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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
India pale ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces.

Added by jazzyjeff13 on 04-15-2012

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103
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4
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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the brett and orange citrus, with some wheat thrown in as well. The flavor is more of the same. The leathery brett and orange citrus notes really come through and stand out. The wheat provides a nice malt backbone and keeps the bitterness fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice beer, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of spicelab
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brassy yellow, bright and clear, with a moderately dense white head that falls over a few minutes to a thick film and 1cm raised lace curtain. Vigorous bead.

Nose has a distinctive chalky, musky, funky character from the collision of the yeast, hops and wheat. Solid lemon-sherbet/lemon-cleaner presence, sweeter tropical high notes from the hops and mild sweaty socks and dried hay notes keeping it rustic. Really nicely done.

The tart, dry yeast and wheat combo is more dominant, with big upfront lemon pith and breath freshener notes before the hops emerge later, bringing passionfruit and intriguing floral notes into play.

Pretty light entry with a little oiliness, presumably from the hops, but rapidly becomes uncompromisingly dry to the extent that whatever bitterness there may be is completely drowned out.

Excellent concept, and very well executed for the most part. Only criticism is the aggressive drying acidity detracts from the drinkability. To be fair, much of the hop character has likely been lost in the 5 months since bottling.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Hill Farmstead's E and Art release. Poured into HF stemware. Cloudy, hazy golden straw in color. The smell is a mix of bready wheat malt and bright floral hops. There's a hint of grassiness as well. The first sip is bright and citrusy, but hops don't dominate. There's significant notes of hay and a bit of funk in there as well. The wheat malt provides a nice backing to the grassy, fruity notes and give the beer a surprisingly thick, solid body for an IPA. Overall this is an excellent collaboration and an interesting take on the style, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just an awesome brew all the way. Golden, mango like look. Nice two finger head with soft lacing.
Smells refreshing with hints of mint, pepper and jasmine over some big citrus base.
No brett present.
Taste is surprinsingly refreshing. Nice notes of pineapple, fresh cut grass, pine, mint and citrus. Gorgeous.
Peppery after taste.
Niiice.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour: 16.9 oz can at the Churchkey in D.C. Poured into a nonic pint. Appearance: Very light straw and crystal clear. Thick white head with lots of lacing. Aroma: Big bold Brett notes. Hoppy and citrus elements come through...lemon? Sweet bready malts and some barnyard as well. Taste: Not much up front but WOW! on the back end. Complex and deep Brett and funk aftertaste. Heavy and still breathing it out of my nose. Aftertaste: See taste. Big, bold and deep funky Brett and hops. Lingers forever and gets deeper after swallowing. Overall: I really enjoyed this. Awesome on the back end! Very good: 4 out of 5.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear, hay color with a huge bubbly white head with great retention and curtains of lacing. The nose is grassy, Brett, white pepper, and some dry citrus. The taste leads with dry citrus but the wheat and Brett roll in immediately and dry out the palate and finishes with a nice hit of spicy bittering hops. The body is round but light and has lively carbonation. This is a really tasty IPA with a new take on an old style.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sealed with yellow pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: glowing, brilliant, transluscent yellow bodied beer with 3 fingers of bone white head. Head has some staying power and lingers for a while, but eventually drops to an uneven cap. Tons of lacing all over the side of the glass.

Smell: oranges, tropical fruits, and fruity brett are the things that are abounding in the aroma of this beer. Slighty yeasty and bready aromoas are less intense.

Taste: the beer starts of with a mild generic bitterness that really doesnt have a flavor. Then some tangerines and tropical fruit notes appear. Fruity and earthy brett notes hit mid palate. Slightly sweet malt profile of wheat and wet hay. Maybe even a hint of farmhouse funk, but its very mild. A hint of honey sweetness and fruity esters. Not really any lingering flavors are noted in the aftertaste of this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion. well carbonated beer. very drinkable and refreshing. slightly crisp and very clean. It feels like its a delicate belgian beer.

Overall: This beer is tasty, but not over done. It would be a great beer to have on a really hot day. The brett is showcased fairly well and the hops slightly take a bit of a back seat in the overall picture of the beer. This beer reminds me more of a saison than any other beer style, which was something that I can appreciate about this beer. I liked this collaboration between Mikkeller and Grassroots. I think that this beer has a heavier influence from Grassroots than from Mikkeller.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Orange and citrus hops, sweet wheat and grainy malts, lemon zest, tart and funky Brett.

T - Orange, grapefruit, citrus, and light floral hops, mild bitterness, sweet wheat and grainy malts, tart lemon zest, funky brett and other farmhouse flavors.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart finish.

D - Nice funky IPA. Could use a bit more hop character, but the balance is nice.

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Photo of mschrei
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Mikasa ale glass. Unfortunately the pour was the best part, with a thick foamy consistent head that stuck around to the end. Should have let it sit and warm more. It developed a little more character eventually, but overall it struck me as a kind of thin attempt at a pale ale, like somebody took out one of Bell's Two Hearts and put it back on the line.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, cloudy. Large bubbles; head is white, thin, sticky lace. Small bead. Looks a bit flat but nice.

Smells funky but pleasant. Fresh, slight tang. Citrus, pineapple, green apple. Very enticing.

Taste is funky, pleasant upfront. Decent barnyard notes, then finish is wheaty and slightly phenolic, but presaged by nice hoppy character. Fresh citric bitterness. Nice blend of funk with fresh fruity notes. Excellent palate.

Smooth enough, bit of bite on the back. Enjoyable.

Great blend of really disparate brewing styles synthesised into a pleasant, interesting drop.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat is the new Hops pours a clear light yellow with a small white head on top. Some lace sheeting clings to the glass.

The aroma is funky with notes of wheat, tart lemon rind, grapefruit and horse/farmhouse.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, dry with mild carbonation. The flavor is funky with tart citrus notes. It begins with wheat and tart lemon/grapefruit. That's followed by honey, some tropical fruit and pepper. It finishes tart and earthy. Once gone the funk and citrus lingers on the palate.

Lots of flavor and funk in this beer. Rather easy to drink for such a funky beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.14.13

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a one inch off-white fluffy head that slowly fades.

S - Sweet candy, corn, spice, very welcoming and nice.

T - Sweet wheat, honey, candy, a touch of hop bitterness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - A very nice sweet-candy wheat forward brew. Very welcoming and nice.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A real nice orb glowing lemon yellow, slow rising carbonation crawling. Head is big and fluffy white, hints of creamy with lots of retention and clumps. Aggressive, and light colored. Great look.

Great nose. Lemon citrus hop, salty brett. Dry yeast and bread punch, real nice. Some faint garden floral notes also, and lots of barnyard earth stench cowpie going on. Really like where this is going.

Taste is a quasi mix of saison hot and hop power. Quick hot sharp hop bitter blast, but quickly fleeting. Long lasting brett finish and dry. Crisp with a weird hop bite, but kind of fun.

Overall the beer is kind of all over and sort of fools you a bit style wise, but it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this is one clever and complex glass of beer. some may say its just stupidly bretted out, overdone and in need of refinement, but I would passionately disagree. this beer is fantastic, like nothing else, and an example of the genius that is mikkeller. it pours a really hazy lemonade color, almost like a Berliner, with whisps of tiny yeast particles in suspension and a massive bone white lacey head, airy and fluffy. the nose is like wet animal, goats milk, and hyperactive saison yeast. the brett factor here is through the roof, but underneath the funk is a nice wheat malt body and a oily bitter hop presence that drive it forward. the flavor is a perfect mix of he three, really. I don't think this beer lacks balance at all, although I could identify with those who critique it on the brett overdose grounds. its the dominant flavor, which I happen to love. the what is harvest fresh, like freshly milled, and has a certain earthy character to it, while the hops is brutal and bitter, aggressive, but with some lemon notes and a lot of alpha acid. One of the more complex wheat based beers ive ever tasted. the feel could stand a touch more carbonation to lighten things up a bit, but the body is smooth and not filling at all. I would happily drink a 6er of this any day. overall this is another challenging beer by mikkeller, one that demands careful attention to detail, and an appreciation of the journey it leads.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/20/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and light pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light funk, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of floral/piney bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, pepper, hay, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and light pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High amount of dryness from carbonation and bitterness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Brett IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw yellow color. Finger worth of head on the pour which is light and bubbly. Average to slightly above average carbonation in glass while drinking. Light random lacing.

Smell: Front of the brettanomyces jumps out. Lightly sour, mainly a tart dryness compliments the wheat and prairie grass/straw tones in the front of this brew. Some hops picked up on the back end but no doubt dominated by wheat and brett.

Taste: Hint of some fruit tones pops up first then quickly yields to some dry wheat which is again complimented well by the tartness of the brett. Dry wheat tones continue into the body then surprisingly quick back off the palate. The finish is some light hop fruit tones of lemon and citrus and lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel: Enjoyable transitions of dryness to easier going on the back end. Carbonation is present but plays well with everything going on.

Overall: A unique brew from Mikkeller and Shaun Hill. I didn't know whether to sit on this for a while and hopefully let the brettanomyces develop more or drink it fresh. It was crisp and refreshing with a nice amount of brett character even being so young. Doesn't really feel at all like an IPA as the label states, but who cares. I certainly wouldn't mind a six pack of these during a coming summer months.

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Photo of wowthatbeerisgood
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks more like a wheat beer or hefeweizen than an IPA and was poured with little head. Smell is hoppy but not overly so. Taste is not too hoppy and only a hint of wheat. Overall a mild and pleasant IPA.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a nice hazy gold, lots of visible carbonation, and a white head that fades quickly.

S: Pilsner and husky wheat, Brett funk, some lemony barnyard, and citrus and grassy hops.

T: Follows the nose primarily - citrus rind hops, Brett barnyard funk with a pinch of horseblanket, wheat malts with some pilsner flavor as well. Finishes with hop bitterness and lingering funk.

M: Light body, low alcohol presence. Well-carbonated but less so than the appearance suggested.

O: I do enjoy hoppy Bretted beers, and this one was enjoyable and easy to drink. Very glad I tried it, though not as good as a few of the others out there.

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a mildly hazed light gold color with just a little sediment settling. A foamy pillow of pure white head sets at between one and two fingers high and has pretty good retention to it. Lacing is left more in spotting, though some thinnish patches can be found lightly around the glass.
The smell brings the funk, all kinds of barnyard but not neglecting the hops. The wehat is also not overshadowed, making itself known as well. Good integration, all said.
The funk steps aside in the taste for hops bitterness and the wheat backbone to come out more strongly. Tart and funky notes come out more in a lingering finish.
The wheat makes it nice and crisp, with carbonation at a nice level of moderation, and a light but solid body.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle, best by date 05/20/2017 printed on the bright yellow cap. A collaboration effort between Mikkeller and Grassroots - "India Pale Ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange body with some minor yeast particulate visible, and two fingers of good frothy white head. Lots of good stringy strands of thick bubbly white lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A very pleasant aroma: tons of fruity juicy tropical hops - grapefruit, oranges, mango, papaya, and a nice touch of dry bretty funk. Not detecting any grain or wheat.

T - Taste follows the nose: juicy, fruity, & tropical. Grapefruit, mango, oranges, papaya. A slight touch of brett, but it comes through more in the aroma I'd say. Again, not terribly grainy or wheaty.

M - Feel is extremely fruity & juicy. Very easy-drinking, with excellent carb. Very fresh and borderline refreshing. A bit of dryness / bitterness on the finish, but not resinous or overwhelming.

Overall, an excellent brett infused IPA from Mikkeller & Grassroots. The only complaint I have is the pricepoint - $6.99+ for an 11.2 oz bottle is a bit steep. Still, recommended drinking.

Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops -----4/5.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors and poured into a imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy pale gold. Huge three finger head, pillowy and creamy, great retention and abundant lacing. Light citrus, Brett funk, and bready notes on the nose. The taste mirrors the nose, opens with crisp light citrus hops joined by light bready notes immersed in a wash of brett funk that is present, but never overpowers the other aspects of the brew. A creamy mouthfeel carries throughout until a very crisp and clean finish. Such a well-balanced brew, the American hops, wheat, and Brett are all easily discernable and all equally contribute to a brew that is perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow/orange with a super frothy 2 finger white head. Smells of zesty lemon and brett dominate the aroma with some nice pepper notes too. First sip is super refreshing with plenty of hops and brett upfront leading the charge with wheat and citrusy lemon just adding to what is a really fine beer. Mouthfeel is superb as this puppy is almost perfectly carbonated. I am blown away how balanced this beer is. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was expecting a hazier pour from the description, but there is a slight haze on an otherwise golden straw colored beer that produces a pure white head that retains and laces well.

definite wheat, definite funk, a bit of lemongrass/herbal/floral, and a bit citric hops. tart, but not sour in the aroma. more funky and barnyard aromas than anything.

again, lots of tart, barnyard flavors that combine with the wheat to taste like hay. grassy, floral hops come behind that with lots of brett character, but without barrel-aging they add more funk than sourness.

fluffy medium bodied with a nice lingering tickle of wheat.

not as hoppy as I expected, not as sour either. probably one of the "funkiest" and "rustic" beers I've ever had.
very good collab.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 02/23/12 notes. Big thanks to nimbleprop for picking this up for me in VT. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy yellow straw color with one and a half fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. There is a lot of lacing on the glass and nice head retention.

s - Smells of brett, wheat, spices, tropical fruits, floral hops, and some citrus hops. Very nice nose; lot of brett and fruit/hops.

t - Tastes of pepper, spices, brett, tropical fruits, fruity malts, earthy malts, some citrus hops. Taste is nice but has more spice and pepper than the nose, and less brett. A slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall pretty easy to drink and just a touch overcarbonated.

o - Overall a really nice beer; one of the better non-stout Mikkeller beers I've had in a while. Nose is awesome and has a ton of brett, with a little more spice in the taste. Definitely worth checking out and would have it again.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice hazy gold color. Pleasant scent of citrus and mango. The taste is similar but the bitterness is a tad unbalanced (perhaps the bitter wheat and hops combining efforts). More vicious than typical wheat beer. A tasty beer.

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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops from Mikkeller ApS
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