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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew)

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Deca Services, Woesten-Vleteren, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malt, hops, candy sugar, ale yeast and spices.

According to the brewers, this is the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2007

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in California.

Pours a cloudy but still bright golden colour, with a touch of red in the deeper parts. Body is very light, and very fluid. Very fine, but not particularly effusive carbonation. Thick, heavy lace. Looks pretty good.

Nose is piney and resiny, with a really sharp, almost isohop bite to it. Under this is a sugary sweetness; a rather treacle and light brown sugar note. The hops just yell "HOPS!", there's very little in the way of nuanced fruit or fragrance. It's somewhat confronting, and a little one dimensional.

Taste is smooth initially, before the sharp, direct spike of hops comes through and slices the palate in half. Some vanilla comes through, giving a fragrance, but no smoothness, and the relatively light body struggles against the hops, meaning it feels very unbalanced. Feel is surprisingly light, and the booze on the back adds some vapour-like astringency. Phewy.

It's a bold, rugged and unapologetic beer, there's no doubt about that. But it gets to the level where it's actually a little undrinkable. I can believe it's the hoppiest beer ever brewed in Belgium—it's one of the hoppiest beers I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of corby112
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber/ orange color with a huge foamy white head that settles into a thin lace that lasts throughout. Spicy aroma with hints of apple, pear, grape, floral and citrus hops, candi sugar, caramel, and alcohol. Very spicy and hoppy with sweet ctrus fruit up-front with some candi sugar, licorice, and sweet fruit followed by a spicy, hoppy sweet lingering, slightly bitter finish. Excellently balanced and very quaffable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with dense head that dies slow and there's some lace. A mostly citric hop aroma but there seems to be a little sweetness from both malts and fruits in the nose. A drier, hoppier IPA than most but not a taste bud killer at all. Mostly citric hops but the balance and taste of the sweet malts (caramel is all I really detect) is pretty good and a little spicy, crisp finish complements the medium bodied beer. Pretty good beer and one that is a little sweeter than your average IPA but still packs a crispy hop wallop.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium-dark murky orange which was topped off by a 2 finger creamy light ivory colored head that had incredible retention leaving a streaky lacing. A few bran-like yeast particles were observed.

S: The nose was moderately strong with fresh pine oil and citrus most dominant. There were also was a noticeable muskiness of oranges and sweet candi-sugar that graced the nose.

T: The flavor started off sweet with candi-sugar coated oranges and tangerines with a pungent hoppiness of citrus and pine. Some mushy pear fruitiness, wet grains and a musky, cellar like yeastiness along with sour dough is also detected. A pungent dried grapefruit hopping and a touch of acidity and mildew round out this unique showing of yeasty character. Overall a complex, spicy, yeasty, and sour malted Belgian with a musky, cellar like flavor and slight alcohol warming and detection makes this truly a unique experience. Sour tangerines coat the tongue as well some spicy dried grapefruit hopping.

M: A soft carbonation with only a slight tingle experienced on the tip of the tongue. Very smooth with a nice tart showing on the swallow.

D: A sour, musky and very yeasty Belgian highlights this experience making this a standout in all respect. A unique and intriquing drink.

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Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010; this "SM No.12", one of the ales in the "Struise Mikkeller" project, comes with a whopping 163 IBU. The label specifies "Brewed and bottled by Struise @ Oost-Vleteren, Belgium" and does not mention Mikkeller anywhere; served in Tripel Karmeliet's tulip-shaped goblet.

A: hazy, dark reddish copper hue with moderate carbonation, topped with a well-lasting light beige creamy froth.
S: rich maltiness on a par with sweet grapefruit jam, flowery fragrance, and a touch of green mangos... semi-estery as compared with an American product of this style; a swirl wakes up the more oily feel of hop resins, ripe pears, berry-flavoured candies, sweet pale malts, melted caramel and a hint of candy sugar. Richly hoppy as much as malty & sweet - a rough balance is reached here.
T: surprisingly clean & pleasantly effervescent, with longan-fruit-ish maltiness, lubricating fruit-esters, grapefruit notes and tea-ish tannins of hops developing elegantly, followed by mild spiciness, as of old dried citrus peels. Only in the end does the full quality of bitterness manifest itself, as it has hidden surprisingly well up until this moment, when a lingering flow of grapefruit-peel-ish tannic bitterness and aroma expands. But the finishing touch is light in hop flavour, and not at all as bitter as the quoted 163 IBU has prepared my brain & taste-buds for. The 2nd sip, however, ends in a much, much more bitter fashion, with hop tannins going deeper & deeper down the palate, but overall just chewy, not so... bitter as many US hop bombs, and neither is it so sweet in terms of maltiness - the work of yeasts?
M&D: lubricating, lightly-carbonated, full-bodied but somehow the flavour profile is much less bold as I'd expect from a DIPA. In contrast, the bitterness level feels more subtle on my palate than does an even standard AIPA or indeed a bolder English Bitter in that, everything goes so smoothly and treading in the Belgian territory of mild hop flavours plus alchemy of yeasts. Hops do lend a depth (more than body & flavour) to the overall performance, but in a rather different way than most American products, again perhaps balanced by the yeastiness. I'm very grateful that BSF imported this ale from Belgium this year, otherwise I would never have known how a 163 IBU, Belgian-made "double IIPA" might treat my taste-buds... the answer is, sheer heavenly...

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear deep pecan color body with a sea of boiling micro-bubbles and a thick moussey head of tan that mushrooms above the glass.
S- This beer has a candy caramel malt aroma with a light fruity green hop note and a slight buttery nose in the finish.
T- This beer has a slightly sweet fruity candy sugar taste with a pine hop flavor leading to an alcohol note in the finish. The fruity grapefruit pith note lingers a bit after each sip that has an almost cinnamon zip to it.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with an alcohol heat that grows with each sip but is not really fusel in nature.
D- This beer is a nice barleywine with some caramel malt notes with a big alcohol but sadly not much support from the hops.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale is well carbonated. After opening the bottle, I allowed it to sit and breathe only to see the head slowly creeping out of the bottle. In the glass, 4 fingers of head came off of the first pour. Despite the size, the head doesn't lace very well. The ale is a hazy orange amber color, close to an iced tea in appearance.

S: The nose is that of a Belgian IPA, Belgian spices and candi sugars and lots of hoppy bitterness.

T: The first sip reinforces my Belgian IPA belief. The spice profile is pale candi sugar and coriander with touches of anise. That spiciness sets the stage for a strong hop bitterness. The effect is much more tripel than DIPA and I like it. The finish is the typical muddled Belgian IPA melange of spicy sweetness and harsh bitterness.

M: Mmmm Belgian IPA. The blend of Belgian spices and American hops is an inspired. The sweetness that lingers in the palate is unique.

D: The alcohol is well hidden but it does sneak up on you. The combination of the two styles really works. Had I rated this as a Belgian IPA, the score would have jumped up a bit.

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Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with copper highlights and a creamy, dense one inch cream head that lingers indefinitely.

Aromas of fresh cut grass, pine, citrus, and bready caramel malt dominate. There's almost a sweet character, reminiscent of burnt sugar.

Flavor reveals more citrus undertones, as well as significant bitterness throughout. Grapefruit pith and pine weave into a fairly neutral malt backbone. There's a hint of nuttiness. Earthy hops underlie the profile, accompanying the bitterness nicely. The malt emerges a bit sweet as it warms.

Body is moderate, slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency at the finish.

Overall, not your typical american dipa. I didn't pick up a distinctly belgian yeast character, but that likely is adding to the fruity hop character that I blanketed as citrus.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with about a 2 inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is spice, candy sugar, yeast, raisins, caramel malt, and earthy and grassy hops. I think it smells more like a Belgian-style beer than an IPA. However, the hops come out more in the taste (but it's still pretty even between the IPA and Belgian style in taste). It tastes like earthy/grassy and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, candy sugar, raisins, spice (pepper and maybe ginger?), and caramel/sweet malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, coating and slick with average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. The 9% ABV isn't very noticable. I still think this is closer to being a Belgian styled brew than an IPA, but I can't complain about that since I think it's a good beer. I like it, and I'd buy it again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a gigantic, foamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing. An excellent-looking beer.

S: Smelled of citrus, hops and some yeast.

T: A big, complex taste consisting of grapefruit, citrus, lots of hops, yeast, spices and a nuttiness like you might find in a brown ale. Very well done.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a generally smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A big, drinkable beer with lots character and power.

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Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a ton of foam. Beer is left to settle, leaving a frothy two-finger head with lacing on the glass and a medium amber color.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with with a hint of spice and candi sugar. A bit of citrus as well.

Taste is full of citrusy hops with a hint of sweet malt and spice. Alcohol heat seems to be a factor here.

Mouthfeel is full of citrus, spice and alcohol heat. Seems quite strong and a bit unbalanced, even if it's at room temperature.

Not bad but not impressive enough. It may have the hype but it falls apart in my opinion.

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Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to biegaman for providing this bottle!

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, massively thick white head forms, very big, tons of chunky lacing, settles down to a very thick layer, excellent retention, looks pretty nice. Smell is tons of citrus, a bit of pungent funk, pine, wheat, crackers and biscuits, grapefruit/tangerines, some phenols, alcohol, little raw. Taste is sweet, some orange peel, grapefruit, brown sugar, bitter citrus finish, yeasty, some alcohol, interesting. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, bitter, but easy to drink. Very interesting, smooth and easy to drink, some funny flavours but overall pretty good, thanks Jan!

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Photo of Bighuge
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scarlet red body that has a glow to it. Dense pack of stained white froth. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is a melange of hop resin, belgian candy sugar and biscuit malt. On the palate, I get a little heat, some sweetness from the candy sugar, herbal attributes usually associated with Saison, and not nearly as much hop flavor or bitterness that I'd expect from a 130IBU DIPA. The hops that I do get are citrus, like grapefruit and pineapple, when mixed in with alcohol, gives some of that "spiked fruit punch" feel to the whole thing. The flavor combo here borders on awkward, but I still find myself sipping away. Give 'em some credit for experimenting.

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Photo of Bung
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour, giant rocky off white head. Lasted forever.

Aroma is nearly non-existant. Non descript yeast, citrus. Some fruity esters.

Taste is quite malty, some herbal hops, tea, leather. Brown sugar and a toasted character really come through, almost roast. Bakers chocolate. Very little pine. Finishes some citrus and almost ashy dry.

It is sticky, but lighter mid bodied. Drank fairly easily. Alcohol hidden enough. Would consider this more of a strong ale. This was interesting though, worth a try.

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Photo of drpimento
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grinnin' like a fool here - what a grand beer! Poured with a HUGE foamy frothy sudsy cream colored head that lasts and lasts with loads of lace. Color is a cloudy darkish amber. Aroma is hoppy, malty, toffee, leather, musk, and toffee with a bit of fruit. Flavor is first rate with the hops dominating but very nicely complimented with some sweetness and caramel plus the other flavors that are like the aromas. Body is superb and masterfully carbonated. A little bit warming in the finish, which also has a good satisfying length. If it weren't for the strength, a session beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip...The beer is hazy goldish amber that is highly carbonated. Several fingers of off white head, that almost makes it too hard to pour and drink because the retention is great, hurry up and get down, I want to drink you. Good lacing as well...The aroma is surprsingly light, grapefruit, spices, fresh hops...The taste is also light, which is amazing considering this is 130 ibu. Bitter hops dominate as you would expect its a very medicinal bitter, not metallic or piney, which makes it easy to drink. Its also really matly on the front, very malty for an ipa, grapefruit and caramel in a very full and thick sticky way. Nice mouthfeel and pretty easy to drink, if you can actually pour it...Intersing overall but not awesome.

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Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber colour with a big, rocky, off-white head. Great head retention. Pretty.

Rich, robust malty aroma with lots of citrussy American hops. I get a touch of lemon and tropical fruit.

To me this comes across half way between a good DIPA and an American Barleywine. Lots of toasty, caramel malt is backed up by a hop sweetness, medium bitterness and a background note of citrus. The finish is dry.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A very tasty beer that I can't help but love. It's not quite a DIPA but I suspect that it wasn't supposed to be.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods for about $5. I bought it based on the reputations of Mikkeller and Struise, and the IIPA description on the label. I liked it a lot, but my rating is based on the IIPA style (which this doesn't match in my opinion).

The beer is bazy and golden colored, huge thick and active foam, lots of floaties. The aroma is very sweet and hoppy (kind of fruity-hoppy) with a Belgian Strong Pale Ale feel to it. The taste is really good, sweet upfront and bitter in back, balanced in that respect although more hoppy than malty. I don't believe I can taste any spices whatsoever despite the ingredients list on the label. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little thick, definitely a Belgian feel all around.

I think of this ale as an imperial version of Urthel Hop-It. I can't tell for sure but I think the candi sugar messed this up for me.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA.

Pours a cloudy gold/copper color with a two-finger light tan head. The head slowly dissipates until settling into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sugar coated fruits - mostly citrus but with hints of pears and bananas. The candi sugar takes the bite out of the citrus. There's definitely some bitterness, but it's balanced nicely by the candi sugar and fruits.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I drank one bottle with no problem, but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was an interesting beer - I feel like this is something a bored homebrewer would come up with. Strange as it is it's worth a shot.

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Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark bronze, orange reflexes, lightly veiled. Abundant foam, beige in color, quite compact, but not too much.
In the smel: hop. American hop. Intense, strong.
At the taste too. Bitter, sure, american hop. Grapefruit notes. But not bitter as you can expect after the 130 IBU.
Well, good, sure. Good IPA. But not a miracle.
Very good drinkability, with his 9 ABV.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - popped open and filled a capt lawrence taster tulip. nice dark deep mahogany, almost plum with a pretty hefty yeasty like head. semi transparent. definitely dark and ominous for the style. the head really hung out...really creamy. different for sure.

s - citrus, mellon, lemon, almost a bit of red apple or cherry flavored candy. malty freshness with a pinch of pepper spiciness. very nicely balanced candy like alcohol mentholish smell. brisk baby!

t - yum. very strong malt presence, but also strong hop presence. someone turned my beer up to 11. interesting and tasty...but as a IIPA, i dunno...not what you'd expect.

m - medium to heavy bodied. alcohol tingle.

o - overall, this is a different and interesting IIPA. strong malt...alcohol briskness...kind of like if struise made a IIPA with mikkeller...oh, wait. they did and this is it. sort of what one would expect from the combo. wish i had this one fresher....this is Lot A 3 09, but enjoyable as a fan of both brewers. more american barleywine like than IIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MasterSki for this one. Split with my wife last night and enjoyed with our supper, rice with Indian Korma sauce. My notes are a little limited in description due to having a hyperactive 3 year-old next to me :)

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle.

Appearance: I had the last half of the bottle so the body was a more murky brown due to the yeast sediment. Looked a little like apple cider. My wife's has a more golden brown look to it. Good amount of foam in both glasses.

Smell: A bit of hops but lots of sugar cane and some yeast.

Taste: Not much hops so i was a little disappointed but i had no reason to be really. Some sugar is present with a nice sweetness and a good spicy bitterness. Some fruit, notably a helping of grapefruit. Leaves a nice spicy aftertaste that last a long time.

Mouthfeel: Liked this a lot. Smooth, not really bitter, at least not in the traditional sense of a DIPA. Great balance and quite full-bodied indeed.

Drinkability: ABV is invisible and good easily have had the whole bottle to myself. A nice one to drink.

Overall: Though i would haved like more hops presence, this beer is definitely good and i would seek it out again for sure.

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Photo of jera1350
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber in color with a massive head from what seems to be over-carbonation. The head is both creamy on top and soapy suds on the bottom. Plenty of lacing.

A blend of rich earthy hops with very sweet caramel and toffee malt.

Starts out extremely sweet and then moves straight into toasty and extreme bitterness which lingers as grapefruit peel into the aftertaste. The flavor kind of falls off, but the sharp bitterness carries on. A bit boozy and messy tasting.

Pretty smooth, medium-full body, earthy dryness.

A nice attempt here, but bigger is not always better, especially in the hop department. Did not do much for me and does not drink very well either.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange with a massive persistent head and magnificent lacing.
Aroma shows lot of piney, resinous hops (simcoe style) along with the usual grapefruit, and some earthy notes. Sweet confectionery and caramel malt follow underneath. Very nice, but not as complex as I expected.
Lots of sweet caramel first up upon tasting before more resinous and piney hops kick in, finishing with a fairly powerful complex bitter finish, complimented by some clean alcohol. The candi sugar is hidden by caramel malt.
Smooth body with creamy carbonation, the alcohol just shows in a subtle warming of the palate.
I'm betting the aroma would be better fresh.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber color. The head is a massive three inches in height, and recedes extremely slowly into thick, sticky lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. There isn't anything else going on. No malt presence, and no other hop aroma (e.g. pine, flowers, herbs, etc). For what it is though I really like it. The taste is just at citrucy as the aroma, and has a nice, sharp bitterness, and moderate alcohol heat. Again, there isn't a plethora of stuff going on, but what is going on is quite nice. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than full bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a fine DIPA that I would surely drink again. It seems so simple, but in being so simple it differentiates itself from the mountain of DIPA out there that taste the same (i.e. dominated be Cascade and Centennial hops).

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Struise / Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) from De Struise Brouwers
3.93 out of 5 based on 421 ratings.
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