Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops
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Style:
American Brett
Ranked #24
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,964
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New HopsMikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops
Notes: India pale ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces.
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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 461
Reviews by Vidblain:
Photo of Vidblain
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm sort of in a weird place with this beer.

On the one hand, it's from 8/26/16. Yowza. Why aren't there commissioned IPA hunters out there in the wild who get to take all of the old IPAs out back and put them out of commission? Because this can... well. I hate to acknowledge how old it is, because it reminds me of how old I'm getting. It's old. It's obsolete. It should be terrible, full of floaties and smell like a desert harem.

But the puzzling thing is... it's really not. Perhaps it's the wheat, though more likely that it's the brett... but this beer has somehow held up. It still has a fairly high content of bitter hops, which I hadn't quite expected, but the mouth feel has a pleasant creamy quality as well. The hops are sharp, and the blend of sharpness, bitterness, and creaminess is pretty pleasant, in my opinion. I'm surprised, but find myself liking this beer a lot.

Actually, this is my first Mikkeller IPA that hasn't been miserably bad. I'm assuming that is because all Mikkeller beers sit for too long - yet, this one ages well, so that hasn't been an issue. Surprising. But cool!

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Photo of BlazerT
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass. Little cloudy, golden yellow with medium white head. Medium citrus and straw aroma, also noticable very nice basement accents. Flavour is balanced between dry malt base with some woody accents and nearly medium bitterness. You can also taste some tropical fruits and saison-like accents. Light to medium body, smooth texture, average carbonation, finish is medium and dry, aftertaste is light bitter. Drinkability is high, very refreshing. In general really solid, drinkable and refreshing beer. Very balanced, where none of the element overpower others.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 for a 4-pack of 500ml cans from Yankee Spirits in Norwood, MA on 1/12/18. Can says 26/08/16. What?! This store just opened a month ago and they have cans from almost a year and a half ago? But...for that price...and with brett...and from Mikkeller and De Proef and Grassroots...what the hell.

Very hazy light gold with small white chunks, good sized head and good lacing. Smells tangy with citrus, brett funk, and a little cardboard. Taste follows suit, juicier than I expected with mangoes and grapefruit, a little sweet at first, but dries out, a pleasant black pepper, and nicely pithy. Feels on the thinner side with a little sizzle, which makes it very drinkable. Overall, this is definitely up my alley. Inspired by the likes of Orval and XX Bitter, but riding more of the modern hop wave and downplaying the yeast a bit, perhaps. I'll grab this one whenever I find it.

Update: Two out of the four cans were good, like described above. The other two were bad-homebrewy messes of yeast, autolysis, and wet cardboard. The inconsistency within the 4--pack is strange, but if I see more of it I'll still take the chance on it because of how much I liked the two that were in good shape.

Musical Equivalent: Death - Leprosy (album)

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a pint glass.

A - Giant creamy white foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace. Hazy pale golden body.

S - Tropical brett, citrus hops, unmalted wheat, some light herbal and grassy notes.

T - Taste is similar, with hefty brett funk and tropical flavors, some stone and tropical fruit malt sweetness, and a mildly sour and bitter finish.

M - Lower carbonation, smooth texture, medium body, slightly dry, quite refreshing. No discernible alcohol.

D - Pretty enjoyable stuff that delivers exactly what it promises. Easy to drink and great for a hot summer day. Surprisingly affordable for a Mikkeller offering. I'd drink this one again if it was on-tap somewhere.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Very light. Looks crisp.

Holy Wheat, Batman! And it's complimented by a mix of pungent, fruity brett and hops.

Ditto on the flavor. The Brett and the hops mix well, creating a salty pretzel facade (think the saltiness of a pretzel...the dough that created that pretzel). The hops drown out the Brett more than I'd like.

Lingering "saltiness" from the hops and brett mixing. Lest I forget about the wheat, it is barely here. More of an enhancer at this point.

Excellent collaboration between Mikkeller and Grassroots. Might I add that wheat IPAs/white IPAs seem to be the "style du jour". Better to have the pros do it and do it well!

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 461 ratings