Stateside IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
260
Reviews:
185
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
10
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13
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Photo of nezelrac
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a murky copper/amber with a good two fingers of off-white head; good persistence and some lacing

S - smells of sweet malt and plenty of hops; the hops don't have a clear focus - the bottle says citrus, but I am getting more earthiness and citrus pith; there is a yeasty musty note as well, which is a little off-putting

T - palate follows the nose, with nice bitterness front to back and enough caramel-y malt to hold it all in place

M - good weight and texture; CO2 is moderate; a beer of substance that isn't heavy-going

O - a solid IPA, but it took a little getting used to; not as clean or crisp as I was expecting, but an enjoyable brew

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Has a very frothy head that leaves a lot of lacing along the glass. Nice orange color with a lot of carbonation. Smell is subdued with a little citrus. Taste is citrusy and bready with a bitter aftertaste. Overall, a solid brew.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass. From a 1pt 9oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark copper color with red hues and a dense off white head about 1 inch tall. Very active CO2 is visible during the pour. Looks nice and creamy. HEad recedes slowly and leaves nice sticky lacing.

S - Biscuity malt aroma up front followed by some crisp citrus hop hints at the back.

T - Caramel malt sweetness up front with a nice transition into some citrusy hops. A bit of sourdough bread and grapefruit are in there. The hop character on the back end seems to cleanse the palette.

M - Medium bodied with nice strong CO2.

D - Medium

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a lush, foamy white head. Lightly bubbly.

Smell: Pleasantly perfumy aroma of citrus fruits and pine with a hint of spice and biscuity malts in the background.

Taste: At the start there's a flash of biscuit malts with a brief, subtle caramel sweetness. Then, you get a bright citric, fruity blast and a taste of resinous pine. Finishes dry with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Relatively smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One of the best non-American American IPAs I've had, and one that could give many domestic IPAs a run for their money.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a nice white head.

Nose is assertive floral-lavendar yeast, like fresh white bread.

Mouthfeel is medium with nice body that is enhanced by the big full simple bitter flavors. Big grapefruit/pine bitter hops. A pretty single dimensional IPA with lots of bitter; a bit "heavy" bitter and not the more pleasant "bright" bitter character.

Still, a decent IPA with lots of nice bitter character. Nice pine bitter finish.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a large, whitish head atop an amber/orange-ish body. The head dissipates rapidly but reemerges quickly upon agitation. The abundance of rising bubbles creates a creaminess up top, with thick lacing spiraling down the side.

Aromas of caramel, hops, and some fruitiness. The bouquet intensifies upon agitation and is quite pleasant.

Tastes of grapefruit, bitterness, and other citrus flavors. Not much of a flavor spectrum though. Hits you decently up front but nary a taste at the back. I think the hops may have died down somewhat through the travels from Denmark and/or the amount of storage time at the wine shop I bought it at.

The mouthfeel is crisp and pleasant. A nice finish on the palate that makes up for the lack of strong flavors.

Overall, all of the components are there to makes this an outstanding IPA (as some of the other reviewers are attesting to), and it would probably be better if it didn't have to travel roughly 6,000 miles to get to California. However, it's good to see what the Danes can do, and if this does indeed lose its hop quality upon traveling/storage, but retains a significant hop profile domestically, then Denmark (and its neighbors to the immediate North, South, East, and West) are getting a damn good taste of an American IPA.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, 6.9% ABV. The label is made up to approximate the American flag (in green and gold) with a weird array of single-cell organisms where the stars-as-states should be - I guess that they're meant to represent the American ale yeast.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, bright medium copper amber hue, with four fingers of slowly climbing, puffy, loosely foamy beige head, which leaves some nice thorough broken Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple rinds, a bit of pine resin, caramel/toffee malt, a soft earthy yeastiness, and a twinge of simmering metallic alcohol. The taste is more fairly bitter, earthy fruit - muddled grapefruit, overripe orange, some hints of black plums - bready caramel malt, tame brewer's yeast, some airborne black pepper, and further piney, leafy hops.

The carbonation is obviously quite active, leading to a subdued frothy character, the body a so-so medium weight, and gamely creamy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the malty sweetness holding up more stringently than any of the fading hops.

This appear to be an American-style IPA, as seen through a wacky Dane's eye, and further coloured via a typically Belgian brew process. While tasty enough, it's not really all that similar to the American standards it espouses, mainly due to the yeast. Worth a try, but not a repeat for me.

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Photo of jmmakare
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good IPA. It pours a hazy orange with a decent head and has a strong hoppy smell. It certainly tastes good and is an above average IPA. Its cost, however, is not worth it. Being from St. Louis I would rather enjoy a locally produced IPA from O'Fallon or Schlafly for much cheaper. I bet that much of its cost is due to that fact that it has to be transported overseas and because Mikkeller is a hyped name in beer right now. I would definitely drink this beer again if somebody gave me one for free, but I won't be buying another any time soon.

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Photo of mfinster21
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clean and clear copper with an orange-ish tint. Strong head with lacing present.

S-It has a piney and fruity character in the nose, probably derived from some american hops.

T-Hop favor is medium with piney, citrus, and resinuous aspects. Strong malt backbone that supports the hops. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M-medium light bodied mouthfeel with some astringency combined with a medium carbonation that has a dry finish.

D-A good drinkable IPA that has medium hop flavor and aroma with a dry finish.

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Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, with a big tan head. Smells strongly of citrus fruit. Taste is surprisingly malty up front, caramel and toffee flavors, the middle has a nice, earthy, citrusy hop flavor. Finish is dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, average carbonation. A very good IPA, a bit pricey though, I would get this again if I saw it, but you can get better IPA's for your dollar IMO.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lexx for purchasing this one.

Pours a slightly hazed amber, thick off white head forms, settles to a thick layer, tons of lace. Smell is sweet caramel, sugar, floral, pine, grapefruit, C hops, a bit perfumy, quite fragrant, not very exciting though. Taste is similar, lots of perfume and floral, citrus, sweet caramel, jasmine, bread, solid bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty smooth and drinkable for average.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Really thick dense tan head on a cloudy amber orange body.
S- Big pine and citrus hops, sweet caramel malt, grass, a light fruit juice.
T- Pine and grass hops with a hint of citrus. Sweet caramel malt comes in to help provide balance. Almost a light toffee flavor to it also. Leaves a big bitterness all over the tongue. Pine and grass stay around in the aftertaste.
M- Full body with medium carbonation.
D- I think it is a nice IPA and would like to try it on tap. It's good but wouldn't trade for it again.

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Photo of beholder_pl
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a bit hazy light amber in colour with quite big white head that lasts long. Nice lacing.

Aroma: a lot of tropical fruits, some malt and unfortunately a bit of rust and iron. Wasn't expecting that from Mikkeller.

Taste: grapefruit, mango, orange, maybe a bit of pineapple and again the rust and iron. Average to high bitterness. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, (too) high carbonation. Was feeling full half the bottle down.

Overall: The rust and iron in aroma and taste ruined this otherwise great beer. Probably just a bad batch, that's all. BB: 29.10.2015 so it's a fresh one. Don't get me wrong, it's good, very good, and you can actually barely taste and smell that iron and rust, but it's there, and it's ruining this beer for me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of JSquires via Papsoe. Seems to be the most known of the brewer's IPA series. This IPA is brewed with three kinds of american hops (chinook, cascade and amarillo), fermented with an american ale yeast strain. A big soapy head. Grapefruit flavour. Creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sean9689
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark copper/brown with a off-white head that's pretty large. Lots of lacing along the sides after the head has gone down...very sticky.

S - A good amount of malts with some secondary hops. Lots of citrus notes along with some underlying subtle sweetness on the end.

T - A different story from the smell. Lots of hops & bitterness up front, very powerful for an IPA. I get a bitter smoked cheese taste on the finish, don't know why. Very in-your-face compared to the smell.

M - Light-medium in body with good carbonation. Not as crisp/refreshing as I'd like, but not too bad.

D - A good IPA, but one is enough for me in a sitting. Perhaps I'll revisit again, perhaps not. Who knows.

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed amber with a thin white head. Some bits of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus, some pine and caramel.

The taste is of caramel, which comes dangerously close to overriding the hop presence, which is mostly orange. There's a bitterness in the finish, with a toffeeish aftertaste.

It has a creamy, medium body with a nice texture.

A nice interpretation of an American IPA. A firm malty, caramelish backbone supports, though almost overrides, a citric/orange-y hop bitterness. Alcohol is well-covered. To be honest, though - doesn't stand out enough to be worth repeating with the price tag.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark burnt cloudy orange with a nice white head that settled leaving nice lacing. The scent is citrus hop and sweet malt. Overall taste is we'll balanced. Bitter hops and sweet malt. Wish it had a little more citrusy sweetness to it. Medium bodied and not overly carbonated. I took a chance on this and it was exactly what I expected, a well balanced american ipa. I could crush this as a session beer were it not for its $8.99 price tag.

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Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Anatole
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cnbrown313
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice reddish golden-orange colour, clear enough but with a touch of haze, and a full-bodied and rather creamy head of off-white foam. Lacing is good leaving tiny honeycombing patterns down the inside of the glass. Surprisingly thin body for something that's 7% ABV, but we can't have everything. Looks like a very decent American IPA.

Genuine American hoppy notes on the nose. Good citrus rind freshness and a clipped grass note that verges towards pine needles. All very classic characters from the hops used, but they're used well. Could use a more full bodied aroma, but the constituents are all there.

Taste is again pretty much on the money for the style. Big welling of slightly spicy grapefruit bitterness through the centre of the palate, that rises until it runs out of steam, ending as a reedy but prominent spike on the tongue. I think the body is indeed a little thin, so it tastes a little like crunching through some whole hop flowers, but there's just enough there to take the edge off it.

It's a refreshing drop, and a pleasantly hop-heavy one. On the palate, it's certainly on the more aggressive side of IPAs, but I feel it lacks a little in other areas, so you don't get the full spectrum of American IPA flavours that would make it superb.

Nice enough to drink though.

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Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.94 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
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