1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mischief - The Bruery

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,420 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,420
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 71
Gots: 158 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,420 | Reviews: 463 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nickhiller
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy apricot colored, one finger head with decent lacing

S: champagne, grapefruit, apples, cider

T: tartness, tropical fruit, tastes almost like a cider or a very mild sour. The finish is spicy and stays in the throat with the heat from the alcohol

M: frothy, sharp and crisp, a little too dry for my taste, like a sparkling wine or a champagne. Definitely feels like an 8.5% beer

D: Ok, an interesting (though perhaps in many ways failed) take on the Belgian. I liked the fruit. Not sure that I would get it again though

nickhiller, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml in sections into a tulip.

A - Cloudy golden body with huge carbonation and a 3 finger thick head that would hold up a roll of quarters...

S - Citrus, pineapple, pepper, are all mixed with a fruity sweetness. Slight tinge of alcohol noted.

T - Wow. Moderate upfront bitterness is noticed first, then a great bread maltiness comes in leading the way for the hop burst finish. The bitterness is clean and not harsh, the malt backbone is just short of a barleywine, the hops flavor is that of a west coast IPA. Citrus, green apple, pineapple, with an earthy aftertaste.

M - Moderate to full bodied, Belgian hyper-carbonation, crisp finisher.

D - Moderate to low. This is one complex brew, and a 750ml is my one night limit here...

ectomorph, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a large chalice, Mischief is a hazy dull gold with a white head leaving heavy lace.

Smell is very yeasty, lots of bread dough, and some firm hops as well, woody and herbal.

Taste is a kind of hot, phenolic, not overly hoppy flavor per se, just a big blonde lacking elegance for my taste, although it's got a nice sweetness from the booze.

Mouthfeel is drier, medium-heavy bodied, some creaminess.

Drinkability is ok, but not a great beer. It's mostly kind of hot, major cat tongue here, the biggest sweetness is the alcohol.

ccrida, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cider yellow, unfiltered, one-finger head that lasts.

S - Citrus hops and yeast esters. Not too complex.

T - Hops up front, red apples, and yeasty phenols. Finishes with wheat tones and apple sweetness.

M/D - Lots of carbonation, finishes semi-dry/sour, and very easy to drink. Alcohol feel does sneak up a bit but not so much to detract from the beer. Nice and refreshing.

For the price is it worth it? Eh, maybe.

VaTechHopHead, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Bruery tasting room.

Looks: pale sunshine gold, chill-hazed, with a bit of large-bubbled white foam and suds that leaves lines of horizontal lace as I sip.

Smells: incredible. Very floral, with rose petals and pine along with pears, white grapes and hints of banana. I want to make it into a candle and take it home with me.

Tastes: dry. The fruits that were so prevalent in the nose have been subdued here, but what I can pick out is sweet pear juice, more grapes, a hint of pink peppercorn and coriander along with cereal grain. A lager-like finish rounds out this sneak attack.

Feels: silky, light and crisp. Lightly carbonated with a medium-light body.

Drinks: light and summery, Mischief would be great on a hot day. I liked it better as an aromatic than a beer, however.

Phelps, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruery Review, we performed a comprehensive sampling of Bruery beers courtesy of CampusCrew and Troywittaker on 8/13/2010. Cheers this was a great sampling and evening guys!
I reviewed all brews we tasted in order of sampling, info, and some minor notes for my future homebrew reference. These reviews are to serve as a comprehensive review of the beers as purchased during 2010, sampled 8/13/2010 with about a group of 8 tasters.

This was the order of sampling...

Saison Rue, 8.5% abv

Mischief, 8.5% abv
Belgian Golden Pale Ale
Nice hoppy Belgian pale with a European/Belgian hop profile and subtle Belgian yeast character. Enjoyed by most of the group.

Tradewinds Tripel, 8.1%

Orchard White, 5.7% abv

Black Orchard, 5.7% abv

2 Turtle Doves, 12% abv

Coton (2010 Anniversary Beer) 14.5%

RUGBROD, 8% abv

Autumn Maple, 10% abv

unclejimbay, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mr. Beerys. Reviewing from notes.

A- pours a cloudy golden yellow color. A fingers worth of white head sticks around for a bit before leaving a thin ring. The lacing is pretty nice but nothing crazy.

S- piney hops, earthy grass, and a bit of citrus. A hint of Belgian yeast.

T- the first thing I noticed was the hop profile. It's definitely up front and dominating, however it's not overly bitter. There is some lemon zest and Belgian yeasts that mellow out the bitterness of the hops. A slight hint of bananna and a bit of spice.

M- light bodied with a perfect level of carbonation. A dry slight spicy finish.

D- I could easily drink multiple glasses. The ABV could get a little dangerous due to the easy drinking.

urwithdave, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

Probably the winner of the night for me and most of the tasters. Very much like a more Belgian style IPA than Raging Bitch but tasted simialr. Awesome hop presence which I was suprised since I had no idea how old it was. Tons grassy earhty flavor from hop/belgian yeats combo. Paired with steak frites.

CampusCrew, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $8. I picked this up because it was $2 off, why not? Hazy orange color, smells good, a little funky spice, oranges. The flavor is good and hoppy with a citrus flavor, spice, quite a nice beer indeed. In fact, this may be the best beer I have had from The Bruery so far.

ArrogantB, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of charlzm
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed August 22, 2010 from a Bruery Tulip glass.

Beer pours a cloudy medium yellow. Three finger, meringue-like off-white head develops from a fairly gentle pour.

Aromas of soft powdery yeast, faint tropical citrus, very light sweet malt. Indistinct and not particularly appealing.

Flavor is slightly sweet; yeast tang on tongue. There's barely time to savor these relatively mild flavors before the hops boldly assert themselves as the strongest component of the flavor with a peppery, piney bitterness from the midtaste through to the end. Some fruitiness reemerges after the bitterness and resin die down.

Mouthfeel is dry, though not parching. Well carbonated.

Seems they hit the target they were aiming for with this one, but I'm not a fan. Drinkability for hopheads is great, however.

charlzm, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy orange with a large white fluffy head, and some lacing.

smell is of sweet fruits, banana, some spice, and farmhouse yeast.

taste is somewhat sour, malt, a little yeast, sweet fruits, and a touch of banana, ends a bit on the oily side with some bitterness.

froghop, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a bright, cloudy yellow hue with a finger, finger and a half of fluffy white head. mediocre retention but decent lacing.

unique, zesty/hoppy nose with a touch of lemon, maybe grapefruit; yeast. however i feel the aroma is a little underwhelming in terms of strength.

taste is predominantely resiny/piney hops, but some citrus is definitely there, too, along with the yeast and some spices. has a nice balance to it.

crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel. admittedly not one of my favorite styles but i'd easily have it again.

perrymarcus, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Bruery beer.

Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass, Mischief is golden orange in color with a massive off white head of fluffy suds. The glass is about half head and half beer. Lots of sticky lace.

Very fresh, zippy and zesty nose. Citrus and grass are prominent. Picking up some biscuity malt and lemon peel as well.

Much like the nose. Some belgian yeast and alcohol are also present. Really bright and has a tartness to it as well. Definitely well hopped, but is balanced by the bready malt. Pretty good dose of lemon zest present along with some peppery spice.

Mediumish body, extremely dry finishing. The carbonation is alright, but a little much maybe.

This is a nice crisp hopped up belgian that is pretty refreshing. It's enjoyable and drinks pretty good, but the alcohol is felt. Glad to have tried it.

jera1350, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very excited to see this one on tap at barleys, i had been dying to try this but just never did get around to it. served in a pint glass and consumed on 08/19/2010.

really just a wicked pour with a nice golden amber color that was very cloudy and hazy but also had a huge head of white peaking up and over the top. lots of lacing up an down the sides of the glass.

aroma is ultra hoppy with loads of pine and citrus bursting at the seems here, really nicely done with a light yeast that brings apples and pears right to the front here, again just what i needed. light, well carbonated an loaded with a pop that was just superb,. each sip starte with a quick hit of light citrus, an smooth mellow fruit notes that were accented by a lovely peppery finish. really just damn, damn good.

overall a perfect light ale for the summer, that 8.5 percent is nowhere to be found, i could have gone for more of this one.

mikesgroove, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of cnally
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first offering from the Bruery, and with all the press, this better be good.

Golden hazy appearance, a root beer float fluffy white head that mounds up sticks to the glass.

A really piney hop aroma, very spicy, and a huge dose of malt.

The flavor is very pungent, an almost sour malty flavor. Old orchard flavors, like apple, plum, and the alcohol is poorly hidden.

Fizzy and boisterous mouthfeel. High carbonation. Sticky.

This is a very decent beer, but their interpretation of the belgian is so wildly carbonated, it seems a bit too much, even for a belgian strong. However, the flavor is good and the aroma is delightful, so it comes across as pretty damn drinkable.

cnally, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Beerisheaven
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open a bottle of this tonight to go with some BBQ chicken that I had on the grill. Much thanks to ipa247 for being my source of all Bruery beers.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with a pretty big puffy white head that has good retention after the initial blast.

S - Lemon and grapefruit hop smell with a rich mustiness from the yeast.

T - Very nice and a great beer to pair up with BBQ as it plays nicely with it. A good blast of hops initially but the yeast also gives it a nice secondary backbone. Very pleasant.

M/D - Again very good and a nice beer for some summer drinking.

All in all, a very good beer that I would probably purchase again.

Beerisheaven, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with an inch of pure white head. I imagine the head builds much bigger with the higher carbonation of the bottled version, but I've noticed The Bruery likes to keep the carbonation on the draft beers lower, which I can stand behind for ease of pouring.

Anyway, on to the beer. Big, bright, resiny American hops all over the nose and palate...intense pine and juicy citrus...all the usual American suspects. Nice peppery note from the yeast too. Malt is pretty standard pale or pils malt, hard to tell, but either way it lets the hops shine. Uber-dry, which is absolutely the way I love this style.

A fantastic, ultra-hoppy Belgian-inspired ale. It'd be easy to call this a Belgian IPA, but it's not at only 35 IBUs. Instead, it's been hop-bursted and dry hopped to keep the hop flavor and aroma intense but with a mellow bitterness.

bump8628, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Gfunk720
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Mike for breaking out this bottle. I've seen a lot of this around, but haven't gotten to try it. Consumed out of my Weyerbacher tulip...

A- Golden Yellowish/Orange, somewhat cloudy in appearance. Head is white, maybe 1 finger worth, which held up pretty well. It looks like an IPA/DIPA just looking at it in the glass

S- Smell is dominant of hops and slight smells of belgian yeast. Not a terribly strong or complex smell, but decent.

T- Tastes like an IPA initial, and fades to almost a dubbel, then comes back with a hoppy aftertaste that lingers. A great balance of flavors of Spice/Lemon/Citrus/Hops

M- Very crisp and fizzy initial, but smoothes quickly. After sitting for a bit, some of the intense fizziness faded. The body on this beer is excellent for the style, and has great mouth feel

D- On a hot evening, we really enjoyed this beer. While I though there was a little too much hops/bitterness, It was a very drinkable. A very good example of the style IMO.


Gfunk720, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a sniffer. This beer looks great, it's clear and golden with a huge pillowy head that leaves significant lacing.

The aroma is full of floral hops, some belgian yeast and a little bit of alcohol and sweetness. Flavor is crisp, clean and spicy. There are lemon and grapefruit hop flavors as well as an earthiness rounded out by some malt sweetness. A little bit of green apple at the end. The alcohol is well hidden. The flavors is well balanced and smooth, no portion of the flavor is overpowering.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and dry. This is a great belgian.

mjaskula, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bottle thanks to JC (carlos) at Victor's in York PA -served chilled in a Leffe glass.

A - a beautiful golden shade w/ burnt sienna acccents and a bone white cap which looks creamy and sticks to the glass

S - The smell is both floral of hops with mild ester of belgian yeast adding a tart odor w/ slight citrus accents and mild pepper

M - The feel while fruity also is slightly spiced with mild sour notes and dry finish. The carbonation is lively and the bitterness is moderate

T - The flavor is very good with lots of lemony and slight grapefruity hops which blend well with the belgian yeast strain used which gives a mild phenolic essence and subtle bitter flavor with the mild sweet malt carrying the beer toward a dry slightly spiced finish

D - A very good belgian pale with some nice complimentary hop flavors, a very good example of the style

Slatetank, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of bs870621345
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Daniel from CA for this one. Another amazing beer that he sent me.

Pours a honey color with an inch of head. Fades quickly but leaving a nice lacing.

Smells like hops, spice, and bread.

Tastes hoppy, earthy, spicy, sweet and a light hint of bread. I really love that this is like a Belgian IPA, with a whole lot more hops than I've ever had in a BSPA.

Mouthfeel is prickly, not too carbonated. A really nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability is high. Has a nice warming feeling on the end, very inviting.

Wow, I am in love with this beer.

bs870621345, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip glass...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden honey color with an extremely frothy three fnger eggshell white head that forms incredibly quiclkly even with a sift pour.

S - The smell is of a yeasty, bready belgian pale ale with a very obvvious citrus hop presence. Some great grapefruit. Some slight grassiness is there as well.

T - A very dry and hoppy belgian pale ale. There is a solid malt backbone along with a bready undertone that doesn't let the hops completely take over the show. Some great grapefruit and melon flavors from the hops that add such a nice crisp bite to the beer.

M - Nicely carbonated but not too much, which is interesting considering how much head I got from this beer. Sweet up front and a bit spicy with a nice dry finish.

D - A little sweet for me, but overall quite a drinkable beer. Actually makes quite a nice lazy summer night beer.

KAP1356, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of spointon
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a crown capped 750ml brown bottle into a stemmed Duvel glass.

A= This ale poured a light to medium gold color with a huge fluffy white head. The head took a long while to drop by half and never disappeared entirely. Nice Belgian lace stickage down my glass.

S= Huge aromas of grassy noble and citrusy American hops up front, with lesser notes of green apple, yeast, and alcohol in the back. Not bad, but I didn't love the aroma either.

T= Started off with a light pilsner malt note then came the hops. Not a huge bitterness but a ton of hop flavor. I'm pretty confident there were both Euro/noble hops and something along the lines of pine/citrus West Coast hops in there. Again, not bad but overall I found the flavors to be a little muddied. Finished hoppy and fairly dry.

MF = Medium bodied with a fairly effervescent carbonation level.

D= A well made beer that somehow fell a bit flat for me. I am a big fan of Belgian ales and am certainly not afraid of hops or the new Belgian/IPA beers, but this just missed my personal taste preferences. Having said that I don't regret buying this and would like to revisit it some other time.

spointon, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml into snoop dogg pint glass.

A- Pale pale blonde, 2-finger head that settles into a dence ivory pancake. Sticky lacing.

S- Hoppy! Belgian yeast, earthy and floral hops.

T- Like a belgian IPA... hoppy, a bit of coriander.

M- Good carbonation, a bit too sweet though.

D- Fairly high. Could dial down the sweetness a bit. Still, an enjoyable beer.

ShogoKawada, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a stylin' 750mL bottle, Mischief pours a hazy, burnt orange hue with a big, rocky head. Great clumps of lacing.

Aroma is excellent, full of fruity and floral hops combined with the fruity esters of a Belgian ale.

Flavor is very hoppy and dry. Refreshing, but quite intense as well. There is puckering bitterness to this Golden Ale and a hoppiness that is pretty American: tropical citrus and pine. There is almost no sweetness to this brew, making it remarkably dry. Some fruitiness due to the yeast esters and hops, but not a lot of malt or sweetness. Mouthfeel is effervescent and light-medium. The alcohol is not noticeable in taste so much as how heady it feels to drink a bottle of this on your own. Woah!

A celebration of hops, spices and Belgian yeast. Yum.

dasenebler, Jul 24, 2010
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,420 ratings.