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Mischief - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 75
Gots: 174 | 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 riored4v
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

riored4v, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of MightyCasey
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

MightyCasey, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Docer
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Docer, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of CapitalGains
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

CapitalGains, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

ptykozoon, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at American Craft in Brookline, MA. Served in a beer flute.

Pours a gold hue with a very small head that faded fast.

There is a lot going on in this nose: it is spicy with lots of pepper, hops, citric acid, and strong Belgian yeasts.

Taste = amazing. This complex beer is all about the yeast and doesn't seem to try to interfere with a lot of other added flavors. It is a spicy beer with a lot of zest on the tongue: grass, citrus, white pepper, and a strong hop presence (but never tasting "hoppy"). The flavors are perfectly balanced, and the hops compliment the yeast flavors admirably.

The beer is full in the mouth with a nice subtle carbonation.

Overall a fantastic beer that would compliment many meals well: spicy food, fish, BBQ... Considering I drank this beer on a hot 90° day, it was exactly what my palate needed; it was refreshing, crisp, zesty, woke my mouth up, and, despite the high ABV, never seemed heavy.

Well done!

rinhaak, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass

A: Pours a completely hazy golden color with a very ample amount of head that lingers strongly, leaves a nice amount lacing
S: Very nice Belgian wheat scent just as the style should be, slight underlying fruit notes and possibly a bit of spice
T: great taste, nice wheat notes, finishes with a nice spice note
M: strong carbonation tingle, thin on the palate, hits a bit strong towards the end
O: Really great representation of the style, enjoyable in all respects

BigPlay1824, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Public House, in San Francisco.

Never has so bright a beer been so opaque; despite its pale lemon colour I can't see through to my finger on the other side of the glass. Its head is initially quite large but does thin out. Still, it never disappears entirely and leaves a masterpiece of lacing worthy of a European cathedral (or, actually, given its shapes, is probably more suited to a mosque).

This may be American brewed, but it certainly spreads the gospel of classical Belgian tradition. Sure, the fruity and slightly piny notes of dry-hopping are evident, but the beer has the yeast and strength to impart subtle spiciness and soft vanilla sweetness. It's slightly tart, slightly citrusy, slightly musty - it's like some kind of rustic lemonade made in a barn.

Soft notes of orchard fruit (pear, apple) are complimented by honeyed maltiness and toasted grain. A bubblegum-y yeast runs a muck, packing enough spicy phenols that some swallows sting like they've ripped a band-aid off the tongue on the way down. There's also an earthy, herbal tea, potpourri-like effervescence similar to that of the bouquet.

Let's talk a minute about dry-hopping. By adding hops to the beer after it's fermented, you're able to re-introduce much of their delicate aromas lost in the boiling process. It also helps the flavour. This sucker has tastes of grapefruit, peach and all kinds of other fruits, as well as a wonderful floral tone that soothes the alcohol and has an almost mintiness to it.

Again, I know these California boys brewed this up all on their own, but you'd think they had a Belgian's shoulder to look over and copied the formula from note for note. (And then, naturally, dry-hopped the $#!@ out of it just to make it their own.) Congratulations Bruery Mischief, you've just made it onto my list of favourite all-time strong pale ales.

biegaman, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of jwhancher
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle from the Bruery on my CA trip a few weeks back. It made the journey home safe. When I popped the cap, it gave a nice audible pop.

Pours a clear gold color with high frothy white head. Nice carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Smells of lemon with spicy & peppery notes. A little banana from the yeast. Hops are there, but not over the top.

Tastes a little sweet. It has some nice citrus & lemon flavors with a little pepper towards the end. I think the sweetness comes from the generous hops over the lighter malt character.

The mouthfeel is really nice. Like other Bruery beers, their bottles take on a nice champagne like quality. This one is no different. It's light, bubbly, and refreshing. The alcohol doesn't really seem to register. There is a little warm alcohol aftertaste but it's really subtle. A nice beer overall.

jwhancher, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, picked up while traveling in NJ.

Appearance is a cloudy golden tone with a two finger head upon first opening it. The smell contains banana, belgian yeast, spices, a good dose of hops too. Sipping from a tulip glass, I taste pine, citrus, more of that yeast, some of the boozy alcohol aspect presents itself as well. MF is medium with a solid carbonation level. All in all, this is a very good strong pale ale and another solid offering from The Bruery.

mltobin, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 350ml bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy, orange/gold in color, with a billowy head of whipped-eggwhite foam.
Aroma-Freshly mown hay,funky spices, Belgian yeast
Taste-Spicy Belgian yeast,coarse, earthy hops,funky barnyard essence. Crisp, hoppy, dry, snappy and very tasty. Bubbly and very drinkable but sip with caution as this brew goes down very smooth for a "big caliber" (8.5ABV) beer. Sip slowly and enjoy!

hosehead83, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow with thick two finger head

S - Lots of floral and citrus, mangos, apricots, etc. Some coriander and other spice in there as well.

T - Taste was a bit mild, but crisp. A little more grainy and pepppery than I was expecting on the smell, balanced by that rind-y sweetness

M - Nice, light body, lots of crispness, high drinkability.

Overall - Just a solid example of the style.

BeerBuckeye, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not going to break this one down because honestly I don't have much to say. Misty gold in appearance with a nice 2 finger head. Smell and taste are almost identical: belgian yeast and hop bitterness in the foreground with apricot sweetness smoothing them over and bringing them together. Heavy on the carbonation, too much for my taste. Overall quite a good beer for the style but a little too straight forward for me.

Klym, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of kbnooshay
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty golden orange color with a few finger foamy head. Aroma is bright and hoppy. Wow this almost smells like a belgian ipa. Tastes super bright and tropical with decent hoppage. Delicious! Feel is tingly and nice. A delight! I really wish I had access to more Bruery stuff here in upstate NY.

kbnooshay, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second time I had this beer. Hazy copper that's a little murky. Bubbly white head, good retention. Very sticky aroma, pine, lots of hops, really overpowers the yeast. I've had hoppy belgian pales that were more in balance. Most of the taste is dominated by resinous herbacious hops. Too much early addition hops, much of the belgian quality is hidden. However a rather dry mouthfeel, only slightly chewy. I'm just not that enamored with this beer. Too hoppy, or too many of the wrong hops at the wrong times of the boil. Typically love the brewery but I think they missed here.

pmlondrigan, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - yellow with a beautiful glow to it, strong head

Smell - citrus, grapes, floral

Taste - grapes and floral balance nicely in this beer. a sour, bitter combo that neither is too strong.

Mouthfeel - pretty light body, a nice refreshing summer beer, very crisp and clean

claytong, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of JRed
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours misty golden with giant white head that stays. Smells yeasty, clove, a bit of alcohol, slight ketchup. Tastes of citrus peel, cloves, yeast character, lemon zest, alcohol burn, undertone of banana and tropical fruit, hop dryness makes an appearance towards the finish. Finished crisp with lingering citrus peel. High carbonation and medium bodied. A boozy, dry Belgian that is hard to put down.

JRed, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of PBoegel
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750 ML poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Hazy sunshine yellow with a very fluffy bleach white head, tightly beaded foam stand.

Biscuity and peppery, a touch of lemon, and some grass.

Taste was lightly spicy, some tropical fruit in the mid palate, moderate to medium dryness with a heightened sense of bitterness from the medium high carbonation.

A nice beer, one I would definitely seek out again.

PBoegel, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is crisp and fruity with a firm yeasty overtone - and a bit of a nip. It pours a clear, bubbly golden yellow with a thick and fairly persistent white head that leaves some respectable lacing. Crisp, fruity flavor is rather sour, yet has a sweet undertone, as well as a woody hint of hops. Texture is milk-smooth, a bit thick and rather tingly. Mischief indeed! This is a worthy brew.

Cyberkedi, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beefy and brimming tall white foam grows up quickly topping its golded body of medium banana yellowyness with might. The crown glues itself to the top for amazing length and the lacing is super thick and sheeted well with some patchy areas.

Soft but complexing airy aroma of peppery hops, corriander, lemon pith, and grapefruit zest. Very American Belgian.

Taste is much more mild then you'd think given the aromas semi zestier pep. The taste merely eludes to it in a softer touch that occurs mostly along its finishing side. Which does peak nicely. From the start, this stuff is heady and hearty with an ample tone of firm breadyness mixing with some cracker crispyness, infiltrated by mildly set citrusy jams of orange, lemon, and lime. Perhaps a bit of pineapple and grapefruit slip in there. Excellent little hints to floral corrainder and maybe even lavender blossoms. From there the peppery, bright hop zestyness buzzes in adding a welcome lip and palate tingling experience.

Feel is smooth, effervecent, crisp, nearly full bodied with a complexity that carries one heck of a nice touch of playful citrusy zest and peppery hops without over doing it. A damn solid American take on a big Belgian style. A little more sweetness to it and this would be more to my liking. Yet, overall, I enjoyed the heck out of this Mischief.

tavernjef, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of kranker23
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to RoofTopBrewing for sharing this with me on 6-2-11 from his personal cellar.

A - Bright golden yellow with a fluffy two finger white head.

S - The nose is big and complex, changing slightly as the beer warms. Citrus, tangerine, maybe some pineapple. Some fresh cut grass or hay.

T - Seems like some brett is present, and that is a good thing, it balances the hops fantastically. The hops are strong here, and without the sourness, might overpower the beer. The taste is close to perfectly balanced.

M - Light to medium, but crisp and the sourness helps to lighten this one up. The palate is left wanting another sip.

O - A must try from a great brewery. We will both be seeking this out again.

kranker23, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

mactrail, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 750ml bottle.

pours a hazy, straw color. tons of carb, very active snow-white head. smell is a nice blend of traditional belgian fruitiness with a bit more hoppy twang.

taste - interesting mingling of the belgian style and more than enough hoppiness to keep it honest. carbonation is borderline overkill, as i found it a bit harsh.

a good, but nowhere near great, beer. found myself thinking 'there's better IPA's for the price, there's better belgians for the price'.

glad i tried it once.

robbrandes, May 30, 2011
Photo of afksports
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Still legible notes!

This here is a beer in a style that I just don't love. Don't like. Just don't. I actually yucked the style. But hey - a free pour is free, and it's still built well. The appearance on this one is golden with an inviting head. The same floral and citrus hops greet you with a combination that's a little overwhelming. The taste predominates with an orangey sweetness that finishes with Belgian yeast and hops. Sweet, but primarily from non-malt notes.

Overall Mischief is a little weird for me. Not my style, and a little adventurous in a way that doesn't work with my palate. Yet so many other things are done right, it's har to grade this beer below a B.

afksports, May 29, 2011
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.