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Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale - Mikkeller ApS

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Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale AleHop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale

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89
very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Britton, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev -0.7%

AlexChillton, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -0.7%

Morningside, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of VinsanityDiesel
4/5  rDev -0.7%

VinsanityDiesel, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.7%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

leodarko, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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
Photo of steevbr
4/5  rDev -0.7%

steevbr, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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%
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
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Lostcarkeys
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +4.2%
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 WastingFreetime
4.23/5  rDev +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 GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

GRG1313, May 28, 2012
Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

sammo, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of faucd531
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

faucd531, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

YobroitsJoe, Apr 03, 2014
Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.