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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 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.

Preismj, May 27, 2011
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.

davidbowers13, May 25, 2011
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.

siskiyoucellar, May 24, 2011
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.

khorais, May 23, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Pours with a slight haze. Golden yellow with huge frothy ice cream soda like head. Smells dusty and dry like hay. A lot orange aromas. Palate is sharp up front and immediately dry from the yeast. Explosive yet creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are of hay, orange rind, lime oil, corn husk, and lemongrass. A good bit of bitterness. Long finish. Much softer than Duvel on the mouthfeel, but more flavorful in all respects. Well done.

SFLpunk, May 22, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful marriage of blonde style with hoppiness. Mild hop aromas, rich nose of malt. Golden blond with lots of off-white head. SLightly spicy. Just magnificient drinkability, the hot weather and the food made the moment perfect. Above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, May 22, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mischief | 750 ml. | 8.5 % ABV | 2011

Brewer: The Bruery
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale (BSPA)
Glass: pint

Gold, but not as deep as most BSPAs. It has a magnificent plume of pillowy foam.

Pear, citrus, pineapple, wild yeast, hops.

It comes across as a very mild BSDA or perhaps a more energetic Belgian pale ale. The slick and oily hops are a distinguishing feature. But the bitterness is cut by candi sugar, and some nice summer fruits.

Medium-bodied but lively and vibrant in the mouth. Strong carbonation.

Mischief is a nice example of a BSPA that breaks from the mold, in this case offering an oilier, hoppier profile than most of its peers. The Bruery has maintained a rough balance of flavors, though, as usual, the balance is skewed.

Would I get it again?:
Maybe. It's good but not my favorite interpretation of the style.

Bottled: ?
Served: May 20, 2011

Price = $ 9.00 at Witherspoon Wines

BeerNemesis, May 20, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light golden color w/ an amazing three finger off white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Nice carbonation. Beer is somewhat cloudy. For the style, it doesn't get much better than this. This could be a Belgian beer.

S- Apples, pear, hops, spices, yeast, malt. Nice nose. I love Belgian beer, and off the appearance and nose, this could be from Belgium. Seriously. It looks and smells the part- let's see if the rest of the beer measures up.

T- Ok.. So I'm a little bit let down w/ the taste. It's good, don't get me wrong, but the first two categories left me believing this was going to measure up w/ the best Belgium has to offer. It falls a little short in the taste. You mainly get hops, spices, lemon, and some malt. Definitely a different profile than the nose. I was really hoping it would remain the same. Still, this is a really good beer in this style.

M- A little thin, and not as complex as I'd like. I don't get any alcohol burn at all from this brew. The hops and carbonation kind of take over on the feel and aftertaste. Not bad, but this is probably the weak point of this beer. Still, not bad.

O- This is a really good beer for the style, and definitely worth the pickup if you like good brews. If the taste and feel matched the appearance and taste, this would be a world class BSPA. Still, it's a solid effort, and I enjoyed it.

jayhawk73, May 20, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like crisp citrus zest and lemon, with wild yeast and a little pineapple and grassy hops and candi sugar and honey.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and pineapple, with wild yeast and bready malt and honey. It had a crisp and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Lighter than expected.
D: This was like a Belgian IPA, with lots of hops and not much yeast or sweetness. The body was ok but not great, but the alcohol was well hidden, so it was pretty easy to drink. Enjoyable but nothing special.

Pencible, May 19, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybird glass on 5/13/11
*From notes

A: Pale and unfiltered. A generous pour was a mistake, as I get a 4+ finger head that takes foreverto settle down. Really bubbly. The lacing is extremely thick and heavy.

S: Lemon zest and bready Belgian yeast.

T: Bitter citrus and that go-to Belgian biscuitiness. It's subtle and earthy, I feel that with a touch of brett, this could be a killer sour.

M: It drinks like a dry proseco, as the bubbly nature and light body really make me want to pour the next round into a flute.

O: All things considered, I enjoyed the Bruery's Mischief. It's not the best in show, but for a Belgian Strong Pale, I kinda dug it. I do feel that I'd prefer it one of two ways: with a bit of funk, or as a standard Belgian Pale with a lower ABV. Regardless, this is a pleasant enough beer.

Rhettroactive, May 14, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruery _ Mischief

Pours a semi hazy unfiltered straw, bone white head, little retention. Smells of peppery Belgian yeast, some grassy hops. In the flavor, sweet belgian yeast, alittle tart, some herbal hop flavors and a clean dry finish. White grape and notes of pipe tobacco. Well carbonated with a smooth semi dry feel. Overall, a tasty beverage and almost a dry tripel.

Stinkypuss, May 12, 2011
Photo of pburland23
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of lustrous, fluffy white head. This beer looks like a Belgian.

Smell is of mild citrusy hops, spicy Belgian yeast and tart earthiness. Really nice smelling beer. Taste is fruity (melon, citrus fruit) with peppery spice as well as some slight hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Perhaps a touch lighter than other Belgian style ales I've sampled, but still a pleasing glass of beer.

Overall, a real nice beer. The dry hopping with American hops throws a real curveball into the traditional Belgian ale. Nice complexity and flavor. An enjoyable beer all around.

pburland23, May 09, 2011
Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

slightly hazed gold with a thick white head.
the aroma has got grapefruit and lemongrass with some light bready yeast and some tropical sort of mango-y smells. a touch of tomato vine in there too oddly enough.
the flavors starts a sweet and citrusy with an orangey/lemon quality. there seems to be a bit of white pepper mingled with the more acidic aspect of the flavor. the hops begin with the citrus, but finish a kind of herbal character remeniscent of a more noble hop. finishes dry and pretty clean, some citrus lingers in the finish
the mouthfeel is just a little fuller than medium with moderate carbonation. i could go for a little less body, i think it would be more in line with the flavor.
overall, a solid well hoppy belgian pale. it hits all the right notes, and the hops have a complexity to them that you don't usually find in the style.

kmo1030, May 06, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted April 23rd 2011 (from notes)

Poured into an IPA fest glass (Najs's Place, Redondo Beach, CA)

A - Almost cloudy golden, two finger white head and lots of lacing

S - Belgian sweet yeast, floral and fuity hops, baked wheat, baking spices and more sweetness

T - Fresh baked dessert bread, flowers, orange, and belgian yeast

M - Slightly chewy, low acidity, long sweet finish and a bit sticky

D - Goes down like a hefe, tastes like a Belgian style IPA (unfiltered). Nice summer beer

Final thought - First beer I have had from this brewery and I love it

whatthehull, May 03, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: big golden bubbly body, fluffy massive fluffy white head, wonderful lacing

S: clove, yeast, malt, mild spice, citrus

T: sweet clove, wheat, yeast, sharp dry finish

M: med body, big carbonation, dry finish

O: WOW! Bruery has created a fine brew.
Nice clean, dry, refreshing beer.
Terrific for friends, good times, Summer, but shockingly can be sipped or gulped. Once again, I continue to enjoy
Bruery'sfine brewing offerings.


BeerLover99, May 01, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip - No best by date visible.

A: Poured a medium gold with three finger head that realxed into a thick lace and webbing,good carbontion,lots of tiny bubbles.

S:Light hops with citrus hues ,light malts.

T: Light fruit with mild hops ,slight citrus notes, hints of hot alcohol, decent malt backing.

O: Overall the feel of this was excellent,the flavors blended well together..good looking and tasting Belgian strong Pale Ale, The abv% is evident but dosn't distract from the beer.
Well done.

InebriatedJoker, May 01, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared between me and a buddy. Scores are averaged, him rating it overall 4.0 and me rating it overall 4.1. It's a damn fine beer, we certainly both agree on that.

Appearance is spectacular! Great orange/tan color with a fantastically huge head that lasted forever, leaving stupendous lacing.

Smell is reminiscent of fresh earth steaming in the early morning on a cold spring day. I detect a nice bit of hops and a stream of great earthy malts. It's quite spicy and very pungent. Orange and lemon peels also come to mind.

Taste is a smooth, easy going malty background along with a spicy hops main course. There's a tinge of fruits, a bit of Belgian yeast, and a nice side dish of citrus.

It's very crispy and moderately dry, but not too much so. Bitterness is a bit high for the style but that doesn't detract.

Very nicely done. This beer is easy to drink, very flavorful, and makes you want to have it again. Very good stuff!

AlCaponeJunior, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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%
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 +11%
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 +1.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +7.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +1%
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
Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.