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

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 28
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bark on 10-23-2011)
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Photo of SarahJensen
4.33/5  rDev +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.

Photo of C2H5
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of tripledbrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of yamar68
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second beer to try from Mikkeller.

It pours a really thick and hazy orange and slightly reddish color with a little bit of white head.

The smell is very hoppy of course and it's followed by some strong mango, apricot and pineapple notes.

Taste wise is exactly like the smell; a lot of hops throughout, a nice amount of the fruits already mentioned and a bit of an alcohol burn that isn't masked unfortunately.

Overall, another great beer by this brewery and I want to try more.

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.

Photo of Nightrain87
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Rasolante1
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
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...

Photo of ESPNman
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of bradcochran1234
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Grinnerman
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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.

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.

Photo of hilgart1
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

Photo of avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very hoppy smell, with a lot of citrus thrown in as well.

T: Tasted primarily of hops - lots of hops - along with some malt, grapefruit, pine, and a little lemon. A robust, complex, powerful flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, yet bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made, focused, incredibly hoppy beer. This is one of the few European-made DIPAs that actually gets the style right. Very drinkable.

Photo of quilty
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of faucd531
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of cjdoerr
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.