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

Notes / Commercial Description:
formerly known at Mischief #3

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful marriage of blonde style with hoppiness. Mild hop aromas, rich nose of malt. Golden blond with lots of off-white head. SLightly spicy. Just magnificient drinkability, the hot weather and the food made the moment perfect. Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very large white frothy head with nice lacing on a slightly hazy deep golden body.

S: banana and lemon citrus, light corriander and herbs, light yeast as well. Not getting much in the way of hops but this bottle is 4 months old unfortunately.

T: sweet citrus with a subtle tanginess in the background. Very nice yeast content. Hops are herbal which compliments the mild corriander. The hops also add a little bitterness and earthiness.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable with just the right amount of hops on a well made belgian base beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is of grain and yeast up front with spice flavors that lingers after each sip. There is a mild bitterness on the palate. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the spices are quite strong in the flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. outrageous take on a belgian style golden. pours a hazy dark hay color with a really pumping white head. sexy lacing on the glass as it drinks. smells fruity and fancy and sweet, aromas of kiwifruit, dandelion, grassy yeast. flavor is tart a little, and acidic. a lot like a fresh pineapple, just totally in bloom. mouthfeel is unreal, dry to the max with bright flashing carbonation and a crispness thats just short of refreshing, like you cant take a big enough sip to quite satisfy. the abv surprises me, seems lighter than an 8.5%. this is why american breweries should keep making belgian style beers, because sometimes you can surpass the genuine article. this is dope dope dope

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours out as a nice looking golden yellow color with a pretty decent head on top. The lacing isn't the greatest but it did have a few scattered bubbles around. The smell of the beer was hoppy and had a good amount of Belgian yeast in there to balance it out. The taste of the beer was a little earthy, but has a big hoppy aftertaste to it. The mouthfeel was smooth at first then it switched over to a more tingly feeling that left the mouth dry. Overall I thought this beer was pretty interesting. It was much lighter in color than I thought it'd be. I'd say it's worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy light golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The smell has light aromas of peppery spices and yeast along with notes of fruits—pears and white grapes seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but each one of the flavors is a little stronger and all are balanced together. There is a slight amount of bitterness. Little, if any alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style and is pleasant to sip and savor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hoppy for Belgian ales, but not only hoppy- but American hoppy because of the great surge of grapefruit that dominates the session from nose to finish.

Mischief (I love the name) pours a hazy straw color that looks like citrus juices of orange or grapefruit. The beer forms an airy and foamy head that retains very well and laces even better. Aside from the murky haze, the beer has a near-ideal appearance.

Aromas of grapefruit and sharp citrus pith dominate the nose. Accompanying notes of white pepper, fresh cut grass, and light tropical fruit esters provide a rounded nose but without complicating matters.

The grapefruit-heavy demeanor continues in taste where sharp and bitter white grapefruit juice flavors are very well represented. The same grassy, peppery, fruity complexities of the nose find themselves sharing the same character and intensity in taste as well for a very consistent and simplified session.

Full creaminess sets in at the initial sip. Expansive at first, the beer makes a quick transition to a powdery dryness that seems to evaporate on the palate just before the finish, allowing for only the taste of citrus and bitter hops to ride into the aftertaste. Very effortless and enjoyable.

Belgian-type IPA's rarely show this type of power and intensity while not over-complicating the balance or layering of taste. The beer is understood to be focused on grapefruit flavor and bitterness with only periphrial and complimentary flavors and aromas to support the crisp citrus dominance.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Hot damn! Bruery beer available in Alberta! Whose soul had to be sacrificed for this to happen? Anyways, my ode to the ultimate patriotic American holiday carries on, only somewhat abated (my quarter-breed infant son has that way about him).

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with four fingers of lazily rising, loosely puffy, and silkily foamy off-white head, which leaves a broad array of patchy, sudsy lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of grainy, lightly wheaty pale malt, an apple and pear drupe fruitiness, a tame citrus note, lightly spicy yeast, a subtle uric funkiness, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste leads with the softly bready, grainy pale malt, followed by some edgy yeast, waning in its spiciness, equitable, if fairly indistinguishable orchard fruit, a bit of white pepper, and earthy, leafy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is a tad frizzante, but generally agreeable, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and straight-ahead, no frills smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt, combined with a touch of evolving candi sugar ensuring a sweetness that neither yeast, nor fruit offset, nor hop can overcome.

One straight-up - pedantic, even - emulation of some of the best that the Flemish have to offer - all without the usual uptick in unpleasant, astringent booziness. So, yeah, I like this, and not just because I can place this on a mantle amongst the best that the whale society of BA-friendly producers can churn out.

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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 kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught at the Bruery provisions store in Orange, California as part of a taster. Serving volume was 2 oz. At the time, I thought the serving temperature was entirely too warm, but they're The Bruery, so this can't be attributed to barstaff error. Reviewed from notes.

A: No head. Colour is a clear light gold. I'm unimpressed.

Sm: Pear, citrus ester hops, distinct ammonia (I shit you not), and maybe cream. The aroma is just downright repugnant, but fortunately is only moderate in strength.

T: Pear emerges dominant atop the weak barley foundation. Slight ammonia-evocative esters destroy the climax. Terribly executed for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not complementary of the flavour.

Dr: Decent drinkability, below average quality and above average ABV.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy golden color ale with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light sweet Belgian malt with some notes of dry hops with light fruity undertones. Taste is also a mix between some lightly sweet Belgian malt with dry hops notes and light fruity undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but I was expecting more of dry hops notes based on the description.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a three-finger white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled fruity with some spicy yeasty. Some sweet bread aroma, too.

T - Very spicy/yeasty with a nice fruity bite. It also had a spicy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian Golden Ale. Another fabulous beer from The Bruery.

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Photo of oline73
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a golden straw/amber color with a lot of white head that settles and leaves a layer.

Smell: I'm picking up Belgian spice and herbal hops with a mild sweetness at the end.

Taste: Like the smell, Belgian spice and malt sweetness. I'm picking up a hint of herbs and some mild citrus. Nice light taste given the abv. The finish is a bit soapy and the bitter finish is a bit much.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is super dry.

Overall: This a good but not great beer in my opinion. The finish took away from what I thought was a very good beer. My bottle seemed a bit over carbonated.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice light golden color with a several-finger head and a good amount of lacing on the way down. The nose isn't terribly overwhelming, bringing some light citrus and floral hops. A bit of spice as well.

The taste consists of light floral and citrus hops. In addition, I get a bit of spice and light pear notes underneath. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice spicing to it. Drinks quite well overall and is fairly unique.

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Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light layer of white head. Color is a hazed pale golden yellow.

Aroma: Spices and herbal hobs. Some yeast. Fairly hoppy for what I was expecting.

Taste: Herbal, floral hops. Spices, yeast, bready malts, and some coriander all show.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced.

Overall, a pretty easy drinking golden ale. Straight forward. A bit above average.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt notes with some sweetness and a bit of honey. Estery yeast with notes of vanilla, pineapple, and pepper.

T - Moderately sweet malt up front with lots of spicy yeast. Notes of pepper and clove with a little pineapple. Some slightly acidic notes towards the finish with more clove and pepper as well as light vanilla. Spicy yeast and bready malt in the finish with moderate earthy hops and bitterness. Lots of lingering clove and herbal hops.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A solid example of the style, this beer is full of complex and bold flavors. The yeast is quite dominant in the flavor with a clove note that lasts through the finish. There is some fairly strong malt and a bit of fruity character, more in the aroma than flavor. An enjoyable beer, though the clove character gets a bit excessive toward the end of the glass. Another nice beer from the Bruery, though not as good as their saisons.

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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large tulip glass a clear deep golden with a large blooming white head that took forever to subside.multiple layers of lace left behind.Wow what awesome aromas,there is an American twist to this beer no doubt,floral and citric hops all over the place,its perfect as far as Iam concerned.Dry on the palate with grassy herbal hop notes,light spiced phenols but they dont play a big role.This is quenching and bone dry,I really like it.If all beers of this style were like this I would be a convert,the American craftmanship to the Belgian strong pale style in this beer shows thru with great left coast hop flavors.The alcohol lends a little sweetness but its held in check pretty well.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, apple, pepper, clove, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of yeast, hop, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pear, apple, pineapple, wheat, bread, floral, grass, pepper, clove, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, grass, light pepper, wheat, bread, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick/crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong golden! All around great balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Big fluffy Belgian style pillowy head fades slowly with a nice lacing over an orange pale wheat colored beer.

N: Lots of nice hops, with citrus, orange, tangerine, pine, and some of the actual fruit aromas with a little tangerine and orange aromas, some sweet malts with wheat, touch of banana and a little aromatic malty sweet with touch of booze.

T: Pale hops, some pine and a little bitterness, fresh grassy hop taste, aromatic, some light fresh musty wet hop flavor too. Some bitterness cuts through with more tangerine and orange peel flavors and citrus. A touch of tingly booze. Some lightly sweet golden Belgian malts, some wheat, and a little malty taste. The Belgian malts, fruit flavors, and hops blend really well together.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, lingering citrus and pine, little orange and tangerine, creamy flavor lingering as well, chewy malts a bit, fruity and juicy flavors lingering, very dry and very slight astringent hops late. Some creamy Belgian malts and touch of sweetness but mostly dry.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a just slightly hazy gold, with 2+ fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a near 1/2 finger of rich froth that just slathers the sides of the glass with some heavy foam. Wow, the aroma is just so fresh, floral, and spicy here, with an absolutely JUICY smelling layer of tropical fruit sitting next to it. A thick layer of biscuits and yeast sits underneath, having a presence here in the aroma but still allowing the hops to shine the most.

The hoppiness continues into the taste, with plenty of pine and spice, and a FRESH blast of sweetness from all of that tropical fruit character. There's an undercurrent of toasted malts, with dry earthy bitterness and sharp yeast across the back of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a very pleasant mellow feel to the carbonation that keeps this VERY easy in the mouth. There's maybe a slight sting of alcohol on the back end of the swallow but otherwise, that ABV is very well hid. I couldn't believe that I polished off a full bottle of this on my own when I was done.

A Belgo-American take seems like an understatement here, as the hops were much so off the charts tasty and fresh. Much more so even than this being on draft. Really great stuff that put a fantastic American spin on an old classic.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some citrus, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel along with a touch of spice. Then a strong breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is significant but seems quite subdued especially since the bottle reads “Golden & Hoppy” but it still creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid and flavorful beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strange fruit.

Fragrant with floral aromas and mango in the nose. Plenty of fruit and sourish flavors. Taste is both sweet and bitter. So many interesting flavors but a scratchy back of the throat aftertaste. Rather flat in the mouth. Acidic with crabapple and hint of citrus peel. Light mouth feel with not much malt apparent.

Interesting, but not very pleasant drinking. At the Wazee Supper Club in Denver.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely cloudy medium golden yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible white sediment towards the bottom of the glass, very significant amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass, and some faint hints of lemon yellow + peach highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a two finger tall medium sized cap in the center of the glass, a finger thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale and bready malts with light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemon and hints of light fruit (melon).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale and bready malts with light amounts of light fruit (melon) sweetness. There are moderate flavors of citrus/lemon hops and some light to moderate flavors of spices + Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: I found this beer to be pretty interesting - a bit of a hybrid between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Belgian IPA (there is a hoppy presence but it still has that golden Belgian flavor). The alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with THECPJ. Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive chunky head. Very slow dissipation, very nice lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, very floral as well. There is a nice citrus aroma - lemons and oranges.

T: There is a nice hop kick as well as some lemon and yeast flavor. I also get some wheat.

M/D: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very crisp and easy drinking. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe I got this from errantknight..

Opens with a strong whoosh! Pours a very hazed honey color & 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Floaties in abundance, murky as most rough ciders I saw in Cornwall. Good head retention & lacing.. sooo murky...

S: Bready, yeasty phenols, figs, honey

T: Breadyness, pineapple, some grassy hops & dryness up front. Figgyness, grainy sweetbread, dryness, lemony hops, grapefruit, spicy peppery hops, & some boozey sharpness as this warms. Finishes dry with much grapefruit & honey, grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, grainy/chalky, dry, creamy carbonation once warm. Nice balance

Drinks easy, but some flaws hold it back from greatness. Reminds me of Boulevard tank#7 with some things I like more & less. I like it, don't love it...

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