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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

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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184
Ratings:
255
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.93%
 
 
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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 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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy thick off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt tones, nice touch of citrus and some pines. The taste is slighlty sweet/bitter, hoppy, some maltyness, citrus, and some pines. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Drinkable, this is one of the better Mikkeller's for me, recommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially four-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as it slowly recedes. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a multitude of carbonation bubbles in this well carbonated brew. The beer is a full, red-toned, copper color. Aromas of hops and sweet caramelized grain intermingle in the aroma. Though the hops dominate the malt still plays a significant role. Aromas of pine, sharp grapefruit, lychee, berries, lightly toasted bread, soda crackers, sweet malt and caramel are all noticeable. The aroma has enough malt to make this beer seem quite appetizing.

Sharply bitter from the start, the bitterness proceeds to get even bigger through to the finish. There is a fair amount of malt to offset this bitterness though. Chewy, with a medium fullness to the beer, this is definitely not on the dry side for an IPA. I like the residual malt sugars here though as they add a much needed balance to the significant hop character. This is an IPA after all, and the hops do dominate the flavor profile; flavors of bergamot, lychee and ruby-red grapefruit play a significant role up front, but then a substantial pine / menthol / green-herbal note start to kick in towards the middle and finish, where it mixes with the substantial, slightly astringent bitterness. The malt flavors are perhaps not as noticeable despite the important role it plays here, but still flavors of honey-like malt, toasty grain, biscuits, slight toffee and a soft fruitiness are all noticeable before the substantial, lingering, bitterness wipes the palate of their presence.

This is a nice interpretation of an IPA. As expected the malt played a fairly significant role here, though I have had many an American IPA that overplayed the malt, which this one has not done. I still prefer a slightly lesser malt character in a standard IPA; this is not quite as quaffable as it could be, though it is certainly quite drinkable and enjoyable.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

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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 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 John_M
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this beer many times, but this is the first time I've ever seen it on draft. On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good very good, pillowy head retention and decent lacing. The stateside IPA nose just makes me smile. I get cereal, orange citrus, light tobacco and a hint of ginger. Really having a hard time staying objective once I taste this beer, it's such a distinctly yummy IPA. In any event, the beer shows considerable orange citrus, more cereal, some peppery bitterness and light vanilla. This isn't a mindblowing IPA, but the flavor profile is just so enjoyable and easy going. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and both in bottle and on draft, it has something of a creamy consistency. Drinkability is exceptional. The alcohol is well hidden, and the beer has so much flavor, yet retains very good balance.

Just an all around delicious beer, and an absolute treat to see on tap.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a good initial head that fades to a ring. Smells of citrusy hops and sweet malt. The taste is more big citrusy hops followed by more sweet malt. Very fresh and full tasting and imo balanced in the same way a West coast ipa is. Lots of hops, but the malt is there to back it up too. Mouthfeel is balanced and fairly big, but smooth with a bit of spice. A pleasure to try this beer from the Scandanavian brewing revolution.

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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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Photo of PEIhop
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured deep, hazy orange with very expressive lacings and a very bubbly head.

S - Very fine piney/floral notes with caramel dominating the nose.

T - Due to the name, I was expecting my palate to be destroyed by IBUs, however this IPA had its taste dominated by caramel maltiness, which was extremely disappointing.

M - Much creamy than I anticipated with a dry finish.

Overall, this beer was somewhat of a let down. I was hoping for a more floral and hoppy product. With that being said, I love their Stouts (Beer Geek Weasel AMAZING!!), but will continue to seek out their imaginative and creative line-up.

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Photo of corby112
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden amber color color with a huge foamy white head. Beautiful aroma dominate by earthy and citrus hops with a sweet caramel malt presence. Perfectly balanced with huge citrus hoppy flavor up front followed by sweet maltiness and a dry, bitter hop finish. Excellent!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright rusty-orange, hazy, and was accompanied by a well lasting, creamy beach sand colored head. A slight splotchy and speckled lacing was left. A medium strong visible carbonation is observed.

S: light caramel-oranges with a fresh green flowery hopping right from the vine. Light in nature and not as dominant as I would expect from this brewer but the smell was truly fresh from the vine.

T: musky oranges and caramel malting, quickly followed up by a wet hop bitterness. Fresh, green wet hops greet the tongue with a nice bitter grapefruit hopping that makes its presence known. A light citric and moderate bitterness that finishes dry with oranges and a dry alcohol fade that lingers quite a bit.

M: Pretty good effervesce brings things to life on the tongue initially but quickly fizzles out after that. Tart, citric bitterness with dry oranges laces the tongue on the swallow. Medium viscosity, with a smooth texture.

D: A nice bitterness and well balanced. Dry, and nicely hopped makes this a worthy try for both the extreme and non-extreme fans of the style.

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Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500 mL bottle purchased at Capone's. The bottle still has the tell-tale price tag sticker on it.

A: The ale was poured into a Widmer Bros. weizen glass, so a huge five finger head erupted and required two pours to finish the bottle. The result is prodigious lacing. The IPA is a copper penny color, more orange than red, pale with a crystal clear look.

S: The nose is a delicious cascade blast of grapefruit and flowers. The hops are concentrated and fresh-smelling. A nicely paired caramel sweetness also wafts out of the glass.

T: The first sip reveals a hop body that is not as intense as I would have hoped. This is a straight-forward IPA, lots of hops that are met by a strong malt profile. The hops are citrusy, grapefruit-flavored with a rather fleeting taste. The malts are caramel and sweet, enough to cut briefly into the hops. As the malt fades, the hops return with a vengeance, biting at the tastebuds before fading away. The hop profile is good, strong but not overpowering. I'd place this in the second tier of IPAs, perilously close to the top.

M: The hops seem to be restrained, content to take a backseat and then, before you know it a blast of citrusy bitterness bites you in the ass. This is a sneaker, in the best sense of a beer.

D: The alcohol hides itself throughout the drink, allowing the hops and, to a lesser degree, the malt to define the beer. The hop profile strikes you as ho-hum but quickly you realize that it packs a punch. I'm gonna grab another bottle of this.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a sticky off-white head that possesses good retention and lacing. The aroma is very balanced for an IPA, with sweet malt, a touch of caramel and some citrusy hops. The taste like the aroma is well balanced with a good dose of malt to support a nice bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed Stateside IPA. It is not a hop-bomb like some of the American IPAs, but it is solid in its own right. Recommended.

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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 scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great luminescent copper color. A few stragler bubbles here and there and a decent head after the first pour that quickly dissipates to nothing. The aroma is a strong floral scent thats lightly perfumey mixed with a touch o fruity malts. The first sip is a mix of a fruity, citrus malt and flowey hops. The middle and finish develops the flowery notes of the hops into a bouqet. Great hop profile. The palate is complexly bitter with a well mixed malt bill. The malt add an essence of syrupy fruits to this well done Danish IPA.

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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 DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into my Unibroue tulip

A; A gorgeous clear copper with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing

S: Pine hops well balanced with a nice malt backbone

T: Sharp and spicy pine hops up front that's well-balanced. Bitter and dry finish

M: Undercarbonated leading to a rather slick mouthfeel that doesn't do justice to the beer.

D: Very pleasant, I'd drink it again!

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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 ColForbinBC
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a pint

A rather clear amber body, clean and bright. Huge off-white cap raises quickly and settles slowly. Thick chunks of lace all over the glass.

A very fresh and aromatic IPA. The aromas really leap out of the glass and smack the olfactories. Bitter grapefruit, lemon rind, and pine needles. This boasts a very bold aroma profile, a highlight for me.

A little let down on the taste. A bitter barrage of hops lets up nicely for a smooth finish. Grapefruit and lemon with pine in the finish. A light resiny feel coats the mouth. The booze, at 7%, sticks out a little and detracts from the overall experience. A good try once, it is nice to see the foreign guys emulating the American style.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an opaque dark orange color with a creamy tan head that forms a thick but even layer across the top of the glass.

S - The caramel malt aroma is dominating and up front. There's a little bit of citrus in the back ground but it's so faint that it almost blends in with the caramel sweetness.

T - This bottle has peaked but I will continue with the review because there's enough hop presence left to give some sort of indication of "its former self". I've had this in the past so I have an idea of how it should be. Sweet caramel hits the very tip of the tongue but is quickly beaten down with pine hops and bitter grapefruit. There's no citrus sweetness in the nose or taste that everyone has been talking about. Taste is one dimensional but the grapefruit bitterness dominates the flavor while the malts dominated the aroma. Finishes semi-dry and coats the mouth with a hefty heap of grapefruit while retaining a very small trace of caramel aftertaste.

M - Semi-prickly, medium body, leaves a bitter citrus finish that lingers (which I like).

D - Is average. If one didn't know how the beer should taste, it would probably taste pretty darn good.

Let me emphasize that I will be definitely trying this again and adjusting my review accordingly as Mikeller is an outstanding brewer in my book.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let it warm up a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, billowy, thick cream to light tan colored head that lasts and a little lace. Color is a medium orarnge amber. Aroma is hops, must, yeast, malt, caramel, citrus, & apricot. Flavor is similar to nose and mainly bitter with some fruitiness and a hint of caramel malt. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor with some alcohol and fairly long. Too bitter for me as a session.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp caramel malts with good amounts of earthy and pine hop aromas and surprising but not obtrusive amounts of diacetyl.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy and somewhat dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy, pine, and citrus hop flavors, in order of prevalence. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with hints of butterscotch that fade before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer but I prefer a lot of Mikkeller's single hop beers over this one. Still, worth a shot to see for yourself.

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Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon the pour from the 500ml bottle, it appears a slightly hazy amber with a two-fingered creamy white head that fades leaving a complete blanket of lace upon the glass. Nose has a delicious hop floral aroma, followed quickly by the sweet malt, crisp and clean, mouthwatering. Start has a delectable malt presence, hop bitter at the back, somewhat sweet with the top moderate in feel. Finish has a persistent acidity, the hops powerful and spicy, aftertaste is bone dry and the hops stick to the palate, quite a refreshing beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mikkeller Bangkok
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brown and hazy. Really appealing. It smells fruity and pleasant, with a hint of musk and earthy spicy bitterness. The taste is really nice as well. It's as if the abrasive American hops have taken a chillpill while maintaining their essential characteristics. Not muted or stale, just toned down and a bit earthy. The sweetness is golden and really desirable, with a hint of apples. The aftertaste is dry and bitter and moderately lengthy. Recommended.

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Stateside IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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