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 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 BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When Easter weekend arrives, a visit to the lawn to watch children scavenge for brightly decorated eggs bring about the scents of an awakening world. Fresh cut grass, citrus blossoms, and brighter weather seem to fuel the thirst for IPA.

The rusty and deep copper ale carries a robust haze with a dense slightly yellowish head that persists stubbornly and trails with strong pockets of lace. Aside from the heavy and weighted haze of hops and yeast, this is an ideal looking ale.

A combination of caramel-soaked citrus and bready earthen characteristic carry the nose with a firm and more balanced nose than is expected. The slight fruitiness of easters is quickly consumed by hop character of grapefruit and herbal grasses to round out the slight hop-forward nose.

Firm malty flavors of caramel, bread, and English biscuit create a full and rich taste for an IPA. However a modest early presence of red grapefruit, tropical fruit pulp, and freshly mulled herbs and grasses give a delicate rebuttal to malt, but quickly develop into the sharp acidity of citrus pith, grassy bite, and piney resin bitterness to finish. While starting fresh and zesty, the hops make a lot of headway in short time turning earthy and resiny shortly after. Spicy earth character nearly reminds me of rye that's expounded by the bread taste that turns mildly stale with yeast and must late.

Full textured as well as the bready/biscuity taste manifests in the mouthfeel with a full creamy body that envelops the growing hop bitterness, dryness, and mildly astringent bite. The beer just works itself into a lather as the taste continues to develop sip after sip, deeper and deeper into finish.

Drikkeriget (Hoppy Easter) is a stern IPA that carries a lot of the semi-English, semi-American taste that I've come to expect from Mikkeller. As all of their IPAs taste nearly the same, while carrying a similar yeasty stale bread taste, makes me think that fresher examples would garner more individualism from beer to beer and with fresher, zestier taste.

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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up under the timely title "Hoppy Easter" at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a lightly hazed, yellow-orange body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Biscuit-toned, slightly grainy malts with sharp hop accents of flowers, spicy, and hewn hay with a lesser hint of citrus. It all combines to paint a pastoral theme to the nose.

Taste: Biscuity, crackery malts with a modest touch of honey-esque sweetness. Hint of raw grains. Spicy, earthy, floral hops with some supporting citrus tones. Medium-high bitterness. The spicy character really flourishes on the back half. Final hint of florals on the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight smoothness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Went down easily enough on this pollen-strewn Spring afternoon. While not an exceptional experience, it was just a good brew with an interesting twist.

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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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hazy appearance with a big ol' head and some lacing left in its wake. Aromas consist of hops, tart citrus, hay, yeast and funk. Wow...I wasn't expecting that. This is an unusual take on an IPA, no doubt. The funkiness, while tasting fine, throws my palate a curve ball it wasn't expecting. The pilsner and Münich malts create a unique version of IPA, the likes of which I have not tasted. Decent feel and carbonation. An interesting beer, though I prefer a straight up IPA without the unorthodox elements.

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

Review from notes taken on 8/1/10. Thanks to Bryan (wishuwerebeer) for sharing.

12oz brown bottle with a best by date of 4/2/12. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with a thin whisp of white head that receeds fairly fast. Spotty amount of white lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is predominently herbal hops that are a bit grassy in character. Some slight citrus akin to orange and/or lemon rind is notes.

Taste is bitter herbal hops upfront with the grassy and lemony citrus component through the back. There is a minimal amount of grainy malt sweetness that hardly holds up to the bitterness of the hops. However, it does maintain a touch of sweetness that contrasts the lemony bitter citrus aspect of the hops.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Finishes quite drying despite the grainy flavors hinted through the body. Overall not bad but not something I would be upset about if I never got to try again either.

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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 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 MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors for $5.99. Best before February 4th, 2012 - not sure I'd want to be drinking an IPA two years later. Served in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours with a giant soapy white foam that has terrific retention and chunky glass-coating lacing. The body is a hazy peach juice color with a nice glow to it. Pretty impressive looking stuff.

S - Citrus zest, pine, some soapiness, earthy, and herbal qualities. Very hop-forward with not a lot of obvious malt character - maybe some pale and pilsener malts at work. If it weren't as soapy it'd be really awesome.

T - The taste is super piney and zesty, with less citrus sweetness, and minimal malt backbone - maybe a bit of sugar cookie mid-palate. The bitterness is initially apparent, disappears for a while, and then pops back up in the finish unusual, but not unwelcome. This is probably a 3.75, but I sort of slammed the feel score.

M - Too carbonated - slightly harsh, and interferes with flavor perception. Otherwise it's a light-medium body that ends resiny and oily.

D - I drank a glass in about fifteen minutes while typing this review. The 6.6% is pretty imperceptible, and as the carbonation dissipates it gets easier to down this. One of Mikkeller's better beers - and nice twist on the American IPA style by using German hops. I'd drink this again if it weren't so expensive - maybe it'll show up on-tap some time (next Easter?).

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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 Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 barczar
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep copper brown with a solid half inch khaki head that lingers.

Aroma begins with fresh cut grass, resin, and grapefruit pith. There's a bready sweet malt undertone offering support. Tropical fruit aromas emerge as it warms, adding complexity.

Flavor is much less subtle, with bready malt and hints of toast carrying a hop onslaught of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, mango. The finishing earthy hop bitterness is not for the faint of hop! Tea and herbal subtleties emerge when my palate acclimates.

Body is moderate, with a moderate amount of carbonation accentuating the citrus flavor.

Overall, an extremely bitter offering. Great hop presence, but the bitterness is a bit overwhelming!

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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 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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Drikkeriget GIPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.86 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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