Mischief | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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formerly known at Mischief #3

Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

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Photo of carpezytha
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into tulip at 44 F

A: Aggressive head even with sober pour. Ultra white lumpy head leaves nice lace, settling to one finger. As I drink and the level descends, I do appreciate the consistently clinging lace that follows me as I follow the brew down the glass. It leaves a rough mapping, a constellation of small isles, pasley plumes, arrayed about like sweet reminders of yesterhour.
S: Marmalade, sourdough dough. Hops out at you though.
T: Super snappy tang, dang! Followed by apple, okra, what the fuck is in this delicious brew? Takes a few sips to discern. There is some hefty hoppyness, where am I now? This is transformative, and I love the Bruery for their ability to transport. Grapefruit peels,
M: Jumpy jive juice, why 45 F degree juice? I need to let it warm to get everything. But I understand ....
D: Oh yeah. Can I have this every day? I would for a while like a heroin habit. But it would be wise to kick.

I wish all those IPA creators would listen to this brew, taste it and realize that there are more than 2 dimensions in the perceivable universe.

BeerAdvocate has a lame spell checker that does not allow loquat, transformative, pasley, yesterhour (hello? Yesteryear, ergo...) hoppyness or hoppiness. Nor does it allow Beeradvocate as a word. Shame, bros!

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Photo of martincm
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful head upon pouring which settles to a 1/4." Plenty of lacing. Great golden tint.

S- Grain smells with a nice crispness vaguely reminiscent of cider.

T- Somewhat malty with a nice wheat taste. The crispness of the hops gives a perfect freshness suited for the season. Aftertaste is very bread-like.

M- Nice and bubbly, the carbonation is great.

O- I love this beer, the Bruery continues to surprise me by making great representations of Belgian style beers.

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big, flavorful beer yet highly drinkable and balanced

Appearance: Cloudy golden with a big frothy head

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy with citrus and a strong malt back

Taste: Hoppy goodness up front with a toasted malt middle and Belgian spices finishing up

Mouthfeel: Overall quite smooth with a lingering bitterness

Drinkability: Balanced; not overpowering despite its full flavor; highly drinkable

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Photo of k3n
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

New 750ml bottling.

Terribly sexy looking beer. Dusky amber color that glows golden when held to the light. an inch of eggshell foam that leaves sticky lacing down the glass. Yowza.

Can a beer smell "juicy"? Because this one does. The hops are right up front, citrus, pineapple, a bit of pine. Sweetness of malt beneath the hops. A great wakeup call to the senses.

*gulp* wow this is good. This beer is all about balance. The hops may hit you in the face on the aroma, but the taste is much more centered. There's a lot going on here, and it's hard to nail down everything...it's fruity, but hoppy, sweet, yet dry and bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is perfect, oily enough to coat the tongue, but finishes cleanly.

Highly recommended!

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Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a murky light amber color with a rocky head witha high stickage factor that leaves clumps of foam, too

Smell: Fresh grapefruit, pith and all, with subtle undertones of bread and melon

Taste: Melange of grapefruit, melon and fresh bread that builds in fruity bitterness through mid-palate and refuses to let up after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Agree with the other BAs that this is a Belgian IPA; I would argue that it is a Belgian take on a West Coast IPA as it has that wondrous floral grapefruity character to it

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Photo of ginemesis
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Lots of white head, a little cloudy
S- A hint of pine, not too potent, sweet.
T- less Belgian yeast than others, crisp, a tad spiced, hoppier than a typical Belgian golden.
M- Very light, possibly due to massive carbonation, dry
O- Spot on for a Belgian golden, delicious, one of the few Belgian's I have liked.

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Photo of kranker23
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to RoofTopBrewing for sharing this with me on 6-2-11 from his personal cellar.

A - Bright golden yellow with a fluffy two finger white head.

S - The nose is big and complex, changing slightly as the beer warms. Citrus, tangerine, maybe some pineapple. Some fresh cut grass or hay.

T - Seems like some brett is present, and that is a good thing, it balances the hops fantastically. The hops are strong here, and without the sourness, might overpower the beer. The taste is close to perfectly balanced.

M - Light to medium, but crisp and the sourness helps to lighten this one up. The palate is left wanting another sip.

O - A must try from a great brewery. We will both be seeking this out again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light gold color with a massive three fingers worth of head that slowly shrinks to a 1-inch head. It's fluffy and craggy while leaving webs of lacing behind it.

S- Incredible tropical fruit scent with a bit of yeast in the tail and a slight funk that could translate to some wild bacteria.

T- Nope. Nothing too wild here. More hops than yeast although there is some astringency in the aftertaste. It's all relative though, since everything meshes rather than clashes. More tropical fruit notes such as pineapple, grapefruit and even some peach.

M- Crisp, as the label says, and does have a dry afterfeel. High carbonation.

O- Another major score from The Bruery. Rapidly becoming one of my top 5 American breweries.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured golden in hue with a finger head that left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: lovely piney hoppy aromas that hit you up front. That has a good balance between the malts on the nose.

T: nice crisp hoppy bitterness with a good balance between the sweet malts like the nose and good citrus fruits in the flavor as well.

M: light to medium body with good carbonation to accent the flavor with a nice crisp finish.

D: drinks good and really surprising belgian style ale from the bruery. This is the second time I've had it and both have been great.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy yellow into my snifter.

Nose of the beer sort-a smelled like a light lemon pine-sol (cleaning solution)

Strong white head that hung out for quite some time on the glass.

Taste was fantastic! This is probably my favorite beer from The Bruery. It is smooth, sweet, and citrusy without being annoying. Perfect summer beer! Down side is that it is a limited offering, I hope its around a bit longer or becomes a seasonal.

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Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a rich orange color and a cloudy consistency. There were two inches of creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of light fruit, malt, phenols and yeast.

T: Tasted of citrus, malt, some other lighter fruits, yeast, esters, pepper and other spices. Nicely complex and very vibrant.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of best American versions of BSPA. Drinkable in the extreme.

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Photo of drpimento
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is one of the first American brews that comes so close to a Belgian as to be virtually indistinguishable. Poured with a nice off white foamy frothy thick head and good lacing. Color is a lightly hazy amber. Aroma is great - spicy malty floral a bit of yeast. Flavor is similar Fairly dry but still a bit of sweetness, especially in the finish. Excellent body and carbonation as it fits the beer perfectly. Very easy drinking beer. Session.

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Photo of pastradul
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at K&B wine cellars!

Poured a thick murky blond, with a nice white head.

The smell is crisp light fruit with a nice piny hope kick to it.

The taste is just like the nose. Except the yeasty bread flavor comes out and is then followed by the frut and finishes with a nice hop finish!

By for one of my favorite belgian beers I have ever had!

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Photo of CA_brewster
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Golden and crystal clear if you manage to leave the yeast sediment behind in the bottle. This brew is highly carbonated and has a crazy frothy head. I tried pouring carefully and still ended up with a good three to four fingers of head. The nose on this beer has that distinct belgian yeastiness about it with a good malt presence. The brew has some nice resinous hop aromatics coming through which go nicely with the belgian characteristics. Terrific aroma! Taste is primarily sweet like a malty apple cider but with a pepper kick and some definite tartness to it as well. A little funky. Pretty typical Belgian characteristics with a hoppy west coast twist. Some bitterness from the hops coming through on the finish. Very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Over all this was a great beer that i rather enjoyed.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I've had the pleasure of having this beer on two occasions and I just love it. The combination of fresh floral hops and Belgian characteristics is a fantastic combination. The aroma is seriously unreal.

This is the first beer I enjoyed in my new Chimay chalice. I think it was perfectly suited for the style and aroma. Decanted the beer and there was a fluffy finger of head that formed atop a slightly hazy yellow/orange color. Leaning towards yellow. Later in the pour the beer became considerably more cloudy. Sticky, light spider web lacing left behind.

The aroma may be the best part of this beer, not to take away from the flavor. A totally unexpected burst of fresh floral hops with plenty of citrus character. Bright and lively with some light malt and candied sugar in the background. These just provide a base for the hop aroma. Only every once in a while I get a bread tone. Fairly complex. As always the last pour with the sediment is great and with a prickle of white pepper.

Flavor is also fantastic. This is a very hop focused beer. Plenty of Belgian notes from the yeast, candied sugar, some burnt rubber. But the floral hops come to life in your mouth and the lingering bitterness is a great combination of hops and yeast notes.

While the body is light, the mouth feel is bright and lively.

I am pretty upset that this is listed as a "brewed once" offering. Patrick needs to reconsider this. Great beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It comes in a hazy gold color with a fluffy head.

The aroma is grassy, lemon, bready, and yeast. The sweetness is almost like a lemon candy.
The taste is a light hops with slight maltiness and beautiful finish.

The flavor follows with lemon, grass, a bit of booze, and tons of spice.

The mouthfeel is a bit light on this beer, but that makes it all so drinkable.

This is dangerously tasty and smooth for 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of jmhart
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a bomber from Hop City, Atlanta,GA.

Served in a tulip.

A- Full head with moderate pour, excellent structure and lasts the perfect amount of time leaving a mild ring around the glass. . Brew is a golden-amber, moderately cloudy.

S-Wonderful hints of citrus from aromatic hops, apricots but not overly sweet.

T- Mild hops that stimulate the nose more the tongue, mildly acid with subtle spice, and hints of white grape on the finish.

M- Crisp texture that produces a pleasant bite on the tongue.

D- Wonderful on a warm afternoon or holds up well with a mild dinner, perhaps a pasta or something else with tomatoes. A very smooth brew with mild but appropriate hops

Overall-Recommended to me in lieu of Stone Cali-Belgigue and it was a successful recommendation. I'll buy this again and recommend it as a great Belgian style IPA

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Photo of cjgator3
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Pours a hazed golden yellow color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is fantastic! It is very fruity, a lot of citrusy hops, honey and some alcohol. Smells like a Belgian-style IPA. The aroma is very well done, can't wait to try it.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out very fruity with a good amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops. I like it, very nice flavor profile!

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Mischief is definitely a beer that I will be purchasing again in the future. Recommended!

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine-glass.

A: Poured a beautiful hazy golden orange with a fantastic one and a half finger head even in this large glass. There is very good retention (there still being a film of foam covering the entirety of the surface) and a little bit of lacing.

S: Smells mostly of Belgian yeast but hops also come through well.

T: Definitely got the funky yeast taste. Tastes almost like an American Wild Ale; after a few sips the tartness gives way to some golden malty sweetness and a hint of citrusy hops.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated with that tart acidity on the front of the tongue.

If you're a fan of Belgian Strong Pale Ales and you can handle tartness then this is a good one to try.

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Photo of founddrama
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Effervescent and a little peppery. Slight citrus. Nice esters. Smooth mouthfeel. Great color and clarity. Head is foamy and effervescent with great lacing.

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Photo of saccro
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden with a fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Smells like a pineapple at first, a lot tropical fruit and citrus.

T: Juicy, floral, resiny, tropical/citrus hop flavors give a great taste to this beer. Still a good amount of sourdough like malt and hint of spice.

M: Full-bodied and resiny

D: Really love this beer. Delicious. A new member of my staff.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Daniel from CA for this one. Another amazing beer that he sent me.

Pours a honey color with an inch of head. Fades quickly but leaving a nice lacing.

Smells like hops, spice, and bread.

Tastes hoppy, earthy, spicy, sweet and a light hint of bread. I really love that this is like a Belgian IPA, with a whole lot more hops than I've ever had in a BSPA.

Mouthfeel is prickly, not too carbonated. A really nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability is high. Has a nice warming feeling on the end, very inviting.

Wow, I am in love with this beer.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured from 750ml bottle into a wine glass (unfortunately no sniffer, have that on my shopping list), pours a solid tangerine color with a nice thick two-finger head, patches of lacing on the glass occur as consumed

Smell: Very aromatic and inviting, malty notes mixed with caramel and biscuit, as well as citrus such as lemon from the hops

Taste: Sweet and slightly hoppy on the nose, fades into a nice tartness as it lingers, some notes of the Belgian style pop their head

Feel: Medium with an initial light mouthfeel, due to its sweetness, I wish it was a bit thicker and chewier

Overall: a great first impression from a brewery I've heard some polarized things about, it's a crisp and refreshing beer that's definitely a steal at $8.99

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity nose, cider, and malt. Pours clear straw under a 3: finely bubbled moussey white foam cap. A very creamy palate with fresh fruit evoking a cider over light malts in the background. Fairly dry with a hop accent on the finish. Its effervescence gives it a light and refreshing feel.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first bottle I opened from the Bruery Reserve Society event. Very nice packaging as usual from the Bruery.

Pours very nice orange color with an amazing sticky frothy head that leaves awesome lacing.

Smells of awesome citrusy hops. Almost a pliney the elder smell. Lots of American citrus hops going on.

Taste is fantastic. I don't even know how this beer even has a classification because it's like nothing I have had before. Think of an awesome west coast IPA like PTE or green flash or alesmith and then ferment it with Belgian yeast and then you have this beer. The flavor are great combos. Lots of citrus hops and some pine and then the flavor finishes with a Belgian yeast bite with some light boozyness. Awesome beer

The mouthfeel is pretty good. The head lends this sort of frothiness in the mouth this is great. The carbonation bubbles are super thin and fine and they are awesome. I just wish it was more carbonated.

Overall I will be drinking this a lot. Don't cellar it or you will loose all that hop aroma and flavor. Good thing I grabbed a bunch of bottles at the brewery because I am gunna like havin this around. I'm drinking this whole bottle by myself.

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