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1000 IBU Light / Ultramate - Mikkeller ApS

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1000 IBU Light / Ultramate1000 IBU Light / Ultramate

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BA SCORE
80
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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
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
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Texasfan549, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is easily the most bitter brew ive ever tasted, it almost hurts. the pour is darker amber in color with a few fingers of bubbly tan head that fades fast. some floating sediment in there too. the nose is not at all an indicator of how intense this is, it just sort of smells like a yeasty ipa, pine notes on the hop profile, and some caramel and crystal malt. the flavor though, holy crap. its really bitter ipa, like concentrated lemon and yeast, but you swallow, and its only just getting started. it slowly builds, getting ever more bitter, drying the mouth out like crazy, getting almost hot from the bitter burn, way way more then even the hop burn high. I thought the flavor of this was even more intense than the normal 1000 ibu, which I thought was a perfect specimen. this one isn't as balanced because the malt bill is cut down. you don't need alcohol sting when the bitter stings this bad. its almost pucker its so bitter, and it keeps with you for a long time. honestly needed to eat some chocolate because this was so powerful. good carbonation and just enough body. id imagine it more like 7%, but nope, it is indeed much less. I would never call this a light or an ultra beer, but holy cow, if you like bitter, you cannot miss this!

StonedTrippin, Feb 09, 2013
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 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
Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 12/12/2013, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a murky dark amber tea-ish colour, coming with a well-lasting 2cm layer of creamy but “dirty” beige head, on top of rather healthy streams of microscopic fizziness.
S: upfront the aroma is both flowery yeasty and tropical-fruity, but the lemony citrusness also comes in full force; given a good swirl, the edge of lemony-citric and white-grapey aroma intensifies, underlined by just enough pale malts to let the hops shine. Not terribly complex, though, and I wonder what makes this beer stand at 1000 IBU, maybe just an exaggerated expression to highlight the bitterness? Let’s see.
T: wow… the entry of flavours, just half-way landing on my palates, already boasts high-octave, chewy bitterness with rather clean citric hop flavours aside; as the initial impact settles, the lightly biscuity flavour of malts and acidity develop smoothly, but always under the shadow of an intensely bitter palate not just from hop essence but from some earthy and bitter-herbs like resins. The long bitterness down the rear of the tongue reminds me, interestingly, of certain Chinese herbal medicines plus roughly crushed lemon seeds with their mixed tannic and bitter aftertaste…
M&O: the mouthfeel in general is smoothly carbonated and refreshing, and the body retains the medium weight pretty well throughout the drink, while all in all it IS the hop bitterness that dominates the palate from the start through to the end of each sip. I don’t think I’d like to drink this beer every day, though, as really altogether I just find it highly entertaining in an experimental way.

wl0307, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

chinchill, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with Volcanicbeat bought at Blackhearts and Sparrows. From notes.

A - Poured hazy dark gold with a nice one finger beige head. OK lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Honey, dank hops. Lot's of citrus. Smells like the aroma you get from rubbing hop flowers in your hands.

T - Hop tea. Some honey. Just all aggressive, violent hops.

M - Really bitter. Like really, really bitter.

O/D - A neat experiment, but obviously too bitter to be enjoyable. A good bitterness is nice but this was mental. The most bitterness I've ever experienced. An amazing feat to have pulled off, just not what most people would look for. Curious to try the DIPA version as this would clearly provide more body and maltiness.

tbeckett, May 08, 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 mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -13.3%

mrfrancis, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

ROGUE16, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of ADZA
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-A very hazy mandarin hue which leaves a two finger head and sporadic lacing.

S-Piney resinous hops,citrus and boiled candy.

T-Piney hops,mandarin,lychee,boiled candy and finished with a grapefruit bitterness.

M-Quite watery and very lightbodied actually quite weird for the style.

O-I would not buy this again cheers.

ADZA, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops, sweet caramel and bready malts.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, some candied hops.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, resiny finish.

D - Really bold and hoppy. A bit resiny, but the boldness of it is nice.

ngeunit1, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

beerpadawan, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of FLima
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber color, three fingers of a thick and fluffy head with good retention leaving traces and an everlasting thin lace, which is unusual for beers with this hop caliber.
Aroma is not aggressive as one would expect. Very resiny but also with notes of tropical fruits.
Very bitter taste but still pleasant, strong grapefruit and resiny. Hints of citrus and you also can still feel its malt despite of the hop predominance.
Aftertaste is utterly hoppy.
Initially thought it would be more of a onetime experience, but it is actually a nice hoppy beer for hop heads like me.

FLima, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

VeganUndead, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

kaelingirl, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

savagepm, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of ckeegan04
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

ckeegan04, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Bilco, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Still on-tap at the Taphouse after the Takeover

Pours cloudy amber 1 finger head - Ok lacing.

Aromas of all hops, maybe a little lemon.

Taste follows aromas in a mouth-cleaner kind of fashion. its big and its pretty ugly in terms of a hop assault. One of the most bitter/astringent beers I have ever had. This was 'out-there' when compared to other Mikkeller beers at the take-over. When compared to Taphouse usual fare, it's just too much.

Mouthfeel is harsh.

Glad I only had a small sample.

heygeebee, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of MaseFace
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

MaseFace, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Cramerican
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Cramerican, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of LakerLeith
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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1000 IBU Light / Ultramate from Mikkeller ApS
80 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.