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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Ørbæk Bryggeri, Ørbæk, Denmark. Some batches are brewed at De Proef Brouwerij.

Ingredients: Water, malt (pilsner, munich and caramunich), flaked oats, hops (chinook, cascade and amarillo) and ale yeast.

Added by Sammy on 11-12-2006

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185
Ratings:
258
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.93%
 
 
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Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from K&L Redwood City, shared by bubba83 on BA. Thanks, Kevin!

A - Nice almost clear copper color with a creamy white head.

S - Aroma is sweet malt, apple, and citrus hops.

T - Flavor is slightly oxidized, with caramel malt, orange/citrus hops, green apple, and some sherry. This was not quite as good as other Mikkeller IPAs I've had, although it still wasn't bad at all. May have been less than fresh.

M - Palate is a little astringent with medium body and lingering bitterness.

D - Above average for the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge egg-shell white head with great lasting power. The color is orange-amber with a slight chill haze. Unusually light lace (but more than most beers) than the head would suggest.

Lots of raw hop aromas, much like hop pellets from a home brew shop. The malt smells are very much in the background.

The taste matches the nose--lots of hop from the initial sip through the swallow and long afterwards. The malt provides a base but little taste after the first sip. The body is appropriate for the style and the carbonation is equally within expectations.

This is a hop-lovers beer. Do not look for balance. I like this style, but I would also place it close to the extreme level of bitterness.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - translucent orange, a nice off-white head of two fingers. Shiny crystalline lace as the cap recedes.

Aroma - earthy, minty, grassy hops. A light twangy caramel to accentuate.

Taste - a short whisper of grain, some sharp grapefruit citrus, then a bitter wash of hops. Still displaying the grapefruit rind with a little Amarillo balance late to take the medicinal edge off. Ends a little harsh but pretty nice flavor overall.

Mouthfeel - good bit of smoothness, even carbonation, a sturdy body.

Drinkability - a little rough, glad to try it but not something I'd generally go for.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass. Soundtrack: Superdrag's Headtrip in Every Key.

Pours hazy copper with a big, fluffy 2.5-finger khaki head. Head settles in to a thin soapy cap. Nice lacing.

Nose is nicely citric, a bit of bready malt underneath. Clean and effective. Almost tropical.

Taste is toasty, bready. Lots of hop bitterness, soapy towards the finish, with some citric and grassy notes in there and quite a bt of astringency. This one had to have sat on the shelf awhile, just doesn't taste fresh. Hits all the basic note sof a good IPA, they're all just a bit flat.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, a bit coarse, medium body.

I think so many of these Mikkeller brews end up on the shelf for far too long. When they're fresh, they're phenomenal, easy home runs, and even when they're far past their prime you can tell they SHOULD be good beers. But this one unfortunately is just stale tasting. If it had a best buy date I would know, but it unfortunately doesn't. Thus, it gets reviewed.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is dark dark amber going on ruby with minimal head - just soapy lacing

The smell is IPA style with lots of comlex hops but much fainter than I am used to.

The taste is truly IPA but there is NO balancing malt flavour whatsoever so not as good as the best ones

The mouthfeel is light body lighter than I expected but I am drinking this after a Weienbock so will cut some slack...

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Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice foamy off-white head that left some sticky lacing. The aroma is of honey malt and some floral and grassy hops. Not a very strong IPA aroma. The taste is big on honey malt, grassy and slightly citrus hops. A bit too malty on taste. The feel is moderate with fairly soft carbonation, finishes bitter. This brew brings a big malt presence to support the higher ABV but not necessarily to support the hop presence. It has a nice hop flavor but not strong enough to warrant the malt profile. Felt more like a DIPA with less alcohol.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell is floral/herbs, malt, a slight bit of alcohol, and pine resin. The taste is a pretty close match to the smell with big malt sweetness, citrus, pine, and a fairly bitter finish. The mouthfeel and taste are much more reminiscent of a double IPA. A little too sweet for my palate.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a pretty brown in color with a good, easy head that tingled the lips.

Smell - The smells here are very sharp. The hops are classic Americana and unabashed while the malt is more like a stiff English bitter.

Taste - This is a tale of two cities. The hops are heavy-handed pleasing the die-hard hophead but scaring off the casual drinker or the veteran looking for an easy Belgian flare.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with a harsh bitter malt bite.

Drinkability - The flavors are powerful but they don't meld well.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber on 8/23/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear amber body with one-fonger white head that receded and left some spotty lacing. Moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Floral and perfumy hop notes with sweet caramel malt and a bit of a spicy/peppery character.

T - Floral hops abound with plenty of sweet caramel malt to balance. This IPA is on the sweet side of the spectrum, but a fruity character emerges toward the finish with a spicy kick to balance out the sweetness.

M - Light to medium body with a moderately oily texture and a bitterness that increases with each sip.

D - Decent IPA, but doesn't really stand out in the grand scheme of things.

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Photo of onecrazybreeze
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured amber with white foamy head. Smelled fresh, citrusy, slightly earthy and grassy. Tasted like citrusy hops with a slight funk to it. Was expecting something a little more hoppy and a little less funky, I felt like it could use more hops. Not a bad beer by any means, still very drinkable.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Green's Beverages-Midtown. Been curious to try this 'Stateside IPA' from Denmark. Very pretty IPA in the glass, clear golden-orange. 2F pillowy white shiny frothy head in a std pint glass. All cascade hop aroma without any specific member of the citrus family standing out. Very sharp, bitter taste. Like the aroma, huge citrus mouthfeel. This one is all hops, not at all balanced. Nice attempt at this authentic American style.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a pokal glass.

A: The body is amber with some opaquenes. The head is white, one and a half finger thick and shows some good retention. Lots of lacing.
S: Not sure if this aroma is the result of not drinking this IPA while it was fresh but the aromas are very very mild of pine, fruity aromas tending for citrus and some hops. This beer is not that much aromatic.
T: The taste shows some toffee, some pine, not that much citrus even though they're present. In the end, hops and barley are strong.
M: Body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is *perfect*. Bitterness should be a lot tougher but it's very mild.
O: This beer should have an aromatic profile that would speak a lot more to the drinker since it's an IPA. The taste is very faited but probably due to not being fresh. Would like to drink this right out of a fresh keg. It could be interesting.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle - Thanks to Lubiere for sharing

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a small size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, dark fruits?

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some pineapple and something along the line of raisins. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with only a bit of hop bitterness.

Overall - This bottle might have been past it's prime. Most of the Mikkeller beers I've had don't have dates clearly labelled. The ink on the cap with the best before always rubs off. Oh well, still glad to have tried.

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Photo of Deuane
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Bright copper with a medium white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lacing.

S-Sweet caramel malt upfront with a bit of floral and peppery hop aroma.

T-Sweet caramel malt up front...in fact a bit too sweet for me. I expected more of a hop kick. It does come in with a nice floral/fruity finish but it is towards the end and more of an afterthought.to balance.

M-Medium body with a building sticky feeling. Hop bitterness does build in the aftertaste.

D-A bit disappointed with this one. I was expecting more of a hop forward brew....and this is not that. Too sweet for me to drink very much at any one time. I'm glad I was able to share this bomber.

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Photo of
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

17oz. bottle

Crystal clear, amber fluid. Huge, light tan head, formed by large bubbles. Great lacing.

Big citrus aroma -- oranges and lemons. Pine as well. Caramel.

Solidly bitter, pine, lemon and grass. Biscuity middle, touch of caramel. Not very balanced, it's the hops show.

Light to medium body, seems too thin. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry.

OK, but give me a San Diego Pale any day. Better IPAs out there at much more reasonable prices ($8 for 17oz. = a $34 six pack). Very easy to drink, and certainly one of the more hoppy offerings from our friends across the Atlantic.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for sending this beer my way.

The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is resiny hops with some orange and caramel malt. I also get some floral notes. The flavor is very bitter. I get some resiny hops and some bitter orange peel notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not terrible, but not one of the better Mikkeller IPAs.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- a little bit darker than I like to see an IPA but it pours a brownish-orange, and the head is amazing. Fluffy off-white head sticks forever.

S- The smell is definitely hop forward. Slightly orange citrusy, earthy, and sweet resiny.

T- More towards the sweet resiny side here. Finishes with quite a bitterness.

M/D- really has some body to it for a 7% IPA. I think a lot of it contributes to that background sweetness.

I'll tell you why this didn't completely impress me. It did have a nice hoppiness to me (which I love), but the sweetness, in it's syrupy fashion, was a bit too much for it. It doesn't seem like the hops were able to completely shine through here because of that.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into pint glass.

A cloudy deep amber hue, bordering on copper, sits below a dense one finger tan head that slowly settles to an even cap.

Plenty of sharp hops in the foreground, adding a little bit of a strong herbal aroma. Some caramel is added in the background, along with a little bit of butterscotch.

Plenty of toasty grains in the background, adding a little bit of brown sugar and burnt caramel. The hops add somewhat of a tea-like flavor, as well as a lot of unbalanced bitterness. Full bodied.

I had a little trouble with this one, being that the tart hop bitterness wasn't backed up by a lot of hop flavor. What I get out of that is a mediocre amber ale with some mouth puckering bitterness.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown glass bottle with simple green label and unbranded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop in Budapest, Hungary and served into a Zlaty Bazant .3L pils glass in me friend's gaff in Budapest. Reviewed live, as an IPA - because the label and name clearly identify it as such. 6.9% ABV. No best before date is listed. Cost was 1000 forent.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a two finger wide head of off-white colour. Somewhat thin. Inconsistent spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Fairly creamy and thick. Okay complexion and consistency. Above average (~3-4 minute) retention.

BODY: Dark murky copper with faint amber hues. Translucent. Nontransparent. Some yeast particulate is plainly visible about the bottom of the glass. No hop sediment is visible.

It's looking rather unfiltered, which I consider a good thing. It's a pretty standard looking IPA otherwise. I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Mango, tangerine, floral, some nectar, light citrusy zest, and some lightly bitter grapefruit round out the hop profile. Pale malts provide the unobtrusive foundation, allowing the hops to be emphasized. Seems to have a good bitterness/sweetness balance, but these hop choices don't seem ideal - at least not for my personal tastes. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character, spices, alcohol, or off-character is detectable.

TASTE: Citrusy zest, some grapefruity hop bitterness. Assorted fruity hop notes - tangerine and mango, mainly. Pale malts. Floral hop character. Average intensity, duration, and depth of flavour. Has fair complexity and subtlety, but it's not intricate or nuanced for an IPA, and I've definitely experienced more complex layering and better flavour amplitude. It's definitely well-balanced in terms of sweetness/bitterness, but I'm not a huge fan of these choices of hops.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, on the thinner side for an IPA, clean, and perfectly carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, scratchy, or biting.

Decent presence on the palate. This texture suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable, and certainly enjoyable. I like it but I wouldn't get it again. It's a nice IPA from Mikkeller but the price point even by Hungarian standards is pretty unreasonable. I'm sure it's fairly priced in Denmark. I could down many in one sitting, but it's far from world class. Worth trying, sure, but only if you can get it fresh.

B-

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one as a wedding present...sweet! Pours into my glass an extremely hazy dark orange, can't see through this one. A half inch of creamy white foam has some good staying power. Aromas start off with crisp grain malts and a dash of caramel. Fruity hops with an earthy tea-like aroma as well as a touch of pine. Hops are definitely muted compared to what I've come to expect from an American IPA as the aroma comes off as more malty.

First sip brings a nice mix of caramel and toasted grains upfront that moves into a mix of fruity, earthy hops alongside a touch of pine and a decent bitterness. Again, the hops are quite faded in the flavor and this is falling more on the malty side. Flows down with a lingering caramel malt sweetness and bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Goes down fairly easy. I'm not sure if this one just didn't travel well or if it was on the shelf too long, but the hops just weren't there making it a bit of a disappointment. Bottle states brewed at Ørbæk, which means it's from an earlier batch as it's now brewed at BrewDog, so that could be part of it...will have to track down a fresher bottle!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a smal creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts, and minty melon.

The flavor is some sweet caramel malts followed by a big slightly harsh bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA with good bitterness but just OK aromatics and taste. There are much better (and more cost effective at $9 for 16.9 oz) IPAs out there.

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Photo of JBStith
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear and golden/orange. Nice white head and good retention. Lace lingered thru the entire pint.

S: Sweet malt and citrus hops.

T: Overall, not to bad. A little on the sweet side and maybe a bit of diacetyl (which I don't like in IPAs). Citrus and bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M: Medium body and mouthfeel. Gets a bit "sticky" towards the end of the pint.

D: Avergae drinkability for me. My percedption of diacetyl really starts to turn me off half way thru.

Probably won't buy this again because of its price. Not a bad beer, but not good enough for the price.

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Photo of JDV
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle as an extra from tytoanderso. Thanks man!
Pours light coppery clear color with a short lived head. Smell is nicely hopped and earthy and fruity in nature. Noce moderate to strong bitterness and tingly, spicy like fresh hop flavor. Medium to thin bodied and a nice balancing sweetness. Slight astringency as it warms. Overall a well done IPA. Thanks again!

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Photo of match1112
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice tan head sits atop a dark copper colored body. smells of rich malts, slight pine hops. taste is a nice caramel malt up front before the hops set in to stay. mouthfeel is creamy yet dry at the same time with a bitter finish. not my favorite ipa but not bad.

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Photo of ikats
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, light amber in color with huge creamy white head. Very aromatic. Hoppy aroma is full of grapefruit, some pine. There are some malty sweet notes too. Hop bitterness is overwhelming. The balance between dyr, bitter hops and sweet malt is imperfect, and because of that this beer seems too hoppy for an IPA. Mouthfeel is OK, but I don't find this beer very drinkable. I would probably not reach out for the second one at a pub. That said I think it's very interesting that this IPA came from Europe. As I am sure many, I've picked up this bottle to see how Dannish brewers interpret American style. It would be interesting to find out how this beer is received in Denmark.

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Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.94 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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