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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 Sixofsigmas
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky golden orange pour with a strong fluffy head that had great retention.

Smelled of caramel, malt, and a complex floral bouquet of hops that I hadn't experienced before.

Standard IPA citrus and pine. Malt and caramel present as well. Very nice change up from the typical hop bombs that I've reviewed. A lot more complexity and spiciness that was present in the hop profile made the taste very enjoyable.

Medium body and carb. Resiny, dry...

Pretty solid beer. Very enjoyable, very drinkable... Would love to have a few more of these in the future.

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Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has both a complex malt and hop aroma that boasts of caramel and biscuit malts as well as a ton of citrus hops. It's complex, but refreshing as well. The taste is great! It has a bold hop bitterness up front that's really refreshing and carries through to the finish. The malt character is complex, yet yields to the hops. It has a bit of caramel sweetness as well as an excellent biscuit feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very interesting beer. 10 hops contributing to one hell of an American IPA. Well done!

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller 10, IPA, 6.9%

A: it appears traditional enough, orange hues with light amber hues, HUGE foamy head that is relentless and annoying like Jehovas witness followers. The head lingers like a watchtower pamphlet to your chagrin.

S: smell has a huge floral bouquet that raises itself like an avenging ghost for thousands of fallen hop friends, it reminds me of those angry flowers in Ursula's cave in the Little Mermaid that are relentless and drag you back for more.

T: The taste is fairly predicatable, with some bittering notes and some herbal finish but nothing to really make it fall out of the rank and file of standard IPAs, with the exception of a nice maltiness that links up with a sort of herbal finish that makes it delicious, but inaccessible and cumbersome to enjoy at length due to cost prohibitions.

M: the mouthfeel is awesome with great balance for the single IPA style, very drinkable and a superbly balanced IPA for the new-comer, it is a college freshman dewey eyed and receptive to many tastes, with reciprocal affection in turn.

D: This beer is exceptionally drinkable, economically infeasible. There are cheaper alternatives that are better suited and better equipped. Go with those, leave this section alone unless you find a patch of it exceptionally cheap.

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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 petacutlasaurus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately, with Mikkeller's "10," there's no 'with our powers combined,' no magical gestalt that manifests when all 10 of the hops in the single series come together in one brew. And that's a shame, but not really unexpected.

It's a very solid, hoppy IPA that's equal parts refreshing and tasty. But when push comes to shove and you have to pinpoint the tastes, it's naturally somewhat difficult. I wish I had a more refined palette so that I could speak to whether or not one of the ten hop strains is dominant, but if one is, I can't really detect it. Instead, with "10," you get a high IBU, medium gravity bitter, citrus beer with a really solid, smooth mouthfeel and a pleasant tangy aroma. But more than that, I think everyone who's tracked down a number of the single-hop series has asked themselves at one time or another, "but what if you made a beer with ALL the different hop strains!?!" Well, dude, here's your answer. You get a pretty good beer.

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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 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 metter98
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. The head slowly dissipated into delicate lacing.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose--grapefruit stands out in particular--along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, flavors of grapefruit stand out in the taste, which also has hints of caramel malts. The hop flavors and associated bitterness are not overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink, although I was expecting a more complex aroma and taste given all of the different types of hops used in the brewing process.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

had it at beer temple in amsterdam as my only beer as the bartender was closing up. i must say that this the the type of ipa i enjoy. came out cloudy to a troublesome degree but had an incredible IPA sticky head. solid orange. nose of a floral citrus sweet cocktail. the carbonation was perfect and almost seemed beligian with the brisk notes on the tongue. this was fresh. beer was lavender, bitter orangepeel, ripe sweet tangerine, pollen, ceder bitter. as broad as a dipa as crisp and brisk as a single. reminds me of a cloudy two hearted.

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

The beer is clouded deep amber, has curtains and an off-white head leaving lacing.

The smell is very complex, loads of different fruits, passion fruit, pomegranates, herbal and floral scents, sun-warm hay.

Upfront a taste of sweet dark bread, the citric and tropical fruits, a herbal almost yeasty nuance and lots of citric zest.

Medium high carbonation, a very complex body and profile, a round dry finish.

As mentioned a very complex beer, loads of nuances in taste and smell.

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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 htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 4 Jul 2010. Poured in the most magnificent Celis (RIP piss off and die you rotten bastards at Miller!) shaker pint glass.

Large lacy ecru head. Lightly carbonated. Very slightly hazy orange color. Smells like hops. 10 varieties? Maybe... Multiple for sure. Resin. Hay. Cirtus. Floral. Flavor is light and juicy. Hoppy but not overly bitter. Lots of citrus and hay upfront. More resin in finish. Bitterness lingers. Moderate ethanol. Pithy citrus.

Overall decent, but at $6 for 12 oz., a bit overpriced IMO.

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

A - Poured a deep cloudy orange amber into my oversized snifter. the head was thick and creamy and pretty perfect. lacing really loved the glass and hung around for the party.
S - Floral hops that are nicely balanced and blended. notes of citrus pine and even a bit of funk in the background.
T - Ovderload on a hop medley. It kind of works though and is pretty tasty. There is something a bit unique to the flavor. It has an almost funk quality to the flavor.
M/D - Leaves a cooling mouth and is not bitter at all. Pretty full bodied and an easy drinker. Dug it...would certainly have it again. You always see americans doing foreign style, nice take on an american from a foreigner. Well done.

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

Pours a hazy, orange/copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, slight citrus, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and floral aromas. Overall, a good appearance, body, blend, and aroma.

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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 berebrando
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


I drank this beer while bottling up my Citra IPA. Now I'm eating and watching the Gints take on the Phils. This beer is darker than I remember the single-hop IPAs being, but it could be the light. There was a thick white head with big bubbles - they're gone now, though a single layer of little bubbles remains. It smells like a combination of all 9 of the single-hopped IPAs... No, seriously. You really can taste the reason why brewers use multiple hops in a single beer (Thanks, KPKG). I like the malt balance with the hops. Nothing is significantly overpowering. To date, I haven't really enjoyed a lot of Mikkeller's beers - they always seem to have this strange boozy off-flavor that I am not accustomed to in American IPAs. But with this beer, Mikk's growing on me. It's good, drinkable, yes, feels good in my mouth (mouthfeel), yes.

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

A- The pour is a hazed amber orange. 3 fingers of dirty white head with good retention. Lacing is spotted.

S- Bread and caramel hidden behind juicy aromas of papaya, tangerine and mango's. Citrus aromas of grapefruit and orange. Very nice indeed.

T- More pine hops than citrus in the taste. Starts of bitter and then turns maltier in the middle and ends with a good wallop of bitter pine and grapefruit hops in the finish. Taste sticks with you for awhile like any good IPA should.

M- Medium bodied that has ample carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel, slightly dry.

D- Went down quick, a solid IPA.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cap date: 24/09/12 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided slowly to one finger. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of subtle sweet malt and a big pine/citrus hop note. The flavor was of sweet malt, massive pine hop, and a wildy bitter aftertaste. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very nice IPA. This was one of the better American IPAs I have had as of late. It was nicely balanced throughout it sitting on your palate and showed its true hop nature upon swallowing. This is a definite must try if you have not.

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

Pours hazy orange/amber with a large lasting off-white head.
Nose shows lots of juicy tropical fruit followed by resinous pine, orange blossom, grapefruit, spicy hops and lots of clean sweet malt with some honey later. Beautiful.
Malt is more evident upon tasting, with caramel, honey and toasty characters. Hops follow with more fruit and orange. Finishes with a resounding green hoppy bitterness, perhaps a little heavy-handed for my liking. Still very enjoyable though.
Carbonation is a little too high in my opinion, body just a little too heavy.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wonder why we in Canada get the Danish-only labels...as much as I can discern, this is made with 10 different hops, exactly like a Japanese offering I tried just last week. The rest of the world and their obsession with the base-10 system...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper hue, with a copious amount of foamy, to say the least, off-white head, which eventually settles to reveal some coarse webbed lace. It smells of strong citrus hops - grapefruit and orange, mostly, and a soft biscuity graininess. The taste is bitter, leafy, grapefruit rind citrus up front, followed closely by a subdued biscuity caramel malt sweetness, with the elevated ABV hiding well. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body full, smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes fairly dry, the citrusy hops pushing the malt out of frame.

Not as much variety evident in the hop profile, given the inputs. Still, a pretty solid IPA, lots of crisp bitterness, only restrained from being over the top by the dutiful malt backbone.

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Photo of ADZA
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all what a funky label and the fact this brew has ten different hops love it,it pours a murky orange hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head that stays and leaves lots of lacing very nice,the smell is a mix of aromas of creaming soda,grapefruit,melon and some peach,it has a nice solid well carbonated mouthfeel which is above medium bodied and has tastes of grapefruit,passionfruit,stonefruit,honey marmalade,some light toffee malts and finishes with a bittersweet kick,overall i could drink this brew all night if it was abit cheaper and im really digging it i thought the use of 10 hops would ruin this beer with all the different flavours but once again Mikkeller has proven the never say die attitude of brewing a great brew against the odds and really is one of my most favourite brewers cheers.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Pours clear amber orange with a thick white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose is a nice balance of malt and bitter grapefruit hops. The flavors are similar with good malt and the hops really ranging from orange, lemon, grapefruit, and a nice bitterness. Body is medium with active carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip sept17 2010

A hazy orange amber with plenty of carbonation that feeds a massive 3 finger head that retains very well and leaves plenty of lace in partial rings and plenty of patches even after falling to an island

S a bit of a hop mess with floral and citric hops, some mild pine and a fair bit of caramel

T Ok now I'm getting some spicy hops and orange rind on top of everything I smell, big time hop complexity perhaps a little too much to focus on but solid nonetheless

M a little thin but enough carbonation to fluff it up a bit

D well concealed booze makes it that much easier to drink, no major complaints with this one

a fair bit to think about while drinking this beer, lots of different hop profiles pound your pallet into a confused state. I rather like being confused

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10 from Mikkeller ApS
3.87 out of 5 based on 230 ratings.
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