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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

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Photo of popery
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, but kind of a disappointment coming from Mikkeller. This is my first Mikkeller IPA after the single hop series, so I was expecting a bit more without those constraints, though, to be fair, I don't know if there's some sort of similar constraint here. This beer is nice and dry, but the hops just don't really work for me. There's just too much grassiness and sharp mustiness, particularly in the flavor. The aroma has a more floral/pine character, along with some grass, but the taste is just too blandly bitter in a mildly offputting way. There's actually more complexity in the aroma than I'm giving credit (some pineapple and grapefruit, at least), but it's largely overshadowed. Some muted caramel malt. That said, it's still a good beer. I'm just trying to be critical. Appearance-wise, it's a winner - burnt orange with a huge, sticky, white cap. It's aggressively carbonated. Also, the beer improves a bit as it warms.

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

Bottle purchased today at Oaktree Buyrite in South Plainfield on the way back from Philly.

Appearance: Pours an attractive fairly transparent light crimson with honey folds. The head is 2 fingers, buttery, and oily showing good retention and lace.

Smell: Bready malt base and a whirlwind of hops...some floral, some pine like, some herbal. This really is a rainbow of hops in a bottle and deserving of the rainbow label.

Taste: A hint of alcohol, bready malt, and a whirlwind of hops that while not tasting bad, obviously aren't all in the bottle because they were designed to compliment each other. Still I'm glad I got to try it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Price holds this one back a bit but not hard to get them down.

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle to dfh signature glass.

Appearance - Poured with a 2 finger offwhite foamy head. The head stays forever and leaves a nice lacing as I drink. The color is an amber brownish orange which is a bit hazy when held up to light.

Smell - This beer smells spicy and floral all at the same time. A bit more smells and you can find some citrus and pine. A bit of bready malt and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Taste - Some smoky bitterness comes right out, very spicy flavor, earthy and almost dirty. The cascade come through with a citrus bite and there is a small amount of grapefruit. As it warms a piney and resinous taste shows up. Some rye and bready biscuity malts come through at the end with a bit of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Maybe a bit overcarbonated. The weight and feel of this beer are pretty typical. Fairly smooth despite the nice hop bite. Nice biting and resiny stickyness on the tongue.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, though the price would keep me from drinking a ton of these.

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

Wow! Mikkeller let me down with Green Gold but figured I'd give them another shot once I heard this was the beer brewed with the 10 hops they used for the single series. Pours a hazy dark orange with a giant fluffy head. Nose is nice. with a swirl you really can identify the unique hops here with aromas moving from pine to mango to grapefruit. Flavor is a real "wow" beer for me. Very complex. Bitter AND hoppy, something many IPAs get wrong. First move is a pine resin and bitterness that moves into a citrus/caramel combination, and finishes with a bit more bitterness, white grapefruit, and pine. Long after taste. Very pleasant. Mouthfeel is light and frothy, at the edge of overcarbonated. This is a real west coast IPA, and the best non west coast brewed IPA I've ever had.

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

A: poured a brownish orange with yellow highlights and a half finger of head that left good sticky lacing.

S: nice floral piney hop aromas caramel and malts as well with hints of candy and cirtus.

T: citrus grapefruit and malt flavors with a mild hop bite and slight hints of wheat.

M: medium body with lots of carbonation that had a sweet and mild bitter finish.

D: pretty good Ipa but I liked the tomahawk more when it came to the single hop series. Still was a decent offering from mikkeller.

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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 crossovert
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Great label. Has all of the hops used int he single hop series all in one supposedly with the same malt bill.

Pours into my American pint a nice bright gold with orange hues. I am sensing a variance form the original malt bill becuase I remember the Simcoe being darker. The head is fluffy and white and leaves nice lacing. It doesn't have hop pieces like the other ones.

The smell is good but not spectacular. With all those hops it becomes a bit muddled but overall there are tones of cirtus, grassy, herbal, medicinal, pine, and a hint of malt.

The taste follows, just a mish-mash of hop flavors. It is decently bitter but not at all overpowering.

Cool experiment, but this isn't one of his better efforts.

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

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber red with a finger of white head, very good lace.

S: Floral hops, very green, pink grapefruit.

T: Crystal malt initially, not overly bitter. Juicy, almost wet hop feel. Cantaloupe and melon rind, honeydew.

M: Tad overcarbonated, medium long aftertaste. Medium-bodied.

D: A good beer, I like the idea to meld all these different hops together. Still looking for a Mikkeller IPA to be worth the price tag ($7), but I clearly liked this brew.

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

Pours a murky golden amber color with a tan head that hangs on.

A really nice aroma of pine, florals, and citrus (orange,grapefruit,tangerine).

the taste starts out on the malty side. It quickly transitions into hop flavors, though they are fairly nondescript, losing the complexity that it had in the nose. The bitter finish lingers like a champion.

The price tag hinders the drinkability, otherwise I could drink a few of these. Nice beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 24/03/12

A: Pours an absolutely gorgeous looking, glowing, and hazy peach nectar color with three fingers of pillowy light orange colored foam. Retention was spectacular (after the head slooowly receded, a thick skim remained for the entire glass.) as was the ample lace that left layer after sparkly layer. Carbonation was quite active.

S: Hops...obviously. Pine, tangerine, and pineapple, along with some caramel and a little dirty yeast.

T: Same as above, exactly.

M: Relatively sticky with just the right amount of astringent dryness. There's a hint of sweetness right in the beginning that leads right into the oily middle. Finishes with an ample white pepper mouthfeel.

D: A great way to wrap up the Single Hop Series. Thank you, Mikkel!

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

pours a murky light brown with subtle hints of orange. massive cream head that lingers forever, thick lacing. perfect retention.

very vibrant hop flavors. tons of sweet citrus with tangerine and pineapple up front.

straight hops. tons of complexity and varying hop flavors from start to finish. starts off sweet with pine and kicks into a bitter citrus plunge. very light floral flavors, this happens to be the weakest flavor. bitter finish. malts are barely noticeable.

light and sweet, drinks smooth with a nice bite.

this is beyond good. price is a bit high for the size but a great treat here and there. tons of hop flavor.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy, deep copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of earthy, citrus, and pine hops all backed by a combination of pale and caramel malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors with hints of deeper caramel malts kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are large amounts of leafy and citrus hops with lighter amounts of pine. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter and mildly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass wiht no problems and could have another.

Overall I like the general idea behind this idea but there's a reason IPA's generally aren't made with more than 3-4 types of hops. The more intense hops with good amounts of earthy and leafy notes covered up the more subtle hops. Still, if I tried really hard I could get brief whiffs of the more nuanced hops. Worth a shot.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The head came up on an easy pour and was thick and full leaving huge clumps of foam on the inside of my mug. The liquid was a pretty and dark orange in color. Overall this beer is very inviting.

Smell - The hop profile is complex filled with pine, citrus, grapefruit, and spice. The malt base is just as big making this a balanced nose. There's a rich sweetness to this aroma like caramelized sugar.

Taste - The hops came over wonderfully at the taste although the malt was a bit milder than I had hoped. I picked up a dull grainy flavor that I didn't get at the smell. It is still a nice mix but could have been better.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with light but firm carbonation and little bitterness.

Drinkability - This is very smooth and went down well. The flavor profile was a little clumsy and all the components of the beer didn't work well together but overall this was a good drink.

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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 avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a big amount of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, hops, and a piney quality.

T: Tasted of lemon, hops, pine resin, and a slight maltiness. A well-rounded, vibrant flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a crisp, dry, finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another drinkable IPA from Mikkeller.

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Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a big creamy head that recedes slowly to a one-finger cap and leaves some very good lacing.

The aroma is excellent with lots of different hop aromas coming out. There is a sticky floral pine presence with some pithy citrus and light grapes and spices.

The taste is spicy with some white grapes, lemons, pineapples and pine resin. The malt backbone is sweet with some toasted bread and the finish is lightly spicy with some hop bitterness. I definitely think I pick up the Nelson Sauvin in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Just a mouthful of sticky hops of every sort.

I really enjoyed this one as a number of the single hop beers just didn't hold up well on their own. This is kinda the best of all the beers put together. Excellent.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller 10 (X) IPA... an IPA made with hops from of all the single hop series. ABV is 6.9%, 11.2 oz. Into chouffe tulip.

A- 5-finger cloud-like head. Huge volume. Thick lacing from the start, leaving a nice frosty ring on the glass. Beer is a bit orange and a bit gold, nice and clear with a luminescence. Head settles but it looks like there's a snowdrift on one side of the glass. Streaks of lacing all the way down.

S- Hoppy (go figure). Sweet, fruity... Papaya and tangerine. Floral as well, almost like rosewater. Melon, mango, peach... hard to describe but the nose on this one is very appealing. No bitterness or pine, just sweet suculent fruit.

T- The bitterness is in the taste- piny (new growth) and grapefruit blast. The fruitiness is here but takes a step to the side. A bit of an earthy note too. Kind of reminds me of Furious with a bit of a grapefruit pith. Really tasty.

M- The 10 hop bill isn't a gimmick- provides some fantastic depth. Nice spectrum here, lots of flavors. Great carbonation, pretty hoppy but doesn't lean too far in one direction. Malt takes a backseat but no complaints here.

D- High, although price and availability force me to knock it a bit. Mikkeller needs to start contracting some of these awesome hoppy beers stateside so I don't have to pay $6 a bottle to get 'em. So awesome, but just a treat at this point. If I could buy this on the regular I would.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a becher.

According to the folks down at ChurchKey (corroborated by others), this is a blending of the ten entries in Mikkeller's Single Hop IPA series. I assume hoppiness...? Pours a mostly clear copper, with a half-finger of white frothy head. The smell is of mandarin oranges, grapefruit, and (shockingly) citrus hops. Not all that much bitterness in the nose, but, hey, hops are multi-dimensional, right? This is made all too obvious on my tongue: Pine, citrus, citrus, pine, a constant alpha-acid assault. Orange peel and a light buttery toffee also make brief cameos, but it's clear the stars are the hops and what they can do together. They make art, that's what they do, dammit! The body is in the heaviest class that can still be called light, with medium carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Now, the Danish gypsy brewery needs to add another hop variety...here's hopin' fer a Mikkeller 11! Good stuff!

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