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Tiger Baby: Open Windows Open Hills - Mikkeller ApS

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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 02-02-2012

Named after a Danish elelctro pop group Tiger Baby and its third album 'Open Windows Open Hills'. To celebrate the release Mikkeller and Tiger Baby brewed a special 'Open Windows Open Hills'-IPA, which matches the melancholic pop songs.
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Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 41
Photo of macrosmatic
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber, very hazy, with a 1 1/2-finger white fluffy head with good retention. Average visible carbonation. Surprisingly dark for an "IPA".

S: When first smelled after pouring, there's caramel sweetness, resin hops, some booze heat, bready malts - it smelled nearly like an American barleywine. Through the drink however, the impression of the high alcohol and heavy malt presence dissipated somewhat.

T: Orange citrus fruit and sticky resin, light cracker malt (more delicate than the aroma suggested), a touch of caramel malt. The back end is citrus-forward, reminiscent of the bright tangerine of an orange drink from camp. Lightly bitter in the hang.

M: Minimal alcohol presence, especially compared to the initial aroma. Lighter body than the appearance suggested. Carbonation sensation fairly low.

O: This had a weird dichotomy between the appearance and initial aroma impressions versus the flavors found while drinking. I drank a Lagunitas Daytime directly before this, and it's possible there was an effect on my palate. Overall, this was enjoyable, but the orange juice flavor I could have done without. I'm curious as to whether another bottle would have the same experience, but I didn't like it near enough to justify purchasing another bottle to find out.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber pour with 2 fingers of foamy head leaving behind great lacing. Smells fruity, citrusy, and slightly oxidized. The flavor is soapy bitterness up front followed by a toasted malt backbone.. Bready and caramel notes make up most of this beer with a zesty citrus hop profile that is still present. Medium/light in body with higher carbonation.
Not sure when this one came out but it honestly held up fairly well with the hops. Didn't even know this was an ipa til I tasted it.. Says malt liquor on the label.. Heh

Photo of chickenflea
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchase in Cedar Rapids. Pours a golden orange. Cloudy with a soft effervescence. Massive white foamy head that open up slowly. Excellent aroma. Citrusy hops. The mango and passionfruit come through a little although the hops are features. The fruit gives the aroma a clean dimension. Love it. The taste is mild by American Pale Ale standards. Somewhat like a hoppy session saison. Passionfruit mutes the malt. Finish is somewhat dry. Soft almost watery mouthfeel. This is not a problem unless you really want to bracket this beer with the pale ales. It seems to me more like a hybrid, and so I tend to be more forgiving. No hint of alcohol in taste or aroma although we are getting into higher values. So what's not to like about this beer? Not much, unless you were expecting something else.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with a massive three finger white head continually refreshed by active carbonation. Fun to watch. Aroma of mixed tropical fruit, mostly mango and citrus hops. Flavor is mango, passionfruit, orange with light bready malt, finishes with grapefruit rind and light grassy hops. Light bodied, but nice active carbonation. An interesting experiment of taking the tropical fruit flavors from hops to the limit by using fruit juice. Very refreshing, but maybe a bit too much of a good thing with the added mango. I enjoyed this, but probably will not revisit.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. 8941211 printed on the bottle cap. I found this Mikkeller oddity at the local beer store. Intriguing bottle art, with what appears to be the Death's Head moth on the label, named after a band and album that I'm not familiar with. Expectations are moderately high.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a nice thin bright burnt orange colored body with about three fingers of fluffy soapy khaki foam for a head. Very nice head retention for such a high abv beer. A bit lighter in color than you would expect from an 8.00% abv IPA, but it looks pretty nice. Hardly any lacing, but some thin strands.

S - Smell is of grapefruit, pine, citrus, some old musty herbal hop presence, some peppery rye, with just a slight bit of grain / bready malt in there.

T - Tart lemon zest, sour green apples, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, orange rind; mildly tropical tasting in the end.. A very nice hop profile going on here. I am really enjoying this one. Mild earthiness, faint rye, and a mild dose of that classic Mikkeller yeast presence that I've come to know and love. The citric lemon / lime juices become even more pronounced as the beer sits, lovely.

M - Feel is crisp and citric, with mild fruity hop bitterness lingering on the palate. Semi-tart and dry. Medium bodied with ideal carbonation.

Overall, another very nice IPA from Mikkeller. I have come to really enjoy his hoppy offerings, and this beer is no exception. Recommended for sure, I would love to see Mikkeller expand packaging to six packs of something, and this would be an ideal candidate, in my opinion.

Mikkeller Open Windows Open Hills Tiger Baby ---4/5.

Photo of wl0307
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 15/02/2015, served gently chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Notes: the back label specifies that oat, mango and passion fruit are used in this brew in addition to one’s usual suspects.

A: pours a murky, dark amber to light copper colour, coming with a slowly dissipating off-white foamy head and very restrained carbonation.
S: tropical fruits (guava and dried mango) and sweetened semi-toasted tea join force to deliver a fruity and subtly malty aroma, added with a real, sharper tinge of passion fruit (from the real fruit instead of hops?!); given a good swirl, the rather deep dirty-cloth-like pale malts sink in, along with intensive earthy and sprigy hoppiness as well as even thicker fruitiness as of passion fruits and mango juice extract. All in all, the aroma seems to accommodate the lively exotic fruity aroma from hops and the deeper characters from the real juice extract (I guess).
T: rather dry, earthy, sharply savoury- and acidic-bitter, and leather-ish yeasty upfront, coming with very restrained contributions from malts and fruity hop flavours really, as if the yeasts have consumed everything in addition to sugars in the wort; the rather chewy, bitter-herbal hop bitterness and old-leather-ish and intensifyingly dry yeastiness prevail in the aftertaste, where old citrus-peel-ish bitterness presents in the most unexpected manner, in that the stinky side comes slightly more than necessary. To my surprise, mangos and passion fruits do not seem to leave a deep-enough mark following the fermentations, not even in the form of aroma. Instead, the super lengthy and deepening hop bitterness is tuned at such a high level, that the palate is rendered so… dry as if a cup of Chinese herbal medicine has been offered in place of a pint of IPA.
M&O: lightly effervescent on the mouthfeel, this is a medium-minus bodied, highly-attenuated, yet overly yeasty-tart/acidic and highly unbalanced/unusual bitter beer. I can’t find much to enjoy from this glass, really, and I can’t help wondering if the yeasts’ continuing work in the bottle has killed off those more pleasant characters this beer was meant to deliver?

Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pinkish orange with thick, dense cream colored head, much of which sticks around for the whole glass. Smell: passion fruit, sugared mango and more pale malt sweetness, light musty graininess, stonefruit note. Taste: pale malt sweetness, biscuit note, passion fruit throughout the sip, citrus peel, lemon, finishing tangy / snappy. Medium bodied, creamy + fluffy feel, drying + semi sticky finish. Tasty.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Classy label.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Big off white head. Great surface foam. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Great fruit aroma. More mango than passion fruit. Grainy backdrop.

Taste - Much less fruity. A bit of mango up front, but drops off to just grain after that. Mild bitterness. A hint of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel - Very grainy. Light tasting for 8%.

Overall - A disappointing transition from nose to taste. Its flavor is just dull

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A combination of amber and gold with a huge head into my glass. I like that it's a collaboration between Mikkeller and Tiger Baby.

Old-school pine tar blast upfront with a touch of buttery malt underneath. Smells like an APA on steroids. An IPA?

Citrus notes come through upfront. It's brewed with mango and passionfruit. The mango is more apparent and works well with the hops used.

Lingering mango and passionfruit make up the mouthfeel. Alcohol heat is there too.

Very nice. I would prefer it if the alcohol level was dialed down. However, if you age it, you will probably taste more of the mango and passionfruit and less of the alcohol itself.

Photo of GPHarris
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy, light tan head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring and sheeting throughout. the body was an orange-amber color.
s - big citrus nose with passion fruit coming through.
t - big citrus flavors again with some breadiness and grain coming through to balance it out.
m - bubbly and crisp.
o - very pleasant and a big APA i'd go to again.

Photo of elNopalero
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Saw this listed as Tiger Baby. Had no idea about the extended title.

This pours a light pale orange-yellow in color with great foaming. It has a simply amazing aroma, followed by an incredibly vibrant flavor. I pick up a lot of citrusy and tropical fruit on the nose, with passionfruit, guava and mango being the most distinct. The flavor is lightly bitter with this great tropical fruit flavor and finish. Hoppy enough to satisfy my IPA-itch, while floral and fragrant enough that I’d share it with those friends who could care less for any IBUS. Fantastic.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have it in good faith that no actual baby tigers were harmed in the making of this pale ale. But for the mangoes and passion fruit- I feel that it is was a blood bath!

The hyper pale ale pours with a density and richness in color that's exorbitant for standard pale ales. But pushing upwards of eight percent, the added malt gives the beer more visual weight as well. Deep amber and copper colors come together for a rather rusty haze. A loosely knit head of ivory foam tops the beer with randomness, interspersed lace, and reluctant staying power.

The balance of fruit and malt come together in a very pale ale kind of way. But the aromas are all heightened to nearly imperial status. Caramel, light toast and biscuit form the first half of the scent while citrus and tropical fruits bring up the rear. Mangoes and passion fruit are more obvious tones of tropical influence but the citrus is all hops.

The beer's delicious taste is equal to its aromas, except more real. The same balance of toasted and caramelized to tropical and citrus holds true. However, the sweetness of caramel and bread crust saturate the front of the mouth while the citrus hop impressions and mango, passion fruit additions give a riper and juicier sweetness. Fruit acidity offers just as much of a balance in finish as do the hop bitterness. Still, the beer balances evenly from early palate 'til aftertaste with tremendous consistency.

Medium, medium, and more medium- this pale ale starts just as creamy and dry as it finishes. Surprisingly for a heightened pale ale, the beer doesn't feel fuller than it does. Creamy carbonation and moderate residual sweetness provides a pleasant upstart that develops into an extended finish of soft sweetness, mild bitterness, alcohol warmth and light fruit acidity.

Tiger Baby is a very pleasant pale ale of high proportions. Though there's really no flaws, there's not a ton to celebrate above the normal prescriptions of pale ales. It's simply a nice and effortless session on all fronts.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, mango and passionfruit, caramel and bready malts, lemon zest.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, passionfruit and mango, sweet caramel and bready malts, and some lemon zest.

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

D - Nice fruity pale ale. Good hop and malt balance.

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle at Beer Revolution 24/9/12 into tulip

A hazed dark orange with lots of slow bubbles feeding a thumbs width of cream colored foam that leaves a few chunks of lace

S VERY tropical nose, grapefruit, passion fruit, guava and mango with a little candied pineapple, has a little Sauv Blanc cat tinkle thing going on that I associate with Citra or Nelson Sauvin, but who knows? Sounds bad but works very well

T some lemon rind and slightly sweet and sour, still good with the same tropical notes from the nose but its lacking the intensity

M a little left behind in the mouth and creamy from the bubbles almost to the point of foam but it stops short, nice tropical notes linger

O hits the spot and sinks like a ship, smells awesome and I have little to complain about in other areas

I didn’t know what to expect and I wasn’t expecting a fruit beer but it was a pleasant surprise. I could drink a few of these but I’ll look for them in the liquor store because 9$ at Beer Revolution is a little steep

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a fading head.
Nose shows heavy tropical fruit, but seemingly more from hops than actual fruit, with an accompanying grapefruit and pine character.
The fruit isn't evident as a flavour, focussing more on pine, grapefruit and some grainy malt.
Carbonation is too high.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Intense, mesmerizing guava, pineappple, lime and grapefruit that is well integrated with a hefty dose of caramel malt. Fruit flavors are very refined, multi-dimensional, and not out of balance. Hints of mango and the fruit character has serious depth with pleasant notes of pit as well as fruit skin. Herbal hop character is well represented and works well.

T: Fairly heavy maltiness hits hard at first, but is just slightly sweet. Has a nice, nuanced red fruit/toffee malt character that stays subtle and doesn’t overwhelm. The middle is balanced, nicely sweet and bitter. Lots of fresh grapefruit, hints of fresh herbs, lemon and lime. Fresh, lively, and refreshing. A caramel, brown sugar malty foundation just below the surface holding everything together. Has a hint of dry, fruit skin astringency but not much. Grapefruit and lime pop in the finish which has a nice, dry herbal note as it lingers for a lengthy time. Less bitter than most APAs, but I'm ok with that. Its still an APA and works better this way with the fruit.

Notes: The beer has a lot of complex fruit notes but its not overly 'fruity'. Its refined and constrained and not overwhelming. Very interesting brew, better than I anticipated and I love the exotic fruit notes.

Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful red auburn tangerine body. Foamy, pure white head with killer retention and lace.

S - Softly herbal, green mango, papaya.

T - Bright carbonation gives way to a deep, green bitterness. Complex, dry fruit center of mango, tart white peach, and white grape. Dry, slightly sour, plant stem and grape skin finish.

M - Medium/light frame with great carbonation.

O - Refreshingly dry with a great flavor profile.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. A more appropriate 5% ABV on this batch. "Melancholic pop songs"? What, Danish hipsters? Gag.

This beer pours a mildly hazy golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which still leaves some nice Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it rashly recedes.

It smells of fruity caramel malt - mushy pineapple, guava, under ripe mango, and some green leafy hops. The taste is more tropical fruitiness, the musty mango joined by some subtle blood orange and aged kiwi, all over a softly crackery, grainy, and weakly caramelized malt, with a waft of tamely bitter leafy, musty hops.

The carbonation is soft, but not inert, still going about its job gamely, the body a middling medium weight, with the pithy fruitiness take some wind out of the smoothness sails. It finishes off-dry, and all fruit, the malt wondering why its tail is still between its legs, and the seemingly out-sourced bittering hops continuing to earn their measly paycheck.

A decent APA, with a huge fruit uptick - if ya like the exotic-ish fruitiness, this should be right up your alley, even if it kind of overshadows anything else plying its trade here.

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a very slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin but dense off white head that eventually died down, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of mango in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of mango and citrus along with a light amount of carbonation.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very tasty for the style as it is packed with lots of hop flavors. It seems like you are almost drinking an IPA, except that it lacks the hop bitterness.

Photo of gustogasmic
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy-opaque orange-straw with a caramely head; thick and sticky. lacing is outta this world- all over the glass, puffy. Constant and evenly-spread carbonation- fast, tiny bubbles.

Orange, orange peel, mango, and sweet hops in the nose.

Very resinous hop taste, incredibly drinkable and light for 8% ABV; a real juicy and easy leave with hardly any bitterness.

Mouthfeel is impressive in that this beer could be mistaken for a ~5% pale, while it is infact a pretty burly PA.

Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mug's.

Murky, ominous orange-brown body retains its head well. Mango, hops, and malt in the nose, all of which carry through to the taste.

Immediate fruity tingle on your tongue as soon as the glass meets your lips. Lightly tart passionfruit & mango start things off, leaving a lemon-citrus aftertaste in the back of the throat. Hop character is balanced well, though they don't taste very fresh. A good blend, would be better closer to the kegging date.

Arguably the best hop-forward beer from Mikkeller to date.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich looking amber with half an inch of a creamy, off-white head that fades quickly. The nose is quite bitter with big notes of tropical fruit and alcohol. It has a surprisingly hoppy aroma despite the fruit addition, but this is not uncharacteristic of the style. The fruit is far more pronounced in the taste (compared to the nose) and even more so when the beer is given a chance to warm. There is a slight acidity from the fruits giving this beer an interestingly dry mouthfeel. The body is rich, but there is plenty of carbonation to make it refreshing as expected when drinking an APA. The aftertaste is slightly tart, bitter, sweet, and semi-dry...at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and also mikkeller's take on an APA that incorporates some of the actual fruits which many attribute to the various hop profiles seen in APAs today.
And surprisingly this beer is pretty well priced!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours a hazed orange color with a dense khaki head. A sweet and fruity aroma which has a fair amount of citrus and a light tropical note to it. Decently malty with a touch of floral hops. The flavor has a light to moderate bitterness with a similarly fruity quality as exhibited on the nose. Fairly bready with a citric finish. Not as tropical/mango heavy as I had hoped, but good.

Photo of drpimento
4.87/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, an amazing pale ale brewed with unusual fruit! Poured at a good temperature with a colossal, cream-colored, foamy, frothy, thick head that slowly settles and some lace. Color is a not quite clear, dark amber with loads of bubble trails. Aroma is a very fragrant hop, fruit, grass, malt, caramel. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang and passion fruit up front, with hop, mango, some sweet and bitter after. Body is great; ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, great burps, and I sure wish I had more than this one bottle. Superior pale ale!

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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a medium size creamy colored head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aromas begin quite fruity from both the fruit additions and the hops. Mango, pineapple, citrus just to name a few. As it warms I get more of the pleasant floral hops and passion fruit sweetness. Decent pale malt backbone as well.

The tastes follow the nose with the passion fruit and light citrus fruit and hops flavors opening up. Mango and more bright citrus fruits emerge as well. Not particularly bitter but very balanced and drinkable for an 8% ABV beer; probably too drinkable to be honest.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation for the sytle. Finish is fruity, slightly creamy/sweet but also pleasantly dry. Really balanced I guess is the best way to put it.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer; I can't say I agree with calling a beer an American Pale Ale when it is 8% ABV but it really kind of is. Not too bitter or hoppy. The fruit additions balance out the hops nicely and make for a super dangerously drinkable beer.

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Tiger Baby: Open Windows Open Hills from Mikkeller ApS
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