Mischief - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,533
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 77
Gots: 181 | FT: 10
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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 jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of cnally
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Beerisheaven
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of bump8628
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.


Photo of mjaskula
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of bs870621345
4.55/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of KAP1356
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of spointon
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clouded and hazy yellow pour. Aroma was interesting, a little hoppy, a little spice and orange citrus.

Taste, wow, I didn't think a Belgian pale could be this good. More orange citrus, hops, even a little of that almost wheat feel to it because its body was very light compared to the immense hop and fruity yeast profile.

$8 a bottle is worth it, I was leery at first, but this is definitely one of the best bottles available in Reno.

Photo of pvsob
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light gold color with a very large head that has great retention. Head finally dies down leaving nice lacing and a thin film that lasts the whole glass. A very good looking beer.

S- Pineapple, orange, citrus hops, funk, and alcohol. I'm picking up pepper and green apples too.

T- Tiny level of fruitiness upfront, but a medicinal/hop bitterness comes in and dominates everything else I picked up in the aroma. The overall flavor of this beer isn't working for me.

M- Thin to medium with a nice prickly feeling from the carbonation.

D/O- This is definitely a well-crafted beer, but I can't say that I love it like so many of my fellow BAs. A decent Belgian IPA, but you can find better. Cheers.

Photo of NorthsideFred
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks to BrewTull for this one. 

Reviewing from notes.  Enjoyed last night while watching the mid summer classic.  

A: Pours a light, clear, apricot color with a thin white head and minimal lacing. 

S: There is a clean, crisp, scent. Not bad, perhaps some white grapes?  

T: Tastes malty sweet, with hints of fruit, quite refreshing. Once again, not bad.

M: Medium bodied, with minimal carbonation. 

D: This is highly drinkable, I can't believe it is 8.5% ABV.  This isn't my first choice of styles, but I could suck it down all night. A good beer on a hot summer night.

The NL win makes it that much better  

Photo of thetomG
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly murky golden color. Aroma is mild but has a bit of citrus and yeast coming through. Flavor is much more complex - bits of apple, lemon yeast and some spices are all present. Well carbonated and fizzy as you sip - feels very nice going down. Would definitely drink this again. Very tasty!

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy pale amber color. Nose is tart apple. Flavor is tart citrus, some hoppiness. Lingering dry bitter aftertaste. Unusual golden. $8.99 for a 750ml bottle from Liquorama Upland, CA.

Photo of bogus564
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass. This beer offers a a cloudy golden orange color, with a substantial head, cream in color, which dissolves into clouds. Nice.

I can really smell the hoppy bitterness, and can't wait to dive in and take a drink. Oh, and there's a lovely bit of spiciness to it as well.

First drink - yes! There's the spiciness from the yeast that I smelled that didn't disappoint. And right along with it comes the grapefruity taste from the hops. As Barry and Levon (I'll give the ultimate props to whomever can pick up the reference) would say, 'Ahhhh yeahhh'! I also picked up a nice subtle sweetness from the malt. This beer is one I'll be picking up again, for sure.

To drinkability, this one is right in my wheelhouse. I absolutely love the taste, and would recommend it to my more discerning friends.

Wish I had a slice of pizza right now; it would go perfectly.

Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-30-10

Pours an extremely cloudy pale orange color, a little lighter yellow around the edges. Lots of yeasty floaters, with a chunky off white head that leaves a thick layer of lacing.

Smell is sweet, a little funky, lots of fermented fruit and Belgian yeast. Complex, with notes of banana, clove, and citrus. The sweet malt rounds things out at the end.

Taste is much more bitter than I expected. That, coupled with the almost farmhouse flavor masks any more subtle flavors that are in there. The finish is odd, almost medicinal, with a strong hoppy kick and lemon sourness. Not bad, but not as good as it could have been.

Mouthfeel is very fizzy, yet the feel is almost flat. It suits the heaviness and the sweetness though.

Drinkability is decent, but flavors and alcohol hit pretty hard.

Overall, the smell had so much potential that the taste didn't deliver. Still good, and well worth trying.

Photo of Seanibus
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with an insane carbonation, almost too much - the cap opened with a fizz and even with a modest pour, I got a vast dense soapy head. Were this a homebrew, I would have suspected the worst. But it did render a very nice aroma - phenolic and sharp, with a slightly alcoholic hint of perfume, with mandarin orange and a certain nuttiness behind it. The flavor backs it up with a strong mandarin orange flavor and a nutty back end, with a warm, alcoholic punch at the end. There is some jasmine and passion fruit lurking in there, and a little cider. The mouthfeel is surprisingly watery and with only a modest carbonation bite, which is a surprise given the over-the-top pour.

Hell, who knows. Maybe this beer has gone over. But if so, it is still pretty good.

Photo of zoso1967
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mischief pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a voluminous and fine head that leaves lace like crazy. The aroma is surprisingly citrusy with lemon and orange marmalade mingling with some spicy Belgian yeast and pale malt sweetness. I take a sip and am surprised again. I was expecting this beer to be very Duvel-esc, but it is almost as if Duvel and an IPA had a baby. Orange, pear, coriander, a touch of clove, honey and herbal hops. There is a lot going on here. The one aspect of this beer that seems a bit one dimensional to me is the malt character. It is pretty much just pale and plain, but that is okay since it accentuates the hops and yeast. This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is fairly smooth and finishes fairly dry. It is almost as if it first coats my mouth then evaporates. It is an interesting and enjoyable texture. It would be more drinkable if the ABV did not show itself so well, but still goes down quite easy. The Bruery is two for two and I will be seeking out more of their offerings.

Photo of jsanford
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of an Epic Bruery tasting night, poured into a Unibroue tulip on 6/6/10.

A - Hazy golden straw with a big fluffy head and lively carbonation

S - Strong citrus hop smell, breadyl malt backbone. Pepper.

T - Grapefruit and orange hops, slight candied sugar. Grassy with a "bready" background.

M - Medium bodied, highly carbonated. Crisp!

D - Again, very crisp and refreshing. High drinkability. I was honestly shocked when I discovered the ABV on this one, could have easily killed a bottle by myself.

Photo of Norfawkers
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big, flavorful beer yet highly drinkable and balanced

Appearance: Cloudy golden with a big frothy head

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy with citrus and a strong malt back

Taste: Hoppy goodness up front with a toasted malt middle and Belgian spices finishing up

Mouthfeel: Overall quite smooth with a lingering bitterness

Drinkability: Balanced; not overpowering despite its full flavor; highly drinkable

Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with steady streams of carbonation quickly rising to the top of the glass. A fluffy white cap slowly fades into a a foamy cap of cotton. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peaches, herbs, citrus, spicy cracked pepper, vanilla, and dried leaves.
Taste is of the aromas with a plentiful punch of flavors of tropical pineapple, vanilla, herbs, and some black pepper rub.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, gently spicy of pepper, sweet up front, and dry in the finish.

Mischief from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.