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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Added by Nickls on 03-16-2010

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
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 Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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 metter98
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +6.7%
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 +10.9%
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 largadeer
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
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 kojevergas
2.16/5  rDev -44.2%
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.


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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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 oline73
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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 mothman
2.87/5  rDev -25.8%
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 oberon
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial nonic a cloudy(alot of chunky's and floaties)russet tinged burnt orange with a large fluffy top that settled into a creamy mass leaving a few broken chunks behind.A mix of brown sugar and powerful resinous and earthy hops,the hops are in full effect here no doubt,not much alcohol presence to be had.Dry on the palate,no sugary sweetness like way to many of the style,earthy and resinous,some light brown sugar-like sweetness is there but it dont stand up to the intense drying hoppiness.This beer is no joke,you better like the cones to like this beer,I do and I like it...alot.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Decent fluffy 1/2 finger head fades slowly over murky muddy rusty brown colored beer.

N: Not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Some spicy and fruity hops, a little earthy and citrus hops, but not so heavy on the hops. Not super hoppy and heavy. a slight musty fresh resiny hop. WIth all the hops is a slight malty base but hides the booze well, at least on the aroma.

T: Weird as hell! Lots of heavy hops, very bitter! Some fruit hops, citrus, tangerine, earthy and very piny hops. A little resinous hop flavor with some hop extracts too. A little minerality and salty flavors too. Slight chewy malt base and some sweetness with the malts, but hides the booze well as well on the taste. A slight toasty malt too.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Heavy bitterness on the finish too. More heavy spicy hops with more hop extracts, hop resin, and just lots of hops in general. A looong lingering bitterness. Lots of long orange peel and citrus, pine, etc etc etc. The 1000 IBUs really don't come through until 10 minutes after you finish the sip and it still tastes like you are swallowing it. A slight juicy fruit on the finish. This might be the first beer I've reviewed that the finish is longer (in words for the review) and heavier (in taste) than the initial taste. Crazy muuu fuuu!!!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out-of-focus ochre with coral and orange accents along the bottom edge of the snifter. The pour produced slightly more than half a glassful of golden ecru hued foam that is impressively rich and whipped creamy. Looks like the hop resins will be responsible for some outstanding looking lace. Great out of the gate.

The nose is akin to a caramel malty IPA with a generous amount of fruity American hops. The brewery says that 6.5 Kg of alpha acid extract and 10 Kg of Simcoe hop pellets are used for every 1000 liters of beer. I'm not sure if that's a lot, but it sure sounds like a lot.

Whoever finds fault with Mikkeller for a gimmicky name is wasting their scorn. If it helps get them get noticed and helps them sell more 1000 IBU, then more power to them. The bottom line, when all else is stripped away, including the ridiculous purchase price, is that this is delicious big beer... that isn't hoppy enough.

The issue isn't a lack of lupulins, it's an abundance of malt sugars. What might have been a buzzsaw of alpha acids and tropical fruity Simcoe hop goodness is (somewhat) blunted by toasted bread and melted caramel. Having said that, this is still hugely hop-soaked beer that is pleasing me to no end. It's a very close call, but the taste score will be rounded down. And the drinkability score will be rounded up.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the ABV and the amount of underlying sweetness. As the beer continues to warm, however, it ventures toward medium for the style and gains a lightly chewy quality. Even though the bubbles are a bit peppy, it works.

Mikkeller 1000 IBU bears at least a passing resemblance to Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. This beer is less sweet, less boozy and (arguably) more bitter and hop flavorful. Having said that, equally fresh bottles of each are the only way to say for sure. What the hell, the last few ounces have convinced me that the higher flavor score is warranted. If this brew was even slighty less expensive, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes 3/12/11. Thanks to THECPJ for splitting this one.

A: Pours a dark orange with lots of sediment and floaties. Fortunately, most of the sediment was left inside the bottle. A huge 2.5 finger white head formed and had great retention with spotty lacing.

S: Was expecting some overpowering citrus hops, but the aroma was floral and piney. A decent sized caramel malt backbone aroma comes in at the end.

T: Lots of oily hops, not overly bitter though. Dominated by the hops as expected, but there is a sizeable malt component to keep everything in check..sort of.

M: Had a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, extremely dry though, felt like it was sucking the moisture out of my mouth.

O: Not as much of a hop bomb as I was expecting, especially based on the name. Definitely unique, and overall pretty good. Glad to have had it, but probably won't pick it up again due to the price point.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bosse for this one, I wanted something interesting when I came home tonight, so I grabbed this wonderfully packaged beer and poured it into a white birch glass. consumed on 08/14/2010.

despite my best efforts there was no way to avoid this one pouring out with a ton of sediment, i swear there was a quarter bottle of yeast in this one! very dark colored with a small head of white that left a small bit of lacing on the sides. very cloudy and hazy.

the aroma was not at all what i was expecting, i was thinking sharp, and huge citrus hops, but what was there was a nice piney aroma that was balanced by a huge malt bill. each sip seemed to yield a ton of oily and resiny hops that seemed to drip with resin, but there was more then an adequate malt bill that balanced it out very nicely. not obnoxious and the alcohol was sparingly present, not a bad combination. thick and viscous feel, it was like sipping oil out of a fresh hop.

overall not at all what i was expecting and really much more muted and easier to drink, i have had much bigger hop bombs.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 375ml bottle with a very stubborn synthetic cork which comes out without a sound. Thankfully, the pour appears nicely carbonated with a finger's worth of khaki head.

S: The nose is pure hops, as you would expect considering the 1000 IBU name. Tons of citrus and even more pine. Despite the hop overkill, the caramel malt still comes through.

T: The hops are there, and certainly bitter. However, there is quite a bit of bready malt on the tongue. The bitterness is long lasting and stays in the mouth long after the sip is finished.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low carbonation.

D: I admit, I mostly bought this beer "just to see", and it's actually not too bad. But, there are plenty of other IPAs I would rather have for much less.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

A fitting cap to this day's deluge of hops! It pours a lightly hazy amber-garnet topped by a finger of light cream froth. The nose comprises leek, toffee, pine, ruby red grapefruit, and mint. A bit disjointed here, kinda like a Futurist sculpture. The taste holds notes of pine, leek, garlic, toffee, light corn, and mint. A similarly disjointed experience here. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, I think this one tried just a bit to hard to be some sort of hop-nuke, while balance and gracefulness suffered a bit.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Murky amber body with a huge off-white head. Impressive retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell - Pine bomb of a hop profile. Slightly dank with some sugary caramel malt backup.

Taste - Almost immediately bitter, but it doesn't culminate until the very end. Lots of pine and resin. A fair bit of sweetness. The bitterness builds up at the end pretty quickly. In the middle, it's pretty balanced, but very bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick, sweet, extremely bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - So many things wrong with this, but still it seems to come together. Decent hop profile, but extremely intense in the back end. No surprise at 1000 IBUs, if that's really accurate.

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Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 6/12/10

Green 375ml bottle with a synthetic cork, dating of 14/1/12. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a cloudy amber brown color. Despite the most careful pour, uncorking this bottle made the sediment stir up from the bottom and get stuck in suspension. The head appears a yellowish creamy tan and sticks in patches of lace about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is all hops, mostly citrus and herbal in character with a bit of pine. Some dark notes of carmelized sugar come across with a smell that is almost burnt.

Tasting this brew is all about the hops upfront. Brutally bitter it pierces the tongue and has a drying quality about it that brings out the hop flavors reminescent of pine and herbs. The malt has a dry burnt sugar/caramel like flavor. Both the hop flavor and bitternss is amplified by the alcohol which is readily noticeable in both warmth and astringent taste. The hops finish with an oily feel that lingers in the mouth.

Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation. As it warms, the depth of the hop flavor changes a bit to become more piney and a bit grassy but still quite herbal. The nose however takes on a more complex mixture of sweet smelling fruity hops that are a bit floral and sweet smelling. Very contrasting when you go back in for a sip. Overall not bad.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A - Decent amount of particulate. Hazelnut ice tea bown with a khaki head that pours creamy and holds a good lace.

S - Mild pine. Slight BO off-aroma.

T - Not what I was expecting up front: sweet brown sugar and malt. The bitterness doesn't stand up and punch you in the face; it's a surprisingly slow, but incessant, ramp-up of pure bitter for about 20s with each sip. Behind the white noise are pine and tarragon hop characteristics.

M - The bitterness builds and ramps throughout the drink. Otherwise smooth with a medium body and sweet finish - sweet in a relative sense though, considering the intent wasn't exactly to ship a balanced beer : )

D - For my palate this was more of a novelty than a delight, but one I'm glad I had the opportunity to enjoy. The bitterness isn't as forward as some west coast IPA's, but it stacks on your palate pretty fiercely. For most, this'll be the last beer you drink for the night, or at the very least, the last beer you'll taste. That's not to say you shouldn't try it - just try it on the back end of the night.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for splitting this bomber with me.

Pours a cloudy, brownish amber with some orange hue. There is a foamy, brownish head that sits atop this brew that has good retention. The nose has notes of baked apples, citrus, bread, caramel, and it's a bit musty. The flavor is complex; orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, herbal, bread, sweet, hints of dark fruit, pineapple, alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a nice beer, but not nearly as bitter as the name may lead you to believe. It has great flavor though a bit unbalanced at times. It's also a bit sweet, but it does showcase every aspect that hops can provide. If you're a hop head, you should check it out.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim at West Lakeview liquors. 375ml bottle shared with friends. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass. Must be pretty fresh as the first bottle review was only two weeks ago.

A - Two fingers of tan foam, with good retention. Settles to a thin cap and leaves lots of splotchy lacing. Hazy golden body with obvious hop chunks and yeast floating about in there.

S - Candied citrus, grapefruit, tangerines, caramel, and sugary malt. There's a little bit of burnt sugar, spice, pine, and medicinal notes, as well as some light Columbus cheesiness. Booze peeks through as it warms. This is bordering on a hoppy barleywine as the malt bill is pretty hefty.

T - Starts sweet with caramel and sugar, and then morphs into fairly intense bitterness. There's a bit of orange hard candy mid-palate. Not as good as the smell, and not as bitter and palate-shredding as some other beers I've had (with much lower IBUs I might add).

M - Very resinous and oily, some light heat, medium-full body. Lower carbonation, but just enough to keep it from being syrupy. Very nice texture.

D - I'd say 6oz or so is enough of this one. It's not because of the bitterness, but more due to the moderate alcohol presence. I'm glad I got to try it, but I probably won't buy it again. It might be interesting to try on-tap or cask though.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a light murky golden yellow with with a thin layer of head had good sticky lacing.

S: not overwhelming hop aromas for having 1000 ibu's but had carmel. Citrus. and malts notes to compliment the floral hop characters.

T: from the nose of the beer I didn't think it was gonna have much hoppy bitterness and I was proven wrong. The hops hit the palate well with a good balance between the malts and citrus flavors. Was expecting more of a punch from the title of the brew but was let down.

M: meduim bodied beer with little carbonation to accent the hoppy mixture.

D: decent IPA but they can't do it like the west coast. Thay have to come correct to use a name like they did. Oh.also...I hear it's only humanly possible to taste up to 120 ibu's.

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