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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops - Mikkeller ApS

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87
very good

286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

India pale ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 04-15-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Hopyard57, Mar 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

vinnyg76, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer brings back some memories from my teenage years, lol! I swear, there is a smell of some good high quality bud in the nose of this beer, and better yet, there is even a taste of a faint bud flavor! (I am not talking Budweiser...I'm talking grass, smoke, doobs, marajuwanna!!!) Nice! Grassy, big, big grassy flavors and smells...this beer has a super fresh smell and taste, nothing like I have had before. Pours nice light yellow with a very easily drinkable nice smooth flavor and taste. All around, this is a really nice beer, nice for a summer night, nice for a fall evening, all around, really, really good.

4thelvofbeer, Sep 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Brew33, Jun 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

JxExM, Oct 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

kiki3drt292, May 31, 2012
Photo of popery
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale gold, almost straw. There's a bit of haze, but it's clearer than I was expecting. Nice white head. Dissipates a bit quickly, but that's no big deal. Some lacing.

The aroma is an excellent mix of juicy, tropical fruit hops, wheat spice and barnyard brett funk. Hops are the main component and contribute freshly cut grass mixed with pineapple juice, mangoes and meyer lemons. The yeast aroma is rich with tasty brett notes. The funk blends into the hops well, and there's a dry, clean, almost lager-ish note in there, as well. Though it takes a backseat to the other flavors, there's also a sugarcane malt backbone with a healthy dose of wheat berry spiciness.

Like other brett IPAs, this is a nice dry beer, and I suspect it would get drier over time. There's an initial dose of sweetness flavored by wheat spice and bright hoppiness, but the beer dries out quickly and the hops and yeast take over. There's more tropical fruit hop flavor with some more fruit notes - sort of a grape-apricot blend - and lots of dry yeast funk. The finish is spicy, bitter and dry. Very drinkable stuff.

Mouthfeel is light. Lots of fine bubbles. Lasting finish.

I did not expect anything quite so good, but this is a really nice beer. It reminds me of Green Flash Rayon Vert, though it's hoppier, has wheat, and the yeast profile is a bit different. In my opinion, White IPAs and brett IPAs are excellent trends, and this beer combines good qualities of both. I'd love to see an American brewery put something similar into year-round six packs.

popery, May 22, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 11.2oz/330ml bottle to a can glass; no freshness or bottling dating that I can see, but given that it’s a well-stored brett beer, I’m not too worried.

Appearance (4.25): Believe it or not, this pours with a very bright, almost perfectly clear yellow body, sitting underneath two fingers of off-white foam that crackles away slowly but visibly. Staying power is average, but lacing is well above: wide-set webs of frilly lace, legs connecting loosely-defined collars all around the glass. Dainty and quite pretty. For some reason, this beer just strikes me the right way.

Smell (4.25): It’s certainly got a nice aroma! Somewhat fruity, bitter-tart citrusy hop notes mingle well with the peppery, fruity combination of brett and wheat, the latter of which also plays well with the earthy, slightly musty side of the brett. A little piney and a little spicy in the end. Lightly bready, moderately hoppy, moderately funky, moderately spicy, lightly fruity.

Taste (4.5): Hops and brett definitely duke it out a bit here, showing a solid citrus zest bitterness that floats in and out next to bretty pepper and a light, fruity tartness—the overall effect being some yellow grapefruit juice, minerally white wine, a tiny bit of pineapple sweetness, and some very tangy lemonade. Actually, this is very lemony, now that I think about it. The malt body is soft and bready without coming off as starchy or biscuity—just nice, soft, fresh-baked white bread with a light drizzle of honey. There’s a slightly peppery, musty-funky undercurrent throughout the whole thing, too, which is excellent because it stops short of coming off as phenolic in any way. Damp hay, white wine, tangy pear, lemon zest, and a spiciness I can’t pin down really sum it up nicely. No booze. Excellent stuff!

Mouthfeel (4.75): Eminently drinkable—like, really hard to just sip. The carbonation seems modest but tingles early and ends up quite fluffy, washing out with a nice, full foaming effect only at the swallow. The body is just a bit on the light side of medium-weight, and has the perfectly dry feel that begs for more but without parching even for a second.

Overall (4.25): This is, I think, an outstanding beer. It’s so easy to drink, so tasty, and bright and lemony, and so well-executed—the brewers avoided every single downfall of brett that I can think of. It’s not phenolic, it’s almost perfectly carbonated, everything meshes, and its funk is never off-putting. If I were a brewer, this is exactly the kind of beer I’d want to make all of the time. Kudos, Mikkeller and Grassroots, because this beer is awesome.

fmccormi, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of thinkinflicka
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden yellow with little head but great lacing

Smells tart lemon,citrus and hops with a bit of wheat, has a nice bit of bardyard funk as well.

t\Tastes is cirtus hops and a bit of wheat with nice bardyard sourness from the yeast tart, cut grass and lemon peel.this is verry good a nice mix of an ipa and a sour a lot going on here but verry balacned.

Slightly dry, good carbaantion

I loved this beer its is a allmost perfect mix of my two favrite styles.

thinkinflicka, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours golden yellow with a decent white head, continues bubbling up from bottom of glass
S- Very wheat forward, some noticeable hops, slight brett funk, smells more like Hill's farmstead ales than I imagined
T- Crisp, refreshing, slightly tart, slightly hoppy, tastes pretty saison-y. If this were bottled as Florence or Anna, I wouldn't tell much of a difference. It's very good though.
M- Light on the carbonation, smooth on the palate, lingering malt aftertaste
O- This just recently hit shelves in stores near me, and I'm okay with not having to drive all the way back to Hill Farmstead to try a Hill creation once in a while

KingdomBobcat, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up recently from my local beer specialist (they've been getting quite a bit of Mikkeller recently). From what I can make out on the label, it's an IPA brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces. Should be interesting!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle-conditioned. A pale golden hue with faint haze and low carbonation. Produces a large head of brilliant white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of bright citrus hops with undertones of earthy wheat and a vinous hint of yeast in the background.

Tastes of aromatic citrus hops with a mildly acidic character and a dry finish. Notes of citrus, grainy wheat and earthy, vinous yeast. Subtle bitterness upon swallowing, and a hint of lactic/vinegary sourness in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry. A slight acidity on the tongue, and mild astringency. A tad undercarbonated. Aftertaste of sour wheat malt with citrus overtones.

Impressive - a subtle IPA with fantastic balance. Despite the novel ingredients and yeast, the finished article is tasty and very drinkable. The brett adds a distinctive note to the background, but doesn't overpower or clash with the other flavours. The aroma/taste has a dry, lactic - almost lemony sourness that complements the citrus hops perfectly. If it weren't for the price tag I'd grab another one (or two). Excellent - well worth trying if you encounter it.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 16, 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
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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops from Mikkeller ApS
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