Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale | Mikkeller ApS

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Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale AleHop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bark on 10-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
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0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:single finger head with lots of lacing and good retention on a golden with slight amber hue clear body.

S: very sweet citrus mostly, cinnamon notes. A little boozy.

T: Very piney with almost a barleywine like note. The booze are fairly strong with this one. Spicey notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Oily.

Overall: A little too sour and sharp for my tastes. The booze eclipse the hops somewhat. A good try but not memorable for the genre.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a copper colored brew with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is quite nice, lots of lively hops on the nose giving off some floral and citrus notes. The taste of the beer is what I was expecting... With a name like Hop Burn I thought maybe there would be some pepper brewed into this one. I wasn't picking up any if their was. The flavors were sweet and bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel has that unique Mikkeller thickness to it. It had a smooth feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall it's another killer IPA from Denmark. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a two finger head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The foam recedes fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Strong, fruity hops with notes of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front with a hint of toffee and lots of pungent hops. Notes of pineapple and mango in the middle with more toffee and a bit of toasted malt. Finishes with pine, mango, grapefruit and lots of bready malt flavor, balanced by moderate bitterness.

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

D - Very nice hop character with a well suited and restrained malt profile. The malt manages to be both thick and unassuming in that it leaves plenty of room for the hops to take center stage. The aroma is nicely done and the hop flavor comes through in a comparable way. Overall, a well balanced and hop forward DIPA that stood out as part of a tasting full of hop centered beers.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing me a bottle of this.

A - orange with a thick, white head that fades to a thin lacing

S - piny, earthy, alcohol

T - spicy, piny, earthy, herbal, faintly citrus - whole spectrum of hops; faint bready malt in the finish

M - warm, medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a pretty solid DIPA. Most of the burn comes from the alcohol. It's definitely hoppy and hits the whole range of hops. It has a decent amount of malt character in the finish and is balanced. Hop heads will really enjoy this.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale. 10% ABV. Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Clouded, dark amber, nearly crimson, creamy white head, lasts long as a tight ring, very attractive and inviting.

Aroma: big, pungent, pine and citrus, a bitter bombast. Fat, juicy, bitter, dry, and fabulous.

Taste: Bam! Vast, fierce, enormous, gigantic. Tasty malt, overblown by an attack of bitter hoppiness. Boom, boom, boom, Bamtastic! Astringency emerges. Alcoholic heat surges. Bitterness dominates. Tense, terse, tangy. A very ending of this, rolling brittle off the tongue. Bitter orange and lemon, with a side of aspirin.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange with a 1" head. Huge lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: citrus and a sharp hop bitterness cuts through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, pears, big grapefruit flavors, sharp bitterness, and a mild alcohol tone creates a well balanced DIPA.

Mouthfeel : medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a dry finish. Long lasting aftertaste dominated by the bitterness.

Overall: a nicely refreshing and easy drink big DIPA. Definitely worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up tonight at the COOP for a little bit less than $4... sounded good at the time... poured into my little CC goblet... fantastic white head with great retention and lacing.... clear orange brew.

Nose is a citrus fruit bowl.. tangerine and pink grapefruit.. nice pale malt element that pulls the hops up and out of the glass.

Not as bitter as most DIPA's... I dig that... again the hops are flowing.. yummy.. lingering citrus note with pale malt sweetness on the finish.

Body is a good medium with plenty of carbonation that still remains small bubble and a bit creamy... surprising how much I liked this one.

4.5/4/4/4/4

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very hoppy smell, with a lot of citrus thrown in as well.

T: Tasted primarily of hops - lots of hops - along with some malt, grapefruit, pine, and a little lemon. A robust, complex, powerful flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, yet bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made, focused, incredibly hoppy beer. This is one of the few European-made DIPAs that actually gets the style right. Very drinkable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Stamped 9121203 on the cap. I suspect that this is the same beer as the Hop Burn High? The dial on the stove is turned to high.

A: Light head. Dark, murky amber. Barely translucent.

S: Big, sweet caramel malt hits first, quickly followed by enormous hops of the less-piny-more-oniony C variety. Delicious.

T: Mm, good, but lightly unassuming. Big, of course, with a soft grapefruit initial taste and a healthy dose of lemon peel. Bitter and hoppy with moderate balance and sweet, almost fruity malt. The citrus (peel) dominates the taste.

M: Solid, lightly carbonated, spicy, and lingeringly/awesomely hoppy-bitter.

O: I do love DIPAs and this is no exception. Highly recommended and immensely drinkable. Smells lightly garlicky, but tastes like bitter-dry grapefruit,

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Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of hilgart1
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of trevorpost
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of popery
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours orange tinged with gold and topped by a mass of off-white bubbles. The head sticks around for quite awhile, coating the glass with pretty lace as I drink.

The aroma is all hops. Big on grapefruit rind with a bit of pine. There's also some lemon and pineapple in the mix. Touches of spice around the edges. It's aggressive but not terribly complex.

Sweet, sugary malt up front. Citric hop flavors show up soon after. A little pepper. Dries out towards the close. The finish lingers, hoppy and bitter. Booze is fairly well-hidden beneath the bitterness.

Medium carbonation. Light to medium body. Slightly harsh with alcohol and bitterness. Some hop oiliness.

It's a nice enough DIPA, but I expected a bit more from Mikkeller. This one just doesn't pull me in. It takes a lot to stand out from the pack in this style, and this beer isn't particularly notable for me. It drinks smaller than its abv, and I probably would have guessed the abv to be ~8%, but that doesn't really add points to its score.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into 10oz glass at Mugs in Brooklyn. Hazy golden almost turning slightly orange color with a finger of white head. Smell is piney grapefruit hops, but big malty nose. Taste is of serious hop - seems like a big IBU number here, but its almost muted by an aggressive malt bill. Very bready - almost Alt-like. Its a very easy drinker especially for the abv. Overall, this is a rollercoaster for me...looks ok, smells amazing, taste is ok, easy drinker...while its a good brew, I just dont think id ever get again ($$$).

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Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy amber-orange color with a very thick, chunky head; lots of particulates (yeast and/or hops?). Very malty, very caramel-like aroma interspersed with hints of orange and other citrus notes. Rich and smooth combo of chewy malts and pleasant hop bittering; underlying alcohol burn. Clean mouthfeel, medium bodied, dry finish.

Another blockbuster brew from northern Europe. Pretty nicely balanced yet still sporting a distinctive hop sharpness and bite. The high ABV blends nicely with the malt and hops. Want to try a hardcore, hoppy ale? This one will let you know what can be done with packing in the hops...I wouldn't consider this a truly standout example of big, hoppy beers, but it ain't no slouch, either...

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Photo of ckollias
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving a decent trail and semi wispy lace.

S: Sweet malty aroma – almost barely-wine like with a decent hoppy profile.

T: Strong alcoholic malty flavor – again reminding me of a barley wine, slightly hoppy – but more malt than hops.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation

O: Decent brew – more balanced to the malt than hops

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Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Ale from Mikkeller ApS
3.97 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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