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Hop Burn Low - Mikkeller ApS

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of lonewolfcry
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

lonewolfcry, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

BKBassist, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Kmat10, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Paonz
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Paonz, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of BuddyE
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BuddyE, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet pilsner, grainy, and lightly caramel malts, grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, some lager yeast, and a bit of booze.

T - Grapefruit, tropical, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, lots of resiny bitterness, sweet pilsner, pilsner, bready, and light caramel malts, lager yeast, and some booze.

M - Full-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, warming, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Nice hoppy imperial pilsner. Nice hop profile and bitterness throughout.

ngeunit1, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

schnarr84, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

SnatchyMcPants, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +3.1%

UltimateLivewire, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Cap stamped 9131112.

A: No head tops this clearish amber ale. Sticky lace.

S: Mmmm, delicious. Hop cones dripping with oil and tropical fruits. Sweet caramel malts and stern alcohol.

T/M: Herm. Intriguing. Loads of wet, fruity hops, but the lager yeast gives it an contrapuntal dryness and tang that is somewhat disconcerting. That said, the more I drink, the more I like it. The strength is hidden well, and this tastes for all the world like a extra-juicy pale ale. There is a tinge of odd bitterness or yeastiness that I dislike, but this fades to be replaced by grapefruit peel and a lingering acidity.

O: Not so obviously delicious as Hop Burn High, but subtler and more interesting. I like this series (duo?) a lot and would highly recommend the pair.

AgentMunky, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of dooglas
3/5  rDev -22.7%

dooglas, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at KnB wines near San Diego for $5.99 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. I had Hop Burn High but don't remember how I felt about it. Mikkeller is my favourite brewery in the world so expectations are high, but then again his brighter beers tend to be mundane compared to his darker ones. 10% ABV confirmed. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

My label differs from that on the site currently. It depicts a hop in a pan over a hob stove burner.

Paired with pretzels.

Pours without beer upsurging or any other issues.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger light khaki colour head of some nice cream, pretty good thickness, and very good retention considering the high ABV. It retains fora good three minutes at least. Lacing is poor. Body colour is a bright hazy copper hold; nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, but there's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Heavy oily hops. Pine, some floral character, light citrus (grapefruit, if anything). Heavy butterscotch; in fact butterscotch is overwhelmingly dominant. I don't suspect diacetyl. It's a pleasant aroma. Moderate to strong. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T/Mf: Heavy heavy butterscotch. It's definitely dominant here. A very dry coarse finish bombs the mouthfeel, but in its early acts it's nicely smooth, wet, and even a bit creamy. I don't like the sudden change in texture, but it's consistently thick throughout yet light on the palate and almost refreshing (if not for that pesky finish). Some light oily hops, light pine, mild hop bitterness (well balanced and disguised), and floral character. Tropical hop flavour - maybe mango or even pineapple - is dominant among the hops. Very little hops come through for the style. Clean malts comprise the backbone. Maybe one of the least traditionally hoppy beers in the style I've had. No yeast or alcohol comes through - an achievement at this ABV. Not subtle or particularly complex, but unusual for the style.

I've never tasted butterscotch so much in a beer. There're even hints of butter pecan ice cream.

Dr: I guess I like it; I just despise the third act. If it kept its course through the end, it'd be much better (and much more drinkable). As it stands, it's notable for hiding its alcohol quite well. But I wouldn't want another one of these; it's going to be rough finishing the bottle quickly. Dries my mouth out so much. I wouldn't get this again, but as far as Mikkel's IPAs go, this one isn't bad.


kojevergas, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of runner_conor
4.5/5  rDev +16%

runner_conor, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -22.7%

pixieskid, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

CoryR, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 330ml into a tulip. Holdbar til 04/04/16.

Slightly darker orange, unfiltered with a finger or two of white head. Nose has some pungent citrus, big caramel malt character and a smidgen of pils malt. Slightly spicy hops, and a touch of alcohol. Taste has a load of sweet, caramelly malt. Bitter citrus hopping and slight pils malt. Bitter, spicy and drying finish. A little more alcohol. A big beer, perhaps more than I bargained for this eve - almost like an American style BW. Interesting nonetheless, and a style tick.

liamt07, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of AgentZero
2.25/5  rDev -42%

AgentZero, Sep 23, 2012
Hop Burn Low from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.