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Brewed by:
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 Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of bubbly surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Musty yeast and mild hop character with a wheat template.

T- Tame flavor of wheat with some lemony hop character and low bitterness for the style.

M- Slightly crisp feel with medium carbonation. Not a lot of body leading to a watery consistency.

O- More of a hoppy wheat than a full-on IPA. Decent for its drinkability, just unfortunate that it costs so much.

Edit: Didn't even realize there was Brett in this until I finished my review and took another look at the label. I guess that explains the mustiness but I never would have guessed.

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Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
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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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 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 jzeilinger
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a bright, vibrant gold color with no sediment and a fluffy white head.

S - Wheat, bright lemon citrus, grass, earthy, some slight funk.

T - Bright citrus flavor predominantly from grapefruit and lemon rind, grass, earthy funk, and a lingering bitter citrus/brett finish.

M - Light medium body with a slight oily coating left in the mouth.

O - It's alright, not great, not bad. I'm not digging the combination with the wheat.

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Photo of drpimento
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is the best thing here- lots going on: bread dough, fruit, hops, candy, vinegar; all over the board, but nice. Flavor loses almost all of the hop flavor, though there's good bitter. Nice balance amongst everything. Very drinkable, even if I think this one's a tad old.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. The cap is stamped 9341202.

A: A finger and a half of white, frothy head. Very hazy, straw-yellow. Scattered, heavy lacing.

S: Man, it smells like skunk from the second I uncap the bottle. Bummer. Mild, citrusy hops if you really look for it.

T/M: Mild, funky Brett and crisp carbonation with a bitter-dry endtaste. Some soft fruit, lemon rind, and a pleasant but subdued hoppiness. It grows funkier with time.

O: Interesting, decent beer. Worth trying, if not worth buying. More like a hopped saison than an IPA.

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

On tap at York River Landing.
Hazy gold color Small white head and a bit of lace.
Wonderful aroma of tropical fruit and funk.
Taste not quite as nice as the nose promised, but still great. Melon, kiwi, funk.
Medium-bodied, easy to drink.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold and hazy.

There's a little bit of a cat pee aroma when it's first poured, but when I brought it up to my face there was no hop scent present. Strange.

Tastes like a nicely bizarre IPA: gross up front with bitter hops. Hops get lightly greener as it progresses. It all ties together quite well even though it goes outside stylistic parameters.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows lemon and elderflower brett notes along with farmhouse characters. Little else.
Bretty flavours too, very farmhouse-y with a little elderflower as well. Not much wheat character.
Good moderately high carbonation.

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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 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 popery
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale gold, almost straw. There's a bit of haze, but it's clearer than I was expecting. Nice white head. Dissipates a bit quickly, but that's no big deal. Some lacing.

The aroma is an excellent mix of juicy, tropical fruit hops, wheat spice and barnyard brett funk. Hops are the main component and contribute freshly cut grass mixed with pineapple juice, mangoes and meyer lemons. The yeast aroma is rich with tasty brett notes. The funk blends into the hops well, and there's a dry, clean, almost lager-ish note in there, as well. Though it takes a backseat to the other flavors, there's also a sugarcane malt backbone with a healthy dose of wheat berry spiciness.

Like other brett IPAs, this is a nice dry beer, and I suspect it would get drier over time. There's an initial dose of sweetness flavored by wheat spice and bright hoppiness, but the beer dries out quickly and the hops and yeast take over. There's more tropical fruit hop flavor with some more fruit notes - sort of a grape-apricot blend - and lots of dry yeast funk. The finish is spicy, bitter and dry. Very drinkable stuff.

Mouthfeel is light. Lots of fine bubbles. Lasting finish.

I did not expect anything quite so good, but this is a really nice beer. It reminds me of Green Flash Rayon Vert, though it's hoppier, has wheat, and the yeast profile is a bit different. In my opinion, White IPAs and brett IPAs are excellent trends, and this beer combines good qualities of both. I'd love to see an American brewery put something similar into year-round six packs.

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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 DrinkSlurm
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into tulip. Paid $6 at deciccos ardsley. Pours a clear golden color with nice head and lacing. Smell is just bad...very bad. Urinal cake is the way to describe it. Lemony and bad.
Taste is decent. Citrus hop with wheaty malts. Hold your nose when you sip this.
Its a good beer with an absolutely horrible aroma...so...not my fav here. Not worth it except for pure curiosity.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 patre_tim
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw tinted with green, touched with a light haze, little carbonation, and 4 fingers of yellowish head. Leaves a random, melting snowman lace.

Brett on the nose, hops almost like mosaic in that they are very berry like. Blueberries, a hint of Belgian phenols as well.

Wow. Brett and blueberries, pine, pineapple jello.

Medium light body, lightly sweet but with a tannic tea like dryness as well. Little carbonation.

Got at Beer Lab. Loving this one, Orval like in the Brett, but will an herbal hopping and berry fruitiness all packed in one.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up recently from my local beer specialist (they've been getting quite a bit of Mikkeller recently). From what I can make out on the label, it's an IPA brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces. Should be interesting!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle-conditioned. A pale golden hue with faint haze and low carbonation. Produces a large head of brilliant white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of bright citrus hops with undertones of earthy wheat and a vinous hint of yeast in the background.

Tastes of aromatic citrus hops with a mildly acidic character and a dry finish. Notes of citrus, grainy wheat and earthy, vinous yeast. Subtle bitterness upon swallowing, and a hint of lactic/vinegary sourness in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry. A slight acidity on the tongue, and mild astringency. A tad undercarbonated. Aftertaste of sour wheat malt with citrus overtones.

Impressive - a subtle IPA with fantastic balance. Despite the novel ingredients and yeast, the finished article is tasty and very drinkable. The brett adds a distinctive note to the background, but doesn't overpower or clash with the other flavours. The aroma/taste has a dry, lactic - almost lemony sourness that complements the citrus hops perfectly. If it weren't for the price tag I'd grab another one (or two). Excellent - well worth trying if you encounter it.

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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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