Mischief - The Bruery

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89
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Ratings: 1,640
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 78
Gots: 231 | FT: 10
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

formerly known at Mischief #3
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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful marriage of blonde style with hoppiness. Mild hop aromas, rich nose of malt. Golden blond with lots of off-white head. SLightly spicy. Just magnificient drinkability, the hot weather and the food made the moment perfect. Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very large white frothy head with nice lacing on a slightly hazy deep golden body.

S: banana and lemon citrus, light corriander and herbs, light yeast as well. Not getting much in the way of hops but this bottle is 4 months old unfortunately.

T: sweet citrus with a subtle tanginess in the background. Very nice yeast content. Hops are herbal which compliments the mild corriander. The hops also add a little bitterness and earthiness.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable with just the right amount of hops on a well made belgian base beer.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The smell has light aromas of peppery spices and yeast along with notes of fruits—pears and white grapes seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but each one of the flavors is a little stronger and all are balanced together. There is a slight amount of bitterness. Little, if any alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style and is pleasant to sip and savor.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light golden color with a several-finger head and a good amount of lacing on the way down. The nose isn't terribly overwhelming, bringing some light citrus and floral hops. A bit of spice as well.

The taste consists of light floral and citrus hops. In addition, I get a bit of spice and light pear notes underneath. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice spicing to it. Drinks quite well overall and is fairly unique.

Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
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

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

Very hoppy for Belgian ales, but not only hoppy- but American hoppy because of the great surge of grapefruit that dominates the session from nose to finish.

Mischief (I love the name) pours a hazy straw color that looks like citrus juices of orange or grapefruit. The beer forms an airy and foamy head that retains very well and laces even better. Aside from the murky haze, the beer has a near-ideal appearance.

Aromas of grapefruit and sharp citrus pith dominate the nose. Accompanying notes of white pepper, fresh cut grass, and light tropical fruit esters provide a rounded nose but without complicating matters.

The grapefruit-heavy demeanor continues in taste where sharp and bitter white grapefruit juice flavors are very well represented. The same grassy, peppery, fruity complexities of the nose find themselves sharing the same character and intensity in taste as well for a very consistent and simplified session.

Full creaminess sets in at the initial sip. Expansive at first, the beer makes a quick transition to a powdery dryness that seems to evaporate on the palate just before the finish, allowing for only the taste of citrus and bitter hops to ride into the aftertaste. Very effortless and enjoyable.

Belgian-type IPA's rarely show this type of power and intensity while not over-complicating the balance or layering of taste. The beer is understood to be focused on grapefruit flavor and bitterness with only periphrial and complimentary flavors and aromas to support the crisp citrus dominance.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. outrageous take on a belgian style golden. pours a hazy dark hay color with a really pumping white head. sexy lacing on the glass as it drinks. smells fruity and fancy and sweet, aromas of kiwifruit, dandelion, grassy yeast. flavor is tart a little, and acidic. a lot like a fresh pineapple, just totally in bloom. mouthfeel is unreal, dry to the max with bright flashing carbonation and a crispness thats just short of refreshing, like you cant take a big enough sip to quite satisfy. the abv surprises me, seems lighter than an 8.5%. this is why american breweries should keep making belgian style beers, because sometimes you can surpass the genuine article. this is dope dope dope

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy golden color ale with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet Belgian malt with some notes of dry hops with light fruity undertones. Taste is also a mix between some lightly sweet Belgian malt with dry hops notes and light fruity undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but I was expecting more of dry hops notes based on the description.

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a nice looking golden yellow color with a pretty decent head on top. The lacing isn't the greatest but it did have a few scattered bubbles around. The smell of the beer was hoppy and had a good amount of Belgian yeast in there to balance it out. The taste of the beer was a little earthy, but has a big hoppy aftertaste to it. The mouthfeel was smooth at first then it switched over to a more tingly feeling that left the mouth dry. Overall I thought this beer was pretty interesting. It was much lighter in color than I thought it'd be. I'd say it's worth trying.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very excited to see this one on tap at barleys, i had been dying to try this but just never did get around to it. served in a pint glass and consumed on 08/19/2010.

really just a wicked pour with a nice golden amber color that was very cloudy and hazy but also had a huge head of white peaking up and over the top. lots of lacing up an down the sides of the glass.

aroma is ultra hoppy with loads of pine and citrus bursting at the seems here, really nicely done with a light yeast that brings apples and pears right to the front here, again just what i needed. light, well carbonated an loaded with a pop that was just superb,. each sip starte with a quick hit of light citrus, an smooth mellow fruit notes that were accented by a lovely peppery finish. really just damn, damn good.

overall a perfect light ale for the summer, that 8.5 percent is nowhere to be found, i could have gone for more of this one.

Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Hot damn! Bruery beer available in Alberta! Whose soul had to be sacrificed for this to happen? Anyways, my ode to the ultimate patriotic American holiday carries on, only somewhat abated (my quarter-breed infant son has that way about him).

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with four fingers of lazily rising, loosely puffy, and silkily foamy off-white head, which leaves a broad array of patchy, sudsy lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of grainy, lightly wheaty pale malt, an apple and pear drupe fruitiness, a tame citrus note, lightly spicy yeast, a subtle uric funkiness, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste leads with the softly bready, grainy pale malt, followed by some edgy yeast, waning in its spiciness, equitable, if fairly indistinguishable orchard fruit, a bit of white pepper, and earthy, leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is a tad frizzante, but generally agreeable, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and straight-ahead, no frills smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt, combined with a touch of evolving candi sugar ensuring a sweetness that neither yeast, nor fruit offset, nor hop can overcome.

One straight-up - pedantic, even - emulation of some of the best that the Flemish have to offer - all without the usual uptick in unpleasant, astringent booziness. So, yeah, I like this, and not just because I can place this on a mantle amongst the best that the whale society of BA-friendly producers can churn out.

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 womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite the fact that the listing has been changed from Mischief 3 to the new bottled version, there are some differences to the beer that I picked up. Since they considerably impacted my feeling on the beer, I am re-rating it.

A: The pour is an incredibly cloudy light golden color with a finger's worth of white foam on top.

S: Like the previous incarnations, the nose on this beer is pure American hops. A lot of wonderful citrus notes with a slight pine coming into play as well.

T: Whereas the previous versions of this beer had a very distinct yeast character, the "final" version is much more hop-centric. The citrus and bitter pine really come through and are the stars of the show. I like this one much better than the previous batches I tried.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: The decreased yeast component really bumps this beer up a few notches for me. I find it to be much more enjoyable and the esters and spice don't conflict with the hop character.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a three-finger white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled fruity with some spicy yeasty. Some sweet bread aroma, too.

T - Very spicy/yeasty with a nice fruity bite. It also had a spicy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian Golden Ale. Another fabulous beer from The Bruery.

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

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt notes with some sweetness and a bit of honey. Estery yeast with notes of vanilla, pineapple, and pepper.

T - Moderately sweet malt up front with lots of spicy yeast. Notes of pepper and clove with a little pineapple. Some slightly acidic notes towards the finish with more clove and pepper as well as light vanilla. Spicy yeast and bready malt in the finish with moderate earthy hops and bitterness. Lots of lingering clove and herbal hops.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A solid example of the style, this beer is full of complex and bold flavors. The yeast is quite dominant in the flavor with a clove note that lasts through the finish. There is some fairly strong malt and a bit of fruity character, more in the aroma than flavor. An enjoyable beer, though the clove character gets a bit excessive toward the end of the glass. Another nice beer from the Bruery, though not as good as their saisons.

Photo of oline73
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw/amber color with a lot of white head that settles and leaves a layer.

Smell: I'm picking up Belgian spice and herbal hops with a mild sweetness at the end.

Taste: Like the smell, Belgian spice and malt sweetness. I'm picking up a hint of herbs and some mild citrus. Nice light taste given the abv. The finish is a bit soapy and the bitter finish is a bit much.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is super dry.

Overall: This a good but not great beer in my opinion. The finish took away from what I thought was a very good beer. My bottle seemed a bit over carbonated.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some citrus, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel along with a touch of spice. Then a strong breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is significant but seems quite subdued especially since the bottle reads “Golden & Hoppy” but it still creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid and flavorful beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a just slightly hazy gold, with 2+ fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a near 1/2 finger of rich froth that just slathers the sides of the glass with some heavy foam. Wow, the aroma is just so fresh, floral, and spicy here, with an absolutely JUICY smelling layer of tropical fruit sitting next to it. A thick layer of biscuits and yeast sits underneath, having a presence here in the aroma but still allowing the hops to shine the most.

The hoppiness continues into the taste, with plenty of pine and spice, and a FRESH blast of sweetness from all of that tropical fruit character. There's an undercurrent of toasted malts, with dry earthy bitterness and sharp yeast across the back of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a very pleasant mellow feel to the carbonation that keeps this VERY easy in the mouth. There's maybe a slight sting of alcohol on the back end of the swallow but otherwise, that ABV is very well hid. I couldn't believe that I polished off a full bottle of this on my own when I was done.

A Belgo-American take seems like an understatement here, as the hops were much so off the charts tasty and fresh. Much more so even than this being on draft. Really great stuff that put a fantastic American spin on an old classic.

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

A: Big fluffy Belgian style pillowy head fades slowly with a nice lacing over an orange pale wheat colored beer.

N: Lots of nice hops, with citrus, orange, tangerine, pine, and some of the actual fruit aromas with a little tangerine and orange aromas, some sweet malts with wheat, touch of banana and a little aromatic malty sweet with touch of booze.

T: Pale hops, some pine and a little bitterness, fresh grassy hop taste, aromatic, some light fresh musty wet hop flavor too. Some bitterness cuts through with more tangerine and orange peel flavors and citrus. A touch of tingly booze. Some lightly sweet golden Belgian malts, some wheat, and a little malty taste. The Belgian malts, fruit flavors, and hops blend really well together.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, lingering citrus and pine, little orange and tangerine, creamy flavor lingering as well, chewy malts a bit, fruity and juicy flavors lingering, very dry and very slight astringent hops late. Some creamy Belgian malts and touch of sweetness but mostly dry.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. I mean, it works. There is a slight hop spicy tone to it that gives it a bit of an edge, but overall, the beer just seems well made and "good." It doesn't blow me away in a manner that awes me, but it's good, and I like it.

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

I had this bottle thanks to JC (carlos) at Victor's in York PA -served chilled in a Leffe glass.

A - a beautiful golden shade w/ burnt sienna acccents and a bone white cap which looks creamy and sticks to the glass

S - The smell is both floral of hops with mild ester of belgian yeast adding a tart odor w/ slight citrus accents and mild pepper

M - The feel while fruity also is slightly spiced with mild sour notes and dry finish. The carbonation is lively and the bitterness is moderate

T - The flavor is very good with lots of lemony and slight grapefruity hops which blend well with the belgian yeast strain used which gives a mild phenolic essence and subtle bitter flavor with the mild sweet malt carrying the beer toward a dry slightly spiced finish

D - A very good belgian pale with some nice complimentary hop flavors, a very good example of the style

Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strange fruit.

Fragrant with floral aromas and mango in the nose. Plenty of fruit and sourish flavors. Taste is both sweet and bitter. So many interesting flavors but a scratchy back of the throat aftertaste. Rather flat in the mouth. Acidic with crabapple and hint of citrus peel. Light mouth feel with not much malt apparent.

Interesting, but not very pleasant drinking. At the Wazee Supper Club in Denver.

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe I got this from errantknight..

Opens with a strong whoosh! Pours a very hazed honey color & 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Floaties in abundance, murky as most rough ciders I saw in Cornwall. Good head retention & lacing.. sooo murky...

S: Bready, yeasty phenols, figs, honey

T: Breadyness, pineapple, some grassy hops & dryness up front. Figgyness, grainy sweetbread, dryness, lemony hops, grapefruit, spicy peppery hops, & some boozey sharpness as this warms. Finishes dry with much grapefruit & honey, grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, grainy/chalky, dry, creamy carbonation once warm. Nice balance

Drinks easy, but some flaws hold it back from greatness. Reminds me of Boulevard tank#7 with some things I like more & less. I like it, don't love it...

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..

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Mischief from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 1,640 ratings.