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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops - Mikkeller ApS

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BA SCORE
88
very good

283 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
India pale ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 04-15-2012)
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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.3%

MarkyMOD, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend stemware in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Purchased at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this is me favourite brewery in the world but Mikkel's bright beers tend to pale (excuse the pun) in comparison to his dark beers. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

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

A: Pours a three finger white colour head of nice foam, decent cream, pretty good thickness, and great retention for the above average ABV. Colour is a vibrant clear yellow. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible. Appealing.

Sm: Delightful brettanomyces yeast, fantastic lemon and orange citrus esters, light pleasant wheat, and impressive crystal hopping and crystal malting. A delightfully inviting aroma. Alive; the brett yeasts are fantastic. A refreshing and enjoyable mild strength aroma.

T: Wheat comprises the foundation, but maintains an impressive restrained character to lend the beer a full body whilst maximizing its refreshing feel. Some light hopping lends it citrus esters like orange and lemon as well as crystal hops that aid the mouthfeel. The crystal malts round out the flavour profile nicely. The bretts are used incredibly well to give it a heavenly light touch of yeast without feeling too biscuity. Very subtle; this is a feature rarely seen in IPAs. Near perfectly balanced - though the hop bitterness does manifest on the climax - in spite of being cleverly buried beneath crystal malts. Unfortunately, it's a bit simple and offers little in the way of complexity to satisfy advanced beer consumers.

Mf: Delightfully light on the palate with a crystal tingly coarsness that teases the tongue. Nicely refreshingly wet. Carbonation is near perfect but slightly underdone. Complements the flavour profile fantastically. Its delicate fragile thin quality works for it - though I would like more thickness to bring out the flavours more.

Dr*: A great summer brew. Very drinkable for it's well-concealed ABV. This is how an IPA should be brewed - with regard for balance and innovation rather than part of some hop quantity dicksizing competition. American breweries should take note: high IBUs do not mean your IPA is better than others. Mikkel did a fantastic job with this one. I'd definitely try it on draught.

Best served cold.

A poor candidate for aging.

*I had to bring down the "overall" to achieve the letter grade I wanted. This keeps my reviews fair and consistent.
Low B-

kojevergas, May 25, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.3%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Boilermaker in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a faintly cloudy golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Large rings, streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, perfume like aroma that mixes earthy, piney hops with funky yeast, light fruit, citrus and bread. Really interesting nose. Dank, earthy hops that smell as fresh as could be with grass, pine needle and citrus fruit notes.  Just a touch of funky brett and sweet booze as well.  Wheat elements get kind of overshadowed with some bread and banana flavor.  Subtle zesty spice as well.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy, bitter hops, funky bretted yeast, sweet alcohol, zesty spice, citrus and light fruit.  Really complex and unique.  Strong hop presence up front with dank, dry bitterness, grass and pine needle countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes.  There's also some subtle brett there to give it some dry, musty funk without taking over.  Toward the end of the palate there's some peppery spice,  maybe clove or coriander before finishing with some boozy sweetness.

corby112, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1.3%

orangesol, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. Brett-fermented wheat IPA? Yep, I'm game.

Pours a mildly hazed bright pale yellow colour, with a rocky, large-bubbled head of white that settles down to some messy aerated lace and chunky film. Body is light and the carbonation is fine. Looks good.

Nose is lovely. Fresh citric and sweet hop aromas mingle with a greenness and an organic brightness from the brett. Plenty of apple skin, a little pepper, with some earthier organics coming through when it's swirled. It's quite pungent as well: the funk in particular is direct and slightly sharp. Lovely.

Taste matches very nicely with the other areas. Bright tart fruit characters on the front, softly diving into a pillowy wheat fullness like you get with a full-bodied hefeweizen. A prickle of hops on the back provides the next layer of interest, but it bubbles along with the funk to the end, leaving organic weirdnesses to foment and crash right through to the finish. It's anarchic but tamed.

Feel is relatively full, but subdued by the hop bite and a prickle of carbonation.

Overall, this is a really lovely beer. I really love the complexity, and I love the fact that the complexity is coherent. Moreover, it's extremely interesting: all of the characters that work together in such balance provide something unique at the same time. Marvellous stuff.

lacqueredmouse, May 12, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a matching Mikkeller teku glass. The brew appears a pale golden yellow color with 2 fingers worth of fluffy white head. The cap fades leaving patches of webby lace sticking all over the glass. Constantly rising bubbles maintain about a finger of froth across the top.

The aromatics of this brew is quite tropical. Scents of pineapple, mango and citrus like lemon emit from the glass. A light amount of sulfur and grassy quality coupled with earth and wheat is also present. As the brew warms up, there is a mild barnyard character to the nose but overall it is quite tropical and rindy.

The taste is quite earthy from a combination of brett and some herbal to earthy hop bitterness. There is some citrus elements mixed with rinds and pulp somewhat reminiscent of grapefruit. The brew has some zest elements about it that focus on fruit but the earthiness is impossibly to avoid. The earth has mild hints towards wheat grain but this brew is really all about the hops and brett.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It is an interesting arrangement of flavor that was quite enjoyable. I think if the bitterness could be tamed back a little this would make for a killer brew. The finish of this brew is so dry that it has some snap to it which increases the drinkability. About the only thing I can gripe about is the veggie flavoring that is present.

stakem, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

duceswild, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A real nice orb glowing lemon yellow, slow rising carbonation crawling. Head is big and fluffy white, hints of creamy with lots of retention and clumps. Aggressive, and light colored. Great look.

Great nose. Lemon citrus hop, salty brett. Dry yeast and bread punch, real nice. Some faint garden floral notes also, and lots of barnyard earth stench cowpie going on. Really like where this is going.

Taste is a quasi mix of saison hot and hop power. Quick hot sharp hop bitter blast, but quickly fleeting. Long lasting brett finish and dry. Crisp with a weird hop bite, but kind of fun.

Overall the beer is kind of all over and sort of fools you a bit style wise, but it's pretty tasty.

smakawhat, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.3%

DrBier, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Kelp, May 03, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +1.3%

PEIhop, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.14.13

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a one inch off-white fluffy head that slowly fades.

S - Sweet candy, corn, spice, very welcoming and nice.

T - Sweet wheat, honey, candy, a touch of hop bitterness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - A very nice sweet-candy wheat forward brew. Very welcoming and nice.

HuskyinPDX, May 20, 2013
Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Very light. Looks crisp.

Holy Wheat, Batman! And it's complimented by a mix of pungent, fruity brett and hops.

Ditto on the flavor. The Brett and the hops mix well, creating a salty pretzel facade (think the saltiness of a pretzel...the dough that created that pretzel). The hops drown out the Brett more than I'd like.

Lingering "saltiness" from the hops and brett mixing. Lest I forget about the wheat, it is barely here. More of an enhancer at this point.

Excellent collaboration between Mikkeller and Grassroots. Might I add that wheat IPAs/white IPAs seem to be the "style du jour". Better to have the pros do it and do it well!

Brad007, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

tobelerone, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -24.1%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

vfgccp, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with about an inch frothy off-white head. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy, the brew smells like citrusy hops (lemon peel, tropical fruit, oranges), brett, and a bit of wheat. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy hops (a lot of tart citrus, tropical fruit, orange/lemon peel), brett, wheat, and some grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit coating and has good carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, but probably not worth $4.99 a bottle. Definitely worth a try though!

bluejacket74, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Lare453, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Griffith, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

cjgator3, May 31, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

laituegonflable, Jul 21, 2014
Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.