Yeast Series: American-Style | Mikkeller ApS

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Yeast Series: American-StyleYeast Series: American-Style

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drabmuh on 07-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. This beer is listed as retired on BeerAdvocate, and the last review was written exactly one year ago today, but this deters me not. My first beer from the Mikkeller Yeast Series. Got this bottle on sale from the local Binny's for something like $2.99.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark burnt sienna orange color, and then more of a mahogany brown when the collected yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle poured in. As expected, quite a few chunks of gray yeast sediment sinking to the bottom. Two fingers of fluffy tan head. Aside from the unappealing yeast, it looks pretty nice.

S - Not pulling out any distinctive "American-style" yeast aromas here. Smells a lot like many of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers that I tried recently. Smooth creamy caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, twigs, earthy oak wood.

T - The yeast comes through more in the flavor. But again it is mostly all smooth creamy caramel malt, toffee, oak wood flavors, and dirty earthy hops. 8.00% abv isn't noticeable at all.

M - Goes down smooth and creamy, leaving bitterness and sticky green apple sugars all over the palate. Pretty nice.

Overall, a delicious beer that has held up well. It isn't really a stand-out brew, and doesn't stray too far from a lot of the previous beers I've had by Mikkeller, but it was pretty good nonetheless. Probably more of an IPA than it is an APA. Goes down smooth and creamy, with a ridiculously well-masked 8.00% abv. Worth trying if it is still available to you.

Mikkeller Yeast Series: American-Style ---4/5.

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Photo of EastBay_Nick
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of profondo
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of head on top of a hazy, amber brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Spicy pine hops with a bit of red apple and toasted malt.

T - Toasted grain with a bit of caramel up front. Pine and grapefruit hops in the middle and a bit of bitterness creeping in. Finishes with light anise, pine, and balancing bitterness pushing back against the caramel malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Well, it is a lot better than the lager version. The. Hops shine through better and the malt seems to be enhanced relative to the thin character it had in the lager. Not the best pale ale I've ever had, but decent.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head on a hazy amber with a slight golden hue body. nice lacing.

S: similar to the other in the series I have had. candied citrus, strong caramel malts and light alcohol.

T: more candied fruits, strong caramel malts, some fig and apricot. the alcohol provides a sharpness but its not overly boozy.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: the yeast produces a distinct flavor and almost has a fine grain feel on the palate. nice degree of sweetness. Not really any distinctive hop character.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruddy, clear amber with a huge, thick off-white head. Small chunks of yeast quickly gather at the bottom of the glass.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, earth, leather, tobacco, overripe citrus, and bready yeast are strong on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, honey roasted nuts, bready yeast, moist earth, heather, leather, blood orange, overripe lemon, tea, and black pepper wash across the palate. The finish is slick and syrupy with notes of tea, yeast, leather, earth, and citrus most noticeable.

M: Light-to-medium in body, slick, syrupy, and sticky. Carbonation is relatively gentle. Alcohol is far from pronounced. Very drinkable for an ale of this strength.

O: In all honesty, this isn't bad, but isn't great either. I'm not sure that the yeast characteristics are all that effectively highlighted. This is a lot less bready than I expected, tasting almost like an amped-up English pale ale that has spent a little too much time in bottle (and this particular bottle that I'm reviewing is about a year or so old). All in all, this is a decent enough ale as is, but it would be better with slightly stronger yeast characteristics and a slightly more balanced, integrated flavor profile.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of beerenjoyer1
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A reddish copper color that pours with a nice foam with legs from the hops with good carbonation.

S - Clean with hints of malt and some hops and alittle citrus scent.

T - Somewhat hoppy with a definite malt tone and a sizzle of something, carbonation, I am not sure, it could be the alcohol but I did not sense any smell of alcohol.

M - A good feel of fullnes from the expanding carbonation and hops. There is a slight richness to the feel which was nice.

O - A nice beer with the strength of a Belgian brew but without the clovey aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mikkeller Yeast Series: American-Style

Appearance: dark amber, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: rich malts, wet hops, fruit, and pine.

Taste: apple, pine, and hops.

Mouthfeel: medium and full.

This is a great brew. The flavors are rich and delicious while also being balanced fairly well.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brick Store Pub's 14th anniversary shindig along with the hefeweizen and the Belgian ale from the same series. Poured a golden amber with a decent head, like the rest of these beers. Unlike the hefe and the Belgian style, this beer makes more intuitive sense as far as the pairing of yeast, grain, and hops. It just seem to work together a little better. A little grainy, somewhat soft, but a nice citrusy note, some bitterness, and a bit chewy- in a good way. A balanced tasty beer that demonstrates nicely how the components of a beer work together.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another yeast series beer courtesy of Jason. Hope it's better than the last one.

A - Golden color beer with touches of red. Off-white head that left some moderate lacing.

S - Pale malts, alcohol, citrus hops, weird chemicals.

T - Somewhat sweet from the pale malts but a lot of bitterness. Little bit of citrus hops. Some ashy, chalky, body-building proteiny taste to it that is pretty gross.

M - Medium bodied, active carbonation.

O - Yep, don't know what American Style is, except maybe they're trying to insult American beer by naming a bad one American-Style? All this line seems to be doing is giving the different yeasts a bad name.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store, tasted side-by-side with the Belgian and hefeweizen versions.

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with clean earthy hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by heavy citrus and earthy hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this was the least interesting of the three and adds more fuel to those saying Chico yeast is making craft beer too one-dimensional. I disagree, but was it was interesting to see how little the yeast added to the party.

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Writing a review for this beer is tough. How can you nit-pick and be critical about a style of beer when it wasn't exactly brewed for a specific style? This was a sort of educational piece for we the consumers to learn a bit about yeast's influence in a beer. This was the same base brewed for 5 different beers and the only difference is the yeast.

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing, poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a gazed copper color with 3 fingers of creamy yellowish stained head. A wall of thick patchy lace clings all over the glass. Very good retention and as the glass is swirled, the head gets revived until the last sip is taken.

The smell of this brew initially is primarily caramel malt with strong fruity esters mixed with fruity hop character and alcohol. This brew picks up a little vinous touch coupled with citrus notes. The alcohol is quite solvent as it warms. Once warm, this brew has quite an herbal to medicinal feel to it.

The taste is caramel malt, sweet with residual sugar and fruity alcohol and hop tones. A little bit of mineral character to grassy aftertaste. This brew is quite crisp in the finish with alcohol playing a significant role throughout.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking but honestly does not present a straight forward remarkable difference from the lager yeast version in this series. About the most noteble quality is the exaggerated fruited quality and the alcohol is masked a little better in this offering. Overnall a neat concept but as an APA, this is not something I would want to drink again.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a hazy orangey amber hue with a huge light tan, rocky head of about three fingers. Head is slow to drop, leaving lots of nice lacing.

Aromas of clean neutral yeast aromatics, mostly emphasizes the citrusy hops. Not sure what to expect, as this is my first of the yeast series. As it warms, there are some fruity aromatic esters.

Flavor is of light pine and citrus hop bitterness. Some maltiness in the backbone, caramel and a light graininess. Finish is medium, with an emphasis on bitterness and grapefruit zest on the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium, but fully mouthcoating. A slight puckering at the back of the teeth from the bitterness. And a drying astringency.

Overall a very straightforward APA. Nothing too aggressive, everything very much in balance. I guess this will be my control beer for the others when I get to them.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting series, this one. I feel I'm missing out on the more characteristically unique elements by leaving the Brett and the Hefe until last, but it was interesting to see how different the Belgian and the Lager ones were. I'm expecting clean, middle-of-the-road fermentation from the American Ale yeast, but let's see what we get.

Fizzes rather vigorously on opening, however, the pour is viscous, and seemingly not over-carbonated. Body is a gorgeous red-orange hue, with a little bit of suspension causing haze. Head is full and thick, and leaves magnificent lacing. All things considered, it's an absolutely gorgeous looking beer.

Nose is very pleasantly hoppy, with flavoursome hop varieties giving gorgeously sweet tropical fruits. Minimal citrus and pine. Malt is malanced but bright, giving a supple warm sweetness underneath the hops. Gorgeous.

Hops on the palate lend a mild bitterness, with a green crushed vegetation finish. Otherwise, there are rampant grainy malt characters lending depth and body and that characteristic nutty flavour on the back. Very clean finish, with the palate drying out enough to let the hops have the final say.

Very decent beer, and the fact that I focused on the beer itself and not the characteristics of the yeast tells you what a smooth and clean yeast this is. What you end up with is a very fine and very drinkable Pale Ale (or really, verging in to American Strong Ale territory).

I enjoyed the beer for itself. Never mind the series.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper with a little sediment. Nice head of tan colored foam that leaves some nice stickage and a thick film.

The aroma is nice and grainy, toasted biscuits and freshly harvested barley. The hops add a lovely spruce and orange zest aroma.

The taste is upfront with the soft orange zest, but loads of earthy grass and spruce. ut the malt bill makes up about 65% of the flavor profile it seems. Lots of almost burnt caramel bread crust, biscuits, and even bitter fruit flavors from the yeast mixing with the hops. You would have no idea this beer was 8% unless you looked at the bottle. Grainey and resiny palate.

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