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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 113
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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