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Tiger Baby: Open Windows Open Hills - Mikkeller ApS

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87
very good

145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 02-02-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Sammy, May 29, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

metter98, Aug 20, 2012
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops is quite dominant with light malt presence. Taste is also dominated by light citrus notes with some bitter hops and malt backbone is semi-sweet with limited impact on the overall flavour profile. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Interesting but not sure if there was supposed to be some mango in this beer as my Danish isn’t that good but can’t say I tasted them if there was any.

Phyl21ca, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10%

GRG1313, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

JAHMUR, Jun 17, 2012
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.

biboergosum, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Port Brewing taster glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of no real cream, okay thickness, and fairly bad retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Pleasant floral hops and passion fruit esters. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Certainly inviting.

T: Pleasantly floral and estery, with passion fruit and light citrusy notes. No alcohol comes through. Mango is present when I look for it. Very fruity and fresh. Very well balanced and built. I like the bright fruits. Quite refreshing and enjoyable. Has a tropical feel to an extent. Not particularly complex or subtle, but it doesn't need to be to satisfy what it's going for.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to bring out the flavours. Thick enough. Adequately carbonated without being overly so.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV. I'd get it again, preferably on draught. Hides its ABV incredibly well. A lovely pale ale. A bit pricey, but quite nice. Fans of the style will love it.

It drank just fine out of my Port Brewing taster glass. Would pair well with any food.

Low B

kojevergas, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of wl0307
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
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?

wl0307, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

sendbeer, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2.8%

PEIhop, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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

Alieniloquium, May 31, 2013
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.

Brad007, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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

wordemupg, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

LiquidAmber, Dec 02, 2013
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.

vfgccp, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and fruity, the brew smells mostly like mango, along with some citrusy hops (tropical fruit, grapefruit), honey and sweet malt. It tastes like mango, citrusy and floral hops, and a bit of bready malt. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a solid brew overall. $11.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

claspada, Jul 02, 2012
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Tiger Baby: Open Windows Open Hills from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.