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19 - Mikkeller ApS

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 184
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 25.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 09-28-2011

A blend of those single hop IPAs:

Simcoe 17,14%, Citra 15,72%, Amarillo 14,29%, Sorachi Ace 10,71%, Bravo 6,79%, Columbus 6,79%, Cluster 4,64%, Warrior 4,64%, Cascade 3,57%, Centennial 3,57%, Palisade 2,86%, Challenger 1,43%, Galena 1,43%, Magnum 1,43%, Mt Hood 1,43%, Tettnanger 1,43%, Nugget 0,71%, Super Galena 0,71%, Williamette 0,71%.
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. Picked up last weekend from Beeritz in Leeds. Love the somewhat kaleidoscopic label. 19 hop varities - sounds like a fantasy IPA!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich marmalade colour with decent carbonation and plenty of hazy sediment. Produces a gigantic head of creamy off-white foam with excellent stability; this eventually subsides to a surface layer. A juicy aroma of fruity aromatic hops - notes of white grapes, melon, grapefruit, tropical fruits, citrus, the list goes on.... This is underpinned by subtle caramel malt and earthy yeast. Tons of hops!

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a restrained bitter finish. Notes of white grapes, grapefruit, melon, tropical fruit and citrus, along with biscuity malt and earthy yeast. Quite juicy and dry. A subdued bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, but a bit flat. Mildly spicy and rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity hops; yum!

Tasty - a dazzling array of aromatic hop flavours to be savoured. However, it's not the best IPA I've ever had; too many competing aromatic notes. It's good but something tells me that 'less is more' applies to beer as well. Still, the creative effort should be acknowledged - I doubt that I'll be drinking another beer brewed with 19 hop varieties any time soon. A solid effort that is only let down by a lack of carbonation. Grab one if you come across it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rarbring
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark amber brew with red hues, an off-white haigh compact head with very good lacing and curtains.

Very hoppy, but balanced smell, grape-fruit, pine, resin and grass.

Starting with bread, toffee, grape-fruit juice and peel, resin.

Medium carbonation, soft and oily, a huge body, a very long dry finish.

A well balanced hop bomb.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a tight, lingering whitish head.

S: Aromas of biscuit, caramel, pine, and a melange of tart citrus overwhelm the nose.

T: Notes of biscuit, caramel, pine, spruce, bitter orange, lemon, lime, kumquat, grapefruit, pineapple, carambola, and fresh herbs most clearly stand out on the palate. The finish is dry and bitter with a muddy wash of citrus, biscuit, pine, and herb flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, and firm. Carbonation is active. Fairly drinkable for the style.

O: This is an interesting IPA, but I doubt I'd reach for it again. The hop flavors are so overwhelming that they just come across as muddled. So, all in all, this beer is not as complex as I was expecting it to be. Still, it's an interesting experiment and far from bad in its own right. Definitely worth trying and appreciating once, but not something that I would go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sjverla
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Light and citrusy. Gentle caramel malts. Grass clippings, a hint of pepper and clove.

Appearance: First, the bottle is gorgeous. Not part of the rating, but it's beautiful. Reminds me of an Eric Carle illustration. The beer itself is eye candy too. Nice copper color and good clarity. Enormous head that laces well.

Taste: Bitter and complex. Dark green dankness is balanced by light lemon and hints of vanilla. Carbonation is prominent, but not overpowering. The finish is very bitter and long lasting.

Overall: An excellent beer, but at $5 a bottle, not something I'd buy again. This would definitely be a staple if it came at around $12 for 6.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and grapefruit citrus rinds. In the taste, a mild citrus that starts off dry to a grapefruity rind. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry citrus rind in the aftertaste. Big nose and big hops, quite fantastic.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"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

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso. Hazy orange color with a sturdy white head. Good retention, and the lace left on the glass is quite impressive.

Big, juicy hop aroma in the nose. Lots of citrus, tropical fruits and some pine. Oranges and grapefruit abound. A bit herbal as well. Caramel malt takes a back seat here for sure.

Solid malt character holds up well with a great combination of hops. Pretty much all different hop flavors are present, citrus, tropical fruit, earth, herbal, pine, you name it. Despite the combo, nothing gets overwhelming, and the bitterness is held in check enough to avoid being just a hop bomb.

Medium body, with ample carbonation. I am impressed that not only is the malt bill strong enough to stand up to the combination of hops, it avoids being overly bitter. Very well done. Easier to drink than I thought is would be. Easily my favorite Mikkeller beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.


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Photo of cwguy5
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes taken on 2.16.12. poured into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. thanks to Brawley's Beverage for the nice Mikkeller selection.

A - deep orange/rust color with slight haze; frothy one-finger has an almost yellow tint; good retention and LOTS of lacing

S - all hops ranging from citrus to floral to slightly herbal; there is a particular herbal? smell that is not familiar to me that i would describe as being close to new plastic smell(not bad per se but different)

T - mostly citrusy hops at first with some bittering and peppery hops coming through after; taste fades pretty quickly with little aftertaste

M - thin body; light carbonation; light on palette overall

O - seems a bit "noisy" and it is surprisingly easy to taste that there are many different hops here; the flavors cycle around quickly and fade just as quickly; more of a concept beer than a real ipa; not bad but would not seek out again; cool label!

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Definitely one of the most beautiful IPA colors I've seen. Up there with Maharaja as far as glowing copper. Nice white head that settles slowly. Just a stunning IPA.

S: Huge hop hit, musty and citrusy. Grassy, piney, peppery. This really has it all. Crazy to think there is 19 hops in this. They all show up somehow.

T: Perfect balance, not overly bitter somehow. Definitely more bitter than 1000 IBU's. A touch of sweet malt followed by pungent, bitter hops. Nothing overly citrusy on the palate, more of a piney hop character.

M: Is this the first Mikkeller beer that actually is to style!? Creamy mouthfeel, hops are dead on for an American IPA. Reminiscent of 90 minute to me. Hop forward IPA done well.

O: Definitely impressive, absolutely delicious. Beautiful from the pour to the last sip.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at Carrboro Bev Co.

Pours cloudy, muddy, murky orange with a decent white head.

Smell is so overly complex. The 19 hops impart so many fruits and pine. Grapefruit, pine needles, pine cones, and lemon zest. I will say that its not juicy fruits like I get from Hopslam, but more of a dried hop feel.

The taste is much the same. Dried hop leaves and the same flavors from the nose. Very complex hop profile, but thats to be expected when you use 19 different hops.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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19 from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.