19 | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of those single hop IPAs:

Simcoe 17,14%, Citra 15,72%, Amarillo 14,29%, Sorachi Ace 10,71%, Bravo 6,79%, Columbus 6,79%, Cluster 4,64%, Warrior 4,64%, Cascade 3,57%, Centennial 3,57%, Palisade 2,86%, Challenger 1,43%, Galena 1,43%, Magnum 1,43%, Mt Hood 1,43%, Tettnanger 1,43%, Nugget 0,71%, Super Galena 0,71%, Williamette 0,71%.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold to amber and very hazy. There's a fingernail of bright white resting on top. Moderate lacing. I smell lots of citrus hops. I'm tasting lots of citrus and resinous pine. The mouth is chewy and sticky.

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Photo of AleSan
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinked during the 2015 Xmas Night, bottle. Dark amber color, clear, with plenty of light beige foam pain, persistent... tropical fruit aromas, hops, sweet malts... the palate is less aggressive than expected, fruit at the beginning and then drink the bitter enters by force in a soft context after all, clean, dry, with a good balance between tropical fruit and the 19 hops... medium body, astringent and prolonged final

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Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can with best before date on bottom showing 12/01/17; pours cloudy dark orange brown color with a massive 2-3 finger thick foamy beige colored head that was was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent spotty lacing and rings as it went down. Head was so thick I ran my finger through it before it faded. A great looking beer from a can.

Smells fruity with a lot going on in a way that screams of the massive amount of hops used in this brew. An IPA brewed with 19 different hops by design would either be super hoppy and dank smelling or confusing with a lot of different aroma's, and to me this is the latter. Don't get me wrong, it smells very fruity and hoppy with a lot of citrus notes but it also has a lot of spicy notes which almost come off like potpourri.

Taste is all over the place and similar to the nose. It's bursting with citrus hops one sip, grainy and malty with toffee and caramel another sip, and then at other times seemed full of yeast and spices like cinnamon, pepper, allspice and brown sugar. It's almost like all the hops were fighting for attention or negated each other. Complex for sure, but confusing and not the most balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium to chewy feel that was quite bitter with mild carbonation, a bunch of fruity notes, a fair amount of malt and bready flavors, and of course lots of citrus to reflect all of those hops used in the brew. I appreciate the effort and experimentation, but this needs to be refined.

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Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color with a cloudy, somewhat murky texture. There was an inch of creamy long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, light malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of light caramel notes, some malt, a good shot of hops, lots of citrus (lemon, especially in the finish), grapefruit, and some a little bit of pine. A nicely balanced flavor, with the hops countered with a lot of citrus. Not too sweet, and and not too bitter. Very tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, drinkable IPA, with lots of character. Quite easy to drink.

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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a burnt orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dank, citrus. Taste is dank, oranges, resin, light malts and peaches, considerable bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of janubio
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark golden colour, with a yellowish big creamy head that holds all the while. Good lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, resines, citrus, hops, caramel. Medium body, thick palate.Taste of oranges, tropical fruits, resines.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I CAN't believe that I have not reviewed this one before! I am certain that I had it in bottle or draft format at one point, but I am happy to add it to The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "India Pale Ale brewed with 19 hops".

I Crack!ed the CAN open, but I got a spritz and foaming, and CANbined with earlier reviews which mentioned "hazy" and/or "haziness" & I was leery of anything more than a gentle Glug. An in-glass swirl raised a brief two fingers of foamy, fizzy, tawny head that quickly fell to wisps. Nose had an odd earthiness that reminded me of an earlier clunker from this evening. It was more reminiscent of an EIPA. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste really ran a gamut of flavors from an initial blueberry to a lemon-lime citrusiness into pine and finally a shot of woody malt or perhaps in was aged in wood. It seemed like a case of too many is too much. It was not that the taste(s) was/were unpleasant, but trying to parse out what was happening or supposed to happen made my hophead brain hurt. This was an instance where less would have been more. In fact, the mouthfeel began to take on a chalkiness, as though the liquid solution was saturated with lupulin. Finish was dry, but I felt unfulfilled as a self-avowed, self-described hophead.

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Photo of Marius
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

33cl can. Hazy dark orange with a tall beige head with good retention. Citrus and tropical fruit hops, as well as some pine in the background. Bitter and refreshing, without much malt sweetness.

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Photo of aleigator
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark orange color, with a huge, orangy white head.

Smells of juicy, ripe orange, together with a nice, grassy dankness and a subtle, refreshing lemon note. A whiff of blueberry skin underneath, as well as white bread malts with even more orange.

Drinks very soft till the finish, in which a bubbly carbonation washes over the established creaminess, revealing a lively minerality. This leads to a thinner, aqueous finish, with not much going on, considering the united potential of 19 hops.

Tastes of toffee coated oranges, while a soothing dankness blends a well accentuated lemon crispness perfectly into the flavor foundation of this, while leading off with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Blood oranges add to the fruitiness, as well as a late kiwi addition during the finish, balancing sweet turning, cakey malts. Produces a pungent bitterness after its initial fruit layer, which gets tamed by a more prominent malt bill during the beer's finish.

Convinces due to its great balance, creating an easy drinker with a nice mouthfeel, while its hoppiness remains on the fruitier side, with a decent complexity to it.

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Photo of Lukass
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz can. Pours a murky orange/amber, with a thick foamy head. Smell is fruity and tropical with a bit of Belgian yeast character. Taste is bitter grapefruit rind, orange marmalade and resinous hops. Flavor is a bit muddled, given that there are 19 varieties of hops in this one. Not nearly as confusing to the palate as I was expecting though. Mikkeller seemed to pull this off pretty well - lots of clean hop flavors. A lupulin laced IPA, but it's hard to pin-point a specific hop profile. If bitterness and hops are what you're after, this one's worth the $5/can. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 bottle. Best before 2016-10-22.

A: Hazy amber. Poured 4 fingers high of head, medium retention.
S: Intense grapefruit and pineapple. Slightly toasted. Thyme.
T: Grapefruit. Pineapple. Dill. Moderate malty. Medium high bitterness. Dry. Bitter and long aftertaste.
M: Medium body. Very high carbonation.
O: Fruity and complex.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14/9/17 enjoyed February 7, 2016 in a stemless wine glass.

Look - Hazy, dark orange. Thick bubbled, thick off white head. A lot of lacing. Looking at it you expect a heavy, malt bomb.

Smell - Bready. Light pine. Light dankness. Light citrus.

Taste - Very close to a juicy fruit beer. Not a lot of malt in the taste. Faded hoppiness. Yeast. Pine and resin. Light spice at the very end.

Feel - A lot of carbonation. Not dry by any means. Medium to light feel.

Overall - It's like drinking a suicide. Yeah, it's good, but you look like a fool doing it. I bought this because my favorite number is 19 (Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians). A lot going on. Each sip made me question the last one.

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Photo of yungseuss
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Intense, red-orange, caramel and amber. The head is huge. Lace for days. I mean like lingerie lace. Sexy. Woof

S: I get spicy, tropical and citrus hops with a little salt and garlic. Nothing off putting at all but it definitely is an indicator of what's about to go down.

T: Holy yes, pineapple, bananas, lemon-lime, spicy and possibly redefining the IBU. What I'm saying is, if a 6-pack of this were available, you'd be sweating alpha acids for weeks. And I like that.

F: Between medium and heavy. It's very smooth, almost silky with barely any bite. Like licking the Queen's pillow.

O: I concur. Please purchase this beer. Coming from a home brewer, the price you get this beer at is most likely very generous if there are as many hops as I think there are in this creation. Or maybe Mikkeller just has mad hop sponsorships.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very hazy light amber with a copious head. The aroma hits me first with a tiny whiff of citrus, followed by a forrest load of pine and resin. The flavor leads almost exclusively with a strong pine and resin tone, softening out too a gentler, light malt finish, with the pine still present but less perceived bitterness than the beginning of the sip. The mouthfeel approaches thick, but not in an overwhelming way. Overall this is a solid IPA, but maybe a touch spendy for what you are getting. Still, well worth a try if you love pine.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber gold with a little carbonation and a finger of brownish orange head.

Citrus, caramel, creme brulee, peaches, floral and herbal sage branch. Apricot flesh and peach pits.

Caramel, orange, herbal, generic green leaf, onion and garlic but really light, sichuan pepper on the end, moderate bitterness.

Medium body, lots of foamy and frothy carbonation to almost oblivion.

Flavourful brew that has so many types of hops its hard to distinguish any. But, it works as an IPA. There is such a melding of all 19 hops, it works out sort of like a mosaic does. I think thats what they were going for based on the label, and they got it. Got on wishbeer, drank Sept 15th, 2015.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Burn orange/cooper, little hazy with medium to big, white, densed head. Poor lasting. Average lacing. Mostly tropical fruits aroma (amarillo, citra) and some citrus (orange, mandarin) also floral and resin notes, also noticable hints of honey. Taste is light to medium bitter with mostly tropical fruits and floral flavours, next you cen feel some resin and woody notes. Along with hops there is pretty balanced malty profile with mainly caramel accents. Medium body, smooth/oily texture, medium carbonation, finish is light bitter. In general very solid and balanced IPA, quite drinkable.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, amber, with a really compact full finger white head.
The smell really shows the diversity of hops used, with a really tutti-frutti feel (waves of sweet citrus, mango, papaya, pineapple, peach, faint apricot, faint lychee), but lacking strong pine and grassiness, enveloped in a quite sticky caramel sweetness.
Taste is way more complex, fortunately. Bittersweet citrus dominates, sure, with orange and tangerine first, lime, pomelo, then pink grapefruit. There's pineapple syrup in the start, too, mango pulp, lychee, dragonfruit, clear maracuja, a lot of juicy peach. Surprisingly, malts have a bit of breathing space, with a lightly honeyed cracker characteristic, just for a moment. Hints of pine resin, a touch of dankness and even some light noble hop notes, but the finish is clearly a mix of Amarillo and Sorachi Ace, with lemon peel and bitter grass.
Aftertaste is chaotically hoppy, pretty hard to put a finger on something exactly, aside from the still big citrus notes. Bitterness is enjoyable, sweetness is pretty subtle. Medium body and carbonation.
This could've gone either way: a trainwreck of hops, or a one trick pony. It's somewhere in between, with some hops (the ones used in bigger quantities) really setting the tone, and with the other ones just pinching and adding to the flavor here and there. A really tasty IPA, a really nice "experiment".

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Photo of kalthaus223
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very hazy golden brown-orange color. Looks similar to unpasteurized apple cider. Pours with a medium-large head

S: Underwhelming. Hints of citrus, grass, and floral aromas.

T: Wonderful taste. Starts slightly bitter with earthy & lemony flavors, turns into a malty, smooth taste, then finishes with a hint of citrus fruit. The malts are well balanced with the hops.

M: Really good. The carbonation is just right, and the finish is dry.

O: A damn tasty beer. I'm not sure if the price is justified, but you won't be upset if you took it home with you. My biggest problem is the aromatics fall far short from the taste.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a couple bottles in Indianapolis with a friend. First Mikkeller, so I was a bit taken aback by the ~$10 price per 12oz. Anyway, we bought them and one Mikkeller 20, which is almost identical in taste to the 19. I give the nod to 19 though; it has a smoother feel. Maybe that extra hop in the 20 was too much? ... the bottle label design on 19 is better too. Oh, and Kentucky made a nice little run against Louisville in the Sweet 16 once we opened the 19.

Overall, it's an amazing concoction of hops that I recommend sharing with a friend. If only I could find more of this in Ohio.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A dark orange amber with a huge foamy head. three fingers atleast.

S: Right up front i get a big hit of dank hops. Some subtle spice. Sweet caramel and bread are surrounded by waves of orange, lemon, bitter lemon zest and a little pine. Very floral, the best way i can describe it is a wet forest.

T: What a crazy mix of flavor! Bitter pine right off the bat with some citrus. Then comes very sweet oranges, a floral burst and then biscuits. Caramel then slides in to be replaced by dank hops. More citrus and a grassy, piney long lingering bitter finish. Lots of resin and a little bit of a funky yeast.

M: This one sticks around. Medium bodied but that pine resin just sticks to your tongue.

O: This is a pleasant surprise. Very floral and pine forward with a wet hop mouth feel. Definitely unbalanced. A hop head beer. Pretty unique, at least for me, in the way it starts with pine and finishes with pine but has a completely different middle. I would definitely enjoy again. /86

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Photo of flyingpig
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good Spirit Co, Glasgow (330ml, £4):
Orange amber with a two fingers tall, bubbly head that is a slightly off-white colour and holds very well and leaves a great lacing too.

A balanced citrus and grapefruit aroma with light pine hops and floral notes. There is a light grassy hops aroma along with some tropical fruits and caramel.

Floral and pine hops with a light amount of bitterness, some good citrus and tropical fruit flavours such as peach, grapefruit and some passion fruit. Again a very nice blend that goes down great.

Smooth with a light citrus tang and a touch of bitterness, there is light medium carbonation and a mild bitter mouthfeel to this one. The beer is quite refreshing and goes down great with good balance.

An excellent and perfectly balanced beer with all the flavours working well together and complimenting each other perfectly. A very refreshing with a nice, fruity and light bitter taste that goes down incredibly easily.

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Photo of TallSaint
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 16th, 2013.

It pours a rusty orange with two fingers of white head.

The nose is an interesting mix of sweet biscuity malt and flowery hops with a touch of grass and citrus.

On the palate it's citrus-y, flowery, and a bit piney upfront. In the mid-palate the hops fly around and its hard to place a finger on any one flavor; pine, hop resins, grass, citrus, lychees and spice are some of the hop flavors that are present. There's a lot going on but it's so well directed. It's sort of predictable upfront with citrus, pine and some floral elements but then a huge mix of hop flavors come in behind. It finishes bitter (but not overly so) with a sweet malt presence and spicy yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium with a healthy carbonation.

Overall this is an interesting IPA. A great effort by Mikkel; the blend of the single hopped IPAs is excellent and it makes for a truly unique brew. Definitely worth the price of admission and if you can find it buy it!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl oz bottle, although the label has neglected to specify. No bottling information present, except for the list of 19 different hops used to brew this beer. The cap says 9081211. I haven't tried any of the Mikkeller single hop series beers, so I guess to start with the entire amalgamation is as good a place as any.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours three fingers of luscious beige colored head with excellent retention, on top of a dark orange ruby colored body. Thick rings of lacing on the way down.

S - Hard to get much behind this giant lingering head, but what I do smell is very light citrus grapefruit hops, and a bready biscuit / caramelized malt scent. Does not smell like the hop bomb you would imagine.

T - Surprisingly smooth and subtle, with a lot of little complexities to it. Biscuity and malty, yeasty and bretty tasting even. There are a few hops on this list that I've never even heard of before. Nothing is over-done. This beer is not extremely bitter or spicy. Tastes very well balanced, which must be a feat considering the 19 different hop varieties used.

M - Feel is of hop resins. Sticky green apple skin sweetness lingers.

Overall, it is light to medium bodied, easy on the carbonation, and highly palatable / drinkable at a decent 6.80% abv, you could down several of these easily and be feeling pretty good. If Mikkeller ever did consider doing a year round 6 pack style beer, *this* is the one it should be, in my opinion. In all, I think they nailed this creation pretty well. If it wasn't so damn expensive I would definitely considering buying more. Lots more.

Mikkeller 19 ---4.5/5

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

you've just got to hand it to mikkeller for going above and beyond on so many of their beers. not only in terms of creativity, but also execution, and this one is just exceptional. its a blend of all or most of the single hop series in different proportions, and the end result is magic. hazy light amber pour with two inches of lasting foam. the nose is super complex, all the oily bitterness of the different singles, but with a certain fruity vibe from all of them in combination. the flavor also has a lot happening, I can pick out the centennial for sure, and some citrusy notes from some of the others. the yeast that's been such a contributor to this series is also here again, dutifully performing its usual task. really bitter aftertaste, more so than any of the others that I can remember. crazy carbonation, really powerful, and the same fuller medium body that has typified this series. being a big mikkeller fan, and a lover of the single hop series, this beer has been a holy grail for me, one of my most wanted to try beers out there, and thanks to a close friend traveling through the Midwest, I was able to acquire one. not sure how fresh it was, not sure what he paid for it, but I have no complaints. this is special stuff. sort of a fitting exclamation mark on the whole single hop series, of which I still need to source a few more...

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Photo of brewskis
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rustic, darker orange color with a finger length of an off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a semi blanket of lacing on the top. Smells of resinous grass, almost cat piss-like, pine, grapefruit, orange, sweet pineapple and mango. Nice hop qualities but seem subdued due to age. A hint of breadiness and carmel show through as well. Taste is hard to describe with so much going on from the different hops. It starts with more of the bitter qualities of the hops like pine, resin, and a slight grapefruit that then leads into a creamy and sweet, bready malt backbone. Then the hops come back stronger with more complex flavors of pine, grass, tropical fruits, orange, grapefruit, resin, carmel, bready notes. High medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Pretty clean, yet bitter finish. Even being an older bottle, the hops still hold some complexity to them. I think they blend pretty well with one another. Decent offering from Mikkeller.

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