Hop Burn Low | Mikkeller ApS

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Hop Burn LowHop Burn Low

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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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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy coloured body. The good bitterness, with complex hops and orange juicy citrus is up front and immediate. Malting pretty good too. Fuller mouthfeel. In your face like a double IPA. Very tasty, good drinkability for a high a.b.v. and it may not have been had it had more aggressive US hops. Recent cellar of Blue Monk.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - craggy, low-rent label imagery, reminiscent of local punk show posters.

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of dense, bubbly, foamy dirty beige head, which leaves a consistent, awesome honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bitter citrus rind, sweet grainy pale malt, a subtle caramel/toffee sugary character, some herbal, grassy hops, and a bit of edgy booziness. The taste is rather bitter, astringent pine and citrus hops, bready, grainy malt, with a touch of caramel, some herbal, grassy notes, a bit of mineral steeliness, and a softly threatening alcohol tendency.

The bubbles, they be smart, and generally on the down low, the body a slightly askew medium weight, and smooth, if your idea of a hot tub is north of 100. It finishes well off-dry, as the overwrought malt holds fast, barely outpacing those stubborn outsourced hops, seemingly stolen from the local IPA, all keeping their head above that pool of simmering booze.

One of the strangely more agreeable versions of the style, the grand uptick in hopitude perhaps distracting me from the normal alcohol heat problems that I normally seem so pissy about. Anyways, this is verily a DIPA, but without the big caramel sweetness, for which you apparently have to switch over to the Hop Burn High to experience. I have, and it's a somewhat more full-on affair, I have to say, but one which should take very little away from this particular incarnation, which has much to offer all on its own.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry and citrusy hops is dominant with dry caramel malt base quite discreet. Taste is also dominated by herbal hops notes with quite dry notes and a medium citrusy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The description is spot on with hops being the dominant flavour and honestly I could not have known that this was lager if it wasn’t for the label.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus hops, with some nice biscuit malt mixed in. The flavor is similar. The orange and grass notes from the hops add a low amount of bitterness, which is evened out by a nice biscuit malt character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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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Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/9/12

A hazed orange copper with a few little chunks floating around, a few bubbles and just a thin cream colored cap that falls to a thin film but manages too leave lots of random lace

S smells of sweet caramels and fruit, there's some citric rind but I can't pinpoint it, reminds me of a fresh barley wine

T candied mango and pineapple with some pine and a little booze, fairly sweet with lots of caramels, there's some earthy notes playing a small part

M almost full bodied with a nice bitter bite and just a little grit, sticky and very smooth for a 10%er not much heat at all, I think I might need dental floss to get the flavor out, I'll be tasting this tomorrow

O pretty solid stuff, big hoppy monster that could hurt you if you let it, very easy too drink considering the strength be careful boys and girls

I might sit on one of these and see how a few years treats it, as a young beer it already reminds me of a Barley wine and I see some aging potential with this one

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Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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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Photo of AgentMunky
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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Photo of mrfrancis
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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