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Mischief - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 62
Gots: 145 | FT: 5
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 Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm. Funny that I should be drinking this out of a Duvel tulip because this beer reminded me strongly of Duvel - sure, they're both strong Belgian pale ales, but I'm not sure how to differentiate the two...

A: golden color, bubbly, big head

S: tart, astringent, herbal, hoppy

T: crisp, sharp, dry - there are some floral notes and some citrus notes, some bitter astringency

M: biting, carbonated and tingly; the high alcohol content is evident; some aftertaste - like you've been drinking in the bar on an empty stomach

O: this is a straightforward beer. If you like Duvel and similar strong pale Belgian ales, you will like this - I know I do - but I'm not sure what sets this beer apart from the others.

So, is it a good beer? Sure it is, it's like one notch heavier on the spectrum than a Duvel.

Mischief warms differently than a Duvel. As it sat out, it developed into a duller, more coarse finish. I found this rather satisfying however - it had a toughness that reminded me that I am drinking a good, strong "manly" brew. These California brewers have hit a most medieval note in this sound ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 23:51:01 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of DovaliHops


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler I got at The Bruery yesterday. Pours a clear, bright golden color with a large white head that disappears quickly. Scent is nice Belgian yeast with some profound hoppiness. A bit earthy with some citrus aromas as well. Taste is initially bright fruit flavors with a hint of floral notes. The slightest bit tart with some lovely Belgian yeast and spicy characteristics. This has a lot of the same characteristics as Snicklefritz does, just a lot less buttery. Finishes with lightly bittered hops for a crisp closing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is an awesome Belgian strong pale ale. Glad I chose this to fill the growler.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 07:19:57 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of ppoitras


4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased somewhere localish, probably Yankee/Sturbridge.

Poured into a Harpoon SE tulip, formed a 3 1/2" off-white head over the 1" of clear blonde brew. Head deflates as I watch, leaving heavy thick lacing. Aroma is floral and tart.

Taste starts sweet, a peach tartness in the middle, and smooths out with some alcohol at the close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is good and easy, especially for the abv. Not bad...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 00:36:00 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Avantyawn

New York

3.2/5  rDev -20%
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 mikedrinksbeer2


3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL poured into tulip.

A - Pours murky deep gold with bright thick head. Head dissapates to minimal lace.

S - Clean, Belgian esters. Hints of citrus. Grapefruit?

T - Very Belgian front with a nice hop push at the finish.

M - Very carbonated, light across the mouth.

O - A nice integration of hops into a strong golden.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 11:01:42 | More by mikedrinksbeer2
Photo of nhindian


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours an incredibly hazy, sunburst-colored body with aggressive streams of carbonation between the edge of the glass and the unfiltered depths. The head is a monstrous 3-fingered affair composed of thick, tightly-strung bubbles and a creamy top to it. Very nice retention, and you can't even really tell it's gone since it still leaves about a finger of cap after it's faded. Lacing is thick and clumpy, broken into continent-shaped landmasses around the glass.

S - The smell is an interesting take on a rather traditional style, being focused on the hops a lot more than I am used to. Give thanks to California brewers for not being afraid to hop up a beer style! Quite grassy and floral, with lemons, grapefruits, orange rind, and Belgian yeast. The hops almost give it a quasi-funk characteristic. Not as spicy or bubblegum-focused as other typical Belgian Strong Pales, but it's still nice.

T - The flavors start off rather traditional with a big bready component and drawing heavily from the Belgian yeast, but it quickly transitions into the hops again. Brings to mind a wet field of flowers, with a slight mustiness to it but balanced nicely with the fresh floral, grassy, and fruity components. Again, lots of lemon, grapefruit, slight pine, and a hint of alcohol at the end mixed with black pepper. Actually has a somewhat skunky note in the finish, like a traditional Belgian wild would have which is interesting for sure. The hops give way to a somewhat bitter finish and aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. The breadiness lends itself to a full-bodied feel and a slight heaviness that helps the flavors really develop over the entire palate. Not as dry as other BSPAs I've had before, but still semi-dry finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. The Bruery tries to infuse a new spin onto the style, and I think it works nicely. If you are looking for a strict obedience to the 'style', I'd look elsewhere, but since it's marketed as a hoppy Belgian, I am on board with it and really enjoyed it. If only I could find Bruery products local to me!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 19:51:27 | More by nhindian
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: massive 2" light cream coloured head in my Duvel tulip that left a nice lacing over perfectly clear amber coloured liquid.

S: Floral and citrus hops.

T: A bitter and yeasty concoction of citrus and floral hops.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with a high level of fine carbonation.

O: A good North American interpretation of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is more bitter and hoppy than its Belgian counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 23:07:54 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of dgilks


4.2/5  rDev +5%
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 ehammond1

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2011 00:44:01 | More by ehammond1
Photo of AgentMunky


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review ever. Opened this one at my neighbor's pool. Poured into a plastic cup out of a bottle. ( I know I should have had a good glass, but I was at my neighbor's pool).

A. Golden and shiny with very effervescent large head.

S. Citrusy, Grapefruit slight bread aroma. My wife says "it smells like bud light" I almost smacked her!

T. Refreshing, light and hoppy. Mildly spicy slightly peppery. Yeasty taste. Very good summer brew.

M. Carbonated. Medium mouthfeel.

My first Bruery beer and first review. Trying to do new beer Sunday. Very impressed, I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 21:59:04 | More by CarolinaKev
Photo of AdamBear


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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 impending


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, dense pure white billowy head receded slowly, great lacing.

Aroma is vibrant with yeasty light skinned fruits, citrus, lemon grass, a pleasant subtle spiciness and major hop profile.

Taste is notable for the hops, this is a belgian ipa. Citrus and yeast with just a touch of fruit flavors. Ends slightly peppery and dry. A crisp bitter aftertaste trails off gently from the spicy hops. Thin to medium bodied lively mouthfeel. Refreshing

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:54:57 | More by impending
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:03:12 | More by steelerguy
Photo of davey101


3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Purchased fairly fresh.

A - Nice copper/amber body and an off white soapy head.

S - Lots of hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, orange, pine, bready yeast, and spice.

T - Very hoppy. Almost IPA like with some belgian notes. Spice and bready yeast. Lots of sweet citrus and some malt. Slightly bitter finish.

O - Pretty good. Reminded me a bit too much of an IPA. I would have liked for the spices to come out a bit more. Worth the price though.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 23:17:08 | More by davey101
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, golden wiesse body, white frothy head.

S - Lots of orange and orange peel. Tangy yeast and fresh, green hops. A floral bouquet.

T - Bitter and floral hops with dry orange peel. A medley of spices, clove and tangy yeast. The alcohol is soft and present but disguised well.

M - Clean and effervescent with a soft mouthfeel. Pretty smooth for an 8.5%.

O - Solid BSPA with a nice orange kick. If you like orange flavor in your beer this is a good pick.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:53:11 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of merlin48


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 21:20:49 | More by merlin48
Photo of mntlover


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a big fluffy white head that falls slowly with nice lace.

Aroma is nice sweet malts bready and pilsner like with lots of great fruity notes. With some nice underlying floral hops,very inviting aroma.

Taste is sweet malt that fades quick to fruits more tart like then sweet grapes, pears with a lime twist. Some tobacco like spicy and earthiness along with some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium until the carbonation kicks in and livens it up.

Overall its great wonderful nose taste is good even if not as sweet as the nose, very drinkable. Thanks merlin48 for sharing this one with me.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 21:21:09 | More by mntlover
Photo of flexabull


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally seeing some Bruery bottles here in far Northern California. They are quite welcome here...

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a huge rocky white head, nice lacing too.

Aromas are spicy, dusty, and floral. There are hints of lemon and cloves too.

Taste is bright, crisp, clean and dry up front. Some lemon citrus, mixed spices, slight caramel malty sweetness, and a snappy hoppy finish, that is dry, floral, and lightly tart.

Mouthfeel is quite good, full, but not heavy, with spot on carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale, reminds me a bit of Damnation from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 02:10:37 | More by flexabull
Photo of xnicknj


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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 riored4v


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 6/9/11

Poured in to a tulip glass which lead to a 4 finger, pillowy head. Good lacing. Beautiful beer. Bright, clear and golden body.

Smell was light and crisp. Earthy and fruity hop aroma. Light yeasty aroma with some mild sweetness.

Taste was light but flavorful. Some mild malt sweetness. Earthy and fruity hop flavors with a mild fruity bitterness. Light yeasty flavor. Bisuity maltiness.

Medium-light body, medium carb. Slightly dry finish.

Overall very good. Light beer with great flavor. So signs of ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 21:23:47 | More by riored4v
Photo of MightyCasey

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head.
S: Nose comes off with a earthy hops and then turns a bit piney as the beer warms.
T: This beer is complex and layered with an interesting take on using west coast style hops.
M: Nice palate cleansing finish
Overall, very interesting and nicely complex beer from a well-known brewery that knows how to execute.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 20:34:49 | More by MightyCasey
Photo of Docer


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.5)
- Perfect yellow and light orange brew, not very cloudy at all, quite clear. Huge fluffy inches of head slowly dissipate with lace all about the glass, leaving a bubbly blanket of light white foam laying about with no place to go.

Smell: (4.0)
- Big grassy and floral hops dominate the nose. Lovely light sweet bready grain with the essence of banana and clove from the yeast. Big earthy, spicy, and zesty hops. Lovely roasty touch to the biscuit malt.

Taste: (4.0)
- Big balance with this one. Bready and slightly sweet biscuity malt, big yeast flavors with clove, spice, banana, and light esters. Hops are big and full of citrus and a floral quality. Fresh, zesty, spicy, and quite herbal. Very well brewed.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Slightly sticky and cloying. The dryness is quite nice and leaves the dry-mouth wanted another wash. Light bodied, and very well carbonated.

Overall: (4.0)
- This beer stands out among other golden Belgian-style ales of this type. The zest and spice stand out while yet melding well with the rest of this beers complex flavors while leaving it very balanced, but yet dry and hoppy. Certainly a must try in my book.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:40:23 | More by Docer
Photo of CapitalGains


3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured and tasted 7/20/11
750 mL bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada snifter

Pours a light gold body with a bubbly, carbonated white head and a constant stream of uprising bubbles. Head took awhile to dissipate, doesn't leave much lacing.
Aroma is fruity esters, some citrus hops, mild phenols, and a lot of belgian yeast.
Taste is pears, pineapple, phenols, and spices with a slight hop bitterness presence (mainly citrus - maybe amarillo) and a crisp, dry finish. Doesn't feel like it's 8.5% ABV on the taste.
Mouthfeel is light, slightly carbonated, and fairly thin.
An enjoyable Belgian Golden/Strong Pale Ale. I think it could stand to shave off 1-2% ABV to make it a little easier to drink. Unique mix of attributes makes it memorable but not outstanding. Paid $9 for the 750 mL and have had it on tap for $5/12 oz.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:52:00 | More by CapitalGains
Photo of ptykozoon


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.