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 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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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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 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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Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +10.7%
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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