Crooked Moon Tattoo | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by flyingpig on 04-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
165
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
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Photo of mhaugo
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Draft pour in a half liter mug.
Appearance: Honey stained birch. Cloudy from front to back. Thick cap of big, fat bubbles.
Smell: Sweet tangerines and orange peel. Very aromatic.
Taste: Aggressive bitterness up front, fades to sweet, and then the bitterness slowly creeps back in. It’s so bitter than I’m having a hard time isolating any other flavors. There’s almost a citrus cleaning solution hidden in the background. Malt?
Mouthfeel: Thin and hot.
Overall: I have not had many Mikkeller beers, and I’m not sure this is the one that is going to convince me. It feels like I’m participating in an IPA “tough guy” contest, where the first to grimace loses. It’s not balanced, not fun to drink, and certainly not worth the $18 I paid for it. I guess I’ll go back to overpaying for domestic drafts again.

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Photo of bmeGT
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too malty for my tastes

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Mikkeller Crooked Moon dIPA." Not seeing the "Tattoo" anywhere, but the ABV/style match up so I won't worry too much over the name and listing. 9.0% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded white pressure cap acquired for $15.00 earlier tonight at a local SoCal beer store and served into a clean conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; this is me favourite brewer and I couldn't have this beer more fresh here in the U.S. Identifies itself as an "Imperial India Pale Ale Style Beer" on the label, so that's what I'll review it as. Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef. Imported by the Shelton Bastards - blame them, not Mikkeller, for the price tag.

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

A: Pours a marvelous seven finger biege colour head. It's incredibly frothy; the texture is soft and supple. Fantastic thickness and great (~10+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Lacing is moderate, even, and consistent as the head slowly recedes. No bubble show. That's quite a nice head. Body colour is a lightly hazy translucent semitransparent copper-orange. No yeast particles are visible. Vibrant and appealing. Carbonation bubbles indicate good carbonation; not too much nor too little. I'm excited for this one. Spot-on for the style, though I've seen better coloured imperial IPAs.

Sm: Heavy but not overbearing floral hop character. Some grapefruit zest. Light soapy character - which has me worried; did this spend too long in primary? Some estery hop oils. Very light hop bitterness. Tropical fruits - definitely mango, perhaps passionfruit and pineapple as well. I don't get any pine or nectary character. The hop build isn't ideal for the style based on the aroma, but I'm optimistic anyway. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma. Pale malts. On the slightly bitter end of the sweet/bitter duality.

T: Hm. Floral hop character is definitely there, alongside some strangely selected tropical fruit notes. I get mango, tangerine, passionfruit, and maybe a vague hint of pineapple. really want citrusy fruit, but there's little of that here. I'm not big on tropical fruit in an IPA; few beers really pull that off for me. And this isn't quite one of them. Pale malts comprise the foundation. Not getting piney, oily, or nectary hop character. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Luckily, bitterness is well hidden - a highlight here. But it does sweeten in the third act, which I'm not a fan of here. A touch of soapy character on the climax leads me to believe this spent just a bit too long in primary - but it's nowhere near as noticeable as it was on the aroma. A decently executed imperial IPA all around, but not an impressive one. Balanced for the most part, but built in an underwhelming fashion. I think it's just my own personal preference.

In terms of hop character and what to expect, think Alchemy Hour not Alpine Keene Idea. Tropical character over citrusy/nectary character. If that lifts your skirt up, this might be for you.

Mf: Soft. Good carbonation. Smooth and wet through out. Even and consistent, with little variation - a plus in this style. Not really that oily. Pretty thick to accomodate its diverse flavour profile. Good presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: While this isn't quite my personal preference in terms of hop selection and build, it's a well-executed brew for the style and it's exploring hop territory often ignored even by many top American breweries that work with this style. Drinkable for the high ABV. Pricey thanks to the Shelton Bastards. I wouldn't get it again, except maybe on-draught at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen. A solid beer in the style from Mikkeller, just not suited to my particular tastes.

Low C+

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06/24/14: I accidentally picked up another bottle in Budapest. Truncated notes follow. BB: 07/01/15.

A: No head. Colour is standard for an Imperial IPA.

Ar: Detergent & unwelcome tropical fruit, including a boozy pineapple note I despise.

T: Pale malts and pleasant tropical fruits - including melon, tangerine, mango, and banana. Clean and balanced, but the booze is noticeable on the fringe. Luckily that pineapple note is buried, if present.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, a bit overcarbonated, and almost refreshing. Nice presence on the palate, with the perfect amount of body and thickness. This texture complements the taste well.

O: A drinkable and enjoyable IIPA which offers nothing new to the discerning drinker, pleasant as it is. I enjoyed this batch (with the horror-inspired label) much more than the last batch I reviewed, but it's far from world class, and the subtle booziness restricts drinkability. At 1300 forents in Hungary, I'll be passing on this in future.

High C+

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Photo of wfairfld
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dataylor21
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthT
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of DanielCseklye
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Greg_MacLeod
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of duracell
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ShowerBeers
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seamus
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of DanjRyan79
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of MartzMimic
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dannyhead
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kayakandbeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

probably the best ipa I've had from mikkeller. pours hazy orange with fluffy head. Purchased at Modica Market in Seaside.

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Crooked Moon Tattoo from Mikkeller ApS
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