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 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 KevdoggNasty
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of bona2vada
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Duke
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller - 1000 IBU

Appearance: Mikkeller pours a ruddy copper-amber that is very cloudy indeed, and it is loaded with sediment. The head was big and fluffy and left loads of lacing, both of which lasted throughout the drink. Very impressive indeed.

Smell: The beer smells racily sweet with its caramel notes and wildly fresh piney hops. I'm getting a bit of resin in there too, but only a tiny bit of booze.

Taste: 1000 IBU is terrifically sweet. It's like a mesh of tropical fruits lathered in caramel and dotted with prunes and possibly raisins. The boozy finish rounds off the sweet experience very naughtily.

Mouthfeel: This is thick, oily and smooth, and the carbonation is on the low side. The booze warms one a little at the end.

Overall: My wife and I bought this thinking anything called "1000 IBU" should be good for a laugh. Even though I feel like I'm battling somewhat with the excessive sweetness, the beer is just fantastic and I will definitely pick it up again. The mouthfeel is right up there with the best beers I've had, it smells and tastes terrifically fresh, and it even looks great.

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Photo of TomTom
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish amber, cloudy. No head or lace.

It's at least 4 months old, smells like faint hops, and quite raisiny. Very pleasant. Vegetal in a way, like green bell peppers.

Piney, honey and raisin, like Christmas if Christmas were a taste. Like really, really dry fruitcake. There are hops of course, and spicy ones. It's not actually bitter at this point, but it's very good.

Slightly light, decent. Not extraordinary.

It's quite nice even for a non-hop-lover. But it's a bit old, so maybe not as it 'should' be.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy copper, one and a half finger off white head, great lacing, stream of carbonation bubbles.

S - Lush piney and fruity hops, caramel malt, slightly pungent.

T - Piney hops, tropical fruits, resin, caramel sweetness, alcohol bite, sweet raisons, candi sugar, bitter finish.

M - Very smooth, oily, sugary as it warms, full bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - This is an extreme beer, great in small quantities.

5721109, $13.99, Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD

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Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, translucent but not clear orange to amber colored liquid. 2 finger khaki to slight orangish head. Laces incredibly. Super sticky to the sides with tons of medium to large bubbles. Looks great.

S: Huge hop nose. Big citrus, tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit hop aroma. Nice toasted caramel. Sweetness and sugar.

T: Caramel/sweetness then huge hop bite. This is still cold so it should change after warming. Alcohol is barely noticeably. Also, I question the 1000 ibu number. I'm sure this lost some hop intensity from age and travel but this is not as hop forward as I would have expected. It is certainly intese but I have a 260ish ibu beer that was more intense in aroma and taste. Almost overkill astringency plus hop bitterness. I don't know if Mikkeller's is just more balanced than my IIPA but I don't see the 1000 posted ibus.

M: Sweet. Alcohol is in the background in the tiniest amount. Carbonated.

O: This beer is excellent. Extremely balanced and delicious. The nose is equally fantastic. I don't pick up the quantity of hops that Mikkeller used so this loses 0.5 but otherwise I really like this beer.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of SpillyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of financebrad
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of evlu1441
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well obviously I had to buy a beer that says it's 1000 IBUs... It was pricey, and regardless of whether or not it's any good

It pours a cloudy reddish amber with a thick, creamy head. It looks really viscous as I'm pouring it. Almost looks like it could be a cloudy Belgian.

The aroma is oily and extremely hoppy, with a lot of citrus punch backed up by some earthy notes. Definitely a beer for hop heads. There is also a hint of something like angel food cake in the background.

Well... for starters, this beer is nowhere near as bitter as I expected. It's actually very pleasant, albeit very intense. It starts with a bang as cirusy hops burst through and some sweet molasses-like flavours drip across the tongue. It finished with some residual oily hops and a nice whack of bitterness. The finish is sustained by a faint sweetness. It's very thick, and makes for a heavy drink.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but maybe a bit overpriced. The 1000 IBUs isn't anything outrageous either.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into tulip 7/3/12

A pretty dark for a DIPA nearing brown with a dark tan three finger head to go with it, great retention with the foam slowly falling to an island leaving several rings of lace on the way

S its hoppy but not over the top, in fact I get lots of caramel but along with it is a mess of hops, rind, pine, tangerine and grapefruit

T a little sweet and and just a little booze but considering the strength its pretty mild, has a little candy thing going for it, along with all I smell

M yes it's bitter, also fairly thick and syrupy, a little sticky on the lips and a big finish that seems to take some of my mouth down with it

O I thought this would be more of a hop overkill to be honest, its a hop monster don't get me wrong but I thought it would be more intense, do I dare say there was balance... well no not quite but it wasn't the run-away I thought it would be

Worth a shot for sure but I'm not sure if it's worth a second bottle for 10$

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Photo of Beertrader60657
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of WMEugene
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky brownish-amber color with a thick off-white head (excellent retention) and great lacing.

S - Hops are very noticeable (mostly citric in nature), but the bready/caramel malts are just as powerful. Some dark fruit/fig smells as well. Alcohol is noticeable as well.

T - Sweet, caramel malts with hop undertones. Slight citric. Some bitterness, but more in the aftertaste after the sweetness fades. Tasty enough, but this doesn't taste like an American DIPA.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation level. Pretty drinkable with a nice touch of bitterness in the finish.

O - 1000 IBU is an enjoyable beer, but there are two things that cause me to dock points here: 1) This really isn't in the style of an American DIPA as the labeling claims; and 2) This is really, really overpriced. It is an enjoyable beer, but be prepared for a lot more sweetness and malt than you would find in a regular DIPA. It was tasty, but with its price tag, I doubt I will ever have this one again.

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Photo of leodarko
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bmur112
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of theformula
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of polopaul20
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of bthomas
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep deep almost brown amber color with a gorgeous two fingers of off white head. Really excellent head retention with lots o' lacing as well.

S- this beer smells massive. Bountiful dank hop resin and oils envelope the nose with notes of grapefruit rind and sticky pine sap. Even though this is incredibly hopped you still get some sweet caramel malt aromas in the middle. The aroma finishes with more than a touch of alchohol and some yellow grapefruit and acidic tropical fruit hop characteristics.

T- starts off rather sweet and malty with caramel and sugary candied flavors. The sweetness soon gets annihilated by the crushingly bitter hops! Big resiny hop oil and hemp like flavors gush over the palate. Juicy citrus yellow grapefruit and tropical fruit blend in as well. Finishes with an assertive alcohol presence and sticky pine sap hop flavor with notes of citrus grapefruit and orange peel. Some off the initial sweetness carries over into the aftertaste giving a sensation of orange marmalade as it blends with hops.

MF- full sticky mouthfeel. Big body with a medium carbonation.

D- ok drinkability. A little boozey and crushing hop bitterness make this something thats going to take a while to put down.

Overall I rather like 1000 IBU. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea(or beer I should say) but it is thought provoking with layers of flavor to explore. That is if your palate isn't wrecked by the second sip!

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