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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
450
Reviews:
110
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
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11
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45
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellow, sediment laden, with mushroom cloud of a head. Citrus hoppy aroma exists together with funk. Smooth mouthfeel. The taste is the worst of barnyard, really stinky, with bold hops to make it through drinkability. Do not open this bottle unless you know what you are in for. A hoppy wild farmhouse.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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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4/5  rDev 0%

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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy yellow color with a small white head on top. The retention was pretty good, the lacing was a bit on the weak side. The smell of the beer gives off plenty of Brett on the nose, it's got a pretty good blend of hops in there as well. The taste is tart and bitter, it's hard to get any wheat or grains from this beer at all. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and light bodied, very drinkable even for a wild IPA like this. Overall I liked the beer, I found it to be quite impressive even though the grains are a bit hidden under the hops and Brett. Worth looking into in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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 biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz chalice at the Underground, in advance of their Mikkeller tap takeover later this week.

This beer appears a slightly cloudy, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent sinking storm cloud lace around the glass as things duly settle.

It smells of bitter orange and grapefruit citrus, surprisingly (I guess) funky yeast, aged lemon flesh, subdued pale grainy malt, with a touch of wheaty astringency, a hint of black pepper, and further leafy, floral hops. The taste is rather prominently funky yeast, mostly of the barnyard sort, well supported by the grainy, edgy wheat malt, and attending citrus and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, though pervasive enough to justify itself, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops not quite that adventuresome. It finishes well off-dry, the wheat character discovering its spine, while the hops lend some fruitiness to the cause, and their own offset to the lingering, and now thankfully muted funky yeast notes.

Not really all that prominently wheaty, nor hoppy, as the yeast is the star here, rendering this gimmick inert - it appears that yeast is the new hop, instead. A Belgian IPA, at best, and a so-so one at that.

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3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend stemware in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Purchased at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this is me favourite brewery in the world but Mikkel's bright beers tend to pale (excuse the pun) in comparison to his dark beers. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

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

A: Pours a three finger white colour head of nice foam, decent cream, pretty good thickness, and great retention for the above average ABV. Colour is a vibrant clear yellow. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible. Appealing.

Sm: Delightful brettanomyces yeast, fantastic lemon and orange citrus esters, light pleasant wheat, and impressive crystal hopping and crystal malting. A delightfully inviting aroma. Alive; the brett yeasts are fantastic. A refreshing and enjoyable mild strength aroma.

T: Wheat comprises the foundation, but maintains an impressive restrained character to lend the beer a full body whilst maximizing its refreshing feel. Some light hopping lends it citrus esters like orange and lemon as well as crystal hops that aid the mouthfeel. The crystal malts round out the flavour profile nicely. The bretts are used incredibly well to give it a heavenly light touch of yeast without feeling too biscuity. Very subtle; this is a feature rarely seen in IPAs. Near perfectly balanced - though the hop bitterness does manifest on the climax - in spite of being cleverly buried beneath crystal malts. Unfortunately, it's a bit simple and offers little in the way of complexity to satisfy advanced beer consumers.

Mf: Delightfully light on the palate with a crystal tingly coarsness that teases the tongue. Nicely refreshingly wet. Carbonation is near perfect but slightly underdone. Complements the flavour profile fantastically. Its delicate fragile thin quality works for it - though I would like more thickness to bring out the flavours more.

Dr*: A great summer brew. Very drinkable for it's well-concealed ABV. This is how an IPA should be brewed - with regard for balance and innovation rather than part of some hop quantity dicksizing competition. American breweries should take note: high IBUs do not mean your IPA is better than others. Mikkel did a fantastic job with this one. I'd definitely try it on draught.

Best served cold.

A poor candidate for aging.

*I had to bring down the "overall" to achieve the letter grade I wanted. This keeps my reviews fair and consistent.
Low B-

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big pasty white fluffy 2 finger head that fades fairly slowly with nice pillowy lacing, semi clear bright golden yellow-orange color.

Nose brings a nice Brett funk, light lemon, grassy, little horsehair, lemongrass, hay, wheat, earthy, touch of fruity zest like hops,

Taste brings more Bretty funk right off, little horsehair and earthy bready doughy funk, light yeasty flavor from the funk as well. Then grassy flavors, some wheat and hay, grainy, bready and grainy. Then light grassy and lemony hops, little citrus like rind and fruity hops, nice bitterness, floral and bright. Finish is dry and funky, more bready malt flavors, lingering barnyard funk, decent bitterness and light floral grassy citrus hops.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carb.

Overall very nice, very tasty, great Brett funk, hops blend nicely with it without overpowering adding nice floral, grassy, lemony and bit citrus hops, and the wheat adds subtlties to the underlying beer, without being too drowned out. mikkeller makes some great beers, just wish they weren't so expensive.

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

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