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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

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Photo of MarkFy
2.43/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: slightly cloudy golden orange

S: Not much there, some piny citrus but unless I'm stuffed up, not picking up much

T: kind of a let down. Was picking up a dry bread like malt, sharper, bitter finish that just kind of leaves you. Not impressed at all. As I continue to drink it, it's almost like I;m drinking a Bud.

M: Dry, not much too it.

D: not that great. I'm halfway through and already looking forward to my next beer. Not a drain pour, but man am I disappointed, especially for the price!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of decent cream, pretty good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent gold.

Sm: Slight floral bittering hops is all me broken nose picks up. All apologies, lads. The aroma is mild in strength.

T: Floral bittering hops are deep and flavourful, if simple. The balance disregards the final 20% of the body, but what is there is pleasant. It's nicely built, but lacks significant quality.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavour slightly.

Dr: Very drinkable, but limited in quality. A high price for a mediocre beer.

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Photo of mikey711
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Somewhat murky orange color, over carbonated, slightly cloudy. I would have like the head to be a little more tightly packed as well. Decent lacing though

S: Very earthy smelling with notes of fresh cut grass to start. Some soapiness as well rhat is a bit flowery

T: Again very grassy tasting with some bitter pine notes at the end. It is also quite soapy as well. Its not bad but just a bit too flowery

M: Pretty accurate for the style, not to heavy, but not too light. there is a bit of a watery quality however there is a nice lingering bitter note.

D: I was quite disappointed this one. its not hard to drink but its also not exactly what i look for in an IPA. this was way to perfumy and soapy tasting.

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Photo of crnipeter
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed, copper/amber body with orangeish tint, topped by compact off-white head that clings to the walls and slowly recedes to form a stable veil over the entire surface.
Aroma is very fruity (either from esters or hops), with heavy, sugary sweet caramel and toast malts dominating over the subdued hops with prevalent citrusy character and some woodsy, spicy notes. Sweet malty body that is milder than the aroma suggested embraces woodsy and somewhat muted citrusy hop flavor with accompanying bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and medium dry finish with lingering bitterness. A sugary-fruity-malty mess with none of the 10 advertised hops standing out from the crowd. Besides, considering the 10 various hops input there's not much flavor-variety in here. Numerous participants at the party do not necessarily provide good entertainment. (330 ml, freshness date 24. March 2012, into tulip).

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Photo of pavyaz19
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I didn't hate this beer but I won't seek it out in the future. It has a light amber color and is a little cloudy. Appearance never bothers me, nor do I get excited for the most part.

My biggest problem with this beer is the high carbonation. I really don't care for that.

It tastes fine but reminds me a lot of a Homebrew we just made. I get a little turned off by that since it's not something special so I really don't want to pay for it again.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA. I'll preface this by saying that it was listed as a Belgian IPA on their draft list, so some of my comments reflect that premise, but I stand by the scores I gave it.

Poured into a Leffe stem: Cloudy, orange-pink with just a ring of head & a thin dusting across the surface.

Very little aroma, but I get a small amount of grapefruit, passion fruit, melon - sort of dull, low acidity fruits.

Fruity characteristics carry through into the taste, with more grapefruit & something like Juicy Fruit. A bracing, pithy bitterness finishes up & lasts into the aftertaste. Again, sort of dull flavors, & then bitter. Pretty unremarkable.

Medium-full-bodied, firms with a good swish, a little heat.

Eh, nothing especially good or bad about it, just seems like everything was blunted. This may not have been the freshest by the time I got it. Given my preface, I think I was probably giving it the benefit of the doubt by reviewing it as a Belgian IPA - if I'd thought I was getting an American IPA & received this, I probably would've been a bit harsher.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to freud for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Cap dated 24/03012.

Appearance is hazy amber brown with some creamy off-white head. Nose is somewhat muted and bready, maybe a little biscuit malt and some faint earthy hops. Palate is a bit of a mess. Lots of aggressive hops all fighting over center stage. Malt gets bashed around by the astringent bitterness.

Not my favorite Mikk IPA. Worth a go though to see what 10 hops battling it out would taste like.

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Photo of barczar
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper brown with a beige quarter inch head that leaves a rim of foam.

Grapefruit, resin, pine, and caramel malt comprise the aroma, which is fairly bready.

Toasted, bready caramel malt forms the backbone of the flavor, with notes of citrus pith, skunk, and a hint of grapefruit, and a slightly bitter finish. Hop character seems a bit muddled and dirty, on the earthy side.

Body is on the heavy side of moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's a bit of warmth at the finish.

Overall, a disappointing example of the style. Malt almost tastes burnt, likely due to the addition of brown malt. Hops are not as clean and bright as I hoped.

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Photo of alpineclimber
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle. The brew pours a copper color with a big fluffy white head.

Nose is sweet, with some grapefruit.

Taste is of pine and grapefruit, the sweetness from the smell does not come through in the taste. This brew finishes fairly sour and that sour aftertaste lingers on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is what I would expect from a typical IPA.

It's an okay drink, not my first pick for an IPA.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, dark orange hue.

Huge, white, foamy head; strong lacing throughout.

Smells strongly of malts with a whiff o' hops.

Chewy mouthfeel, almost like a barleywine.

The malty sweetness up front in the taste also reminds me of barleywine; the 10 hop varieties present hardly get past the malt. Which is OK; this is hardly a run-of-the-mill IPA. Perhaps it's a bit old and the hops have faded? Touch o' bitterness on the back end. Pretty drinkable for being so chewy, but ultimately not great.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet

A- pours a dark and murky shade of orange with, oddly enough, a one finger nearly white head. Head fades relatively quickly, but the lacing is really nice...all the way around the glass with no break in sight.

S- I'm mostly getting citrus out of this...it seems to be mixing with the pine and overwhelming it a tad bit. Smells very orangeish...more like the rind than the juice though.

T- I'm getting a lot of flavors, but one word keeps popping to mind: mild. Undated bottle, but I'd assume it has probably six months or so of age on it...not good. It's more earthy than anything else, but I'm getting some of the citrus too...but god, it's so muted. Doesn't pop at all

M- it's actually kind of syrupy...this is close to the borderline with ABV for a single IPA, but the body isn't what I'd expect from a single at all.

D- it's a noble effort...but the lack of freshness and I think they tried a little hard with the 10 different hops in this one. No idea how they could do that and get no bitterness at all in here...but it is what it is.

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Photo of tasteegood
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mikkeller how I love you...let me count the ways.

Is what I typically say, but this beer was a bit tame for me.

Served and purchased on 7/25/11 from Westview Liqours in Chicago for about 6 bills plus tax. 6.9 abv although it drinks smoother than that.

Poured into my Hopleaf tulip. Lots of nice carbonation with a huge head (had to let it sit for a while).

Not huge on the aroma profile, hops seemed to be masked. For having 10 different hops, I was expecting way more from the aroma and taste. The hops seem to be competing against each other instead of working along with the malt backbone.

Average mouthfeel, however, I have tasted better IPAs at a better price.

This was a miss for me. :(

May try again...but only on draft, but I probably won't hunt it down.

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Photo of OF001
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330 mL btl.

Cloudy amber pour that is actually quite dull. 1 finger moderately dense frothy head that settles to a spotty film with solid ring that is kept alive by good carbonation. great lacing

Semi-sweet roast (slight chocolaty note) malt with a very subdued fragrant hops.

zesty bitter citrus pith and creamy tropical fruit sit on a lightly toasty bread and chocolate malts. Leafy and floral hops kicks in slightly before a citrus peak flows into the mildly bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied with very lows levels of carbonation that leaves it slightly syrupy with a zesty crisp peak on the front of the palate before it finishes with a slightly tart yet lush finish.

Yeah its a little old, but I still expected more. Its a little muted and lacks both punch and brightness. I know its a little old and these are the first things to go, but It take forever to get to where I live. the hops grows a little as I finish the beer but doesn't get to a level I would consider an american IPA

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3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle to pint glass with a best before date of 24/10/12. Love the label design. The technicolor vertical striping is simple and eye-catching.

A: Pours with an enormous head that fills up most of the glass, rises over the edge, leaving maybe 4 oz of liquid on the bottom...and I haven't even poured the entire bottle yet. The head is fluffy first and rocky later, ivory white in color and incredibly long lasting. Huge peaks and craters cover the surface. As it eventually fades, chunky sea foam lace coats the glass. The body is rustic orange with medium saturation and very clear. Very few interior bubbles.

S: Light malt contribution of sweet bread and grains with caramel and hay more prominent as it warms. Harshly hopped with dominant pine notes, backed by dried orange peel and grass. A slight mustiness from the yeast. Stunning and promising.

T: A let down given the performance of the nose. Simply put, the flavor lacks finesse. Heavily bitter (no problem there), but papery and dusty flavors are off-putting.

M: Medium-full body with a creamy yet minerally texture. Very lively carbonation up front turns to fine and fizzy on the back end. Extra dry finish.

D: Above average brew with below average drinkability. Truly great IPAs, above all else, should be very drinkable. This one is not. High front end scores save the Mikkeller 10 from mediocre ratings.

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Photo of jsh420
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours cloudy light golden amber orange with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells light bready malts and spicy earthy and citrus hops

taste is like the nose and reminds me of SNPA meets V. Prima Pils - it has a very lemony taste to it like prima pils and has a similar bittering hop profile like snpa - but i also get lots of pineapple pine and grapefruit

mouthfeel - a medium body with ample carbonation that gives it a crisp smooth and creamy feel

overall a decent american ipa/pale interpretation - however i would not buy this again because of the 5.99 price tag for a 11.2oz bottle

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a a hazy dirty light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of hoppy notes with light citrus notes. Taste is a mix between some citrus notes with bitter aftertaste. I thought this was an interesting concept though too many hops used were a bit messy and lead nowhere. Body was quite full with good carbonation. OK though the subtle hops series is more interesting.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ten different hops! Sounds intense. Not so much.
Murky amber with great head and retention.
Hops in the nose, no specific hop profile present. Biscuity malts.
The hops are clean and crisp. Nothing dominates. Guess that's what happens when you use 10 different hops.
Good IPA, but not a favorite.

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

I saw this recently at the International Beer Shop in Perth, and for some stupid reason didn't realise what the concept was, despite the rainbow label and the fact that it was stored in the fridge next to the rest of the single-hop series. When I saw it again at Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA (of course for much cheaper than it costs in Australia), the penny dropped, and I figured I should check it out.

Unsurprisingly, this looks very similar to the beers in the rest of the series—a bright orange-golden colour, with a fine head that leaves some sheeting lacing. Retention is not great, but is stays sudsy and consistent enough. Decent body, and very tight and fine carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is hoppy, but rather generically so—the combination of the hops doesn't elevate this at all, but rather drags it back to the median. Some green vegetation, a hint of citrus, and a touch of grain to ground it. Really though, it smells of "hops", just a vague approximation of all the middle-of-the-road things they can be.

Taste is very similar, or at least in this vein. Clean, crisp hoppy characters throughout, but they don't stray beyond flavours such as vegetative, bitter, crushed leaf, resin—all these generic "hop" flavours without any nuance or flavours of their own.

Feel is smooth but light.

I loved the single hop series, and to be fair, I love that Mikkeller put them all together to make this beer. But in essence, this beer just exemplifies what the single hop series did so well, isolating and showcasing what makes hop varieties unique. When you put them together, you don't get some of alchemical synergy; you get mediocrity.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer, with thanks to bluebetty. Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a deep orange with a big glow to it. Has a three finger head of foam that is rocky as it settles and grips the glass a touch on the way down.

Strong, defined smell of pineapple, mango, fruit salad and a touch of pine and grapefruit. Diverse and interesting as well as fresh.

Tastes like hop resin, solid bitterness, lacking the great array of fruit that comes in the nose.

Mouthfeel has plenty of bitterness from the get-go, front to back of mouth. Drying, bitter finish.

Overall a great smelling IPA that tastes nothing like you hope or envisage from the aroma. A real shame as it could be a beauty.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought 6 of the single hop series beers plus this one and drank this one last.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A -Medium orange/amber colour, slightly traslucent with a good glow. A ridiculous amount of head formed, so much so that I had to scoop some of it off.

S - Pine, citrus, grassy/earthy notes and a faint malt sweetness.

T - Pine and grassy/earthy notes dominate with a muted citrus flavour present as well as a decent overall bitterness. An ever-so-slight malt sweetness is present in the background.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright rustic orange with an incredibly well retaining seashell white head that was rigid and frothy in composition. A fairly thick haze obstructs visibility but was vivid enough so to see random bursts of macro-bubbles breaking to the surface at a rapid rate. The lacing was minimal in both coverage and appeal.

S: The hopping was generous at the start, with a traditional take of American citrus. Wet piney needles with some freshly cut pine wood gives this an woodsy feel. The strength doesn't stick around long, quickly dropping off but was enough so at the beginning to recognize a light yeastiness of damp grains.

T: A nice crispness of toasted grains and citrus opens things up flavor-wise. The hops were moderate at first, with a mixture of wet pine needles, flowery citrus, and dried grapefruit pulp. The dry toasted grains really come into play midway in the palate with highlights of tart lemon peels and flowery citrus notes rounding things out. The finish and bitterness is decent, but quick off the tongue but a good show of toasted malts for a base makes up for things a bit.

M: Good crispness, dry with toasted grains gives this a medium fullness. A flowery citrus and alcohol warming is detected upon the swallow. Edgy in texture with some grainy character.

D: Decent ipa experience, though not necessarily an exciting one and doesn't really stand out in a crowded field. Wouldn't go out of my way in general conversation to recommend.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore, MD.

a - Pours a murky orange amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and tropical fruits.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruity, fruity malts, pineapple. Slight bitterness but not much at all.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice IPA but nothing amazing. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits, would have again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head with good retention on cloudy crimson body. Nice lacing.

S: lots of candied citrus, raisin and maltiness with resin and floral notes.

T: resiny, floral and earthy hop notes finishing with a tangy citrus flavor. Strong malt presence throughout. Peppery notes as well, best noted in the finish.

M: creamy smooth body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: An interesting IPA. Not as good as 19 was. Worth trying.

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

on tap at monks in philly. served in a tulip glass.

Pours a completely clouded golden orange. A thinner white head fades with a layer of film and patches of lacing on the glass.

Strong scents of tropical fruit with pineapple, blood orange and grapefruit. Hints of malted sweetness as well.

A blast of insanely juicy fruit with pineapple, grapefruit, and apricot. More sweetness with candied fruit and slight hop bitterness. Malted bread and biscuit tones. Slight alcohol warmth towards the finish with hop bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky and soft on the palate. Drinks nicely but definitely a bit too sweet and unbalanced for my tastes.

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

cap date: 24/03/12

pours a very cloudy/murky orange/amber colour. 2 inches of off-white head. good retention.

smell has a nice balance of hops, grass, fruit/citrus, and caramel.

taste is alright. some nice hops but mostly just sharp bitter alcohol flavours - not the best drinkability... overall it was okay but i was kind of disappointed and don't think i'd try it again.

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