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Hop Burn High - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
88
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The same malts and hops were also used for the imperial pilsner "Hop Burn Low".

(Beer added by: bark on 12-27-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

deapokid, Feb 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

TheRuss9585, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Sammy, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Slatetank, Apr 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

st9647v3, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DrBier, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

johnnyboy76, Mar 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

kjkinsey, May 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

malfunxion, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

anteater, Jan 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

durlta, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Texasfan549, May 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

stlunatic15, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

djrn2, Jul 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

TGS, Apr 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

KAF, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

jdhilt, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a huge white head that hangs around the top as a thick cap for the duration and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma is aggressively hoppy with a combination of white grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin. There is a sweet maltiness that emerges after the initial blast of hops.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma, at least in terms of the juicy citrus, which is lacking in the taste. The bitterness takes on a more abrasive, boozy feel in the taste with the citrus being more subtle. Little bit of caramel malts in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and pretty sticky on the palate with soft carbonation.

This one started out great with look and even smell but I don't think the taste is well integrated enough for this to be considered great. Tasty but not one I'll revisit.

gford217, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

korguy123, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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.

CalgaryFMC, May 18, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 18, 2012
Hop Burn High from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.