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Mischief - The Bruery

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1,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 69
Gots: 154 | FT: 9
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 Pencible


3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like crisp citrus zest and lemon, with wild yeast and a little pineapple and grassy hops and candi sugar and honey.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and pineapple, with wild yeast and bready malt and honey. It had a crisp and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Lighter than expected.
D: This was like a Belgian IPA, with lots of hops and not much yeast or sweetness. The body was ok but not great, but the alcohol was well hidden, so it was pretty easy to drink. Enjoyable but nothing special.

05-19-2011 15:19:14 | More by Pencible
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybird glass on 5/13/11
*From notes

A: Pale and unfiltered. A generous pour was a mistake, as I get a 4+ finger head that takes foreverto settle down. Really bubbly. The lacing is extremely thick and heavy.

S: Lemon zest and bready Belgian yeast.

T: Bitter citrus and that go-to Belgian biscuitiness. It's subtle and earthy, I feel that with a touch of brett, this could be a killer sour.

M: It drinks like a dry proseco, as the bubbly nature and light body really make me want to pour the next round into a flute.

O: All things considered, I enjoyed the Bruery's Mischief. It's not the best in show, but for a Belgian Strong Pale, I kinda dug it. I do feel that I'd prefer it one of two ways: with a bit of funk, or as a standard Belgian Pale with a lower ABV. Regardless, this is a pleasant enough beer.

05-14-2011 21:12:04 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Stinkypuss


4/5  rDev 0%

Bruery _ Mischief

Pours a semi hazy unfiltered straw, bone white head, little retention. Smells of peppery Belgian yeast, some grassy hops. In the flavor, sweet belgian yeast, alittle tart, some herbal hop flavors and a clean dry finish. White grape and notes of pipe tobacco. Well carbonated with a smooth semi dry feel. Overall, a tasty beverage and almost a dry tripel.

05-12-2011 02:23:53 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of pburland23


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of lustrous, fluffy white head. This beer looks like a Belgian.

Smell is of mild citrusy hops, spicy Belgian yeast and tart earthiness. Really nice smelling beer. Taste is fruity (melon, citrus fruit) with peppery spice as well as some slight hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Perhaps a touch lighter than other Belgian style ales I've sampled, but still a pleasing glass of beer.

Overall, a real nice beer. The dry hopping with American hops throws a real curveball into the traditional Belgian ale. Nice complexity and flavor. An enjoyable beer all around.

05-08-2011 23:54:31 | More by pburland23
Photo of kmo1030


4.2/5  rDev +5%

slightly hazed gold with a thick white head.
the aroma has got grapefruit and lemongrass with some light bready yeast and some tropical sort of mango-y smells. a touch of tomato vine in there too oddly enough.
the flavors starts a sweet and citrusy with an orangey/lemon quality. there seems to be a bit of white pepper mingled with the more acidic aspect of the flavor. the hops begin with the citrus, but finish a kind of herbal character remeniscent of a more noble hop. finishes dry and pretty clean, some citrus lingers in the finish
the mouthfeel is just a little fuller than medium with moderate carbonation. i could go for a little less body, i think it would be more in line with the flavor.
overall, a solid well hoppy belgian pale. it hits all the right notes, and the hops have a complexity to them that you don't usually find in the style.

05-06-2011 01:36:50 | More by kmo1030
Photo of whatthehull


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Tasted April 23rd 2011 (from notes)

Poured into an IPA fest glass (Najs's Place, Redondo Beach, CA)

A - Almost cloudy golden, two finger white head and lots of lacing

S - Belgian sweet yeast, floral and fuity hops, baked wheat, baking spices and more sweetness

T - Fresh baked dessert bread, flowers, orange, and belgian yeast

M - Slightly chewy, low acidity, long sweet finish and a bit sticky

D - Goes down like a hefe, tastes like a Belgian style IPA (unfiltered). Nice summer beer

Final thought - First beer I have had from this brewery and I love it

05-03-2011 04:46:35 | More by whatthehull
Photo of BeerLover99


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

A: big golden bubbly body, fluffy massive fluffy white head, wonderful lacing

S: clove, yeast, malt, mild spice, citrus

T: sweet clove, wheat, yeast, sharp dry finish

M: med body, big carbonation, dry finish

O: WOW! Bruery has created a fine brew.
Nice clean, dry, refreshing beer.
Terrific for friends, good times, Summer, but shockingly can be sipped or gulped. Once again, I continue to enjoy
Bruery'sfine brewing offerings.


05-01-2011 21:53:50 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of InebriatedJoker


4.4/5  rDev +10%

Poured from bomber into tulip - No best by date visible.

A: Poured a medium gold with three finger head that realxed into a thick lace and webbing,good carbontion,lots of tiny bubbles.

S:Light hops with citrus hues ,light malts.

T: Light fruit with mild hops ,slight citrus notes, hints of hot alcohol, decent malt backing.

O: Overall the feel of this was excellent,the flavors blended well together..good looking and tasting Belgian strong Pale Ale, The abv% is evident but dosn't distract from the beer.
Well done.

05-01-2011 18:06:28 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

750 mL bottle shared between me and a buddy. Scores are averaged, him rating it overall 4.0 and me rating it overall 4.1. It's a damn fine beer, we certainly both agree on that.

Appearance is spectacular! Great orange/tan color with a fantastically huge head that lasted forever, leaving stupendous lacing.

Smell is reminiscent of fresh earth steaming in the early morning on a cold spring day. I detect a nice bit of hops and a stream of great earthy malts. It's quite spicy and very pungent. Orange and lemon peels also come to mind.

Taste is a smooth, easy going malty background along with a spicy hops main course. There's a tinge of fruits, a bit of Belgian yeast, and a nice side dish of citrus.

It's very crispy and moderately dry, but not too much so. Bitterness is a bit high for the style but that doesn't detract.

Very nicely done. This beer is easy to drink, very flavorful, and makes you want to have it again. Very good stuff!

04-30-2011 21:56:53 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of brotherloco


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

750ml bottle.

Pours clear and golden with a huge pillowy white head. Mild cascading going on in the glass. Maybe just the slightest clouding from suspended yeast.

Not lying about the hoppiness, I can smell this a foot away. Not a hop bomb by any means, but more than expected in a golden. A typical Belgian lemony pepper yeast aroma is present, along with some sweetness and those hops.

Initially tastes sweet with a soft feel on the tongue, but crispness is there in the middle and finish. Nicely balanced malt and hops. Crisp dry finish help make this very drinkable. Certainly doesn't seem like an 8.5 percenter either.

After several sips, the body is a little thicker than the taste implies. Just a touch, but knocks the mouthfeel score down a bit.

Not the most complex beer I've had from the Bruery, but quite competent and enjoyable.

04-27-2011 01:27:11 | More by brotherloco
Photo of oline73


3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

04-21-2011 17:39:20 | More by oline73
Photo of keepersj12

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a light yellow, just a bit of haze with a pig pillowy head that hangs around lacing the glass all the way to the end. The aroma is fruity with the hop presence lingering in the background. The flavor is sweet with some Belgian style spice and maybe a bit of banana which becomes much more hoppy and bitter especially as it warms. Very dry and refreshing. Nice carbonation keeps the palate clean and crisp.

04-13-2011 22:38:31 | More by keepersj12
Photo of Jimmys


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

A: hard to get it into my glass with this fierce white head. super frothy. a slightly hazy golden with rampant carbonation. thought the retention would be a little better.

S: lavender-like floral component. dandelions. contributions from the hops as well as the yeast. thick smell, like chalk dust.

T: interesting spice. cracked black peppercorns. an earthy hop flavor/texture. dont know exactly how to explain this earthiness but it is delicious.

M: very effervescent. moderately light-bodied in my opinion.

D: very refreshing brew. light and easy to drink, yet an alcohol content that keeps it serious. does anyone know if bruery does 12oz bottles?

04-08-2011 01:50:40 | More by Jimmys
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a big white head. In the aroma, fruity, dry and earthy, a small hop presence. In the taste, dry earth, nice hops, and hints of pear. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry earth and a dry pear fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice earth and fruit to a hoppy golden ale that hides the alcohol.

04-05-2011 21:01:46 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of emmasdad


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

Had this one on tap this evening at Hops & Pie in the Highland neighborhood in North Denver. I had been resisting purchasing a bottle of this one, as I have not been overly impressed with either the flavors or the prices of the Bruery's regualar offerings. After trying this one tonight, I will definitely be purchasing a bottle soon. Hazy golden color with a big fluffy white head. Aromas of tropical fruits, citrus and Belgian yeast. Medium bodied, with flavors of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, peaches and pepper. Very good.

04-04-2011 01:53:34 | More by emmasdad
Photo of ocelot2500


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a tight, thick, white head that leaves that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of pale malt, bread, grassy hops, and some subtle fruit.

Tastes of fairly bready pale malt with a good addition of grassy hops. Pale malt feels fairly dense and has a light sweetness. Hops are lightly bitter and add a touch of earthy and grassy notes to the mix. Fairly balanced. Alcohol is not noticeable. Some fruity melon notes come through as well as some spice. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fizzy amount of carbonation.

Overall, as a Belgian strong pale, it seems to be missing a good amount of malt. Seems like more malt was dashed in favor of hop additions. This seems more in line with a Belgian IPA. However, style quibbling aside, this is still a good beer.

04-03-2011 00:50:59 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of gatornation


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

from 750 ml bottle

A-pours a slightly hazed sunset yellow color with a soft white billowy head that recedes to an ever staying fresh beautiful cap/collar lots of sticky lacing...it perfect looking

S- light malts and citrus hops mixed with fruits and slight clove a dash of pepper

T- is bananas/coriander some sweet malts with a citrus hop finish ,notes of pepper and lemon peel are here with a touch of clove

M- well carbonated ,tart,hoppy,with a dash of sweet fruit

O- this a great golden ale or saison or pale ale.. tae your pick it is delicious

04-02-2011 19:52:54 | More by gatornation
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

The Bruery Mischief, Unfiltered, Bottle Conditioned, Belgian-style Ale Golden & Hoppy, Not quite evil, yet not to be trusted, this Golden Ale is effervescent, dry, hoppy and crisp., ...you'll want to keep an eye out."

Yet another twist on the devilish tradition of naming Belgian ales after something less than angelic, shall we say. This one looks fantastic, tremendous head, huge, pillowy, lace-leaving, lovely, a glorious pudding on top.

Aroma: a masterpiece, again. Soft, beautiful, lightly spicy, coriander, pepper, ...fantastic.

Tasting it: yum. Perfection. Yeast aplenty, lush golden malt, light hops, considerable alcohol....really absolutely, wonderful. Not a flaw, not a failing, a constant deliverance of deliciousness. I have no smoke to blow up their skirts, I just find their every effort utterly impeccable.

Don't know how much better it can get than this. You tell me. I don't know.

04-01-2011 18:53:40 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of martincm

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +22%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

03-31-2011 20:34:54 | More by oberon
Photo of petacutlasaurus


3.53/5  rDev -11.8%

Grabbed this guy with the saison rue the other day. Side by side, the saison rue wins out, but I enjoyed this as well, especially for it's cheaper price. First of all, gorgeous pour on this one - not to be missed. Unfortunately, it looks a bit better than it tastes. Drinking it, there's a bit of complexity. It begins with a bit of a citrusy fruit mixture, turns greener, sourer, and finally, toward a dry, earthy finish. I think at the start, the beer is fantastic, but something gets lost in the finish. Maybe something gets added. I had the same feeling with the Saison Rue, that there was something amiss. It was almost like both of these were just barely not fresh enough to retain the intended character. Like something in the bottle twisted just enough to raise an eyebrow. I enjoyed the beer, but not enough that I'd recommend it in a line up. Because of that off-taste I couldn't quite place, though, I'll definitely have to try it again.

03-30-2011 00:01:17 | More by petacutlasaurus
Photo of scruffwhor


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

Great golden sunshine color awesome, thick head, and residual film and stickage after each sip.

Very nice yeasty, fruity aroma ith some dry pilsner like malts and soft astringent and earthy hop aroma.

Fruity upfront then moves to a slight chalky palate and a little earthen hops. The hops also add a nice splash of palate cleansing. The alcohol enhances the astringent effect of the hops and leaves a satisfying warmth on the finish.

This beer is flavorful, vibrant, and fun to drink.

03-26-2011 01:20:32 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of BEERchitect


4.08/5  rDev +2%

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.

03-25-2011 19:03:53 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Got this as a gift from my good friend, Swimsum. Thanks Brent! I believe this bottle is over a year old, so bear that in mind when reading this review.

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Appearance: Hazed, straw yellow body displays an active column of carbonation when held to light. A fluffy, white head sits atop and drags blankets of lace. Fantastic head retention. Looks downright elegant.

Smell: Mandarin orange, honey, Fuji apple, and herbal (European-esque) hop resin, and mild earthy tones. Mainly sweet, with subtle tang and earth.

Taste: Honey, clove, earth, and floral esters. Not nearly as sweet/candied fruit-orientated as the nose. Dry pine and esters come through in a dry finish and compose a long-lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Dry, ester-y, and medium-bodied. Carbonation is high, but not harsh - quite enjoyable actually. Mildly bitter.

Overall: This probably would have been better - certainly hoppier - when fresh. That said, it was still a decent Belgian pale. Great nose, but the flavor profile was a bit dull and possessed too many ester and earth notes.

03-22-2011 19:01:34 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of SHODriver


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

A: Pours a very light gold, almost yellow color with an ample white head that sticks around for some time while receding to a small pool.
S: Very light on malt smells favoring some fruity esters and a hint of citrus. It smells very good, you almost want to smell it for a good while before drinking it.
T: Surprisingly bitter and piney with a bit of a lemony pucker to it, there's a touch of appleskin flavor as well. There is also some slightly sweet flavors from the malt to try and keep things in check on the back end. On the swallow it leaves a very nice bittersweet aftertaste that is a touch drying leaving the mouth craving another sip.
EDIT: when I refilled the glass I got a lot of yeast in it which cut down on the bitterness a lot and gave it a lot more yeast driven characteristics than hop driven ones. Still a delicious beer either way you get it.
M: Prickly carbonation leaves this one dancing across the palate for a good while. Not watery by any means and not thick either so a nice balance.
D: It's going to be a pleasure to drink this 750, almost wish I would have shared this one with somebody but with this being my initial exposure to it I didn't want to share a dud.

Overall: Another very solid offering from The Bruery. I've been impressed with every beer of theirs that I've tried and can't wait to be moving to their home state in a few weeks.

03-09-2011 02:39:06 | More by SHODriver
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.