19 - Mikkeller ApS
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3.73/5 rDev -5.8%
Bottle from yesterday's trip to Premiere. With all the hops listed, one would imagine a double IPA. It is a single and that's consistent with the understated IBU. Peachy coloured body with carb bubbles. Fresh smell. Some pickle flavour, more orange citrus flavour as it warms. Good drinkability.
09-04-2012 12:29:25 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
I remember, as a child, when I first discovered cereals like Fruit Loops and Fruity Pebbles. An adolescent epiphany occurred as I found this melange of all fruit flavors alive and well with each spoonful. The same thing happens with each sip of this beer, except in all grown up form.
Pouring with the look of liquid rust, the brownish, redish, hazy beer hardly impresses with its color, but its foam character more than makes up for it. Firm eggshell white foam caps the beer with stubborn staying power and lacing with elegant rings of foam with each sip taken.
The beer is so hop-forward that I hardly want to discuss the malt components. But the beer is firmly malted- more so than with most IPAs, but it's needed to support the immense hop onslaught. The nose of caramel and bread give a slight starchy aroma that stands firm and allows the hop aroma to bounce from. But then the waves after waves of hop aromas churn through notes of citrus, tropical fruit, wet herbs, grass, lemon, pepper, wood, damp earth, pine, and straw. If I didn't know better I can almost smell the sticky resin power of this beer.
Flavors of all those hops rise simultaneously and nearly confuse the palate with its power and intensity. But after the taste buds become acclimated to the flavors, there's a discernible malt base of caramel and cake that reminds me of gingersnaps and carrot cake. But that hearty malt taste is necessary to keep the hops corralled and organized such that the waves of lupulin align in an elegant procession of taste. All those aromas come alive in taste but focus heavily on citrusy grapefruit first, but each subsequent sip delivers other tastes of mangoes, pineapple, apricot, lemongrass, lemon pepper, sassafras, dried oranges, pine sap, gin, tea-like herbs, freshly cut grass, and cannabis. There's a lot going on in the hop profile of this beer!
Firm maltiness retains its creamy carbonated effect very deep into the mouthfeel in order to constrain the resiny bite of hops. But the finish of hop dryness, minty alcohol warmth, and eventual malt recession gives the beer a quick finish with sticky hop resin in aftertaste.
I appreciate the blend and proportions of hop-forward ales that comprise this beer as it is masterfully crafted. However, when everything stands out then nothing stands out. 19 suffers from this phenomenon and causes nearly as much confusion as it does delight. But this shouldn't pose too much of a problem for the dedicated hop heads out there.
07-23-2012 16:50:04 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +1%
A: single finger head with nice retention on a slightly hazy amber with golden hues body.
S: floral, orange citrus, musty (almost mustardy) and mild pine hop notes. milder on the nose than I was hoping.
T: Interesting flavor transitions with this one. starts musty with earthy and herbal notes then moves to citrus notes briefly before finishing with pine and floral hops.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very interesting concept created a very dynamic flavor.
05-17-2012 02:39:21 | More by kylehay2004
4/5 rDev +1%
This poured out as a slightly hazy looking golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is citrusy and very lively. Smelled very fresh to me. The taste of the beer has a pretty good malt base with a lovely bouquet of hoppy bitterness. Earthy to citrusy pine flavors linger from start to finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and has a good carbonation to it. Overall this beer was pretty solid all around, I even enjoyed it warm after i forgot I left it out for a while in the glass. I would drink this one again.
05-15-2012 03:27:41 | More by Knapp85
4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep hazed burnt orange with a well defined one finger white crown,I loved the intense orange color of the beer.A mix of deep pine resin,grass,and grapferuit rind in the nose,the aromas didnt jump at ya but they were appetizing.Awesome hop complexity on the palate,resiny and citric with mild onion-like flavors as well,a sweet biscuit malt base actually holds up well to the big hops.A real nice complex ipa,most of the different hop flavors came thru from each hop making it very unique,I loved it.
02-18-2012 14:32:59 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
I was decently wowed by 10, so 19 ought to be even more better, right? Yeah, I went there. This stuff pours a clear rusty amber topped by a strong finger of lightly creamed white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, sharp pine, light balsa, light leek, sweet caramel, light grapefruit zest, and orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though the lemon and orange peels come through stronger than the other factors. Some spicy greens dance into the picture as well, adding yet another layer of hoppy complexity to the already busy tapestry. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA. Only Mikkel could launch into such an endeavor and actually succeed... Props.
01-27-2012 04:58:15 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +1%
A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace.
S - A hoppy aroma with floral notes, sweaty hops, and some pine as well as bready malt in the background.
T - Bread and caramel up front with sweet, citrus hop charcter and a touch of pine. Some more fruity hop character in the middle. Finishes with a little bit of mango and peppery hop character as well as moderate bitterness and a grassy note that lingers in the finish.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Like all of the beers that went into this blend it is hoppy and well crafted, but I don't know that it quite manages to live up to expectations. The hop character is complex, but not overly assertive and it seems like it has faded a little bit from the peak of its potential. Still it is a unique product and it has what has to be the most complex blend of hops of any beer I've ever had.
05-17-2012 02:42:09 | More by nickfl
4.16/5 rDev +5.1%
you've just got to hand it to mikkeller for going above and beyond on so many of their beers. not only in terms of creativity, but also execution, and this one is just exceptional. its a blend of all or most of the single hop series in different proportions, and the end result is magic. hazy light amber pour with two inches of lasting foam. the nose is super complex, all the oily bitterness of the different singles, but with a certain fruity vibe from all of them in combination. the flavor also has a lot happening, I can pick out the centennial for sure, and some citrusy notes from some of the others. the yeast that's been such a contributor to this series is also here again, dutifully performing its usual task. really bitter aftertaste, more so than any of the others that I can remember. crazy carbonation, really powerful, and the same fuller medium body that has typified this series. being a big mikkeller fan, and a lover of the single hop series, this beer has been a holy grail for me, one of my most wanted to try beers out there, and thanks to a close friend traveling through the Midwest, I was able to acquire one. not sure how fresh it was, not sure what he paid for it, but I have no complaints. this is special stuff. sort of a fitting exclamation mark on the whole single hop series, of which I still need to source a few more...
03-26-2013 18:48:20 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +1%
First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA
Poured a cloudy amber color with a compact white head; moderate retention and lacing. All kinds of aromatic hops in the nose (well yeah, look at that hoppage profile), with good doses of citrus and tropical fruit. More hops in the taste up front, orange and grapefruit zest, pithy dryness, pineapple and pine needles; dry herbal finish. Medium mouthfeel, crisp and very nice overall.
02-14-2012 08:33:19 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to my brother for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a large white head. The aroma is peaches and oranges, with a hint of pine and some biscuit malt. The flavor is very similar, with some bitter orange notes standing out. There is also some biscuit malt, and a touch of pine, but the bitterness level is still about medium. The mouthfeel and medium and the carbonation is about medium as well.
05-30-2012 02:27:58 | More by Mora2000
2.28/5 rDev -42.4%
Brown glass bottle appears to be 330ml. The top is a standard pressure cap. Acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles, California. I don't recall the cost. Served into a conical Guinness pint glass at me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.
Expectations are quite high as Mikkeller is me favourite brewery, but Mikkel tends not to brew bright beers as well as he does dark beers.
Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Poured without any extra vigor as I didn't anticipate any carbonation issues.
A: Pours a four finger head, quite thin, without any real trace of cream. No lacing on the head. Retention is average, but the ABV is above average. Beer colour is a semitransparent copper.
Sm: All manner of hop aroma, some bittering, others not so much. Not skunky. Very diverse. Some caramel. Estery. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Hops of all kinds, without too much bitterness. Not at all full bodied. Tastes very much like an experimental beer. All the flavour is on the midpoint; there's just emptiness in the first and third acts. Very structurally brief. Horrendously balanced. Fails as an IPA. Built poorly. At least the malts are clean. Where's the flavour? No alcohol or yeast comes through.
Mf: Extremely thin. Smooth and wet. Undercarbonated. This beer's main issue is its lack of a full body, and the mouthfeel is as much to blame as the flavour profile. Damned flat.
Dr: Easy to drink because it's basically hopped barley water. A major disappointment from Mikkeller, maybe his worst beer I've tried other than Drink n the sun. If I tried this again, it would have to be on draught. Avoid unless you'd murder your grandma for the style.
02-26-2012 07:21:48 | More by kojevergas
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
Appears a hazy dark orange with a small off white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense hops, grass, flowers, citrus, pine, cut wood, biscuit malts, and caramel.
Taste is of the aromas with a slick syrupy flavor. Lots if hoppiness abound. Nice beer.
Mouthfeel is gritty, medium bodied, warming, and pleasant.
02-15-2012 22:52:32 | More by weeare138
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
Isn't it a concidence that there are 19 reviews in the database for 19? I'm about to break it by making it review 20 for 19. Ok, on to the beer:
The color is amber orange, topped off by a small ½ inch head. Retention is reasonable. The smell is soft, yet very intersting. In this hopped brew are aromas of cantelouple, passionfruit, mango, pine, pineapple, resin. Plenty complex.
It's an IPA. Soft fruity flavors are alive, such as cantrloupe, melons, pineapple, mango, and a little woody and leafy note. The carbonation is "bubbly" and strong, exciting and a bit much at the same time for this beer. A little sweetness of toffee and fruit infused tea linger in the aftertaste.
I had though that Mikkeller was stopping the single hop IPA series at 10. That turned out to be a mirage, as Mikkeller came back and made more. This 19 IPA blend is a good drink.
06-04-2012 22:35:39 | More by DoubleJ
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
"Hey, which hop should we use?"
"Ah, screw it. Just dump 'em all in"
Love this idea. May as well go for it, see what happens.
What emerges is a nice IPA that isn't shy nor shouting. Looks great. Amber/gold, bright. Huge white fluffy head that rocks up and settles to a cone in the middle. Great lacing.
Aroma is hops. Green pine and light caramel. Some citrus. Some tropical. Some grass. The hops are all over without being all up yo face.
Flavor is the same. It's hoppy, but not overly so. The malt does stand up well and gives a nice foundation of sweet bread/caramel. Still, the flavors are not intense nor lasting. It's a quick burst with some bubblegum on the end...very quick too.
nice bite, a bit metallic. A good beer
03-29-2012 05:34:15 | More by Mebuzzard
4/5 rDev +1%
As a brewery, Mikkeller must love knuckleheads like myself. I keep on saying I won't continue to buy their largely overpriced, fair at best products, but here I am again....
On tap at Max's today....
The beer pours an orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a considerable amount of tropical fruit, with some light underlying orange citrus as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the orange citrus really taking front and center in this beer. There's still a considerable amount of tropical fruit as well, but there's enough hoppy bitterness to counter the sweetness in this beer. The finish is pretty good, with some drying hoppy bitterness, some cardboard flavor, and light alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a somewhat thin, fairly dry, bitter finish.
Shrug.... would call this one of the better IPA efforts from Mikkeller, but considering what's available domestically, it's absurd to pay the price necessary to enjoy this beer. This is a decent beer, but given the price tag, there's no way I'll do this again.
02-10-2012 23:22:24 | More by John_M
19 from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.