Double Eye PA | Mikkeller ApS

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Double Eye PADouble Eye PA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThickNStout on 11-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 77
Photo of oberon
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazed almost milky looking burnt orange infused gold with no head to speak of,it's unfiltered I know but the lack of head was off to me.Whoo alot of sweet alcohol over top of citric hops,the alcohol is your face here.Alcohol is so predomianat that it makes it kinda hard to get anything else on the palate,some resiny hops come thru as it warms but not enough to overcome the alcohol.This may be a case of a bad bottle,high reviews and the reputation of the brewery makes me think something went awry here.The bottle I have is not quite a drain pour but just isn't right I don't think and/or hope.

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3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got this bottle and saved it for 3 months to drink it on my anniversary. Was disappointed. While this was a good imperial ipa, it had a lot of different favors going on. Alcohol was notable. I had ZD for the first time the night before so that May have skewed my ratings. Overall this was okay and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

14% ABV confirmed - jesus! 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool green and black label and branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; Mikkel is my favourite brewer in the world.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and incredible (4+ minute) retention for the ridiculously high ABV. Body colour is a murky hazy tangerine orange. Abundant yeast particles float throughout. Translucent but nontransparent. Appealing and impressive for the style considering the high ABV. Definitely bottle conditioned. I'm excited to try it. No bubble show.

Sm: Biscuity hops, floral hop character, muted orange/tangerine citrus, biscuity yeast, milky notes, and heavy grassy grainy notes. No alcohol is detected - quite a feat at 14%. Wow. Quite appealing. Sweet caramel. Resiny as hell. Earthy natural hops. It's a rounded, sensical hop aroma - not a ridiculous overbearing American style IPA aroma. Moderate in strength. Generally appealing for the style, if a bit timid.

T: Phew. Nectary and biscuity up front with earthy natural floral hop notes throughout and a pleasant citrus zing on the climax. It hits hard on the open, but blossoms throughout the body - sort of an invert structure to that of many poorly executed American IPAs which are great until the finish where the bitterness hits; this one gets the bitterness out of the way - grabbing you - and then rewards you with a pleasant ride. Milky like an aged saison. Nectary. Refined. There's definite bright fruit here, but it comes off fermented. A bit of alcohol, sure, but nowhere near the level you'd expect. It's actually pretty damn drinkable considering the ABV. I wouldn't call it boozy or hot; there's just an alcohol presence. Biscuity yeast yields light earthiness. Heavily grassy and layered; the body is all grass with some fruity and malty sweetness aiding the balance. And it is balanced, by the way - impressively so. Here's a bold aggressive imperial IPA that's trying something new, not copying Russian River. I like it, even if a bit of age is evident. Might be a bit too sweet - almost approaching wheatwine levels of sweetness in terms of the hop balance. Fresh squeezed orange juice/pulp comes through more and more as it warms. This one grows on you. Never too bitter.

Mf: A dash of coarseness right on the open; you don't see that often. After that it's smooth sailing: smooth, wet, and refreshing. This beer's got one hell of a body too; it's heavy on the palate without feeling overbearing. Carbonation is perfect.

Dr: Somewhere between a sipper and a refreshing IPA. Hides its ABV pretty well - impressively well - but you're still aware of it. This'll get you drunk; that's for damned sure. Great to see the best brewer of our time pushing imperial IPAs like no one else is. Worth trying for the innovation and mastery. I'd love to try it on-draught. I wouldn't have another one, because it would put me on the floor, but maybe on a different night. It drinks differently than many IPAs; this isn't one you can gulp.

Low B-

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Teku glass from a twelve ounce bottle on July 20, 2015. Look is cloudy and amber in color. Smells of fig, alcohol and malt. Taste is hops and sweet malts. Feel is flat and syrupy.

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Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Northdown, served in a small snifter.

Bright orange with sharp clarity. a thin but lasting layer of white foam on the surface. Minimal spotty lacing, not a shock considering the high abv.

Aroma of caramel malt, orange zest, booze fumes.

Taste is similar, syrupy sweet, bready caramel malt, some light citrus, and a steamroller bitter finish. Very syrupy with low carbonation, a very slow sipper as a result. Took about an hour to finish it. Not bad, just not my thing. Hop flavor seemed second fiddle to the sticky sweet caramel malt and boozy bitterness.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11/4/14 - Updated from a 3.75 'Had' rating.

Probably kinda past its prime at this point, but hey, it's 14%, and honestly pretty malty either way. And this revisit seems pretty close to when I first tried it a little over a year ago.

The pour is hazy bright orange with a small white head that quickly forms to a ring. There is some pineapple and a strong resiny presence in the nose along with a big dose of sweet toffee-ish malts, some booze but not bad. Taste is a little harsher with solvent alcohols. Hops here are mostly earthy and resiny with some citrus zest as well. Despite the age and a big sweet malt backbone there is decent hop bitterness/flavor. Syrupy, medium-lowish carbonation, some alcohol burn but really not too bad.

A hop bomb can't be expected given the huge ABV, akin to 120 Minute, but this actually resembles an IPA moreso.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's Hopfest (from notes, 8/16-18/13)

A: Hazy amber.

S: Sweet and malty.

T: Sweet and rich but unlike with Struise's 15% HopVerdomme, you really taste the 14% here. There is a burn here.

M: Crisp but with miniscule bubbles.

O: Were it not for the burn this would be much better, but as it stands it mostly a malt bomb.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

IPA meets Barleywine for Mikkeller's latest attempt to hop the hell out of an ale for some for the most obnoxious tastes possible.

A hazy swirl of amber, peach and orange settles into the snifter with a short-statured but highly dense mousse rising to the top. This long-lasting head is ivory in color and laces lightly in the beer's wake.

A ton of malt aromas are just as prevalent in the nose as is any hop character- albeit, both are immense. Honey and shortbread waft about the nose and captures a plethora of fruity scents: nectarines, tangerines, mangoes, apricots, passion fruit and pomegranate is just part of the citrus and tropical fruit medley. And then there's the alcohol- straight-up vodka about says it all.

Its hearty and dense taste is teeth-churning and lush with honey, light caramel and biscuit. Highly bready throughout, the hop flavor edges out the malts on the middle palate with all that citrus, tropical and orchard fruit character. Even apples and lemons make their way into the mix from time to time. Its sheer enormity of taste invites a metaillic and salty taste and aids in pulling the hops and malt together even though it further complicates the taste and causes further intimidation. ...oh, and vodka.

Full bodied, the beer has no problem opposing the dry notion of standard IPAs. Instead it celebrates a viscous and chewy citrus sweetness and breadiness. An ill-faded attempt at hop and alcohol dryness is met with a wall of malt thickness. Still finishing hot and mildly fusal, this ale is a sipper for sure.

Double Eye is an ale that drinks like a meal. Its quite messy and complex for IPA standards at any strength. But as a showcase for hop flavor, alcohol and malt support- its tough to find bigger.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ok, well...Never a good sign to find a foreign IPA purchase showing as retired, especially at the price paid. 11.2 oz bottle with a code of "10:59 160723" on the cap poured into a tulip glass. Heard some good things about the brewer, so I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

A - Poured an effervescent, murky, orange, with a slim fingernail head that moved quickly to nothing.

S - Some malts, heat, barleywine esque, with some fig and peach.

T - Well, that is interesting. Butterscotch. Mild alcohol. Toffee. Almost no semblance of hops. You get faint hints of leather/ashtray/wood in the aftertaste, but not so much as to detract.

M - Medium low carbonation (there is a little back end sharpness) with a very full, syrupy type mouthfeel.

O - It was oddly tasty, but it had some unsavory moments. I have no idea how old or where the beer has been, but it showed up in the "New!/Just In) section. Glad to have tried it, but would have been glad to try it for much less.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange with minimal head and lace and the aroma has a strong citric hop and caramel malt base but the alcohol is slightly detectable even with a few whiffs of this beer. The taste follows the nose as this full-bodied and filling, not chewey mind you, beer has a good amount of citric hops that are dry and bitter mixed with a chunk of sweet malt as this beer can be sticky at times. The alcohol, though, being so high is noticeable and for me is more of a detraction and distraction from the beer. To clarify, if this beer came in at the average 9 or 10% I don't think I would notice the ABV during some of my sips (and this was a slow, heavy sipper for me) nor when the beer warmed and gave off a heated, almost medicinal finish at times. Good beer, packs a punch, just not my personal preference when looking for a beer of this style.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle from Sherlocks (Marietta, GA). 5.98. Brewed with/at Lervig Aktiebryggeri. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours murky orange with a small quarter finger pale head. A few tiny pods of lace persist despite the high abz.

Smells like vodka soaked tropical fruits.

Taste is a hoppy reflection of the nose. Big bold booze-infused pineapples and oranges, resinous pine, dank onion/garlic, sweet bread, some peppery notes and a good deal of alcohol. I wouldn't call it balanced and I wouldn't say the alcohol is hidden but this is still pretty darn good.

Oily sticky medium full feel with subtle carbonation. Long boozy fruity aftertaste.

Mikkeller creates another intense drinking experience. Boldly hoppy and boozy, I think this has potential to pass into a really nice barleywine someday- I'm just not sure I'd be able to leave one sitting around without drinking it. And whew- just one bottle can make a man know he's been drinkin.

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Photo of avalon07
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing at all.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and pine.

T: Pretty much tasted like it smelled: A lot of hops, light citrus (grapefruit maybe?), pine, and light malt in the finish. A big, powerful flavor. Somewhat boozy - unavoidable when the ABV is 14% - but not overwhelmingly so.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the better European versions of a West Coast DIPA. Generally well made (with some minor flaws), and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a sexy blonde with a sultry redhead in-between.

Straight-up pine bomb here. Alcohol heat is heavy on the nose. Sweet malt underneath.

Warm and bitter with a heap of biscuity malt. It's like an over-hopped English IPA. Quite the opposite of what I thought.

So warm, it dulls the senses. Finishes clean enough, leaving my mouth with nothing but hop residue.

I would sip this with caution. An old-school DIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice looking beer cloudy, carbonation present orange creamy color... not much head and doesn't stick around very long. Doesn't appear to be much lacing. Smell is hoppy and the alcohol is definitely apparent. Pine and resin notes for sure. Taste is hops, citrus tastes much like it smells. Alcohol lets you know it's there but at 14% not nearly as much as you'd think. Definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick goes down pretty easy if you can handle the alcohol burn. First time trying a Mikkeller beer because of the high price point they usually carry 6 bucks for this 11.2 oz beer. Pretty good showing I'll try more of their beers.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Stamped 310722. From notes. Reviewed 28 November 2012.

A: Virtually no head. Murky brown and opaque, though the edges let through a sickly, yellow glow.

S: Rich, earthy hops. Or old American hops. Dangerously deep, it entices the nose into tumble into what seems like an abyss, but is a short splash away. Some citrus.

T: Mmmm. Uplifting and delicious. Hugely boozy, but this is only apparent after many sips. No element is particularly noticeable (or notable) but the entire production is divine. A perfect blend of neutral-sweet malt and old-bitter hops, both are huge, and neither has the upper hand. Still, the balance is somehow a bit...dull?

M: Thick and rich; pleasant and engaging.

O: A phenomenal DIPA and another great success from Mikkeller. Extreme, but not even obviously so. Drinkable, ensnaring, and recommended.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, some booze.

T - Grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and floral hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with dry, bitter, warming and lightly sweet finish.

D - Nice big hoppy DIPA. Good overall balance.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: hazy apricot. surprisingly full head on the given (given a 14% abv). recedes to wisps. it does look inviting.
smell: wow, this buzzes with tropical fruit. i expected razor sharp hops and a sweetness from the heavy abv but this deep fruit is a welcome surprise.
taste: wow again. the taste delivers too. different than the nose. the booze asserts itself but isn't overpowering. Citrusy hops, a strong malt backbone and to a lesser degree than the nose - fruit.
overall: quite an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Opaque, cloudy, no head, some lacing, amber.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, sweet, pine, malts.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine, nutty, caramel, brown sugar, bread, toffee

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Thick, no carbonation, smooth, creamy, warming, heavy, syrupy.

VALUE - $7.99 for 12-oz bottle. Good deal for import?

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - ABV surprisingly well-hidden. I wish there was a bit more carbonation, but what do you expect at ABV 14%?

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Double Eye PA from Mikkeller ApS
3.82 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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