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Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale - Mikkeller ApS

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28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 10-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 79
Photo of Rasolante1
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper in color with little head and lacing.

S: Alcohol is very strong up front. Sweet fruit, citrus, and strawberry notes are evident after getting through the alcohol aroma.

T: Very bitter hop bite, unbalanced, and one dimensional.

M: Thin despite the lower carbonation. Very astringent from all of the hops.

O: I was looking forward to this beer but it fell short of my expectations. Perhaps it would be better fresh...

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:single finger head with lots of lacing and good retention on a golden with slight amber hue clear body.

S: very sweet citrus mostly, cinnamon notes. A little boozy.

T: Very piney with almost a barleywine like note. The booze are fairly strong with this one. Spicey notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall: A little too sour and sharp for my tastes. The booze eclipse the hops somewhat. A good try but not memorable for the genre.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold colour, smells like peaches, floral hops, citrus hops, and malty. Slightly alcoholic aroma. This is a heady flavourful beer and well balanced. Sweet heavy fruity malts phase into predominant floral and citrus hop followed by a strong alcohol peak. Lingering floral hops on palate. A very sippable beer.

Would I buy it again? Probably.

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Photo of yamar68
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a big hazy tangerine with a massive off-white head. Nice lacing and beading. Pretty much everything about this is reminiscent of a Hopslam in my mind - big balanced pine and citrus, subdued booze undertones, with an exceedingly bitter afterbite. The beers drinks as easy as it can given the style. A tasty beer but, given the price, this is likely a one-time purchase.

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Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy amber-orange color with a very thick, chunky head; lots of particulates (yeast and/or hops?). Very malty, very caramel-like aroma interspersed with hints of orange and other citrus notes. Rich and smooth combo of chewy malts and pleasant hop bittering; underlying alcohol burn. Clean mouthfeel, medium bodied, dry finish.

Another blockbuster brew from northern Europe. Pretty nicely balanced yet still sporting a distinctive hop sharpness and bite. The high ABV blends nicely with the malt and hops. Want to try a hardcore, hoppy ale? This one will let you know what can be done with packing in the hops...I wouldn't consider this a truly standout example of big, hoppy beers, but it ain't no slouch, either...

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Photo of popery
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours orange tinged with gold and topped by a mass of off-white bubbles. The head sticks around for quite awhile, coating the glass with pretty lace as I drink.

The aroma is all hops. Big on grapefruit rind with a bit of pine. There's also some lemon and pineapple in the mix. Touches of spice around the edges. It's aggressive but not terribly complex.

Sweet, sugary malt up front. Citric hop flavors show up soon after. A little pepper. Dries out towards the close. The finish lingers, hoppy and bitter. Booze is fairly well-hidden beneath the bitterness.

Medium carbonation. Light to medium body. Slightly harsh with alcohol and bitterness. Some hop oiliness.

It's a nice enough DIPA, but I expected a bit more from Mikkeller. This one just doesn't pull me in. It takes a lot to stand out from the pack in this style, and this beer isn't particularly notable for me. It drinks smaller than its abv, and I probably would have guessed the abv to be ~8%, but that doesn't really add points to its score.

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Photo of ckollias
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving a decent trail and semi wispy lace.

S: Sweet malty aroma – almost barely-wine like with a decent hoppy profile.

T: Strong alcoholic malty flavor – again reminding me of a barley wine, slightly hoppy – but more malt than hops.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation

O: Decent brew – more balanced to the malt than hops

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Photo of Rizalini
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Stone goblet.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a fluffy off-white head. Really great lacing as the head slowly fades.

S - Very citrusey. Lemon zest and grapefruit.

T/M - The cirtus carries over into the taste, as well as a little alcohol heat. Nice carmel malt backbone. Just a slight bitter aftertaste. Medium mouth feel, bordering on syrupy.

O - I have been disappointed before by import IPAs before. This one didn't totally disappoint. The hop character isn't as bold as I would prefer my DIPAs to be, but it's better than expected. My only complaint really, is the alcohol is very present in this one. Besides that, nice job. Cheers

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Photo of cwguy5
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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 ($$$).

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Photo of Humulus85
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.


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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Lostcarkeys
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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,

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer in Boone, NC. Thanks Benny!

A - Nice light to medium amber color with a thick foam(1/2"). The lacing is very nice also. The beer is not tottally clear but that is ok with me.

S - Not a big hoppy, citrus smell but some big beers are like that and again that is ok with me.

T - A very nice hop taste that builds throught the taste, which mixes with some citrus and pine nut flavor. The build continues past the taste and is very satisfying.

M - Good mouthfeel, it is heavier than alot of double I-IPA's that I have had in the past. This beer ranges in the medium-heavy category with its thickness in viscosity with great last to the mouthfeel, a real enjoyment.

O - I really like this beer. There are better and alot worse beers out there in this vategory but this one hits a high note for me with the color, lacing, flavor, build in the taste like a burn if you will. When I find this beer again I will buy it.

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Photo of ESPNman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, hazy orange. Foamy pure white head with great retention and lacing.

S - Not nearly as much hop on the nose as I expected. Lots of sweet honey-like notes with a little floral in the background.

T - Sugar / honey-sweet malts on the front end. Migrates into lots floral and citrusy hops on the middle. It dries out and leaves a nice bitterness on the finish.

M - Perfect for the style. Thick, but not like the 1000 IBU, just enough to coat the palate and leave a lingering flavor. Great carbonation that really helps round out the mouthfeel.

O - Really enjoyable beer. I hope I can find it again one of these days so I can share it with some of my hop-head friends. It's not the kind of pure hop-bomb that you'd expect from the name. It's a surprisingly well balanced bomb that is full of flavor and a little different than your standard DIPA.

Served in a Stone Cali-Belgique IPA glass.

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Photo of faucd531
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey amber with a finger thick white head that coats the glass.

smells of citrus and pine notes.

Tastes of big hop bitterness (grapefruit) up front that mellows as the beer warms. ABV is 10% but hardly noticable.

Mouth feel is medium to low. The bitterness lingers after each sip.

Overall a surpisingly drinkable DIPA. Don't be afraid to pop this open alone you can definantly finish it.

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Photo of SarahJensen
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up in a 6-pack mix and it was the first one I pulled out to try. I've heard amazing things about the Mikkeller Brewery but had yet to try one of their beers. Interesting fact about Mikkeller - they're headquartered in Denmark. The Hop Burn Double Imperial IPA states that it is brewed and bottled in Belgium. I found out that Mikkeller has multiple other brewing facilities in multiple countries in Europe and the US.

Unfortunately, I just had a pint glass to pour this baby into. Like the other reviewers said, copper in color with a huge white bubbly head to it. The hops and floral aromas were really prevalent.

The name of this beer hits the taste on the nose. It'll knock you back with a huge hop flavor and has an intense lingering bitterness. I love a strong bite to my beer so I was all for this!

Parting words - if you're not a hop lover - leave this one for the pros.

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Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.