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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heavily hopped with Herkules, Centennial, Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe and Columbus.

Brewed at BrewDog, Scotland.

Added by bark on 11-18-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent for the style, sent in trade and now reaching bigger distribution in the USA. Lots of foam on a golden body. Hoppy aromas, the taste come lots of hops, very pleasant if you like bitter, as it leans more there, and is well buffered by the malting. Very good drinkability. Fuller mouthfeel.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head with little retention on a cloudy crimson body. No real lacing.

S: resin, citrus, light floral and caramel malt notes.

T: lots of caramel malt with a tangy and tart citrus flavor in the middle transitioning to a more piney and grassy finish.

M: heavier side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: as my friend nickfl points out this one is moving into barleywine territory with a more malt backbone like 90 minute. A nice beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of those special beers that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. this is a big bastard ipa. it pours a clear radiant orange color, sticky white foam on top. the nose is really bitter, oily, high alpha west coast hops. less booze than expected, and a tangerine honey waft as well. love the taste of this, bitter as hell, almost concentrated hops, but there is some fruity sweet notes in there too. mouthfeel is sticky as hell, like nice weed. its thick but well carbonated, perfectly balanced in that regard. mikkeller has come to make some outstanding big american ipas, and this one is among the best. wow, so much flavor, really strong, but scary drinkable. yum

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a really nice looking copperish gold color. The head was thick and white, leaving a really nice lacing too. The smell was very good, the hops aroma was fresh and bright smelling. The taste of this beer is very bitter but had a great sweetness to it also from the massive amounts of hops they used. The mouthfeel of this beer has a really good tingle to it but also goes down well. Overall this is a big time brew, it's flavorful and gets the job done. I found it to be a very good IIPA.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose--grapefruit and orange stands out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell--having citrusy flavors--and these are well balanced by the underlying malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness and hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
D: Considering its strength, the beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. At last Europe's two biggest hop wankers come together, lord almighty, at last!

This beer pours a rather hazy, dark golden brown hue, with two fat fingers of foamy, chunky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse, but still attractively webbed lace around the glass as it ebbs away.

It smells of caramel cream, dank pine resin, thunderous (is thunder odorous - ponder that...) bitter, fruity domestic and tropical hops, and a leafy, herbal booziness. The taste is toffee-tinged caramel malt, subtle at first in the face of overpowering muddled citrus and pine hop astringencies (the loving kind), but evolves into something more, well, solid and domineering, against outright expectation. Underlying this little war of attrition is a soft alcohol warming, that has the good graces to generally never act up.

The carbonation is restrained in its workaday frothiness, but not exactly a wallflower either, the body a solid medium weight, and decently smooth despite its crazy inherent detractors. It finishes hoppy as shit (so check that box), but not really one-sided by any means - the malt doing its best to play the stoic unsung hero.

It hurts just a little saying this, but this unholy Euro-alliance has fookin' nailed it. A 10 points less change ABV monster that tastes only (in the things that really matter) of beastly hops, and the malt that loves it. Yummy even at the stupid one-off import price. Oh, and couldn't the original submitter at least have preserved the label wordplay? I just don't grok the concept of IBYU, y'know?

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Note that Mikkeller is me favourite brewery but Brewdog's gimmicky BS has a strong tendency to chap me arse something fierce.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and excellent retention for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent copper with tinges of red and gold. Looks good so far.

Sm: Caramel, cream, and a big load of hops. Centennial is the most distinctive; the others get lost in the bitterness. It is surprisingly muted for how purportedly hoppy it is; the aroma is merely moderate in strength. Let's see how she tastes, lads...

T: Very hoppy indeed (holy Centennial, batman!), with an overpowering caramelized malt note that dominates the second half. The alcohol comes through a biteen, but not much. I wish the good flavours weren't so frontloaded. The balance is certainly off. The bitterness on the finish is unwelcome and doesn't encourage the next sip. Strangely built but decent all-around.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also quite thick. Too thick, like Kathy Bates. Doesn't suit the flavours.

Dr: Excellent drinkability for the ABV, but lacking in quality - at least what I'd expect from Mikkeller and what most of ye'd expect from Brewdog. The price is also a bit high.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with amber hints. It had a two-finger, off-white, foamy, bubbly head that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit. Some burnt toast maltiness in the background.

T - Good piney hops with tropical fruits like grapefruit and mango. It had a good roasted malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and a sneaky potency.

D - This is another tasty IPA from Mikkeller. Really nice.

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Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy copper-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - Pungent pine and grapefruit hops with dark caramel and toffee malt notes pushing back against the green aromas.

T - Equal parts pungent hops and dark, sugary malt up front. Notes of pine and caramel in the middle with a touch of mustardy character from the hops interacting with the atypically dark malt character. Finishes with sugary notes of caramel and brown sugar as well as grapefruit and fairly strong bitterness.

M - A thick, almost syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is an unusually big and malty DIPA with a strong hop character but an emphasis on the malt. Caramel and brown sugar have an interesting effect on the hops that is not unlike what one often experiences in an American barleywine. Very nicely done, and more than a little reminiscent of Dogfish Head 90 min.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I havent been to happy with some of the recent DIPA's I have had,I wont name names but Iam missing the hop equation and not liking the sweetness in alot of them...this beer to me exemplifies what a DIPA should be.Poured a deep burnt orange with a large sticky white head that left globs of lace as it settled very slowly into a frothy mass.Intense Simcoe and Amarillo hop aromas,leathery,insanely resiny,tropical fruit,and a big sweet caramel base to hold its own to th big hop onslaught.Deep pine resin flavors with that leather component to go along with overripe tropical fruit,a big honeyed sweetness stands true to the finish.The alcohol is big and brash lending hefty sweetness to the finish.This is a great beer its thick and mouth coating,bold and intensly hoppy,now this is what Iam talkin about!

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip. Pours very hazy red orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some lacing clings to the glass as you drink as well. Aromas of huge caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, mango, and breadiness; with a tad bit of alcohol. Super big hoppy and sweet aromas here. Taste of huge orange, grapefruit, pine, and caramel; with a bit of spiciness and mango. Big bitterness on the finish that lingers for a long time with caramel, citrus, and pine flavors. Medium carbonation and a full and fairly slick body and mouthfeel. Even with the massive hopping of this beer, it still manages to be very balanced with big maltiness on the front to offset the big bitter bite on the finish. Quite drinkable for being almost 10%, but still a sipper. Surprisingly no alcohol noticed other than a decent warming on the finish. Overall a fantastic DIPA from Mikkeller. I have not been disappointed by them yet.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Poured a hazy orange-brown with a patchy off-white head. Big hoppy aroma, with scents of citrus and pine, but mostly citrus. Taste is very hop-heavy, with orange and grapefruit, and a touch of apricot; some pine notes come through. Some caramel sweetness in the background, but its the multiple hops that really take control. Medium mouthfeel. A tasty and drinkable IPA.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Hazy dark orange, small white head that recedes quickly, but leaves a nice frothy lace.
Literally tons of hops and malt in the smell. Fragrant mango, maracuja, ripe tangerine, melon, pineapple syrup, really sweet and fruity, smells like sugared jelly worms. There's a "stale" note with the fruitiness too, not that good. Hint of lemon and pine. Dense caramel biscuity malts.
Stronger green hop presence in the taste, with a nice bitter leafiness along with the sweet fruit from the start. Herkules hops bring lots of melon and tangerine, nice tropical notes (maracuja, sweet pineapple) from the others, a floral component that seems a lot like honey when taking the sweet malts into account. Lots of caramel and quite a bit of toastiness, a bit stronger than the usual biscuity note in IIPAs. A bit of pine but lots of grassy bittering hops, with a rough finish.
Still, some fruit manages to bypass it, there's mango and sweet citrus in the hoppy aftertaste. Medium, oily body, low to medium carbonation. Alcohol level never really felt.
Nice, but not the greatest IIPA around. Had better Mikkellers, one even in collaboration with BrewDog.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very hazy bright orange with a big billowing white pillow like head and a slow fade leaving a nice lace down the sides. Smel was sweet, with a big citrus hop presence. Lots of orange, pineapple and tangerine flavors, balanced nicely with hints of carameled sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was very nice, warm, with lots of hoppy bite. Very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol whatsoever. This was very nice and a definate keepe

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to biergaternOK for this one, thanks Freddy!

Pours a chill-hazed amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Never quite clears, great lacing & head retention

S: Bready, piney with some lemon-grass thrown in

T: Big time malt mixes with grapefruit, pine, woody hops &herbal bitterness up front. Tanic bitterness comes through as this warms along with orange peels, caramel & shortbread, some booze bite as well Finishes with caramel sweetness, some dryness, herbal & woody with grapefruit & a bit of pineapple on the edges...

MF: Big chewyness, slight carbonation. liking the balance but not super in-love with the hop mix

A drinkable enough DIPA, but the heft does get to you after a while. Pretty good, but not great

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I appreciate tenderbranson69 sharing this bottle with me, enjoyed chilled in a teku.

The color is darker than most with an almost brown dark amber shade with translucent clarity and quick to drop tan cap with fine bead. The smell is dry leafy hop aroma mixed with malt sweetness and slight alcohol ester and mild pine. The feel has moderate sweetness and light bitternesss with a more balance of alcohol hop bitterness and malt with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry warming finish.

The flavor is pretty decent with some mild lemon zest which is intense and some pine hop flavor mixed with caramel element of malt and alcohol w/ a mild herbal flavor throughout, the blend of hops was not apparent to me but after reading the description here I get why the hops come off as moreof a noble blend of flavors rather than strictly american in profile with the yeast adding a light fruitiness to the taste in general. Overall not bad -very strong tasting and hoppy with a slightly sweet take on the style but pretty drinkable in general terms -I liked it.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger head that settles to a half pinky. Leaves some ring lace after each sip. The liquid is a cloudy, dark amber color with a touch of orange.

Very nice fresh hop smells; there's a solid paler malt base. Light alcohol in the background. For a DIPA, it seems very well balanced to the nose.

The flavor is not balanced: it is a classic hop bomb of a DIPA. Initial sip is 2/3 hop, 1/3 malt and within a half second, there is no malt. The bitterness intensifies to the swallow and leaves a very long aftertaste. Good mouthfeel.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.66/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is an amber-orange sort of color with a thin white (maybe slightly off-white) head.

S: A decent hop aroma comes through initially. However, it's quickly followed by burnt rubber and alcohol. Not really what I was hoping for.

T: There's a fairly substantial bitterness to this beer, with a moderate amount of malt sweetness and some slightly caramelized sugars. A sweet citrus flavor along with fusel alcohols and rubber.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: Ah, Mikkeller and Brewdog, everyone's favorites. I wasn't really a fan of this one, obviously.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I didn't even know I was playing a game... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises candied grapefruit rind, pine resin, caramel, and light earthy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with a sharper pine character and a general increase in direct bitterness. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid DIPA, but one whose intense bitterness verges on unpleasant, luckily falling just short of such an ignominy.

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

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing.

Poured into a snifter this brew appears a pleasant looking orange color with fairly decent clarity. A cap of yellowish stained fluff appears and recedes but is revived to a finger's strength with every swirl. Some spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a malty backing of caramel and some fruity/floral character to the hops. The hops blend with a bit of a mineral aspect that is almost chlorine-like with the herbal scent playing the major role in the nose.

The taste is modestly bitter with hop flavoring that is herbal and grassy. There is a slight spiced aspect which is accented by the sharp solvent alcohol incorporation. Faint in the background is the toasted malty aspect which is present but does not offer up much sweetness like the nose might have somewhat indicated. As the brew warms, it takes on a more complex herbal character that is almost minty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is drinkable with a fairly resinous cling inside the mouth that leaves a last herbal bitterness. Overall not bad.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -10%

I Beat You brewed at Brew Dog by the Gypsy brewer himself. The label states this is an American style Imperial IPA. The funniest thing is the best before date of 7/15/15, get the fuck out of here it's 12/5/14 that's at least a 7 month shelf life for an IPA I wanted to drink last week as fresh as possible.

It visually looks great in my chalice deep off white cream colored head fine speckled even layered lacing. The body looks like an orange marmalade with some hop floaties in suspension.

Aroma is dank out the gate very much an earthy, pine, deep citrus note to the nose. Much danker than the new wave tropical hop varieties totally different. Some caramel and bread like malt notes amongst mary jane dankness of the hop profile.

Flavor is sickeningly sweet it's 9.75% abv and it does pack a bit of alcohol into the flavor profile, but the sweetness grabs ahold of you and the raw hop juice is trying to come together to balance out the big malt additions. Dank, bitter tea leaf/tobacco notes, earthy, pine are all the descriptors I have to express the hop profile. Honey caramelized malt, and sugar in the raw this is more than candy coated hops this is near dessert level of sweetness for a DIPA I want a crisp dry finish with good hop and malt cohesion. The next few sips as it warms makes the beer more desirable as the palate adjusts to whats going on in there.

Mouthfeel is viscous thick hop oil textures, cloying sugar content just hits the palate so hard making it very difficult to enjoy harsh hop pellet bitterness without much hop flavor lingers on the palate. Carbonation is natural levels are fine but this beer is a challenge to consume.

Overall, come to America to Gypsy brew if your going to can pilsner with Sly Fox you might as well go to the West Coast to make your next DIPA!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A – Beautiful, opaque, deep golden orange with a tall white head that holds up with great retention and leaves an above average lace.

S – Tangerines, honey, pine, Clementine, grapefruit. Lightly floral. Marmalade and toast. There’s a ton going on in this bouquet, but it’s not over crowded. Each of the flavors fits nicely into the whole.

T – Big, ripe grapefruit character. Orange. Nectar. A soft bread note supports the citrus nicely. Overall the profile shows a marked restraint. It’s not slap you in the face sweet or bitter.

M – Sweet finish with a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Smooth with a medium/light body. The carbonation is stronger than a standard IPA, but works well with the elevated ABV.

O- Not overpowering, and pleasantly bitter. A well balanced brew with a nod to hop-heads, perhaps with a smirk after releasing his 1,000 IBU as if to say “if all you want is IBU’s I can give you that, but if you want something that’s actually a beer, try this.” Another great brew from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown with light brown highlights and a half finger head that had good lacing.

S: lovely floral piney hop aromas with nice sweet malt presence and hints of citurs fruit, caramel, and slight booze.

T: a nice variety of hops punch the palate first sweet malts give a good balance and citrus, caramel, and booze propel the overall sweet piney taste.

M: light to medium body with good amount of carbonation that has a sweet bitter finish.

D: tastey DIPA from mikkeller that drank very good and had great hoppy characteristics all the way around. I'm glad that I can get more.

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark orange color with a 2" head that falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: pine and grapefruit are easily detectable with some softer caramel in the background.

Taste: caramel, big grapefruit flavors, mellower pine notes, some alcohol tones, and some fruit sweetness that arrives late. Malt profile is somewhat grainy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and dry at the finish. Flavors last long on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: despite the higher alcohol levels this beer went down rather easily. Interestingly named beer, and well worth finding a bottle of this to try.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American DIPA, at almost 10% abv this one drinks rather well until the last few sips when the alcohol really become noticeable.
I am impressed by the appearance of this one. A light rusty copper color pour. The dense, thick, rocky white head provides for a nice top. Lacing is sticky, but not thick as it drinks.

Aroma is strong citrus and pine, with a baked caramel mixed with alcohol and sweetbread. Not balanced by any means, but still not hyperbolic toward hoppy.
Instant citrus on the tongue is followed by a soothing dose of that sweetbread and caramel stuff. The finish is over-ripe grapefruit and persimmon along with a burst of alcohol. A bit resiny and the aftertaste is mostly pine. As it warmed the alcohol stung a bit more than previous.

Great beer, went well with grilled brats.

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