Stateside IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

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%
 
 
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10
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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront aromatic citrus and herbal hop.

The taste was initially peppery and herbal, with a sweet caramel hop to follow.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a pretty good AIPA. A nice (and unique) imported rendition of an American classic.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love it when innovation comes full circle. A style borrowed from the Old World tradition given a new light in the states, only to once again inspire European brewers to add their own touch. This is a very good example of that.

One of the best looking IPAs I've seen. Has a brilliant golden amber color with excellent clarity that just shouts out, "drink me!" The perfect creamy froth of head sits atop the beverage, and it has a very healthy retention. The head thoroughly laces to the glass, giving the appearance of a sexy set of lingerie. Just a little bit of apparent carbonation. This is the beer that I picture when I think of what an IPA looks looks like.

The smell is great as well. Huge piney aromas, similar to Ruination (but a little less citric and a tad bit more catty). This is the pine bomb that I've been seeking for a while now that intensely citric IPAs seem to be in the mode. Lying in the undergrowth of the Chinook pine forest is a sweet doughy biscuit malt aroma. Just how I like it: hops up front and in your face, but not at the expense of the malt profile. I love me a nice IPA, but let's face it... they are often lame and one dimensional when it comes to malt, but not this one. There is still something about it that I can't quite put my finger on.

The taste is good. Surprisingly toasty malt presence. Very assertive Chinook bitterness up front as the pine makes its way to the back of the palate. A little too catty at the first sup, but as the beer warms, my palate also warms up to it. The malt profile remains interesting. Tastes like perhaps some belgian aromatic malts were used, and not quite the typical caramel malt bomb (though there is some of that to it as well). Maybe a LITTLE more residual sugar would help this beer truly achieve IPA greatness, but I really can't complain, because I still really enjoy this beer for what it is, yet I can't help but think about what the beer COULD be if I customized it to my particular tastes. Another reason I seem to really enjoy it is it bears an uncanny taste resemblance to one of my favorite homebrews.

The body is medium. Carbonation has a decent sting to it, further emphasizing the hops. As balanced as this beer seems to be, it is still overwhelmingly piney. A touch of alcohol burn is also accentuated more than it may actually be, thanks in part to the bitterness and carbonation. This is one of my only complaints about the beer. I think I've said what all there is to say about this... now go drink some for yourself!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was wondering what those green head wraps were on the heads on the bottle label. Oh, i get it, they're hopheads! How will this American-Danish IPA compare to the ones I've had locally? On to the beer:

Very pretty appearance: pale amber orange color, big rocky head holding up on top. The nose is what I call "sweet hoppy", where the hop aroma is more like a tropical juice than pure earth shattering hops. Shall I taste it out? Sure, can't hurt, right? Not as taxing to your palate as American-made IPA's; think of this as a scaled back version. Grapefruit and "mild" hops dominant here, with some bits of tropical juice. Teh hops sometimes become a tad pungent, but overall this is a good Danish concoction to turn Danes into hopheads.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bought from Hi-Times,

A: Pours orange, with a firm medium-sized cap of white froth with good head retention, and lots of lacing.

S: Pine predominately, pink grapefruit, and caramel malt.

T: As opposed to the smell, the grapefruit begins the flavour and is the main hop component, with a burst of Christmas pine tree at the end. Solid malt backbone, lends the balancing flavours of toasted bread and toffee.

M: Full and resiny, crisp and biting at times, light carbonation character.

D: This was my first Danish beer and first from Mikkeller. Was interested in seeing how an American-style IPA would hold up crossing the ocean, as some of those English ones seem to lose much of their character. All and all, a very good beer, would buy again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy orange with huge white head.

Nose is prickly floral with a ton of pine cone.

Palate is grapefruit citrusy sour, old fashioned soapy, with a lot of dry pine cone wallop going on.

Almost has a kitchen cleaning product quality to it, but still a tasty beer. Or maybe it's the soap - clean as a whistle!

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Photo of badbassrandy
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught from Max's in Baltimore, the brew had a nice off-white fluffy head but looked like any average IPA before the aroma hit the nostrils.

A unique nose hinted at the flavor to follow by presenting sweet, hoppy notes that promised a juicy experience.

A bouquet of hops led by bitterness washes over the palate, leaving resinous, fruity, floral, stinging sensations with just enough malt to recreate the American IPA experience. Yeast base is clearly straightforward and clean, showcasing the wall of hops. It's all complimented by a nice chewy, prickly mouthfeel with oily trail of hop nectar.

The bitterness only holds back the drinkability, but I enjoy bitter so it was a treat to have this brew on tap for the first time. Not one of my favorite IPAs, but certainly the best foreign replication of a U.S. hop-centric IPA I've ever tasted, but possibly the only one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a big head that sticks and laces attractively

Smell: Aromatic floral and citrusy hops as well as a biscuity malt base

Taste: Although there is a brief flirtation with biscuity malt flavors, the beer quickly moves in a bitter, citrusy direction the lingers through mid-palate and after the swallow, though there is some malty sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with a creamy character (from the oats) and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I have had this bottle for a while and had my doubts whether it would be any good, but boy was I surprised at how the hops have remained close to the top of their game in this brew

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Outstanding golden-with-white head appearance. Good depth of color - not too shiny - and the head is as voluminous as I've seen in an IPA recently.

Big ass aroma, like you wiped your nose with West Coast aromatic hops. Nothing much Continental about it, more like Centennial.

Flavor is big on the citrics, just a nod toward a piney-dark side. Mild pepper in the mouth, and a punishing bitter finish. I mean that in a good way. It just never lets up the way that a one-dimensional IPA does: the malt is big enough to carry some sway without really taking away from the surface enjoyment of the hops.

I dropped the drinkability just a hair to enunciate that this beer could use a touch more sweetness. A touch. The finish will remind some of a double IPA, or turn off some by being 'too bitter'. The flavor is not too bitter at all, it's just that it's not quite lifted off the palate as quickly as it could.

Bottom line: if you like hops and are comfortable with a punchy, "bitter" finish, step up to the plate. You will enjoy it a ton; see MABZ's review below mine. If you prefer a pale ale to an IPA, this is not the one to start out with.

If only the price were as local as the hops...

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Photo of Nickls
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a bubbly, thicker very lightly tan finger and a half of head; really hazy coppery rust color. Good head retention, and OK lacing

S - Zesty hoppiness at first; then caramel and some sweetness from the malt

T - Solid hop bitterness that was a bit more cedary and piney; good burn from the hops; but backed up with a pretty thick malt backing. Not sweet like suggested in the nose, and quite a dry finish.

M - Medium; a bit creamy and silky, but a nice prickly bit of carbonation. Coated the palate really well, but had a nice dryness about it. Really standout here.

D - Good drinking as it is indeed bitter, but very pleasant and not overpowering on any front. Balanced, but interesting.

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew and while it's not as aggressive as its American counterparts, I think it's certainly a good take on the style. Worth a look.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz into a standard pint.

A- Nice, pale orange with a swiss-cheese head that stays and stays. Spraypaint-like lacing, very impressive.

S- A hop treat. Floral, new-growth pine, and pretty damn good.

T- Nice, floral, piney hops. Good bitter, lingering finish and juust enough malt to round it out. Great bouquet on this. Pine resin, a bit of honeysuckle sweetness and some unripe tropical fruit.

M- Crisp, healthy carbonation, goes down nice, well-balanced composition.

D- Moderately high. A bit pricey, although fantastic going down. Worth getting fresh.

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Photo of pacond
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured really nice with a good head. I was impressed with how long the head stayed prominent in the glass too.

This is a very hoppy for European beers, but I know that is the point. A real good IPA, very sweet and citrusy. Reminded me of lime or orange hard candy. Still the beer had a good bitter kick.

It is very drinkable, not very thick or sticky like some IPA's.

Buy this beer if you can find it. Well worth it.

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Photo of Hanyuu
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SirDirtJoe
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB date of April 2010. Rather out of date, but never mind. I picked this up cheap along with another Mikkeller brew a while back - I'd heard of the brewery and thought I'd try it out.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A coppery-amber colour with good carbonation. Produces a thick off-white head of foam that subsides after a couple of minutes. A fantastic hoppy aroma dominated by pine. Hints of malt and floral notes. Smells intense despite it's age.

Taste is strongly aromatic and bitter, though attenuated with sweet malt. Distinctive notes of resinous pine. Mouthfeel is smooth and astringent but slightly thin - the flavour suggests it ought to have a more substantial body. Bitter pine aftertaste.

A beer with a big flavour. The hoppy bitterness is quite something - I can only imagine what this must be like fresh. I haven't tried loads of american IPAs, but this comes across as a solid attempt at the style. An intense experience that's well worth having - give it a whirl if you come across it.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light brown and sits a slightly hazy brownish orange. great creamy, offwhite head with decent lacing

Smell: high-medium piny, slightly citrusy american hops with a low-medium caramel malt backbone

Taste: a little more balanced than i would expect. still though, high-medium hop flavor with a medium malt character. medium bitterness throughout with a finish that is somewhat dry with a solid bitterness that lingers

Mouthfeel: low-medium body with smooth, moderate carbonation

Notes: solid american-style IPA thats very drinkable. again, a little more balanced than i would have expected, almost approaching an English-like balance.

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Photo of bbothen
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a clear marmalade like color with a big 2+ finger deep frothy off white head.

Smells of big citrus, grapefruit, mango, lemon/lime zest, pine, spruce. Hops. Chronic hops.

Puckering hop bitterness, pine needles, grapefruit, caramel maltiness, bitter finish.

A bit more carbonated then I like, crisp, light to medium bodied, sticky, oily, lingering bitterness.

Could handle a couple bottles of this easily. Tasty.

A fine example of an American IPA, by a brewery in Denmark. I think that's pretty cool. This beer is recommended. Find some.

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Photo of mikebu
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark orange color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head.

S: A strong hoppy aroma, combined with a piney quality and citrus.

T: Had a fairly large hops presence, along with pine, mild citrus and malt in the finish. Well balanced.

M: High level of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a very good version of an American IPA. It's incredibly drinkable and well made.

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Photo of sholland119
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy honey amber. Nice white foamy head.

S-Moderate floral hops and a little citrus. Also a bit of maltiness.

T-Makes up for a blandish nose with a really nice taste. A but sweet to start, closes with a very nice hop bitterness. Tasty.

M-Kid of oily, with a lot of residual bitterness on the tongue.

D-A little too much bite to be a sessionable IPA but still quite drinkable.

I have never had a bad beer from Mikkeller. This ia one of my favorites.

HV

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Photo of jbowers56
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colour with half finger head. Poc marked layer.

Pine, grapefruit, caramel, maybe some sweet fruits. I believe this bottle isnt super fresh, so its impressively potent. Quite resinous, almost like a DIPA.

Pretty similar in the mouth to the nose. Heaps of citrus and piney hop flavours. Quite bitter, though not outrageous. Vey nice. A little sticky malt sweetness in there too.

I am really impressed that they have made a beer of this nature at only 7% abv. The body is suitable for a beer of this strength but the taste suggests atleast a percent higher. Good work.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy red/amber color, 3 finger foamy light brown head, messy lacing, loads of carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, hops.

T: Malty, grapefruit, hoppy. Bitter on the back end.

F: Drinkable, refreshing.

O: Nice IPA but there are so many others better than this one.

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Photo of Patlee3324
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy orange copper with 2 fingers of creamy looking off-white head that retains well with a solid 1/2 of foam that leaves a big cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is a tingling mix of fresh grass, piney esters, citrus tang, with some grainy smelling malts underneath.

The taste is a bit of resinous hops mixed in with some earth, spice, and citrus character that is well balanced out by a backbone of roasted grains and caramel sweetness. Finishes with a nice, lingering bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a smooth and easy carbonation. The overall feel though just seems like it could go a touch deeper considering the ABV and full flavors involved. Alcohol seemed to be hidden very well.

Wow. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, wanted to love this but just couldn't. I liked all of the character that this IPA contained but not one thing really POPPED out at me that would have put this up in a higher rating for me. A freshness issue maybe? Possibly. It was still a tasty affair though and I had no problem finishing off the bottle.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a small tulip yields a glowing orange amber body capped with a finger of fine, rocky white foam. The head soon recedes into a thin sheet that leaves ragged rings and scraps of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is herbal and citrusy, with a sticky resinous pine note, dipped in caramel.

The taste is grapefruity-bitter with a spalsh of orange-infused caramel. An undertone of dilute honey sweetness keeps the spicy bitterness from going overboard, but this is in no way any balanced sort of a drink. Mikkeller's Stateside is a pungent little delight worthy of even West Coast-style hop snobbery.

This is a fine India Pale Ale. Medium-bodied and very crisp, the brew is very refreshing with terrific drinkability.

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Photo of cnally
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A reco. from the new beer manager at Kahn's. Always love trying new non-U.S. beers. But this Danish beer is doppelganging the popular American IPA style.

The look is a hazy dark amber with an off white head. Looks imposing.

Hop aroma prevalent - sweet smell.

Huge hop flavor but is able to balance out into a yeasty aftertaste. Well balanced and astringent.

The feel, to a certain level of detriment, is extremely dry. It is such a pungent dryness that it impact the amount of flavor I get from it.

Tough to over-drink this beer. Very dry, but flavorful. It is also a great intangibles-beer, with good scent and look.

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