Crooked Moon Tattoo - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: flyingpig on 04-23-2013

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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 28
Photo of bmeGT
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too malty for my tastes

Photo of dukeandduke
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/11/15 - Monk's Pub (Chicago) Draft -Nice mixture of fruity hops and a taste of caramel. Tasted somewhat bitter, yet smooth and enjoyable to drink. Strong flavor and texture is a reason I liked this offering. Well done Mikkeller and hope to find additional offerings from this brewer down the road.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2016 (I think). Purchased a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label calls it a DIPA; hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe and Sorachi Ace.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy marmalade-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a massive head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of supremely fruity hops with hints of white grape, melon, grapefruit, citrus, passionfruit, tropical fruits, subtle grass/hay, earthy yeast and caramel malt. A whiff of booze in the background. Slightly sweet and delicious.

T: Tastes of intensely fruity aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, white grape, melon, tropical fruits, grass/hay, earthy yeast, sweet caramel malt and stewed hops. A touch of alcohol lurks in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, grapefruit, pine, earthy yeast and mild caramel malt.

O: Excellent - a top-notch double IPA stuffed with hops. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are relentlessly hoppy. Good bitterness and the booze doesn't come across excessively. Nice smooth body. A hop-head's delight; well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Photo of bschinelli
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap army local whole foods. Poured a hazy, light caramelized Orange color with a 1/4 inch head that dissipates immediately. Lots of lacing on the glass. This beer has a very slight floral aroma with some pink grapefruit notes. Tastes light on the tongue, with noticeable hop bitterness and a slight oily feel. You get the citrus taste, grapefruit peel something else I can't identify but good. It feels like a soda when you drink it, no alcohol heat. This is a dangerous beer, you might think you can slam a few, but you'll get slammed back.

Photo of clayrock81
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured a cloudy orangish body with one finger head and lace patches.
Aroma is mostly citric hops with a grassy feel and touch of sweetness.
Smooth body, well-balanced, I get a citric hop profile that is not too dry or bitter and retains some grapefruit sweetness, which mixes well with a mild caramel or toffee malt sweetness.
Finishes dry and easy, ABV hidden, and this is one of those DIPAs that you can just session b/c your tastebuds aren't nuked.

Photo of BlazerT
4/5  rDev -2.7%

APPEARANCE: Burnt orange, amber, with solid head that faded fast, cloudy. Average lacing. AROMA: starts with malt grain, caramel, some citrus, floral and pine hops aromas, some pinneaple juice, some booze in the background TASTE: medium-sweet wtih bitterness in the middle. Starts with caramel flavours, than grapefruit. Finishes with strong hop flavours mostly citrus (grapefruit, orange peel). In general taste is more citrus and tropical, less floral with a bit of herbal character. PALATE: medium and thick body, medium carbonation, sweet and hoppy finish OVERALL: Really good DIPA. One of the best I’ve drunken with quite a lot of citrus and tropical falvours, moderate bitterness and balanced malty character.

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

probably the best ipa I've had from mikkeller. pours hazy orange with fluffy head. Purchased at Modica Market in Seaside.

Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perhaps the first DIPA I've ever had that I preferred a bit warm and therefore near the end of the bomber. It poured a beautiful dark orange with a significantly hefty head. The nose was resinous, piney, with a mass of sticky lupilin and honey. The flavor, as it warmed, showed some sweet orange, grapefruit sourness, lupilin, full floral hop cone, honey and a significant caramel malt finish. The feel is dry and astringent with some alcohol heat that simmers to a low roar as it warms.

Photo of JulioH
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an IPA. I can hardly pinpoint it.

It pours a nice yellow. I can't think of any smell, neither of any taste. It is a good IPA, yet there is nothing special about it.Mikkeller does make some good stuff. This is their good stuff. Nothing to go crazy about, nothing to search around. Just a good old IPA.

Photo of schiffmt
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Nice golden color, very clear, what you would expect from a quality double IPA, a little too much foam in the head

Smell- not too strong of a scent, strong hop smell when opening the bottle, some hint of floral aroma

Taste- very strong fresh hops flavor, high alcohol content is prominent in the taste

Mouthfeel- a light feeling when drinking but a little bit of a heavier/thicker aftertaste

Overall- a very good double IPA and delivers what you would expect from a dIPA with loads of fresh hop flavor with a small amount of floral aroma which adds a nice touch

Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to me for sharing this one.

Appearance - Very hazy dullish orange with a finger or so of white head. Partial cap and some lace left behind.

Smell - Prominent grapefruit pith, guava, lime, lemon, mint, leafy, earthy. Kinda funky and tart. Not too much for malts at all, unique and oddball hop profile with lots of strength and potency.

Taste - Follows exactly more or less. Funky fruity earthy hops, grapefruit pineapple bubblegum dirty hops. Eh, throw spicy and floral in there too. Light toffee sweetness and bread for backing malts.

Mouthfeel - Kind of a big feel with medium carbonation and medium-low bitterness. Not much alcohol noticeable, but kind of a sipper from the intense flavors.

Overall - Solid all around, a nice change up from your usual DIPA for sure. Lots of unique and complex hop flavor.

Photo of cbutova
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pour out of the 750ml bottle to a few snifters with a yeast-ridden hazy golden body. Puffy, frothy white head builds up to just over a finger high. The cap retains well but eventually dies down to a creamy ring. Deposits of thick lacing sheets at the top with drizzle and spots following that.

S- Hops lead the way but there seems to be a decent yeast base to this brew. It could just be a larger than usual dose of spicy hops but it reminds me of a cleaner Belgian yeast. Beyond that hops bring stone fruit, wine grape, grapefruit, pineapple, citrus zest and floral notes.

T- A large punch of hops leads the way in the flavor as in the nose. Once again there is something that feels Belgian about this and it almost reminds me of Merica by Prairie in a way. It seems like there is Nelson, or similar, in here with a grape and tropical fruit feel. Stone fruits, grapefruit, oranges, heavy floral, herbal and stronger than most American IPA spicy hops all hit the taste buds. Light cracked grains and some yeast fruit feel.

MF- Body is somewhere between moderate and light thickness and it reminds me of the body of some Saisons. Somewhat creamy and frothy texture overall with high end carbonation which works with the hops. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

Mikkeller keeps getting better and better for me. It started off kind of rough with the prices and some of the early brews but he is pumping out a lot of great beers lately. I like the hop profile here, it isn't just juicy citrus hops but has more depth with a spicy floral feel. Wondering what yeast is used here.

Photo of bnes09
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dense-looking, hazy orange color. Thick, creamy head coats the liquid in a layer of froth that lasts forever. Leaves a rich, blanketing trail of lacing behind.

Sweet, slightly acidic aroma of apricots, pears and oranges. Slight floral character and rich buttery biscuits.

Fresh, biscuity malt flavor forms a solid backbone. Apricot jam and orange peel compliment the malt character. Assertive, earthy, leafy, citric hop with hints of grapefruit. Great balance with the malt. A little more malty and fruity than most DIPA's but with plenty of hop character to balance.

Dense, full bodied. Slick feel with a dry finish. Smooth thoughout. Grainy, yeasty texture. Well carbonated.

Solid DIPA. I appreciate that it varies slightly from the stereotype.

Photo of GarthT
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange, 2-finger head which faded fast

S: Grapefruit, pineapple, inviting

T: Hot alcohol dominates, but caramel and bitterness nicely balanced

M: Slightly thin

O: Decent DIPA, good background flavours, alcohol quite obvious. Would drink again.

Photo of Greg_MacLeod
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy burnt orange color with a thick head of foam and nice lacing on the glass

Smells strongly of grain, tangy citrius, with a mild piney hops smell.

Taste starts out with a strong malt grain flavor with notes of grapefruit and caramel. Perhaps it's just the high alcohol content, but there seems to be a bit of a chemical flavor that I do not particularly care for. Finishes with a strong hops flavor that lingers for a good while.

Rather thick compared to most IPAs. Plenty of carbonation and overall good mouthfeel.

Overall a decent beer with a lot of flavor and a clean dry finish.

Photo of bump8628
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date, but this is a fairly new release around here and recent reviews seem to indicate this is fresh enough.

Hazy burnt orange, chunky white head that sticks well. Classic dank (hate that descriptor but can't think of a better one) hoppiness at the fore, a dirty leafy hoppy flavor in the middle, citrus (orange peel) and thyme in the background, and finishes with a squeeze of pineapple juice. The palate is more expressive than the aroma leads you to believe. Malt lends a sturdy but dry grainy biscuit flavor. Hop flavor is big enough for the style while perceived bitterness is actually on the low end.

With the exception of a couple of beers, I am typically underwhelmed by mikkeller. And it's always overpriced. Crooked Moon Tattoo isn't underwhelming, it's quite good. Still overpriced at $13/750 ml, but then again I bought it so what's that say about me? Worth a try but not worth a repurchase when there are so many great, cheaper, and bottle-dated American versions.

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PT 9.4 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is cloudy and orange with golden highlights. Each pour yields about four inches of head.

S - I get some grapefruit and orange. I smell a little bit of peach too.

T - The taste is loaded with fresh grapefruit. It finishes with a bitter juniper flavor.

M - Medium

O - I never know what to expect from Mikkeller. I either love their beers or dislike them. This one is a good one. It has tons of citrus flavor and the pine finish is great. It is a very refreshing IIPA. It is a little pricey, but it did come all the way from Denmark is still tastes fresh.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a tawny golden color with a thick white head that fades slowly. The first scent is pure grapefruit followed by slight alcohol and bubble gum. Taste follows the smell very closely with citrus upfront and then a hint of alcohol. As this ale warms up the alcohol becomes more pronounced and the bitterness really starts to stand out. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, the bitterness fades and I find myself ready for another sip fairly quickly. Definitely worth the purchase.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Excellent fluffy white head with a sustained layer of surface foam. Great lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Great floral hop aroma. Tropical fruit in there too. Sweet malts. Slightly herbal hop aroma.

Taste - Bright citrus. Less floral, more tropical. Still maintains a bit of that herbal character. Sweetness throughout, but it gets toastier in the finish with a moderate bitteness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Well carbonated. Enjoyable but on the thick side.

Overall - I was very surprised by how good this was. Unfortunately I'll probably never see it again. One of the best Mikkeller offerings I've had.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great beer on tap at When Pigs Fly.

In a snifter the beer was a hazy apricot color with a small head. Still, there was a good amount of lace.

Pleasant aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. Some caramel. Piney hops.

Taste of grapefruit, melon, and mango. Some cloves. Piney hops late. All this with a caramel/toffee background. Great taste.

This was a very balanced beer. Hoppy, but not excessively so. Never noticed the alcohol.

Loved this beer!

Photo of mhaugo
2.93/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Draft pour in a half liter mug.
Appearance: Honey stained birch. Cloudy from front to back. Thick cap of big, fat bubbles.
Smell: Sweet tangerines and orange peel. Very aromatic.
Taste: Aggressive bitterness up front, fades to sweet, and then the bitterness slowly creeps back in. It’s so bitter than I’m having a hard time isolating any other flavors. There’s almost a citrus cleaning solution hidden in the background. Malt?
Mouthfeel: Thin and hot.
Overall: I have not had many Mikkeller beers, and I’m not sure this is the one that is going to convince me. It feels like I’m participating in an IPA “tough guy” contest, where the first to grimace loses. It’s not balanced, not fun to drink, and certainly not worth the $18 I paid for it. I guess I’ll go back to overpaying for domestic drafts again.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In conjunction with the tattoo artists of Crooked Moon, this "violently" hoppy ale assaults the palate with the tangy bitterness of tropical fruit. Its flora and fauna is supported with a malty-sweet undercurrent, dry biscuit, and deceptive alcohol finish.

It pours with a hazy golden-peach color that's that's translucent through its yeast and dry-hopped veil. Firm, creamy, and ivory-stained- the head character easily stands the session and laces ideally as the beer fades.

The succulent tang of tropical fruit spans the gamut- pineapple, peaches, mangoes, passion fruit, tangerine, and ripe ruby red grapefruits come alive in the nose and carry over seamlessly to taste. Backed by the malty-sweet taste of light caramel, honey, and biscuit- the body is firm, supportive, and give the impression that all those fruit flavors are honey-dipped, riper and brighter than actual. Though its bitterness certainly quialifies as an IPA- the ale celebrates its aroma and taste much more that the closing bitterness- keeping the ale citrusy-bitter rather than deeply resinous. Presiding over the taste is a light floral bit that teases the senses of floral honey suckle that remains alive even in finish.

Semi-full on the palate, the beer is creamy, pleasantly dense, and lightly bready. But as the firmly embedded carbonation slowly releases, the beer lightens gradually into dry citrus acidic feel with the slimmest of minty alcohol warmth.

Mikkeller has made some fine and well-balanced IPAs but... This one wins!

Photo of Krumbum
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller has many hits, and a few I just can't figure out. This one is a hit. Beautiful orange color. Nice smell. Amazing warm floral hoppy sap taste. The aftertaste stains your mouth not in a bad way but its all you can taste. Great finish. Over all a great Double Ipa.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - A fruity aroma of grapefruit, lavender, and pine with some toffee.

T - Spicy hops up front with a bit of grapefruit. Caramel and toffee in the middle with some clove notes toward the finish. Brown sugar and pine in the finish with fairly strong bitterness.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, a bit darker malt character than average for the style, but enjoyable.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger white head on a cloudy orange golden body. Aroma is odd. Almost smells of fresh meat and A1 sauce even barbecue. Flavors are include fruit notes of fig, earthy and herbal hops, tart citrus, some metallic notes, resiny. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Crooked Moon Tattoo from Mikkeller ApS
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