Amass B & W | Mikkeller ApS

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Amass B & WAmass B & W

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biboergosum on 12-03-2013

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by beholder_pl:
Photo of beholder_pl
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing west coast style IPA.

Appearance: light amber, clear with a big white head that drops rather fast but doesn't disappear completly. Pretty nice lacing, but nothing special I guess.

Aroma is of citrusy hops, very fresh and pleasant. Grapefruit, mango and a bit of pine.

Taste: very hoppy, lots and lots of grapefruit, mango and so on. Zero traces of alcohol. Mild bitterness, however it lasts a bit too long.

Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Overall it's a very tasty, decent and well balanced beer, but it's nothing special really.

Enjoyed from a shaker glass

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Per the label: "West Coast Style India Pale Ale." 6.50% ABV. 330ml brown glass bottle purchased for 9.90 euro (ouch!) at Oluthuone Kaisla in Helsinki, Finland, and served into Oluthuone branded stemware there. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; Mikkel is my favourite brewer and he's done some stellar IPAs in the past.

Label is minimalist.

Served at fridge temp.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of off-white colour, with a nice supple complexion and a shiny complexion. Nicely creamy and thick, though it could be moreso on each front. Leaves consistent lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Murky dull nontransparent peach colour. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It doesn't look unique or special for its style, and I'm a bit perplexed as to why it's so dull.

AROMA: Peach fruit. Fruity ale esters. Apricot. Pale malt sweetness. The dominant hop character is that of fruit, with no real nectary, piney, or even juicy notes. Overall, it's a fresh, appealing aroma of surprising depth. The aroma isn't too intense; it's moderately strong yet fragrant.

I don't detect yeast, alcohol/booze, or off-notes.

Peach hop notes dominate.

TASTE: Fresh peach. Pale malts. Fruity ale esters. Light apricot. It gets fruitier and slightly sweeter in the third act, which is interesting. A kiss of grapefruit. The hop profile is a bit of a mess, though, and lacks focus and cohesion - as does the beer as a whole. The pale malt base never quite fits the scattered fruity hop character, and more diversity of hop profile is needed to elevate this beyond "just another IPA." It doesn't even feature the signature bitterness of the purported "West Coast" IPA, though that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Flavour duration, intensity, and depth is average. Amplitude of flavour is subpar.

It's no more complex or intricate than the next IPA, but there's enough going on here to keep things interesting. It's not a gestalt or subtly executed build, but in a general sense I do like the beer. It's certainly not in league with Mikkel's best IPAs.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, and somewhat soft on the palate, which makes it comforting. But it's not refreshing due to its overly full body and assertive thickness, which lend it a heavy hefty overall presence on the palate. This texture suits the taste decently well, but never elevates any elements of the flavour profile and never feels custom-tailored specifically to it.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or rough. I do find it to be lightly scratchy on the palate, which impedes the aforementioned comforting feel.

OVERALL: It's a drinkable IPA, sure, but it doesn't deliver anything unique or special. I'd sooner reach for one of the many more widely available IPAs. And diehard bitterness-loving fans of IPAs of the trendy "West Coast" persuasion will likely be disappointed. I'll finish the glass with ease, but I wouldn't get this beer again, and I'd caution others against trying it - especially at Finnish prices.

When Mikkel is on, he's really fucking on. But sadly this beer seems like it suffers from a phoned-in (perhaps literally) De Proef recipe. Perhaps Mkkel himself didn't even brew this?

That said, the peach and complementary apricot notes are lovely, and I admire that aspect of the flavour profile. I just want a more focused hop profile and a more deliberate structure.

High C+

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of innominat
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and synthetically corked bottle. A 'West Coast Style IPA', apparently, named for the Amass restaurant in Copenhagen, and the label's ornate script inspired by the graffiti in the nearby B&W shipyard.

Jebus H. Christos, I fucking hate that - pop the cork, gently set the bottle back on the desk, and before you can reach for your waiting glass, a rising tower of carbonated ineptitude comes spurting out over everything in the immediate vicinity. Did I say fuuuck?

Anyways, this eventually pours (hah!) a hazy medium copper amber colour, with two fingers (really?) of densely foamy, rocky, and yeasty-looking off-white head, which leaves some random Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of pungent grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, and kiwi fruity flesh, an equally sturdy caramel/toffee malt, musty pine needles, and further wet leafy, somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is more grapefruit, Christmas orange, and muddled tropical fruitiness, bready caramel malt, dry toffee, a suggestion of earthy yeast, a forest floor pine astringency, and more leafy, floral hop notes.

The carbonation is soft and barely actively frothy (of course it is), the body a decent medium weight, and smooth as it can be with all those hops skulking about, and weirdly a bit creamy. It finishes off-dry, that yin/yang balance of heady citrus/pine hops and stocky caramel malt still battling it out for our amusement.

A genuinely tasty, well-rendered version of the west-coast IPA paradigm, with just a wee tic of that De Proef yeast to mark its point of origin. Oh right, De Proef - they would be the reason for the downgrade in overall score here - first impressions being what they are in this world.

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Photo of dertyd
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MDHopster
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before Date on cap 28/10/17 330ml poured in pint glass. Cloudy with white head and sea monkeys. Head short lived with lacing. Nice citrus aroma and better taste. Average even mediocre given the price $8 US. Rating is higher than I would like because BA doesn't have a value rating which I would place at 2.5

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Photo of desint
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of killcore
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SayBoom
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pineapple_playa
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice IPA

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Photo of Tom87
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JackieKu
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/28/2017. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good sized pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly grainy/creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice west coast IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/pine hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of randomNBGD
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chinakalva
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Nine_Tails
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinStaley
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of SoPeL
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Zinzi
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pretty traditional west coast style ipa.
Quite hoppy and bitter as soon as you sip it, it turns to a more fruity and sweet taste.
I found it to be a well brewed and pleasant IPA, even tho it's nothing revolutionary.

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Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Amass B & W from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 33 ratings