20 - Mikkeller ApS
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3.91/5 rDev +2.6%
330ml bottle. 20 different hops? Variety is the spice of life, I guess.
This beer pours a rather murky medium bronzed amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a whole lotta splotchy snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.
It smells of muddled (gee, really?) tropical fruit, a bit more focused fleshy orange and pine needle bitterness, a strange musty white wine sweetness, and bready, crackery, and biscuity caramel malt. The taste is buttery and bready caramel malt, hard toffee, mandarin orange, overripe lemon and white grapefruit rind, still mixed-up exotic, and somewhat sugary fruit, earthy spice, and more leafy, piney, and herbal hop notes.
The carbonation is fairly light and just a bit edgy, the body an adequate medium weight, and way more smooth than the collective efforts of a score of hop varietals should allow, with a nascent airy creaminess building as it warms. It finishes on the sweet side, with the obvious malt culprit, and the hops aiding and definitely abetting in their fruity rather than bitter demeanor.
Not a bad IPA, overall, but much like the 1000 IBU DIPA of a few years ago, the extra numbers really don't mean squat, as far as one's tastebuds are concerned - it's more for the marketing wanks out there. In the end, the hops are decent, I suppose, but unfortunately, the herbal essence is what I take away from them, which consequently does little to engender desire for another.
06-27-2014 04:00:10 | More by biboergosum
3.2/5 rDev -16%
On tap at Max's (from notes).
A: Hazy copper.
S: Lots of notes that I couldn't really separate out. Piney.
T: Mainly pine and spice notes. Odd maltiness.
M: Prickly and crisp.
O: Doesn't really taste like an IPA. Weird. Way too many different hops in this. Interesting in that it shows you what happens with so many hops in the mix. Conflicting flavor profiles.
10-29-2013 00:14:08 | More by gillagorilla
District of Columbia
3.46/5 rDev -9.2%
Had on tap at Max's hopfest.
Pours a hazy light orange, very bright and glowing, but no head at all.
The nose is pure hops, and all over the place. Floral, citrus, and piney hops. I suppose that is what happens when you use 20 different hops. Some caramel and toffee are sneaking in.
The flavor is all over the place, and a bit unbalanced. Not a single hop character seems to be developed. Piney hops and citrus hops battle for attention.
The aftertaste leaves a very bitter finish, dry.
08-18-2013 21:27:17 | More by nmann08
4.06/5 rDev +6.6%
With twenty types of hops laying around the brew kettle, Mikkeller doesn't settle. Why pick and choose when "everything" is the answer?
Mikkeller 20 opens with a heavy haze that muddles the light coming through, yielding a glowing color of orange and sand. A billowing ivory head rises from the beer with a very creamy and frothy texture that resists any type of recession. Its lace is intricate and well defined. Aside from its unusually dense haze, the beer looks spectacular!
You would think that the ale is all hops, but there's actually a firm bready, biscuity scent that's woven with caramel and honey. Layered upon that is a well-melded hop aroma that spans citrus, tropical fruit, pine, grass and a touch of wine. The nose balances toward the hops but its not as one-sided as you'd think.
Likewise its the bready, biscuity-sweet taste of malt that strikes the palate first. Its caramel and honey base easily supports the hop onslaught to come. Just before the hops are introduced the fruity taste of English ales set in with a light marmalade character. The classic American taste of grapefruit is both ripe with red juice and is pithy with its ribs. Layer upon layer of hop character can come across as oranges, pineapples, juniper, sassafras, lemon, grass, botanical, pine, stems and cat. Although all these flavors are present they largely cancel each other out by their sheer complexity. When everything stands out, nothing stands out.
Its creamy-dry body is quite pleasant. Early carbonation and residual malt textures ensure a dense mouthfeel. But as the hops coat the palate, it dries the mouth with its resinous bitterness. Clean and largely crisp late, the beer trails with pine and grassy notes into a long bitter finish.
Even though the ale is chocked full of hop variety, much of it gets lost on the palate. I love all the colors of the rainbow, but if you swirl them all together- you get a muddled brown color. This beer kinda does that.
10-09-2013 17:59:58 | More by BEERchitect
20 from Mikkeller ApS
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