Brett Mikkels IPA
Surly Brewing Company

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IPA - Belgian
3.98 | pDev: 10.3%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 750 ml bottle on January 2, 2016. Look is amber gold with a thick off-white head and some lingering lacing. Smell is brett, pepper, tropical fruit and citrus aromas. Taste is papaya, pineapple, brett, orange citrus and pepper flavors. Feel is medium in body with a smooth and somewhat dry finish.

Jan 03, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark peach color with off-white head. Aroma has intense Brett character with farmhouse and floral notes. Taste follows with yeast notes, quite bitter up front with earthy hop notes. Light body but feels soft and is well carbonated. Quite rough on the bitterness but the yeast notes are really nice.

Dec 26, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip
A: Brownish orange with a billowing head
S: Lots of brett, white pepper, some tropical fruit and citrus
T: Matches the nose though in a different order with tropical fruit up front (especially papaya and pineapple) then brett, then orange/kaffir lime then white pepper
M: Medium-bodied, a bit spicy
O: If you don't like brett keep your distance. If you do, this is complex and tasty

Aug 04, 2016
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great nose: sour barn, lemon-curd, toffeed lemongrass—all wonderful. Big dry-malt sugars, with leathery and barn-floor-grain bite, but an underlying caramely creaminess. Wet-grass bitters, touch of spruce-sugar, a mere moderate head, but very smooth finish. Just a really good Brett IPA.

Jun 05, 2016
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this in Waseca, standing alone and wanting to be consumed. So I took it and now am putting it out of it's misery.
Wonderful complex aroma that is mostly yeast based but a nice mix of sweet spiciness with a hints of funk and intermingling light fruit. Some of the malt base shows in support. Really nice.
Nice firm beige head over an amber/gold slightly cloudy body.
Equally complex flavor but more intense funk from the yeast and the hops show in the sudden show of bitterness and the long finish that has a nice drying component. The tastes linger on the tongue for a good long time and it's a nice mix of the drying, hop flavor and a smooth bitterness. This is after the first take. Yikes gonna' be coming with later drinks.
Moderately light body but enough heft to support the taste and ample adequate carbonation for style.
This is more than expected. Maybe some time has been good to this one. Probably has lost some hop character, but it still tastes grand, interesting and complex. Quite enjoyable.

May 13, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml brown glass bottle for 15 euro @ Labirratorium Madrid. Brief notes below:

A: ~8cm wide head. 10 minute retention. Body colour is a clear orange-copper. No yeast can be seen within.

Sm: Obvious brettanomyces funkiness. Biscuity yeast. Pale malts. Subdued hop character - floral, tangerine, rind, zest.

The mix of dry brettanomyces and mild hop character is interesting, but leaves much to be desired.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Brettanomyces is evident - biscuity notes, mild funkiness, hay. Hop profile is rather subdued/weak for an IPA. Floral notes, zest, rind. No overt or imbalanced bitterness here, but more pungent and deep hop character would be nice. Not as assertive as I hoped for given the two excellent brewer(ie)s involved.

Balanced but lacking in terms of complexity and depth of flavour.

Mf: Dry, smooth, refreshing, light to medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.

O: Enjoyable and drinkable, but I hoped for far better given the two world-class breweries behind it. It's a fun experiment, but isn't worth its high price. Both breweries make excellent IPAs and sours; this is not excellent.


May 09, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle served in a large mug. If there's a date on the bottle, I can't find it.

Pours an ambery golden with a medium head showcasing some lasting power. Medium to high amount of carbonation. Pretty nice looking beer. Smell is an odd fruity like old bananas maybe, some grassy/green characteristic, maybe something else moderately spicy (as in herbaceous) about it.

Taste is a little twist on the aroma -- more fruity, less greens, with a heavy herbaceous bitter finish. The hop profile is nice, I think -- it seems like a bright tropical theme, but it clashes somewhat with the funky yeastiness. Interesting, good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is dry and drying, resinous. Overall, pretty good.

Apr 02, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

A great looking beer, from the lacing to the stunning copper hue. Brett funk with a semi-forward hopping meets a slightly hefty malt backbone in the nose. Deep smoothness with sufficient crispness. Wild herb medicinal funk from the brett, pretty much hopped like an IPA. Suggestions of green tea, star fruit, peppercorn, & melon rind. A little pungent in the middle, drys up real nice in the finish with funk, fruit, grass, & spice in the finish. Way too damn tasty, each sip opens another door ... pulls back another layer.

Mar 26, 2016
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly off-white head with excellent retention. Faint lacing.
S: Juicy tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit) and subtle spice (white pepper) mix with peach, orange, and honey notes. Surprisingly bright with full fruit notes.
T: Dry cracker malt and harsh pepper hit first, which is a bit jarring after the aroma. Tropical fruit, peach, and honey notes are much less apparent here. Frankly disappointing.
M: Medium body. Very dry. Harsh spice. Moderately bitter and mildly sweet.
D: Wow did this take a nose dive. Surprising for these two collaborators. If this had followed in the vein of the aroma, this would have been tremendous. The balance here was off and the hop notes in the taste were more dry and bitter and much less flavorful. DP...don't believe it.

Feb 24, 2016
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ta_hagen from Minnesota

4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is sweet fruity and Brett sour. Taste is light-medium and sour with a slight bitterness aftertaste. Good body and feel. Funk bomb with tropical piney IPA feel. Alcohol by volume is closer to a DIPA but tastes like a original IPA. Beware and bee-warned, these can go down easy... You get that Belgiany bubblegum favor taste that comes from the Brett. I was very impressed by this, and consider it one of my top ten IPA's in 2016. Surly knocked it out of the park... Get some while it lasts.

Feb 10, 2016
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smanson56 from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep golden orange color into my Teku glass. The nose is what I have come to expect from a Brett IPA, some hints of hops and pine with the earthy funk you get from the brett. The taste is more towards an IPA and a little less on the brett side of things. Really a more pleasant beer to drink after it warms a little in my glass. All the flavors seem to blend very well. The feel is the slightly effervescent you tend to get with a brett style beer. Not something I would want to drink all the time but every now and then it would be enjoyable

Jan 24, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderfully balanced brett IPA. The funky, earthy barn character blends seamlessly with juicy, citrus hops. It's full-flavored, with a dry, slightly tangy finish; a little rich, but not too thick.

Jan 23, 2016
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived in an unwaxed 750mL bottle. Poured just like a typical IPA, hazy golden with a decent whitish head that receded quickly to a trace with no lacing. Smells phenolic, uric, funky, piney, slightly citric. Taste is a solid citrus/piney IPA laced with elements of barnyard tang, bright funky, tart/sourness. Medium body, moderate carbonation, the tart/sour aftertaste lingers. Clearly this started out as a very solid IPA before it underwent experimentation. I'm happy to have participated, but I probably wouldn't go back for seconds.

Jan 21, 2016
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Austin32 from Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to barrelAgedG for opening. Nice color, lots going on here, bitterness, fruit, some funk. Overall it was good but for me all the flavors struggled a bit to work together.

Jan 18, 2016
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

surly in a bottle = questionable. surly without a wax top = safe. i took my chances on this one.

amber in color, mostly clear. thin head. not bad looking.

smell is fruity funk. taste is the same - honey notes at the end mellow out the funkiness, but there's some lingering, dry bitterness.

this beer is surly/mikkeller channeling fantom for me here.

Jan 18, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is Belgian yeast, pine, sugar and slight funk. The flavor is fruit, Belgian yeast, grapefruit, hops, malts, mild sugar notes and a mix of bitter and slight tart/sour in the finish.

Jan 17, 2016
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker copper color with a small lacing head. Aroma is sweet fruity and sour. Taste is light and sour with a slight bitterness aftertaste. Good body and feel. Overall interesting, more sour then ipa.

Jan 17, 2016
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morimech from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pale, clear amber color with over a finger of dense head that had good retention before settling to a thin skim of suds. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. Complex aroma of brett funk with barnyard type of aromas. Also the hops add tropical fruit and floral qualities that gives this a really appealing aroma. Unfortunately the flavor goes off the tracks. Too funky and too bitter but I guess that is what to expect with IPA on the label. Just harsh on the palate. I really like the hop flavors that come through and that is what saves this beer for me. Tropical fruit and floral tones that is mostly overshadowed by the brett funk. Combine that with the high bitterness, is not a combination that this drinker is enjoying. Medium body and nicely carbonated.

Jan 16, 2016
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber, slightly cloudy, light head. A very different experience for the old nostrils. Fruity, yeasty smell. Not off-putting but is is not an IPA in that sense. The taste is a hop bomb of signifigant megatonnage, a great IPA for the hop lovers. Don't let the odd name and style keep you from trying this one. It's really in its own class, very much unlike the others in the BA list of Belgian IPAs. Recommended. It comes in a 750 ml bottle, not in the usual Surly 16 oz can, so look for it with the bombers or ask the retailer as they may have it stashed in the back.

Jan 16, 2016
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NateMN from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pale gold, light head

brett funk, light tropicals, earth

funk bomb, crisp & dry

A delightfully bitter & funky brett IPA. Went back to the store for two more.

Jan 15, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a medium straw color with a smallish head. The aroma is very complex, with some grapefruit peel starting it off, followed by the classic barnyard brett, but not an aggressive, ammonia smell, more like slighly damp hay. I also get some green bell pepper, some black pepper, and some light tropical notes. The flavor offers more of what the aroma promised, with citrus, barnyard, and passion fruit being most noticeable. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall this was an awesome brew, one of the best brett IPAs I have had.

Jan 01, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White head. Golden orange.

Funky Brett. Earthy and grassy. Floral.

Fairly bitter. Sticky. A tad dank.

It's alright, but I'm not going crazy over it. I wouldn't order another glass.

Nov 07, 2015
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deebo from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is as advertised. Clear and orange with lots of effervescence. Lots of Belgiany bubblegum esters with a punch of phenolic spice. Dry and fairly crisp with hidden alcohol. Nice beer

Nov 06, 2015
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color, with a thin foamy white head.

Smells of sweet candy, tropical fruit, floral notes and mild bitterness.

Tastes of bubblegum, with a delightful, yet subtle bitterness and hops flavor, with some subtle Belgian yeast in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is moderate-to-light, with above average carbonation for an IPA.

I had this at the Surly taproom. And while I was incredibly excited about a couple of their big-name brews before going there (Todd the Axeman, Overrated etc), this was the one that blew me away. Yes it's sweet, perhaps sweeter than many palates can appreciate. But to me it had just the right level of hops and Belgian yeast to offset the, in an other beer in the style, outrageous sweetness. I was very impressed by this, and consider it one of the brewery's best.

Aug 23, 2015
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little sour. A little orange colour and some head. Still Good edge and drinkablilty. Spot on otherwise. On tap At the brewery. A little different IPA.

Aug 09, 2015
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