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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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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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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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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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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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3.8/5  rDev -1%
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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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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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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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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3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Drikkeriget GIPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 113 ratings