Hop Burn Low | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The same malts and hops were also used for the DIPA "Hop Burn High".

Added by bark on 01-07-2012

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of fmccormi
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 11.2oz pry-off bottle to a tall, fluted glass (Ommegang 2011 giftpack flute). No clear dating here, though there is a printed code on the cap which could be a bottling date (“9131112”). I’m going to be super optimistic and say that this might have been bottled on March 11, 2012. Glass is at least half full, right? (Literally.)

Appearance (4.0): This bastard has quite an aggressive head, charging out of the gate with a solid four fingers of foam the color of custard. It dies down slowly, leaving a rocky head, a few decent-sized splotches of lace, and rings of foam as the body diminishes. Speaking of which, the body is a burnt orange-gold, hazy but not chalky. Great-looking beer!

Smell (4.5): Very dank, citrusy, and . . . minty? Yeah I think this smells kind of minty. It’s great though, a really nice addition here. Nice red grapefruit flesh scent, and a very noticeable but not overpowering biscuity scent—like fresh bread. This smells great!

Taste (5.0): Again, the minty character comes as a very welcome surprise: that herbal character meshes very well with the piney, dank character that follows. Some definitely noticeable booze is in here, too, but I’m okay with it. It is 10% ABV, after all. The hops charge into the finish, with a very strong herbal / piney character—sucking on a pinecone at the end, and it just doesn’t quit. It plays well with the slightly chalky, medicinal character that lager yeast can lend. The bready, pale malts blend in well in the background, giving the hops something to cling to without commanding much attention. It’s nice, very well executed. Honestly, I don’t know what more I could ask for, from the style.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium- to full-bodied, leaning towards full-. The carbonation is perfect here: subtle at first, but it turns aggressive and tingly soon after without ever becoming coarse. Body is a bit syrupy and oily, but finishes extremely dry, no doubt partly thanks to the ABV.

Overall (4.5): This was one of the very few occasions that I’ve given something a five on the “taste” part of a review. This was awesome, just great, and I want some more. Really dug the mint character in the hop profile, too. Price and dating issues will prevent me from spending too much on Mikkeller, but knowing that the guy’s capable of this kind of stuff, I’m going to be making the leap a bit more often from now on. Highly recommended, if it’s likely to be fresh.

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Photo of Brad007
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, not often that I get to be the first to review something from Mikkeller.

Pours a sexy golden color with a voracious foaming head into my glass. Wow. This one is bold.

All I can think of at first is hop juice with a good focus on pine resin and something that must be mango (citra or nelson sauvin in here?). Not much of the pils underneath.

Flavor is much the same. Packs a very nice hop punch full of mango, grapefruit and pear flavors. The malt underneath is there to facilitate the flawless movement of flavor through the taste buds.

Lip-smacking bitterness that consists of faintly buttered malt with mango and grapefruit characteristics.

Thumbs up! I'm glad I took the chance on this!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. ½ pint glass. Orangish amber in color, foggy appearance. Yellowish white, rocky, well retention crown. Copious collars. Subtle caramel malt, resins, tropical fruits & grapefruit notes both in flavor & aromas. Sharp, but gentle, bitterness in the middle lingers into the finish. Oily, flavorful, creamy palate. Full body, extra-soft carbonation. Refreshing, delightful. ABV is not annoying at all.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Cap stamped 9131112.

A: No head tops this clearish amber ale. Sticky lace.

S: Mmmm, delicious. Hop cones dripping with oil and tropical fruits. Sweet caramel malts and stern alcohol.

T/M: Herm. Intriguing. Loads of wet, fruity hops, but the lager yeast gives it an contrapuntal dryness and tang that is somewhat disconcerting. That said, the more I drink, the more I like it. The strength is hidden well, and this tastes for all the world like a extra-juicy pale ale. There is a tinge of odd bitterness or yeastiness that I dislike, but this fades to be replaced by grapefruit peel and a lingering acidity.

O: Not so obviously delicious as Hop Burn High, but subtler and more interesting. I like this series (duo?) a lot and would highly recommend the pair.

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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - fully hazy golden orange, solid head slowly dissipated to thick random islands, lots of random lacing
S - big hits of toffee and booze, spicy and herbal hop notes, light fruit
T - pleasant notes of pepper and herbal hops up front, more subtle citrus and pine, toffee malt, there is a mild refreshing mint like flavour, very complex and tasty with just a hint of boozy sweetness at the end
M - lightish body with decent carbonation, finishes with a medium pleasant bitter, no sign of the high octane
O - this is a great example of a high octane IPA (obviously categorized wrong), the hop flavour mix is outstanding and it is dangerously drinkable

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Sweet pilsner, grainy, and lightly caramel malts, grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, some lager yeast, and a bit of booze.

T - Grapefruit, tropical, orange, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, lots of resiny bitterness, sweet pilsner, pilsner, bready, and light caramel malts, lager yeast, and some booze.

M - Full-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, warming, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Nice hoppy imperial pilsner. Nice hop profile and bitterness throughout.

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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale coppery gold liquid with three fingers of thick rocky foam that leaves copious lacing. Very attractive. Smells of pine cones and hay, crackers and slightly sweet. Taste is pungent pine resin, fresh cut grass, earthy spice, flaky biscuit, subtle sweetness. Medium body holds together well with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. I really didn't know what to expect based on the label. A very nice double pilsner.

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Hop Burn Low from Mikkeller ApS
3.94 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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