Stateside IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Stateside IPAStateside IPA

Brewed by:
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 farrago
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super-foamy, even with a controlled pour lost some over the top, two to three fingers of dense microfoam, cream white, eventually starts to dimple but has a slow dissolve, given all this only moderate stickiness in the lacing. Plenty of red rust in the burnt amber orange color, faintly hazy yet still easy to see through, little hue loss around the rims. There's more fullness than penetrating power to the nose, which is a good thing, as much carob and coffee bean to it as tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus, nothing arch in the pine, pepper or pineapple, green apple, apricot scents, nutty breads, the hoppiness shows poise, no showing off. Medium-bodied, again, it's no lie that this is in the American IPA style, however, there's nothing steroidal about it. Green grasses, pine needles, flowers, the pink grapefruit and orange citrus as tart as sweet. White pepper and black tea leaves about as aggressive as it gets. The carbonation is tight and has good follow-through towards the finish. The malts lower here, the same carob, mocha and then coffee but nothing as sweet as caramel, etc. Allows the hops to extend a bitter flourish at the end, about as over-the-top as it gets. Not for those who demand turbo-charged, white light flash of hops in their IPAs.

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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 StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange with a thin head. Honeycomb nose. Sticky toffee malts with floral, pine, and tropical fruit hops. Some burn, sticky, medium to full body.

For an American IPA, a pretty solid malt backbone. Lots of hops going, but nothing to beat Californians.

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Photo of peabody
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy Ice Tea color with 1/2 finger of off-white suds. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is grapefruit and skunk. Almost a dirty sock/wet sock.
Taste is slightly bitter with a grapefruit overtown. Some sugar and very little malt.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky and the aftertaste is bitter but goes away quickly.
Drinkability is not bad. I just with there was more of a grapefruit flavor and a little more pine in the hop.

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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 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 pinotboy007
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper/brown with a bit of a haze akin to apple cider, only with a superb, thick bubbly head, but no lace.

S - Pine, dried apricots, fresh cut hay, sweet malt.

T - Sweet malt up front that dissloves rapidly with the rush of grapefruit and oily, piney hops. Has a hint of what I would call a Saison-like funk that's really nice. Finishes sour, but clean.

M - Creamy, crisp and refreshing; zesty without being too carbonated.

D - Really superb, especially without the runaway ABV. Break out the Fish N Chips.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper in colour, with a thin head, and heavy carbonation. Clear grapefruit from the cascade hops, along with sharp lemon, pineapple, and the sweetness of caramel in the background. The taste is sweet at the front, with the nutty flavour of praline persisting until the hops deliver a dry bitterness towards the end. Sweet for the style but it's a brilliant interpretation by a brilliant brewery.

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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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar offering I was able to snag recently. I really have been running through their lineup very quickly as of late. This was one I was excited to try as I had really heard some good things. Served cold and poured into a large pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/01/2009.
The pour was just what it should be with a rich and hazy copper tinted amber color. Light carbonation could be seen struggling its way to the top to reinforce what could only be described as a mountainous and rocky head that covered every inch of the glass. Thick lacing dripped down the sides throughout the session, really very nice looking example of the style. Rich citrus hops dominate the profile. Bright mix of grapefruit and sweeter notes that were akin to pineapple are really pushing their way forward here. Warming brings out some sweeter notes but still the deep hop profile easily overcomes all other notions and leaves that fresh aroma clinging to the air. Deep, resin filled flavor floods the mouth on the first sip. Very nicely done here with a medium body that comes across just right. Nice carbonation is lively all the way till the end allowing deep resinous and citrus hops to really explore the palate. Grapefruit is leading the charge here by a mile and really pulls the who thing together quite nicely. No hint of the 7% abv to be found here at all and this went down far too easily for something of its caliber.
Overall as solid as the day is long. I could enjoy this one over and over again and not tire of it. Score another one for the boys, they are really something else with their IPA's/

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

Poured cloudy copper with a moderate-sized white head. Good lacing. Piney hop nose with a smaller blend of orange and grapefruit. Smells fresh. Bubbly, lighter mouthfeel akin to an APA. Taste is very similar; clean, hoppy, but not overdone. More grapefruit with maybe orange zest. Kind of a metallic tang at times, like crystal malt. More pine in the back, but not strong or resiny. Pleasant, easy drinking, but not extraordinary.

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Photo of shivtim
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American IPA via Denmark? Gotta love it.
Wonderfully minimalist hoppy green label.

Poured into a pint glass.

Hazy, bright but deep copper orange. Big, billowy yet delicate light khaki head.

Nose is cascade hops. Some slight sweet malt character, but this is all about the hops.

Taste is a nice solid IPA. Heavy hops. Slight fresh fruit notes overlaid on malts. Long lingering hop finish. Tiniest hint of ethanol on warming. Good mouthfeel; appropriately carbonated.

Great drinkability. A very easy-going IPA.

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Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One more from one of those Ohoove sessions next store, this unique IPA was clear amber in color with a huge frothy light oatmeal colored head and gobs of lacing. The aroma is a delicious bready citrus hop and light yeasty malt. The taste is tangy orange bread and caramel. The bitterness dominates so that it doesn't seem very balanced, pretty edgy with a dry bite. The hop is nice, sharp grass and citrus but the tastey malt falls a bit short. Overall it's good but I wouldn't want to drink a lot of these unless they could mellow it out a bit. The mouthfeel is midland, nice, with fair carbonation. Good but not worthy of the import price tag.

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Photo of erz316
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 0.9floz bottle into sam smith tulip pint glass

A - thats what an ipa should look like, damn fine colour and head. big head that retains well, head stays locked at about 1.5 fingers aboug the top of the s.s. logo (yeah, yeah, not the friggin' Schutzstaffel). the colour is hazy burnt orange, not completely opaque; has a dark orange turbidity. looks 'proper': not too light and not dark by any means, nice off white (probably because of the body colour) head with decent lacing.

S - pine like hops, ans grapefruit rind are the most memorable and noticeable notes in the nose. the only problem is that the nose is very weak and could do with being more pungent, getting those great smells actually up in the nose instead of only giving a slight temptation.

T - taste is solid; a definitely good beer and representative of its style, though i'm not sure it warrants such a high price. initial taste is a citrusy & piney hop character, though not overwhelming the level is good; malts are of course int he background giving a even playing field for the hops to come out. the finish has more bitterness than noticeable hop flavour. after taste is more malty than bitter, so a nice turn around for this bitter and hoppy beer--not that the hops were really too intense, only that they are the predominant taste.

MF&D - the feel is good and full, though almost chewy it doesnt quite make it to that level. if these buggers werent so expensive then i would drink more; the lack of hop in your face-ness is what turns me onto this brew, i'm no hop fanatic so this is a good balance.

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

Had this at the Tap house in Norfolk. Poured into a pint glass. Appears a caramel color with a thick frothy head. All sweet citrus in the aroma with pineapple dominating. Same profile in the taste with it starting sweet with more citrus and pineapple flavors and then finishes dry. Very smooth and well balanced. My first Mikkeller beer, and I liked it. It was quite pricey. So many great american IPAs can be had for less.

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Photo of ADZA
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lovely orangey/amber hue and leaves a nice one finger off white creamy head that hangs around for a little while then dissapates slowly,as soon as i put this beer to my nose you can just smell beautiful aromas of a pine forrest on a nice summers day with citrus and grapefruit aromas present aswell definately a beautiful smelling IPA,the taste is very citrusy with a little bitter edge to it but hardly any bitterness at all just perfect actually, i think the marriage of the hops he used for this beer and the malt was just perfect just so right they counteract each other so well to make this one of the most pleasant IPA's i have ever tasted,once again Mikkeller has not let me down.

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

This poured a hazy dark copper with light tan head. It smelled like pine and copper hops with some pineapple and caramel malt. It tasted like dry pine and floral hops with some citrus and pineapple, and some caramel malt. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a clean and tasty IPA, but nothing outstanding. It had good body and was fairly easy to drink. But it didn't differentiate itself from other IPAs, and its hops weren't as fruity or juicy as I prefer. Good not great, and probably not worth the price to try more than once.

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