Crooked Moon Tattoo | Mikkeller ApS

Crooked Moon TattooCrooked Moon Tattoo
BA SCORE
4.09/5
166 Ratings
Crooked Moon TattooCrooked Moon Tattoo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by flyingpig on 04-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,183
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
166
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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7
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger white head on a cloudy orange golden body. Aroma is odd. Almost smells of fresh meat and A1 sauce even barbecue. Flavors are include fruit notes of fig, earthy and herbal hops, tart citrus, some metallic notes, resiny. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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...

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.29/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In conjunction with the tattoo artists of Crooked Moon, this "violently" hoppy ale assaults the palate with the tangy bitterness of tropical fruit. Its flora and fauna is supported with a malty-sweet undercurrent, dry biscuit, and deceptive alcohol finish.

It pours with a hazy golden-peach color that's that's translucent through its yeast and dry-hopped veil. Firm, creamy, and ivory-stained- the head character easily stands the session and laces ideally as the beer fades.

The succulent tang of tropical fruit spans the gamut- pineapple, peaches, mangoes, passion fruit, tangerine, and ripe ruby red grapefruits come alive in the nose and carry over seamlessly to taste. Backed by the malty-sweet taste of light caramel, honey, and biscuit- the body is firm, supportive, and give the impression that all those fruit flavors are honey-dipped, riper and brighter than actual. Though its bitterness certainly quialifies as an IPA- the ale celebrates its aroma and taste much more that the closing bitterness- keeping the ale citrusy-bitter rather than deeply resinous. Presiding over the taste is a light floral bit that teases the senses of floral honey suckle that remains alive even in finish.

Semi-full on the palate, the beer is creamy, pleasantly dense, and lightly bready. But as the firmly embedded carbonation slowly releases, the beer lightens gradually into dry citrus acidic feel with the slimmest of minty alcohol warmth.

Mikkeller has made some fine and well-balanced IPAs but... This one wins!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
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 kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
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 zestar
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head fades slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - A fruity aroma of grapefruit, lavender, and pine with some toffee.

T - Spicy hops up front with a bit of grapefruit. Caramel and toffee in the middle with some clove notes toward the finish. Brown sugar and pine in the finish with fairly strong bitterness.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, a bit darker malt character than average for the style, but enjoyable.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Excellent fluffy white head with a sustained layer of surface foam. Great lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Great floral hop aroma. Tropical fruit in there too. Sweet malts. Slightly herbal hop aroma.

Taste - Bright citrus. Less floral, more tropical. Still maintains a bit of that herbal character. Sweetness throughout, but it gets toastier in the finish with a moderate bitteness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Well carbonated. Enjoyable but on the thick side.

Overall - I was very surprised by how good this was. Unfortunately I'll probably never see it again. One of the best Mikkeller offerings I've had.

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Photo of Tone
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.01/5  rDev -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.

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Crooked Moon Tattoo from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 166 ratings
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