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Mischief - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
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1,505 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 75
Gots: 174 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
formerly known at Mischief #3

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009)
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Reviews by tdawgydog:
Photo of tdawgydog
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This style (Hoppy Belgian) has been my favorite for the summer of 2010. First beer I've had in my Russian River goblet.

A - Pours with a massive head which recedes to leave a nice coating over the top of the beer. A lovely smokey golden color.

S - A little strong almost liquor scent. Maybe the worst characteristic of this beer.

T - A pretty good Belgian, not as hoppy as the label would lead you to belive. I was hoping for a good smack of hops but it just wasn't to be with this beer. Still very good though.

D - Another great beer by The Bruery. I don't think I've had a bad one from these guys. Very easy going down. Enjoyable.

M - Great body, maybe a little gassy if I had any complaint but I would definitly seek this out again.

tdawgydog, Oct 11, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

oberon, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

cam477, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -6%

DanGeo, Jan 02, 2014
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.

tectactoe, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of withliterature
4.75/5  rDev +19%

withliterature, Jan 02, 2014
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.

weatherdog, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

tbryan5, Jan 01, 2014
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.

steelerguy, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Ben7773, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

NWer, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

freshflesh, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

warnerry, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.35/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

Beaver13, Sep 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jisom123, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Doomcifer, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

merlin48, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Billolick, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of ElSid
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

ElSid, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.71/5  rDev -7%
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.

tigg924, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

aquazr1, Dec 12, 2013
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Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.