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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 380
Avg: 4
pDev: 22.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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Mikkeller ApS
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Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 04-15-2012

India pale ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces.
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Photo of Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of bubbly surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Musty yeast and mild hop character with a wheat template.

T- Tame flavor of wheat with some lemony hop character and low bitterness for the style.

M- Slightly crisp feel with medium carbonation. Not a lot of body leading to a watery consistency.

O- More of a hoppy wheat than a full-on IPA. Decent for its drinkability, just unfortunate that it costs so much.

Edit: Didn't even realize there was Brett in this until I finished my review and took another look at the label. I guess that explains the mustiness but I never would have guessed.

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Photo of KEEPonPOURING
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml can a lightly hazy gold with a fluffy white two inch head. You get plenty of Brett on the nose and all the citrus hops you want from an IPA. The taste follows. This brew is perfectly carbonated for me. This was my first Brett IPA. Delicious!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Hazy light gold, head fades to a ring that lasts. Citrusy hops n Brett funk in the nose. Taste is similar, starts citrusy then mild funk that carries thru the swallow. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Not bad for a funky IPA.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pint.
Pours hazy yellow beer with white head, moderate retention.
Smell - slightly funky with tropical and citrusy motives.
Taste - tad wheat, smooth with good bitter finish.
Medium to light body, drinkable.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold body, hazy beneath a great white head... Aromas and flavors of cracker and pale, faded fruit; herbal and earthy, a bit grassy, with a mild funk of brett just underneath. Medium body and soft, with ample carbonation.

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Photo of kitch
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 200ml pour on draft at Mikkeller Bangkok into a mini stemmed wine glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a two finger white head with decent retention and nice clingy lacing.

Aroma: Brett funkiness with a mix of tropical pineapple, mango and citrus lemon, grapefruit aromas.

Taste: Fruity much like the aroma with mango, pineapple, orange and grapefruit, whereas the brett here brings a tart and leathery element.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: This was very nice and balanced and very easy to drink. If I could get my hands on some bottles, I would definitely pick up a few.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this many-a-time in the past in many-a-format: Mikkeller version, Grassroots version, 375ml bottle, 330ml bottle, tap, chardonnay version. Now here's another one: 500ml can. Best by date of 8/26/17 printed on the bottom.

A - Initial pour to a pint glass is 90% white foam, dark yellow beer with a bit-o-haze is quickly revealed. By the end a full cap remains and some lace is left.

S - The scent is a bit on the faint side, perhaps tough to get at through all the foam. Definitely brett-forward though with dirty farm, peach, lemon, earthy and grassy tones coming through.

T - Hop+brett combo is pretty harmonious here. Grapefruit, orange, peach and grass coming to mind the most, earthy brett and light funk is there but actually winds up on the tamer side. The wheat is noticeable here too which is nice, some toasted biscuit in the finish.

M - Nice mouthfeel, full-bodied, sorta dry finish, carbonation and bitterness on the highish side. A pretty great blending of hops/brett/wheat overall, though hops seem to have the upper hand. Maybe a tad on the heavy side for 6% but quite drinkable and refreshing.

O - Overall this is a pretty nice bretty IPA, better than I remember from past experiences too. Works well in the new tallboy format, decent amount of flavor and pretty solid all-around. Good example of brett+hops working together for sure.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an absolutely huge head that lingers forever. Beer itself is a hazy pale yellow. The nose is a bit grassy hop, slight pepper, and some definite brett funk. Taste is creamy smooth and mildly sweet wheat up front, this fades to a bit of mild piney hop and then just a touch of hop bitterness on the afteraste. This beer is exceptionally smooth and has a lovely lingering moderate hop bitterness. The brett is subtle here and compliments the wheat and grassy hops well.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/20/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and light pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light funk, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of floral/piney bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, pepper, hay, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and light pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High amount of dryness from carbonation and bitterness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle, best by date 05/20/2017 printed on the bright yellow cap. A collaboration effort between Mikkeller and Grassroots - "India Pale Ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange body with some minor yeast particulate visible, and two fingers of good frothy white head. Lots of good stringy strands of thick bubbly white lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A very pleasant aroma: tons of fruity juicy tropical hops - grapefruit, oranges, mango, papaya, and a nice touch of dry bretty funk. Not detecting any grain or wheat.

T - Taste follows the nose: juicy, fruity, & tropical. Grapefruit, mango, oranges, papaya. A slight touch of brett, but it comes through more in the aroma I'd say. Again, not terribly grainy or wheaty.

M - Feel is extremely fruity & juicy. Very easy-drinking, with excellent carb. Very fresh and borderline refreshing. A bit of dryness / bitterness on the finish, but not resinous or overwhelming.

Overall, an excellent brett infused IPA from Mikkeller & Grassroots. The only complaint I have is the pricepoint - $6.99+ for an 11.2 oz bottle is a bit steep. Still, recommended drinking.

Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops -----4/5.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a bit of haze and a huge white head. Aroma has definitely some funk going on. Clear brett smell overwhelms all other components. Taste starts with some light bitterness and yeast notes and finishes with a pretty harsh bitterness. Hops are in the earthy, grassy area, not very aromatic. The beer lets the brett characters shine more. Overall it's very enjoyable beer. I would be curious to see how it tastes with some age on it.

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

Poured into Mikasa ale glass. Unfortunately the pour was the best part, with a thick foamy consistent head that stuck around to the end. Should have let it sit and warm more. It developed a little more character eventually, but overall it struck me as a kind of thin attempt at a pale ale, like somebody took out one of Bell's Two Hearts and put it back on the line.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold and hazy.

There's a little bit of a cat pee aroma when it's first poured, but when I brought it up to my face there was no hop scent present. Strange.

Tastes like a nicely bizarre IPA: gross up front with bitter hops. Hops get lightly greener as it progresses. It all ties together quite well even though it goes outside stylistic parameters.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass. Little cloudy, golden yellow with medium white head. Medium citrus and straw aroma, also noticable very nice basement accents. Flavour is balanced between dry malt base with some woody accents and nearly medium bitterness. You can also taste some tropical fruits and saison-like accents. Light to medium body, smooth texture, average carbonation, finish is medium and dry, aftertaste is light bitter. Drinkability is high, very refreshing. In general really solid, drinkable and refreshing beer. Very balanced, where none of the element overpower others.

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Photo of greenengineer
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slow pour into my Spencer Abbey goblet. Persistent head with nice lacings. Color is pale yellow, almost green. Smell is nice, hoppy, hard to describe. Tastes very crisp, hints of apples. Tart. Not at all IPA tasting - more of a farmhouse ale flavor (must be the yeast). Body is a little watery. Overall a nice crisp beer, but not worth the $6/bottle I paid.

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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +7%

Pours a hazy, straw color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sourness, tartness, wheat, slight hops, hint of alcohol, strong yeast, hint of grass, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hint of hop, lemon citrus, wheat, slight sweet malt, hint of grass, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, complexity, and nice freshness.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. Brewed at De Proef by Mikkeller and Grassroots.

Appearance: Pours a finger of foamy white head atop a hazy golden body. Nice sudsy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very brett forward. Farmhouse funk, earthy yeast and citrusy hops with a nice wheat finish. The combination of brett and hops brings to mind sea salt. Stellar.

Taste: Just like the nose, quite brett forward but not in the same way. The brett here has a more leathery and yeasty taste and the hops come through as more bitter than in the nose. Much more phenolic and peppery with a grassy wheat malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with a light body. Pricky carbonation with a rough texture.

Overall: Reminds more of a Wit beer than an IPA really. In the aroma there’s a nice yeasty profile with citrusy hops, wheat, and peppery yeast. As mentioned, the combo of the brett and hops in the nose bring to mind a really nice note of sea salt, just like the Hill Farmstead version. However, this doesn’t transfer into the taste. It’s a much more odd combination of leathery brett, spicy yeast and hop bitterness. Overall, I remember enjoying the HFS version much better (sea salt, creamy body) where as this one is just ok compared to it.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy lemon drop yellow with around three inches of foamy white head. Aroma is an interesting combination of sun-ripe pineapple, tropical flavored gummy candy, lemon rind, sourdough bread, horse blanket, and something between vinegar and cat urine (Brettanomyces can do some funky stuff). Palate is similarly tart and funky, although I am finding the brett to be rather tasteful, flavorsome yet not overpowering although this element does build over the course of 11.2 oz. Awesome juxtaposition of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon hops and the aforementioned barnyard funk, fizzy and effervescent with a hint of butter in the otherwise dry and bitter finish. A little pine sap emerges as well. I'd describe this as a technically proficient, mid-range sour with decent hop character. If I had to critique, I'd say this one is somehow a bir rough around the edges, in a way that is difficult to describe. Still worth the price point.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, cloudy. Large bubbles; head is white, thin, sticky lace. Small bead. Looks a bit flat but nice.

Smells funky but pleasant. Fresh, slight tang. Citrus, pineapple, green apple. Very enticing.

Taste is funky, pleasant upfront. Decent barnyard notes, then finish is wheaty and slightly phenolic, but presaged by nice hoppy character. Fresh citric bitterness. Nice blend of funk with fresh fruity notes. Excellent palate.

Smooth enough, bit of bite on the back. Enjoyable.

Great blend of really disparate brewing styles synthesised into a pleasant, interesting drop.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Light haze on a light gold and wheat body. Rustic, foamy white head has nice retention and great lace.

S - Surprisingly deep. Earthy barn yard funk, sage, black pepper, lemon zest, hay, and fresh wheat.

T - Smooth bready wheat opening, funky hay center, dried grass and lemon zest finish. The bitterness is slightly waxy on the backend.

M - Medium body with par carbonation.

O - Interesting concept. The funk, waxy bitter, and lemon highlights are refreshing, but not necessarily sessionable.

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Photo of babaracas
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with one finger thick soapy white head, settles to a thin ring with a few blobs of lace on the glass. Smell: sweet-smelling flowers in bloom, grapefruit peel, whole melon, drying cut grass. Taste: dilute nectarine, lots of citric acidity without much definition, green banana, especially in the finish. Really nice fluffy feel, but then finishes a lot like green banana...chalky, sticky. Interesting and refreshing, but not among my favorite brett'd hoppy beers.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 11.2oz bottle into a LA Teku glass.

Appearance- Beautiful gold with one finger of soft white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Tons of funky lemon, light vinager, green grapes, green apple, light citric hops.

Taste- Bitter lemon and hops, loads of bretty funk, light wheaty malt. Bitter finish. Dry.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, bitter, refreshing, dry.

Overall- I like this version better than the Hill Farmstead 500ml bottle version. This one has fuller hops, more citrus, and more brett funk.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a nice hazy gold, lots of visible carbonation, and a white head that fades quickly.

S: Pilsner and husky wheat, Brett funk, some lemony barnyard, and citrus and grassy hops.

T: Follows the nose primarily - citrus rind hops, Brett barnyard funk with a pinch of horseblanket, wheat malts with some pilsner flavor as well. Finishes with hop bitterness and lingering funk.

M: Light body, low alcohol presence. Well-carbonated but less so than the appearance suggested.

O: I do enjoy hoppy Bretted beers, and this one was enjoyable and easy to drink. Very glad I tried it, though not as good as a few of the others out there.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Mikkeller version, two year old bottle, shared by Bob at our tasting last night.

Pours a golden, slightly hazy yellow, with a one inch head, and some lacing down the glass.

Smells like lemon, hay, some citrus hops, and wheat.

The taste is similar- the years on this bottle have allowed the Brett to completely take over- it tastes more like a wild saison or something like that than an IPA at this point. There's a little bit of an acidic twang, with lots of barnyard like funk, some wheat/hop bitterness, some citrus, mostly lemon.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, dry, mouthfeel.

A good one to start the tasting off with, this bottle has held up pretty well.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours with stately and pristine beauty to the glass. A lightly hazed and pastel lemon straw color with a crown of pillowy white foam that is slow to fall and clings to the glass leaving plenty of lace.

Nose is airy. The wheat is golden and subtly sweet grain. A bit of yeast that is powdery and silken on the nose. Instead of funky it's more of a light dry scent and the brett is as light as a feather. There is a brilliant hop floral on this nose. Rose petals. For fruit a delicious ripe peach.

Taste is refined and demure. These flavors are all perfectly balanced and mysteriously complex. For an IPA that is rare. The malt is soft and gently sweet. The hops have the lightness of fresh rose petals. The yeast is demure and a bit sultry. The bitter on this one is perfection. It's also gentle and somehow proper. The mouthfeel is creamy.

Rather than run roughshod over your palate like so many of today's IPA's this one is exquisite. It has polish and elegance. It's a like a pretty bird that you have to stand far away to see or you might scare it away.

One of the best beers I have ever had. Cheers!

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89 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.