Mischief | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
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

Mischief is a hoppy Belgian-style golden ale. This wickedly good golden ale is fiendishly dry-hopped with American hops to add a layer of complexity and mystery to its fruity, dry Belgian-style character. Citrus and resin diabolically combine with ripe melon, pear and slight peppery spice in a precariously effervescent mixture. Enjoy it, but you’ll want to keep an eye out. Gold Medal – 2016 Great American Beer Festival, American-Belgo-Style Ale.

Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

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

Always fun trying something new from the Bruery...

750 ml bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA in January 2010 for $9.99. The fun name is a nod to the Belgians on which this is styled.

Pours a slightly hazy, moderately carbonated golden, well representative of the style. Aroma when cold is mostly grassy, but fleshes out nicely as it warms to a floral hoppy and nicely baked bread aroma, very nice indeed.

Flavor is a dance of light bready malts and a sharp hop backbite- no shortage of hops here. But for the style, I crave some pepper, some fruit, something else- almost a one-note (or two-note) flavor profile. No complexity.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, but a little thin. Not as robust of a flavor profile that I expect from the style, but still quite tasty.

I like it, but honestly, don't love it.

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Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with good amounts of light fruit - mostly pears but with hints of oranges and pears. Also present are loads of hops that contribute an earthy aroma more than anything. Finally, there's just a touch of funkiness that wafts in every now and then.

Tastes good. Crisp pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by tons of hop flavors. Mostly herbal and earthy they share equal billing with light fruit flavors up front before taking over midway through the sip. Right before the waning fruit flavors disappear they sour just a touch before the strongly bitter ending sets in.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is another in the line of Bruery beers that don't disappoint. The flavors all play off each other surprisingly well and this is worth a shot.

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Photo of 7ways
2.81/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

In a Bruery snifter at Brickstore Pub.

The bartender gave me a very nice pour. Massive white crown that took a while to settle, nice lacing, dull orange-yellow hue. It looked inviting.
Smelled of spicy/citrusy hops, grass, earth, rain, and rank Belgian esters...nothing wholly remarkable about it. Rank.
The first sip was pretty good. I thought I was really going to like it. It was very thirst quenching, spritzy. Downhill from there as it warmed up. There was a severe slightly spoiled grapefruit aspect. It actually started to irritate the roof of my mouth (and I like grapefruit, I've been loving me some Hopslam for the last couple weeks!). That and a dirty mustiness was all I could focus on. I like acidic, sour, and funk, but this was something else entirely. I chugged the last 1/3 to get the hell rid of it. Rank.

Oh, but the mouthfeel was brilliant. Go figure.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, pretty metallic blue label, etc. I don't think I've found a Bruery beer yet that I've enjoyed so I'm cautiously optimistic going into this.

Slow, careful pour produces a hazed golden orange with a small frothy white head that settles in a thick ring and sheets of sticky lacing. Musty, earthy aroma mild citrus hoppiness with underlying malty sweetness and light rubbing alcohol smell. Medium thick body, light carbonation, very soft smooth texture; not quite expected for this style. Body has strong malt and Belgian yeast background with a musty, citrus hop flavor that lingers throughout the finish. The flavor isn't very complex and the finish is a musty, earthy mess; not very pleasant. Not the worst Bruery beer I've had, but I'm having a hard time finishing this bottle and am not really enjoying this. Typical.

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

Despite the fact that the listing has been changed from Mischief 3 to the new bottled version, there are some differences to the beer that I picked up. Since they considerably impacted my feeling on the beer, I am re-rating it.

A: The pour is an incredibly cloudy light golden color with a finger's worth of white foam on top.

S: Like the previous incarnations, the nose on this beer is pure American hops. A lot of wonderful citrus notes with a slight pine coming into play as well.

T: Whereas the previous versions of this beer had a very distinct yeast character, the "final" version is much more hop-centric. The citrus and bitter pine really come through and are the stars of the show. I like this one much better than the previous batches I tried.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: The decreased yeast component really bumps this beer up a few notches for me. I find it to be much more enjoyable and the esters and spice don't conflict with the hop character.

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

Bottle courtesy Sam. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a frothy wet white head. Nice citrus hop aroma, grapefruit and orange with banana and apple ester notes. Fruit salad with phenolic spices. Soft fleshy fruit flavor, pears, apples, not so hoppy in flavor but there's a lingering grassy bitterness. Very drinkable, no alcohol presence. A solid hoppy Belgian pale.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thick 3/4" offwhite well-retained head. The body was a beautiful turbid yellow, with no carbonation visible from the sides of the glass. Some impressive lacing was observed throughout the drink.

S- A "bright" citrus hop aroma dominated the nose, with lesser Belgian yeast and doughy malt aromas in the background. Simple and elegant. Smells a lot like Mikkeller's Danish Dream.

T- The malt comes through as crisp and crackerlike on the palate. This combines with some Belgian yeast, and big citrus and tropical fruit-like hop character in the middle. Finishes reasonably dry with a sustained hop bitterness.

M- A nice firm body with an abundance of spritzy soft carbonation. There is a slightly granular texture here as well. Works well.

D- Goes down super-smooth, especially for the ABV. A Belgian style pale ale with American hops... wonderful.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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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