefruit, bitter hops. Not much going on in the aroma.

T - Bitter hops that destroy the palate and cling to the back of my tongue. Long-lasting bitterness...that's it.

M - Smooth, medium-light body, moderate carbonation. The only redeeming part of this beer.

O - Novelty. Drain pour. That is what I get for going against my better judgement. Mikkeller is still in my top 3 brewers!

Rickythejeweler, Dec 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

jsurfs82, Feb 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

kaelingirl, Mar 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

damngoode, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

NathanFink, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light burnished bronze colour with lovely fluffy beige head, retains half a finger with beautiful lace. Looks lovely.

Woah, tangy. Feel like I've shoved a whole lime up my nose. So fruity and sour and tangy, just massive, massive acid on it. Too much; I'm overwhelmed.

Taste doesn't take long before completely puckering up. Nothing much, just massive bitterness, so much acid. Puckering lime, unripe grapefruit, just wormwood and some star anise all just side-effects of overdone, mad-scientist hop bittering. Maybe worth a sip, but not pleasant and there's no nuance to it at all.

Feels OK, just so much ashiness from the hops it's hard to enjoy.

More of an experiment than a beer and yet there's not technique involved. It would take a lot of skill to balance such an insane amount of hopping, and there's nothing here to grab hold of.

laituegonflable, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Oh god. What a weird beer. It's a version of their 1000 IBU monster, brewed to only 4.9% ABV. It's a Double IPA without any body to support it. Had on-tap as part of the Local Taphouse Mikkeller Tap Takeover.

Pours a burnished, slightly haze orange-bronzey hue, with a very fine and full head of white foam. Pretty classy and static lacing. Looks good.

Nose is resiny and full, with big pickled orange characters and a sharp citric twang overall. It misses a lot of body and depth, but the sharpness is pleasant enough.

Taste is... Yeah, it's bitter. It's very solid, biting and astringent, and it really doesn't have a lot of body to balance it. It's sharp and direct and green and oh god it's bitter. It's a rather intense experience, and worse for not having any body to cushion it at all. Oh god. I think I'm going to die.

I'm aware that the human palate can't actually taste 1000 IBU, even if Mikkeller did manage to get it there, but they've certainly reached my limit with this anyway, and it's bare-boned and raw, with nothing at all to screen it. Probably the least drinkable beer I've ever had. But not the worst, by any means.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 23, 2011
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1000 IBU Light / Ultramate from Mikkeller ApS
80 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.