Hop Burn Low | Mikkeller ApS

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Hop Burn LowHop Burn Low

Brewed by:
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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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at KnB wines near San Diego for $5.99 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. I had Hop Burn High but don't remember how I felt about it. Mikkeller is my favourite brewery in the world so expectations are high, but then again his brighter beers tend to be mundane compared to his darker ones. 10% ABV confirmed. Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

My label differs from that on the site currently. It depicts a hop in a pan over a hob stove burner.

Paired with pretzels.

Pours without beer upsurging or any other issues.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger light khaki colour head of some nice cream, pretty good thickness, and very good retention considering the high ABV. It retains fora good three minutes at least. Lacing is poor. Body colour is a bright hazy copper hold; nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style, but there's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Heavy oily hops. Pine, some floral character, light citrus (grapefruit, if anything). Heavy butterscotch; in fact butterscotch is overwhelmingly dominant. I don't suspect diacetyl. It's a pleasant aroma. Moderate to strong. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T/Mf: Heavy heavy butterscotch. It's definitely dominant here. A very dry coarse finish bombs the mouthfeel, but in its early acts it's nicely smooth, wet, and even a bit creamy. I don't like the sudden change in texture, but it's consistently thick throughout yet light on the palate and almost refreshing (if not for that pesky finish). Some light oily hops, light pine, mild hop bitterness (well balanced and disguised), and floral character. Tropical hop flavour - maybe mango or even pineapple - is dominant among the hops. Very little hops come through for the style. Clean malts comprise the backbone. Maybe one of the least traditionally hoppy beers in the style I've had. No yeast or alcohol comes through - an achievement at this ABV. Not subtle or particularly complex, but unusual for the style.

I've never tasted butterscotch so much in a beer. There're even hints of butter pecan ice cream.

Dr: I guess I like it; I just despise the third act. If it kept its course through the end, it'd be much better (and much more drinkable). As it stands, it's notable for hiding its alcohol quite well. But I wouldn't want another one of these; it's going to be rough finishing the bottle quickly. Dries my mouth out so much. I wouldn't get this again, but as far as Mikkel's IPAs go, this one isn't bad.


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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of errantnight
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ahommell
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a small head.
Nose shows juicy tropical fruits, grapefruit and floral notes.
Also some clean malt and caramel.
Flavours include piny notes, alcohol, some soft tropical fruit. Seems a little harsh, especially in the finish.
Too much carbonation.

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3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thick, pillowy white head.

S: Aromas of lemon, lime, biscuits, caramel, herbs, grass, and bitter orange fill the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, biscuits, caramel, herbs, grass, bitter orange, kumquat, minerals, and grapefruit assault the palate. The finish is punchy and bitter with notes of herbs and tart citrus underscored by alcohol.

M: Relatively full in body, dryish, and firm. Carbonation is active. Alcohol presence is initially restrained, but becomes pronounced on the finish. This is one that is definitely capable of knocking you flat.

O: I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Sure, this is a rather solid imperial pilsner, but compared to some others (Southern Tier's Krampus, Rogue's Morimoto, Mikkeller's Draft Bear), it is relatively nondescript. I mean the flavors don't really separate for any length of time and there seems to be little integration of malt and hop flavors. All in all, I think what I'm getting at is that there just isn't a ton of depth here. If you're a diehard hophead you'll likely enjoy this lager, but it's not really doing anything for me.

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3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly hazy straw with a finger of white head that settles leaving a bit of soapy lace.

Hints of honey in the aroma with a strong scent of pine hops. Pleasant aroma but seems to be far from what I expect from a pilsner. Toasted malts on the pallet with a big pine hop flavor and a little bit of honey sweetness in the background.

The body is sticky and full with lingering flavors. Overall this is pretty tasty but seems more like a hoppy pale than a pilsner.

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Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 330ml into a tulip. Holdbar til 04/04/16.

Slightly darker orange, unfiltered with a finger or two of white head. Nose has some pungent citrus, big caramel malt character and a smidgen of pils malt. Slightly spicy hops, and a touch of alcohol. Taste has a load of sweet, caramelly malt. Bitter citrus hopping and slight pils malt. Bitter, spicy and drying finish. A little more alcohol. A big beer, perhaps more than I bargained for this eve - almost like an American style BW. Interesting nonetheless, and a style tick.

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Hop Burn Low from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 74% out of 100 with 96 ratings
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