Crooked Moon Tattoo - Mikkeller ApS

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Crooked Moon TattooCrooked Moon Tattoo

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: flyingpig on 04-23-2013)
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Reviews by Greg_MacLeod:
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3.38/5  rDev -18%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Mikkeller Crooked Moon dIPA." Not seeing the "Tattoo" anywhere, but the ABV/style match up so I won't worry too much over the name and listing. 9.0% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded white pressure cap acquired for $15.00 earlier tonight at a local SoCal beer store and served into a clean conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; this is me favourite brewer and I couldn't have this beer more fresh here in the U.S. Identifies itself as an "Imperial India Pale Ale Style Beer" on the label, so that's what I'll review it as. Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards - blame them, not Mikkeller, for the price tag.

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

A: Pours a marvelous seven finger biege colour head. It's incredibly frothy; the texture is soft and supple. Fantastic thickness and great (~10+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Lacing is moderate, even, and consistent as the head slowly recedes. No bubble show. That's quite a nice head. Body colour is a lightly hazy translucent semitransparent copper-orange. No yeast particles are visible. Vibrant and appealing. Carbonation bubbles indicate good carbonation; not too much nor too little. I'm excited for this one. Spot-on for the style, though I've seen better coloured imperial IPAs.

Sm: Heavy but not overbearing floral hop character. Some grapefruit zest. Light soapy character - which has me worried; did this spend too long in primary? Some estery hop oils. Very light hop bitterness. Tropical fruits - definitely mango, perhaps passionfruit and pineapple as well. I don't get any pine or nectary character. The hop build isn't ideal for the style based on the aroma, but I'm optimistic anyway. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma. Pale malts. On the slightly bitter end of the sweet/bitter duality.

T: Hm. Floral hop character is definitely there, alongside some strangely selected tropical fruit notes. I get mango, tangerine, passionfruit, and maybe a vague hint of pineapple. really want citrusy fruit, but there's little of that here. I'm not big on tropical fruit in an IPA; few beers really pull that off for me. And this isn't quite one of them. Pale malts comprise the foundation. Not getting piney, oily, or nectary hop character. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Luckily, bitterness is well hidden - a highlight here. But it does sweeten in the third act, which I'm not a fan of here. A touch of soapy character on the climax leads me to believe this spent just a bit too long in primary - but it's nowhere near as noticeable as it was on the aroma. A decently executed imperial IPA all around, but not an impressive one. Balanced for the most part, but built in an underwhelming fashion. I think it's just my own personal preference.

In terms of hop character and what to expect, think Alchemy Hour not Alpine Keene Idea. Tropical character over citrusy/nectary character. If that lifts your skirt up, this might be for you.

Mf: Soft. Good carbonation. Smooth and wet through out. Even and consistent, with little variation - a plus in this style. Not really that oily. Pretty thick to accomodate its diverse flavour profile. Good presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: While this isn't quite my personal preference in terms of hop selection and build, it's a well-executed brew for the style and it's exploring hop territory often ignored even by many top American breweries that work with this style. Drinkable for the high ABV. Pricey thanks to the Shelton Bastards. I wouldn't get it again, except maybe on-draught at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. A solid beer in the style from Mikkeller, just not suited to my particular tastes.

Low C+

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06/24/14: I accidentally picked up another bottle in Budapest. Truncated notes follow. BB: 07/01/15.

A: No head. Colour is standard for an Imperial IPA.

Ar: Detergent & unwelcome tropical fruit, including a boozy pineapple note I despise.

T: Pale malts and pleasant tropical fruits - including melon, tangerine, mango, and banana. Clean and balanced, but the booze is noticeable on the fringe. Luckily that pineapple note is buried, if present.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, a bit overcarbonated, and almost refreshing. Nice presence on the palate, with the perfect amount of body and thickness. This texture complements the taste well.

O: A drinkable and enjoyable IIPA which offers nothing new to the discerning drinker, pleasant as it is. I enjoyed this batch (with the horror-inspired label) much more than the last batch I reviewed, but it's far from world class, and the subtle booziness restricts drinkability. At 1300 forents in Hungary, I'll be passing on this in future.

High C+

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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 BlazerT
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of JulioH
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Crooked Moon Tattoo from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.