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.

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Reviews: 545 | Ratings: 1,910
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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the Bruery a week ago. Pours a cloudy light gold with a moderate head that dissipates into a fine, sudsy layer, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

Very fresh smells of green hops, brown sugar, wet hay, toffee, fruit, ginger, spices.

Fresh green hop tastes balanced by just the right amount of sweetness, on a foundation of sweet malt, fresh tropical fruits, a little pineapple and banana, a bit of melon, and peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is rich, with light carbonation. A little bitterness and pepper down the middle of the tongue, while the sides are picking up the juicy fruits.

This is a great tasting beer, very nicely hopped with fresh American hops, and fruity yeast. It has a balanced sweetness, and is very drinkable. I am salivating for the next swallow.

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Photo of k3n
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
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 augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a tulip - not a full pour as I killed the keg.

Very cloudy lemon/amber body with a thick tower of snow-white foam. Superior head retention. Thick mousse-like tendrils extend out from the center of the glass - clinging tenaciously to the sides.

Piney hops, grapes, lemon zest, and honey soaked sourdough biscuits in the nose.

Rock candy, grapefuit, sourdough, and light herbal notes on the palate. Bright yet earthy finish with lavender and pine. A softer version of a Belgian IPA maybe? Lemon/lime aftertaste with ongoing yeasty sweetness and C-hops.

Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

Well crafted, and fairly unique, though (not surprising for The Bruery) style-bending.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap at the Bruery Reserve Society Event, poured into a wine tasting glass.

A- Nice hazy yellow/amber color with a good 2 finger head with nice retention and slight lacing.

S- I know that this is a Belgian Pale Ale but damn it smells like a great west coast IPA, nice citrus, pine, grapefruit, and tropical scents, also get some nice caramel malt scents and bready yeast.

T- Not as strong as the smell but you do still get some nice citrus and pine taste with alot of grapefruit and tropical fruits as well as some nice balanced caramel malt flavors and finishes with that bready yeast.

M- Nice medium body, doesn't feel like a 8.5% alcohol beer, nice ample amounts of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, went back to this beer several times during the celebration. Easy session beer with tons of flavor, my brothers favorite beer besides the black tuesday and papier.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Consumed on tap at The Bruery in a snifter. The beer is yellow gold and very cloudy with a one finger white head.

The nose is of wheat, grain, earthy hops, spruce, grass, Belgian yeast, and subtle citrus.

The flavor is earthy hops with an upper low bitterness, notes of orange and grapefruit, wheat, Belgian yeast, and lemon.

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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. Hmm, I guess this "Mischief" is the same as what was previously known as "Mischief #3." At least that's what I'm told.

Pours hazy yellow with a lasting white head and some good lacing.

Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with floral hops and tropical fruit notes. Maybe a little brett.

Flavor is excellent, smooth and wheaty with some interesting yeast flavors, pineapple, and a citrusy and floral hop finish.

Smooth and creamy on the palate, medium-bodied.

Drinkability is very high. This is a great beer overall.

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

On-tap at the Bruery, on to the beer:

Cloudy and a darker yellow color. The theme in this Belgian blond is hops, and you can smell them and taste them in this beer. It's a little sweet and holds some dry biscuit malt to hold the beer in place. Clean hoppiness all the way around. Alcohol remains hidden. For a hophead, this is a nice twist on the usual hoppy beer.

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Photo of drseamus
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal-clear straw colored body with a thick white foamy head. Super hoppy aroma. Some sweet malt aroma witj some light fruitiness. Surprisingly sweet light flavor finishes with a touch of bitterness. Very light bodied. Aftertaste a strange combination of sweet and bitter where both are distinct.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/6/2009. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, light fruitd (melon in particular), and even some spicy hops. Flavor of plenty of citrus and melon notes as well as Belgian yeast. Very drinkable and tasty! Nice flavor profile too.

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

Mini growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours light golden, with some moderate cloudyness, off white head, that leaves nice light sheeting and well developed low lacing. Fruity nose overlaying some citric hoppyness. This one comes over like a hopped up Belgian IPA, pineapple, grapefruit, crisp hoppyness quite bold and evident. Dry, citric and tasty, with Belgian yeastyness floating in and out and all around. Enjoyable Americanized version of classic Belgain beer, one of my favorite things.

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Photo of cassanoj
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet - Golden. Very little head retention, not much lacing.

First thing I smell is the hops, butterscotch. Also a lot of citrus, banana, apples, very fruity, some mango, pineapple, grapefruit.

Taste surprised me, not nearly as powerful as the smell. I don't taste so much of the hops, but I get a lot of the fruit. Again, mango, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, apple. Nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Medium bodied, kind of mellow.

I thought the 8.5 was really well hidden. The beer was crisp, refreshing, felt like a session beer, really drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Hawthorne's Cafe on their opening day.

Pours a pale golden yellow/orange-peach color with hazy pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a one finger foam white head that very quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing are left throughout.

Crisp citrus hop aroma with hints of grapefruit, mango and lemon peel as well as some bready yeast, ripe banana and subtle malt backbone. Slightly earthy/grassy with subtle pine presence balanced by subtle estery light fruit notes. These characteristics kind of balance each other leaving kind of a bland aroma.

Hop forward medium body with a ton of dry earthy bitterness balanced by a prominent citrus sweetness. Dank oily resinous hops with a lot of lemon peel, grapefruit and mango, countered by a very subtle graham cracker/biscuit malt presence. Lots of earthy pine notes provides a nice dryness that lasts throughout, providing balance to the sweet notes. Slight alcohol presence comes through mid-palate and lingers into the finish. There's also a bit of estery Belgian yeast that provide some light fruit notes, especially apple, pear and grape. Pretty complex with a nice combination of west coast IPA and Belgian Pale Ale characteristics. The 8.5% ABV is decently masked, making this beer relatively drinkable. Very good!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's this past Sunday

The pour is hazy yellow with a thin, soapy head. Not terribly impressive, but that's the only part of the beer I can say that about. The nose is absolutely glorious - citrus dry hop character with orange, tangerine and a touch of yeast in the back. A mild sweetness is present, bringing to mind a fruity orange-lemon marmalade. Awesome stuff. The flavor is just as good, opening with plenty of hop flavor with citrus, honey and a touch of floral character. Honey-like with ripe orange and plenty of tropical fruit and a touch of spice (white pepper). The finish is dry and fruity with orange and a touch of jackfruit. With low bitterness, a light body that's a tad slick and very soft palate, this is one enjoyable - and drinkable - beer.

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Photo of Overlord
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Halycondays hit the nail on the head. Humulus Mischief it is.

Pours a billowy gold with a big white foam head. Smells of grass, tropical notes, some lighter citrus ... huge, huge, huge smell. It's as though the hops were still sitting there whole in the glass.

Taste, unfortunately, doesn't live up to the insane aroma. It's kind of a mellower, belgian style IPA. Some grass/citrus notes, but a bit too much sweet malt, and the whole thing becomes a bit diluted.

Well carbonated. Nice.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery, Review 2.0, after the crash,

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 flavours give a great taste to this beer almost like a wet-hop brew. Still a good amount of sourdough like malt and hint of spice.

M: Full-bodied, resiny, chewy, the biggest of the Mischiefs.

D: My favourite of this series so far, you could almost call this Humulus Mischief because of the hop profile, much different than #1 or #2.

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