Stateside IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Stateside IPAStateside IPA

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Mikkeller ApS

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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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 Rather out of date, but never mind.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 Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a moderate orange-copper and brings a slight white head without leaving much lacing behind. The nose is a bit of light caramel plus some bready malt. There is a faint hint of American C-hops, but not too much. The hops are almost entirely gone from the flavor, and I don't think there was much there to begin with, as this is pretty fresh. I really am not too big a fan of what Mikkeller does with hops. Slightly bitter in the feel, but overall not a very good beer and I much prefer their stouts.

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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 theboozecruise
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass... 11.2 oz. bottle I'm guessing.

It's an amber color... not a huge head but good retention and lacing.

The aroma is all evergreen and caramel... delicious. What a fantastic smell to this one.

The taste is good, but not as good as the smell... The pine flavors dominate and leave a bitter aftertaste that doesn't compliment the front of each sip well.

A bit lost there... it's a good IPA but it's not quite as well rounded as I'd prefer.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber with big off white head with good retention and lace.

Aroma: Really unusual: Citrusy hop and milky bananas.

Taste: Citrusy hops, herbal. Sweet malt profile with a hint of honey. Some tropical fruit as it warms. Milky banana flavour continues. This unusual flavour must have something to do with the fact that there is also wheat in this IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, nice carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: A very unusual tasting beer which really has to be tried to be believed, but is so unusual it doesn't seem sessionable. However, a clever achievement.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. A nice orangey-amber, with very little head. Sweet malty smell, with a vigorous zesty hop scent. Reminiscent of an English IPA, but just a bit too hoppy. Quite pleasant.

A little bit bitter on the taste - too much hops. Even the malt comes off as somewhat bitter.

Good carbonation, even somewhat smooth. A good brew, but a little bitter. The malts could stand to be strengthened a bit more.

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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 Sigmund
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First batches brewed by Mikkeller at Ørbæk Bryggeri, later batches were brewed by Mikkeller at BrewDog. Original rating: RBESG 2006 Grand Tasting. Cloudy orange-brown colour. Lovely hoppy aroma (chinook, cascade and amarillo). Flavour is also hoppy, on a relatively sweet (too sweet?) malty base. Rerate 500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger: The flavour is not too sweet. Fruitiness first (oranges, grapefruit), then a distinct and sharp bitterness lasting through the finish and long aftertaste, notes of pine and resin. I'm upping it a few points.

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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 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 jneiswender
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Ebenezer's Pub in Maine. Served in a pint class. Cool not cold.

A-orange/gold body and an off-white head.

S-juicy, citrus, tangerine smells

T-piney, some cereal flavors but muted

M-dry, light-medium

D-Not a bad representation of the style. I would drink this beer again. Certainly could drink several of these in spite of the hefty percentage of alcohol for the beer.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 409 from Mikkeller Stateside American IPA, bb june 2011.

Rough pour leaves me with 1/2 inch of head. Decent carbonation. Nice copper brown colour.

Smell is solid strong hoppy. Pine, grapefruits, floral. Fresh.
Taste is bitterness from hops. Dry aftertaste.
Easy in the mouth, if you like bitterness. Alcohol is not a real problem.
Maybe this brew is a bit one dimensional. The smell is excellent, but that's about it. The taste leaves no real impression but bitterness, making it not really exceptionally drinkable.

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

Pours a copper-orange colour with thick, soapy white head. Spotty lacing down the glass. At first I smell the hops, then I smell the caramel malt. The taste has pine and citrus hops to accompany the bitterness. Lots of caramel sweetness too makes this very balanced. Very smooth carbonation level makes this an easy drinker. A nice first beer for me from this brewery.

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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 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 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 Arenbeer
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to Abrand for this great brew!

Tall pint bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a darker golden reddish honey orange with a 2 finger white head on top that leaves spotty lacing on the side as it goes down.

S- Sweet caramel malts up front with a unidentifiable hop nose.

T- Strong hop bitterness hits you first but rather than a hop flavor all you taste is creamy caramel malts.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation and a strong bitter dryness.

This IPA is decent but I would classify it more as a English IPA rather than American. Barely any hop flavor there, kind of disappointing.


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Photo of Jeffo
2.08/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into an snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium looking off-white head with good retention. No carbonation evident. Pours clear and a nice venetian red in color. Head fades to s wisp and a thick ring. Splotchy lacing remains until the end leaving some splotchy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A very odd nose. Nothing IPA about it. To be honest, all I can think about when I take a whiff is stinky feet. Not appealing; at least not in an IPA way.

TASTE:: Again, some stinky feet up front. I don't know what went wrong here. Stinky feet are followed up by a bit of red fruits and some hop bitterness on the finish. A bolder and longer lasting aftertaste is plenty bitter, which is the only thing that saved this from the abyss.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Not bad here.

OVERALL: The look and feel on this one were spot on, but everything else was all wrong. I don't think the bottle was off, but whatever Mikkeller were trying to do with this one didn't work at all. It wasn't quite awful, but it certainly wasn't anything like an American IPA. Disappointing, as Mikkeller makes some great stuff. If you're looking for a good example of the style, avoid this one at all costs. I'm quite surprised it's rated as highly as it is.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy red orange with golden highlights. A thick head forms and disappears shortly afterward.

The hops smell is very downplayed in this particular IPA, which is a bit odd to me if it's modeled upon an American version. Slight citrusy hop smell, but with tons of sweet malt notes. I've got to dock some points vs. style for the muted hop notes.

Fairly assertive hop bitterness greets me with the first sip. Roasted grains, sweet caramel and citrus fruits are prominent. This IPA is middle of the road in terms of body, and has a nice dry finish.

A very safe, very drinkable IPA, if a little plain.

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

This beer was in a 500ml bottle. I poured it into my belled beer glass.

The beer is a deep orange-hued golden color with a slight haze. The head is off-white or light tan, rather healthy and leaves little lacing.

Smells of this beer are like bread on steroids, really yeasty and grainy with a strong citrus hop kick. there is a bit of pine essence as well.

The taste is much as the nose would imply with a added kick to the piny hops and less sweetness than I expected. There is a nice toffee taste and plenty of tartness with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium and the finish is clean and dry. Carbonation is light but the bitterness balances this nicely.

Drinkability is good but the beer is too bitter and tart to be really quaffable.

I dig this beer. I would really like to get my hands on a set of single-hop IPAs...mmm Danish beer.

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Photo of hophead247
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange amber with a big frothy yellowish white head. Aroma is a little weak, picks up just a bit of hops and malt. Flavor is soft sweet malts with a medium hop bitterness and a great amarillo and cascade flavor of oranges and tangerine mostly with just a hint of the grapefruit. Reminds me of a more mellow Alesmith IPA. Quite good but not worth the pricetag in the USA. Thanks Anna Lisa.

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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 jera1350
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a decent head that is filled with both large soapy bubbles and tiny fluffy ones. Leaves some sticky lace.

Amazing smell not too much unlike a pina collada. Lots of citrus and pineapple, some coconut. Absolutely delicious smelling.

This hop combination is awesome! Sweet and juicy hops. Very sweet and ripe citrus, pineapple, tastes like their is some candi sugar to. I'm sure it's not, but has that presence. Nice amount of sweet malt for backup.

Medium body with a mostly smooth feel. Some prickly carbonation that even feels a bit creamy.

Tastes pretty close to a DIPA, drinks like an IPA. I'm sucking this one down with ease. Great hop profile and overall beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, citrus, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, pale hops, strong hops, slight roasted malt, and sweet malt background. Overall, a good body, blend - one of the better non-American American IPA's I've had.

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