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Hop Burn Low - Mikkeller ApS

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87
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The same malts and hops were also used for the DIPA "Hop Burn High".

(Beer added by: bark on 01-07-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 23, 2013
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SmellsofMahagony, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus hops, with some nice biscuit malt mixed in. The flavor is similar. The orange and grass notes from the hops add a low amount of bitterness, which is evened out by a nice biscuit malt character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 01, 2012
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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.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

330ml bottle - craggy, low-rent label imagery, reminiscent of local punk show posters.

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of dense, bubbly, foamy dirty beige head, which leaves a consistent, awesome honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bitter citrus rind, sweet grainy pale malt, a subtle caramel/toffee sugary character, some herbal, grassy hops, and a bit of edgy booziness. The taste is rather bitter, astringent pine and citrus hops, bready, grainy malt, with a touch of caramel, some herbal, grassy notes, a bit of mineral steeliness, and a softly threatening alcohol tendency.

The bubbles, they be smart, and generally on the down low, the body a slightly askew medium weight, and smooth, if your idea of a hot tub is north of 100. It finishes well off-dry, as the overwrought malt holds fast, barely outpacing those stubborn outsourced hops, seemingly stolen from the local IPA, all keeping their head above that pool of simmering booze.

One of the strangely more agreeable versions of the style, the grand uptick in hopitude perhaps distracting me from the normal alcohol heat problems that I normally seem so pissy about. Anyways, this is verily a DIPA, but without the big caramel sweetness, for which you apparently have to switch over to the Hop Burn High to experience. I have, and it's a somewhat more full-on affair, I have to say, but one which should take very little away from this particular incarnation, which has much to offer all on its own.

biboergosum, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Griffith, Jan 26, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Peachy coloured body. The good bitterness, with complex hops and orange juicy citrus is up front and immediate. Malting pretty good too. Fuller mouthfeel. In your face like a double IPA. Very tasty, good drinkability for a high a.b.v. and it may not have been had it had more aggressive US hops. Recent cellar of Blue Monk.

Sammy, Sep 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

OGkushington, Sep 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

aztraz, Nov 14, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +9%

A - fully hazy golden orange, solid head slowly dissipated to thick random islands, lots of random lacing
S - big hits of toffee and booze, spicy and herbal hop notes, light fruit
T - pleasant notes of pepper and herbal hops up front, more subtle citrus and pine, toffee malt, there is a mild refreshing mint like flavour, very complex and tasty with just a hint of boozy sweetness at the end
M - lightish body with decent carbonation, finishes with a medium pleasant bitter, no sign of the high octane
O - this is a great example of a high octane IPA (obviously categorized wrong), the hop flavour mix is outstanding and it is dangerously drinkable

joemcgrath27, Sep 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BuddyE, Mar 19, 2013
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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.

trentbent, Mar 21, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -9%

Pours light amber with a small head.
Nose shows juicy tropical fruits, grapefruit and floral notes.
Also some clean malt and caramel.
Flavours include piny notes, alcohol, some soft tropical fruit. Seems a little harsh, especially in the finish.
Too much carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Sep 27, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry and citrusy hops is dominant with dry caramel malt base quite discreet. Taste is also dominated by herbal hops notes with quite dry notes and a medium citrusy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The description is spot on with hops being the dominant flavour and honestly I could not have known that this was lager if it wasn’t for the label.

Phyl21ca, Oct 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

jessicapreuss, Sep 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a slightly clouded bronze with a thin head that quickly dissipates back to leave light lacing on the glass. Nose is of licorice, light spice and chocolate. Surprising chocolate notes abound in the taste as well, along with lemon peel and a spicy burn. Aftertaste is heavily bitter with some pine resin. Mouthfeel is substantial, with some liveliness from the light carbonation.

I have no idea how old this is. It tastes fresher than the Mikkeller single hop IPAs I bought at the same time. The bottle artwork is different than pictured, so this may have been brewed a second time.

Overall, this is quite drinkable, with the hops giving it a good bitterness but without being overpowering. I was expecting something more overwhelming and while there is some good hop and alcohol burniness here, there is still some maltiness present. I would drink this again if it wasn't six dollars a bottle.

JohnQVD, Mar 19, 2013
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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.

metter98, Aug 11, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

11.2 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present but the stamp on the cap says 9131112. It took me a minute to actually figure out which version of this beer I had acquired, but I've got it figured out now. My artwork is different than the bottle pictured, and says Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Lager. Anyway, stoked to have found a bottle of this. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours your standard light burnt sienna orange color with a fluffy finger and a half of head with some nice retention. Some bubbles lazily rushing up the sides to the top signifying it's carbonation. Decent lacing.

S - The usual array of fresh hop resins and citrus / pine notes coming in. Grapefruit. Has all the makings of a good IPA so far, for being an "imperial pale lager". Light malts really only become apparent to me after the head has died and the beer has warmed a bit.

T - Pungent, fruity hop bite is firmly in the foreground, followed with a very bitter finish which seems to linger in the back of your mouth. Definitely has a spicy hotness from this beers nice 10% abv and gratuitous hop resins, but it isn't overwhelming. A little bit carbonated in the finish.

M - A nice sticky hoppy resinous aftertaste. Warmth from the alcohol is pleasant enough (which obviously lives up to it's name Hop Burn), and there is a little bit of a green apple / sweetness aftertaste of some type, but not really distinguishable from any other imperial IPA out there. Definitely a true hop lover's beer, although quite a bit overpriced.

Overall, a very pleasant hoppy experience, and I did enjoy this beer, but I can't say it was worth the $6.50 I paid for it, and you could probably get your burning hop fix satisfied from elsewhere, for cheaper. Although, I am glad I managed to pick a bottle up while I had the chance.

Mikkeller Hop Burn Low ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Jan 29, 2013
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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.

errantnight, Jun 30, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

On-tap. ½ pint glass. Orangish amber in color, foggy appearance. Yellowish white, rocky, well retention crown. Copious collars. Subtle caramel malt, resins, tropical fruits & grapefruit notes both in flavor & aromas. Sharp, but gentle, bitterness in the middle lingers into the finish. Oily, flavorful, creamy palate. Full body, extra-soft carbonation. Refreshing, delightful. ABV is not annoying at all.

GONZALOYANNA, Jun 17, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +21.1%

Straight pour from 11.2oz pry-off bottle to a tall, fluted glass (Ommegang 2011 giftpack flute). No clear dating here, though there is a printed code on the cap which could be a bottling date (“9131112”). I’m going to be super optimistic and say that this might have been bottled on March 11, 2012. Glass is at least half full, right? (Literally.)

Appearance (4.0): This bastard has quite an aggressive head, charging out of the gate with a solid four fingers of foam the color of custard. It dies down slowly, leaving a rocky head, a few decent-sized splotches of lace, and rings of foam as the body diminishes. Speaking of which, the body is a burnt orange-gold, hazy but not chalky. Great-looking beer!

Smell (4.5): Very dank, citrusy, and . . . minty? Yeah I think this smells kind of minty. It’s great though, a really nice addition here. Nice red grapefruit flesh scent, and a very noticeable but not overpowering biscuity scent—like fresh bread. This smells great!

Taste (5.0): Again, the minty character comes as a very welcome surprise: that herbal character meshes very well with the piney, dank character that follows. Some definitely noticeable booze is in here, too, but I’m okay with it. It is 10% ABV, after all. The hops charge into the finish, with a very strong herbal / piney character—sucking on a pinecone at the end, and it just doesn’t quit. It plays well with the slightly chalky, medicinal character that lager yeast can lend. The bready, pale malts blend in well in the background, giving the hops something to cling to without commanding much attention. It’s nice, very well executed. Honestly, I don’t know what more I could ask for, from the style.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium- to full-bodied, leaning towards full-. The carbonation is perfect here: subtle at first, but it turns aggressive and tingly soon after without ever becoming coarse. Body is a bit syrupy and oily, but finishes extremely dry, no doubt partly thanks to the ABV.

Overall (4.5): This was one of the very few occasions that I’ve given something a five on the “taste” part of a review. This was awesome, just great, and I want some more. Really dug the mint character in the hop profile, too. Price and dating issues will prevent me from spending too much on Mikkeller, but knowing that the guy’s capable of this kind of stuff, I’m going to be making the leap a bit more often from now on. Highly recommended, if it’s likely to be fresh.

fmccormi, Apr 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Stum-pub, Mar 26, 2014
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Hop Burn Low from Mikkeller ApS
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