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Mischief - The Bruery

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1,527 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 77
Gots: 176 | 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 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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Preismj
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

a: beautiful golden hue, relatively thin. tons of head on this on a very light pour. Can see the bubbles flying to the top to replenish the foam. Lacks a lot of lacing, but the carbonation looks refreshing...but plentiful. Looks like it would be a great summer brew to quench your thirst.

s: Sweet and hoppy. Citrus hops and loads of fruit. Almost juicy with a lot of carb.

t: beautiful hop profile with with the citrus notes up front. Lacks a lot of the bitterness I expected (though still bitter). Followed up with what tasted like a white grape sweet/sour. very nice, flavorful.

m: waaay too carbonated. Don't get me wrong, the carbonation isn't unpleasant...if this was a soda I was drinking. This is not what I expect in a beer and the degree of fizz possibly brought out all the flavors, but was also a massive distraction. thin on the palette.

o: Beautiful smell, attractive (carb aside) and pleasantly tasty. Unfortunately, the carbonation was too much. It didn't totally wreck the brew as I would enjoy this again...but I would certainly save it for a scorching hot summer day (100 degrees plus) where I was outside for 4 hours doing hard labor (which doesn't happen too often). Worth a try just for the flavor...but be warned about the heavy level of carb.

Photo of davidbowers13
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light, hazy yellow/orange in color. Ample white head of 3-4 fingers tall and I was taking care to pour the beer in the glass without causing further head. Seemed heavily carbonated.

S - Smells of apple with a little black pepper and bread.

T - Taste is light and refreshing, but the heavy carbonation ruined it for me.

M - Light and crisp, but the heavy carbonation was a problem. I just couldn't get past this.

O - I appreciate the attempt. I think I would actually like this beer a lot more if it wasn't carbonated so heavily.

Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 25oz bottle into my New Belgium sniffer.

A - pretty, golden cloudy color, huge very persistent head with lots of heavy lacing

S - tart and yeasty, juicy apples and black pepper, a bit of buttery smoothnes, very nice and fairly typical of a BSPA but with some floral and citrus notes making interesting appearances

T - more tart apples, yeasty must and fairly strong pepper, but here the hops really come through with a lemony freshness that edges toward sours; this marriage of American IPA hopping with a Belgian pale really works nicely.

M - very dry, light and refreshing

O - a very solid BSPA with a pleasant twist, thoroughly enjoyable; I might enjoy it even more on a hot summer afternoon, as opposed to this fairly chilly spring evening, but I can't fault them for that, of course; I'm wondering what it might be like after a year or two in the cellar.

Photo of khorais
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color with a decent white foam and light lacing.
S: Slight apple aroma
T: As with the smell, there was a faint apple taste followed by a slight sweet/crisp taste following into a mild hops flavor. Interesting characteristics that blend into a unique BSA.
M: Smooth, not heavy at all
O: If you like Belgians, try this beer. It not your average Belgian Strong. After tasting this effort, I'll be looking for more beers to try from this brewery.

Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.