Crooked Moon Tattoo
Mikkeller ApS

Crooked Moon TattooCrooked Moon Tattoo
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,242
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,728
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.54%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
167
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StJamesGate from New York

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

CAN
Sticky creamy foam over hazy bright orange. 4.25
Juicy orange jellies but some fusels. 3.75
Caramel shortbread, orange rind, mint, tangerine jello, and lemon oil. 4
Ringing bitter linger.
Medium, round, hot. 3.75

amarillo, citra, nelson sauvin, simcoe, sorachi ace

Great head! Juicy but way hot for 9%. There’s real depth to the citrus - technically sound. But also not so easy. 3.75

Oct 10, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

no doubt this bottle has been sitting around awhile, but i have such a fascination with mikkeller beers that i pretty much feel compelled to buy any i see that i have not previously tried, and i was not going to pass this up after how good the stockholm crooked moon beer with the figs was. this is a sturdy double ipa with a pretty substantial grain base, hazy and heady both, quite lively looking. aroma shows some oxidation, some fading citrusy hops, lemon curd, whole grain raw baking flours, and a strang yeast thats almost belgian. the flavor has a better hop character than the nose, with some lemon and pineapple in the finish, but this must have faded a lot from when it was fresh. maybe some nelson or mosaic was featured, it still has that tropical quality. the yeast might just be old, but certainly seems to have some intentional flavor. slight pear esters and a white wine quality, this element is thriving currently. the grain has a staleness, a past its prime vibe, but to see what this beer was fresh is still well within reach here. awesome carbonation, lots of body, some residual bitterness, stinging alcohol, and a beer i hope they brew again. old ipa is never ideal, but with the size of this one and the robust yeast strain, its held up better than i imagine others would...

Feb 26, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Hazy amber orange in color, it comes with a finger of frothy off-white head that stays for some time before sinking to some bubble sheet atop and leaving lots of sticky lacing patch and spot here and there.

Lots of pine in the aroma, it is also with notes of resin, grapefruit, lime, peach, melon, and some tropical fruit. Hop still imparts its spice, some earthy and grassy somewhere in the midst of the aroma. Malt is quite solid providing its biscuit, bread, and sweet caramel to counterbalance.

It is quite hoppy in the palate sensation. Led by a rich piney resin then all the other hop flavors persistently parade to soak the taste buds, it is melon, peach, tropical, some spice, earthy, grassy, and solid bitterness at time. Malt still remains strong here as the flavor base with its slight sweet, bread, biscuit, and caramel. The end is wrapped up by rich hop bitterness that is as well long-lasting in the aftertaste.

Rather full body with good crisp and moderate lively carbonation to carry all the things well under the smooth palate, quite refreshing, finish is very pleasantly dry.

Tasty DIPA that is not overly fruity or juicy but tends to be much on piney resin together with rich malt bill to keep everything in shape. Alcohol is also well hidden though.

Feb 01, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After all the hazy juice bomb IPAs I've been having lately, this was the perfect change of pace since this has more emphasis on pine, grass and malt notes. It has a near-perfect balance of bitterness, sweetness and resinous hop character. Also, the ABV is marvelously hidden.

Jan 23, 2017
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy beautiful appearance with a bunch of visible sediment floating freely.

Smells of tropical fruit, tangerine, ale yeast, and a array of sharp sweet notes.

Taste is similar but with a slightly more emphasized hop bitterness. A bitterness which complements the fruit sweetness beautifully. The only drawback is the carbonation which is to heavy for my liking. However, as the beer sits, this becomes less of a problem. Otherwise the body is light and enjoyable.

Another great Mikkeller brew.

Jan 04, 2017
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janubio from Spain

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden colour, medium head with normal retention and great lacing. Aroma of banana, apricots, oranges, tropical fruits, caramel, resines. Medium body, good carbonation. Taste of apricots, oranges, resines, caramel. I think I fell some tobacco notes. Good.

Aug 16, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, piney hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of chocolate, and slight wood. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Witbier. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of coffee, wood, piney hops, slight alcohol, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

Jul 09, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, nothing about any 'tattoo' on mine, but the label's the same.

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden apricot colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat shiny ecru head, which leaves some broad swaths of chunky, sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily bleeds off.

It smells of sharp, sugary, and bitter orange and white grapefruit, further muddled melon and pome fruit notes, grainy caramel malt, gritty, and mildly phenolic yeast, and a not so subtle hovering and menacing booziness. The taste is rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, more complex and complicated tropical, citrusy, and melon fruitiness (don't have the inclination to detail them all here - suffice it to say, it's a veritable fruit salad), a weirdly evolving yeast acridity, some lesser piney and leafy hop bitters, and a still loitering and kind of bothersome alcohol heat.

The bubbles are fairly active in their gentle, lilting frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, the alcohol sort of poking and prodding at one's various palates just a bit too much. It finishes on the sweet side, fruity, malty, and yerp, boozy.

A big, brash, and brawny DIPA, for sure, but its ability to rein things in, and show maybe a little balanced elan, are sorely lacking - too much heat, which overrides the pretty heady and enjoyable fruitiness of the laundry list of hops employed. Not bad, but not something I would order another of, given a choice.

Sep 11, 2015
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wfairfld from Maine

3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Heavy orange pour. Fruity nose. Wispy head. Heavy carbonation. Tropical fruity spice burst with sweet malty caramel middle and bitter acrid boozy linger.

Jul 17, 2015
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/11/15 - Monk's Pub (Chicago) Draft -Nice mixture of fruity hops and a taste of caramel. Tasted somewhat bitter, yet smooth and enjoyable to drink. Strong flavor and texture is a reason I liked this offering. Well done Mikkeller and hope to find additional offerings from this brewer down the road.

Feb 16, 2015
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2016 (I think). Purchased a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. The label calls it a DIPA; hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe and Sorachi Ace.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy marmalade-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a massive head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of supremely fruity hops with hints of white grape, melon, grapefruit, citrus, passionfruit, tropical fruits, subtle grass/hay, earthy yeast and caramel malt. A whiff of booze in the background. Slightly sweet and delicious.

T: Tastes of intensely fruity aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, white grape, melon, tropical fruits, grass/hay, earthy yeast, sweet caramel malt and stewed hops. A touch of alcohol lurks in the background. Slightly sweet, followed by a strident, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, grapefruit, pine, earthy yeast and mild caramel malt.

O: Excellent - a top-notch double IPA stuffed with hops. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are relentlessly hoppy. Good bitterness and the booze doesn't come across excessively. Nice smooth body. A hop-head's delight; well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Dec 20, 2014
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bschinelli from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap army local whole foods. Poured a hazy, light caramelized Orange color with a 1/4 inch head that dissipates immediately. Lots of lacing on the glass. This beer has a very slight floral aroma with some pink grapefruit notes. Tastes light on the tongue, with noticeable hop bitterness and a slight oily feel. You get the citrus taste, grapefruit peel something else I can't identify but good. It feels like a soda when you drink it, no alcohol heat. This is a dangerous beer, you might think you can slam a few, but you'll get slammed back.

Dec 19, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured a cloudy orangish body with one finger head and lace patches.
Aroma is mostly citric hops with a grassy feel and touch of sweetness.
Smooth body, well-balanced, I get a citric hop profile that is not too dry or bitter and retains some grapefruit sweetness, which mixes well with a mild caramel or toffee malt sweetness.
Finishes dry and easy, ABV hidden, and this is one of those DIPAs that you can just session b/c your tastebuds aren't nuked.

Dec 15, 2014
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BlazerT from Poland

4/5  rDev -2.4%

APPEARANCE: Burnt orange, amber, with solid head that faded fast, cloudy. Average lacing. AROMA: starts with malt grain, caramel, some citrus, floral and pine hops aromas, some pinneaple juice, some booze in the background TASTE: medium-sweet wtih bitterness in the middle. Starts with caramel flavours, than grapefruit. Finishes with strong hop flavours mostly citrus (grapefruit, orange peel). In general taste is more citrus and tropical, less floral with a bit of herbal character. PALATE: medium and thick body, medium carbonation, sweet and hoppy finish OVERALL: Really good DIPA. One of the best I’ve drunken with quite a lot of citrus and tropical falvours, moderate bitterness and balanced malty character.

Dec 15, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perhaps the first DIPA I've ever had that I preferred a bit warm and therefore near the end of the bomber. It poured a beautiful dark orange with a significantly hefty head. The nose was resinous, piney, with a mass of sticky lupilin and honey. The flavor, as it warmed, showed some sweet orange, grapefruit sourness, lupilin, full floral hop cone, honey and a significant caramel malt finish. The feel is dry and astringent with some alcohol heat that simmers to a low roar as it warms.

Jun 13, 2014
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JulioH from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an IPA. I can hardly pinpoint it.

It pours a nice yellow. I can't think of any smell, neither of any taste. It is a good IPA, yet there is nothing special about it.Mikkeller does make some good stuff. This is their good stuff. Nothing to go crazy about, nothing to search around. Just a good old IPA.

May 28, 2014
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schiffmt from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Nice golden color, very clear, what you would expect from a quality double IPA, a little too much foam in the head

Smell- not too strong of a scent, strong hop smell when opening the bottle, some hint of floral aroma

Taste- very strong fresh hops flavor, high alcohol content is prominent in the taste

Mouthfeel- a light feeling when drinking but a little bit of a heavier/thicker aftertaste

Overall- a very good double IPA and delivers what you would expect from a dIPA with loads of fresh hop flavor with a small amount of floral aroma which adds a nice touch

Apr 30, 2014
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to me for sharing this one.

Appearance - Very hazy dullish orange with a finger or so of white head. Partial cap and some lace left behind.

Smell - Prominent grapefruit pith, guava, lime, lemon, mint, leafy, earthy. Kinda funky and tart. Not too much for malts at all, unique and oddball hop profile with lots of strength and potency.

Taste - Follows exactly more or less. Funky fruity earthy hops, grapefruit pineapple bubblegum dirty hops. Eh, throw spicy and floral in there too. Light toffee sweetness and bread for backing malts.

Mouthfeel - Kind of a big feel with medium carbonation and medium-low bitterness. Not much alcohol noticeable, but kind of a sipper from the intense flavors.

Overall - Solid all around, a nice change up from your usual DIPA for sure. Lots of unique and complex hop flavor.

Mar 31, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pour out of the 750ml bottle to a few snifters with a yeast-ridden hazy golden body. Puffy, frothy white head builds up to just over a finger high. The cap retains well but eventually dies down to a creamy ring. Deposits of thick lacing sheets at the top with drizzle and spots following that.

S- Hops lead the way but there seems to be a decent yeast base to this brew. It could just be a larger than usual dose of spicy hops but it reminds me of a cleaner Belgian yeast. Beyond that hops bring stone fruit, wine grape, grapefruit, pineapple, citrus zest and floral notes.

T- A large punch of hops leads the way in the flavor as in the nose. Once again there is something that feels Belgian about this and it almost reminds me of Merica by Prairie in a way. It seems like there is Nelson, or similar, in here with a grape and tropical fruit feel. Stone fruits, grapefruit, oranges, heavy floral, herbal and stronger than most American IPA spicy hops all hit the taste buds. Light cracked grains and some yeast fruit feel.

MF- Body is somewhere between moderate and light thickness and it reminds me of the body of some Saisons. Somewhat creamy and frothy texture overall with high end carbonation which works with the hops. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

Mikkeller keeps getting better and better for me. It started off kind of rough with the prices and some of the early brews but he is pumping out a lot of great beers lately. I like the hop profile here, it isn't just juicy citrus hops but has more depth with a spicy floral feel. Wondering what yeast is used here.

Mar 31, 2014
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dense-looking, hazy orange color. Thick, creamy head coats the liquid in a layer of froth that lasts forever. Leaves a rich, blanketing trail of lacing behind.

Sweet, slightly acidic aroma of apricots, pears and oranges. Slight floral character and rich buttery biscuits.

Fresh, biscuity malt flavor forms a solid backbone. Apricot jam and orange peel compliment the malt character. Assertive, earthy, leafy, citric hop with hints of grapefruit. Great balance with the malt. A little more malty and fruity than most DIPA's but with plenty of hop character to balance.

Dense, full bodied. Slick feel with a dry finish. Smooth thoughout. Grainy, yeasty texture. Well carbonated.

Solid DIPA. I appreciate that it varies slightly from the stereotype.

Feb 21, 2014
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GarthT from Hong Kong

3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange, 2-finger head which faded fast

S: Grapefruit, pineapple, inviting

T: Hot alcohol dominates, but caramel and bitterness nicely balanced

M: Slightly thin

O: Decent DIPA, good background flavours, alcohol quite obvious. Would drink again.

Nov 10, 2013
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Greg_MacLeod from Thailand

3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy burnt orange color with a thick head of foam and nice lacing on the glass

Smells strongly of grain, tangy citrius, with a mild piney hops smell.

Taste starts out with a strong malt grain flavor with notes of grapefruit and caramel. Perhaps it's just the high alcohol content, but there seems to be a bit of a chemical flavor that I do not particularly care for. Finishes with a strong hops flavor that lingers for a good while.

Rather thick compared to most IPAs. Plenty of carbonation and overall good mouthfeel.

Overall a decent beer with a lot of flavor and a clean dry finish.

Nov 06, 2013
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date, but this is a fairly new release around here and recent reviews seem to indicate this is fresh enough.

Hazy burnt orange, chunky white head that sticks well. Classic dank (hate that descriptor but can't think of a better one) hoppiness at the fore, a dirty leafy hoppy flavor in the middle, citrus (orange peel) and thyme in the background, and finishes with a squeeze of pineapple juice. The palate is more expressive than the aroma leads you to believe. Malt lends a sturdy but dry grainy biscuit flavor. Hop flavor is big enough for the style while perceived bitterness is actually on the low end.

With the exception of a couple of beers, I am typically underwhelmed by mikkeller. And it's always overpriced. Crooked Moon Tattoo isn't underwhelming, it's quite good. Still overpriced at $13/750 ml, but then again I bought it so what's that say about me? Worth a try but not worth a repurchase when there are so many great, cheaper, and bottle-dated American versions.

Oct 01, 2013
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PT 9.4 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is cloudy and orange with golden highlights. Each pour yields about four inches of head.

S - I get some grapefruit and orange. I smell a little bit of peach too.

T - The taste is loaded with fresh grapefruit. It finishes with a bitter juniper flavor.

M - Medium

O - I never know what to expect from Mikkeller. I either love their beers or dislike them. This one is a good one. It has tons of citrus flavor and the pine finish is great. It is a very refreshing IIPA. It is a little pricey, but it did come all the way from Denmark is still tastes fresh.

Aug 04, 2013
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kaelingirl from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a tawny golden color with a thick white head that fades slowly. The first scent is pure grapefruit followed by slight alcohol and bubble gum. Taste follows the smell very closely with citrus upfront and then a hint of alcohol. As this ale warms up the alcohol becomes more pronounced and the bitterness really starts to stand out. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, the bitterness fades and I find myself ready for another sip fairly quickly. Definitely worth the purchase.

Jul 16, 2013
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