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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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kojevergas
1.8/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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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Photo of olradetbalder
2.54/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.88/5  rDev -35.8%
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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2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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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Photo of aasher
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a light bodied dirty tangerine orange in color with a one finger soapy white head. The nose is malty with some citrus hop aromas. Dear god this beer is bitter and dry. I mean like Old Milwaukee bitter beer face bitter. It is grassy as hell...and bitter. It is really undrinkably bitter, like chewing on tea leaves for days bitter. And, it dries out your entire palate, making it all so much worse. The novelty is cool, maybe, but this beer is awful. It's a drain pour. Why make a beer like this if it isn't palatable whatsoever? This one is a miss. Avoid!

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of avalon07
2.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

O: This might be my least favorite Mikkeller beer. It's workmanship is surprisingly shoddy. Could have been better.

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Photo of weeare138
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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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Photo of Brad007
4.55/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up earlier along with other Mikkeller libations.

Pours a beautiful shade of amber with a very thick head that fades to leave a good shade of lacing.

Authentic APA aroma with piney hops that don't overwhelm and a buttery malt background.

Ditto on the taste. The only difference is that the hops are very forward. Don't be fooled. This isn't a mediocre APA. This is Mikkeller.

To describe the bitterness, imagine a dry heat. That's what my mouth feels like. Buttery malt is there too.

Hot damn diggity dog! This hits the spot. Would be the perfect summer beer!

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3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmm. A real hop bomb. Poured at a good temperature and with a decent, thick, foamy, fluffy, creamy, cream-colored head that lasts quite a while and good lacing. Color is a slightly hazy amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is mainly hops, then malt, a little caramel and grass. Flavor's like nose, massively bitter, fairly dry, plenty of carbonic tang. Body is full, but the tang and bitterness together create some sharp points. Finish is like flavor and the bitterness really lingers. Guess this beer does what it says, and is well crafted, but I don't really find it too pleasant.

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3.77/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a recently-washed brandy snifter. Stamped 8571112. Tagline: "We live life to the ultra."

A: Two fingers of pleasant, fluffy head top a murky-translucent, flat light brown beer. Scattered lacing.

S: It smells pretty great. Loads of American hops are full of juicy grapefruit. Very pungent for a pale ale.

T: All bark and no bite? The maintaste is sparse, but quite bitter. QUITE bitter. 1000 IBU got nothing on this, largely because this beer got nothing to support it. Very little body or malt presence, but the dry-hopping shines through, especially on the aftertaste. Astringently hoppy, and not entirely pleasantly bitter. Still, it's to my taste, and reminds of a 'session DIPA' I once tasted.

M: A bit lacking, but not so much for a <%5 pale ale. Good carbonation. Pleasant and refreshing. I enjoy drinking this beer, even considering the drying bitterness.

O: This is an excellently executed pale ale, and I'm surprised it bore the amount of hops Mikkel added, but it works. Might not drink again, but recommended for hopheads.

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.86/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of larryi86
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a DFH IPA glass

A- A very hazy copper/orange color with a massive off white head that became very soapy.

S- Hop bomb, ton of grapefruit, some pine/floral hops, some mint. Big nose for a beer below 5% ABV.

T- Wow, straight hops and nothing else. I love hops and find this a little overwhelming do to the fact it kind of has a burnt hops taste. Getting, citrus hop, piney, some resin and burnt hops in the finish bring this beer down.

M- Crisp, light body.

O- I would love this beer if the finish was not so harsh, really bring down the whole beer. The fact that this was $6 and the beer is tasty before the finish keep me from drain pouring.

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2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

This is an excellent example of "more is less". Does not really make a good beer. A good educational point, but not a pleasure.

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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