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Hop Burn High - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 128
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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 ToddT
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of Dano420
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle in to my Mother Earth tulip glass. Retail price was $6.99 per.

Can't believe I'm the first person to review this beer...

A - Pours a beautiful hazy orange. 2 finger head dissipates slowly. Leaves some lacing, but not much sticks to the glass. Looks very nice.

Smell - Whoa. This beer smells unlike any IPA I can remember. Giant pine notes upfront. Smells like pine-oil resin. I can't recall a beer with so much piney smell right up front. Citrusy too, with plenty of grapefruit and orange, but all these other aromas take a back seat to the pungent pine.

Taste - Again, lots of pine, hop oils and citrus. The citrus is all grapefruit and orange. I'm getting some black pepper notes, too and a nice, bitter finish. It's very astringent. The 10% ABV is noticeable, but I'm O.K. with that. This beer is really bitter, and I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is very nice. Not too much, not too little. All the hop oils make this a rather oily-feeling beer. Smooth, but I'm afraid it might not be very drinkable. I only have one bottle, and I don't think I'd follow this one with another.

Overall - A really good beer, and certainly worth trying, simply because of the rather unusual smell and flavor (for an Imperial IPA). I don't think the drinkability is very high with this beer, and that keeps me from giving it any higher marks. It's a solid effort, and an interesting one. Give it a try.

Edit: Read somewhere that this beer was 300 IBU's. Would love some more information as it rolls in.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of lonewolfcry
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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).

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of skotster13
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Purchased at Perry's Liquors (Livermore, CA)
A: Beautiful orange, tangelo colour. Thin head, little lace.
S: Nose of mandarin orange, tart hop.
T: Wonderful soft citrus on the palate. Juicy hop flavor with gentle bitterness.
M: Oily citrus hops. Bright explosion of tart and bitterness. Well balanced and focused on the mid-palate.
O: Delicious effort from Mikkeller, as always!

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Photo of stimulus
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a six IPA tasting session. Listed as Double Imperial Pale Ale.
No freshness date, but I know this was released in February 2012.
Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a 1/2 finger white head.
S: Lots of bright citrus, marmalade, and floral hops. Great aroma.
T: Taste follows the aroma pretty well, with a sweet malt backbone balancing out a high level of bitterness.
M: Crisp, light bodied, and well carbonated.
O: Definitely the best of the tasting. Balance is key here, as with the Hopzilla. Too bad it may only be a one time release, and since it is a single 11.2 oz bottle, it certainly is overpriced like most of Mikkeller's beers.

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Hop Burn High from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.