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Mischief - The Bruery


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Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%

Brewed by:
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 BingCrosby7


3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes for this beer, as I heard this offering from The Bruery was supposed to be one of their best. I was very disappointed. At first, I thought I was hallucinating some of the smell and tastes, so I passed my glass around to three friends for peer review. Two of them agreed with me fully and one had reservations.

a - very bright yellow with a tint of lime green--very pretty
s - pepper, pickling agent/vinegar, wheat, piny hop, and cured meat
t - very similar to the smell, though less hoppy than peppery and acidic
m - perfectly carbonated--this was definitely the saving grace of this beer
o - i was not too impressed with this beer, aside from the perfect level of carbonation. There was a definite funk to my glass. I don't know if that was just a bad pour or if this is the true expression of the beer. Either way, I wasn't a huge fan.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2014 06:04:45 | More by BingCrosby7
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy, dry, fair amount of bitterness. Yet lots of spicy and citrusy flavors. Reminds me a bit of Duvel and while not as good in my opinion, it still satisfies with good flavor and easy drinkability. Just right in a small snifter. Like most Bruery beers, this doesn't disappoint. Will have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 03:28:39 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of marcobrau


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours just slightly hazy blonde. Wonderful citrus, flowery aroma. Good level of carbonation. Cirtrus and various fruit flavors, a bit of bubblegum sweetness. A bit tart. Pear, a touch of peach, a touch of pineapple maybe. Flavors change as it warms up. Very enjoyable. Nice and dry. Too many U.S. brewers don't get their Belgian-style beers dry enough.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 00:08:03 | More by marcobrau
Photo of Randyfultz


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of Belgian Pale Ales but this one wasn't bad. Had it at The Bruery while in Cali for vacation. Overall everything about it was slightly above average. Not my favorite beer from The Bruery but not my least favorite either. Hard to accurately review after a month has gone by.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 17:12:56 | More by Randyfultz
Photo of tigg924


3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2013 14:17:07 | More by tigg924
Photo of lsummers


3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks brilliant with a cloudy golden hue. Has an eggshell white head that is fluffy yet dense.

Smells of a touch of Belgian yeast with some floral hay and a soft banana/pear quality. Touch of citric/piney hops.

Tastes of the piney grapefruit is mixed with some banana and pear with that fresh cut hay note. Hops make it bite while the clove/pear/banana smooths out the finish. Belgian yeast is very apparent. There is a touch of an alcohol note towards the end. Aftertaste is a creamy malt with that hop touch hanging around.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated yet creamy enough to denote its not a session Belgian pale.

Overall, a good example of Hopped up Belgian pale ales. The alcohol note was a bit of a distraction for me. One to try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 21:26:19 | More by lsummers
Photo of MRsojourner


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

lacking a bit in the aroma but you get some mild pils and yeast aroma.
initial taste is a mirage of fruits but most notably pear followed buy a good blend of earthy/spicy hops that perform there duty by balancing out the fruity taste and esters given off by the yeast. the beer does give off a little bit of alcohol warmth as well. the beer finishes dry but has a medium mouthfeel that is rather creamy. very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 20:41:05 | More by MRsojourner
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 rand


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from tap to tulip glass...reviewed from notes 06/05/2011

Pours a golden-orange, sudsy 2-inch head. Smells of spicy, raw leaf hops, lemongrass, alcohol. Backdrop of Brett-funk.

Lemon is first noticed on the palate, along with a touch of orange zest. Surprisingly citrusy. Horse-blanket meets musty, bready malts. Touch of alcohol, freshly crushed pepper. Crisp, earthy hops have a drying effect. Lemons carry through to finish with a touch of bitterness.

The brew is remarkably easy to drink, partly because of the light body. Given the powerful flavors I'd expect more weight on the palate, but it does add to the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 10:09:12 | More by rand
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tulip at papago in Scottsdale. Pours a nice golden straw with a finger of white foamy head. The aroma is amazing...belgian yeast and hay but big pineapple. Its awesome.
Taste is supsr crisp belgian yeasty malts...great mild hop but big pineapple flavor with a bit of pear. Wow...this is great. Im not sure ive ever had such a big pineapple in a brew like this and its awesome. Super easy to drink. It just rolls down the tongue.
Great great brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 00:53:33 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of denver10


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hay like yellow with a hefty, foamy white head and nice lacing. A smooth funky, mildly fruity tart, and sweet aroma. Flavor follows suit; incredibly smooth and balanced. A nice active, maybe medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall, a really nice Begian (strong) Pale Ale. Wonderfully put together.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 04:21:15 | More by denver10
Photo of GilGarp


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cold on tap at Choice City in a tulip glass.

Mischief is a pale yellow color with considerable haze. It has a short white head that settles quickly.

Aroma is mild and fruity with a funky Belgian yeasty character.

Flavor is more intense with sweet grassy lemon up front leading to a hoppy bitter tropical fruit finish. It finishes very dry which leads to the inevitable next sip.

Mouthfeel is well balanced but leaning towards the bitter end.

Overall a really nice version of the style. Just as good or better on tap as it was in the bottle, from what I remember.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 21:12:38 | More by GilGarp
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is of grain and yeast up front with spice flavors that lingers after each sip. There is a mild bitterness on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the spices are quite strong in the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 22:08:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of socon67

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange\amber with a slight foam head. Small bubbles of carbonation visible. Lacing is decent.

S - Smells of tropical fruit are present. Pineapple is the most obviousl but other are there. Also a yeasty component; like fresh bread.

T - Sweet and sugary. Plenty of notes of fruit and a tangyness of belgian yeast.

M - Drinkable, smooth, and lighter than the ABV.

O - A decent belgian strong and although a bit more towards the sweeter side of the style it is a tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 01:24:31 | More by socon67
Photo of downhilldrift


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color in the glass, translucent enough to see the carbonation. Smelled sweet with hopped up kick to it. Very flavorful taste with easy drinkability. Hopped up to a point where the tase blended well with the hoppy aftertaste. Solid Belgian Strong pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 07:38:39 | More by downhilldrift
Photo of FosterJM


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

928th Review on BA
Draft to Taster

@Bruery Provisions

App- A very clear yellow with a ring of bubbles and a great bit of cling.

Smell- A huge belgian scent to open this beer with some yeast and earth. Moves to a dry hopped profile with some hops and citrus.

Taste- The dry hops are the first layers I get followed by some belgian yeast notes. This was a bit multi faceted with the hops, citrus, and bold flavors.

Mouth- A good bit of a medium body with some medium carbonation level. A little bit dry, earthy and grassy citrus on the finish.

Drink- This was a beer I had a long time ago and never got around to reviewing. This was very tasty beer. It had good layers and nice balance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 04:49:36 | More by FosterJM
Photo of kojevergas


2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught at the Bruery provisions store in Orange, California as part of a taster. Serving volume was 2 oz. At the time, I thought the serving temperature was entirely too warm, but they're The Bruery, so this can't be attributed to barstaff error. Reviewed from notes.

A: No head. Colour is a clear light gold. I'm unimpressed.

Sm: Pear, citrus ester hops, distinct ammonia (I shit you not), and maybe cream. The aroma is just downright repugnant, but fortunately is only moderate in strength.

T: Pear emerges dominant atop the weak barley foundation. Slight ammonia-evocative esters destroy the climax. Terribly executed for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not complementary of the flavour.

Dr: Decent drinkability, below average quality and above average ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 22:58:59 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Avantyawn

New York

3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Godlen pour, , medium head, looks fine for the style

S: Pepper, Lemonrind, Wet Dog, golden raisins, belgian yeast,.

T: Metallic hoppy Belgian style ale. Starts off a bit brittle and metallic, medium malty, then ends on a very dry bitter note. The hops don't linger, but neither does any malty sweetness.

M: Medium carbonation, a thick almost chalky mouthfeel. Rustic and bold Americanism.

O: Overall , I was a tad disappointed with this due to the bitterness at the close. To me it tasted like a Belgian style ale with the wrong style hops in it, a bit confused tasting stylistically. I wouldn't seek this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 04:39:53 | More by Avantyawn
Photo of dgilks


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a foamy white head. Fair head retention.

Citrussy hops combine with some spicy Belgian yeast to create a balance in this golden ale.

Fruity with just a touch of bitterness. Slightly spicy with clove. Interestingly, this is quite hoppy for a Belgian ale.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Good.

A nice, fruity and easy to drink Belgian Strong Golden Ale. The hop character adds interest and the spice is well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 09:48:18 | More by dgilks
Photo of AgentMunky


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 ounce footed glass at Brixx. From notes. Reviewed 11 July 2011.

A: Nice head. Fades and leaves no trace. Golden-cloudy, but clearish and translucent.

S: Strong, piney hops. Quite nice. A hint of citrus peel.

T: Interesting! Light fine with loads of grapefruit juice; very tart. Listed as an IPA which misled me. The aftertaste is citrusly, yeastily dry. Hops throughout make it unlike a BSPA either. Hard to describe.

M: A bit bitter, carbonated, soapy/bubbly. I like it.

O: Strange, but recommended. I'd have another, but only if I'm in a hoppy-sour mood.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 18:42:51 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of AdamBear


4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-very bubbly dark gold with a sticky white head

S-very good! hops, corn, and grapefruit! strong scent. unique, but welcomed, for the style!

T-comes in smooth with a taste of tortilla and cornflower with some hops. matching after-taste with some grapefruit

M-creamy low carbonation with a creamy finish

O-very complex and unique. i really appreciate this and recommend this. i've had nothing like this before and am willing to spend the $$ for more bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 17:31:42 | More by AdamBear
Photo of xnicknj


3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a mostly clear straw yellow with some darker golden hues. A nice crop of white head rests on top, leaving some spots of lacing on the glass.

A decent floral hoppiness, coupled with fruit sweetness and faint malt tones. Light touch of alcohol, some citrus and tropical hints.

Hoppy and bright up front, floral with touches of citrus, orange and rind. Hit of sweetness, almost bubblegum-like notes with a touch of tropical fruit. Biscuit malt is smooth but present amidst the hoppiness. Finishes bitter and crisp, very little alcohol.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, fairly quick drinking despite the higher ABV. I've had this a couple times before and keep forgetting how much I actually enjoy it. The hop profile is a nice touch of the style, and I like how they were able to keep the alcohol under control.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 01:56:57 | More by xnicknj
Photo of ptykozoon


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow with islands and a ring.

Hops, dry oaky scents, pineapple.

Sharp, dry lemon lime, hints of cherry. I really like this beer, perfect with brett, I can see why Mischief Gone Wild works so well.

Dry mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, one of my fav Bruery beers, simple yet elegant and nuanced in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 22:58:10 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of rinhaak


4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at American Craft in Brookline, MA. Served in a beer flute.

Pours a gold hue with a very small head that faded fast.

There is a lot going on in this nose: it is spicy with lots of pepper, hops, citric acid, and strong Belgian yeasts.

Taste = amazing. This complex beer is all about the yeast and doesn't seem to try to interfere with a lot of other added flavors. It is a spicy beer with a lot of zest on the tongue: grass, citrus, white pepper, and a strong hop presence (but never tasting "hoppy"). The flavors are perfectly balanced, and the hops compliment the yeast flavors admirably.

The beer is full in the mouth with a nice subtle carbonation.

Overall a fantastic beer that would compliment many meals well: spicy food, fish, BBQ... Considering I drank this beer on a hot 90° day, it was exactly what my palate needed; it was refreshing, crisp, zesty, woke my mouth up, and, despite the high ABV, never seemed heavy.

Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 14:12:59 | More by rinhaak
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Public House, in San Francisco.

Never has so bright a beer been so opaque; despite its pale lemon colour I can't see through to my finger on the other side of the glass. Its head is initially quite large but does thin out. Still, it never disappears entirely and leaves a masterpiece of lacing worthy of a European cathedral (or, actually, given its shapes, is probably more suited to a mosque).

This may be American brewed, but it certainly spreads the gospel of classical Belgian tradition. Sure, the fruity and slightly piny notes of dry-hopping are evident, but the beer has the yeast and strength to impart subtle spiciness and soft vanilla sweetness. It's slightly tart, slightly citrusy, slightly musty - it's like some kind of rustic lemonade made in a barn.

Soft notes of orchard fruit (pear, apple) are complimented by honeyed maltiness and toasted grain. A bubblegum-y yeast runs a muck, packing enough spicy phenols that some swallows sting like they've ripped a band-aid off the tongue on the way down. There's also an earthy, herbal tea, potpourri-like effervescence similar to that of the bouquet.

Let's talk a minute about dry-hopping. By adding hops to the beer after it's fermented, you're able to re-introduce much of their delicate aromas lost in the boiling process. It also helps the flavour. This sucker has tastes of grapefruit, peach and all kinds of other fruits, as well as a wonderful floral tone that soothes the alcohol and has an almost mintiness to it.

Again, I know these California boys brewed this up all on their own, but you'd think they had a Belgian's shoulder to look over and copied the formula from note for note. (And then, naturally, dry-hopped the $#!@ out of it just to make it their own.) Congratulations Bruery Mischief, you've just made it onto my list of favourite all-time strong pale ales.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 18:06:34 | More by biegaman
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Mischief from The Bruery
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