Crooked Moon Tattoo - Mikkeller ApS
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2.86/5 rDev -30.8%
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.
05-30-2013 05:23:59 | More by mhaugo
3.16/5 rDev -23.5%
"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.
04-25-2013 05:38:23 | More by kojevergas
3.33/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
11-10-2013 13:54:07 | More by GarthT
3.38/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
11-06-2013 10:57:14 | More by Greg_MacLeod
3.84/5 rDev -7%
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.
05-28-2014 03:26:32 | More by JulioH
3.89/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
02-21-2014 01:58:25 | More by bnes09
3.94/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
06-13-2014 22:57:14 | More by KYGunner
3.96/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
09-30-2013 23:17:24 | More by bump8628
3.99/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
05-04-2013 00:35:07 | More by kylehay2004
Crooked Moon Tattoo from Mikkeller ApS
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