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Mikkeller ApS
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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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104
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431
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4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy lemon drop yellow with around three inches of foamy white head. Aroma is an interesting combination of sun-ripe pineapple, tropical flavored gummy candy, lemon rind, sourdough bread, horse blanket, and something between vinegar and cat urine (Brettanomyces can do some funky stuff). Palate is similarly tart and funky, although I am finding the brett to be rather tasteful, flavorsome yet not overpowering although this element does build over the course of 11.2 oz. Awesome juxtaposition of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon hops and the aforementioned barnyard funk, fizzy and effervescent with a hint of butter in the otherwise dry and bitter finish. A little pine sap emerges as well. I'd describe this as a technically proficient, mid-range sour with decent hop character. If I had to critique, I'd say this one is somehow a bir rough around the edges, in a way that is difficult to describe. Still worth the price point.

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Photo of ADZA
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love mikkeller and the names he comes up with and this was a gift thanks mate you know who you are and pours a dirty yellow blonde with a frothy creamed head and clingy lacing everywhere nice looking and the smell is so inviting to me it's typical Brett mixed with tropical fruit salad,sherbet and freshly torn mandarin leaves it just smells like summer to me and almost reminiscint of the farmhouse invasion IPA,the feel is medium bodied and just a little over carbonated but the tastes of farmhouse funk,Brett,tropical fruit,mandarins,lychee and finished with a bittersweet hit of pineapple and overall it's just what you want on a hot day and another new style that's taken me cheers.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright pale gold with a billowing head of soapy white foam that slowly recedes after a few minutes. Some soapy suds stick to the edges in a sparse spotty pattern. Bright clarity with a slight haze.

Nice Brett aroma with some dried fruit and damp stable hay aromas.

Dry with a hint of astringency, lots of Brett in the taste as well. Doesn't come across like an IPA, more of a Brett Saison or BPA. Some earthy bitterness in the aftertaste. Grassy, yeasty, very dry. Hint of dried pineapple, a little horseblanket. This is a nice beer, not as out there as funkier bottles of Burton Bridge Empire IPA, more clean and well balanced. Worth a try, good intro to Brett for a novice.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Light haze on a light gold and wheat body. Rustic, foamy white head has nice retention and great lace.

S - Surprisingly deep. Earthy barn yard funk, sage, black pepper, lemon zest, hay, and fresh wheat.

T - Smooth bready wheat opening, funky hay center, dried grass and lemon zest finish. The bitterness is slightly waxy on the backend.

M - Medium body with par carbonation.

O - Interesting concept. The funk, waxy bitter, and lemon highlights are refreshing, but not necessarily sessionable.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
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 nate8767
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw-y gold with beautiful, sticky head. Nose is mostly dominated by the Citra, though muted by funk which shows up later. Kind of a strange phenomenon. Taste reverses course and offers delicious lemony Brett upfront, though which quickly fades to an unbalanced, sharp hoppy profile. All superimposed on a wheat base. A confusing beer, though enjoyable. I kind of want to open a saison-brett now though...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with some Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice Brett presence.

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Photo of KEEPonPOURING
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml can a lightly hazy gold with a fluffy white two inch head. You get plenty of Brett on the nose and all the citrus hops you want from an IPA. The taste follows. This brew is perfectly carbonated for me. This was my first Brett IPA. Delicious!

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Photo of davey101
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead. Cap reads "9341212" which I would assume means it was bottled on December 6, 2012? Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Although the bottle had a visible layer of yeast/sediment a careful pour produces a crystal clear straw yellow body. This is light lager territory. Plenty of rising carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy white foam thins down to a neat cap. Really great lacing and sticky retention.

S - Papaya and grapefruit with lots of grass and a touch of malt. An interesting earthiness rounds it out. From the aroma alone I would never have guessed this has brett or wheat in it, perhaps just an odd ball hop variety and a nice bit of malts.

T - Papaya, grapefruit, lemon rind, and a bit of earthy musk. Finishes dry with some pepper and spice. Very odd beer as it starts off very IPA like and then takes a turn towards a witbier. Has a wheat bite on the very end.

M - Medium bodied and creamy with high carbonation. Very drinkable but a lasting spice lingers for a while.

O - Can't say I've ever had an IPA like this before. The brett is relatively fresh and clean now, I can't even imagine which direction it will take with some age. As a fresh beer its a slightly hop forward witbier hybrid with some tropical and lemon notes and a nod towards the earthy side of things. Cool beans.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with about an inch frothy off-white head. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy, the brew smells like citrusy hops (lemon peel, tropical fruit, oranges), brett, and a bit of wheat. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy hops (a lot of tart citrus, tropical fruit, orange/lemon peel), brett, wheat, and some grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit coating and has good carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, but probably not worth $4.99 a bottle. Definitely worth a try though!

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Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint. Color was a pale golden color, with a thck bubbly head. Head quickly faded down to thin wispy bubbles with occasional spots stuck to the sides. Fair amount of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was definitely hoppy with strong herbal scents as well. Can't place it exactly, but something like sage or rosemary. Nicely nuanced without being overpowering. Flavor was tangy hops, with a tad of weak orange in the back. A little too sticky in the mouth, not so much coated, but tacky. Nicely tingly on the tongue. Overall a nice twist. Good flavors and interesting.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pint.
Pours hazy yellow beer with white head, moderate retention.
Smell - slightly funky with tropical and citrusy motives.
Taste - tad wheat, smooth with good bitter finish.
Medium to light body, drinkable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with moderate haziness. There's an inch of frothy off white head on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is comprised of citrus hops, pale wheat, and tart Brett. The taste is of citrus hops with acidic tart Brett almost masked as piney hops due to the unusual blend of them along with the sweet wheat notes. The mouth is highly carbonated, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this many-a-time in the past in many-a-format: Mikkeller version, Grassroots version, 375ml bottle, 330ml bottle, tap, chardonnay version. Now here's another one: 500ml can. Best by date of 8/26/17 printed on the bottom.

A - Initial pour to a pint glass is 90% white foam, dark yellow beer with a bit-o-haze is quickly revealed. By the end a full cap remains and some lace is left.

S - The scent is a bit on the faint side, perhaps tough to get at through all the foam. Definitely brett-forward though with dirty farm, peach, lemon, earthy and grassy tones coming through.

T - Hop+brett combo is pretty harmonious here. Grapefruit, orange, peach and grass coming to mind the most, earthy brett and light funk is there but actually winds up on the tamer side. The wheat is noticeable here too which is nice, some toasted biscuit in the finish.

M - Nice mouthfeel, full-bodied, sorta dry finish, carbonation and bitterness on the highish side. A pretty great blending of hops/brett/wheat overall, though hops seem to have the upper hand. Maybe a tad on the heavy side for 6% but quite drinkable and refreshing.

O - Overall this is a pretty nice bretty IPA, better than I remember from past experiences too. Works well in the new tallboy format, decent amount of flavor and pretty solid all-around. Good example of brett+hops working together for sure.

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Photo of kik
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a can. This beer was very carbonated and coarse, as wheat beers are to my palate, but had a nice light and citrus flavor. Reminds me of a more flavorful hefeweizen.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-06-09 in Wayne, PA at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

A - Hazy straw with a 1.5-finger white head with good head retention and very nice, stratified lacing.

S - Brett, straw, horse blanket, lemon flesh and light hop floral.

T - Somewhat odd juxtaposition of a funky saison and a wheat beer with some lemon flesh and a touch of hop bitterness coming in at the end. An adventurous flavor indeed.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Tasty but the least favorite of all the HF brews I tried at the event today.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a bit of haze and a huge white head. Aroma has definitely some funk going on. Clear brett smell overwhelms all other components. Taste starts with some light bitterness and yeast notes and finishes with a pretty harsh bitterness. Hops are in the earthy, grassy area, not very aromatic. The beer lets the brett characters shine more. Overall it's very enjoyable beer. I would be curious to see how it tastes with some age on it.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold body, hazy beneath a great white head... Aromas and flavors of cracker and pale, faded fruit; herbal and earthy, a bit grassy, with a mild funk of brett just underneath. Medium body and soft, with ample carbonation.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a matching Mikkeller teku glass. The brew appears a pale golden yellow color with 2 fingers worth of fluffy white head. The cap fades leaving patches of webby lace sticking all over the glass. Constantly rising bubbles maintain about a finger of froth across the top.

The aromatics of this brew is quite tropical. Scents of pineapple, mango and citrus like lemon emit from the glass. A light amount of sulfur and grassy quality coupled with earth and wheat is also present. As the brew warms up, there is a mild barnyard character to the nose but overall it is quite tropical and rindy.

The taste is quite earthy from a combination of brett and some herbal to earthy hop bitterness. There is some citrus elements mixed with rinds and pulp somewhat reminiscent of grapefruit. The brew has some zest elements about it that focus on fruit but the earthiness is impossibly to avoid. The earth has mild hints towards wheat grain but this brew is really all about the hops and brett.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It is an interesting arrangement of flavor that was quite enjoyable. I think if the bitterness could be tamed back a little this would make for a killer brew. The finish of this brew is so dry that it has some snap to it which increases the drinkability. About the only thing I can gripe about is the veggie flavoring that is present.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Boilermaker in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a faintly cloudy golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Large rings, streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, perfume like aroma that mixes earthy, piney hops with funky yeast, light fruit, citrus and bread. Really interesting nose. Dank, earthy hops that smell as fresh as could be with grass, pine needle and citrus fruit notes.  Just a touch of funky brett and sweet booze as well.  Wheat elements get kind of overshadowed with some bread and banana flavor.  Subtle zesty spice as well.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy, bitter hops, funky bretted yeast, sweet alcohol, zesty spice, citrus and light fruit.  Really complex and unique.  Strong hop presence up front with dank, dry bitterness, grass and pine needle countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes.  There's also some subtle brett there to give it some dry, musty funk without taking over.  Toward the end of the palate there's some peppery spice,  maybe clove or coriander before finishing with some boozy sweetness.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a puffy, thick white head.

S: Aromas of brettanomyces, citrus, and wheat fill the nose.

T: Notes of brettanomyces funk, oak, wheat, cream, minerals, white pepper, lemon, grapefruit, kumquat, and mandarin orange fill the mouth. The finish is clipped and lactic with plenty of lemon, mandarin orange, wheat, and brettanomyces flavors.

M: Very light-bodied, prickly, and slick. Carbonation is very active.

O: This is a very interesting take on an American IPA. It's surprising that the brettanomyces, wheat, and citrus hop flavors work together so well. Definitely recommended for fans of quirky ales in general.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Mikkeller version, two year old bottle, shared by Bob at our tasting last night.

Pours a golden, slightly hazy yellow, with a one inch head, and some lacing down the glass.

Smells like lemon, hay, some citrus hops, and wheat.

The taste is similar- the years on this bottle have allowed the Brett to completely take over- it tastes more like a wild saison or something like that than an IPA at this point. There's a little bit of an acidic twang, with lots of barnyard like funk, some wheat/hop bitterness, some citrus, mostly lemon.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, dry, mouthfeel.

A good one to start the tasting off with, this bottle has held up pretty well.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of funkiness are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of barnyard funk along with hints of citrusy hops—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has some crispness along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of Brettanomyces really makes the smell and taste of this beer interesting, although it's balanced enough with the underlying beer so the hops still shine through and the funkiness isn't too overpowering. The wheat malts makes this lighter-bodied and easier to drink compared to other IPAs.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Hunger Mountain Coop.

Clear golden body with a frothy white head.

Nose is tart vinegar brett with a "wheaty" malt note.

Flavor is crisp, tart, grapefruit citrus, tasty and quenching. Not much malt to note. I'm not sure that the wheat is doing much here, but the combination of hops and brett are even better done than Orval.

Mouthfeel is tart, stripping, zesty.

A very interesting brew. I bought it on the Grass Roots name alone, but well worth the taste.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pilsner glass

Slightly hazy yellow with an active stream of carbonation, dense two finger white foam cap, great lacings

Aroma of grassy grains, some brett, whiff of citric acid, lemony

Taste is bretts, wheat, citrus hops, grassy, slight tartness

Doesn't suds up , a good summer wheat beer

Good beer

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