1000 IBU Light / Ultramate | Mikkeller ApS

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1000 IBU Light / Ultramate1000 IBU Light / Ultramate
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
18.26%
 
 
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2/5  rDev -42%

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.57/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light burnished bronze colour with lovely fluffy beige head, retains half a finger with beautiful lace. Looks lovely.

Woah, tangy. Feel like I've shoved a whole lime up my nose. So fruity and sour and tangy, just massive, massive acid on it. Too much; I'm overwhelmed.

Taste doesn't take long before completely puckering up. Nothing much, just massive bitterness, so much acid. Puckering lime, unripe grapefruit, just wormwood and some star anise all just side-effects of overdone, mad-scientist hop bittering. Maybe worth a sip, but not pleasant and there's no nuance to it at all.

Feels OK, just so much ashiness from the hops it's hard to enjoy.

More of an experiment than a beer and yet there's not technique involved. It would take a lot of skill to balance such an insane amount of hopping, and there's nothing here to grab hold of.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap at the Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst on 02/09/2011.

Dark bronze in the glass, head a very light brown colour - looks good. Strong hit of cascade-style hops on the nose, but pretty one-note. Taste OK but the bitterness just takes over and the hops flavours are still very one-note. Expecting some sweetness of fruit on the back palate given this is an IPA but it's just not there. I keep smacking my palate together to see if I can get something more, but that's it! I don't really object to the bitterness, more to the fact that it just dries you out. I can actually feel the bitterness in my stomach.

I wonder about the 1000 IBU claim, as even if Mikkeller did in theory get there they could so easily just say this when it's actually 300 IBU or whatever. Not as bad as I expected overall and it is great to see the style pushed to the limit as it helps you appreciate good rounded IPAs better! Be interested to try the higher alcohol version of this beer in the future.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Oh god. What a weird beer. It's a version of their 1000 IBU monster, brewed to only 4.9% ABV. It's a Double IPA without any body to support it. Had on-tap as part of the Local Taphouse Mikkeller Tap Takeover.

Pours a burnished, slightly haze orange-bronzey hue, with a very fine and full head of white foam. Pretty classy and static lacing. Looks good.

Nose is resiny and full, with big pickled orange characters and a sharp citric twang overall. It misses a lot of body and depth, but the sharpness is pleasant enough.

Taste is... Yeah, it's bitter. It's very solid, biting and astringent, and it really doesn't have a lot of body to balance it. It's sharp and direct and green and oh god it's bitter. It's a rather intense experience, and worse for not having any body to cushion it at all. Oh god. I think I'm going to die.

I'm aware that the human palate can't actually taste 1000 IBU, even if Mikkeller did manage to get it there, but they've certainly reached my limit with this anyway, and it's bare-boned and raw, with nothing at all to screen it. Probably the least drinkable beer I've ever had. But not the worst, by any means.

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2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pale golden hue with a thin yet dense white head. Lacing follows.

S - Piney, earthy hops and nothing but.

T - Wow. Some serious tongue ripping bitterness here. Grass and pine hop flavours.

M - Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Insane bitterness.

O - An unbalanced hop beast clearly catered for the fanatics. Happy to have tried it but once is enough for me.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Burnt orange, one finger white head, good lacing. Dark for a pale ale.

S - Hints of grapefruit, bitter hops. Not much going on in the aroma.

T - Bitter hops that destroy the palate and cling to the back of my tongue. Long-lasting bitterness...that's it.

M - Smooth, medium-light body, moderate carbonation. The only redeeming part of this beer.

O - Novelty. Drain pour. That is what I get for going against my better judgement. Mikkeller is still in my top 3 brewers!

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Photo of BenHesk12
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I honestly don't know how to rate this beer since the style is technically a Pale Ale, but to me it's more of an experiment in extreme bitterness. The beer is very light in body and color, yet packs an intense and lasting bitterness which could cause an inexperienced beer drinker to cough or gag with disgust. I enjoyed trying a sampler sized glass and maybe understand how one could acquire a taste for this beer, but mostly it was something you kind of laugh at and move on.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of heygeebee
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Still on-tap at the Taphouse after the Takeover

Pours cloudy amber 1 finger head - Ok lacing.

Aromas of all hops, maybe a little lemon.

Taste follows aromas in a mouth-cleaner kind of fashion. its big and its pretty ugly in terms of a hop assault. One of the most bitter/astringent beers I have ever had. This was 'out-there' when compared to other Mikkeller beers at the take-over. When compared to Taphouse usual fare, it's just too much.

Mouthfeel is harsh.

Glad I only had a small sample.

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Photo of ADZA
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-A very hazy mandarin hue which leaves a two finger head and sporadic lacing.

S-Piney resinous hops,citrus and boiled candy.

T-Piney hops,mandarin,lychee,boiled candy and finished with a grapefruit bitterness.

M-Quite watery and very lightbodied actually quite weird for the style.

O-I would not buy this again cheers.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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1000 IBU Light / Ultramate from Mikkeller ApS
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