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1000 IBU | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

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#18,436
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
787
pDev:
15.84%
 
 
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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 292
Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
12.7oz Corked & Caged bottle, wrapped in paper (Nice Presentation)
DATE ON CORK: 14/1/12 (Best Before?)

This pours a very nice looking, golden copper color. The synthetic came out of the bottle without a sound, which kind of scared me. This is nicely carbonated, though. It forms a head of almost one-fingers thickness of dark tan colored foam. This recedes to a spotty surface covering film. The lacing is spotty, but very plentiful and nicely sticky.

I am taken aback and quite pleasantly surprized by the nose on this one. It actually comes across as quite balanced. Loads of hops notes, as expected. Lots of citrus presence along with some very nice floral characteristics. Pineapples, grapefruit, mangoes, peaches, nectarines, limes, oranges, etc. This also has a very nice amount of sweet caramel maltiness to it. Good hints of brown sugars, toffee and sweet cherries.

Wow, this beer is surprising. It is not anywhere near as bitter as I'd prepared myself for it to be. It is actually very nicely balanced, as was alluded to by the nose. The taste follows the nose very closely. There are certainly a whole lot of hops in this beer, but they are very nicely balanced by a sweet malty base that makes the whole thing very tasty.

This beer is full-bodied and has a light-to-mild level of carbonation, which compliments it well. It has a wonderful smoothness to it and a very nice touch of creaminess. This helps it come off as almost velour-like.
Very nice.

On top of all of that, the 9.60%abv is also very nicely hidden. You get just a light hint of warmth on the back side of this, but other than that, I don't even notice it, until it starts to hit me. Very surprisingly drinkable. Yes, I'd like to have more, please.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jooler
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1000 IBU, hell no.
Hoppy and bitter, you bet your sweet ass it is
Any good, meh
Balanced, you bet your sweet ass it's not

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by nickd717. Thanks Nick.

A: Pours a very sedimentary hazy golden body with very fluffy tan foam. Great retention.

S: A very American barleywine aroma. Candied grapefruit, tangerines, orange, spice, pine, and herbal aromas. Malt is quite strong in burnt caramel and sugar cookie aromas. A little booze sting.

T: Initially quite sweet: caramel, sugar cookie. Then hop flavors (but not a lot of hop bitterness) enters the picture: citrus, some pine, and a LOT of grass. The grass pulls into the aftertaste where it remains as a lingering mild bitterness.

M: I expected more bitterness, not that I would have enjoyed that. It's a little boozy, which makes sense now that I see it's almost 10%. Kind of chewy. Moderate carbonation.

D: It was interesting for the novelty, but on a pure flavor basis, this beer does nothing for me. Certainly nothing I'd go out of my way to drink again.

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Photo of polopaul20
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Immortale25
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Bulldog New Orleans. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch beige head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Somewhat resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Very sweet smelling with a shot of booze and actually not a whole lot of hop fume.

T- Bitter but not as bitter as expected. It's actually got more of that sugary sweet malt flavor Mikkel's known for in his IPAs. Plenty of pine, wet grass and heavy earthiness. The hop bite lingers a while but doesn't scream of a high IBU score. Only after multiple sips in a row do I go "this sure is bitter." Subtle notes of grapefruit and lemon come through in the aftertaste. OK, now it's starting to creep up on me. Usually my palate becomes fully acclimated to the alpha acids at this point, but not with this beer. Every sip I take leaves my tongue reeling.

M- Sharp, dry and oily with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This beer started out with some enjoyably contrasting balance but, halfway through, the bitterness slashed its way through all the other flavors making it pretty much all you can taste. I can see what Mr. Bjergso was going for with this but I couldn't see myself having another 10 oz. pour of this.

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Photo of VE777
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of CMB2012
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Local Option. Poured into large mouth wine glass.

This beer pours a translucent cherry red with hints of amber at the bottom of my chalice. It has a two finger off white head that is dense and spongy.

The smell develops to from a bouquet of sweet pine, citrus, cherry, mango, watermelon, and a slight cannabis infusion. Very nice and welcoming.

I wish I could say the taste was as complex and intriguing as the smell. The truth is that maybe it is, but I could not get through the hops to find out. It starts out with a nice pine and citrus hop flavor before the drinker is almost knocked off their stool by the infiltration of hop bitterness that follows. Each sip begins and ends the same, until the end of the drink when there is almost nothing but the taste of IBUs. Seriously, this beer gives the IBU an actual associated flavor. Unfortunately it isn't too desirable. I could not find any malt flavors, but I'm sure they were there for those with more attuned taste buds.

The beer was palatable and an interesting exercise in both the capabilities and limits of hop exposure. I don't think I will rush back for another, but certainly not an experience I regret.

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Photo of AndybIPA
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KevBot89
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a snifter.
Look: Thick, dark amber with a slightly orange twang, a 3/4 inch white/cream-colored head.

Smell: Primarily bitter, biting, nose-tingling fresh pine with notes of earthy and grassy hops

Taste: Follows nose with a blast of bitter piney hops with mild earthiness. Some malt sweetness follows but the beer, unsurprisingly based off its name, is totally dominated by very bitter hop flavor: primarily pine.

Feel: The beer is thick and medium carbonation. The bitterness lingers for a very long time afterwards with the malt sweetness a little more noticeable after finishing each swig.

Overall: This beer delivers what is promised. This is extremely bitter and a super hop bomb. A nice refreshing DIPA.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the Hulmeville Inn for this one.

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy brown with alot of sediment. Almost equivalent to muddy brown water with a great light brown heading.

Smell is more of a malty beer. All roasted and a bit of a bitter hop aroma but not what you would expect for a 1000 IBU beer.

Taste again more of the same a heavy malty taste with alot of a burnt caramel leaving's of sediment. Again decent hoppiness but 1000 IBU's I would question it just doesn't seem to be that bitter.

Mouth is medium bodied with great carbonation, does leave a heavy oil hoppiness that makes a film on the palate.

A decent IIPA but nothing spectacular. More of a malt lover IIPA with a decent hop kick.

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Photo of fergster75
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of anchordrinker
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque brown with orange-red glow. Thin, off-white head and great lace.

S- Piney, resiny, almost sap-y, brown sugar, caramel, and some pungent fruit

T- Pine, resin, apricot, sharp grapefruit/citrus, brown sugar, tropical fruit, strawberry, brown sugar, grainy/bready, burnt sugar. Lingering grapefruit bitterness should please fellow hop-heads.

M- Big. Chewy, syrupy, thick with the perfect amount of carbo to back it. I'm not usually one for beers that I would describe as "chewy" or "syrupy" but with the intense resiny hop character it works well. Also there's a bit of alcohol warmth, but it is pleasant and not overwhelming.

D- Drinkable for the style if tons of bitterness doesn't phase you. (and if bitterness does phase you, you have no place buying a beer that is named 1000 IBU) There is some alcohol warmth, but as is stated above it is pleasant.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

this is an epic brew, easily the best ipa ive ever had, including heady, pliny, and all the rest of them. this is sensationally powerful and different, and is deserving of much more recognition. it pours a perplexingly dark copper color, more red than brown or orange, with some yeast floaters and a prominent off white head that leaves so sticky lacing on the glass. the nose major. it smells like ive put my face in liquid hops, its so oily and dank, bitter as hell, but also supported by some darker malts that give the beer a real mature and sophisticated aroma. the flavor is like nothing ive ever tasted. its high alpha for sure, just like fresh hops through a juicer, but somehow concentrated, its piney mostly, but theres some really bitter citrus in there as well, like the pith from a grapefruit. its got some malt backbone under all of the hops, but it plays only a supporting role here. the hop profile of this beer is so intense, its so fresh, and man oh man is it bitter. this is my fantasy playing out, i swear to god its so so so hoppy. the mouthfeel is perfect, the body is full, the carbonation is just enough, and the hop bitterness is almost caustic, almost burning the insides of my mouth. its not puckery like a sour, but it literally is contorting my face somehow. the alcohol is strong but it fits in nicely. i taste this even half an hour after my last sip. its impossible to describe how good this really is. easily the biggest, meanest ipa out there right now. incredible!

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Photo of DCLAguy11
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bismarksays
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of vheissu15
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of chefbigjon
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Jmoore50
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well this was an unexpected one. I fell in love with this beer, and will hopefully be able to pick some more up soon. It is intense, and is one of the closest beers to Pliny the Younger that I have experienced to date. Its still not as good, but cured my hop craving for a bit.

The appearance is a cloudy murky orange, with a darker amber brown heart. The head is fluffy and sticks around for the entire tasting. This thing is awesome looking and has the thickest oily legs that leave their mark. It also has a medium amount of lacing. The head is almost gooey, never really leaving and just staring you in the face. It is not clear at all, but still oily and thick. The bubbles from the carbonation struggle to make their way up, which reminds me of Younger.

The smell is like falling into a pile of pine needles. Pine, caramel, sugars, mary jane, and more pine. Beautiful.

The taste just soaks into your palate and wreaks havoc. Incredible hop bitterness paired with sweet caramel malts is just divine. Lots of hop pine, with some bitterness makes me think of chewing on that wet hop cone that one time...

Mouthfeel just kills everything that you have in your mouth. It destroys the palate with its oily hop bite. Incredibly drinkable, but a bit expensive. This beer was surprisingly good. Well done.
J

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Photo of ajzy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 787 ratings