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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.

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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 coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is strong caramel with some pine and citrus notes. It smells like a barleywine. The flavor is a strong mix of pine and caramel. There are also some resiny hops. The tastes is similar to a hoppy barleywine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold, with ample head, that dissipates to a fine layer of foam, leaving lacing on the glass. Appears a bit viscous, with trapped bubbles that seem to just hover in the brew.

Really strong aromas of dried hops and strong malt. Strong wet hay/barnyard smell.

Tastes of really concentrated dried citrusy hops on a malty backbone.

Body is kind of thick and good carbonation gives it a creamy mouthfeel.

This is an extreme beer, that is very good, but way hopped, and is for those with acquired tastes.

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

375ml caged and synthetically corked bottle received in a trade with mikey711 thanks!

Appearance: Pours auburn with a 2 finger khaki crown that is lush yet rocky, shows decent retention and loads of lace. The body of the brew has loads of suspended sediment.

Smell: Caramel malt and a whirlwind of hops that express both floral and fruit notes. Tangerine, a hint of grapefruit, a hint of pineapple, and grass notes are apparent. Slight vulcanized rubber / burnt brake note.

Taste: Very well balanced, which surprised me considering the name 1000 IBU. The heavy dose of malt doesn't come off sweet or caramel like, probably due to the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a hint chewy, but with enough carbonation to satisfy.

Drinkability: Not bad at all considering the IBU's and the 9.6% abv. I've tasted 140 IBU brews that were more bitter than this brew. Probably because they didn't have as much of a malt counterpart as the Mikkeller does.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a red wine glass

This beer pours a very thick looking carmel brown into my glass. A fingers worth of thick brown head sits on top. Not sure what to expect but as I take a whiff I catch some very earthy hop aroma with a nice hint of toasted malt. I put the glass to my lips and the flavor is certainly malt forward as I taste caramel, toffee and some roast. The finish is of a very nice piney hop. The mouth is very balanced as the malt has a chewiness to it with low carbonation. This beer was very enjoyable as I was surprised at how well the roasted malt and piney hop melded together. Be warned however this beer is a bit of a sipper as the alcohol "heat" is quite noticeable in the taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Draught2012 for this beer. Jimmy J is an awesome guy.

Pours with a lovely almost creamy light tan head. Nice retention. Almost a skeleton of larger bubbles stays behind as some of this settles. Lacing sticks everywhere. Beer is a very deep amber color. Interesting in that I can't say it has clarity or is cloudy. Such a deep color you look into the beer, but not through the beer.

Aroma is floral, certainly hop focused and pine and grass notes everywhere. Really nice aroma.

I never know what to expect with Milkkeller. Some I've loved and others.. well. I really enjoy this. Instant fruity esters that seem to race to your taste buds before hop slam hits. There is this moment of fruit and then caramel.. As soon as that registers, slam Hop bitterness. More pine focused with the alcohol flavor just beneath the surface. The malt backbone is still there but in the back seat behind the malt flavor. Then a touch of grass and back to the bitterness which intensifies and lingers. Lingering taste is a bit like grapefruit pith.

Carbonation is nice and allows the flavor to pop. Medium bodied but bold mouth feel due to the bitterness.

I actually enjoy this quite a bit. Nice job!

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy with sediment, amber in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine hops

Taste: sweet caramel with pine hops in the background. some floral hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a bitter background..really bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: I do like the caramel and pine taste. This is a sipper and I want this again, but only one per tasting.

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Photo of baggio
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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A: Amber with a huge white head and plenty of lacing.

S: Caramel, Hops, Pine, Hay.

Flavor: Alcohol, Caramel, Citric notes, Hops.

M: Quite sweet but ends with a kicking bitterness.

Quite one-dimensional but it drinks very easily for something close to 10% and 1000 ibus. Heard this beer is way better at draught. Oh well.

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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 billshmeinke
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Surprisingly dark. One finger cream head. Opaque amber with some yeasty bits floating around. Reside to a bubbly layer of foam. Specs of bubbles left on the side of the glass.

Smells like a brewery. I was actually just at Stone and it smells just like the brewery. Super citrusy and more so floral, kind of like hop pellets.

Tastes like bitterness. Lots of citrus, orange rind and lemon zest, and tons of pine/spearmint flavors. There is some caramel from the malts as well. Almost like a super hopped Barleywine. Maybe some bubble gum too. A tad under attenuated.

Very thick with low carbonation, and a very creamy mouthfeel.

The drinkability was good, all things considered. ABV was well hidden, and the bitterness was not overwhelming.

Mikkeller pretty much achieved what they were going for here. This beer was so full of hop oils and juices that it reminded me of the smell of a brewery. I think that says a lot.

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Photo of Xul
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown with amber highlights, capped by a one finger off white head. Retention is solid and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Strong hops up front, with a predominance of piney notes. Some grassiness and citrus character is there as well, especially grapefruit, but the piney notes are strongest. A fairly sweet blend of caramel and bready malts lurk in the background.

T: Not as bitter as one would expect for a beer named "1000 IBU", at least upfront. Lots of earthy hops up front, giving way to citrus in the middle along with some of the malt base. The finish kicks the bitterness up in a serious way, leaving a STRONG aftertaste of earthy and piney hops with just the slightest bit of caramel sweetness.

M: Rather full bodied with fairly low carbonation, very sticky in the mouth.

D: The aftertaste definitely knocks this down a half point, not in a bad way, just in the sense that it's very strong and definitely keeps this from being one to session.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours murky used paintwater brown with a loft of floating yeast. It's topped by a firm long-lasting frothy head leaving thick lace.

S: Fair amount of malt, has a very green and piney dank aroma.

T: Very woody, not overly bitter, much more of an herb floral aspect to the hops. Some crystal malt and molasses are there as well.

M: Very resiny and sticky. Chewy with hop oil. Very light carbonation with a long aftertaste.

D: While this was fun to try, it's not giving me a transcendent hop experience by any means. Just another good well-made DIPA on the market, but at the price, I'm not planning on buying it again.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a surprisingly dark and murky amber with a bubbly thick light tan head. The aroma is also surprising in that it has a very earthy and piney, slightly fruity hop aroma that is accentuated by caramel malt sweetness. The flavor is wonderfully balanced. Very bitter to be sure, but there is enough sweetness to balance it out. The hop character is both herbal and slightly citrusy, with white grapefruit and earthy notes. I am also tasting brown sugar, pine, raisin, pepper and other spices. This is a very interesting beer in that it seems like it is stuck in limbo between an American barleywine and an American double IPA. Medium to full bodied and quite smooth with a finish that is making my mouth go nuts. For being 1,000 IBUs, it does not taste that bitter, (and yes, I realize that the tongue supposedly hits a wall at 100 IBU) but it has a drying finish the likes of which I have never experienced. This beer goes down surprisingly easily, and I would say is quite drinkable, though when I take a break to type, my mouth feels a bit like I was stranded in the dessert. Gimmick or not, this beer was defiantly worth the price of admission. Don't listen to the haters.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending this one out, Phil!

Pours into tulip with a great head, nice tannish foam atop a disgusting murky sewage brown-burnt orange color. Abundance of dotted lace.

Well yes, the aroma is hoppy but definitely not as great as you would expect from the hype and name of this brew. Pungent and powerful still, citrusy, grapefruit peel and some more herbal-flowery notes. But behind the hops, there is a certain heartiness... kind of a dark, almost earthy quality to it.

The taste isn't as bitter as you would expect either, medium level of bitterness. Citrus peel, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and that darkish-earthy character that is mingling with the malt profile. Good substance to this brew, not quite chewy but there is some residual sugar here. Upper end of medium bodied beers and good drinkability for 9.6. Nice to try, and really isn't too bad at all despite all the gimmicks. Thanks for the chance!

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

Appearance - murky, brown/red with a thick off white head that lasts a long time

Smell - HOPS (of course) mostly grapefruit with a hint of pine

Mouthfeel - thick and chewy, with a resinous residual feel. Moderate carbonation.

Taste - Malt first then transitions quickly to HOPS, with a clean bitter finish. It actually tastes better than I thought it would, but I would never buy a second bottle. If I had gotten a 4 pack for the price of the one bottle, I may be inclined to revisit it, but there are FAR to many great DIPA's out there to spend this kind of money on an average brew.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle

A-Very sexy deep deep amber color with a very nice creamy white 2 finger head.

S-GRassy hops and lots of them. Very citrusy as well you get alot of fruit in the nose that doesnt nessasarly translate to the flavor

T-The hops while smell very crassy come off very citrusy, very grapefruity beer. Alchol is near completely drown out by the flavor/hop overload. Nowhere near the hoppiest beer i've ever drank but the for sure have a shot at one of the most bitter.

M-Was a little flat and came across very dry for an american double. Medium straight forward body

D-It was ok for drinking but there really wouldnt be any way I'd pay as much as the bottle was again for it it lacked some of the complexity that I find very appealing for an IPA and just went for the shock factor it seemed, it delevered to a point.

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Photo of berkey
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle. Took me a few minutes to pry this bastard open (I really can't express how much I hate these synthetic 'newcork' things) but I eventually poured it into a tulip glass.

Dark amber brown body with a firm and well retained khaki colored head. The walls of the glass are coated with nice sheets of lacing.

Very fruity, citrusy, hops on the nose. I'm a little surprised how 'American' this American IPA is on the aroma. Heavy on the tangerine with some dry bitterness in the background.

Malts take on a caramel and bready character. Hops are still very fruity but the bitterness gets washed out until the aftertaste where it's very strong and lingers for a very long time after each sip.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. Part of me wanted to hate it because of the ridiculous 1000 IBU marketing tool that most anyone who drinks beer in the style knows is virtually meaningless. On the other hand, from Stateside IPA to their single hop series I knew Mikkeller can brew a very solid hoppy brew. In the end, I definitely don't hate it but I'm certainly not wowed either. This beer is more than the gimmick but by no means the best beer Mikkeller has brewed.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Surprisingly dark, not IPA-like at all. This is barleywine or even brown ale territory. Some sediment floaties. Excellent retention and some nice lacing. Odd appearance, but I can't say it's bad, nor am I going to penalize it for being unfiltered.

Aroma is hoppy, of course, but kind of a "cheesy" hop aroma if that makes any sense. Green piney hop but also some cheesy funk....not funky in a wild ale/lambic sense, funky in a veiny blue cheese way.

So what does 1000 "theoretical IBUs" taste like? Well, bitter, but this has an odd bitterness about it. I can't perceive any more straight-up bitterness than in your average DIPA. Yet it coats the tongue and makes its way to the side and underneath more so than most other beers. And it seems to linger, building on the palate like a hot pepper. Yeah, this has a very long finish. Big malt profile here too, falling just short of that of a barleywine. Thick, resinous feel, no doubt helped by being unfiltered.

This may seem like a gimmick, but I think to call it that would be to sell it short. If you're looking for an exponentially more bitter Ruination, you'll be disappointed. Think of this as a different take on DIPA, and you'll be fine. I'm neither here nor there on the 1000 IBUs, but I can say that it does have a different character than any other DIPA I've sampled. A good treat. I couldn't drink it every day, but given availability and price that would be difficult to do even if I wanted to.

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Photo of Walken
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mikkeller: 1000 IBU Double IPA (Tasted 05/07/10)
11.2 oz. synthetic corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Dark amber, almost brown colored beer, turbid thanks to a botched effort to decant. Head is huge, rocky and off white, it "fades" into a fat two and a half inch cap of bubbles and mountainous meringue.
Odor: The hop aroma isn't huge, but the perception of oily resinous hops is strong as hell. Hops throw pineapple juice, spice and pine. Big malt aroma here as well, maybe with some yeast character, tough to tell. Caramel, with hints of burnt sugar, ripe red fruit.
Consistency: Medium end of full bodied, kind of syrupy with a big oily hop presence. Carbonation is there, but a non-factor.
Flavor: This beer is quite the rough customer. Initial taste is has the intensity of malt sweetness and hop bitterness you only find in fresh brewed wort, it is almost as if there is some semblance of balance in excess going on here. It's very hard to discern distinct flavors in this beer, I can tell that there's a lot of grapefruit hop flavor, intense yeast fruitiness and a healthy heap of caramel malt sweetness. Finish is more of the same, enamel stripping bitterness, malt shows a bit of burnt sugar character, almost chocolate-like. Nondescript bitter hop flavor sticks to every surface to which it can stick.

This beer is over the top in every regard. For what this beer is trying to be, it is good. To ask for some kind of definition between flavors in a beer like this would be tantamount to walking into an action flick expecting great dialogue, though I feel like, if you're going to brew a 1000 IBU beer, make the base smoother and crisper with a lower terminal gravity. Bias? Maybe.

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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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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brownish red with an eggshell head that retais nicely with some decent lacing. Although it sat still for some time, there is a hefty amount of fine sediment. Even with a slow pour.

S: Hops are dominant. Hints of pine, grass, and some citrus, along with malt notes of caramel and dried fruit.

T: Balanced between hops and malt. Caramel and toffee, along with some honey flavor. It's all followed up with a mouthfull of hops. Pine, citrus, flowers, and spring meadow character make the finish crisp, dry, and brutally bitter.

M: Medium bodied, but the resinous hops make this beer a viscous, syrupy bruiser.

D: Quite drinkable, although I would assume this beer to be more like 70 IBUs. It is very good, and worth a try, but the price and hype is a bit overdone.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken at Flying Saucer 5/2/10. Nice looking bottle presentation. Cork and caged wrapped in green paper.

A: pours thick and murky. Mild lacing with thin one finger dark white head. Sediment floats in the glass

S: hops dominate the nose with hints of bread, biscuits, citrus, tart fruits, vanilla, oak, musty pine

T: fruity hops mixed with a heavy malt backbone and a little sugary sweetness. some alcohol is noticeable.

M: bitter, but not as bitter as I was expecting. thick and chewy with medium carbonation and a dry finish

D: it's a sipper for sure and I could probably have more than one but I don't think I'd want to. bitterness is not as overwhelming as I was hoping for.

Overall a good DIPA but didn't really live up to the hype, or the price. I love a good bitter DIPA but I've had more bitter than this at half the price. Glad I tried it but not sure I'd seek out again.

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Photo of drpdaddy
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Dark dense ruby/amber with thick head (more head then I expeted ) with nice lacing.

The first thing I detected oddly enough was some malt sweetness in the nose, as the head dissipated the hops took the forefront, mainly piney and citrus no real floral quality to the hop aroma.

Much like the smell the first detected the malt sweet syrupy with definite caramel, tropical fruits and a hit of vanilla. The malt was not overwhelming but present. When I began the glass the hops was more piny, bitterness wrapped the tongue and lingered for quite some time. As the glass warmed more grapefruit ans citrus was apparent. This beer is surprising balanced, this was a bitter beer but The bitterness lingers and wraps around your tongue if you have a hop itch you haven't been able to scratch this will do it for you.

If it wasn't for the price I would definitely pick this up

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Photo of popery
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer half-expecting a disappointment and rather severe buyer's remorse over the price, but 1000 IBU is quite good. The bottle, corked, caged and wrapped up like a present, is very nice looking. It's hefty glass (same little green bottles as Oud Beersel, Bacchus, others?) and the label art is aesthetically pleasing - the green label/wrapper with green glass provides some foreshadowing. 1000 IBU pours fire brick red/carnelian with a big thick ecru-colored head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a smörgåsbord of hop flavors. In vague order of strength: floral, pine resin, candied oranges, spruce, grapefruit rind, marijuana, grass, crushed leaves - leaving hops - caramel, bread, malt extract. That said, it's not nearly as strong of an aroma as I was expecting and this is the biggest fault that separates it from the heights of the style. The flavor loses nearly all of the malt flavor and just hits with a huge pine resin bitterness. This isn't the bitterest hop bomb I've ever tried, but it has the longest bitter hop finish. There's some sense of malt sweetness, but it's hard to appreciate as my palate takes refuge from the ceaseless onslaught of hops. And I mean that as a compliment. This beer doesn't have the round, delicate hoppiness of the best DIPAs and, again, it's not the bitterest, but it's possibly the most hoppy beer I've had. A good five minutes after my last sip, it still feels like my mouth is full of resiny essential oils squeezed from pine needles and grapefruit pith. While this beer might be a somewhat tongue in cheek effort, Mikkeller still made a hell of a hop bomb. Mouthfeel is about medium and I would actually prefer it a bit thicker - not something I normally say with respect to DIPAs, but 1000 IBU is an abnormal DIPA. This beer is more of a hop wine, like a light barleywine blended half and half with hop extract. Obviously, this isn't exactly a good candidate for a session beer but a rather interesting experiment and a challenge to the taste buds.

Later thoughts: Hops have a mildly soporific effect, and I've never felt it quite as much as from this beer. Time for bed.

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1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
3.87 out of 5 based on 772 ratings.
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