Mischief - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 80
Gots: 230 | FT: 10
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

formerly known at Mischief #3
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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass a clear deep golden with a large blooming white head that took forever to subside.multiple layers of lace left behind.Wow what awesome aromas,there is an American twist to this beer no doubt,floral and citric hops all over the place,its perfect as far as Iam concerned.Dry on the palate with grassy herbal hop notes,light spiced phenols but they dont play a big role.This is quenching and bone dry,I really like it.If all beers of this style were like this I would be a convert,the American craftmanship to the Belgian strong pale style in this beer shows thru with great left coast hop flavors.The alcohol lends a little sweetness but its held in check pretty well.

Photo of tectactoe
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for this one. Mischief has a beaming glow, full of many different hues from yellow to gold to amber and even copper; it all depends on how you're holding it agains the light. It's volatile, producing a huge, sticky, cloudy, and chunky white head with even the most modest of pours. Some good, lumpy lacing sticks to the glass for the entirety of the brew.

Mischief is very hoppy on the aroma, much more hoppy than I was expecting going into it. It's quite pungent, with some blasting citrus and bitter grapefruit peels. Coupled with the heavy hoppage is a spicy, phenol character that is a bit frightening up front. It stings the nostrils and strips some of my nose hair away; peppery, spicy, piney.

Lots of orange and lemon fruitiness up front, just walking on the edge of the cliff of tartness but never slipping into sour territory. The phenol character, though stepped down a touch from the aroma, is still pungent in the flavor, and maybe a touch overboard at times. Walking through a citrusy forest with trees of spice and Lemon Pledge, baby.

Piney, woodsy, hoppy, and full of Belgian yeast, coriander, and white pepper spices. The finish contains a good deal of fruit as well, some grapefruit and orange that almost have a nice, juicy factor. The mouth feel is heavily effervescent; lots and lots of carbonation for a sharp mouth feel that cuts well with the heavy spice of the brew.

Strange and different, and Belgian Pales can be touchy, but I enjoyed Mischief. Hefty amount of spice as well as a hefty amount of fruits with a good hand in the hops as well. The borderline acetone-like alcohol can be a bit fatiguing over time, but the brew is good in small doses. I wish some of these Bruery beers came in smaller serving sizes.

Photo of weatherdog
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL Served in a 10oz. snifter

It pours a hazy yellow orange with heavy thick lacing. This is a pretty good looking beer, even in a low light bar environment.

The nose is all hops. A combination between pineapple, orange and grapefruit. I've always wanted to use this following descriptor in a beer and I finally have a chance: Cat urine. This is the first beer where I actually could pick out that smell and it is a dead on descriptor. I handed the beer over to my wife, who is a vet nurse, and without me saying anything she described cat urine as well. It's not not nearly as off putting as it would sound and the nose was actually enjoyable. I'm just happy to finally use cat urine in a review and know what I'm talking about. My guess is a combo of Citra and Simcoe dry hopping since those two varieties are so distinguishable and I'm getting characteristics of both.

Once again the taste is all tropical hops. I'm seriously beginning to doubt any Belgian influence in the beer. At best this should be classified as a Belgian IPA; at worst American IPA. The hops taste was nice with a big citrus burst and the bitterness was more subdued with a nice light malty backbone. As the beer warmed up I searched and found a little Belgian yeast fruitiness at the end of the taste but not enough for it to be classified as a BSPA. The mouthfeel did seem a little oily and drinkability was pretty good considering it 100% covered any hint of the ABV.

I did enjoy the beer and I do prefer the juicy tropical hop flavors in my IPA's so while it was an enjoyable beer, a BSPA it is not.

Photo of steelerguy
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy gold, tons of carbonation, huge head that doesn't budge when fueled by all that dissolved gas.

S - Sweet fruits, pineapple, lychee, a bit of spice and citrus.

T - Lots of hop character, the sweet fruit flavors are all there but there is now a bit of bite from the bitterness, nice and assertive without being overwhelming. Spicy finish along with some alcohol notes.

M - Very alive, can feel the bubbles dancing around in there, a bit acidic from the carbonation, the alcohol then provides a warming finish.

O - Very nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Heavy on the fruit aromas, they remain when tasting but balanced nicely with bitterness, and a touch of spice. Will certainly enjoy this one again and would be very interested in aging a bottle.

Photo of NWer
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured perfectly clear golden in my Russian River chalice. Abundant head large bubbles. Little cling to lace.
First impression was ho-hum but flavors explode as beer warms over time. Spicy, tart on the back side. Second pour picks up the yeast and is cloudy in appearance. Belgian yeast flavors follow suit. Much better. Obviously writing as I'm drinking. I personally like sediment in my beer & doesn't bother me a bit. Next time I'll rotate the bottle before pouring.
A very enjoyable way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is a bit of a foamer. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours with an obscene amount if foam, probably four fingers. Head has amazing retention and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Nice Belgian yeast aroma with a faint earthy funk. Also zesty and spicy in the nose. Very faint bubblegum. Nice.

T - Nice spicy Belgian yeast and hops up front, with some citrus, bread, a bit of earthy funk and slightly sweet bubblegum. A nice punch of hops on the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with an earthy dryness throughout.

O - A very nice beer, though Duvel is still my favorite in the style. Still, a well made beer that I would definitely have again.

Photo of Beaver13
2.37/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle. Pours clear yellow gold with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass. Becomes hazy as the end of the bottle approaches.

The aroma is funky yeast, rotten fruit and spicy hops. Weird.

The flavor is sweet malts with some melon and mint and soap that leads to a big spicy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, this just doesn't do it for me. I haven't liked any Belgian IPAs I've had. And this one adds some weird notes - rotten fruit, mint, soap and melon.

Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden body with a delicate but substantial white head. Attractive sheet lacing.

Very inviting aroma has notes of fresh lemon and lime pulp, yeast, grassy and floral hops, and sweet bready malts.

Satiny medium body is nicely carbonated.

Taste has a subdued honey like malt base that struggles to balance the hops. Grassy, grapefruity, and lime zest notes provide a solid hop bitterness throughout. Yeasty esters and a hint of peppery alcohol add complexity.

Excellent rendition of a Belgian golden ale with a touch of American hopping.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mini growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours light golden, with some moderate cloudyness, off white head, that leaves nice light sheeting and well developed low lacing. Fruity nose overlaying some citric hoppyness. This one comes over like a hopped up Belgian IPA, pineapple, grapefruit, crisp hoppyness quite bold and evident. Dry, citric and tasty, with Belgian yeastyness floating in and out and all around. Enjoyable Americanized version of classic Belgain beer, one of my favorite things.

Photo of ElSid
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Orange golden with a thick haziness and a pillowy head of small bubbles.

S: Bright and fruity with strong citrus character with a hint of pineapple and banana. There is also flowers and springtime. The yeast comes through on a base of crackers and bread.

T: So bright and full of sunshine. Again there is flowers and leaves paired with citrus zest. Some pineapple and banana esters and plain-o yeastiness bring interest to the palate. The malt base is grainy with a cracker lightness with a hint of caramel.

M: Light with a good amount of carbonation. A refreshing beer.

O: A solid American style Belgian ale. The Bruery excels here with a refreshingly hoppy ale with strong yeastiness that adds fruity ester complexity.

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, light yellow in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: funk, grass, and big grapefruit

Taste: grapefruit mixed with some Belgian spices and light grass

Mouthfeel: bitter start that gets slightly more bitter as throughout, light bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: Grapefruit juice is the star of this BSPA. If you like that flavor, you should love Mischief. While I like it, I am not in love with it, so I am good with just one glass.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into a 20 oz Firestone glass.Golden color with a 3 inch head.Very nice slight hoppy smell with a touch of grapefruit.Very mellow brew not overly harsh.I liked it.Nice kick to it at 8.5 ABV.Would have to say that it`s a good value at 8.99 a bottle compared to a lot of other Bruery products.I would get this again.Give it a try.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is awesome with a lot of citrus hop character. The flavor is Belgian yeast, pepper and orange and grapefruit hops. For a Belgian-styled beer, this has a ton of hop character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best hoppy Belgian beers I have tried.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pour a light pale amber color with a pretty big white head. Nose is light but yeasty and hoppy.

Taste is sharp, hoppy and yeasty. Mouthfeel is quite full and smooth. Very tasty and easy drinking. It's a bit pricey but still tasty.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a massive carbonation amount as evidenced by the inch thick tightly woven white head of foam. Rich golden colored with incredible clarity. Brussels lacing. I smell that very clean aroma of Belgian Strong ale yeast with that residual candy like sweetness. The mouth is very dry, crisp, carbonated, and it finishes with a gentle warmth due to the alcohol. There's a very dry sugary sweetness in the flavor. Despite the carbonation this is very drinkable.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity nose, cider, and malt. Pours clear straw under a 3: finely bubbled moussey white foam cap. A very creamy palate with fresh fruit evoking a cider over light malts in the background. Fairly dry with a hop accent on the finish. Its effervescence gives it a light and refreshing feel.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy bright orange golden color, cloudy. Huge billowy off of pour, white colored, lots of sticky lace as the head fades.

Phenolic spicy yeast, citrus hops, a bit of lemon, lemon grass, a bit of white grape. ripe crisp fruits.

Phenolic, spicey Belgian yeast, ripe citrus fruits, lemon, a bit of grapefruit, hint of pear juice. Finishes crisp with a spicey bitterness.

Medium body, ample carb.

Overall, pretty nice, similar to a Belgian iPa, Belgian pale.

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Clear, golden yellow with a big white foaming head that lasts and lasts, though there isn't much lacing left.

Belgian, tart, somewhat musty, yeast plays the largest role in this beer's aroma along with a huge amount of citrus hops and bready malt. A full and simple aroma, though done exceptionally well. I like when a beer knows what it is, does it simply, perfectly, and appropriately, and this beer does all those things--just terrific per the style.

The flavor follows the nose nearly identically: the Belgian yeast and strong citrus and floral hops are the dominant flavors, along with bready malts. Incredibly well balanced; this beer is not overly bitter, overly hoppy, or overly yeasty, just a terrific, simple, balanced, effortlessly enjoyable beer.

Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation (meaning: a lot).

A flawless American version of the style. Thank you, The Bruery.

Photo of boatshoes
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle from the local liquor store to give it a proper try after sampling it at last year's BBF.

Appearance- Pours a hazy amber golden out of the bottle with a nice two fingers of puffy head in the glass. Pretty decent head retention and some small amounts of lacing left as well.

Smell- Quite fruity on the nose with a lot of lemon scents and fruity esters. Also strong scents of yeast and a bit of breadiness as well.

Taste- Quite fruity on the palate as well, with the lemon citrus aspect of this beer striking me initially. Not really citrusy sour like a wild ale but fruity in the way a hefeweissen can be fruity. Citrus flavors followed again with some distinct notes of bread and yeast and a bit of musty hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is quite good with carbonation being a touch on the spritzy side. Went down quite easy as well.

Overall, a decent if interesting take on the style. This one wasn't bad but didn't hit it out of the park for me in a category with a lot of classic examples.

Photo of Doc_Hops
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Mischief pours a very cloudy orange/ yellow color with a huge, fluffy, white head.

S- A little bit of hop aroma mainly focusing on citrus notes. A little bit of orange with a big blast of yeast as well.

T- Very, very smooth initially. Almost no hop bitterness at all. As I chew a little more, this beer yields some interesting vanilla like flavors. Quite nice actually.

M- Quintessential medium bodied beer. Very evenly displaced mouthfeel with a balanced carbonation.

O- Really enjoyed this beer. Its pretty complex and yet highly drinkable. I suppose that's why they call it "Mischief" and why they say on the bottle to "keep an eye out." This beer is very drinkable, has a well balanced flavor profile, and packs a nice punch at 8.5%. This is my first beer from The Bruery and I will certainly be trying more.

Serving type- 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass, leaving the yeast behind (as instructed). Thanks for reading.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clouded and hazy yellow pour. Aroma was interesting, a little hoppy, a little spice and orange citrus.

Taste, wow, I didn't think a Belgian pale could be this good. More orange citrus, hops, even a little of that almost wheat feel to it because its body was very light compared to the immense hop and fruity yeast profile.

$8 a bottle is worth it, I was leery at first, but this is definitely one of the best bottles available in Reno.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in sniffer

A - Slightly hazy straw with huge 4 finger fluffy white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Floral hops, biscuity bready malts, spicy, coriander, citrus.

T - Follows the nose with an excellent balance of malt and hops and the spicy, citrus notes.

M - Mod-light body with high effervescent carbonation and crisp finish.

O - Really loved this one, a highlight from the Bruery, great summer beer shared with a great Dutch friend.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a brilliant copper slightly hazed hue with a nice white head filling well above the edge of my chalice glass, this brew is beautiful. Rocky texture head leaves clouds of fluffy off white head rising above the sides of my glass, I'm liking this.

Aromatics offer up a strong pungent hop profile with citrus, herbal, and grassy tones. Belgian yeast spiciness is very nice, it gives off some tropical fruit but the bitter dry and spicy notes from the yeast strains gives me the true beergasm.

Flavor has an abrupt bitterness about it with sweet and spicy layers this ale is truly that unique, not just because these rare offerings are selling for 10 bucks a bottle but because most of them are drinking so well, it's just doing them some justice. Floral grassy hop rind bitterness goes so well with the Belgian style this is golden light drinkable and hoppy ale. I'm feeling this style of brew, fruit and mineral with some strong alcohol with ample citrus and tropical fruit hops with an ample layer of grassy herbal bitterness bringing in the finish.

Mouthfeel this ale is full to medium bodied evenly but effervescently carbonated I really can't get enough of brews like this willing to put themselves out there. A great brew from the front to the back from the top to the bottom. Delicious apple fruits and spicy yeast bring together harmonious enough brew, but add the addition of some bittering and aromatic hops, then you have magic.

Drinkability is incredible I'm sippin' on these without fear. I know this brand will be around much longer than the current appreciation level found for this Placentia, CA brewery. Grassroots and homegrown have worked for these guys, I can't get enough keep sending it my way to Ohio..

Photo of Blackwolf
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 to an oversized wineglass.

A- Very beautiful, hazy straw-amber body with a frothy white head, lots of retention, TONS of sticky lacing and nice lively uniformed carbonation hidden in the haze of the body. The name is apt for this one... You know you are in for some mischief just based on looks alone!

S- This really opens up well. Nice belgian yeast aroma, banana, very light fruit/citrus, some sweet malt, so intoxicating, I really wasn't expecting this from an american style belgian.

T- Yum... Banana and clove, a sweet lightly roasted honey-malt, very subtle citrus hop with a sour lick on the finish. Complex, well balanced and solid. I am really digging into the taste.

MF- Light-medium body, almost creamy but not quite since there is a crisp feel tagged along in the finish. Sharp carbonation, lots of sweet malt/yeast flavor hangs around the palate.

O- Nothing is what expected from this american styled belgian, and I mean that in a good way. I really enjoyed each and every characteristic from this beer. I would have to say as far as it goes for the american style, this is a must in my book. Glad I live close to the Bruery, this on tap has to be 5x better. :)

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with good amounts of light fruit - mostly pears but with hints of oranges and pears. Also present are loads of hops that contribute an earthy aroma more than anything. Finally, there's just a touch of funkiness that wafts in every now and then.

Tastes good. Crisp pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by tons of hop flavors. Mostly herbal and earthy they share equal billing with light fruit flavors up front before taking over midway through the sip. Right before the waning fruit flavors disappear they sour just a touch before the strongly bitter ending sets in.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is another in the line of Bruery beers that don't disappoint. The flavors all play off each other surprisingly well and this is worth a shot.

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Mischief from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 1,639 ratings.