Hop Burn Low - Mikkeller ApS
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3.91/5 rDev +0.8%
330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy yellow amber color with a reasonable amount of dingy white head and a rather sweet and rich aroma, concentrated pale malts and candied citrus/tropical fruits, orange, papaya, and peach with honey-like and brown sugar overtones and something else a bit more funky, almost like yeasty vitamin tablet. Does feature a power hop flavor that to my reckoning keeps up with that found in Hop Burn High, if anything the lemon, orange, red berry, salad green and camphorous spice flavors are even cleaner here despite the malts contributing ample sweetness. Rather boozy and here and there I get a solvent-like blast, although this does not overly detract from a lingering citrus peel (lime) and spicy hop finish. I do find myself enjoying the aroma more than the flavor per se. Rather thick bodied and carbonation is right where it needs to be, cutting the sweetness to some extent and lifting up the hops. I rather enjoyed this Hop Burn duo. Bold, spicy, rich, boozy beers well worth experiencing at least once.
07-04-2014 23:03:08 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.28/5 rDev -15.5%
This was probably a very good to excellent beer 6-9 months ago. Now, it's a touch flabby and starting to show its age through papery oxidative notes. The underlying base beer seems clean, firmly bitter with an emphasis on pine and grapefruit hop character. Still looks beautiful, a faint hint of amber in a golden hued brew with a nice finger of head and moderate lacing.
If I could get fresh, I'd drink again.
NOTE: this beer is in no way a pilsner. It's an IPA brewed with lager yeast, and has more in common with those. It is not an imperialized pilsner.
06-30-2014 20:30:29 | More by errantnight
United Kingdom (England)
3.84/5 rDev -1%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2019 (rather long for such a hoppy brew). Acquired a while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label calls it a double imperial pale lager, and the image is different from that pictured in the listing.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of overwhelming hop notes: pine, weed, grapefruit, citrus, white fruits, grass/hay and spice. These are underpinned by sweet malt and subtle earthy yeast, with a hint of warming booze in the background.
Tastes of exceptionally intense aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, vague white fruits, grass/hay, peppery spice, sweet malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a lingering hint of alcohol in the background. A robustly resinous bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good, creamy body. Hop oils tantalise the tastebuds and persist long after. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of spicy aromatic hops, leafy bitterness and sweet malt.
A veritable hop tsunami that does a number on your senses. Looks great, while the aroma offers a fantastic smorgasbord of hop notes backed up by malt. The flavour is equally intense but with a leafy, vegetal edge to the bitterness that detracts a little from the experience. Lovely body. A memorable brew, but not one I'd want to drink every day. It made me realise that it is possible to overdo the hops. Nonetheless, an impressive lager that is worth sampling if you really love lupulus.
06-08-2014 23:39:25 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.24/5 rDev +9.3%
First Mikkeller for me. I was never sure which one to buy and always sure I couldn't afford any of them. But I'm glad I finally found one I couldn't resist by description. The bottle I have is different than the label in the picture here, it has a green label with a paper cut-out looking picture of a hop nugget in a fry pan.
A- orange cloudy peachy. S- orange, peach, cream. T- malty, creamy, lemon, aggressive, orange (but not blatant orange). M- again, creamy, aggressive, the alcohol burn at the back of the tongue and then a hop presence leftover on the tongue. O-I'm really glad I finally got a Mikkeller. I was thinking of getting a coffee IPA the other day but I couldn't part with my precious $16. I recommend this one. It's a bit of a mess but one can't stop drinking it for how rewarding it is with flavors galore.
03-21-2014 00:03:25 | More by trentbent
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
Look: hazy yellow/amber. Very nice carbonation. Foam billowy with different sized bubbles, nice retention to white stable cover with few islands. Random lacing.
Smell: Pine, citrus zest, grapefruit - very IPA-ish hops. It's also alcohol spicy with some hints of sweet malt, caramel and toffee.
Taste: quite strong and aggressive hop taste of pine, grapefruit and lemon. It continues to medium sweet malts and then again to an aggressive followup of clean sharp bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, medium body with dry finish. There is some warming from the high alcohol content.
Overall: a more aggressive than your typical IPL beer. Mix of crisp lager and DIPA with strong focus on bitterness. Still an interesting, drinkable and solid beer.
11-27-2013 20:21:38 | More by tmzl
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of sweet caramel malts along with a moderate amount of bitterness. The alcohol is rather well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a little clean and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Compared to the Imperial Pale Lagers (IPLs) I've had, this one tastes the most like an IPA and the only discernable difference is that it isn't as crisp.
08-11-2013 18:15:04 | More by metter98
4.01/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured into a tulip. Also had the same new art as the previous reviewer, so this must be a new batch. No bottling date, but it definitely tastes fresh and was found on a New Arrival shelf.
A - A fairly dark golden orange with a tinge of red. Quick dissipating white head, nice lacing. Fair amount of smallish bubbles.
S - Lemon zest, some bread/grain notes. Maybe a hint of nuttiness/marzipan?
T - An interesting balance of spice and heat, sweet citrus and tropical, and earthy lager characteristics. A true palate wrecker, tongue feels the bite for sometime. Fairly strong boozy aftertaste. Has elements of both a big DIPA and a crisp lager.
M - Very creamy, nice smooth carb.
Overall - A typical oddball Mikkeller brew, this is an intense and unique beer. Much more aggressive than other takes on the "IPL" style that I've had, this emphasizes the bitterness and spiciness more than anything else, but the lager characteristics are enough to keep it drinkable. Not a sessioner by profile or ABV, but definitely different and overall solid.
07-06-2013 04:34:47 | More by BKBassist
Hop Burn Low from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.