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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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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a nice deep ambersih orange color with a slightly off white head that holds great retention and lacing.

S= Smells of crisp clean hops. Maybe a little alcohol burn in the nose but mostly a bright cascade aroma. Citrus and fruity.

T= The mouth is again a highly hopped cascade flavor hop. It tastes a lot like the cascade hop candy from the homebrew store with a bit more of a malty backbone to it. I wonder if this was brewed with only cascades. The malt backbone is solid with caramel malts and minimal amount of alcohol burn.

M= Thick and creamy.

O= This is a solid IPA from Mikk. The name is a little confusing so check the bottle on the lower right hand corner...the dial should be set to low. I would love to try the high after trying this one. Check it out it's a fun beer.

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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 Bendurgin
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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 rarbring
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy light amber beer, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of honey, syrup, grass.

Taste of white syrup bread, a dash of sherry, some slight chili spiciness, grass and grape-fruit peel.

Medium low carbonation, soft and oily, a good body, slightly dry.

Well done, good balance, and the 10% ABV do not show.

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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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Hop Burn Low from Mikkeller ApS
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