1000 IBU | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Added by Nickls on 03-16-2010

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a copper like color with a foamy white head. It has a decent lacing down the glass. The smell reminded me of leather and hops, it's actually a little strange certain smells that I don't recall ever having smelled before. The taste of this beer is unlike anything I think I've ever had, it's very strong and has a lot of flavor to it the mouth feel is on the thicker side a little bit of oily texture to it and has a decent carbonation. Overall I find this beers pretty unique and I did enjoy it but it was expensive and I can't see myself paying for again

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is extremely hazy amber yellow in color and has lots of particular matter visible near the bottom of the bottle. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head and left a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and surprisingly no collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is like a ticking hop bomb waiting to go off that has flavors of pine resins that becomes increasingly bitter towards the finish and has even more bitterness that lingers through the aftertaste. Notes of underlying caramel malts are present in the initial taste. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a very easy beer to drink as it finishes with an intense amount of pine resin and woody flavors along with tons of bitterness. I thought that the taste improved a little after you sloshed around the remnants of the bottle and poured out all of the particulates.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So what would 1000 Ibu's taste like, feel like, or smell like? It turns out that the end result is the ultimate resin taste and sticky-dry texture but the grassy and woody character adds woodsy rustic and charm.

Darker than the common IPA, its garnet hues lead straight into the beer's toffee and biscuity start. But that's all overcome when the dominance of hops set in quickly. Citrus, pine and fresh-cut grass swirl about the olfactories while those supporting caramel and maple sweetensses struggle to contend.

White sharp grapefruit ribs, tea-like herb, dried bitter orange, shaven sassafras, sawdust, and pecan all begin to sculpt the bulk of taste while a deep drying sensation sets in. Despite its "imperial status, the reckless abundance of hops bullies its way toward bitter dominance and chases all sweet balances away; much like standard American IPA

Diving unapologetically into a resiny, earthy, and stemmish finish- the way the beer closes is uncomfortably dry and spicily heated, but still tantalizingly peppery and controlled. Its unique taste is balanced like IPA but at elevated alcohol which shouldn't happen with such harmony, but yet it does.

Though the taste bogs down with its own seeping dankness, and rootish quality; this ale rivals the most bitter beers that have ever been tasted.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 paper-wrapped bottle. Inside, on the actual label, the creepy detached-arm 'hops thief' that I remember from the barrel-aged version of this offering. And though only in Danish, the ingredient list plays amusingly off of an old trope: "Hops, something, hops, malt, hops, something, hops". Ha.

This beer pours a muddy, dishwater 'golden' brown hue, with three fingers of foamy, rising, cascading beige head, which does a decent Guinness imitation, before giving way to some pervasive Swiss cheese lace around the breadth of the glass.

It smells of bitter, fresh, outdoorsy pine resin, bittersweet citrus peel, and bursting at the tethers caramel/toffee malt. The taste is sweet, almost sugary caramel/vanilla cream, and not to be underestimated tongue-scrape worthy pine and citrus hops, each bobbing and weaving to assume a temporary topside position in this war of palate attrition (and perhaps fatigue), one which I willingly sign onto, as if coerced by an Uncle Sam sign. Oh, and the damned-near 10 points of booze sneakily show no signs of themselves, at least at this point.

The carbonation is present, but nice and reserved, the body a sturdy medium weight, and as smooth as possible, given those meddling hop stragglers. It finishes surprisingly less hoppy than expected, save the bitterness, which goes somewhat herbal, all amongst a drain-circling malt.

Hmmm. While a hell of an agreeable DIPA, I just don't get this marketing pap claim of a nice round 1000 IBUs. Ten times as hoppy as the equivalently bitter offerings I've thus encountered? Not a chance, so overall points deducted for shitty snakeoilsmanship. One well 'balanced' big-ass DIPA, all sides represented? Hell yes. Discuss at will - Imma gonna go and finish this bad boy, woe that there isn't more of it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.16/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A full paper cover contains this bottle, which is a 12.7 fl oz green glass (come on, Mikkel!) bottle with appealing fun label art and an unbranded pry-off pressure cap. 9.6% ABV confirmed per the label. Reviewed as an imperial IPA becuase the label clearly identifies it as such. IBU: 1000 (yeah, right). Imported by the Shelton Bastards. Mikkel is my favourite brewer.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No liquid surges out upon opening.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of gorgeous off-white colour. Very creamy and thick. Great even consistency and soft complexion. Retention is good - about 8-9 minutes. Lovely even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a murky opaque brownish caramel. Abundant yeast particles are visible. Not a real appealing colour.

Overall, it's not a flattering appearance for an imperial IPA. I'm optimistic, but it's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Floral hop character, biscuity yeast, pale malts, cream, grapefruit pith, and biscuit malt. Seems pretty bitter, but not particularly hoppy. Bready.

A decent aroma of moderate strength. I can't say I'm real excited to try it based on the aroma.

T: Bready malts, cream, heavy floral hop character, hop bitterness, biscuity yeast, grapefruit pith, and pale malts. It's quite resinous. Unremarkable tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, etc).

More balanced than anticipated, but still a damned mess. Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour,though it does come on quite strong on the climax.

Cohesive, but far from gestalt. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. I can't say I'm a big fan of it. There just isn't a lot going on, and I'm not horribly interested in what is.

At least it's not too soapy.

Honestly, it isn't as bitter as I expected. I've had far more bitter brews, some of which still had more balance than this does.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet. Too thick. Somewhat hot, actually. Okay presence on the palate. Unrefreshing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Not gushed, harsh, astringent, or rough.

Dr: Downable but very forgettable. It does hide its ABV fairly well, but it's not up to par with Mikkel's best offerings. Nice to try once, but I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. A bitter bomb with little to offer the discerning drinker. I'm glad I'm splitting this with a friend. Terrible imbalance is its undoing. Coming from my favourite brewer, it's a huge disappointment.

D

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Photo of oline73
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Very cloudy golden amber with a finger of fluffy white head, which lingers throughout.

Smell - Sweet bready malt and a lot of citrus hops.

Taste - I can only describe this as total tongue domination. There is quite a bit of bready malt sweetness initially, but then the hops kick in. Extremely bitter citrus hops wreck the tongue through the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability. This one is quite sweet and super bitter. After this my tongue was done tasting beer for the night. I know this is called 1000 IBU, and I'm glad I got to try it, but this is just bitterness for the sake of bitterness and I don't think I'll be coming back.

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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat murky, burgundy/light brown color with a thick, tan head of long-lasting foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled strongly of grapefruit, orange peel and pine. There was a toasty malt aroma, too.

T - It tasted sweet and malty with some bitter piney hops. The grapefruit and orange flavors were good, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very dry. A medium bodied beer.

D - This was easier drinking than one would expect for a beer called "1000 IBU" . It was not nearly as bitter as I expected but tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml wrapped bottle into tulip glass, no bottling date. Pours super hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense kahki head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, pine, caramel, orange, herbal spiciness, biscuit, a bit of tropical fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, herbal, floral, biscuit, and light tropical fruit. Fairly intense, yet smooth bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, biscuit, and herbal spiciness for a while. Great balance of bitterness and flavor here; making this "1000" IBUs very easy to sip on. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink at 9.6%, but is still a sipper. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent DIPA offering from Mikkeller, despite the 1000 IBU gimmick. Big citrus hop flavors with great balance. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of largadeer
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Yet another interesting bottle shared by nickd717. Thanks, Nick.

Mikkeller's latest gimmick sits in the glass a cloudy dark copper color with a large, lasting and frothy head atop.

Resiny pine and grapefruit scents emanate from the glass, this is monstrously hoppy but equally malty. A substantial caramel malt backbone is present just beneath the hops, providing ample sweetness that I find slightly detracting.

Sweet caramel and pine flavors hit the palate with equal strength up front. The bitterness begins to take hold mid-palate, and it is an impressively long and bitter finish, though it's not necessarily more bitter than your average DIPA. Decent stuff, the sweetness does a lot to balance the hops. The only sign that this is hopped as heavily as it is comes from long bitter finish, which grows rather tiring and astringent after a few ounces.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Poured into Duck rabbit snifter.

Pours a half finger of creamy head. Fades down fast but good retention after that. Leaves some nice lacing. Color is a very hazed orange copper.

Aroma: Massive hop profile. Sweet floral hops with some pine. Caramel flavors as well. I can't really tell this is 1000 ibus. Very unique aroma.

Taste: Massive floral hops. Basically like chewing on flowers. Lots of citrus, grapefruit. Lots of malts in there as well. Caramel flavors stick out the most.

Mouthfeel: Big bodied and chewy. Not as bitter as I was expecting, but still bitter. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, I think this beer is somewhat of a joke. It can't possibly be near 1000 ibu. I really don't know what mik is trying to do with this beer. It is unique and worth a try I guess (if you want to pay the $13 a bottle). Somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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