1000 IBU | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

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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Photo of WillCarrera
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Option in Chicago. Served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours an orange/copper color with two fingers of fluffy white head, good retention, leaves good lacing.

S- Huge juicy citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange, also has a pretty big malt background, which is sweet and caramel-like. All this is beneath a huge crushing hop aroma of pine resin, some booziness in there as well.

T- Big caramel bready malt, which over a few seconds becomes submerged in increasingly bitter piney hops. It's very bitter, but the bitterness is somewhat blunted by the malt sweetness, they seem to clash a bit in my opinion. Boozy warmth in the finish.

M- Full-bodied, very sticky, viscous, almost oily, some alcohol warmth at the end, very good feel for such a huge mean beer.

O- An interesting beer, it's extremely bitter, but drinkability is a bit reduced by the huge malt and ABV, which probably could have been better with less.

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Photo of mrtripod
1.71/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy, dark orange/amber color. I got some off white head that faded very quickly.

NOT much of a "hop bomb." But plenty of malt on the nose. There are some hops, but there are more bready malts - YEASTY.

Medium bodied and OK but definetly not a true american DIPA.

Money better spent elsewhere.

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

A: Pours a hazy, ruddy amber with a thick, lingering off-white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, pine, spruce, lemon, lime, grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, and nectarine are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, tangerine, mandarin orange, nectarine, mango, grapefruit, caramel, biscuits, pine, spruce, and brown sugar overwhelm the palate. The finish is long, bitter, and extremely resinous with huge pine and citrus flavors underscored by prickly alcohol.

M: Relatively full in body and sticky. Carbonation is fairly firm. Alcohol is very noticeable. Nothing out of the ordinary for the style.

O: This is more approachable than I was expecting. To be honest, anything over 90-100 IBUs is a bit much, so I was expecting just a muddy wash of bitter hop flavor. Mikkeller, however, somehow manages to make the flavors separate long enough for each to be savored. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Tim460
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of aztraz
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of matthageman
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of richkrull
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of decay_of_mind
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky copper with a small fading head.
Nose shows piny, resinous hops in abundance with a similar amount of caramel and golden syrup underneath.
Crazily full-on flavours, a lengthy assault of tongue-coating, abrasive hops. Big piny and grapefruit notes again, with some caramel in the background thats almost completely hidden. The bitter seems to linger indefinitely...

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

Hefty, resinous, and while enjoyable maybe not that memorable a DIPA.

Presentation: 375 ml green capped bottle wrapped in paper. Paper and label with a green stripped background and Mikkel as a cartoon of a thief carrying a sack of hops. Shows IBUs: 1000, and 9.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Somewhat hazy deep amber pour, frothy head, medium, retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Resinous nose, some fruit, grapefruit under the pine, some malty/caramel hint and a bitter salute...

T - Rather resinous, plenty of pine, plenty of malt too, matching style, kinda… grassy notes, grapefruit, hefty malty structure holding the big hoppy bill.

M - Medium/full… OK, full body with medium carbonation carbonation and a syrupy flow compromised by the sticky sense of it all. Yet that caramel and bitter flow finish pretty well.

O - Hefty and compact, but rather quaffable, if you like hops and/or your palate has been burnt out by them… It may seem to flow too easily?

Notes: At what point it is usually said that we humans stop discerning IBUs? Above 90 IBUs or something like that? If that is the case, well, all else is a nice attempt at a provocation at best… Moreover, the way that the palate gets used to this, the way it is scrapped by hops, and that sense that as you break that tongue it never goes back… This felt easy. Intense, nice, long, and very drinkable, but not that extreme or unremarkable. Not a complaint, really, I would repeat it for what it is. But at this point I guess I need something else from a DIPA. This actually lingers more so as a hoppy barleywine, memories of Mikkel's DIPA and Big Worse/Worst etc.

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Photo of stairwell2811bre
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

Thanks to Kevin for hooking this up! Poured to pint glass the beer arrives a murky amber brown color with a hint of orange in the light, 2 finger light brown head with good retention and some lacing. The nose is citrus with strong caramel malt and bread. Very strong. You can almost taste the resin through the nose. The beer starts with an assault of bitter hops on the tongue. However, it develops into a very drinkable beer as the malty sweetness helps balance the beer. Citrus in flavor with a strong toasted malt. Resin. The alcohol is present but not a deterrent. Full bodied. Well carbonated. Finishes with a bitter citrus toast. Overall, this was more balanced and sweeter than anticipated, not quite the assault on the palette I expected given the name. Glad to have tried it, thanks again Kevin!

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Photo of j_jahn
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of zachary80
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

On tap at Wino's in Bowling Green Ky.
Thanks to Blake for scrounging this gem.

Color is dark orange, maybe even a little brownish.
Hop bomb! Oh yes. Citrus, pine and grapefruit wrapped in a juicy,succulent decadent package.
This is a sipping beer that you must take your time with to fully enjoy. This thing was sweet, thats right, I said sweet. This beers flavor lingered for at least 20 minutes after I polished off two snifters. I think I may have experienced a little numbing of the mouth while drinking this concoction.
Do yourself a favor and try this beer.

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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 Lukahn
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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

12.7 Oz bottle

No date whatsoever
Poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours hazy as hell brown, or dark orange. Beautiful carbonation and lacing, a 1.5 finger of a frothy off white/tan head. An odd looking beer and a very odd looking IPA. Definitely bottle condition, there is also some sediment sitting at the bottom of my bottle.

S- A Smooth caramel maltiness and A slightly bitter dark fruit tone. Some citrus tones from the american part of this IPA but a lot of dark funky fruits and overly ripened grapefruit. A sugary sweet heap of funky fruit. Strange, but pretty nice.

T- A lot of carbonation up front livens the tongue as a wave of bitterness sweeps over. 1000 IBU's? Probably not because that may burn a hole in your tongue but a lot of hop bitterness reminiscent of biggest american DIPA's. The hop profile is funky old american hops, A lot of over ripened grapefruit. Some citrus and pine but I think my bottle is a bit older and some of the fresher qualities have faded and I got a lot of strange fruits, dark fruits like and a little bit of pine. This beer is complimented by a light caramel backbone. No alcohol whatsoever and this brew is silky smooth as long as your used to bitter.

M- Very bitter, but hopefully you knew that going in. Very smooth and I cant taste any alcohol, a well made IPA. Fairly easy to drink if your ok with the bitterness. A good drinking beer for your IPA special occasion.

O- This is a really nice beer, its strange and unique but definitely a nice drinker for all you IPA fans. It has a funky hop profile and brutal bitterness. This beer is quite pricey but the cool packaging and reputation of this brew makes me glad I tried it and It will look nice in my collection.

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Photo of cletetron
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of SawDog505
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish orange, with a nice half inch off white head with plenty lacing. Smell is grapefruit, oranges, apricot, pine, grass, and hard candy. Wow grapefruit mixed with cutt grass and oranges. Body is on the large side, plenty of life, a touch dry, and fairly drinkable considering how powerful it is. This solid, a must try for hop heads.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Opaque-dark amber. Three fingers of head with great retention and solid lacing. Great looking beer.

S: If I've smelled something more pleasant, I can't remember when. The dank, oily-thick, fat-wet hops I can smell from many feet away. Up close, there is is fresh pine, towering grapefuit, caramel-sweet malts. Mmmm. Like a sticky barleywine.

T: What could possibly follow that smell? Not this. First off, not noticeably super-bitter; certainly not 1000 IBU. Obviously a Double IPA, but the hops are light, spicy, grassy, and pleasant. The huge malts provide the well-needed counterweight, and the the maintaste is more sweet than not. At the halfway point of taste, though, the flavor changes. Here lies the pine, the bite, the bitterness, the joy, the sheer unadulterated hops. Grapefruit juice, so strongly that I feel it must have been added to the beer. A bitter, eternal aftertaste. All the same, after time, it wears. So big, so bold, too much?

M: Despite the maltiness, not very substantial. Light and hoppy.

O: An amazing Double IPA, and an excellent Mikkeller. It probably even lives up to its pricetag. Highly recommended. Will try to drink again.

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Photo of hyoung41
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of dmfrench
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, complex, sweet Barelywine meets DIPA

A: Very dark, cloudy bronze.orange, probably the darkest DIPA I've seen, topped by a small but persistent off white head.

S: Very... sweet! tons of sugary fruit and caramel, topped with a good measure of hops of pretty much every variety... floral, citrus, green apple, not so much pine... also a bunch of alcohol. There's also somewhat of stink... hard to describe, odd, but not entirely unpleasant.

T: More balanced on the palate (more hops), but still very sweet, just like the nose. Same basic sweetness, plum, apricot, prune, caramel. Hops are very strong, but somehow not overpowering. Finish is bitter, and long on drying, resinous hops.

M: Thick and gripping.

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1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
3.87 out of 5 based on 774 ratings.
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