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Hop Burn High | Mikkeller ApS

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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:
The same malts and hops were also used for the imperial pilsner "Hop Burn Low".

Added by bark on 12-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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130
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
23.51%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Blue Monk. Cloudy grapefruit coloured body, with a good amount of head and lace. Hoppy aroma. Grapefruit and orange citrus taste. Big IBU but not a palate eraser, though a big astringent. Not bad as a double IPA, though not overly complex. Good drinkability.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bigtime IBUs in an ipa that is good, but maybe not quite up to some of the others he makes. this one was just under 7 bucks for an 11.2oz. bottle. pours hazy pale yellow in color, straw shade, with a lively and patchy white whispy head. the nose is really hoppy, oily to the point where it almost smells more sweet than bitter, and as per usual mikkeller, quite yeasty for an ipa, like breakfast biscuits on the malt. flavor is all hops up front and in the back. piney and sappy up front, bitter and concentrated in the finish. in the middle is a very light grain presence, maybe some wheat in here, and a bright belgian yeast with lots of pep. excellent carbonation and a bigger than medium body, and there is indeed a hop burn to this. its almost caustic to smell aggressively, and just as intense to hold in the mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. not sure how this effect is achieved, but this beer is as advertised for sure. i thought it wasnt as balanced or drinkable as some of mikkellers other ipas, but like everything he makes, it was an experience.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a solid malt foundation and absurd collage of hops, Mikkeller continues to beat beer drinkers over their heads with the same reckless and abused recipe that make them so coveted and famous.

The beer pours with a solidly hazed copper-meets-amber hue. It's rich viscosity slowly releases an oddly appealing yellowish head that's moussey-thick, stubbornly retained, and ideally laced.

The sharp hop aromas span the gamut of all-things-lupulin with a muddling of grapefruit, pine, grass and wood. Firm malt underpinnings nearly balance the hoppy nose with toffee, dough, and biscuit. It's certainly a richly scented yet hop forward ale.

Dense malt flavors start with robust toffee sweetness, but soon introduces yeasty light bread, biscuit, and doughy taste to the fold. Estery with fruit flavors of apple, appricot, pear, and mangoes creates a supple bridge between the robust malts and the intensifying hops to come. Deeply embedded hop flavors reveal everything that hops can: grapefruit pulp and pith, orange peel, fresh cut grass, mulled earthen herbs, vegital matter, pine resin gain the attention of the taste buds at mid palate and develops into a minty resin bitterness late. With so much hop variety, the beer seems muddled and suffers from loss of focus.

Richer than usual, the textures of the beer remain robust and even heavy as the creamy ale rests weightedly on the tongue. Finishing semi-dry, even the millions of hops and ten percent strength can't fully dry the beer from hearty malt dextrins and sweetness. Instead the beer concludes with a sticky resin character of pine sap and vegetative hop astringency.

With it's high malt character and fullness, the grains don't allow the beer to celebrate hop character to its fullest. With seemingly endless hop additions, the beer goes all directions at once and confuses the palate as much as it satisfies it. It does what all Mikkeller IPAs do, as if you've had one then you might as well have had them all.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served in a L'achouffe chalice at Accent Lounge, enjoyed in my big-ass corner table (it's a rather quiet, um, afternoon here.)

This beer appears a somewhat muddled medium golden amber hue, with one thick finger of dense, creamy beige head, which takes its time sinking away, leaving a nice array of webbed grotto lace around the glass.

It smells of heavy biscuity caramel/toffee confectionery, orange cream, some further brown sugar, and heady piney, leafy hops. The taste is sweet bready caramel malt, kind of doughy, yet with toasted biscuit notes in there too, all rather unusually overwhelming for that pungent citrus and pine hoppiness lurking at the fringes. A slight booze astringency simmers menacingly below.

The bubbles seem more or less AWOL, just barely registering a blip here and there, the body showing a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and smooth in that caramel pudding manner (once a jigger or two of brandy has been surreptitiously added). It finishes on the sweet side of Caramel Toffee City, tempered a wee bit by a persistent biscuit/cracker breadiness, and of course those tamped down, bitter citrus and forest floor hops.

A surprisingly quaffable DIPA, given the tremendous up-front sugary slant. However, the hops pull a respectable Rudy, aided by one of the most understated, but still influential 20-proof dances that I have yet encountered. Recommended, but my God, do get somethin' salty to nosh on whilst enjoying it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My label implies this beer is called "Hop Burn Hi" (not "Hop Burn High"). 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles, California, and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high since Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world.

Paired with popcorn. Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side poured without any additional vigor as I don't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a two finger head of no real cream, terrible thickness, and good retention considering the ABV. Beer colour is a murky semitransparent copper.

Sm: Fairly skunky hops. Definitely oily ones. Light hop-induced citrus. Moderately fresh. A moderate strength aroma. Quite clean.

T: Oily hops are rampant atop clean malts, with a lot of hop bitterness coming through untamed on the backend. No alcohol comes through, which is an achievement given the high ABV. Light citrus comes through only barely. It's clean and fairly fresh. The balance is decent; I just wish the bitterness was better controlled. Built to style.

Mf: Oily from the hops. Smooth and wet. Thin, especially for the style. Not as full as I'd like. Complements the flavours generally.

Dr: Drinkable, especially for the ABV, but the quality is limited. The ABV is very well concealed. I might try it on draught, but it's not great, especially compared to Russian River's beers in this style. Mikkel didn't manage to improve on Vinny's work, at least not with this beer.

A disappointment from me favourite brewery.

C-

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed burnt orange tinged golden with a sticky one finger white head atop,great lacing and form to the head.Big grapefruit rind in the nose just really fresh and it jumps out at ya,light herb and sweetish alcohol round out the nose.Grapefruit-like hops and sharp bittering hops dominate the palate with sweet alcohol as well,it's sweet but not as in your face sweet as many of the style.It's sticky and sharp like an imperial ipa should be,it's not to sweet just a great beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hop Burn Hi thanks to tb 69 for sharing this -enjoyed from a shaker chilled.

The color is hazy golden with an amber shade and thick foamy 3 finger cap with average bead. the lace sticks very well. The look is almost oily in the glass. The smell is very floral with some apricot and mild tangerine notes with a pronounced caramel malt odor. There is a slight hint of alcohol in the aroma, but pretty fragrant from hop oils. The feel is the least pleasant part of this, not bad, just a little too focused on bitter with a masking quality from sweet malt which is sticky and even though it finishes slightly warm is not all that harsh in the finish, just a mix of sweet and bitter.

The taste has a light grapefruit and mild tinge of spice with leafy hops giving a more earthy than citrus flavor although both are present. The caramel malt adds a sweetness to cushion some of the bitterness which is plentiful yet there is a light fruitiness from the yeast that adds to the hoppy citrus tanginess. I liked this pretty well although more than 1 may not be wise. I think it is a good beer for what it is however it is not the best Imperial Ipa since I prefer a little less sweetness and less bitterness with more focus on hop flavor.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a white head. The aroma has some nice grapefruit and apricot notes, as well as a touch of biscuit malt. The flavor is similar, with a lot of oranges and other tropical fruit coming through. The bitterness is fairly low, but the hop flavor really shines. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer just arrived in Indianapolis a little over a week ago. It pours a light bodied tangerine orange in color with a soapy one finger head that turns to a lacing pretty quickly. The nose is pretty bitter with a lot of fresh hoppiness yet also a good amount of malt to balance it out. The flavors begin with a citrusy, bitter hop profile with an off dry finish with an increased bitterness. It's kind of hard to explain. It's just full of bitter hops. It drinks pretty smoothly and the alcohol isn't present at all. Overall this is a decent DIPA but isn't well rounded or complex enough for me to rate any higher than a 4.0.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense amber toned orange with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a lively cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of pine, herbs, hop resin, cut wood, and sugary sweetness.
Taste is of the aromas with a bitter blast along the palate that is abrasive at first and eases into a bitter grapefruit and sugary blend of citrus and resin.
Mouthfeel is medium- full bodied with a chewy sugary mix of citrus, cookies, and herbs lingering in the swallow.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Barely hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is grapefruit hops and caramel that are balanced, higher ABV is hidden, lingering bitter aftertaste. Very similar to a Double IPA (label has imperial pale lager). $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold to amber under a finely bubled 3” cream colored foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Grassy, citrusy hop aromas with caramel malt in the background.
T: Rich malt palate seasoned with light fruit with long lingering bitter aftertastes.
F: Very creamy medium body with fine, soft carbonation.
O: Big flavored beer with a nice balance.

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Photo of dgilks
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden amber colour with a small, white head. Fair head retention.

Rich malt aroma backed up with a ton of citrus. This stuff is dank.

Malty sweet fading into a citrussy, slightly tropical hop flavour. Lots of bitterness. A big, hoppy beer. Possibly a little one-dimensional.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth.

A lovely DIPA. Big malt and hop flavour.

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Photo of champ103
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nearly clear golden/orange color. A massive head forms that rises to over three fingers. Rings of sticky lace are left behind.
S: Tropical fruits of peaches, pears, even apples. Some honey like sweetness. A lingering bitterness that is a bit harsh.
T: Starts out with some tropical fruits that I like. Then, immediately changes to bitter resinous pine. A harsh bitterness. Then some burnt caramel malt and even some honey sweetness. Though finishes with some more harsh bitterness that lingers on forever, and some alcohol.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, but resinous and syrupy. Finishes like tree sap. Way to much alcohol to be enjoyable. Along with the harsh bitterness, this is a chore to drink.

A mess of flavors along with to much harsh bitterness and alcohol. Not something I care to come back to.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows pine, peach, lychee, soft alcohol and sweet clean malt.
Flavours are sweet at first with lots of clean malt after which a piny assault enters with accompanying bitterness. Very well balanced.
Could could be a little lighter.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head In the aroma, a small orange citrus, small gingerbread like malt, and a small note of alcohol. In the taste, a sweet orange citrus hop and a small alcohol burn, like remnants of a shot. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus and a small alcohol flavor in the aftertaste. Quite boozy and faint nose and flavor.

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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a huge white head that hangs around the top as a thick cap for the duration and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma is aggressively hoppy with a combination of white grapefruit, pineapple and pine resin. There is a sweet maltiness that emerges after the initial blast of hops.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma, at least in terms of the juicy citrus, which is lacking in the taste. The bitterness takes on a more abrasive, boozy feel in the taste with the citrus being more subtle. Little bit of caramel malts in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and pretty sticky on the palate with soft carbonation.

This one started out great with look and even smell but I don't think the taste is well integrated enough for this to be considered great. Tasty but not one I'll revisit.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange colour, cloudy. Head is whispy, white, specks of lace. Not bad.

Smells hoppy, somewhat salty. Resinous, woody, touch of peach. Some sweetness, touch of savoury. OK.

Taste is pleasant. Sticky caramel notes with pineapple, peach and a touch of pine resin. Pink pepper on back, wood resin some cloves even. Pleasant enough, but fairly generic with the hop complexity and not much else.

Bit of a dry feel, quite warm, but smooth texture.

Not bad, drinks OK for the strength.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store just got this in recently, and since I've already tried Mikkeller Hop Burn Low, I figured I would try this one out as well. Label is pretty much the same, only the oven notch is turned toward HI instead of LO this time around. "Double Imperial Pale Ale".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just over a finger of creamy khaki head. Body pours a light straw lemon color; burnt sienna orange in the glass with some brown highlights from all the dark chunky yeast sediment lurking in there. Some spotty lacing clinging to the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of creamy caramelized malt, fresh squeezed hop oils, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, some creamy earthy wood character, maybe some hints of vanilla & shredded coconut, and some yeast presence. Typical Mikkeller. Nice.

T - Ahh yes, this is delicious, even for an IPA that is on the old side. Lots of sweet creamy caramel malts, toffee, vanilla. Hop bitterness is noticeable, but the candied sweetness takes over before the hops can strike you in full effect. Maybe a bit faded, but still delicious. Earthy wood character buried in there.

M - Feel is smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Some resinous hop bitterness and toffee malts hanging out on the palate.

Overall, another quite enjoyable beer from Mikkeller. I feel as if a lot of his IPA creations are eerily similar to one another, with a few slight deviations each time, but everytime I enjoy them. No actual "hop burn" or alcohol heat detectable, even with a powerful 10.00% abv. Definitely recommended if it is available to you.

Mikkeller Hop Burn High ---4/5.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its been a long night and after hearing some bad news i still want to review this and it pours a hazy light orange hue with a fluffy three finger head and similar lacing everywhere,the smell is apricot,pineapple and i mean strong pineapple,mangoes and all the other ingredients of a tropical fruit salad love it,the mouthfeel is medium bodied lightly carbonated and silky smoothy with tastes of pineapple at the forefront and wow its like pineapple juice with mangoes,paw paw,valencia oranges,lychees and finished just like a tropical fruit salad with only a touch of bitterness and overall i love this the ABV is well hidden and its like a fruit punch bowl beer and id drink this all night cheers.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Grapefruit, orange, tropical, citrus, pine, grassy, and lightly spicy hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, lemon and orange zest, some booze.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, grassy, and lightly spicy malt, some resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, lemon and orange zest, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Nice hoppy DIPA. Great hop profile and bitterness throughout.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a Mikkeller tap takeover at the Beer Revolution in Calgary (from notes)
A - hazy golden orange, one finger of light tan head that looked fairly creamy and held it own, left solid lacing
S - floral and grassy with some grapefruit, with biscuit and brown sugar in the background with faint booziness
T - toffee and bread maltiness are quickly overtaken by hop flavours of grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and pine resin, ending with a sweet-heat boozy kick
M - leaning on the heavier side of medium, fairly creamy start with a resiny character, dry's out somewhat with the alcohol heat and hops
O - it a big beast for sure, somewhat surprised at the heartiness of it for a high octane DIPA, but it ends up being pretty well balanced for the style

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Photo of peabody
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out straw yellow to amber with two fingers of slightly off-white creamy suds. Alcohol legs.
Smell is fresh citrus and furniture polish. Malts and sugar adorn the aroma along with the alcohol.
Taste is a dirty mix of malt sugar and grapefruit rind. Alcohol is the big flavor here.
Mouthfeel is sticky but it does finish clean except for the booze.
Overall not bad but could be much better with some more fresh hops and a little less alcohol.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bad boy up at ølbutikken while in Copenhagen this past week for the CBC...crazy label, decent enough price, figured fuck it.

Pours a very typical but beautiful grapefruit orange with a nice 2 finger white head.

Nose; honestly pretty subdued at first but then it hits you. Tangerines, floral and citrus hops, with a touch of grassiness...not bad after all.
Taste; same as the nose, subdued but rounded at first and then the complexity pulls through. Nice melding of floral, citrus, and even some tropical fruits. Mid way there is a refreshing mint like quality that leads into a strong citrus bite and a lingering grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is excellent, slick yet somewhat crisp, nice even carbonation.

Overall; diggin' it. It's subtle at first (which the label is far from) but overall a great DIPA.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle (cute label) poured into a tulip glass. A dark orange-bronze hue with the typical Mikkeller rich and creamy beige head, and an assertive aroma of bitter, spicy hop oils and resins, fresh cut grass, citrus preserves, grape juice, and rather sweet doughy malts. On the palate these malts taste much like those found in an imperial pilsener (which makes sense given the Hop Burn Hi and Hop Burn Lo "dyad" concept being delivered here), notably doughy and grainy but with some co-occurring caramel/toffee and molasses notes. The hops are all over the map in terms of flavor specifics but pungent and forceful across the board. Nectarine, lemon, pomegranate, currant, unripe pear, bitter salad green, and tangerine are discernible but only if one is willing to plumb past the overall massive sharp spice onslaught. This really does heat up the mouth a little, presumably due to the sheer volume of oils and resins present, although interestingly enough the beer comes off less bitter than the massive IBU rating might suggest: The malts are sweet and there is some noticeable yeasty character as well. Still, its pretty darn bitter. Rather thick of body and low in carbonation, with a finish that includes some sour fruit and spice flavors along with a ton of green weedy bitterness. Its a heady, flavorsome, and interesting ride, this. The expected citrus and tropical flavors were decidedly downplayed in favor of a more homogenized weedy, peppercorn-like, piney spiciness. Mikkeller does not seem to do an IPA or DIPA that truly showcases the hops at the expense of the malts ... The latter always manage to keep up. This is OK by me. Here, however, on this occasion, the hops really do provide some burn.

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Hop Burn High from Mikkeller ApS
3.87 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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