1000 IBU Light / Ultramate | Mikkeller ApS

1000 IBU Light / Ultramate1000 IBU Light / Ultramate
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1000 IBU Light / Ultramate1000 IBU Light / Ultramate

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Half the alcohol, all the hops from Mikkeller 1000 IBU.

Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 08-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 18
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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.39/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Heavy, thick creme colored head which is surprising. The beer is a deep caramel with a bready yeast smell. 1000 IBUs is of course not believable, but the IBUs are there and high. Tasting is believing and this is a good solid beer. I think calling it an IPA is a stretch but whatever. It reminds me of 120 minute IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of FLima
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber color, three fingers of a thick and fluffy head with good retention leaving traces and an everlasting thin lace, which is unusual for beers with this hop caliber.
Aroma is not aggressive as one would expect. Very resiny but also with notes of tropical fruits.
Very bitter taste but still pleasant, strong grapefruit and resiny. Hints of citrus and you also can still feel its malt despite of the hop predominance.
Aftertaste is utterly hoppy.
Initially thought it would be more of a onetime experience, but it is actually a nice hoppy beer for hop heads like me.

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Photo of danieelol
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer I've had which I could legitimately call a palate wrecker. Fruity but mostly leafy nose and just massive bitterness on the palate. Lasts forever. Ruination eat your heart out.

I would love to drink this beer regularly. Overhopped and likely only hop-masochists will enjoy it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is easily the most bitter brew ive ever tasted, it almost hurts. the pour is darker amber in color with a few fingers of bubbly tan head that fades fast. some floating sediment in there too. the nose is not at all an indicator of how intense this is, it just sort of smells like a yeasty ipa, pine notes on the hop profile, and some caramel and crystal malt. the flavor though, holy crap. its really bitter ipa, like concentrated lemon and yeast, but you swallow, and its only just getting started. it slowly builds, getting ever more bitter, drying the mouth out like crazy, getting almost hot from the bitter burn, way way more then even the hop burn high. I thought the flavor of this was even more intense than the normal 1000 ibu, which I thought was a perfect specimen. this one isn't as balanced because the malt bill is cut down. you don't need alcohol sting when the bitter stings this bad. its almost pucker its so bitter, and it keeps with you for a long time. honestly needed to eat some chocolate because this was so powerful. good carbonation and just enough body. id imagine it more like 7%, but nope, it is indeed much less. I would never call this a light or an ultra beer, but holy cow, if you like bitter, you cannot miss this!

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops, sweet caramel and bready malts.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, some candied hops.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, resiny finish.

D - Really bold and hoppy. A bit resiny, but the boldness of it is nice.

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Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 12/12/2013, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a murky dark amber tea-ish colour, coming with a well-lasting 2cm layer of creamy but “dirty” beige head, on top of rather healthy streams of microscopic fizziness.
S: upfront the aroma is both flowery yeasty and tropical-fruity, but the lemony citrusness also comes in full force; given a good swirl, the edge of lemony-citric and white-grapey aroma intensifies, underlined by just enough pale malts to let the hops shine. Not terribly complex, though, and I wonder what makes this beer stand at 1000 IBU, maybe just an exaggerated expression to highlight the bitterness? Let’s see.
T: wow… the entry of flavours, just half-way landing on my palates, already boasts high-octave, chewy bitterness with rather clean citric hop flavours aside; as the initial impact settles, the lightly biscuity flavour of malts and acidity develop smoothly, but always under the shadow of an intensely bitter palate not just from hop essence but from some earthy and bitter-herbs like resins. The long bitterness down the rear of the tongue reminds me, interestingly, of certain Chinese herbal medicines plus roughly crushed lemon seeds with their mixed tannic and bitter aftertaste…
M&O: the mouthfeel in general is smoothly carbonated and refreshing, and the body retains the medium weight pretty well throughout the drink, while all in all it IS the hop bitterness that dominates the palate from the start through to the end of each sip. I don’t think I’d like to drink this beer every day, though, as really altogether I just find it highly entertaining in an experimental way.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle. This bottle was labeled as 1000 Ultramate, which is the same thing as the 1000 IBU Light.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of floral hops in it, as well as some grass and biscuit notes. The flavor is quite strange but I - unlike several of the people I shared the bottle with - enjoyed. I get the same floral notes, as well as a little bit of leather, grass and assorted spices. There is also a high amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 4,9% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
BB: 12/12/2013

I certainly consider myself to be a hop head - I absolutely love the tongue shredding bitterness offered by a 150IBU IIPA, however I am still quite weary of the contents of this little bottle!

Appearance: This is actually a pretty good looking APA. The body is lightly clouded and a peachy orange colour with tinges of red. A rough pour yields a massive off white head that lasts pretty well and leaves some thick patches of lace on the way down.

Smell: Hmmm, talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing! 1000 IBU smells like a standard, well hopped IPA. Tons of citrus (sweet orange and grapefruit), peach juice, light tropical fruits (pineapple and mango) and a ton of pine resin and pure hop cones.

Taste: The initial millisecond on the tongue yields a lovely sweet honey character as well as some sweeter citric notes. These flavours are however quickly forgotten as an immense wave of tongue shredding bitterness engulfs all in its path. This is easily the most bitter substance I have put in my mouth! After a few sips, some resinous notes and a grapefruit pith flavour are noted along with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Due to the immense bitterness, the mouthfeel is quite hard to evaluate! The body is actually very light and quite watery and the carbonation is of a moderate level and pleasantly smooth.

Overall: Is 1000 IBU bitter? Hell yes, it is easily the most bitter substance I have consumed, but it is far from undrinkable! Personally I actually enjoyed the intense bitterness and would drink this again. I think this is certainly a must try for anyone who considers themselves a hardcore hope head!

On a side note, I gave a sip to a friend of mine who has never tasted an IPA - his expression was priceless :D

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of earthy and piney hops with distinctive bitter notes. Taste is a mix between some piney hops with distinctive earthy notes and light dry caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Quite bitter and hoppy as advertised.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bylerteck
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with Volcanicbeat bought at Blackhearts and Sparrows. From notes.

A - Poured hazy dark gold with a nice one finger beige head. OK lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Honey, dank hops. Lot's of citrus. Smells like the aroma you get from rubbing hop flowers in your hands.

T - Hop tea. Some honey. Just all aggressive, violent hops.

M - Really bitter. Like really, really bitter.

O/D - A neat experiment, but obviously too bitter to be enjoyable. A good bitterness is nice but this was mental. The most bitterness I've ever experienced. An amazing feat to have pulled off, just not what most people would look for. Curious to try the DIPA version as this would clearly provide more body and maltiness.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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1000 IBU Light / Ultramate from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 31.1% out of 100 with 45 ratings
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