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 mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky, pale golden color with one finger of white head with good retention. Left nice lacing on the glass and moderate carbonationi evident.

s - Smells of citrus, hops, a little pine, and some hints of fruit.

t - Malts were the first taste that jumped out at me. A hop taste is also evident but takes a bit of a backseat to the malts. Some yeast and a little fruit. The more I drank it, the more I got some sour and bitter hops afterbite.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

d - Overall this was a solid Belgian style ale. I was expecting more hops and less malt smell and taste, but it was still very enjoyable and smooth. Very easy to drink and I would definitely try again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle picked up in Chicago for $9.99. A beautiful bottle as always with the Bruery, and the beer itself is nice too. Hazy golden color with about 2 fingers of white foam, vast webs of lace. The aroma is sort of like a muted Belgian IPA, some grassy hops and light fruits (pear, peach, maybe mango), a little earthy too. Really nice, and the taste follows the same profile. Pale malts might be responsible for the mild sweetness in the taste, in any case it's balanced well against the Belgian hops flavors. Not very bitter, a lot of grass and tropical fruits, excellent.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy amber color and formed a huge foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided acting much like a float. A heavy amount of carbonation can be slightly seen. An aroma of malt, hops, pine, citrus and candy. The flavor was of malt, hops, pepper and candy. The body was medium light and the finish slightly sweet and sprite. An alright beer, but not a strong representation of the style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a 2 inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, pineapple, orange peel and some bready malt. Taste is fruity and hoppy. There's tropical fruit, pine and citrusy hops, peppery spice, and some bready malt flavors that I notice. There's also a light lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's refreshing and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good, solid overall brew. I liked it.

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Photo of jampics2
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Snagged this at Rozi's. Says best fresh, so let's have a go...

Looks great in the glass. Bright but cloudy brownish orange.

Smell is grapefruit, orange, Belgian candy. Hops and some nice yeasty esters that create a sultry tropical thing. Bit of spice as well. Just not as expressive as I wanted it to be but the taste makes up for it.

Sweet and citrus mix in the taste. The hops are bright and taste like juicy oranges. The yeast is a perfect match. This should be a Belgian IPA IMO. Some nice peppery spice on the back side. Nice.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbed, feels great.

Drinkability is exceptional. This went down so easy. A great beer.

Taste is

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's tulip with a murky brown color. It literally looks like I went to the local pond and scooped up some water...floaties and all. There is about a finger and a half of white head that as of now has quickly dissipated leaving decent, big bubbled lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Tart and hoppy. The nose emits a great mix of hoppy/tart goodness followed by some slight earthy funk and finishes with a yeasty, malty sent.

Taste - I get a hint of bitter hops at first followed by lemon rinds and orange peel. Not as tart as the nose would have led me to believe, but it does finish with a sour/tart finish. In between those two flavors a hint of the funkiness comes through along with some of the malts trying to make the beer appear sweet but these flavors are quickly drowned back out. As stated, finishes a bit tart/sour (yet there is a hint of sweetness).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decently carbonated, and finishes with a dry, warming sensation.

Drinkability - This is a pretty good beer. Sitting here I can definitely feel the alcohol warming on my through, however. I find this odd because I can't taste the alcohol but I can feel the after effects (which feels good on this cool evening sitting outside). Overall though, this beer fails to genuinely impress me. I am still trying to find myself a Bruery beer that will genuinely knock my socks off and this one, while good, did not do that.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper, a little murky, tons of pillowy white head, slow to leave. Clumpy disk remains with lots of lace.

S - Most smells like a sweeter IPA. Lots of malt and hops.

T - IPA meets sour beer. More IPA, but the back end has a pronounced souring aspect.

M - Creamy, medium carb, lots of coating, balance not perfect, IMO, but good.

D - Strange style. Not something I would probably want to session, but fun.

Ratings re evaluated and adjusted 12.30.14

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Photo of trbergman
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip.

A - Translucent golden-orange with an inch of rocky, clingy, bone-white head. Plenty of lace.

S - Loads of citrus in the nose, with grapefruit and candied orange peel. Earthy spice with toffee and crackery malt.

T - Sweeter than expected, though with a quite a bit of hop bitterness. As it warms, more yeast character is evident, with black pepper, clove, and some mild phenols. A bit fruity - notes of pear and apricot. Same citrusy hop flavors indicated by the nose. Finish is long and very well balanced.

M - Medium body with fine, peppery carbonation.

D - Enjoyable from start to finish, worth having again. A strong example of the "hoppy Belgian" subgenre.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, light golden orange. Head was white and dense.

The smell is very hop forward, with citrus establishing dominance. There is a light honey scent along with yeast.

I really enjoyed the taste. The first thought I had was pineapple. There is also orange rind in there too. There's a slight funkiness in the middle and closed out with a nice lingering tart effect.

Mouthfeel is medium light body, with a refreshing crispness about it.

Alcohol is only slightly apparent. This is a delicious brew and even though it was a pale ale, was still much more hoppy than I expected. I've been impressed with the few offerings I've had from the Bruery, and this one takes the cake so far.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty gold with good head that died slowly and left lace patches. Sour smell coupled with some sharp hops and citric notes and a touch of sugary malt. Light to medium body with some tart fruit notes along with the spices and orange/citric note. Little prickly, my only complaint is that the malts are a little subdued and it lent a somewhat sour, tart backbite. Still, a good beer to enjoy sipping on.

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Photo of ATPete
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

capped 750ml, very eye catching label.

Pours a cloudy orange yellow color with a certain glow. A medium sized and very sticky peach toned head sits atop of the brew. Piney, resinous fresh hops, orange/grapefruit peel, marshmallow and a fruity yeast note. More of a Belgian style IPA to me, very hop driven and mouth tingling spicy, a long aftertaste of orange rind and sweet malt finish things up. The high-er alcohol content is apparent but not completely threatening, good drinkability for its size, quaffable. A must try for fans of the style and the brewery.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL Served in a 10oz. snifter

It pours a hazy yellow orange with heavy thick lacing. This is a pretty good looking beer, even in a low light bar environment.

The nose is all hops. A combination between pineapple, orange and grapefruit. I've always wanted to use this following descriptor in a beer and I finally have a chance: Cat urine. This is the first beer where I actually could pick out that smell and it is a dead on descriptor. I handed the beer over to my wife, who is a vet nurse, and without me saying anything she described cat urine as well. It's not not nearly as off putting as it would sound and the nose was actually enjoyable. I'm just happy to finally use cat urine in a review and know what I'm talking about. My guess is a combo of Citra and Simcoe dry hopping since those two varieties are so distinguishable and I'm getting characteristics of both.

Once again the taste is all tropical hops. I'm seriously beginning to doubt any Belgian influence in the beer. At best this should be classified as a Belgian IPA; at worst American IPA. The hops taste was nice with a big citrus burst and the bitterness was more subdued with a nice light malty backbone. As the beer warmed up I searched and found a little Belgian yeast fruitiness at the end of the taste but not enough for it to be classified as a BSPA. The mouthfeel did seem a little oily and drinkability was pretty good considering it 100% covered any hint of the ABV.

I did enjoy the beer and I do prefer the juicy tropical hop flavors in my IPA's so while it was an enjoyable beer, a BSPA it is not.

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Photo of Jayli
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Gordon's during a tasting with the Bruery on 2/18

A: This beer pours a hazy honey color with a one finger of creamy white head. Head recedes at a nice pace and fades to 1/4 in of a film that retains throughout. Spotty chunks of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is a burst of hoppiness in this beer. Piney hops really pop out at you at first, then Belgian yeast are prevalent and a hint of doughiness.

T: Taste is a major pine hop burst right on the forefront. It is ridiculously reminiscent of an IPA and then the belgian yeasts and wheat come through. Finish has some citrusy hops that come through and a sharp yet muted lemon rind zest that hits in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, starts somewhat drive and becomes creamy through the middle and finish.

D: This is a fantastic beer. Great take on the style, nicely blended and love the hop character of this beer. Enjoying a few pints of this is a must!

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Photo of snpub540
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened the bottle and got some foam shooting out for a while but I didn't lose a whole lot of beer. Pours a very murky brown sort of light muddy hue into my goblet. Some yeasty bits floating around as well. White head sticks around for some time and leaves delicate lacing on the glass.

Smell is earthy, and then followed by an in your face hit of piney and citrus hops. Complex aroma going on here.

Taste is even more complex. I would say its more like a Belgian IPA than a Pale. Bitter orange peel and a pepperiness round out the familiar Belgian taste. Theres also a good amount of earthy yeast flavor. And finally a piney and grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is kind of playful. It feels light and airy but still has some body to it. Drinkability is good and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of clearlydiluted
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Fourth Avenue Pub in a 12 oz goblet.

a: pours a hazy yellow with a thin head; the bartender loves to give you the full pour I guess.

s: citrus hops pour out, tangerine etc.

t: sweet beginning followed by citrus notes earlier smelled. some estery fruits lie back, but come out as the beer warms. together with the hops makes a bouquet of bright fruits (think mango, passion fruit, though more muted). finishes dry with minimal bittering notes.

m: medium body with enough carbonation

d: if I didn't know I wouldn't say that this is a 8.5% very well hidden. I'd also have more of it if it wasn't an 8.5%...

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed with beerloco, mrsbeerloco, kplynch, mrskplynch, and StonyB.

Appearance: Pours an orange tinged golden with a small white crown, minimal retention and minimal lace.

Smell: Orange, mango, belgiuan yeast, pilsner type hops....hallertau perhaps?

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: medium body and a touch lacking in carbonation.

Drinkability: extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me out this one recently with my oude tart bottles.

Pours a cloudy golden-ish color with nice white foam. Attractive lacing and decent retention.

Smells of some bright hop aromatics initially, but these seem to fade as it warms. Semi-sweet apples and booze come out as it comes closer to room temp with some general belgian fruity esters and bread. Taste is similar, a little more yeasty (tons of sediment in this bottle towards the bottom). A little bready maltiness with some earth leads to a drying, biting, semi-medicinal spice note in the finish. Medium bodied, ample carbonation. I drank the whole 750mL myself but it got to be a bit of a chore towards the end. Interesting enough but not one of my favorites from the Bruery so far. Might be better on tap or with a fresher bottle after they continue to perfect the recipe.

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Photo of hawks10
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottled poured into my La Fin Du Monde Tulip...

Pours a hazy pale orange with a nice three finger soft/off-white head...

Very nice floral "wet" hoppy scent up front, reminded me of Founders Harvest...

Was a little let down by the taste after the very nice aroma...decent amount of hops, but not much bite at all, was expecting a stronger upfront hop bitterness. Sweetness tries to come through a bit as it warms but overall there is just dry/grassy mild hop bitterness with not much balance...

Mouthfeel is decent at best, thin, but nice tingle from the somewhat high ABV...

Drinkability is average, tastes and feels light which makes it easy to drink but eventually you realize the 8.5%...

Overall, a little let down by this beer, started off so nice with that great fresh hop aroma but the taste and feel just couldn't match...

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Photo of gford217
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours clear golden yellow which gets cloudier with each pour, with a big creamy white head that recedes to a small cap leaving very little lacing.

The aroma is light and fruity with some green apples and pears alongside a light citrus hop sweetness. Lemon zest and bready malts in the background.

Early hop kick in the taste with some grassy hops and lemons. The biscuity malts and spicy yeast form a solid backbone with sweet light fruits on top. The finish is dry but sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and extremely refreshing with a dry, lightly spicy finish.

A refreshing and fruity Belgian ale with a hefty hop profile, this is another winner from the Bruery.

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Photo of mikey711
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazey caramel color with a fluffy white head. Lacing and head retention is very good

S: Nice hoppy scent up front, some floralness and a little bit of citrus as well also a nice load of caramel in the background

T: This one tends towards the hoppy side, but that is ok, however it does overshadow some of the caramel and candied sugar notes. Some yeasty esters come through bringing a few fruity flavors

M: A bit on the lighter side which is both good and bad. It is good in the sense that it is true to the style but it is bad in that it left me wanting a bit more. Nothing here that is harsh on the palate though

D: Very tasty, and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall very enjoyable

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Photo of msimmons32
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this to myself tonight in a Bruery tulip glass. The color was pale gold with orange tints. The head was a nice finger and a half that laced the glass. The nose was floral, but seemed to mellow out as the beer warmed up. The hops were up front and lingering after each sip. I found myself coming back for more and more.
By the end of the bottle the pours got darker with an orange cloud as more yeast was disturbed. This gave a further complexity that I really enjoyed. The alcohol was also present but did not take anything away from the beer. I would recomend this beer as well as purchase more.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours is a slightly dull golden orange with a nice frothy white head. Decent retention and some moderate lacing. For the second pour, I noticed an almost muddy character that I don't quite recall from the first.

Aroma and taste have a hop bite with a moderate sweetness. Lots of fresh hops, but not very bitter. There's a slight chemical taste at play - sort of reminds me of times when I've gotten a little perfume/cologne in my mouth. The taste is fairly good in general, but it's a bit lacking - there should be something else at play here to make this beer more interesting. There's not much that makes this beer particularly Belgiany - it's more of an IPA than anything. Moderate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is just average. Medium to heavy carbonation.

I'm glad I tried this since I really respect The Bruery and it continues their tradition of well crafted beers, but this beer is a bit lacking in the complexity department. It's good, but not impressive. Don't anctipiate buying again.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a rich, frothy head. Some scattered lace remains as the head diminishes. A prominent hop nose that is floral upfront, but bouquet of herbs and citrus fruit with a Belgian yeasty spiciness. Creamy and soft, medium carbonated and bodied.Tastes of biscuit malt, oranges, and some caramel sweetness. Herbal hop flavor takes over and lends a clean and dry bitterness that is not harsh at all. Faint alcohol on the breath. Flavor profile slanted towards the hoppy side, and in a good way. An intriguing Belgian style that is hoppy enough but has just the right malt sweetness to keep the drinker coming back for more. Well crafted and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of constahoogan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fiery orange and light brown amber body with a creamy off-white tannish head that laces very nicely.

The nose is very fruity with citrus hop. Which leads me to the taste. wonderfully sweet citrus hops with a moderate sweet malt backbone. furthermore, beyond the sweet malt, there is a fruity and spicy yeast taste.

Very smooth on the palate. and easily drinkable.

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Photo of bret27
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of bulletrain76

S: Fresh hops dominate, citrus, oranges

A: Deep golden w/decent lacing

T: Sweet, yeasty, earthy, hoppy bitter finish.

M/D: Fairly thin and slick. Hoppy and dry, and pretty tasty overall.

Overall: Flavor not as hoppy and smell, but flavor still enjoyable.

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