Tiger Baby: Open Windows Open Hills - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 168
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 4.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (920 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (1,022 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 750 ml from Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Very tasty ale that is understated orange citrus hoppy, with mango and passionfruit front and center, including the smell. Softer carbonation, something like a cask ale. Not like any beer, and not a juice. Very drinkable. No head, slightly orange. (292 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 to tulip

Not sure if I understand the date code, but this may be from Nov 2011, 6 months ago.

A - Somewhat cloudy medium orange. Modest head that dissipates first to a loose diffuse thing of big bubbles and down to a film in a couple minutes.

S - Wonderful perfumy sweet tropical fruit/mango and bittery hop smell come together to form a smell that reminds me of honeysuckle. Later in the glass I get a low level malt.

T - Tastes really nice but I think smells even better. I get the passion fruit on the exhale after swallowing. Zero booze. There's a modest hop presence that's more feel/dryness than taste, but a moderate bitter tang is left behind in the aftertaste. There's a little citrus tartness leftover too.

M - Light and carbonatey tingly. Very refreshing.

O - A subtle and wonderful combination of flavors and sensations. What a winner for late spring early summer outside and sunny. Mine may be old enough that I don't get as strong a hop presence as I would have fresh, not sure, but I don't care. I like it like it is. If I could change it, maybe I'd want a little more ass on it, but that could interfere with how refreshing it is so maybe not. (1,172 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller : Tiger Baby : open windows open hills

Pours a deep gold bordering on orange. Head retention is OK with some lacing. Aroma is quite fruity and hop laden, with bright citrus, mango and pine aromas. In the taste, solidly bitter upfront with some tropical fruit flavour going on (mango, pineapple). Very nice bitter, and if served cold the mango and passionfruit are really down played. As the beer warms up, more of the added fruit flavors come in, with a mild passion fruit sweetness and more tropical notes. Just a touch of brett lending a soft funk. Alcohol is well masked. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and semi dry. Overall, a fine pale ale and nice hop character. (675 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,688 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a very hazed, almost opaque orange-gold colour, with a solid and relatively fine just off-white head. Lacing is patchy, but very fine and intricate where it forms. Solid body, in fact surprisingly so when tilted. Looks good.

Nose is big and fruity, although it's hard to tell what comes from hops and what comes from the added fruit. Passionfruit certainly gets lost and confused with a bright, acidic and heady, almost spicily intoxicating hop fragrance, but the mango seeps in as a broad sweetness across the entire nose. Ooh. It's a lovely aroma.

Taste is light and clean, with a noticeable hop presence that never feels unbalanced. Although the malt character is very neutral, it has enough heft to survive and balance the beer. The fruit again gets masked somewhat on the palate—either it mingles with a deep fine sweetness, or into the sharp, zingy, fruity hops. I feel like it's well-used nonetheless.

Feel is long but smooth. It works really well.

Overall, really great work, Messrs. Mikkeller. Always a pleasure trying something new from these guys, and they've turned what seemed like an interesting experiment on the bottle, into a thoroughly drinkable and approachable beer. (1,258 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Shared with bpk59.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange hue with a one finger white foamy head that leaves a nice thick blanket and big clumpy side lacing.

S - LOTS of mango here. Nice orange citrus notes, very similar to heady topper just with mango instead of pine.

T - LOTS of mango, just like the nose. Huge mango notes and good pine. This is just full of bright tropical notes. Never had a beer this fresh from Mikkeller. Incredibly enjoyable.

M - Nice carbonation here for an APA. Slightly creamy but not flat or thin by any means. Really compliments the beer.

O - Overall, wow. One of my favourite beers from Mikkeller hands down. I mean, I cant get over how bright, crisp, and fresh this beer comes across. Really wish I pulled the trigger on this and went for more. $14.99 per 750mL isnt bad for a beer this tasty. (861 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (1,279 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, citrus notes of island fruit. In the taste, sweet to dry fruitiness and citrus, especially mango. A small fruit bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small citrus fruit skin in the aftertaste. Big fruity presence, almost chardonnay like, quite superb! (323 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.87/5  rDev +23%
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! (559 characters)

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Tiger Baby: Open Windows Open Hills from Mikkeller ApS
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