Mischief - The Bruery

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rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml to Chimay goblet at about 45 degrees.

Very faint yellow color out of the bottle, yielding a short, eggshell-white head, over top of a cloudy golden body with an ass-ton of carbonation flowing up. Tons of lacing.

Aroma starts with un-ripened pineapple, followed by some forest and slightly musty quality.

Pillowy in the mouth, with a light tart fruit quality - orange and pineapple, with a touch of grapefruit. Carbonation brings a tightness to the mouthfeel, but it doesn't distract.

Overall drinkability is quite nice - I'd recommend pairing it up with some sharp, tangy cheese, as this could easily be classified as a Belgian IPA. (646 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a beautiful 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey Stemware. Poured a cloudy light orange with a big fluffy two finger white head. The head lasted pretty well into drinking it and left some very good lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a good amount of floral hoppiness to it with some citrus and tropical fruit coming through. There is some hints of some malt and Belgian yeast but the hops really steal the show. The taste is hoppy and citrusy up front with a dry bitter finish shat shows some hints of the Belgian yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very nice drinking beer. It tasted more along the lines of a Belgian IPA then a strong pale but that was fine with me since the hops were delicious. (768 characters)

Photo of femALEist
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and 8.5%. It poured a deep pee yellow and was a bit cloudy. It had a good thick head on it as well. It smells like American hops- pineapple, grapefruit, pine and it tasted like hops- citrus, pine. It had a slightly sweet and light flavor and finished dry- the alcohol is well hidden in this one. (334 characters)

Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. Nice beer, somewhere between a BIPA and a Belgian Strong Ale.

Good looking beer. Hazy yellow gold with a big white head. Lots of lacing.

Yeasty, honey-ish, floral aroma. There's a lot going on in the aroma. The malt smells of honey and sugar cane, the hops are sweet and floral, and the yeast is earthy and dry. Very good combination.

The flavor starts sweet and fades to a yeasty dryness. Good Belgian character. Mild hop bite. A bit of a off-note from the grain but not bad.

The yeast makes the mouthfeel a bit funny. It's a bit much. Still, a good, interesting Belgian-style beer from The Bruery. (617 characters)

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


As a side note I'm really digging the pinkish and black label which comes across shiny and really sleek. Today I reached for my Victory Golden Monkey snifter to enjoy this sneaky ale, to which I popped the cap and got a nice long hissing sound. I gave the beer a gentle titled pour making sure to not disturb the yeast cake on the bottle. The beer poured a hazy orange yellow color which falls something between a tangerine and a banana. As my final check I gave it a slight swirl and got a light lacing on the glass and proceeded to hold it up to the sunlight and I'm not getting any penetrating rays.


OK so the label says " Belgian inspired hoppy ale" but all I'm pulling off the nose is pure IPA. This beer has huge whaffs of citrus, floral hops that are just bursting through my glass. I almost seem to be pulling something peachy in there too, along with the classic Belgian triple yeast aroma.


Hops Ahoy ! Like the aroma the initial taste is a sunburst of west coast bright hops. But don't let this fool you this is certainly no IPA. With a candy sugar sweetness that comes typical in most triples this beer wants to confuse the hell out of your taste buds. I'm picking up a fair amount of dryness in the finish which makes it even more enjoyable. Did I mention that the alcohol is very well hidden here ? I'm telling you not a ounce of burn... which could get dangerous, because I'm finishing off the bottle as we speak and I'm still craving another glass. If a Belgian triple had a bastard child with a west coast IPA this is what would come out, and since we are on the cusp of two seasons I really feel this beer is perfect for the weather which is a little chilly ( Belgian beer) but still warm enough to make you dream of summer (IPA).


Like I mentioned above, what a perfect beer for a perfect Sunday. After this I'm ready to go dig out my shorts and get ready for beer festival season. As far as drinkability goes, I'm going to rate it based off your hop tolerance because its loaded with them. But the same time this doesn't kill your taste buds with the bitterness because the candy sugar and yeast moderate it very well. So if you want to step out of the normal IPA and enjoy triples go for it because this is an amazing hybrid beer which I hope to drink plenty more of. At $14 bucks a bottle I feel its a solid purchase compared to the quality, quantity and ABV. (2,427 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- First glass was fairly clear, trying to decant didnt really help the last two from being clouded. Big big everlasting white head billows up and leaves insane lacing.

S- Hoppy for a belgian. Very floral, pungent, grassy and juicy. Not really much malt.

T- Very clean. Crisp, hoppy, grassy, piney, lemony. More bitter than many belgian styles. This is kinda like a Belgian IPA. The alcohol is barely there, it causes some light spiciness.

M- Sharp, crisp, refreshing. Medium body.

D- Such a clean finish. This drinks like the best of them. The alcohol is virtually unnoticeable. (583 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy yellow. Huge cloudlike head.

S-Citrus rinds. Slight banana. Some pine. No malt. Nice belgian yeast aroma mixing with american hops.

T-moderate bitterness but huge hop flavor. Amarillo? Very light bready malt. Nice blend of belgian type yeast and american hops. Some lime, tangarine, and pine. Showcase for the hops.

M-Medium carbonation, could use more. Medium dry. No alcohol heat.

D-a great summer beer. I don't mind going through a big bottle of this by myself. (480 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a brilliant copper slightly hazed hue with a nice white head filling well above the edge of my chalice glass, this brew is beautiful. Rocky texture head leaves clouds of fluffy off white head rising above the sides of my glass, I'm liking this.

Aromatics offer up a strong pungent hop profile with citrus, herbal, and grassy tones. Belgian yeast spiciness is very nice, it gives off some tropical fruit but the bitter dry and spicy notes from the yeast strains gives me the true beergasm.

Flavor has an abrupt bitterness about it with sweet and spicy layers this ale is truly that unique, not just because these rare offerings are selling for 10 bucks a bottle but because most of them are drinking so well, it's just doing them some justice. Floral grassy hop rind bitterness goes so well with the Belgian style this is golden light drinkable and hoppy ale. I'm feeling this style of brew, fruit and mineral with some strong alcohol with ample citrus and tropical fruit hops with an ample layer of grassy herbal bitterness bringing in the finish.

Mouthfeel this ale is full to medium bodied evenly but effervescently carbonated I really can't get enough of brews like this willing to put themselves out there. A great brew from the front to the back from the top to the bottom. Delicious apple fruits and spicy yeast bring together harmonious enough brew, but add the addition of some bittering and aromatic hops, then you have magic.

Drinkability is incredible I'm sippin' on these without fear. I know this brand will be around much longer than the current appreciation level found for this Placentia, CA brewery. Grassroots and homegrown have worked for these guys, I can't get enough keep sending it my way to Ohio.. (1,736 characters)

Photo of lightindarkness
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very attractive dusty dingy gold color with a full fluffy lasting off white head on top. Tons of irregular lace make it very nice in the glass.

Smells strongly of hops and mild grain, with a touch of peach fruitiness and a faint phenolic plasticy aroma that's rather off. I haven't seen this in the few other reviews of the beer I've looked at, so I'm curious if it's just this bottle or others.

Taste is nicely belgian pale, with a little spicy yeasty dough, largely lost in dry hop bitterness. Chemically plastic is barely discernible through the hops in aftertaste.

Feel is smooth medium bodied, then drying out considerably. Carbonation perks up the body considerably into a decent balance.

Drinks very nicely. Refreshing with a nice crisp hoppy bite. I'm admittedly not a huge fan of belgian IPAs and overhopped belgian pales, but this is quite drinkable and seemingly balanced despite the full hop profile. I'm not sure about the off 'infected' presence of plastic fumes, and am curious to try another bottle in the hopes that it's a handling or one-time problem with this bottle. (1,092 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a 1-finger, dense white head that leaves spotty lace and has decent retention.
The smell is fruity, tropical fruits like pineapple & papaya.
The taste is more of the aroma. There are subtle hints of things like yeast, sweetness, very mild bitterness and what seems to be funk. What it doesn't have is noticeable alcohol or spicy notes.
Mouthfeel is pleasantly medium and nice carbonation.
Drinkability: Good-pleasant to drink, taste good and 2-3 glasses go down comfortably. Like a lot of Bruery beers it's a bit different, for the style, but still very good. (593 characters)

Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml brown bottle into Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Lemony golden with dense off-white 1-2 finger head with good retention and numerous scattered spots of lace.

S: Sour dark fruits with mango, pineapple, and grassy hops aroma dominate this delicious nose. Pale malts are thick as well.

T: Very definitely a Belgian IPA but in a very good way with lots of tropical fruit and grassy hops flavors in the beginning with sourness which is surprising but not overbearing like some Belgian IPAs. The pale malts are substantial and play hard versus the intense hoppiness. Aftertaste is pretty dry and somewhat yeasty.

M: Lush mouthfeel with dense body that covers the palate and even carbonation.

D: A Belgian IPA in every sense but a very good one -- none of the overwhelming sourness that hits this style and while the hops are still frontmost, the malts are given a chance to shine and just about steal the show. (1,001 characters)

Photo of rayjay
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewtull. Sparkling and bright, a pale beer with superior foam. Pleasant and intense American hop aroma, backed by a biscuity Belgian pale malt body. Some very sharp peppery notes too. Really gentle bitterness isn't what i was expecting from the big hop aroma, but it works well. It was very good when cold, but as it warmed it opened up into a more tart flavor with a bigger and much less carbonated body which became a challenge to finish (drank a bottle in probably an hour). Glad I got to try it but probably won't get this again. (544 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bruery Mischief is pale, peppery, and dry. It poured cloudy straw, with a massive pillowy head. It left thick sticky lace throughout the glass. The smell was citric; the taste acidic, like lemon rind, with a peppery finish. The feel was bubbly with an extremely dry finish. Although very attractive in a tulip-shaped glass, Mischief has a feel and finish like sparkling wine. (375 characters)

Photo of everetends
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta. Can't remember how much this ran me but it was cheaper than most Bruery offerings at Hop City. Served up in a tulip as suggested.

A: Looking good for sure. Body is a dark orange in color with a little bit of yellow forcing through at the bottom of the tulip. Held to the light, I am getting more of a hazy yellow in color, the orange mellows out a bit. Still dark and hazy. The pour got me about a finger and a half of bubbly white head. The head has some serious stick to it and is throwing up a good amount of lace. Can't track down any carbonation in the glass. Still a very impressive looking pour.

S: Smell is all hops. Starting off with some herbal and grassy notes. There is a good amount of citrus behind that with some grapefruit and orange. Has a light earthy not of Belgian yeast in there but it is pretty faint. Nothing crazy in this department but very enjoyable.

T: Yet again this is very hop forward, but with that said, this is balanced. Not crazy bitter but you expect it with the dose of hops that come forward. Good amount of herbal hops that bring out a slight medicinal flavor throughout the sip. Grassy and earthy hop presence. Grapefruit is there but not too bitter, touch of orange. (Once this warmed completely to room temp, a little bit of bitterness came out). No real Belgian qualities coming out in this one for me as far as the flavor goes. The yeast is very subdued and I am not getting those typical Belgian flavors. The malts are not noticeable (light pale) that much in flavor, but they neutralize any bitterness this beer may have had. Quite tasty.

M: Hmmm . . . this doesn't have any carbonation. I am talking pretty much nil in that department. Kinda taking away a bit from this. Would like a nice dose of carbonation, but that may just be me. Medium in body but it feels heavier at time due to the carbonation issue. Pretty smooth, light bitterness. Aftertaste is grapefruit and that herbal medicinal quality.

D: Not bad at all. It has room to improve in my eyes but it is easy drinking and isn't a bad beer by any stretch. Its highly drinkable beside the carbonation issue. Has a nice balance to it and the hoppy aroma is damned fine. A solid offering but I was expecting a bit more. (2,281 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, pale malt scent along with a wonderful bouquet of aroma hops. It's incredibly dry with a light Belgian yeast character. The taste is good. It has a nice pale malt flavor; dry and crisp. The hops are ever present, yet not too intense. It's wonderfully balanced with a light Belgian yeast fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinker. It's a well brewed Belgian pale with some excellent hop character; another quality beer from the Bruery. (635 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy orange with foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit hoppy with some nice orange and grapefruit and has a small floral feel as well.

The taste is pretty piney and is really earthy at first. The nice hop flavor throughout this beer lets itself be known before letting other flavors come forward. Again some citrus flavor pushes through and there is a small lemon flavor that accompanies a grapefruit flavor that puts a zing on this beer.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and goes down well. Some aftertaste does linger but does not ruin your mouth with abrasive flavors. Pretty good beer. (676 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle - poured into tulip glass, as suggested on the label.

Pours hazed orange amber with a large bubbly, foamy white head that settles to a lasting thin cover. Foamy, dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is hoppy - bitter grapefruit - slightly tart - with orange and an herbal/grassy backing.

The taste is hoppy for sure, but a firm malt backing gives a sweet balance until the bitter, herbal dry finish. Bitterness accompanied by a citric/herbal flavor. Alcohol warmth shows late.

It has a creamy medium body. It is amply carbonated, though not fizzy. I don't know that it's quite effervescent, but works well enough.

This is dangerously drinkable - hoppy, aromatic, and smooth. It's a well-done American, hoppy take on a Belgian Strong Pale! (752 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thick white head.

Smell is orangy, pineapple with a slightly chalky belgiany finnish.

Taste is not bitter, but smooth citrus with a subtle dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very good and drinkability is very good.

I might retag it is a belgian (american) pale ale. Not a belgian ipa, but more of a pale. Well balanced beer that is different. (406 characters)

Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was not described to me as a belgian strong pale ale. As such, like a Duvel, I would not highly recommend. However, it is a very good beer and one definitely worth trying.

The most distinguishing characteristic of it was the look It was very, very cloudy with a beautiful golden color. Aroma was good, not too overwhelming but more hoppy than a typical strong pale.

Like any beer from this "Bruery" I would recommend. (430 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty golden brown color with a wispy and webby pure white head that left some clingly lacing. The aroma is sweet with tropical fruit and pineapple aromas, some pepper and a floral hop. The taste starts off with a floral and citrus hops flavor, not too strong but noticable. This is followed by a sweet pineapple flavor along with pepper. There is some candy like sweetness but it is not cloying and is offset with some hoppy bitterness. It could use some more yeasty flavors, seems to be a bit lacking in that department. The brew has a moderate feel with rather soft carbonation, well balanced though finishes slightly bitter. Definitely a hop forward BSPA, with american hop flavors. The brew is sweet and fairly light which gives it that Belgian PA characteristic but needs more yeasty goodness. (807 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy golden hue that's capped by a bunch of slightly off-white bubbles that hang around for quite a while and leave a small amount of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Awesome nose! Piney hops mix it up with pineapple, mango, apricot, and citrus. Soft toasted malt and toffee.

T: Just as above but with a definite alcohol flavor that wasn't apparent in the smell. Also, found a bunch of tart red apple and a touch of pear.

M: Spicy hops mingle with spicy alcohol. In amongst that is some fruit sweetness. Medium bodied and a bit dry in the finish.

D: Very good. A little more alcohol presence in the taste than I would've liked but certainly not a deal breaker, at all. Nice! (781 characters)

Photo of Xul
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, lighter golden color topped by a long-lasting two finger white head. Spotty lacing remains in the head's wake.

S: Lots of citrusy hops up front - pineapple, oranges, a bit of mango - along with some subtle piney aspects. Hops are countered by a belgian candy aroma and some yeasty notes.

T: Citrus and piney hops are balanced effectively by a toffee base and the aforementioned belgian candy sugar flavors. Some earthy bitterness comes on the backend, along with a hint of funk.

M: Perfect moderate carbonation and slightly thick and chewy, spot on for the style.

D: Very enjoyable to drink and it would be easy to put back a few glasses of this. (667 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml capped brown wine bottle, purchased at Hyde park, poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a somewhat clear light orange zest color. Nice dense, fluffy pearl white head on the pour with good retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Lots of American hopping going on. Citrus and pine, probably Centennial. Lots of fruitiness, maybe Amarillo or Summit. Nice spicy yeast with some added fruity esters. Light, crisp Belgian malt bill.

T/M: Maybe a little too mich from the hops. Still lots of American hopping with the citrus and fruit. Also some spicy hops aided by the yeast along with some floral/grassy hops. Melded together, they seem almost.... Stale? Maybe more medicinal but that wouldn't be from stale hops. The yeast is super spicy and somewhat peppery. Body is medium or so and the carbonation seems to get weaker with even sip. Maybe the etching in the chalice has released it too fast?

D: Very drinkable for 8.5%, as expected for a 'devil' beer. Some odd flavors going on but definitely an interesting brew. (1,013 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy deep golden amber color glowing in the light. the head is white in color, dense, and creamy looking. this has amazing retention and a sticky lace is left all over the glass.

S-the nose is actually quite hoppy! juicy hop goodness is really showing through, grapefruit and pineapple with a light bitterness in the back.

T-the taste is not quite as big or juicy as the nose but still very good. this is a hoppy beer that screams tropical fruits, grapefruit and pineapple in their juiciest form. it is very wet, a light note of yeast is present towards the back accompanied by a touch of bitter hops.

M-this is so smooth and creamy with a lighter to medium body. it is perfectly carbonated giving it a very rounded feel that flows extremely well.

D-this is like a fantastic American IPA. its so creamy with a nice lighter body to make it go down so easy. the juicy tropical fruit dominates but is held in check by a light belgian yeast that gives it the only trace of its style origins. (1,001 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Peg's Cantina, my new favorite spot.

A – Cloudy brass-lemon-yellow with a foamy head and nice lace.

S – The smell is of pale malt, honey-lemon and piney herbal hop. Understated, but quite nice.

T – It tastes quite good; it has a sharp American hop presence but retains its Belgian-esque impressions. The palette is basically lemony-citric, with a pale malt that takes on a honey sweetness and a bit of red apple flavor as well.

M – Very fizzy and light. A refreshing brew.

D – A nice brew, sort of straddling the the gap between Belgium and California in style and taste. The Bruery is very impressive. (647 characters)

Mischief from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.