Hop Burn Low
Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS
Pilsner - Imperial
3.84 | pDev: 13.28%
Oct 26, 2019
Jan 07, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: The same malts and hops were also used for the DIPA "Hop Burn High".
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Photo of aleigator
1.78/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by aleigator from Germany

Pours a filtered amber to orange color with a huge, pillowy head atop.

Smells of resinous lime, caramel and riper papaya.

Has a truly disgusting, burning and unbalanced mouthfeel, which makes it quite impossible to drink this.

Tastes of an old school iipa with all the typical flavors you would expect. The only interesting thing in this is, that all of them collide to an undrinkable mess, based on the beer‘s overly high abv and poor, scratchy, too hot mouthfeel.

This is the worst.

Oct 26, 2019
3.49 by DerekCarruth from Georgia on Dec 22, 2015
3.48 by ahommell from Mississippi on Apr 26, 2015
4 by artemh from Canada (AB) on Apr 16, 2015
Photo of sataylor888
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sataylor888 from California

A really good imperial lager. Everything about it reminds me of oranges and orange peel.

Apr 03, 2015
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Feb 17, 2015
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

10% imperial pale lager that pours a slightly hazed orange gold color. The aroma is of fresh citrus zest, green tea, apricot and honey. The flavor has more of the intense orange citrus note, substantial bready malt, but bitter. Alcohol is well hidden for a 10% imperial pils, but it's still there. Hop flavor is plentiful with semi tropical notes and some herbal elements. Full bodied, carbonated lager that is damn smooth. Another winner from Mikkeller, solid hoppy strong lager.

Dec 21, 2014
3.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 25, 2014
2.75 by NSXAG from Arizona on Nov 19, 2014
3.5 by Razonulzer from Ohio on Nov 12, 2014
4.12 by kguard from Iowa on Oct 28, 2014
4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Oct 15, 2014
4 by spycow from Illinois on Oct 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
by NightINgale from Russian Federation

330ml bottle poured into a globe-shaped snifter glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange body with a frothy though not very dense head.

S - Citrus notes, caramel, honey and some floral notes. My bottle is not super fresh, but the hoppy aroma is still there.

T - Starts hoppy right away, with juicy grapefruit, peach and lemon notes. The malty side is less apparent though still there: bread, honey, caramel. The finish is indeed lagerish, with dry bread notes and lemon zest. I like how the heavy hop bitterness is dwarfed by the aromatic side, and how the sweetness is balanced very well.

M - This is dangerously drinkable. At 10% ABV this barely tastes like 7-8%. The carbonation level is moderate, the mouthfeel is almost creamy; the bitterness is very strong yet does not linger for too long.

O - I have never had a bad beer from Mikkeller, but I have had some overrated ones. This beer is by no means overrated; in fact, I dare say this is way better than some reviewers make it sound like. Great drinkable IIPA brewed with lager yeast.

Oct 05, 2014
3.75 by Josh012012 from Minnesota on Oct 02, 2014
4 by HoppyBastard1 from Pennsylvania on Sep 10, 2014
3.25 by nickbman from Iowa on Aug 30, 2014
4 by BT_Bobandy from Ohio on Aug 07, 2014
3.25 by Mattias from Sweden on Jul 31, 2014
3 by Stillyman11 from California on Jul 15, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy yellow amber color with a reasonable amount of dingy white head and a rather sweet and rich aroma, concentrated pale malts and candied citrus/tropical fruits, orange, papaya, and peach with honey-like and brown sugar overtones and something else a bit more funky, almost like yeasty vitamin tablet. Does feature a power hop flavor that to my reckoning keeps up with that found in Hop Burn High, if anything the lemon, orange, red berry, salad green and camphorous spice flavors are even cleaner here despite the malts contributing ample sweetness. Rather boozy and here and there I get a solvent-like blast, although this does not overly detract from a lingering citrus peel (lime) and spicy hop finish. I do find myself enjoying the aroma more than the flavor per se. Rather thick bodied and carbonation is right where it needs to be, cutting the sweetness to some extent and lifting up the hops. I rather enjoyed this Hop Burn duo. Bold, spicy, rich, boozy beers well worth experiencing at least once.

Jul 05, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by errantnight from District of Columbia

This was probably a very good to excellent beer 6-9 months ago. Now, it's a touch flabby and starting to show its age through papery oxidative notes. The underlying base beer seems clean, firmly bitter with an emphasis on pine and grapefruit hop character. Still looks beautiful, a faint hint of amber in a golden hued brew with a nice finger of head and moderate lacing.

If I could get fresh, I'd drink again.

NOTE: this beer is in no way a pilsner. It's an IPA brewed with lager yeast, and has more in common with those. It is not an imperialized pilsner.

Jun 30, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jazzyjeff13 from England

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2019 (rather long for such a hoppy brew). Acquired a while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label calls it a double imperial pale lager, and the image is different from that pictured in the listing.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of overwhelming hop notes: pine, weed, grapefruit, citrus, white fruits, grass/hay and spice. These are underpinned by sweet malt and subtle earthy yeast, with a hint of warming booze in the background.

Tastes of exceptionally intense aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, vague white fruits, grass/hay, peppery spice, sweet malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a lingering hint of alcohol in the background. A robustly resinous bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good, creamy body. Hop oils tantalise the tastebuds and persist long after. Pretty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of spicy aromatic hops, leafy bitterness and sweet malt.

A veritable hop tsunami that does a number on your senses. Looks great, while the aroma offers a fantastic smorgasbord of hop notes backed up by malt. The flavour is equally intense but with a leafy, vegetal edge to the bitterness that detracts a little from the experience. Lovely body. A memorable brew, but not one I'd want to drink every day. It made me realise that it is possible to overdo the hops. Nonetheless, an impressive lager that is worth sampling if you really love lupulus.

Jun 09, 2014
4 by heytomcat from Minnesota on May 07, 2014
4.75 by rogerdandy from Canada (AB) on May 06, 2014
3.25 by jzlyo from Iowa on May 01, 2014
3.5 by Stum-pub from Connecticut on Mar 26, 2014
4 by afsdan from Colorado on Mar 21, 2014
Photo of trentbent
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by trentbent from New York

First Mikkeller for me. I was never sure which one to buy and always sure I couldn't afford any of them. But I'm glad I finally found one I couldn't resist by description. The bottle I have is different than the label in the picture here, it has a green label with a paper cut-out looking picture of a hop nugget in a fry pan.

A- orange cloudy peachy. S- orange, peach, cream. T- malty, creamy, lemon, aggressive, orange (but not blatant orange). M- again, creamy, aggressive, the alcohol burn at the back of the tongue and then a hop presence leftover on the tongue. O-I'm really glad I finally got a Mikkeller. I was thinking of getting a coffee IPA the other day but I couldn't part with my precious $16. I recommend this one. It's a bit of a mess but one can't stop drinking it for how rewarding it is with flavors galore.

Mar 21, 2014
4 by Poupae from Thailand on Mar 06, 2014
3.75 by tbryan5 from Louisiana on Feb 03, 2014
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jan 26, 2014
3.75 by Mplsbrew from Minnesota on Jan 16, 2014
4 by jaydoc from Kansas on Dec 14, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by tmzl from Slovenia

Look: hazy yellow/amber. Very nice carbonation. Foam billowy with different sized bubbles, nice retention to white stable cover with few islands. Random lacing.

Smell: Pine, citrus zest, grapefruit - very IPA-ish hops. It's also alcohol spicy with some hints of sweet malt, caramel and toffee.

Taste: quite strong and aggressive hop taste of pine, grapefruit and lemon. It continues to medium sweet malts and then again to an aggressive followup of clean sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, medium body with dry finish. There is some warming from the high alcohol content.

Overall: a more aggressive than your typical IPL beer. Mix of crisp lager and DIPA with strong focus on bitterness. Still an interesting, drinkable and solid beer.

Nov 27, 2013
4 by DarthGuitarHero from Minnesota on Nov 25, 2013
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Nov 14, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of sweet caramel malts along with a moderate amount of bitterness. The alcohol is rather well hidden from the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a little clean and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Compared to the Imperial Pale Lagers (IPLs) I've had, this one tastes the most like an IPA and the only discernable difference is that it isn't as crisp.

Aug 11, 2013
4 by smithj4 from New York on Aug 11, 2013
3.75 by lonewolfcry from Minnesota on Jul 28, 2013
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