Hop Burn High | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

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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Photo of pixieskid
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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 peabody
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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 Slatetank
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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 stimulus
4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a six IPA tasting session. Listed as Double Imperial Pale Ale.
No freshness date, but I know this was released in February 2012.
Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a 1/2 finger white head.
S: Lots of bright citrus, marmalade, and floral hops. Great aroma.
T: Taste follows the aroma pretty well, with a sweet malt backbone balancing out a high level of bitterness.
M: Crisp, light bodied, and well carbonated.
O: Definitely the best of the tasting. Balance is key here, as with the Hopzilla. Too bad it may only be a one time release, and since it is a single 11.2 oz bottle, it certainly is overpriced like most of Mikkeller's beers.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
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 champ103
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
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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2.16/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a 10oz snifter for $7. Sampled 1/30/12.

A: Arrives with 1 finger of white head, foamy and bubbly, with average retention. Medium dark orange body with decent clarity and just a touch of haze. Thin ring for a collar. Slings of lace stick loosely to the glass.

S: Starts out with a burst of tropical fruit hop aromas and I begin to believe that I've found a fresh IPA from Mikkeller. That dream was replaced with reality just seconds later when the glorious aroma was overwhelmed or replaced with an excess amount of heavily rendered caramel. Butterscotch even.

T: I don't know if the hops have faded, if the grist was poorly designed, or if folks on the right side of the Atlantic like super caramelly IPAs...but this isn't for me. Orange and citrus were likely dominant at one point, but all I get are faded hops and caramel.

M: Smooth, nearly full-bodied flavor lasts long, sticking to the tongue and extending the sweetness well past what should have been a dry and bitter finish. Oily but not quite cloying.

O: "Hop Burn" doesn't really describe my experience; the flavor is actually very smooth, even though I'm not fond of it. I can't help but wonder why my experience was so different from the other 6 reviewers. Hell, I had it "fresher" than they did! Perhaps the bottles held up better than the kegs did?

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Photo of skotster13
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Purchased at Perry's Liquors (Livermore, CA)
A: Beautiful orange, tangelo colour. Thin head, little lace.
S: Nose of mandarin orange, tart hop.
T: Wonderful soft citrus on the palate. Juicy hop flavor with gentle bitterness.
M: Oily citrus hops. Bright explosion of tart and bitterness. Well balanced and focused on the mid-palate.
O: Delicious effort from Mikkeller, as always!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -33.2%
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.


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Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 aasher
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 oberon
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Dano420
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle in to my Mother Earth tulip glass. Retail price was $6.99 per.

Can't believe I'm the first person to review this beer...

A - Pours a beautiful hazy orange. 2 finger head dissipates slowly. Leaves some lacing, but not much sticks to the glass. Looks very nice.

Smell - Whoa. This beer smells unlike any IPA I can remember. Giant pine notes upfront. Smells like pine-oil resin. I can't recall a beer with so much piney smell right up front. Citrusy too, with plenty of grapefruit and orange, but all these other aromas take a back seat to the pungent pine.

Taste - Again, lots of pine, hop oils and citrus. The citrus is all grapefruit and orange. I'm getting some black pepper notes, too and a nice, bitter finish. It's very astringent. The 10% ABV is noticeable, but I'm O.K. with that. This beer is really bitter, and I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is very nice. Not too much, not too little. All the hop oils make this a rather oily-feeling beer. Smooth, but I'm afraid it might not be very drinkable. I only have one bottle, and I don't think I'd follow this one with another.

Overall - A really good beer, and certainly worth trying, simply because of the rather unusual smell and flavor (for an Imperial IPA). I don't think the drinkability is very high with this beer, and that keeps me from giving it any higher marks. It's a solid effort, and an interesting one. Give it a try.

Edit: Read somewhere that this beer was 300 IBU's. Would love some more information as it rolls in.

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Hop Burn High from Mikkeller ApS
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