20 - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by wl0307:
United Kingdom (England)
3.79/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 14/05/2015, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine goblet.
A: dark reddish amber in colour with light haze, coming with a creamy and tight off-white frothy head which lasts well on top of rather mild carbonation.
S: pear-ish fruit esters come hand in hand with resinous and savoury-sweet citric hops, on top of a caramely malt backbone. Secondary aroma comes to the fore following a good swirl, suggesting zingy grapefruit peels, salted hawthorn fruits/prunes, lactic sour-sweetness, overripe melons, and old tangerine peels. Colourfully estery and hoppy at the same time.
T: moderately flavoured and softly effervescent on the entry, with lightly sour fruit esters and clear citric and lychee-ish hop features against a semi-robust malt profile; a bit understated comes the hoppiness, which I suppose is due to less hop rates applied in the late- and dry-hopping processes. The lingering finish is juicy, moderately bitter, peppery and zingy, very very enjoyable.
M&O: lightly effervescent, medium bodied and not heavy at all, this IPA is very pleasant, pretty balanced with a good complexity and rather drinkable at the same time.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2013 12:44:03 | More by wl0307
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a hazy, murky amber with a thick, pillowy off-white head.
S: Aromas of talc, chalk, caramel, biscuits, lime, mandarin orange, lemon, and kumquat are present on the nose.
T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, chalk, crackers, pine, spruce, grapefruit, lemon, lime, kumquat, bitter orange, mango, guava, mandarin orange, and herbs coat the palate. The finish is bitter and bready with a nice balance of herb, tangy citrus, and biscuit flavors.
M: Medium-bodied and quite dry for the style. Carbonation is incredibly active and firm.
O: A nice mixed IPA. For some reason I love the muddy rush of hop bitterness many of Mikkeller's hoppier beers deliver, and this one certainly does not disappoint.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 14:22:19 | More by mrfrancis
3.91/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 04:00:10 | More by biboergosum
3.2/5 rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
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.
Serving type: on-tap
10-29-2013 00:14:08 | More by gillagorilla
20 from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.