Drikkeriget GIPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Drikkeriget GIPADrikkeriget GIPA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American IPA with German aroma hops (Tettninger), American bitter hops (Tomahawk) and pilsner, pale and münich malt.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium.

Added by ADZA on 02-13-2010

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by Fux:
Photo of Fux
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best before May 2011. Passed the date for several months, then.

A: Light golden hazy color. Thick head which disappears very slowly in large scattering accumulations of foam.

S: Discreet but fruity. Citruses but also apricots, peach, tangerine, etc. Peppery on the finish.

T: The same fruits that the nose but also a distinctive grape flavor. Behind that, you can taste the announced pils malts. A light bitterness remains on the palate.

M: Highly carbonated. Surprisingly a bit syrupy as an aftertaste. The balance between German malts and American bitter hops makes it a highly drinkable beer.

O: Subtle aromas in this beer, quite unusual (which is an habit for this brewer), but pleasant. The ingredients blending is a nice cultural mix !

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now this is an interesting take on an IPA,very German in nature much more than American.Poured into a standard pint a hazed dull orange tinged medium golden with a nice tightly formed one finger white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it never fully settles leaving a thinner creamy top.Pilsner malt really comes thru in the nose along with German leafy hops,the hops don't make a big splash but it's a decent combo.Again the pilsner malt plays a big role giving off a toasted bread note on the palate with a tinge of honey-like sweetness and herbal lightly spicy hops in the finish.To me it almost tastes like a highly hopped pils with a little fruitiness from the ale yeast,it's not great but I applaud the effort here.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened Easter Sunday, 4-4-10

It looks like thick, opaque, orange juice in the center of the glass, with some yellowish highlights around the edges. It's got a rocky, white head that sticks around and relentless bubbles rushing from the depths of the glass.

The aroma reminds me of the Schneider-Brooklyner Hopen Weisse, which I love. It's very lemony and orangy with spicy hops and a hint of blueberry. I think the yeast is probably playing a big role in the German component of it.

The taste is nice, similar to the nose. Lemon and blueberry, citrus all around. My only gripe is that it's a little over carbonated. I think that could be toned down just a touch to smooth the body out some and it would really shine.

This is a solid beer that's unique enough to warrant the hefty price tag. Mikkeller seems to make the most hit and miss beers I've had. Still a fan though.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is pretty well balanced, with some nice malt to go with some grassy, earthy hops. The flavor is medium hop bitterness with some citrus, grass and resiny hops. The beer has a very high carbonation and a light mouthfeel.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

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

Smells of grainy caramel malts with good amounts of leafy and citrus hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Grainy and somewhat dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of crisp leafy and citrus hop flavors with very mild amounts of pine backing it all up. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another without a problem.

Overall this was a solid IPA however there's really nothing to make it stand out from the crowd. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a hazy dark tangerine-yellow body with a huge beige head that is rocky and last for a bit. There are big bubbles of carbonation popping of the base of the glass and gliding to the surface.
S- The dandelion flower aroma of green hops has a Noble hop finish with a yeasty aroma that grows as the beer warms. T- This beer has a soft pungent note with a green hop taste that has a soft lemon quality to it. The finish is a dry Noble hop bite that lingers for a moment and becomes softly pungent as the beer warms. There is a dry pale malt note that comes through as the beer opens up.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat. The fullness supports the hop flavor nicely.
D- This beer has a pungent bitterness has the main hop flavor with the other flavors being pleasant but too soft. The malt flavor was also nice but to soft to support the pungent bitterness of the hops.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Weird seeing anything Easter-ish in August...at least it isn't those forsaken chocolate egg ads...

This beer pours a tangentially muddled medium golden colour, with two fingers of thin foamy off-white head, which leaves a multitude of varied lace structures around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of yeasty bitter citrus rind, a bit of breadiness, and a vinous fruit character. The taste is strongly bitter leafy, grassy and to a lesser extent, lemon citrus hops right up front, followed gamely by some pale Belgian-esque malt, and attendant yeastiness, which stymies the perception of any extracurricular alcohol. The carbonation is average, if a bit zippy at first, the body fairly light, and too zingy and pithy to be considered all that smooth. It finishes quite dry, the hops blending together to join the persistent, lurking yeast to seal the deal.

Well, if you had told me that you'd make an American-style IPA, but in Belgium, with some additional central European hops thrown in, this would be what I would have imagined. IPA meets Belgian Pale meets German Pils. Like the Battle of the Bulge, only much more agreeable and tasty.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DIPA territory in betterness. Retained head of a quarter inch on cloudy yellow lemonade coloured body. Hoppy and malty aroma. A bit of a palate shredder, with citrus flavour. Good drinkability. Seemed boozier than it was.Middle mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of nickd717
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle from K&L Redwood City, labeled as "Hoppy Easter."

This is a damn cloudy one, opaque golden-orange with a nice lasting white head.

Not terribly much going on in the aroma. Bready malts and citrusy and floral hops, and maybe some rubberiness.

Flavor is good but a little strange at the same time. Bready pale malt, citrus, floral, earth, and even a little burnt rubber (which I've gotten in other Mikkeller beers).

Decent palate. Medium bodied with some crispness to it and good carbonation level.

Overall, this beer is a little better than my other scores make it out to be. Strangely, this is extremely drinkable. Bottle was easy to kill.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Pils glass.

Pours a fairly clear copper in the glass (although there where some suspended floaties present), with a finger of tight bright-white head. This retains with a rich and foamy ½ cap that soaps the sides of the glass with heavy cascade of lace. The aroma smells of earth and grass, light spice, and maybe even a tingle of pine in the back. Fruity citric bitterness mingles in the nose with the sweet toasted sugars of the malts.

The taste is a mellow mix of citrus (I'm getting a lot of lemon tartness out of this) and slightly stiff sweet bready grains, which is surrounded on the edges of the profile by a grassy and earthy feel. This finishes with a pithy (and lightly resinous) dryness that sticks in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth light crispness that flows easy enough in the mouth but you can start to feel that higher ABV a bit more the faster you drink this.

Yeah, I don't know. This seemed to be a hybrid of an IPA and hoppy Pilsner but didn't really seem to want to commit to either side and just ended up being kind of "just there" in the end. This is by no means a bad beer here but I've taken a few chances on some of these Mikkeller 12 oz offerings and not one of them seems to be worth the high price IMHO.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - fully hazy golden orange, tall white head left random spots of lacing as it dissipated
S - strong hops aromas of orange citrus, with some perfuminess, along with pepper and light yeast
T - citrus quickly moves to a resiny woody domination, some florals come through along with grainy malt
M - big refreshing carbonation kick, juicy with a subtle but lasting hop bitter
O - I'm guessing that the 'german style' aspect of this is the very resiny woody flavour domination, different from many IPA's while being right in the pocket

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of iaceo
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright golden, formed a big head which left a fine lacing.

The aroma was that of fresh citrus with an undertone of resin and a slight maltyness. The taste was mostly bitter (as one would expect from the smell) and i wasnt able to find anything really interesting hidden beneath the it as the hops worked their way through my moulth. It left a clear bitter aftertaste

The moulthfeel was light with a clear carbonation.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with an evergrowing head... it just wont stop...
Nose is a mix of spice and fruit: stewed apples with cloves, peach, and orange blossom. Very light and summery.
Flavours are at first comprised of light, cookie-dough and bready malt before the green, grassy and floral hops kick in leaving you with an assertive sharp bitterness.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of dry floral hops is dominating and quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some dry floral hops with minimal astringency. Malt backbone can be felt though taste is mostly covered by the hops. Body is quite full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Well brewed and interesting take with an all German hops presence.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Geuzedad
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

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

The smell featured a moderate grainy malt with a light herbal hop.

The taste consisted of an earhy grainy malt with a soft herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was soft with a nice smoothness.

Overall a unique and tasty hopped ale.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wedgie9
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 11.2 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a long-lasting white head. Almost smells like an orange cream-sicle, some sulfur, smells yeasty similar to a German hefe. Very bitter up front with the fruitiness almost completely muted with just a hint of orange rind coming through. There is a biscuity bread flavor as well. On the palate, the carbonation is very lively and the beer is coating. The finish is long and very bitter. Overall, the flavor is fairly surprising based on the nose. This beer is a bit out of balance for my taste, and lacks the tertiary characteristics that I look for in great IPA's, but this is my first experience with a German style.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz glass into a Mikkeller tulip.

Labeled as "Hoppy Easter"
Back label dated 04/02/12

A: Pours a lovely and hazy, bright peach color with an amazing dallop of off white, meringue-like foam on top that retains forever, leaves a ton of fizzy lace on the glass, and when it finally melts down-leaves a floating island of head.

S: Lots of herbal hops in the nose. Dried flowers. Slightly sweet with overtones of pine, citrus, pineapple, peach, and red apple.

T: See above with the addition of some biscuity malt. Pine, fruit, and a touch of clover honey sweetness rounds things out.

M: Bitter hoppiness, right off the bat, with some mellow sweetness that leads into a drier and spicier middle, before heading into a sweetish finish that also sports a bit of prickly white pepper.

D: Very nice. I really dig Mikkeller's experimentation. I'd love to try this on draft.

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Photo of hoser
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My review is not going to be popular as I am not impressed by this beer. It has an oaky thin medicinal feel that is not very appealing. This beer is one dimension and seems to taste of Band-Aids. I find this quality to all their beers that are brewed a de Proef even when I had their collaborations brewed with Three Floyd's that were brewed at this Belgian brewery when I went to their bar in Copenhagen. Not for me won't be buying this again and will be checking where each Mikkeller beer is brewed from now on. I have had some outstanding beer from this Gypsy brewer but this isn't one of them.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at Mari's in Reading during a recent visit and held it in abeyance awaiting today. The date on the bottle, however, reads "04/02/12" which does not make a whole lotta sense. Oh well, I am drinking it today, so Happy Hoppy Easter to me and to all of my followers.

My pour gave me a brief finger of tawny head before disappearing into wisps. Color was a hazy golden yellow. Nose was a very earthy, grassy smell which was not what I would have expected from the style. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was surprisingly lager-like with a honey sweetness along with a grassy hoppiness on the tongue. Wild! Finish was dry, slightly bitter, but ultimately unsatisfying for a hophead. It was a fun drink for Easter Sunday, but I was underwhelmed overall.

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Drikkeriget GIPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 113 ratings