Hop Burn High - Mikkeller ApS
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3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
07-17-2012 12:08:27 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-18-2012 16:43:21 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +13%
Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed burnt orange tinged golden with a sticky one finger white head atop,great lacing and form to the head.Big grapefruit rind in the nose just really fresh and it jumps out at ya,light herb and sweetish alcohol round out the nose.Grapefruit-like hops and sharp bittering hops dominate the palate with sweet alcohol as well,it's sweet but not as in your face sweet as many of the style.It's sticky and sharp like an imperial ipa should be,it's not to sweet just a great beer.
02-01-2012 00:02:14 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
09-05-2012 00:28:25 | More by biboergosum
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
Hop Burn Hi thanks to tb 69 for sharing this -enjoyed from a shaker chilled.
The color is hazy golden with an amber shade and thick foamy 3 finger cap with average bead. the lace sticks very well. The look is almost oily in the glass. The smell is very floral with some apricot and mild tangerine notes with a pronounced caramel malt odor. There is a slight hint of alcohol in the aroma, but pretty fragrant from hop oils. The feel is the least pleasant part of this, not bad, just a little too focused on bitter with a masking quality from sweet malt which is sticky and even though it finishes slightly warm is not all that harsh in the finish, just a mix of sweet and bitter.
The taste has a light grapefruit and mild tinge of spice with leafy hops giving a more earthy than citrus flavor although both are present. The caramel malt adds a sweetness to cushion some of the bitterness which is plentiful yet there is a light fruitiness from the yeast that adds to the hoppy citrus tanginess. I liked this pretty well although more than 1 may not be wise. I think it is a good beer for what it is however it is not the best Imperial Ipa since I prefer a little less sweetness and less bitterness with more focus on hop flavor.
04-13-2012 19:03:09 | More by Slatetank
3.96/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-26-2013 20:02:31 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
05-30-2012 03:44:20 | More by Mora2000
2.58/5 rDev -34.2%
My label implies this beer is called "Hop Burn Hi" (not "Hop Burn High"). 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles, California, and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high since Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world.
Paired with popcorn. Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side poured without any additional vigor as I don't anticipate carbonation issues.
A: Pours a two finger head of no real cream, terrible thickness, and good retention considering the ABV. Beer colour is a murky semitransparent copper.
Sm: Fairly skunky hops. Definitely oily ones. Light hop-induced citrus. Moderately fresh. A moderate strength aroma. Quite clean.
T: Oily hops are rampant atop clean malts, with a lot of hop bitterness coming through untamed on the backend. No alcohol comes through, which is an achievement given the high ABV. Light citrus comes through only barely. It's clean and fairly fresh. The balance is decent; I just wish the bitterness was better controlled. Built to style.
Mf: Oily from the hops. Smooth and wet. Thin, especially for the style. Not as full as I'd like. Complements the flavours generally.
Dr: Drinkable, especially for the ABV, but the quality is limited. The ABV is very well concealed. I might try it on draught, but it's not great, especially compared to Russian River's beers in this style. Mikkel didn't manage to improve on Vinny's work, at least not with this beer.
A disappointment from me favourite brewery.
02-26-2012 07:51:42 | More by kojevergas
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-17-2012 23:56:12 | More by weeare138
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
09-08-2012 22:21:02 | More by jdhilt
3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head In the aroma, a small orange citrus, small gingerbread like malt, and a small note of alcohol. In the taste, a sweet orange citrus hop and a small alcohol burn, like remnants of a shot. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus and a small alcohol flavor in the aftertaste. Quite boozy and faint nose and flavor.
04-03-2012 15:57:35 | More by OWSLEY069
Hop Burn High from Mikkeller ApS
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