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Mischief - The Bruery


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Ratings: 1231
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%

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The Bruery visit their website
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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Photo of carpezytha


4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip at 44 F

A: Aggressive head even with sober pour. Ultra white lumpy head leaves nice lace, settling to one finger. As I drink and the level descends, I do appreciate the consistently clinging lace that follows me as I follow the brew down the glass. It leaves a rough mapping, a constellation of small isles, pasley plumes, arrayed about like sweet reminders of yesterhour.
S: Marmalade, sourdough dough. Hops out at you though.
T: Super snappy tang, dang! Followed by apple, okra, what the fuck is in this delicious brew? Takes a few sips to discern. There is some hefty hoppyness, where am I now? This is transformative, and I love the Bruery for their ability to transport. Grapefruit peels,
M: Jumpy jive juice, why 45 F degree juice? I need to let it warm to get everything. But I understand ....
D: Oh yeah. Can I have this every day? I would for a while like a heroin habit. But it would be wise to kick.

I wish all those IPA creators would listen to this brew, taste it and realize that there are more than 2 dimensions in the perceivable universe.

BeerAdvocate has a lame spell checker that does not allow loquat, transformative, pasley, yesterhour (hello? Yesteryear, ergo...) hoppyness or hoppiness. Nor does it allow Beeradvocate as a word. Shame, bros!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 05:26:15 | More by carpezytha
Photo of CampusCrew


4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

Probably the winner of the night for me and most of the tasters. Very much like a more Belgian style IPA than Raging Bitch but tasted simialr. Awesome hop presence which I was suprised since I had no idea how old it was. Tons grassy earhty flavor from hop/belgian yeats combo. Paired with steak frites.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 14:43:39 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of martincm

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful head upon pouring which settles to a 1/4." Plenty of lacing. Great golden tint.

S- Grain smells with a nice crispness vaguely reminiscent of cider.

T- Somewhat malty with a nice wheat taste. The crispness of the hops gives a perfect freshness suited for the season. Aftertaste is very bread-like.

M- Nice and bubbly, the carbonation is great.

O- I love this beer, the Bruery continues to surprise me by making great representations of Belgian style beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:05:49 | More by martincm
Photo of Norfawkers


4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big, flavorful beer yet highly drinkable and balanced

Appearance: Cloudy golden with a big frothy head

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy with citrus and a strong malt back

Taste: Hoppy goodness up front with a toasted malt middle and Belgian spices finishing up

Mouthfeel: Overall quite smooth with a lingering bitterness

Drinkability: Balanced; not overpowering despite its full flavor; highly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 15:10:26 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of k3n


4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

New 750ml bottling.

Terribly sexy looking beer. Dusky amber color that glows golden when held to the light. an inch of eggshell foam that leaves sticky lacing down the glass. Yowza.

Can a beer smell "juicy"? Because this one does. The hops are right up front, citrus, pineapple, a bit of pine. Sweetness of malt beneath the hops. A great wakeup call to the senses.

*gulp* wow this is good. This beer is all about balance. The hops may hit you in the face on the aroma, but the taste is much more centered. There's a lot going on here, and it's hard to nail down everything...it's fruity, but hoppy, sweet, yet dry and bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is perfect, oily enough to coat the tongue, but finishes cleanly.

Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 22:54:03 | More by k3n
Photo of ginemesis

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Lots of white head, a little cloudy
S- A hint of pine, not too potent, sweet.
T- less Belgian yeast than others, crisp, a tad spiced, hoppier than a typical Belgian golden.
M- Very light, possibly due to massive carbonation, dry
O- Spot on for a Belgian golden, delicious, one of the few Belgian's I have liked.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:42:46 | More by ginemesis
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a murky light amber color with a rocky head witha high stickage factor that leaves clumps of foam, too

Smell: Fresh grapefruit, pith and all, with subtle undertones of bread and melon

Taste: Melange of grapefruit, melon and fresh bread that builds in fruity bitterness through mid-palate and refuses to let up after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Agree with the other BAs that this is a Belgian IPA; I would argue that it is a Belgian take on a West Coast IPA as it has that wondrous floral grapefruity character to it

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 18:59:36 | More by brentk56
Photo of Gobzilla


4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured golden in hue with a finger head that left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: lovely piney hoppy aromas that hit you up front. That has a good balance between the malts on the nose.

T: nice crisp hoppy bitterness with a good balance between the sweet malts like the nose and good citrus fruits in the flavor as well.

M: light to medium body with good carbonation to accent the flavor with a nice crisp finish.

D: drinks good and really surprising belgian style ale from the bruery. This is the second time I've had it and both have been great.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 02:41:24 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of kranker23

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to RoofTopBrewing for sharing this with me on 6-2-11 from his personal cellar.

A - Bright golden yellow with a fluffy two finger white head.

S - The nose is big and complex, changing slightly as the beer warms. Citrus, tangerine, maybe some pineapple. Some fresh cut grass or hay.

T - Seems like some brett is present, and that is a good thing, it balances the hops fantastically. The hops are strong here, and without the sourness, might overpower the beer. The taste is close to perfectly balanced.

M - Light to medium, but crisp and the sourness helps to lighten this one up. The palate is left wanting another sip.

O - A must try from a great brewery. We will both be seeking this out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:17:41 | More by kranker23
Photo of DosBeerigos


4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy yellow into my snifter.

Nose of the beer sort-a smelled like a light lemon pine-sol (cleaning solution)

Strong white head that hung out for quite some time on the glass.

Taste was fantastic! This is probably my favorite beer from The Bruery. It is smooth, sweet, and citrusy without being annoying. Perfect summer beer! Down side is that it is a limited offering, I hope its around a bit longer or becomes a seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 21:24:54 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light gold color with a massive three fingers worth of head that slowly shrinks to a 1-inch head. It's fluffy and craggy while leaving webs of lacing behind it.

S- Incredible tropical fruit scent with a bit of yeast in the tail and a slight funk that could translate to some wild bacteria.

T- Nope. Nothing too wild here. More hops than yeast although there is some astringency in the aftertaste. It's all relative though, since everything meshes rather than clashes. More tropical fruit notes such as pineapple, grapefruit and even some peach.

M- Crisp, as the label says, and does have a dry afterfeel. High carbonation.

O- Another major score from The Bruery. Rapidly becoming one of my top 5 American breweries.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:22:22 | More by Immortale25
Photo of jmhart


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a bomber from Hop City, Atlanta,GA.

Served in a tulip.

A- Full head with moderate pour, excellent structure and lasts the perfect amount of time leaving a mild ring around the glass. . Brew is a golden-amber, moderately cloudy.

S-Wonderful hints of citrus from aromatic hops, apricots but not overly sweet.

T- Mild hops that stimulate the nose more the tongue, mildly acid with subtle spice, and hints of white grape on the finish.

M- Crisp texture that produces a pleasant bite on the tongue.

D- Wonderful on a warm afternoon or holds up well with a mild dinner, perhaps a pasta or something else with tomatoes. A very smooth brew with mild but appropriate hops

Overall-Recommended to me in lieu of Stone Cali-Belgigue and it was a successful recommendation. I'll buy this again and recommend it as a great Belgian style IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 01:28:10 | More by jmhart
Photo of pastradul


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at K&B wine cellars!

Poured a thick murky blond, with a nice white head.

The smell is crisp light fruit with a nice piny hope kick to it.

The taste is just like the nose. Except the yeasty bread flavor comes out and is then followed by the frut and finishes with a nice hop finish!

By for one of my favorite belgian beers I have ever had!

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 23:41:11 | More by pastradul
Photo of drpimento


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is one of the first American brews that comes so close to a Belgian as to be virtually indistinguishable. Poured with a nice off white foamy frothy thick head and good lacing. Color is a lightly hazy amber. Aroma is great - spicy malty floral a bit of yeast. Flavor is similar Fairly dry but still a bit of sweetness, especially in the finish. Excellent body and carbonation as it fits the beer perfectly. Very easy drinking beer. Session.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 20:53:28 | More by drpimento
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a rich orange color and a cloudy consistency. There were two inches of creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of light fruit, malt, phenols and yeast.

T: Tasted of citrus, malt, some other lighter fruits, yeast, esters, pepper and other spices. Nicely complex and very vibrant.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of best American versions of BSPA. Drinkable in the extreme.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 12:10:37 | More by avalon07
Photo of dar482

New York

4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It comes in a hazy gold color with a fluffy head.

The aroma is grassy, lemon, bready, and yeast. The sweetness is almost like a lemon candy.
The taste is a light hops with slight maltiness and beautiful finish.

The flavor follows with lemon, grass, a bit of booze, and tons of spice.

The mouthfeel is a bit light on this beer, but that makes it all so drinkable.

This is dangerously tasty and smooth for 8.5% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 09:43:46 | More by dar482
Photo of Reagan1984


4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I've had the pleasure of having this beer on two occasions and I just love it. The combination of fresh floral hops and Belgian characteristics is a fantastic combination. The aroma is seriously unreal.

This is the first beer I enjoyed in my new Chimay chalice. I think it was perfectly suited for the style and aroma. Decanted the beer and there was a fluffy finger of head that formed atop a slightly hazy yellow/orange color. Leaning towards yellow. Later in the pour the beer became considerably more cloudy. Sticky, light spider web lacing left behind.

The aroma may be the best part of this beer, not to take away from the flavor. A totally unexpected burst of fresh floral hops with plenty of citrus character. Bright and lively with some light malt and candied sugar in the background. These just provide a base for the hop aroma. Only every once in a while I get a bread tone. Fairly complex. As always the last pour with the sediment is great and with a prickle of white pepper.

Flavor is also fantastic. This is a very hop focused beer. Plenty of Belgian notes from the yeast, candied sugar, some burnt rubber. But the floral hops come to life in your mouth and the lingering bitterness is a great combination of hops and yeast notes.

While the body is light, the mouth feel is bright and lively.

I am pretty upset that this is listed as a "brewed once" offering. Patrick needs to reconsider this. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 02:23:47 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of saccro


4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden with a fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Smells like a pineapple at first, a lot tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Juicy, floral, resiny, tropical/citrus hop flavors give a great taste to this beer. Still a good amount of sourdough like malt and hint of spice.

M: Full-bodied and resiny

D: Really love this beer. Delicious. A new member of my staff.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 20:18:21 | More by saccro
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Daniel from CA for this one. Another amazing beer that he sent me.

Pours a honey color with an inch of head. Fades quickly but leaving a nice lacing.

Smells like hops, spice, and bread.

Tastes hoppy, earthy, spicy, sweet and a light hint of bread. I really love that this is like a Belgian IPA, with a whole lot more hops than I've ever had in a BSPA.

Mouthfeel is prickly, not too carbonated. A really nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability is high. Has a nice warming feeling on the end, very inviting.

Wow, I am in love with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 02:30:00 | More by bs870621345
Photo of CA_brewster


4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden and crystal clear if you manage to leave the yeast sediment behind in the bottle. This brew is highly carbonated and has a crazy frothy head. I tried pouring carefully and still ended up with a good three to four fingers of head. The nose on this beer has that distinct belgian yeastiness about it with a good malt presence. The brew has some nice resinous hop aromatics coming through which go nicely with the belgian characteristics. Terrific aroma! Taste is primarily sweet like a malty apple cider but with a pepper kick and some definite tartness to it as well. A little funky. Pretty typical Belgian characteristics with a hoppy west coast twist. Some bitterness from the hops coming through on the finish. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Over all this was a great beer that i rather enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 04:35:29 | More by CA_brewster
Photo of cjgator3


4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Pours a hazed golden yellow color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is fantastic! It is very fruity, a lot of citrusy hops, honey and some alcohol. Smells like a Belgian-style IPA. The aroma is very well done, can't wait to try it.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out very fruity with a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops. I like it, very nice flavor profile!

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Mischief is definitely a beer that I will be purchasing again in the future. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 04:05:01 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine-glass.

A: Poured a beautiful hazy golden orange with a fantastic one and a half finger head even in this large glass. There is very good retention (there still being a film of foam covering the entirety of the surface) and a little bit of lacing.

S: Smells mostly of Belgian yeast but hops also come through well.

T: Definitely got the funky yeast taste. Tastes almost like an American Wild Ale; after a few sips the tartness gives way to some golden malty sweetness and a hint of citrusy hops.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated with that tart acidity on the front of the tongue.

If you're a fan of Belgian Strong Pale Ales and you can handle tartness then this is a good one to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:32:30 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Bruery a week ago. Pours a cloudy light gold with a moderate head that dissipates into a fine, sudsy layer, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

Very fresh smells of green hops, brown sugar, wet hay, toffee, fruit, ginger, spices.

Fresh green hop tastes balanced by just the right amount of sweetness, on a foundation of sweet malt, fresh tropical fruits, a little pineapple and banana, a bit of melon, and peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is rich, with light carbonation. A little bitterness and pepper down the middle of the tongue, while the sides are picking up the juicy fruits.

This is a great tasting beer, very nicely hopped with fresh American hops, and fruity yeast. It has a balanced sweetness, and is very drinkable. I am salivating for the next swallow.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:01:48 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of constahoogan


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fiery orange and light brown amber body with a creamy off-white tannish head that laces very nicely.

The nose is very fruity with citrus hop. Which leads me to the taste. wonderfully sweet citrus hops with a moderate sweet malt backbone. furthermore, beyond the sweet malt, there is a fruity and spicy yeast taste.

Very smooth on the palate. and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 09:28:41 | More by constahoogan
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass, as per the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden yellow with about three fingers of foam that over time settles down to about one, leaving some nice lacing while settling.

Smell: WOw. Pineapple, malt and beglian yeast. I could smell this all day.

Taste: Pineapple is the driving force in this. Sugar, slight citrusy hop flavors and a nice yeast finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Such an amazing beer. This is by far my favorite beer from the Bruery. I'm so glad I have access to it locally. I will be buying a lot more of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 23:12:13 | More by Axic10
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Mischief from The Bruery
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