Ultramate 1000 | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Brad007 on 04-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Our local in Ohio might have gotten this in last month, I kept wanting to try it. That's crazy if this was brewed in 2013, I know their wholesaler gave it to them at full price. To resell a beer that's already been aged a year would be crazy no dates on the bottle anywhere but the cap has 8571112, I can't tell if there's a date within that mess. Body is clouded deep apricot hue with a big biscuit shaped head forming thick like a big fermenting ale yeast during open fermentation. Fine even lacing spread around the sides of the glass. Aroma has a sour note, lemon zest, herbal character with bready biscuit/fresh cut hay and a bit of aged hop presence going on here. The most unbalanced infected beer I've tasted in a long time, band aids with a lingering pine bitterness that will most likely induce your gag reflex, there's a reason this is no longer brewed and how the hell did I pay 4 something for a 11.2 ounce bottle of it. Straight drain pour nothing good will come out of finishing this beer. Mouthfeel akin to paint thinner with a medicinal/bitter herbal hop finish that lingers and makes you want go brush your teeth. It was like sucking on hop pellets, not a single pleasant note here. Overall, Mikkeller beer makes me nervous throw down big bucks and rarely do I have a good experience, but that new Prairie collaboration American Style, don't pass big thumbs up!!!

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another one-off beer from Mikkeller, and something of a lucky find at the local beer store. I'm typically pretty impressed with what Mikkeller has to offer, so I'm looking forward to this one as well.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two nice fluffy fingers of off-white / tan colored head. Body is a murky dark orange color with hints of ruby thrown in there as well. Lots of bubbles rushing topside, with some sediment twirling around. Nice fluffy rings of lacing.

S - Smell is mild and subdued: strong presence of dusty bready malts, with faint faded smelling hops.

T - Taste is of extremely strong bitter hop presence, but not the usual array of bitterness that is found in many pale ales / IPA's. And considering this beer's low 4.90% abv, this beer hits your tastebuds pretty hard. Lightly floral, but with a slightly nasty, unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Feel is of bitter hops and dryness, still trying to remove that putrid hop bitterness from my palate, but it's lingering. Body is medium-full, with lively carbonation.

Overall, this was a beer that looked promising, but definitely failed to deliver. Very intense in character for being such a low abv pale ale, it definitely tasted like much higher than 4.90% abv, but that doesn't help it taste any less vile. Not a beer I would try again, that's for sure, especially not at the price small bottles like these go for. Glad to have tried it, but never again. Would much rather have drank a bottle of Mikkeller 1000 IBU over this.

Mikkeller Ultramate 1000 ---3/5.

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Straight pour from an 11.2oz pry-off bottle to my tall Ommegang tulip. There’s a printed code on the cap, in black ink, and it very well may have something to do with a date or a batch number but it’s hard to say (“8571112”).

Appearance (4.5): Very lively head on this one—actually started to gush when I opened it, but slowly so none was lost. This easily rose to four fingers of off-white head that fades very, very slowly, leaving a thick, rocky cap on top. The body here is a rich honey-orange color, and extremely hazy. Some fat, clumpy gobs of lace hang on the sides.

Smell (4.0): Weedy, very weedy at first. Some grapefruit and citrus in the back mixed with a very strong floral note. Actually, this just smells like orange blossoms and weed, with a honey sweetness backing it up. All of which is pretty great.

Taste (2.0): Astringent grass and herbs compete here, and actually continue to open up in the finish—it’s like new waves of bitter botanicals just keep coming. No malt here, it’s just hop water. It smoothes out a bit as it warms, but not by a ton.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Very dry finish, and light in body. Carbonation is pretty muted.

Overall (2.5): I get the gimmick here, but I’m not sure anyone would actually want to drink 1000 IBUs beyond just saying that they did. I wanted to say it, and now I can, but I almost certainly won’t be doing it again. Definitely a hard one to finish. It WAS an extremely attractive-looking beer, however, I will say that.

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Looked forward to this. Purchased at Bruery Provisions.
Appears a very hazy amber toned orange with a fluffy white head. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is hugely dank rolled doobies up front with a bit of spearmint in the finish.
Taste is of the aromas with a huge amount of dangerously, dank hop resin. Christ of life help me... I've licked a hop extract can lid. :)
Mouthfeel is just way too much, IMO. Medium bodied with a grossly bitter finish.
Mikkel - wtf, bro? I appreciate the new beer but this is hop extract explosion. Wowie, zowie, boom-bowy. Need something to clean the palate.

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A hazy amber brew, an off-white head with little lacing and small curtains.

The smell is intense of turpentine, grass, nettles, pine. Promises loads of hops.

The taste has some bread notes, then it is a hop attack, pure almost chemical bitterness. Too much for most, and for me. Very one-dimensional in it's taste.

Little carbonation, a thin body, extremely dry.

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Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, copper-orange coloring with a thick, frothy, off-white head that settles from an inch and a half down to a thin, filmy coating. Aromas of pineapple sweetness, a very subtle and floral hopping, and some peppery spicing. Flavors are tangy and spiced heavily, and the increased carbonation leaves the body too light to properly support anything. The beer ends up fizzing out on the tongue while you drink. Pineapple and toffee sweet blend transitions into a resiny, tangy, cloying aftertaste. The finish is bitter and resiny, and it leaves a distinct linger behind. Completely different than the standard American Pale.

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A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma, with a little hint of citrus, but not much else.

T: Some problems here. The main one is that the hops level is way out of kilter. It's simply too much. It's extremely harsh, especially in the finish. Way too bitter. There's a little citrus, but it can't compare to the bitterness of the hops. Not a great flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation, but a super-unpleasant, bitter finish does not make for a good mouthfeel. Medium-bodied.

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11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewer, who is my favourite in the world - though his brighter beers tend to pale (excuse the pun) in comparison to his darker beers.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of slight cream, quite thin, with poor lacing, and of good retention. Colour is a dull nontransparent non-opaque orange. Not at all vibrant. No floating yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Fresh citrusy hops. Some floral hints. Weak and not particularly appealing. A light strength aroma.

T: Citrusy hop notes, with hints of floral character. Some orange peel. Some staleness, especially of the clean barley foundation. Some honey. All around, it's a pretty bad pale ale. Incredibly simple, with unappealing flavours. Too bitter. Wretchedly imbalanced. Poorly built all around. Wow, this is bad. What the hell what Mikkel thinking with this one?

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the style but not the terrible flavours. Adequately thick. Adequate carbonation.

Dr: Difficult to drink because of its low quality. This is maybe the second worst (if not worst) Mikkeller beer I've had (up against Mikkeller Black). I don't know what happened here, but it's pretty damn bad for a pale ale. Stale and just off. Wouldn't get it again. I'd caution anyone from trying it; it's almost as though something went wrong during the brewing process.


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Ultramate 1000 from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 48 ratings