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1000 IBU | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

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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760
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3.87
pDev:
15.76%
 
 
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Photo of Ellis1701
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the amount of hops, this is a surprisingly balanced beer. Not overly sweet (the way hops are normally balanced)...just very drinkable. Not the kick-in-the-teeth hops experience I was expecting...and that was, in a way, kind of a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - Opaque, cloudy, foamy, lots of lacing, sediment, amber 4FH that really lasts.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, pine.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, nutty, pine, coffee.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, smooth, very lingering, warming, very frothy.

VALUE - $9.60 for an 11-oz bottle. A bit pricey, even for an import.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - 1,000 IBU is an advertising gimmick, but this beer is worth a try. It is bitter, but that's mostly because it's not malty at all, just zero sweetness to it.

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Photo of bnes09
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge towering head appearing like the top of a root beer float. Retention is out of this world. Aroma is malty with plenty of spice from the hops. Flavor begins with a deep caramel, toasty malt backbone. Quickly after, hops lay down an impenetrable fortress on the tongue that is pungent and makes my face muscles tense up as the layers of hops hit flesh. This is a totally new hop experience. Flavor is mostly concentrated detergent, pinesol and grapefruit. Hop do not let up creating a pungent bitterness well into the aftertaste. Full bodied and very dry feel yet well carbonated. Not for the faint of heart and certainly not for those afraid of hops.

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Photo of sphmiel
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draught at iTap CWE.
Dark cloudy orange, lingering sticky head.
Piney resin nose, carried into the flavor. Sticky viscous mouthfeel.
Long lingering bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden by the bitterness.
Good to finish the night, cause you won't taste much after this one.

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Photo of JMUduke
2.04/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I'm a hop lover, but I must say this brew is a tragedy. I paid 250 NT roughly 7 USD for one 12oz bottle, and I want my money back. Sure, it's nice to look at and the aroma is OK, but it tastes like a train wreck.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy brown amber with creamy golden head, long retention. Smell without any revelations and extreme - smooth resiny, tropical fruits. Mouth puckering at first sip, radical hop bitterness. Than goes down smoother. Nice malt medium body. Really bitter bomb brew.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting. Never had anything like it. Super tart and a great lingering finish. Not many hops at all which was surprising.

Recommend grabbing this if you see it.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hops attacking your mouth. Like, viciously.. With a hatchet.. Covered in barbed-wire. Good, but really over the top. It's dark, dank and sticky. It was tough to finish the whole glass.

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Photo of Wobbly
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yet another example of how Mikkeller is an overrated brewery. I admit some of their barley wines are very good, but most of their beers do not deserve the hype or the price.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tumbler glass.

A: The body is composed out of a very thick copper and brown color with some gold tones. Pouring created a beautiful beige head with both awesome retention and lacing
S: Hops. The smell is a big entity here. It's solid. Prominent. Cohesive. Basically, it's tremendously hoppy, and nothing else can get along with this.
T: Hops. There's a slight appearance of a piney taste but most of it is hops. I like it because of my own preferences but I was expecting some a bit more complex here.
M: Hops. This is what I came here for. The unknown but high amount of IBUs make this beer fashionable, mouthfeel-wise speaking.
O: I wish I had another.

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Photo of KevBot89
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a snifter.
Look: Thick, dark amber with a slightly orange twang, a 3/4 inch white/cream-colored head.

Smell: Primarily bitter, biting, nose-tingling fresh pine with notes of earthy and grassy hops

Taste: Follows nose with a blast of bitter piney hops with mild earthiness. Some malt sweetness follows but the beer, unsurprisingly based off its name, is totally dominated by very bitter hop flavor: primarily pine.

Feel: The beer is thick and medium carbonation. The bitterness lingers for a very long time afterwards with the malt sweetness a little more noticeable after finishing each swig.

Overall: This beer delivers what is promised. This is extremely bitter and a super hop bomb. A nice refreshing DIPA.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque amber-brown (18) with huge beige head/excellent lacing. The whole room smelled of hop pellets as I filled my SAPP! Nevertheless, surprisingly the malt balances the hops and the alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel with initial hoppy tongue tingle. Big and "hop crazy" with a big hop finish. Maybe not for everybody, but I enjoyed.

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Photo of BlazerT
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep, dark amber with medium, densed, white head. Great lacing. Good head retention. Aroma is mainly pine, resin and grassy, also in the background some floral and tropical fruits notes. Taste is very bitter, balanced with good malty backbone. In flavour again resin, pine and grassy accents. Aftertaste is long and very bitter. Medium body, thick texture, soft carbonation, Finsih is semi-dry, long and bitter. I'd say very long. In overall very balanced, hopped DIPA.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of the newer bottles: no paper wrap, no cork, new label, green 375ml.

Pours a surprisingly dark and almost murky reddish brown. Beige head is huge and sticky. Good retention, decent lace.

Smells of extreme pine sap, resin, pineapple, grapefruit, earthiness, sweet toffee malt.

Taste brings resiny, grapefruit, earthy hops and a little more malt sweetness of the toffee and bready variety. The first few sips come off as astringent but that seems to fix itself with time. A bit of mint there as well.

Mouthfeel is big, almost syrupy, good dose of hop bitterness but also big malt sweetness. Almost comes off as a barleywine in a way. Alcohol heat is minor, but it's a sipper because of its robustness.

Those hoping for a game changing OMG level of hop bitterness will surely be let down, but a decent DIPA-leaning-towards-barleywine.

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Photo of mijustin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Drank this very late; expiry date was 22/03/13. (Beer had a cork, and was stored in darkness)

Poured dark and flat with lots of black liquorice and molasses on the nose. Very pungent. No sediment that I could see.

Front: very sweet, fruity (blackberries), and black liquorice.

Mid: a bit flat half-way through.

End: Big finish. Smoky and oaky, leather, caramel, sherry. (no bitterness since I'd aged it for so long)

Comments: the aging process definitely smoothed out the hops + bitterness. Very sweet.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. This sucker is rather dark, a cloudy flat-out brown (alright, brown amber) with a finger and a half of frothy large bubbles on top. Some yeast debris visible thanks to my shitty pour. Take a deep sniff or three and marvel at the pungent resins and bright tropical notes (strong pineapple mainly, offset a little by orange and grapefruit rind, underripe mangoes, and black pepper). Whoa. If you think the smell is potent, take a sip. This is pure bitter, like a pine bough dipped in Vicks Vapo-Rub rammed down your throat. Perhaps I exaggerate a little ... Just a little. My tongue is fairly numb after just seven sips, however, and the alcohol is warming my belly. I have reviewed 75 American IPAs and 38 DIPAs on this site to date, and this is the most powerful from a sheer resin perspective. As the bitter receptors crap out, the citrus and tropical fruit elements from the nose become more pronounced on the palate, a welcome reprieve. Very nice, deep tangerine and grapefruit peel flavor. Some lime too. This is one sick ticket. Am I enjoying myself? Well, yeah. Mostly. There's some darkish malts in here too, much like Mikkeller's single hop IPA series, almost a bit chocolatey. If you can get past the pine that is. Apparently the palate cannot truly detect 1000 IBU, which is just a calculation rather than a subjective taste reality that can actually be perceived. Could have fooled me though. I seriously think my eyes are burning. Interestingly, the aroma becomes more refined as one drinks, with a gorgeous floral perfume coming on strong and straight up pine sap and lemon oil settling down into a more pleasing spruce needle and dried peel tea. Body on the thick side to boot. Heavy canned peach and mango near the end. For me, this is probably right at my threshold of hoppy enjoyment and if there is something more rancorous out there and we cross paths, I might take a pass. Maybe.

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Photo of Chizzzy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

It lives up to its name. The color was nice, it had some sediment which is expected with a lot of brews. Just don't plan on pairing this with food or a night with other great beers you want to try.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory. Tons of hops in the aroma, with pine and citrus dominating, and a thin caramel base. The taste follows the same notes, unsurprisingly bitter as hell. Quite dry and light bodied for a DIPA.

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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 PBRmeasap1980
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into pint glass
A- Dark copper. You can't see through this beer. Head is about 1-2 fingers, tan. Lots of sediment.
S - Super hop bomb-pine. A bit like fresh Zombie Dust
T- You get what you smell- hop bomb! Tons of hops on hops. Pine and resin.
M- Smooth and drinkable
O- I know you should judge a beer on its own merits, but this reminded me of a mix of Zombie Dust and Daisy Cutter. Both amazing beers. The is a very good hop bomb.

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Photo of beholder_pl
4.96/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One badass beer.

Appearance: Nice, a bit hazy amber in colour with a yellowish, thick head that lasted very long.

Aroma: Most double IPA's I've tasted had a very sweet or alcohol aroma, but not this one. Amazing hoppy, citrusy aroma from the bottle and even better from the glass. Very intense.

Taste: Extreme hoppy bitterness, little bit of caramel, resin and earthy flavours. Tons of citrus. No alcohol aftertaste, just how I like it.

Mouthfeel: soft carbonation, medium to high bodied.

Overall: Never have I tasted an IIPA so amazingly good. Best IIPA I've ever had and probably one of the best beers I've had so far.

Enjoyed from a teku glass.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown with a very light brown head.

S: Nose is a hop bomb with a touch of grass, citrus, and a general citrus/pine hop character.

T: Pineapple, citrus, and malt as well. Sweet malt and citrus are the predominant flavors. It's really not that bitter.

M: Medium bodied, a bit less than average carbonation than your typical IPA.

O: Not what I expected. It's extremely drinkable, not at all the most bitter beer I've ever had.

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Photo of smitty4657
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure how to rate this on a lot of things. Reading some reviews feels like I may have had a different beer (I had this on tap in May 2013) because it was outrageously bitter; dried out my mouth for an hour and took about as long for the flavor to dissipate. That said I enjoyed the taste as I crave this kind of bitterness but I know it’s not enjoyable for most people.

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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 KFBR392
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: the color is a murky light brown. Pours with about half a finger of tan head and was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Light lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

Smell: The first thing that jumped out to me was a heavy malt body. Big body tangerines, grapefruit, orange peel, and ripe purple grapes. Bitterness is picked up on the back end and lingers on the nose.

Taste: Bitter pine and saturated tropical fruits hit on the front. The bitterness does not let up and continues to punish the palate through the body. Some medium bodied malt is picked up toward the back end but is up staged by a lingering pine and resin bitterness. The finish is lots of hops with some lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: You do get a little balance with the malt body which comes off with a caramel bready sweetness but no doubt hop dominated bitterness.

Overall: Lives up to its name. Unrelenting bitterness attacks the palate throughout. Although you always pay top dollar for Mikkeller products they are always interesting and unique.

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1000 IBU from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.
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