Mischief | The Bruery

MischiefMischief
BA SCORE
82.7%
Liked This Beer
3.99 w/ 1,830 ratings
MischiefMischief
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
formerly known at Mischief #3

Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,713
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
1,830
Liked:
1,513
Avg:
3.99/5
pDev:
10.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
303
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 1,830 |  Reviews: 516
Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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 +6%
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 Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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 GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +3.8%
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 kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -32.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of brentk56
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
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 oline73
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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