Crooked Moon Tattoo - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.16/5 rDev -23.7%
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2013 05:38:23 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2014 22:57:14 | More by KYGunner
3.84/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-28-2014 03:26:32 | More by JulioH
4.06/5 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
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2014 01:58:00 | More by schiffmt
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2014 22:20:32 | More by Chico1985
4.14/5 rDev 0%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 23:40:15 | More by cbutova
Crooked Moon Tattoo from Mikkeller ApS
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