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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New HopsMikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops
BA SCORE
3.94/5
456 Ratings
Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New HopsMikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#5,659
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
456
pDev:
10.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
46
Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of fmccormi
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 11.2oz/330ml bottle to a can glass; no freshness or bottling dating that I can see, but given that it’s a well-stored brett beer, I’m not too worried.

Appearance (4.25): Believe it or not, this pours with a very bright, almost perfectly clear yellow body, sitting underneath two fingers of off-white foam that crackles away slowly but visibly. Staying power is average, but lacing is well above: wide-set webs of frilly lace, legs connecting loosely-defined collars all around the glass. Dainty and quite pretty. For some reason, this beer just strikes me the right way.

Smell (4.25): It’s certainly got a nice aroma! Somewhat fruity, bitter-tart citrusy hop notes mingle well with the peppery, fruity combination of brett and wheat, the latter of which also plays well with the earthy, slightly musty side of the brett. A little piney and a little spicy in the end. Lightly bready, moderately hoppy, moderately funky, moderately spicy, lightly fruity.

Taste (4.5): Hops and brett definitely duke it out a bit here, showing a solid citrus zest bitterness that floats in and out next to bretty pepper and a light, fruity tartness—the overall effect being some yellow grapefruit juice, minerally white wine, a tiny bit of pineapple sweetness, and some very tangy lemonade. Actually, this is very lemony, now that I think about it. The malt body is soft and bready without coming off as starchy or biscuity—just nice, soft, fresh-baked white bread with a light drizzle of honey. There’s a slightly peppery, musty-funky undercurrent throughout the whole thing, too, which is excellent because it stops short of coming off as phenolic in any way. Damp hay, white wine, tangy pear, lemon zest, and a spiciness I can’t pin down really sum it up nicely. No booze. Excellent stuff!

Mouthfeel (4.75): Eminently drinkable—like, really hard to just sip. The carbonation seems modest but tingles early and ends up quite fluffy, washing out with a nice, full foaming effect only at the swallow. The body is just a bit on the light side of medium-weight, and has the perfectly dry feel that begs for more but without parching even for a second.

Overall (4.25): This is, I think, an outstanding beer. It’s so easy to drink, so tasty, and bright and lemony, and so well-executed—the brewers avoided every single downfall of brett that I can think of. It’s not phenolic, it’s almost perfectly carbonated, everything meshes, and its funk is never off-putting. If I were a brewer, this is exactly the kind of beer I’d want to make all of the time. Kudos, Mikkeller and Grassroots, because this beer is awesome.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours golden yellow with a decent white head, continues bubbling up from bottom of glass
S- Very wheat forward, some noticeable hops, slight brett funk, smells more like Hill's farmstead ales than I imagined
T- Crisp, refreshing, slightly tart, slightly hoppy, tastes pretty saison-y. If this were bottled as Florence or Anna, I wouldn't tell much of a difference. It's very good though.
M- Light on the carbonation, smooth on the palate, lingering malt aftertaste
O- This just recently hit shelves in stores near me, and I'm okay with not having to drive all the way back to Hill Farmstead to try a Hill creation once in a while

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 456 ratings
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