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Hop Burn High - Mikkeller ApS

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86
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 128
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 7.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 12-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The same malts and hops were also used for the imperial pilsner "Hop Burn Low".
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold to amber under a finely bubled 3” cream colored foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Grassy, citrusy hop aromas with caramel malt in the background.
T: Rich malt palate seasoned with light fruit with long lingering bitter aftertastes.
F: Very creamy medium body with fine, soft carbonation.
O: Big flavored beer with a nice balance. (360 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a large long lasting off white head with very good head retention and lacing. Aroma and taste of sweet caramel malt, Belgian yeast, brown sugar,some dark fruit notes with hops bitterness. Palate is full body, smooth with good carbonation. This brew finishes with a full flavored caramel malt sweetness, a good amount of Belgian yeast, dark fruit and a fairly sharp lingering bitter hops flavor on the end with some brown sugar and molasses and yeast. Alcohol seems well hidden. Overall a very good, balanced and tasty brew. (568 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange colour, cloudy. Head is whispy, white, specks of lace. Not bad.

Smells hoppy, somewhat salty. Resinous, woody, touch of peach. Some sweetness, touch of savoury. OK.

Taste is pleasant. Sticky caramel notes with pineapple, peach and a touch of pine resin. Pink pepper on back, wood resin some cloves even. Pleasant enough, but fairly generic with the hop complexity and not much else.

Bit of a dry feel, quite warm, but smooth texture.

Not bad, drinks OK for the strength. (490 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle (cute label) poured into a tulip glass. A dark orange-bronze hue with the typical Mikkeller rich and creamy beige head, and an assertive aroma of bitter, spicy hop oils and resins, fresh cut grass, citrus preserves, grape juice, and rather sweet doughy malts. On the palate these malts taste much like those found in an imperial pilsener (which makes sense given the Hop Burn Hi and Hop Burn Lo "dyad" concept being delivered here), notably doughy and grainy but with some co-occurring caramel/toffee and molasses notes. The hops are all over the map in terms of flavor specifics but pungent and forceful across the board. Nectarine, lemon, pomegranate, currant, unripe pear, bitter salad green, and tangerine are discernible but only if one is willing to plumb past the overall massive sharp spice onslaught. This really does heat up the mouth a little, presumably due to the sheer volume of oils and resins present, although interestingly enough the beer comes off less bitter than the massive IBU rating might suggest: The malts are sweet and there is some noticeable yeasty character as well. Still, its pretty darn bitter. Rather thick of body and low in carbonation, with a finish that includes some sour fruit and spice flavors along with a ton of green weedy bitterness. Its a heady, flavorsome, and interesting ride, this. The expected citrus and tropical flavors were decidedly downplayed in favor of a more homogenized weedy, peppercorn-like, piney spiciness. Mikkeller does not seem to do an IPA or DIPA that truly showcases the hops at the expense of the malts ... The latter always manage to keep up. This is OK by me. Here, however, on this occasion, the hops really do provide some burn. (1,710 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store just got this in recently, and since I've already tried Mikkeller Hop Burn Low, I figured I would try this one out as well. Label is pretty much the same, only the oven notch is turned toward HI instead of LO this time around. "Double Imperial Pale Ale".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just over a finger of creamy khaki head. Body pours a light straw lemon color; burnt sienna orange in the glass with some brown highlights from all the dark chunky yeast sediment lurking in there. Some spotty lacing clinging to the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of creamy caramelized malt, fresh squeezed hop oils, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, some creamy earthy wood character, maybe some hints of vanilla & shredded coconut, and some yeast presence. Typical Mikkeller. Nice.

T - Ahh yes, this is delicious, even for an IPA that is on the old side. Lots of sweet creamy caramel malts, toffee, vanilla. Hop bitterness is noticeable, but the candied sweetness takes over before the hops can strike you in full effect. Maybe a bit faded, but still delicious. Earthy wood character buried in there.

M - Feel is smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Some resinous hop bitterness and toffee malts hanging out on the palate.

Overall, another quite enjoyable beer from Mikkeller. I feel as if a lot of his IPA creations are eerily similar to one another, with a few slight deviations each time, but everytime I enjoy them. No actual "hop burn" or alcohol heat detectable, even with a powerful 10.00% abv. Definitely recommended if it is available to you.

Mikkeller Hop Burn High ---4/5. (1,709 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bigtime IBUs in an ipa that is good, but maybe not quite up to some of the others he makes. this one was just under 7 bucks for an 11.2oz. bottle. pours hazy pale yellow in color, straw shade, with a lively and patchy white whispy head. the nose is really hoppy, oily to the point where it almost smells more sweet than bitter, and as per usual mikkeller, quite yeasty for an ipa, like breakfast biscuits on the malt. flavor is all hops up front and in the back. piney and sappy up front, bitter and concentrated in the finish. in the middle is a very light grain presence, maybe some wheat in here, and a bright belgian yeast with lots of pep. excellent carbonation and a bigger than medium body, and there is indeed a hop burn to this. its almost caustic to smell aggressively, and just as intense to hold in the mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. not sure how this effect is achieved, but this beer is as advertised for sure. i thought it wasnt as balanced or drinkable as some of mikkellers other ipas, but like everything he makes, it was an experience. (1,066 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange-copper color with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, orange, tropical, citrus, pine, grassy, and lightly spicy hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, lemon and orange zest, some booze.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy, and lightly spicy malt, some resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, lemon and orange zest, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Nice hoppy DIPA. Great hop profile and bitterness throughout. (559 characters)

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally pulled the trigger on this spendy little 350 ml
Poured very slow , as not to disturb the chunks of floaters at the bottom of the bottle.

A ~ wonderful - this is how I like my beer to look - hazy muddled burnt orange.
Nice head that slowly regressed, leaving nice lacing
S ~ I could probably guess Mikeller, if blindfolded - just their signature aroma; sweet citrus, malty yeast, caramel & slight booze.
T ~ I don't know how they do it - this is another solid beer from Mikeller ( I just wish they could come down a little on $$$) Sweet orange hops with boozy malt back. Some resiny quality toward the finish.
M ~ Medium to MH mouth-feel, very nice actually.
O ~ This is a very nice beer. I know this must've been sitting around for a while - I wonder if a little age might've actually helped this one, because it's fantastic.

I'm really starting to love Mikeller - haven't found one that I didn't enjoy (a lot). (921 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden amber colour with a small, white head. Fair head retention.

Rich malt aroma backed up with a ton of citrus. This stuff is dank.

Malty sweet fading into a citrussy, slightly tropical hop flavour. Lots of bitterness. A big, hoppy beer. Possibly a little one-dimensional.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth.

A lovely DIPA. Big malt and hop flavour. (379 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sticky caramel orange caramel sweetness. Esters are prominent and give it a boozy note.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with floaties and golden edging. A thick sudsy white batter-like head.

Flavor: Orange juice-like pithy hop notes up front. Background caramel sweetness. Balance is decidedly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, oily, medium carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

Overall impression: A sipper to be savored. Had a liqueur-like quality to be savored in a snifter. (509 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a Mikkeller tap takeover at the Beer Revolution in Calgary (from notes)
A - hazy golden orange, one finger of light tan head that looked fairly creamy and held it own, left solid lacing
S - floral and grassy with some grapefruit, with biscuit and brown sugar in the background with faint booziness
T - toffee and bread maltiness are quickly overtaken by hop flavours of grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and pine resin, ending with a sweet-heat boozy kick
M - leaning on the heavier side of medium, fairly creamy start with a resiny character, dry's out somewhat with the alcohol heat and hops
O - it a big beast for sure, somewhat surprised at the heartiness of it for a high octane DIPA, but it ends up being pretty well balanced for the style (754 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper, hazy pour, yeast floating in the bottom. Two finger, snow white head, lacing is decent.

Floral hops, slight grapefruit, typical Mikkeller alcohol aroma. Slight biscuit. There is a little dandelion.

Bright grapefruit, bitter pine, dandelion and slight alcohol, caramel. There is a bit of burn in the finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky on the lips. (375 characters)

Photo of ToddT
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L- Hazy amber color topped with a thick off white head. The head fades slowly to a cap and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Sweet pineapple, grapefruit, and mango notes dominate the aroma.

T- Lots of hop notes right away, grapefruit first, then sweet pineapple, caramel malt makes an appearance at the middle, a note of orange peel, and a finish that returns to the grapefruit bitterness with a bit of a burn to it. Lots of complex layers to the hops flavors in this, but well balanced, not just a complete wash of bitterness.

F- A bit more than medium in body and a little less than medium in carbonation. A little oily and sticky at the finish, not unpleasant but noticeable.

O- It is aptly named, there is a fair amount of burn to this and 10.0% ABV makes it a sipper too. Not a beer for the hop shy, but the hop fan will like all of the different hop notes going on in this. (886 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its been a long night and after hearing some bad news i still want to review this and it pours a hazy light orange hue with a fluffy three finger head and similar lacing everywhere,the smell is apricot,pineapple and i mean strong pineapple,mangoes and all the other ingredients of a tropical fruit salad love it,the mouthfeel is medium bodied lightly carbonated and silky smoothy with tastes of pineapple at the forefront and wow its like pineapple juice with mangoes,paw paw,valencia oranges,lychees and finished just like a tropical fruit salad with only a touch of bitterness and overall i love this the ABV is well hidden and its like a fruit punch bowl beer and id drink this all night cheers. (698 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows pine, peach, lychee, soft alcohol and sweet clean malt.
Flavours are sweet at first with lots of clean malt after which a piny assault enters with accompanying bitterness. Very well balanced.
Could could be a little lighter. (268 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Barely hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is grapefruit hops and caramel that are balanced, higher ABV is hidden, lingering bitter aftertaste. Very similar to a Double IPA (label has imperial pale lager). $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. (394 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served in a L'achouffe chalice at Accent Lounge, enjoyed in my big-ass corner table (it's a rather quiet, um, afternoon here.)

This beer appears a somewhat muddled medium golden amber hue, with one thick finger of dense, creamy beige head, which takes its time sinking away, leaving a nice array of webbed grotto lace around the glass.

It smells of heavy biscuity caramel/toffee confectionery, orange cream, some further brown sugar, and heady piney, leafy hops. The taste is sweet bready caramel malt, kind of doughy, yet with toasted biscuit notes in there too, all rather unusually overwhelming for that pungent citrus and pine hoppiness lurking at the fringes. A slight booze astringency simmers menacingly below.

The bubbles seem more or less AWOL, just barely registering a blip here and there, the body showing a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and smooth in that caramel pudding manner (once a jigger or two of brandy has been surreptitiously added). It finishes on the sweet side of Caramel Toffee City, tempered a wee bit by a persistent biscuit/cracker breadiness, and of course those tamped down, bitter citrus and forest floor hops.

A surprisingly quaffable DIPA, given the tremendous up-front sugary slant. However, the hops pull a respectable Rudy, aided by one of the most understated, but still influential 20-proof dances that I have yet encountered. Recommended, but my God, do get somethin' salty to nosh on whilst enjoying it. (1,454 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

pours a solid golden color with a uber-fluffy white head.

cut wood, pine, grass, and heavy grapefruit smell

a blast of hops right away followed by some orange zest and subtle earth tones.

pretty simple and subtle. not gonna destroy your palate but very drinkable. (299 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Blue Monk. Cloudy grapefruit coloured body, with a good amount of head and lace. Hoppy aroma. Grapefruit and orange citrus taste. Big IBU but not a palate eraser, though a big astringent. Not bad as a double IPA, though not overly complex. Good drinkability. (268 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a solid malt foundation and absurd collage of hops, Mikkeller continues to beat beer drinkers over their heads with the same reckless and abused recipe that make them so coveted and famous.

The beer pours with a solidly hazed copper-meets-amber hue. It's rich viscosity slowly releases an oddly appealing yellowish head that's moussey-thick, stubbornly retained, and ideally laced.

The sharp hop aromas span the gamut of all-things-lupulin with a muddling of grapefruit, pine, grass and wood. Firm malt underpinnings nearly balance the hoppy nose with toffee, dough, and biscuit. It's certainly a richly scented yet hop forward ale.

Dense malt flavors start with robust toffee sweetness, but soon introduces yeasty light bread, biscuit, and doughy taste to the fold. Estery with fruit flavors of apple, appricot, pear, and mangoes creates a supple bridge between the robust malts and the intensifying hops to come. Deeply embedded hop flavors reveal everything that hops can: grapefruit pulp and pith, orange peel, fresh cut grass, mulled earthen herbs, vegital matter, pine resin gain the attention of the taste buds at mid palate and develops into a minty resin bitterness late. With so much hop variety, the beer seems muddled and suffers from loss of focus.

Richer than usual, the textures of the beer remain robust and even heavy as the creamy ale rests weightedly on the tongue. Finishing semi-dry, even the millions of hops and ten percent strength can't fully dry the beer from hearty malt dextrins and sweetness. Instead the beer concludes with a sticky resin character of pine sap and vegetative hop astringency.

With it's high malt character and fullness, the grains don't allow the beer to celebrate hop character to its fullest. With seemingly endless hop additions, the beer goes all directions at once and confuses the palate as much as it satisfies it. It does what all Mikkeller IPAs do, as if you've had one then you might as well have had them all. (1,979 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense amber toned orange with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a lively cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of pine, herbs, hop resin, cut wood, and sugary sweetness.
Taste is of the aromas with a bitter blast along the palate that is abrasive at first and eases into a bitter grapefruit and sugary blend of citrus and resin.
Mouthfeel is medium- full bodied with a chewy sugary mix of citrus, cookies, and herbs lingering in the swallow. (486 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at De HopDuvel in Gent. Slightly hazy yellow-orange pour with nice two finger head with good retention and lacing. Awesome floral, citrusy nose loaded with tangerine and apricot along with hints of grapefruit and caramel and just a touch of white pepper. The taste mirrors the nose with the bright citrus flavors at the forefront, paired quite well with the sticky resin of the hops. A solid sweet caramel malt backbone balances it all out nicely. The mouthfeel is crisp and bold with a tangy, oily, bitter hop finish. This is definitely one of the more fresh tasting IPA's I've had from Mikkeller. Doesn't quite stand up to the Hop Burn Low I had on tap at the Mikkeller Bar last month, but still a solid offering. (730 characters)

Photo of maleman
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an SA glass. Golden amber with more than two-finger head that receded into a medium cap. Really sticky lacing down the sides. Lots of biscuits in the nose along with pepper, resin and grapefruit. Very citrusy with resin present on the tongue...not as bold as the smell. A good bit of bitter aftertaste hangs around...mostly medium bodied with average carbonation. The smell and looks were promising, but we know it all comes down to the taste, and this one simply didn't live up.

RB! (519 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. The aroma has some nice grapefruit and apricot notes, as well as a touch of biscuit malt. The flavor is similar, with a lot of oranges and other tropical fruit coming through. The bitterness is fairly low, but the hop flavor really shines. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (388 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bad boy up at ølbutikken while in Copenhagen this past week for the CBC...crazy label, decent enough price, figured fuck it.

Pours a very typical but beautiful grapefruit orange with a nice 2 finger white head.

Nose; honestly pretty subdued at first but then it hits you. Tangerines, floral and citrus hops, with a touch of grassiness...not bad after all.
Taste; same as the nose, subdued but rounded at first and then the complexity pulls through. Nice melding of floral, citrus, and even some tropical fruits. Mid way there is a refreshing mint like quality that leads into a strong citrus bite and a lingering grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is excellent, slick yet somewhat crisp, nice even carbonation.

Overall; diggin' it. It's subtle at first (which the label is far from) but overall a great DIPA. (819 characters)

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Hop Burn High from Mikkeller ApS
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