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Mischief - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10%
Wants: 65
Gots: 147 | FT: 8
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 zoso1967


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

Mischief pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a voluminous and fine head that leaves lace like crazy. The aroma is surprisingly citrusy with lemon and orange marmalade mingling with some spicy Belgian yeast and pale malt sweetness. I take a sip and am surprised again. I was expecting this beer to be very Duvel-esc, but it is almost as if Duvel and an IPA had a baby. Orange, pear, coriander, a touch of clove, honey and herbal hops. There is a lot going on here. The one aspect of this beer that seems a bit one dimensional to me is the malt character. It is pretty much just pale and plain, but that is okay since it accentuates the hops and yeast. This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is fairly smooth and finishes fairly dry. It is almost as if it first coats my mouth then evaporates. It is an interesting and enjoyable texture. It would be more drinkable if the ABV did not show itself so well, but still goes down quite easy. The Bruery is two for two and I will be seeking out more of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 21:31:07 | More by zoso1967
Photo of jsanford


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

Part of an Epic Bruery tasting night, poured into a Unibroue tulip on 6/6/10.

A - Hazy golden straw with a big fluffy head and lively carbonation

S - Strong citrus hop smell, breadyl malt backbone. Pepper.

T - Grapefruit and orange hops, slight candied sugar. Grassy with a "bready" background.

M - Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Crisp!

D - Again, very crisp and refreshing. High drinkability. I was honestly shocked when I discovered the ABV on this one, could have easily killed a bottle by myself.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 03:09:10 | More by jsanford
Photo of Norfawkers


4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
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 weeare138


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with steady streams of carbonation quickly rising to the top of the glass. A fluffy white cap slowly fades into a a foamy cap of cotton. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peaches, herbs, citrus, spicy cracked pepper, vanilla, and dried leaves.
Taste is of the aromas with a plentiful punch of flavors of tropical pineapple, vanilla, herbs, and some black pepper rub.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, gently spicy of pepper, sweet up front, and dry in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 01:23:47 | More by weeare138
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2 oz tap pour in The Bruery tulip at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

A - Straight from the tap, Mischief pours a pale straw yellow color that is lightly cloudy and topped by a thin white head. Low retention and no lace are a disappointment.

S - Not a while lot is going on in the nose of Mischief. Low spice and floral hops appear briefly but that's really about it. It needs more here. I'm not picking up much.

T - A m edly of spices, classic of The Bruery, kicks off the flavor and is backed up by pale malts and a light alcohol hint. A kiss of floral hops appears on the back end.

M - This thin and light-bodied beer should be a little more powerful than this. It has moderately strong carbonation and a lingering spice finish.

D - Once again The Bruery does it with a spicy, light-bodied beer that's incredibly drinkable. This one manages to hide 8.5% ABV very well. It needs more to it though. I just saw the bottle in stores back in Wisconsin though so I'd love to give it another go.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 02:49:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip, picked up on a recent trip to South Carolina.

Pours a rather murky gold, lightly tinged with orange, with a huge, lush, creamy white head that has epic retention and lacing. Eventually settles down into a stout white cap on top. Very nice looking beer, a better pour on my part and it likely would have been a 5.

Nose is is full of hops. Initially leaning towards a sharp pinyness paired with a nice floral character, as the beer warms I'm getting sweeter notes of mango and even papaya. Just a bit of the bready malt sweetness peeking through.

Taste starts out with a nice pairing of spicy hops and peppery yeast, with a bit of light sourdough breadiness from the yeast and malt underneath. A juicy lemony brightness does a nice job of picking up the finish, which is only lightly bitter; again, juicy.

Mouthfeel is probably the most disappointing aspect of this otherwise excellent beer; the carbonation promised by the head largely disappeared, leaving a slick, full bodied beer with very light carbonation. A nice, sharp bite of carbonation would have been welcome in this case, drying out the finish nicely, but that doesn't happen here.

A very nice beer with one unfortunate flaw. Unfortunately, that flaw bleeds through to several other areas, including drinkability - the lack of carbonation leaves it slightly unbalanced. I had no trouble drinking my glass, and enjoyed every sip, but I wasn't really craving another after finishing.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 20:58:41 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of IronLover


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bomber, a deep yellow with orangish hue. Nice BPA foamy head and wonderful yeasty, bready aroma with lots of citrus orange character. Very sweet sugary smelling. Very sweet candy taste with lots of orange hoppy character. Very enjoyable. The hop character combined very nicely with the sweet maltiness of this Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 00:13:34 | More by IronLover
Photo of younger35


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

Received this brew from my other main man Mr. Gibby out of ol' Philly. Have been looking forward to this one since he said it landed at his local brew store. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow with a big fluffy two fingered bright white head. A half fingered cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with a bit of random lacing.
Smell- Extremely subtle and really fruity with a nice light citric character that is really fresh and nice. Loads of peaches, passion fruit and grapefruit all rolled up in a bit of citric goodness. Nothing really yeasty or Belgiumy in the nose it's just nice and hoppy. Perhaps a tinge of a cracker crumb like maltiness hiding in the background.
Taste- Reminds me a lot of Midnight Sun Greed right from the first sip with a bit more booze. Nice and fruity with plenty of the aforementioned nose tones of peach and grapefruit. Not really overly bitter but a light grassy bite is detectable. Subtle bit of sweetness lies underneath everything with a light doughy malt. The taste is very delicate and the alcohol is a bit out of place in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Very light and crisp with a nice dry finish and a bit of warming booze.
Drinkability- Not bad but the booze is a bit much for how delicate the beer is. The hops are still nice and fresh and fruity and everything fits nice except for the 8.5%. All and all very enjoyable but let's scale back the booze just a tinge. Thanks much Jeff!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:12:02 | More by younger35
Photo of ttavenner


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very pale orange. The head is a finger width and nearly white. It lingers for a while.

S: Sweet citrus. Pineapple and orange. There is a faint malty undercurrent.

T: Strong orange flavors. The hops hit you full in the face.

M: Reasonably dry. It sticks around just long enough without lingering.

D: This goes down easy. It is perhaps a bit too hoppy and heavily carbonated to drink all night (not to mention the 8% ABV).

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 21:33:54 | More by ttavenner
Photo of Murchmac


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

Big golden look with a white head that has lots of lacing.

Smells yeasty, fruity, spicey, hoppy.

This beer is a hoppy representation of the style, a little too hoppy but still tasty.

Dry, sweet beer that has a good body and great mouthfeel. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 05:23:11 | More by Murchmac
Photo of rye726


3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a beige head. Nose has herbal yeast, tropical fruits, peppery alcohol, grassy hops and caramel. Taste needs more hops. Lacks complexity. Light to medium body is way over carbonated. Not bad, but lacks any sort of depth. The Bruery can do much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 05:00:13 | More by rye726
Photo of Shaw


3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden in color with a big puffy white head that leaves lots of lacing in my tulip glass.

A Belgian yeasty/earthy aroma with some complex fruity/spice notes.

The taste is quite dry, with lots of earthy spice notes. I'm not really detecting all the hops they say this has, but that may be because I'm a hophead who's fried his palate on double IPAs. I'm just noticing a bit of a smoky hop flavor at the very end of each sip. A bit of solvent alcohol flavor, too.

A very bubbly body, thanks to all the carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Good for those who like their beers dry and earthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 03:34:08 | More by Shaw
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a golden sunset orange with a thick orange juice haze on the concurring pour exhibiting a monstrous 3 finger head that was frothy and whipped while bone white in color. The head was sturdy and true lasting far more then 5 minutes and my patience to start divulging into this drink. The lacing leaves a broken spongey coating of nearly 85% surface covering while the effervesce was sporadic and lazy on its way to the surface.

S: A fresh wet orange hopping of modest proportions first greets the aromatic senses. Light hints of apricots is followed by trace amounts of tropical fruit. Overall a soft subtle helping of hops.

T: Sweet tropical fruitiness filled with mangos and guava mixes well with a crisp citrusy hopping. Sweet initial grains, softly toasted, soon moves with hints of grapefruit and citron notes. The overall flavor was dry, champagne like, with a clean crisp nature finishing up with a dry hopping of citrus. Very smooth and refined as with most of the beers and mischievously delicious.

M: The mouthful was not as crisp as I hoped or expected of, but still provided enough pleasurable qualities to warrant a good hold. A nice viscose feel on the tongues with a smooth texture and nice dryness makes up for such.

D: Another high quality beer with a high quality rate of enjoyability and drinkability. dry and easily manageable despite its 8.5%ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 22:49:03 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of jlindros


4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 21:42:28 | More by jlindros
Photo of DaveHS


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

Pours a hazy straw color with a thick, foamy head. Heavy lacing. Have a glass ready when you open this one, or you might end up losing some beer. Citric hops dominate the aroma, with notes of grapefruit and meyer lemon. The first sip is heavy on the hops, but
as it soaked my palate, I started to notice the fruity Belgian yeast buried underneath. The way the flavors are unfolded in this beer is masterful. Just as the hops begin to subside, the thin line of sweet, earthy yeast steps in to provide a lingering finish. This is a great way
to go, because as the flavors fade, you really get a chance to explore what's going on with the hops. The body seems light and prickly at first, but yields to a soft, medium-bodied feel mid-palate. In terms of hoppy Belgians, this is one of the best American versions I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:21:56 | More by DaveHS
Photo of drpimento


4.6/5  rDev +15%
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 rapidsequence


3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 capped bottle $10.49. From Beer Run in Charlottesville.

Appearance: I opened the bottle, sat it down to clean my glass, and when I looked back, it was foaming all over. This caused me to get some sediment in every pour. The beer is a hazy orange with a huge, sticky, bright white, foamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell: I didn't expect this blast of American hops. Grapefruit, pine, and a little bit of weed. Fruity and a little sweet, but not a lot in the way of Belgian aromas. A slight hint of musty oxidation. Smells good, more like an IPA, but not a very Belgian one.

Taste: More big grapefruit and piney hops. Belgian yeast lends a bready flavor that lasts through the finish. Very hoppy, but pretty tame bitterness, thankfully. I do taste a little mustiness here, whether its related to oxidation or yeast funkiness, I'm not sure.

Mouthfeel: Very nice bubbly carbonation, mouth coating hops resin, and a nice dry finish. Great.

Drinkability: Well, this is one where miscategorization screws up my review a little. To me this is a Belgian IPA. Even so, there's still very little of the fruity complexity I was hoping for. Its a pretty damn hoppy IPA though, and a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 01:40:57 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of BTPete

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Peekskill Brewery

A: a really awesome hazy golden yellow. No head but the glass kind of glows!

S: hoppy, malty with the Belgian yeast character.

T: hoppy,actually greatly hoppy for a belgian. Unique hoppiness followedby a bready maltiness and Belgian yeast flavor.

M: sweet, dry, medium bodied.

D: both myself and person I'm with are really enjoying this. Good offering by the bruery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2010 13:18:24 | More by BTPete
Photo of Gobzilla


4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
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 pastradul


4.6/5  rDev +15%
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 DeanMoriarty


4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clean and golden with a thick creamy head that lingers.

S: Surprisingly light, with a prevalent sweet and piney hop aroma.

T: Very well balanced, nice hop flavor with a little sweetness to it, exceptionally clean and a dry finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Surprisingly mellow overall though.

D: Smooth and creamy. Real easy to drink.

Absolutely delicious - ordered a half-poor of the cask at the Linkery, only to order another one as soon as i finished my first. If I had a higher alcohol tolerance, I would drink these all day long. Amazing!

Serving type: cask

05-16-2010 05:14:03 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pre-grilling out beer to get the palate going.
That's a big head. Very large, fluffy white foam sits atop a golden, almost glowing, body. Nice lacing. Looks fantastic.
Smell worries me a bit, weaker than it looks. Alcohol isn't detected so that's a plus. Spicy and bready, both fairly weak, though. A pinch of dry hops and flora.

Easy tasting, easy drinking. Biscuit and yeast make up a decent backbone. Spice, white pepper, curacao and mint. The hops give a great snap to it and calm down the malt, but their flavors are small, thus not interrupting the dance of bread and spice. It's quite good. They did well with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 19:33:36 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Florida9


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

A: Slightly hazed gold in color. Pours with a huge (1/2 glass) of head that has annoyingly good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Grapefruit. Citrus. Green apple. A little sweet floral accent. Very aromatic.

T: Sweet creamy malt. Green apple sweetness moving into a hoppy citrus crispness. There is a very mild yeast character as well and a light bitterness on the finish. Surprisingly tame.

M: On the lighter side with heavier carbonation. Crisp.

D: A very good, easy drinking pale ale. However, I was expecting a little bit more Belgian funk along with a stronger flavor profile. Yet, this beer is clean, crisp, and the alcohol is virtually undetectable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 02:54:53 | More by Florida9
Photo of spoons


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fathers Office.

Pours a pale orange color. Cloudy with a decent 2 finger head that clears and leave no lacing.

Smells like a ton of yeasty spice, cloves and allspice.

The taste has a lot of orange citrus presence. Its not citrusy in a lemon way but definitely orange. Not as spicy tasting as the nose suggests.

This was a very tasty brew. I am normally not a fan of most Bruery stuff but this was very nice. Would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 15:56:23 | More by spoons
Photo of drabmuh


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin broken head of tiny bubbles. There is some lacing left on the glass, possibly from the pour and the carbonation is moderate and made up of tiny bubbles.

Not much in the aroma department here, maybe a slight hint of alcohol, spice, not much.

Beer finishes slightly dry but it drinks great. Some citrus flavors in the mid-palate and there is some bitterness at the back that grows with the beer. No aftertaste and the finish is nice. I usually don't like my beers to finish too dry but this one does a nice job with it. Very wonderful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 02:30:25 | More by drabmuh
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.