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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Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one labeled as 'Hoppy Easter'. Pours a cloudy pale straw color with better than a full finger stiff off white head that decomposes in 3D leaving tons of Belgian lacing. The smell is scoring points for uniqueness. Earthy Belgian yeast, significantly bright hops over sour apple and other harvest fruit. Highly carbonated, the mouth feel is tangy and refreshing. The texture really adds nicely to the drinkability. Full flavored, very seasonal..the big sweet harvest fruit over earthy yeast follows nicely from the nose and lingers nicely. A really nice drinker with a lot to consider.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had as "Hoppy Easter." Pours a hazy golden amber with a fairly thick cream-white head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity, the latter mainly orange. Richly, downright fiercely hoppy flavor has undertones of orange, evergreen and malty. Texture is fairly smooth yet lively and fizzy. A must for hop lovers.

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Photo of drpimento
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good beer as usual from Mikkeller. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, thick, off-white head that lasts all the way down and some lace. Color is a clear amber with dozens of active bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, caramel, grass, resin. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, mostly bitter at first, then slight carbonic tang with suggestion of sweet. Body is soft and full with mild carbonation (don't know how that's done!). Finish is like flavor and along with mouth feel is long and very drinkable. Bravo!

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with an ample tan head, leaving lace curtains and spots on the glass wall.

Aromas of light roasted malt, green hops, brown sugar.

Sweet malt tastes with a bit of pineapple and grapefruit, and a little funk, ending with a hempy hop bitterness.

Medium body with sudsy carbonation gives it a mildly creamy mouthfeel.

A very drinkable brew, the bitter hops build up with each sip, and it earns its moniker as "Hoppy Easter" as the label says on my bottle. Even though this is intended as a German style IPA (per the label), it is classified here as an American IPA. It is an IPA, that much is for sure, and very nicely hopped.

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Photo of cpinto6
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cloudy golden color with lots of particles floating around and has one of if not the most beautiful light tan one finger heads that I've ever seen on an IPA and to top it off it has an incredible retention its been 20 minutes I'm halfway down and that one finger head is still there.

Smell definitely helps this beer a lot since smell and taste are mutually inclusive. I detect a slight roastiness from the malts and then the citrusy hops hit maybe grapefruit? Slightly sweet notes.

Taste is a BIG surprise just like the smell was because of the appearance not what I was expecting and then the taste surprised me because it was very different from what I smelled but in a good way. Hop explosion with pineapple coming in there with a bitter funkyish awesome finish.

Mouthfeel is good although nothing out of this world

Overall a very drinkable brew and again mikkeller doesn't disappoint. The awesome bitter hops build up with each sip. The label says it's a German style IPA but here its classified as an American IPA but nonetheless a very very nicely hopped IPA. Its a damn shame the store I bought it from has run out (I got the last bottle) otherwise I would have definately bought a few.

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Photo of ADZA
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the new version of Mikkellers DIPA except instead of being a Double its actually a German IPA and the label looks very similar the only difference is that its green instead of red anyways it pours a non see thru honey hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head with lacing here and there,the aroma is quite herbal with hints of corriander,cloves and also some tangerine,it has a nice medium bodied mouthfeel and the herbal aroma comes thru on taste to be predominant with some citrus zest aswell and the finish is quite bitter but right up my alley and nowhere near as bitter as the DIPA which for me makes this brew very sessionable and once again a brilliant brew from a brilliant brewer will stock up on this one.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuzzy peach body. Frothy meringue like white head that leaves very clingy lace. Really bright and citrusy on the nose. Lots of lemon. Like the lemon hard candies and lemon pledge. Some faint bready malt aromas exist underneath. Interesting flavor to say the least. I do believe this is the first German IPA I've had. The malt base is German indeed with bread notes and crackery pilsner malt forming the base. As with the nose, the hops are very citrusy and bright and lemony. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Solid flavor and quite unique.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a Big Ass Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Clouded, hazalicious golden hue, dotted white head, drifts down to size after a bit.

Aroma: lively, lightly spicy, largely citric, feels like classic West Coast American hop profile, wouldn't have pegged this as Tettnanger, but I'm not an expert on German hops. Maybe some other ingredient is working on this confusion...?

Taste: Mmmm! Big, buzzing beautiful bitter hop attack right off the bat, blistering delivery of tropical and citrus fruit, slightly grassy, ...skirts about the palate, drop bitter bombs every which way, then slowly retreating.

Full-bodied, yeasty...Belgian yeast? Pale and pilsner malt make for smooth easy-drinking. Unfiltered, as well, as I can certainly taste the yeast. Above all, tasty.

An odd beer, and difficult to grasp. Danish company, brewing in Belgian, putting German ingredients inside the basic model of an American IPA. Called "Hoppy Easter" in the U.S., but I held onto my keg until June, so we're not calling it that here at the Blue Nile....but that's what the tap handle says...

One thing I know for sure is it's delicious. Plenty hoppy, fully flavorful, not too bitter that you can't have another, and not too strong that you can't recall the pleasure.

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Photo of Heferwiezer
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy tan body with one of the most beautiful mountainous heads I've seen on an IPA in awhile.

Smell is what absolutely makes this beer. Biscuity with a slight touch of roastiness from the malts. A huge wave a of citrus from the hops, predominately grapefruit. Slight sweet perfuming notes.

Taste is a yet another surprise, this beer is full of layers the smell is a surprise based on appearance and the taste is another surprise based on smell. Hop explosion with a rush of pineapple up front with a bitter slightly funky finish.

Mouthfeel is good, no malt cloying but nothing special.

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Photo of sliverX
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented with slightly hazy dark straw colored brew with a thin whisp of white foam
Smells slightly citrus but bigger on the pine but now where near over powering
Taste follows the nose but with a sweet orange flavor coming through and lingering
Mouthfeel is lighter but refreshing a bit drying on the tongue
Overall a good beer nothing to scream from the mountain tops about but still tasty
On tap @ Pizza Plant Walker

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 33 cl long-necked brown bottle. The label is in yellow and green and got a picture of a cartoon easterbunny. (In Sweden this beer is sold under the name "Hoppy Easter").

A: The pour is hazy golden with hints of orange. THe creamy off-white large head dissipates slowly into some lacings.

S: Hoppy, both floral and bitter, citric and faint piney. Nice maltyness, like ryebread. The butter is almost English in style, nice though.

T: Hoppy again, floral and bitter. More piney than the smell, and just as citric. There's also green apples. Nice maltyness, a bit sweet.

M: The balanced bitter aftertaste lingers for a really long time. Body is medium and carbonation ditto.

D: A nice AIPA, but a bit less piney than the ones I've had before. This is not a bad thing at all!

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Photo of bark
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sold as "Hoppy Easter".

The colour is pale copper-gold; the liquid is a bit hazy. The high firm head is warm white and airy. It is topped by a fine crater. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is hoppy, but it is milder and cleaner than the average AIPA; very little citric notes. The flavours and bitter with hints of butter, fresh bread and green apples. Do I sense a touch of German hefe-weizen bananas?

The taste is very refreshing with lots of fresh aromatic hops, but there is very little of those citric grapefruits or limes. Instead, I find dough-like malty flavours with a fine mild sweetness, flowers, hints of wood and resin, green and matured apples. The aftertaste got a crisp, strong and very clean bitterness plus some mixed fresh fruits and hints of herbs.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles are small and mild. The liquid is semi-smooth.

German IPA? A completely new taste experience to me. And I really enjoyed it as I sometimes can get a bit bored with the grapefruit juice beers.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz, I believe the newly released 'Hoppy Easter' is Drikkeriget GIPA. Into chouffe tulip.

A- Nice sunshine yellow with tangerine highlights. 4-finger frosting head that's eggshell white. Great structure/formation and retention. As it settles I have thick lacing, craters, peaks, and valleys in my tulip. Delightful.

S- Nose is impossibly fruity. Tangerine, honeydew, papaya. Getting some serious yeast in the nose as well, although it's low-key.

T- Fruity, papaya is king, lots of tropical flavors. Lots of fruity hops and no real bite, interesting.

M- Creamy, not too much of a bite, which is a nice change of pace.

D- High, except for the price. I'd drink this all night long if I could- a really tasty beer.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden-orange, one finger white head, nice lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango, floral hops, slight funk.

T - Slightly pungent hops, grapefruit, sweet grains, slight bitter finish.

M - Medium, moderate carbonation.

O - Enjoyable session beer, but cost prohibiting for what it is.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

German IPA? From Mikkeller? You don't need to tell me twice.

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow-orange colour, with a thick and frothy head of white foam. Lacing leaves huge pocked marked patterns down the inside of the glass. Extremely interesting.

Nose is full of spicy but vegetative German hop characters. Last beer I had that smelled quite as good as this was the Schneider Hopfen-Weisse. It has that genuine noble-hop freshness to it, but in such abundance that it comes across as American in its bombastic nature. Nice.

Taste is clear and lightly sweet, with that almost characteristic Mikkeller marzipan character on the front. Light bitterness throughout, but it never revs up to true IPA bitterness in my mind. Still, it's extremely clean and very refreshing. It's an absolutely lovely drop to drink.

Cracking drop of beer this one, and absolutely fresh and extremely drinkable. It's almost crazy how easily this goes down.

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Photo of Lunch
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle labeled "Hoppy Easter" purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/10/10).

A: Pours a cloudy golden light shade of caramel capped with two finger of a creamy and frothy off-white head. Exceptional retention and lots of thick lacing lacing.

S: This certainly has a German flare to it and it works well. Mainly smelling the German Hops with some pine and citrus and perhaps a bit of pale-ish malt.

T: Nice degree of bitterness along with layers of citrus and hints of pine. Citrus seems to steal the show and it is well done.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate and slightly creamy carbonation. A moderate lingering bitterness rounds things out.

D: Very easy to drink and the 6.6% abv is hidden completely.

Overall this is a very nice play on the American IPA with German Hops. If you see it on the shelf pick one up and enjoy! Recommended.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Hoppy Easter edition bottle.

Hazy golden color, quite opaque. Three finger rocky head that exhibits solid retention. A layer of foam on top that never leaves. Lots of lacing left down the side of the glass.

Smells a lot like a pilsner. Lemony citrus, floral, and spicy german hop scents. Some grain and rustic bread.

A touch of honey, grain, and some rustic bread. Hops come through as bitter resin, lemon citrus, floral notes, lots of hop spiciness. A banana fruitiness.

Well carbonated and creamy, medium bodied, a semi dry finish. A crisp hop bite.

An easy drinker. I could easily knock back a few. Comes of as a hybrid between a Pilsner and an American IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden color and a hazy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, hoppy, lively aroma with this beer.

T: Tasted of bitter hops, a good amount of malt and some citrus thrown in for good measure. Isn't really like an American IPA, but more like a Belgian Pale Ale with a large hop content. Still, it's a tasty beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a hazy yellow color almost an orange color with a huge four finger head on it that holds steady at the huge four fingers. The lacing is excellent on the side of the glass.

S= Loads and loads of earthy hops. Really earthy. The hops are dominate in the smell and they don't smell like the typical "fading" hop aroma but they are sort of light still. Nice bright and floral but light.

T= Just as the nose indicated. There is a ton of floral hops in the taste. Earthy and spicy. Nothing like an American IPA but still worth every sip. Again it doesn't taste like the hops are fading. Beautiful and delicate is a good way to describe the taste.

M= Nice and smooth. Excellent carbonation for an IPA.

D= A great IPA. Different in the hop choice than most American IPAs but still very very good. Worth seeking out and but it if you can find it while its fresh.

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Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured Hoppy Easter from a 11.2 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a hazy gold with a sizable stiff head. It has a grassy, hoppy aroma. Lots of grassy hops up front, that mellow in a lighter, crisp finish. It has a smooth feel to it, medium in body, moderate/high carbonation. My first German IPA, a good beer but a bit overpriced.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 John_M
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Max's today.

Beer pours slightly hazy honey peach color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose is attractive, with black pepper and light citrus. Flavors replicate the nose in this medium bodied beer, with the considerable bitterenss on the finish balancing the light fruity sweetness. There's also something of a honey and bread dough flavor to this beer. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol barely noticeable.

Another nice enough beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glorious rich creamy head with this beer, almost like meringue on a pie. Very hazy golden color, and could fool you for being a hefe-weizen by appearance. Nose has good citrus. Palate offers a mixture of citrus and very herbal/grassy hops, with a hefty amount of bitterness. Finish is dirty and grassy.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Drikkeriget GIPA from Mikkeller ApS
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