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Mischief - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,464
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 71
Gots: 168 | FT: 10
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 brotherloco
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

brotherloco, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

oline73, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of keepersj12
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

keepersj12, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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?

Jimmys, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

OWSLEY069, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

emmasdad, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ocelot2500, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

gatornation, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

feloniousmonk, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of martincm
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

martincm, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

oberon, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

petacutlasaurus, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

scruffwhor, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of SHODriver
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SHODriver, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Four full fingers of creamy vanilla looking head. Looks like a traditional Belgian ale; pouring golden yellow and looking crisp and clear. Great lacing.

Smell - A lightly funk lemongrass. Very grassy and slightly tart smelling. Smells slightly sour with lemon. Hints of Belgian yeast and apple tart.

Taste - An apple citrus taste with a funky, tart Belgian yeast finish. A very slight burn on the way down. Quite bready and yeast-like. Slight hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Medium bodied and filled with Belgian-yeast taste. I left the yeast in the bottle, as it suggested I do. Drinkable and creamy. Not the best Belgian ale I've had, but not bad either. Slightly disappointed with my expectations for this one.

Jesse13713, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of stercomm
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a 750ml, drank in a tulip glass.

A - straw colored, big white head, laces the glass from top to bottom.

S - getting slate like yeast, citrus/lemons

T - nice lemon zest, slight sweetness on the front shifts into a dry hoppiness on the finish. I like this this taste profile.

M - somewhat light, not much carbonation which is nice. Very smooth.

D - A very nice beer, goes down very smoothly. I like the dry finish. This is my first quaff from The Bruery, want to try some other styles from them.

stercomm, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of ramseye4
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Tarrant's in Richmond, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite places.
A=Pours a cloudly yellow color with no head to speak of. Great lacing.
S=Yeast hits up front in the nose, with some faint sweet malt. Strong hop presence in the finish.
T=Yeast up front, with some grapefruit and hop bitterness. A bit of orange as well.
M=Medium body, pleasant carbonation
D=very gulpable

My first beer from The Bruery. Very well crafted, fine tasting.

ramseye4, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy straw, golden with a big pillowy white head.

S - Melon, citrus, spice, belgian yeast, grainy malt, green apple.

T - Slightly bitter with some pithy citrus, astringent orange juice, pepper, cracker like malts and belgian yeast.

M - Bubbly carbonation and spritzy at first but then smooths out to a creamy whipped like mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D - A touch bitter but a nice combo.

brewcrew76, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is about the 4th time I have had this beer, but the first time I am sitting down to review it. I have always enjoyed it very much.

Pours a very hazy pale golden color with a rocky, quicky rising white head. It's a slow pour as it's very highly carbonated, and it keeps a chunky, uneven lace as it does settle down. Coats the glass quite nicely.

Smell is quite spicy, with a big dose of black pepper. Also very lemony, in a zesty, somewhat tart kind of way. Some herbal character as well. Just a very mild sweetness to this nose, which is honey-like.

Taste has a semi-sweet, biscuity base to it, with some honey flavor like the nose suggested. Hops give a zesty lemon flavor and an herbal quality to the beer. It's quite spicy like the nose was, with a big black pepper quality. Moderate hop bitterness and pepper in the finish. It's not super complex but the flavors just really mesh beautifully, and I just flat out enjoy it.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body and has a good slickness to it. It's smooth but the carbonation is a bit over done. It gets quite dry in the finish and finishes very clean.

I really enjoy this beer and even if that's not how it's classified here I think this is one of the most enjoyable Belgian IPAs out there. Just a really well crafted, tasty beer. A relatively simple one, but that's just fine because it's done so well. One of the best from The Bruery imho.

number1bum, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured a semi-cloudy golden straw color with a lively, tall, fluffy, white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was nice and yeasty spice with a solid grain base. The flavors were very similar, earthy grain, spice and yeast. The body was full with a bit of sharpness on the finish.

Drinkability was very good, as I find the style to be in general. Overall, a fine first impression was made by this brewery, I look forward to trying more of their brews.

beertunes, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with THECPJ. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive chunky head. Very slow dissipation, very nice lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, very floral as well. There is a nice citrus aroma - lemons and oranges.

T: There is a nice hop kick as well as some lemon and yeast flavor. I also get some wheat.

M/D: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very crisp and easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

mdaschaf, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Bubba83
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 45 degrees as described on the bottle into a Bruery tulip. Mountains of bright white rocky head despite a careful pour. If it was less carbonated, it would probably have received a 5 in appearance. The color of the body is phenomenal, a nice peach color with little bubbles rising up. It's pretty clear overall but there's a smidge of haze there. Retention is awesome and lacing is insane.

Smells pretty complex, a big peppery funk when there's a lot of head, but as the head settles down the stone fruit flavors come out to play. Peach, apricot, and tangerine are apparent... It's got this nice interplay between the funk of the yeast and the big fruit character. It pulls off the fruit character in the aroma better than almost any other beer I've had.

The taste is more of the same, when it was a bit colder I was getting a lot of funky, peppery bits that I'd expect from a saison along with a big hoppy finish with plenty of citrus and earth. As I worked my way through the bottle and it warmed up the fruit flavors that were more in the background really shone through. Huge amounts of apricot, peach, banana, orange, and mango are SOOOO tasty. Big time citrus hop profile to wrap things up, a very well put together flavor profile.

The mouthfeel seems a little thinner and fluffier than I would expect for a beer of this strength. I think it might be a smidge over carbonated but it doesn't feel too spritzy in the mouth by any means. There's an oilyness to it that's nice.

Drinks extremely well. It's refreshing and I think a lot of that comes from the flavor profile. The fact that the body is light also helps this out. This is just excellent execution on an idea that many other companies seem to have tried and not done so well on. A very nice beer.

Bubba83, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, dark golden color with maybe half an inch of white head that has a nice long retention. As I drink there is some nice lacing around the edge of the glass.

S: Smell from this one hit me straight out of the bottle: banana/peach/clove. A surprising amount of hops (a LOT of hops really, providing a nice pine aroma) and just a touch of bready yeast. Smells crisp and clear, and really good.

T: Honestly, I'm a little torn on whether I like it or hate it. Clove and spiciness are up front with some subtle fruit flavors, then a lot of hops coming through on the end, providing a substantial amount of bitterness. The more I drink the more I think I like it, just the first couple swigs through me off.

M: Light bodied, medium amount of carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: A drinkable beer, to say the least. It is an interesting marriage of Belgian and hops. Worth checking out for sure.

DaveBlack, Jan 25, 2011
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,464 ratings.