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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,874
Ranked #15,178
3.91 | pDev: 15.6%
Mikkeller ApS
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1000 IBU1000 IBU
Notes: Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.
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Jack_14 from Italy

2.44/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Amber color, with coppery reflections.
Quite hazy, not very clean.
Foam with a good hat, but that wears off pretty soon.
On the nose, herbaceous notes, wood and earth.
In the mouth bitter pungent at the beginning (pine needles, herbaceous notes and even a little bit of unripe fruit) excessively rounded, for my personal taste, with a malty body that brings out evident "biscuit" notes, caramel and honey.
Of true bitterness there is only the first impression as soon as drinking begins, after which the malty part is the master.
At the end of the drink a slight bitterness remains on the tongue, biscuit notes prevail on the palate.
Honestly, I expected more, given the circumstances.

Nov 24, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Howler from Keg n Cork in Edmonton. Pours a gorgeous deep near clear copper colour with scant cream to light beige head.
Aroma caramel malt, tangerine, mango, pine, brown sugar sweetness, and a sense of hoppy booziness.
Taste starts caramel malt sweet, citrus, piney hops, sweetness on front end, but hoppy bitterness hammers and builds and hangs in the palate.
Full sticky bittersweet mouthfeel, decent carbonation with persistence of the bitterness. Not in any way subtle but fantastic in its own way.

Sep 01, 2019
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zotzot from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with a thin tan frothy head.
Smells more sweet than bitter
As noted by others, this more strongly resembles a barley wine with a bitter aftertaste. But initially the malt sweetness takes hold.

Apr 22, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle, with a best before date of 21st September 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark copper colour with quite a lot of very small suspended particles, a two finger beige head that had good retention and left behind lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Caramel maltiness, mango, pine, grapefruit zest and orange rind.

Taste: Sweet, caramel malt, resinous pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, but it’s not exactly what I want my DIPA’s to be like. Approaching like a Barleywine and on the verge of being too sweet in my opinion. Once is enough for me.

Aug 30, 2018
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doktorhops from Australia

3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, here we are! #1,000! Woo-Hoo! *releases streamers and balloons from ceiling above of everyone who reads this review - at great cost I might add - instantly* And what better way to celebrate review #1,000 than with Mikkeller 1000 Eye Bee U? Only it’s not my 1,000th review! Psyche! This is my 999th review. Truth is I was suggested Mikkeller 1000 IBU by some great people on BeerAdvocate, but in the meantime I found something better TBC soon. However now is the time for Mikkeller to shine. I’ve reviewed 5 Mikkellers so far, it would have been more but they’re both hard to get and expensive in Australia. One similar theme is concurrent with my 5 Mikkeller beer reviews: they’re all tasty. Expect the same from 1000 IBU.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: I was actually so surprised by how dark this beer was during the pour that I spilled some of it. Hazed deep caramel body - that can’t possibly be right!? I marvelled at the dark IPA as a beige head swirled into a non-existent patchwork of thin bubbles. This is a seriously dark IPA, and now my left wrist smells of beer. 7/10.

S: It smells like a rich resin run off from a bucket load of hops. Aroma is hop forward with notes of piney, resin, forest floor, juniper, hints of bitter orange... essentially the aroma of a hop bomb with little disregard of any malt base. Hey, it’s what to be expected from a 1000 IBU beer - which in case you were wondering is actually measured by the amount of hops added to a beer, not the end result: which is why some beers can say “30 IBUs” and taste stronger than a “200 IBU” beer BTW. 8/10.

T: Very hop-driven beer, though it’s got that real raw and earthy/grassy hop character that you get in a hop tea (hops in boiling water). It’s not as nuanced as I was expecting from a Mikkeller beer. The flavour is quite raw and unfinished IMO, it’s like a dare beer that Mikkeller didn’t develop further. Those piney, forest floor and resin flavours make it in too. Finish is drying, there’s very little in the way of malt flavour (caramel), with a final medium bitter orange hop note. 7/10.

M: Decent body (thanks oats!) mid to heavy with a creamy/dense carbonation - it’s heavier than most DIPAs at 9.6% ABV or above, plenty of hop oils too. 9/10.

D: Coincidentally this beer is my intro to Mikkeller IPAs, and it was shocking to see how dark it was, but overall it was disappointing as it’s such a hum-drum American DIPA, there’s not much to see here, and the craft of Mikkeller’s other brews is lost in this, all-in-all it feels like Mikkeller did this 1000 IBU on a dare. 7/10.

Food match: It’s not Thai-fresh, more of a Malaysian cuisine DIPA.

Feb 25, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well that is one dark ass IPA! While pouring, I thought this was going to be dark amber, but it fills to muddy copper and even brown, and has a very active, zealous and large khaki head, which is about fist thick, settling uncannily frothily, like an A&W root beer float, leaving layer after layer of sticky, fuzzy, curly thick khaki lace.

Smell is a very complex and potent bouquet that nears the Devil Dancer and Barleywine territory of flame licked grapefruit zest, wildflower, herbal potpourri, pine sap, resin, deeply scorched caramel, pine bark, orange liqueur and a hint of rug. It's a lot of fun detecting all that insanity all at once, but at the same time, nothing is attractive.

Taste is sharp and harsh, and this certainly is bitter, but not the most bitter that I’ve had. It’s actually more flavorful and potent than bitter, but not in the best of ways, including notes of pine and resin, and pine resin, and pine needles up the ass, as well as burnt resin. But honestly, other notes are able to breakthrough, such as grapefruit and orange, both the zest and pith, as well as a mouthful of bitter flower petals and sharp unidentifiable notes most closely resembling wild herbs, all backed by caramel-toffee and ruggy malt.

This beer is stupid. IPA meets Barleywine, meets Pine Forest Wildfire, meets Vodka. Enjoy!

Oct 23, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a fine two finger off-white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt, piney and citrus hops, brown sugar, very close to an American barleywine or triple IPA profile. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, lemon and orange citrus, brown sugar; reflects ths same profile as the aroma. Finishes with citrus and light resinous pine hop bitterness. Medium bodied with nice creaminess and mouth feel. This could just have easily been labelled as an American style barleywine; it has all the caramel malt depth and solid hopping of that style. Very malty and some interesting flavors in the hops, although the hop flavors are not that herbal. The finish is robust, but not quite at 1000 IBU, which is a good thing, I think. I suspect this would age well for quite a few years just like a barleywine. I'll probably pick up another bottle to check that out. Rich and enjoyable. Not as scarily overhopped as the name implies.

Aug 23, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bitterness is in full bloom with this beer. Unsure about 1000 ibu, but it is way up there for sure. Dark to caramel in color, off white head. Nose carries the ibus as does the taste.

Apr 30, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2017. Purchased ages ago from the Brewdog webshop - I think I've had this for over a year. The label calls it an American-style imperial IPA; as the name implies this is stuffed with hops.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-marmalade hue with low carbonation and tons of floating sediment. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a persistent surface layer.

S: Aroma of intense resinous hops and sweet malt with notes of pine, citrus peel, caramel, barley sugar, ale yeast and mild earthiness. The sweetness hints at a degree of fading in the aromatic hop character. Good stuff.

T: Tastes of insanely powerful hops with notes of pine resin, citrus peel, grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, mild brown sugar, ale yeast, vague earthiness and more than a touch of booze in the background. An overwhelming hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing, along with a malty sweetness. Impressive but not sure it quite lives up to its name.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and thick, with tingly hop oils and soft carbonation. Good body for the style. Aftertaste of bitter pine-laden hops and sweet malt.

O: A solid mega-IPA, though not quite the 1000 IBUs of the name. Looks OK; carbonation could be better. The aroma and flavour are stridently hoppy, backed up by plenty of sweet malt. Nice body. In character it resembles an American barleywine; I'm not sure if this is the intention or partly the result of age-related hop fade. However, it remains a hop-head's delight. Lupulin lovers should try it if they can.

Apr 02, 2017
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AleSan from Italy

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Drinked last summer... bottle... color: copper or dark orange, with a creamy and persistent white hat... aromas: fruit, citrus, hops, pine needles, resins... mouth: character beer, full, persistent, very hoppy and resinous, bitter certainly but perhaps less than expected.

Jan 07, 2017
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Murky to deep red color, 3 finger off white head, foamy lacing, nice carbonation.

S: Hops, tropical fruits.

T: Hoppy, bitter, sweet, floral. Insane bitterness on the back end. Superb!

F: The fullest bodied IPA I have ever tasted.

O: Hoppiness and bitterness to the extreme. Good beer!

Nov 17, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on draft.

Murky dark orange color.

Minimal off-white head; decent lace.

Malt & mango nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Some citrus notes buried under a scorching bitterness. Interesting but over-the-top!

Oct 20, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, darker amber color. Lasting head with lots of blanketing lace. Very attractive.

Deep caramel aroma to start. There is a pleasant floral nose that only hints of hop behind.

Much stronger bitter presence in the taste. The malt is brief and mild. The hop is straight up bitter without any distinctive subtleties that I've come to expect from Mikkeller. The aftertaste is very long and bitter in a lip smacking sort of way. Creamy body with an adequate carbonation level.

Apr 30, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Came out strangely brown actually, didn't look like a 'pale' ale at all. Very thin minimal off white head. Aroma kicked down lots of pine and woodsy green herbal hop components.

Taste, well it definitely delivered on the high ibu claims, but is that something to brag on? Much better beers with lower ibu ranges, especially in the ipa category, something Mikkeller has always had a hard time with, much less providing one affordably. This is no different. Way too expensive to justify a return excursion. Just a big hot, bitter bomb of a beer. So much caramel and toffee.

Its like if Mikkeller made Bigfoot ale.

Apr 25, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy amber, two finger head. Big caramel and citrus aroma. Taste is similar with caramel toasted bread and tons of grapefruit peel. Bitterness lasts well past the swallow but not off putting. This is a powerful but tasty brew.

Mar 26, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely rich burgundy-brown. A little like a muddy wine. Very frothy, and foamy off-white head, with a great deal of lacing left behind on the glass sit atop. Citrus, piney, and tropical hop notes form a tremendous aroma. Really enjoying it so far. Sweet, citrus and tropical hops open up, with a bitter, piney hop finish. Very well blended and therefore easy to drink. There is a lingering bitter, hop after taste, which gives me the idea to take another sweet and balanced drink quick. Mouth coating feel, combined with its smoothness, also gives it an easy drinking feel despite the high alcohol content and hoppy taste. Overall, a great beer. Seems well rounded and tasty. On par with other IIPAs I've tried that are considered "world class".

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Mar 08, 2016
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The maltiness of this IIPA helps the balance but still all about the hops. This may be the best smelling beer I have tried. 4

A – A beautiful lacing at the end of the glass - 4

S – The aroma on this beer is unbelievable. Like my head was shoved into a bag of hops. 5

T – A very tasty hoppy beer, that gains some balance from a solid malt bill. 4

MF – A medium bodied beer with a dry finish but not a long lasting bitterness or burn. 4

Dec 21, 2015
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Johnct from New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

"1000 IPA" is what the label says. I've been told it's the same beer.

This beer is a novelty.

It's bitter. As you could imagine. That's about it. The taste is bitterness, not really anything else.

Overall it's not bad.

Dec 19, 2015

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be quite enjoyable. if this is 1000 ibus, im surprised. its less bitter than some less than 100 ibu brews. but the flavor profile of the hops is quite good. for the price, I probably wont revisit, but its good none the less.

Oct 14, 2015
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josanguapo from Spain

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From elcervecero. In Duvel glass. Watching Breaking Bad 4x11. Surprinsingly drinkable for its high IBUs. There are DIPAs with a much more disgusting bitterness. Its bitterness isnt the best one but isnt bad either. The aroma is great soft and nice. Could repeat if it werent so expensive (6€) Every beerman should taste it to experience a 1000 IBUs brew and im sure they wont be dissapointed

Sep 20, 2015
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LAp from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a 12oz snifter. Poured an almost light-orange/amber, with a thick, one finger head. Smells of hops and almost sweet. I must say that this beer tasted entirely different from what I anticipated for a name that promises such intense bitterness. Not nearly as bitter as many of the bold west-coat ipas. That said, without the bitterness, there was a strong taste of hops, like drinking an ultrafiltrate of the hop plant itself. The closest I can get to describing this flavor is this: it tastes like the hop plant smells. That taste was compounded by a strong malty sweetness, which ultimately gave the beer a thick, warming mouthfeel. Overall, not even remotely what I was expecting, but pleasantly surprising.

Sep 13, 2015
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ChefMacAttack from New York

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Dark amber, surprisingly dark for an IPA. It had a thick 1 finger head with plenty of lacing down the glass.

Plenty of bitter hop in the aroma, but some of the booze is coming out in the nose as well.

This beer is what it says it is. Bitter, with notes of chicory and radicchio on the finish. There is a pleasant amount of carbonation which helps curb the bitterness, and the booze detected on the nose is well hidden in the taste.

As the glass warmed up, hints of orange and spice broke through. Solid effort.

Sep 03, 2015
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Ellis1701 from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the amount of hops, this is a surprisingly balanced beer. Not overly sweet (the way hops are normally balanced)...just very drinkable. Not the kick-in-the-teeth hops experience I was expecting...and that was, in a way, kind of a pleasant surprise.

Sep 01, 2015
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Homers_Beer_Odyssey from New York

4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Opaque, cloudy, foamy, lots of lacing, sediment, amber 4FH that really lasts.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, pine.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, nutty, pine, coffee.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, smooth, very lingering, warming, very frothy.

VALUE - $9.60 for an 11-oz bottle. A bit pricey, even for an import.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - 1,000 IBU is an advertising gimmick, but this beer is worth a try. It is bitter, but that's mostly because it's not malty at all, just zero sweetness to it.

Aug 23, 2015
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge towering head appearing like the top of a root beer float. Retention is out of this world. Aroma is malty with plenty of spice from the hops. Flavor begins with a deep caramel, toasty malt backbone. Quickly after, hops lay down an impenetrable fortress on the tongue that is pungent and makes my face muscles tense up as the layers of hops hit flesh. This is a totally new hop experience. Flavor is mostly concentrated detergent, pinesol and grapefruit. Hop do not let up creating a pungent bitterness well into the aftertaste. Full bodied and very dry feel yet well carbonated. Not for the faint of heart and certainly not for those afraid of hops.

Aug 16, 2015
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