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Tiger Baby: Open Windows Open Hills - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 172
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 22.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of elNopalero
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear amber brew, an off-white rather small head, little lacing but good curtains.

The smell has sweet passion fruit, tons of it, tropical fruits in general, nettles and grass.

The taste starts with surprisingly unsweet, then a sourness that is not entirely pleasant, old lime juice, grape-fruit seed and peel bitterness.

Little carbonation, thin body, a watery feeling, very dry finish.

Had expected more from Mikkel, but even the sun has spots.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of brystmar
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a tulip glass

This beer pours a hazy amber orange with a modest head. Decent lacing. The nose is very much so an imperial IPA, It has a nice floral hop character and intense citrus notes. A very fruity smelling beer. The taste is totally different, the beer doesn't have the strong hop character the name implies but its still quite citrusy. Unlike most IPA's, this beer is not very biter and is instead, quite sour. Not at all what nose implied but it was modest and quite nice. The overall beer doesnt have a very strong flavor but isnt bad to sip on. Its feel is pretty nice. A nice sized body and good drink ability.

Overall. This beer was pretty good, I wish the beer had the dominant hop flavor that I got from the nose. And I liked how the beer was more sour then bitter which is a nice change of pace. Worth trying but probably not your best option.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a taster glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white-clear head. Mediocre retention. No lacing to speak of. Only moderate clarity, not very impressive appearance.

S- Hoppiness, piney and warm. Nice smell. Some honey and earthy sweetness.

T- Hoppy, but a very honeyed sweetness with distinct deeper flavors. Has layered hops, both floral and spicy; finishes very thin in flavor.

M- Thin, but substantial.

O- Very flavorful, not wonderful though. I'd buy it again. Or at least share it again.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of Fux
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale copper. The head is fizzy with large bubbles. Quite a low retention. Could look more appealing.

S: Smell is nice, with lots of hoppy fruity notes, citruses, litchi, tropical fruits.

T: Fruity also, with citruses, mango, passion fruit. Fresh floral hoppiness. Light bitterness on the finish.

M: Light bodied, with a good carbonation. Very refreshing. Undetectable alcohol.

O: A very good pale ale, very easy to drink, with nice floral, fruity notes. Perfectly fits with today's nice spring weather.

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Photo of gustogasmic
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Tiger Baby: Open Windows Open Hills from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.