Drikkeriget GIPA | Mikkeller ApS

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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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.11/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Who cares if Easter is three weeks away, let's have an Easter beer. On to the beer:

A small pour generates a lot of foam in the glass. The color is pale orange, heading into the direction of faded yellow. The head is thick and frothy on top, retaining very well. Thw nose has some things to like and some to be worried about; floral, grass, and lemon peel notes are likeable, a distince phenol note in the background is distracting at times.

This is, in respect of taste, suck-a-rific. It's hollow. It's almost like eating a rice cake. There's a little tingle of dried out grass, aspirin pills, some bitterness, and a wave of phenols. Mouthfeel at least is smooth and has texture, though the aftertaste tastes a lot like chewing on aspirin pills.

04/02/2012 is printed on the back label, so logicially the bottle should still be good. Looks like I'll use the flowchart and conclude that Hoppy Easter sucks. I wish I had a gooey Cadbury chocolate egg nearby to rejuventate my tastebuds.

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Photo of hoser
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
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 kkleu357
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%

From notes on 4/20/14

Smells like lemon pledge. Very murky pale yellow body. Some yeast chunks floating. Very lemony taste. Bitter beer. Not really that good.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
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 corby112
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Farmers' Cabinet.

Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with pale tangerine edges and a frothy two finger soapy white head.  Good retention slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring.  Chunky lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma that is mostly yeast with subtle funk, zesty spice and light fruit.  Not very hoppy and kind of bland.

Medium bodied but on the fuller side with more of a dry Amarillo bitterness up front than the aroma suggests.  Dry and bitter but not too much so, balanced by bready yeast and crisp fruit.  Hints of apple and pear with faint alcohol heat toward finish.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Stamped 6711101, but presumably brewed for Easter.

A: Light, fluffy white finger of head briefly tops a brown-yellow beer that looks a bit like mud or clay. Some bubbles within. Opaque.

S: The German aroma hops are noticeable. It smells like a bit like a crisp pilsner.

T: It's okay, but definitely not reminiscent of an American IPA. Despite the Tomahawk providing a nice bitterness on the aftertaste, the 'GIPA' classification is more appropriate, or even an English IPA. The hop character is earthy, grassy, and muted. A slight lagery sweetness in the middle is somehow simultaneously out of place and apropos.

M: Dry and lightly carbonated. Crisp and delicious, but at times almost watery.

O: As always, interesting. But ultimately unsatisfying. It's refreshing, perhaps, with an unexpected astringent bitterness noticeable only after swallowing, but Hoppy Easter isn't particularly...compelling. Still, good effort. Recommended as a hybrid pils/IPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/9/11

A hazy golden orange with as many bubbles as you could fit in a glass, large three finger head retains very well slowly falling to a finger of foam leaving several partial rings of lace with some random lace on the side

S fruity floral hops with some toffee, apricot and tangerine are the fruits upon further inspection

T some yeast and iced tea on top of what I smell, a little rind in there and some bread crust, fairly earthy overall

M medium bodied with enough carbonation to cream it up a bit without turning it to foam, anymore bubbles and I'd be entering a belching contest

O looks great and not lacking in any area... but not blowing me away in any area either

no reason not to try this, but no reason to go searching for it either. FYI... I did find the beer hidden behind the hop bush at the bottom right corner of the label (lazy bunny)

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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 rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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 tbrown4
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Frisco Beer & Tap House in Columbia, MD last night for happy hour.

A - Bright gold, clear, one finger bubbly white head

S - Smells bright and sweet, just a sniff of hops

T - Tastes like a slightly hop forward Belgian pale. Doesn't feel like an IPA to me at all. Very subtle grapefruit notes up front. Dry middle and bitter finish. Not much sweetness until longer after it's gone, the residue on the lips is tasty.

M - Feels medium and creamy in body

O - This is a very drinkable beer. I was surprised at the flavor profile, expecting a much more hop forward brew. This was good, but there are better versions of this style on the market and far better offerings from Mikkeller. Priced at $9 a pour at Frisco will keep me away from it for a while.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy Easter pours a golden color with hazy orange highlights in the center-top of the glass. White head provides a nice visual accompaniment, and sticks around. Little lace. Nose is dry and grassy, with a hint of citric acid. Definitely a Euro hopping style. Some pepper, clove, and green apple along unleavened biscuit and diacetyl.

The flavor is a unique blend of light German or Czech ale notes with a more abrasive, American hopping style. Definitely spritzy with the high carbonation and light body. Malts are prominent, even so far as bread dough. Moderate sweetness from the malts mingles with a slightly resinous hop character of flowers, citrus, and lemongrass. Earthy overall, and definitely unique.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle does not contain the Hoppy Easter label that others have. It's white with the brewery and beer name on it.

German IPA? Well. Okay. Why not, I guess. Pours a slightly clouded yellowish gold. Nose is airy with a heavy citrus tone. Flavor is...unique? It seems like there might be some competing wheat and hop characters here? It's definitely an odd couple that doesn't marry well. And whereas I can sip it and ponder it, it just doesn't seem to come through as well as I would like it to. Interesting, yes. But probably best to move on to the next thing.

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Photo of iaceo
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 nickd717
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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 CrazyDavros
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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 OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry yeast and a nice, small dry hop. In the taste, a small bitter hop, with a note of candy sugar. A very small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice balance with hop and a yeasty/ candy sugar balance.

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Photo of dqrull
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a fine white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells fresh and grassy of noble hops and a light maltness, appealing for sure.

Tastes pinier than expected, but it goes well together with the grassy herbal noble hops and the light malt, really refreshing with a stingy bitterness in the end, a great beer to food.

Mouthfeel is pretyt average, nothing special with a mid-soft carbonation that makes it a bit dry.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to freud for this one!

11.2oz brown glass pry-top. Back label dated 04/02/12.

Quick review: Pours a hazy golden orange with thin white head. Nose smells like orange marmalade and flowers. No malt aromas to speak of. Palate is crisp and snappy with lots of dry bitter hops (not aggressive though) and some faint caramel malt and a little biscuit malt out on the finish. Orange marmalade is the dominant flavor. Pleasantly bitter but not over done. A great sessionable (albeit pricey) session beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, clinging white head.

S: Aromas of apple skin, herbs, grass, citrus, and a floral sweetness are present on the nose.

T: Notes of grass, straw, green apple, sage, mint, lime zest, and a fleeting honey and beeswax sweetness wash across the palate. The finish is bitter, but balanced, presenting notes of grass, straw, lime zest, and honey.

M: On the lighter side of medium and very dry. Carbonation is forceful, but stops just short of being distracting.

O: This is a unique IPA. I particularly like the fact that you can really get a sense of what the German aroma hops can bring to the table in this style of ale. Nicely done.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 popery
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really great for the style but an enjoyable beer. Like some other Mikkeller beers, this one is an interesting experiment and a fun beer to try but not something I'd necessarily want again (to be fair, I'd happily have another but not at this price). It's a well-made beer. It looks great - cloudy yellow-orange liquid with a big creamy white head. The German aroma hops aren't quite strong enough but what's there - citrus/floral/spicy/herbal hops with bready malt - is good. The flavor is nice and dry, though not particularly enjoyable for the style. The malt is interesting but a bit lacking. Good bitterness. Mikkeller has a fairly distinctive style for IPAs and this one is similar to a few other beers. Finish is dry and bitter. Some honey sweetness from the malt before that, though.

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