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Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale - Mikkeller ApS

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89
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 10-23-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Dizzy242, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a hazy golden orange color with two fingers of rather stable foamy head on top that leaves behind medium amounts of lacing on the glass.
Smells mostly like pink lemonade because of all the citrus peel and floral character turned up to eleven on the nose, with some minor green leafy hopping appearing as the glass warms.
Tastes of caramel, pine, and grapefruit in good balance with plenty of oranges, lemons, and limes in about equal measures with each other. Slightly sweeter than a typical west coast American IPA for a reference point, but that's OK because it really helps the juicy citrus elements to 'pop'. ABV is well hidden, finish is an extended caramel and resin duet fading out nicely for a long while.
Texturally, it has a somewhat less 'full' body than most IPAs but that never becomes a problem. Soft carbonation keeps things creamy but not quite as crisp as I would have liked in some swallows...but this is a minor nitpick.

WastingFreetime, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Lostcarkeys
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is tasty double IPA if you like lots of flavor. It was a good first try for the Mikkeller beers for me. I enjoyed the overall flavors and texture of the beer. I poured it into a regular pint glass and two fingers of head arose along with the floral aromas and sweetness of the hops.

This is a smooth double imperial pale ale to say the least. I was impressed by the way it resonated in my mouth and the diversity of the flavors, an easy and refreshing drink for a 10% beer.

Lostcarkeys, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Stamped 9121203 on the cap. I suspect that this is the same beer as the Hop Burn High? The dial on the stove is turned to high.

A: Light head. Dark, murky amber. Barely translucent.

S: Big, sweet caramel malt hits first, quickly followed by enormous hops of the less-piny-more-oniony C variety. Delicious.

T: Mm, good, but lightly unassuming. Big, of course, with a soft grapefruit initial taste and a healthy dose of lemon peel. Bitter and hoppy with moderate balance and sweet, almost fruity malt. The citrus (peel) dominates the taste.

M: Solid, lightly carbonated, spicy, and lingeringly/awesomely hoppy-bitter.

O: I do love DIPAs and this is no exception. Highly recommended and immensely drinkable. Smells lightly garlicky, but tastes like bitter-dry grapefruit,

AgentMunky, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The foam recedes fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Strong, fruity hops with notes of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with a hint of toffee and lots of pungent hops. Notes of pineapple and mango in the middle with more toffee and a bit of toasted malt. Finishes with pine, mango, grapefruit and lots of bready malt flavor, balanced by moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice hop character with a well suited and restrained malt profile. The malt manages to be both thick and unassuming in that it leaves plenty of room for the hops to take center stage. The aroma is nicely done and the hop flavor comes through in a comparable way. Overall, a well balanced and hop forward DIPA that stood out as part of a tasting full of hop centered beers.

nickfl, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up tonight at the COOP for a little bit less than $4... sounded good at the time... poured into my little CC goblet... fantastic white head with great retention and lacing.... clear orange brew.

Nose is a citrus fruit bowl.. tangerine and pink grapefruit.. nice pale malt element that pulls the hops up and out of the glass.

Not as bitter as most DIPA's... I dig that... again the hops are flowing.. yummy.. lingering citrus note with pale malt sweetness on the finish.

Body is a good medium with plenty of carbonation that still remains small bubble and a bit creamy... surprising how much I liked this one.

4.5/4/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy amber in color. Forms a thick off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Fairly aromatic with lops of hops and a noticeable bit of alcohol. Primarily citrus and grapefruit with a little pine in the mix.

T: Much like the aroma. Starts off with a moderate sweetness then lots of grapefruit and some pine. Moderate bitterness. Alcoholic burn on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Appreciable alcoholic burn.

O: Well, this one certainly lives up to the name offering both a good deal of hops and a strong alcoholic burn. Enjoyable and dangerously drinkable for anyone who likes high ABV and large quantities of hops.

Florida9, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Britton, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

AlexChillton, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing me a bottle of this.

A - orange with a thick, white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - piny, earthy, alcohol

T - spicy, piny, earthy, herbal, faintly citrus - whole spectrum of hops; faint bready malt in the finish

M - warm, medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a pretty solid DIPA. Most of the burn comes from the alcohol. It's definitely hoppy and hits the whole range of hops. It has a decent amount of malt character in the finish and is balanced. Hop heads will really enjoy this.

tdm168, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Morningside
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Morningside, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange with a 1" head. Huge lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: citrus and a sharp hop bitterness cuts through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, pears, big grapefruit flavors, sharp bitterness, and a mild alcohol tone creates a well balanced DIPA.

Mouthfeel : medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a dry finish. Long lasting aftertaste dominated by the bitterness.

Overall: a nicely refreshing and easy drink big DIPA. Definitely worth giving this one a try.

Gavage, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

VinsanityDiesel, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

leodarko, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a copper colored brew with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is quite nice, lots of lively hops on the nose giving off some floral and citrus notes. The taste of the beer is what I was expecting... With a name like Hop Burn I thought maybe there would be some pepper brewed into this one. I wasn't picking up any if their was. The flavors were sweet and bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel has that unique Mikkeller thickness to it. It had a smooth feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall it's another killer IPA from Denmark. Highly enjoyable.

Knapp85, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

steevbr, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale. 10% ABV. Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Clouded, dark amber, nearly crimson, creamy white head, lasts long as a tight ring, very attractive and inviting.

Aroma: big, pungent, pine and citrus, a bitter bombast. Fat, juicy, bitter, dry, and fabulous.

Taste: Bam! Vast, fierce, enormous, gigantic. Tasty malt, overblown by an attack of bitter hoppiness. Boom, boom, boom, Bamtastic! Astringency emerges. Alcoholic heat surges. Bitterness dominates. Tense, terse, tangy. A very ending of this, rolling brittle off the tongue. Bitter orange and lemon, with a side of aspirin.

feloniousmonk, May 22, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz bottle into my tasting snifter. No bottling or freshness date.

Pours a hazed gold with a one finger egg shell white head. Very nice retention and lacing.

Smell is almost all hop. Hits all the major adjectives. Juicy, tropical, citrus, some pine, tons of resin. Bitter but some sweetness lies beneath. Some clean alcohol as well. Kinda intimidating.

Wow, much more mellow than the nose. Still intensely hoppy, with loads of melon and pine. Tons of hop resin. A low key but still apparent sweet malt backbone. Very bitter, and some evaporating alcohol.

Medium in body, but feels thicker with all the hop oils. Good amount of carbonation. There is a bit of a burn off the back of the tongue that I attribute to both the hops and the alcohol. Still surprisingly smooth and drinkable.

Overall this is an intense hop experience, but is in no way mind blowing. A very quality brew (as I've come to expect from Mikkeller) but somehow falls short of greatness (also something I've come to expect from Mikkeller). Reminds me of a Ruination with a bit more bite. If your a hop head give it a try, but don't expect to be blown away. Cheers!

Humulus85, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into 10oz glass at Mugs in Brooklyn. Hazy golden almost turning slightly orange color with a finger of white head. Smell is piney grapefruit hops, but big malty nose. Taste is of serious hop - seems like a big IBU number here, but its almost muted by an aggressive malt bill. Very bready - almost Alt-like. Its a very easy drinker especially for the abv. Overall, this is a rollercoaster for me...looks ok, smells amazing, taste is ok, easy drinker...while its a good brew, I just dont think id ever get again ($$$).

DrinkSlurm, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of cwguy5
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into Stone IPA stemware

A - hazy golden-brown color with a fat, two-finger, dirty tan head that settled to a thick, foamy cap; tons of sticky lacing on glass; some sediment left in bottle

S - lemony citrus with a touch of pepper in background; some honey, pollen

T - this hit me in two distinct stages; the first stage has moderate tropical flavor of pineapple and peach; the next stage ratcheted up the intensity with more resiny hops and a strong bittering finish that practically coats the entire mouth; some solvent alcohol towards the finish

M - light-medium body with moderate, but active, fine carbonation; LONG bitter finish that lasts quite a while

O - not something that i would want to drink again but i don't like the over-the-top hoppy beers; high alcohol and palette killing bitterness make it a sipper

cwguy5, Feb 20, 2012
Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.