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Double Eye PA - Mikkeller ApS

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Double Eye PADouble Eye PA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThickNStout on 11-04-2012)
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of oberon
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazed almost milky looking burnt orange infused gold with no head to speak of,it's unfiltered I know but the lack of head was off to me.Whoo alot of sweet alcohol over top of citric hops,the alcohol is your face here.Alcohol is so predomianat that it makes it kinda hard to get anything else on the palate,some resiny hops come thru as it warms but not enough to overcome the alcohol.This may be a case of a bad bottle,high reviews and the reputation of the brewery makes me think something went awry here.The bottle I have is not quite a drain pour but just isn't right I don't think and/or hope.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got this bottle and saved it for 3 months to drink it on my anniversary. Was disappointed. While this was a good imperial ipa, it had a lot of different favors going on. Alcohol was notable. I had ZD for the first time the night before so that May have skewed my ratings. Overall this was okay and I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

14% ABV confirmed - jesus! 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool green and black label and branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; Mikkel is my favourite brewer in the world.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and incredible (4+ minute) retention for the ridiculously high ABV. Body colour is a murky hazy tangerine orange. Abundant yeast particles float throughout. Translucent but nontransparent. Appealing and impressive for the style considering the high ABV. Definitely bottle conditioned. I'm excited to try it. No bubble show.

Sm: Biscuity hops, floral hop character, muted orange/tangerine citrus, biscuity yeast, milky notes, and heavy grassy grainy notes. No alcohol is detected - quite a feat at 14%. Wow. Quite appealing. Sweet caramel. Resiny as hell. Earthy natural hops. It's a rounded, sensical hop aroma - not a ridiculous overbearing American style IPA aroma. Moderate in strength. Generally appealing for the style, if a bit timid.

T: Phew. Nectary and biscuity up front with earthy natural floral hop notes throughout and a pleasant citrus zing on the climax. It hits hard on the open, but blossoms throughout the body - sort of an invert structure to that of many poorly executed American IPAs which are great until the finish where the bitterness hits; this one gets the bitterness out of the way - grabbing you - and then rewards you with a pleasant ride. Milky like an aged saison. Nectary. Refined. There's definite bright fruit here, but it comes off fermented. A bit of alcohol, sure, but nowhere near the level you'd expect. It's actually pretty damn drinkable considering the ABV. I wouldn't call it boozy or hot; there's just an alcohol presence. Biscuity yeast yields light earthiness. Heavily grassy and layered; the body is all grass with some fruity and malty sweetness aiding the balance. And it is balanced, by the way - impressively so. Here's a bold aggressive imperial IPA that's trying something new, not copying Russian River. I like it, even if a bit of age is evident. Might be a bit too sweet - almost approaching wheatwine levels of sweetness in terms of the hop balance. Fresh squeezed orange juice/pulp comes through more and more as it warms. This one grows on you. Never too bitter.

Mf: A dash of coarseness right on the open; you don't see that often. After that it's smooth sailing: smooth, wet, and refreshing. This beer's got one hell of a body too; it's heavy on the palate without feeling overbearing. Carbonation is perfect.

Dr: Somewhere between a sipper and a refreshing IPA. Hides its ABV pretty well - impressively well - but you're still aware of it. This'll get you drunk; that's for damned sure. Great to see the best brewer of our time pushing imperial IPAs like no one else is. Worth trying for the innovation and mastery. I'd love to try it on-draught. I wouldn't have another one, because it would put me on the floor, but maybe on a different night. It drinks differently than many IPAs; this isn't one you can gulp.

Low B-

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Northdown, served in a small snifter.

Bright orange with sharp clarity. a thin but lasting layer of white foam on the surface. Minimal spotty lacing, not a shock considering the high abv.

Aroma of caramel malt, orange zest, booze fumes.

Taste is similar, syrupy sweet, bready caramel malt, some light citrus, and a steamroller bitter finish. Very syrupy with low carbonation, a very slow sipper as a result. Took about an hour to finish it. Not bad, just not my thing. Hop flavor seemed second fiddle to the sticky sweet caramel malt and boozy bitterness.

Photo of Chico1985
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11/4/14 - Updated from a 3.75 'Had' rating.

Probably kinda past its prime at this point, but hey, it's 14%, and honestly pretty malty either way. And this revisit seems pretty close to when I first tried it a little over a year ago.

The pour is hazy bright orange with a small white head that quickly forms to a ring. There is some pineapple and a strong resiny presence in the nose along with a big dose of sweet toffee-ish malts, some booze but not bad. Taste is a little harsher with solvent alcohols. Hops here are mostly earthy and resiny with some citrus zest as well. Despite the age and a big sweet malt backbone there is decent hop bitterness/flavor. Syrupy, medium-lowish carbonation, some alcohol burn but really not too bad.

A hop bomb can't be expected given the huge ABV, akin to 120 Minute, but this actually resembles an IPA moreso.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's Hopfest (from notes, 8/16-18/13)

A: Hazy amber.

S: Sweet and malty.

T: Sweet and rich but unlike with Struise's 15% HopVerdomme, you really taste the 14% here. There is a burn here.

M: Crisp but with miniscule bubbles.

O: Were it not for the burn this would be much better, but as it stands it mostly a malt bomb.

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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

IPA meets Barleywine for Mikkeller's latest attempt to hop the hell out of an ale for some for the most obnoxious tastes possible.

A hazy swirl of amber, peach and orange settles into the snifter with a short-statured but highly dense mousse rising to the top. This long-lasting head is ivory in color and laces lightly in the beer's wake.

A ton of malt aromas are just as prevalent in the nose as is any hop character- albeit, both are immense. Honey and shortbread waft about the nose and captures a plethora of fruity scents: nectarines, tangerines, mangoes, apricots, passion fruit and pomegranate is just part of the citrus and tropical fruit medley. And then there's the alcohol- straight-up vodka about says it all.

Its hearty and dense taste is teeth-churning and lush with honey, light caramel and biscuit. Highly bready throughout, the hop flavor edges out the malts on the middle palate with all that citrus, tropical and orchard fruit character. Even apples and lemons make their way into the mix from time to time. Its sheer enormity of taste invites a metaillic and salty taste and aids in pulling the hops and malt together even though it further complicates the taste and causes further intimidation. ...oh, and vodka.

Full bodied, the beer has no problem opposing the dry notion of standard IPAs. Instead it celebrates a viscous and chewy citrus sweetness and breadiness. An ill-faded attempt at hop and alcohol dryness is met with a wall of malt thickness. Still finishing hot and mildly fusal, this ale is a sipper for sure.

Double Eye is an ale that drinks like a meal. Its quite messy and complex for IPA standards at any strength. But as a showcase for hop flavor, alcohol and malt support- its tough to find bigger.

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Double Eye PA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.