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Overall IIPA - To Øl

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

To Øl/Mikkeller collaboration.

(Beer added by: baggio on 11-25-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

There is no denying that this is a big beer from the get go. Some booziness joins the orange hoppy and big malt aromas. Very hazy grapefruit orange colour with bubbling soapy white head. Lots of thick lace. Taste of rich orange, big IBU hop pellets and malt. Well done for a super high IBU. Not something I can drink too often. Thick mouthfeel however palate is numbed. Mashed hop pellet aftertaste.

Sammy, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellowish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of a mixture of hops (pine resin, tropical fruits, citrus) and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate amount of bitterness. There are balanced flavors of mats and hops in the initial taste and bitterness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well balanced between the malts and hops and any traces of alcohol are non-existent.

metter98, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller and Tool at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium

Pours an almost clear orange amber with a fast fading white head.

Nose is unique. Smells like lemon chiffon and sweet walnuts; spiced orange with hints of sugared clove and sweet grass, all very perfumy. A truly unique nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium creamy with light carbonation and a high hop balance.

Flavors a very complex with a sweet bitter grapefruit/lemon merangue front palate that is long lasting that blends into a lemon oil mid palate and a grapefruit skin bitter assertive big finish. This is a complex drink and while complex and big you don't feel or taste the 10.5% alcohol.

Bitter finish goes on forever. This is one that really shows its character at room temperature.

GRG1313, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

spycow, May 02, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

A: single finger off white head on a very murky golden amber body.

S: tart fruits, mostly red apple and pineapple with some herbal notes. little on the malt side.

T: very tart and fruity, almost like one of those multi-fruit not from concentrate juices with red apple, pineapple and orange. Bittering and floral hops in the finish. Has almost a root beer or cola note to it as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the hops arent very strong. Nice fruit cocktail flavors and the right amount of bitter balance.

kylehay2004, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

My first beer form this Danish brewery.Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed lemon infused peach color with a rather large white head,it just has the look of hop juice just murky and mysterious.Sharp pithy grapefruit and overripe mango aromas mixed with sweet alcohol,the unlike way to many of the style is dominated by hops with sweetness underneath.Grapefruit rind x 10 hits the palate with some nice mango anf pineaaple flavors to round the hop component,it has a sweet alcohol edge but it never overpowers.This is in your face hop juice and I love it,the Danes make some damn good Double IPA's.

oberon, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2.7%

330ml bottle. I know that it's To Øl, but I still very much want to crank some Tool while I do this...

This beer pours a dark, hazy golden apricot hue, with two fingers of dense, foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of coral reef lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet toffee/caramel malt, moderately bitter grapefruit and citrus flesh, a musty pale breadiness, some piney forest goodness, and a pungent, but still reserved, booziness. The taste is sweet caramel and toffee malt, a soft untethered mustiness, sassy grapefruit pith and squeezed orange juiciness, all under the spell of a subtly obscured alcohol burbling.

The bubbles are rather well understated, the body a pretty full weight, all comers welcome to protest, and smooth in a hedonist's sense of the word - i.e. overdone, just a smidge. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the multi-toned malt doing well to keep things well in concert with the still puff-chested bitter-ass citrus hops.

A decent, no holds-barred DIPA, fo sho. Nothing really stopping this from delving into Barleywine territory, I suppose, given a year or two to pat down the still peppy hops, but hey, choose your own adventure, eh?

biboergosum, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%

A - Pured with one finger of white from on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head collapses fairly quickly and leaves light traces of lace on the glass.

S - an earthy aroma of hops with notes of pine and sweat.

T - Toffee and red apple up front with some caramel creeping out. A touch of black licorice in the middle and some orange hop notes. Finishes with caramel apple and herbal hops as well as sights bitterness.

M - A moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but not quite a world class dips. More English in character than I would have expected. Not one of the better hoppy beat from mikkelller.

nickfl, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of pineapple and other tropical fruit, as well as some pine, resin and biscuit malt.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of boozy pineapple notes with some pine and resin mixed in. There is some biscuit and toffee malt, as well as a decent amount of alcohol. The bitterness is about medium for the style.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Rochefort10nh, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

A collaborative brew from Mikkeller and ToØl, but brewed at De Proef Brouwerij in Belgium. Minimalist label on the bottle.

Thick, frothy head that leaves a blanket of lace after each sip. Cloudy orange-amber color.

Superbly fresh smelling hop, very floral and soft with a touch grapefruit. Notable alcohol in the background.

Soft malt start which continues as long as I hold the liquid in my mouth. The swallow, though, is a lip puckering experience of peppery hop. Smooth but harsh at the same time. Full bodied with a low but appropriate level of carbonation.

smcolw, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a murky dark golden orange in color (almost like an apple cider) with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple hops with some moderate aromas pine/resin hops. Very light amounts of caramel malts in the background.

T: There is a light amount of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness in the background behind a huge flavor of hops - primarily citrus/grapefruit with lighter notes of tropical/pineapple and pine/resin. Just a light amount of bitterness that quickly fades.

M: Moderate to heavy bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy.

O: This is a really big beer and drinks like it - intense hop flavors and aromas and packs a punch with the high ABV so is best sipped slowly. Enjoyable with a moderate amount of complexity.

dbrauneis, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

drewone, May 06, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

duceswild, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ejimhof, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/10/12

A very hazy light amber with lots of slow tiny bubbles steaming up the side, dense cream colored foam hangs around long enough to leave a few rings of lace followed by random patches, pretty solid looking DIPA

S piney rind hit me right away followed by caramel malt and dry cereal, a little booze but 10.5% I'd never guess, some sweet tropical notes are working well

T all sorts of citric rind and loads of pine resin, mimics the smell well but the piney rind takes over from the other aspects and some balance is lost, don't get me wrong I don't mind some overkill

M its a bit of a palate wrecker but not quite enamel stripping, fairly full bodied and only after the liquids in my stomach do I feel the booze. long finish of rind and pine with a faint herbal aspect, sticky on the lips and a little gritty in the mouth

O solid example of a DIPA, balance in the nose but becoming a runaway in the mouth, well concealed booze and no shortage of hops

pretty big DIPA that I'd drink again no questions asked, price is reasonable and I could see this one turning into a nice Barley Wine if you sat on it for a year or two

wordemupg, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A hugely hoppy aroma, with some citrus thrown in as well.

T: Like the aroma, the taste was dominated by hops (as it should be with a DIPA). Also had a strong citrus presence, along with malt and a hint of pine. A powerful, complex, enjoyable flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a clean, smooth, somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the best examples of a European brewery getting the DIPA absolutely right. A totally drinkable beer.

avalon07, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

Big thanks goes out to beeruser and funkydelic for sharing this one with me at one of our weekly tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a massively hazy yellow-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and orange zest. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good IIPA. I didn't know the alcohol going into this one and never would have guessed it either... No sign of it ANYWHERE in this brew which was nice. The aroma was pretty spot on for the style, while the flavor added some nice touches with the orange zest that I had not experienced before in an IIPA. Really made it quite enjoyable... A definite for any fan of the style without doubt.

thagr81us, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%

Rich aroma is strongly hoppy with a firm citrus undertone that is mainly orange with a note of grapefruit. It pours a hazy dark honey-amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Strong flavor is, no surprise, mainly hoppy yet minimally bitter and has a firm note of sweet citrus plus a sour touch - very tasty. Rough texture is quite fizzy and leaves a hoppy, citrus tingle behind. A must if you like good IPAs!

Cyberkedi, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%

Cloudy orange colour with a small, short lasted white head.

Dank hop aroma with lots of grapefruit, mandarin and pine. Interesting.

Smooth malt with lots of hop character. Really, really fruity with plenty of citrus notes. A touch astringent but good on the whole.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer but ultimately it feels like a little bit of a let down with the flavours not quite gelling the way they should.

dgilks, May 04, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

11.2oz bottle.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a smallish white head that sticks stubbornly to the glass and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is very sticky sweet with pithy grapefruit and pineapple dominating the nose. Mandarin oranges and some sweet caramel malts.

Massive lemon and pineapple sweetness up front, with oranges and grapefruit as well. Just a big sweet fruit cocktail flavor. Sweet sugary malts underneath but the finish is juicy as hell.

The mouthfeel is sticky sweet with soft carbonation and bitter with citrus hops, though it's more sweet than bitter.

In case you haven't noticed from my review, this is a seriously citrus-heavy DIPA that's not exactly drinkable but it's full of bold flavors and I kinda dig it.

gford217, May 31, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottle at Ol Baren in Copenhagen on recommendation from the bar keep. From notes.

A - Eggshell 1.5 finger head on a hazy light copper body. No visible carbonation. Ring of white lacing, that is it.

S - Rich hops. Lovely fruitiness in the form of tropical sort of fruits. Resinous in the nose.

T - Slightly sweet then straight to bitter with a fruity hop profile following the nice sweet malt needed to make this balanced enough.

M - Light carbonation with a medium body works well. Sharp bite on the tongue with bitterness to finish.

D - Another great Danish IIPA. One or two would be more than enough considering the ABV, but it is highly drinkable with no alcohol to speak of in the taste. Nice stuff.

tbeckett, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

This just arrived in Indy last weekend. Overall pours a light bodied very cloudy dingy gold in color with a one finger soapy white head. The nose is fresh and has a lot of citrus hoppiness going on. The tangerines are nice and there is a moderate malt sweetness. The flavors are instantly full of citrus and soap with a prevalent bitterness. It drinks light in body and is pretty dry. The bitterness lingers into the after taste. Overall the beer is pretty solid but nothing spectacular. It holds up to American IPAs pretty well.

aasher, Mar 29, 2012
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Overall IIPA from To Øl
91 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.