Hop Burn Low | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.93%
 
 
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1
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5
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of trentbent
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of tmzl
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BKBassist
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Also had the same new art as the previous reviewer, so this must be a new batch. No bottling date, but it definitely tastes fresh and was found on a New Arrival shelf.

A - A fairly dark golden orange with a tinge of red. Quick dissipating white head, nice lacing. Fair amount of smallish bubbles.

S - Lemon zest, some bread/grain notes. Maybe a hint of nuttiness/marzipan?

T - An interesting balance of spice and heat, sweet citrus and tropical, and earthy lager characteristics. A true palate wrecker, tongue feels the bite for sometime. Fairly strong boozy aftertaste. Has elements of both a big DIPA and a crisp lager.

M - Very creamy, nice smooth carb.

Overall - A typical oddball Mikkeller brew, this is an intense and unique beer. Much more aggressive than other takes on the "IPL" style that I've had, this emphasizes the bitterness and spiciness more than anything else, but the lager characteristics are enough to keep it drinkable. Not a sessioner by profile or ABV, but definitely different and overall solid.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BuddyE
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of JohnQVD
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded bronze with a thin head that quickly dissipates back to leave light lacing on the glass. Nose is of licorice, light spice and chocolate. Surprising chocolate notes abound in the taste as well, along with lemon peel and a spicy burn. Aftertaste is heavily bitter with some pine resin. Mouthfeel is substantial, with some liveliness from the light carbonation.

I have no idea how old this is. It tastes fresher than the Mikkeller single hop IPAs I bought at the same time. The bottle artwork is different than pictured, so this may have been brewed a second time.

Overall, this is quite drinkable, with the hops giving it a good bitterness but without being overpowering. I was expecting something more overwhelming and while there is some good hop and alcohol burniness here, there is still some maltiness present. I would drink this again if it wasn't six dollars a bottle.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present but the stamp on the cap says 9131112. It took me a minute to actually figure out which version of this beer I had acquired, but I've got it figured out now. My artwork is different than the bottle pictured, and says Hop Burn Double Imperial Pale Lager. Anyway, stoked to have found a bottle of this. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours your standard light burnt sienna orange color with a fluffy finger and a half of head with some nice retention. Some bubbles lazily rushing up the sides to the top signifying it's carbonation. Decent lacing.

S - The usual array of fresh hop resins and citrus / pine notes coming in. Grapefruit. Has all the makings of a good IPA so far, for being an "imperial pale lager". Light malts really only become apparent to me after the head has died and the beer has warmed a bit.

T - Pungent, fruity hop bite is firmly in the foreground, followed with a very bitter finish which seems to linger in the back of your mouth. Definitely has a spicy hotness from this beers nice 10% abv and gratuitous hop resins, but it isn't overwhelming. A little bit carbonated in the finish.

M - A nice sticky hoppy resinous aftertaste. Warmth from the alcohol is pleasant enough (which obviously lives up to it's name Hop Burn), and there is a little bit of a green apple / sweetness aftertaste of some type, but not really distinguishable from any other imperial IPA out there. Definitely a true hop lover's beer, although quite a bit overpriced.

Overall, a very pleasant hoppy experience, and I did enjoy this beer, but I can't say it was worth the $6.50 I paid for it, and you could probably get your burning hop fix satisfied from elsewhere, for cheaper. Although, I am glad I managed to pick a bottle up while I had the chance.

Mikkeller Hop Burn Low ---3.5/5

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