MKE IPA
Milwaukee Brewing Company

MKE IPAMKE IPA
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From:
Milwaukee Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,778
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,815
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 7.36%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
18
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 27, 2022
Added:
Mar 27, 2018
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  9
SCORE
88
Very Good
MKE IPAMKE IPA
Notes: This IPA lets the hops shine. Five different hops are used to create a well-balanced IPA which focuses on the hipster’s hops, Citra and Mosaic.
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Nice slightly hazy copper color with a light tan head. Citrus notes (tangerine is most prominent) and some berries dominate the nose, and there’s a bit of caramalt as well.

The tangerine leads the taste and the berries are a nice complement, with the caramalt providing some sweetness and balance.

The mouthfeel is actually a little too “bright” for me. This is listed as an IPA, and I rated it as such, but it’s actually more of an APA, and my rating would’ve been a bit higher if it was listed (and named) an APA.

Still a nice, flavorful beer that can be consumed in multiples without wrecking you.
Apr 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Surprisingly, a very hazy body, almost completely opaque. Nice orange color, with excellent head production, and fantastic retention and lacing.

Nose is a bit challenging, as there's a combination of some caramel malt and herbal hops that comes across almost stale. Very floral, with an emphasis on citrus hop expression over tropical. Some bright pine and leaves on the finish.

For a sub-6% ABV IPA, this really delivers a lot of flavor. Somewhat grainy malt base, presenting notes of caramel, wheat, and paler grains; not out of character for an APA in that regard. Hoppy notes include stone fruit, grapefruit, lemon peel, and candied orange.

Lovely balanced mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness.
Oct 19, 2021
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from a beer store in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. It poured a slightly hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent subtle bitter citrus and pine notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with good bitter citrus and pine mix presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.
Aug 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.38 by npendres from Wisconsin

Dec 13, 2020
 
Rated: 3.67 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Jan 26, 2020
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Look - cloudy thick copper slight brown with a slight film
Smel - citrus slight dank floral with a slight caramel maltiness
Taste - like the scent just less
Feel - medium lighter body and light carb slight syrup
Overall - ok beer
Dec 22, 2019
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours yellow orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops. Tastes of citrus and fruity flavors, slight tropical fruit, decent grain backbone. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Nov 04, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium-golden color with a clingy white head. SRM of 8. (3.75)

Aroma: Light on the aromas. There is some melon, berry, and grape. This is followed by a predominantly lemon creamsicle aroma. Some grapefruit and lychee linger. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose. Lemon and orange creamsicle. Then some grapefruit. Not too fruity, but a strong amount of cream. A touch of mixed berry and lychee flavor underneath. Minimal bitterness. Finishes with a creamy sweetness. (3.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Decent carbonation. Creamy and smooth, yet not to the level of a milkshake IPA. Leaves a smooth creamy feeling on the palate. (3.75)

Overall: An easy-drinking, smooth, and relatively simple IPA. Citra and Mosaic are the main hops here. Nice lemon citrus with the mosaic berry profile present. However, the cream sweetness and smoothness of this beer are what it does well. (Final Rating: 3.48)
Nov 03, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had this on my most recent trip to Milwaukee over the Memorial Day weekend 2019 for the Marquette reunion. Drank at the source. Pours a darker yellow, good 2/3" white head, nice clarity, a little bit like soap suds down the glass. Right away I noticed this is the best smelling beer ever made by this place. While there are more aromatic Citra and Mosaic beers out there, this one hit those hops in the average range (quality/quantity) which is still pretty nice when you're using the best proprietary hops for an ipa pretty much.

The taste was good, light pale toasted malt, 2 row, plenty of hop notes, 50 ibu level bitterness. Average range juiciness from the hops, enjoyable at every turn, I think I had 3 pints of it on Saturday night. Mouth feel was relatively dry, usually they lean too much towards trying to over malt the thing and approach balance, but on this one they really caught up with the times and delivered a pretty good west coast ipa. The setting outside on the river really brought it all together. Can't believe Jeff took LSD for the reunion, love that guy.
Aug 28, 2019
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Reviewed by scaliasux from Wisconsin

3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
L - Medium yellow. Hazy. Fairly short white head with good persistence.

S - Fruity hops dominates - tropical fruit and sweet citrus. A little pine.

T - Not much malt character - seems a little thin. Good dose of citrusy hops; grapefruit and orange.

F - Light. Dry finish.

O - Provides a nice hit of sweet hops. Thin, but refreshing.
Aug 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Beerbadger55 from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
This is a solid IPA and priced right at the store too! I buy this when I grow tired if the $18 4 packs. Picked it up at West Madison Woodmans for $6. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a nice white head that lingers. Taste is citrus forward, evident by Mosaic and Citra hops, not overpowering. A little alcohol burn on the back end which is a little surprising as this is only 5.5% ABV. Highly recomend.
Jul 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.65 by mbw314 from California

Jun 16, 2019
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16 oz can poured into Yakima Valley hops glass.

Hazy honey orange color with a tall fluffy head of 2 fingers. Lots of puffy lace left behind. Nice thick ring when swirled.

Bright fruity aromas of grapefruit, orange, and blueberry. Slight cantaloupe. Fresh woody grass and pine.

Huge flavors of grapefruit and onion, with slight tangerine and freeze dried blueberries; slight caramel. Finish of bready biscuit and pine.

Feel is slightly watery but retains a creaminess that's pleasant; moderate carbonation, moderate warming alcohol; resins on the finish.

Overall, a decent Wisconsin area IPA, could use more tropical notes for my personal taste.
Jun 08, 2019
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Rated by pink from Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Very drinkable IPA. One of my favorites, somewhat similar to good citie’s motto.
May 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big orange small white head. Poured from the can.
Nice juicy aroma. Smell of orange and maybe a little grapefruit and pineapple
Taste is similar with a malty backbone.
Mouthfeel is somewhat resinous. Coats the pallet. Finishes kinda sweet. Would prefer smoother or dryer.
Pretty decent beer.
Mar 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

Feb 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.91 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Oct 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by lrend13 from Wisconsin

Sep 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Sep 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.48 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Sep 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Jul 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by wl2bill from Wisconsin

Jul 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Jul 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by adam36 from Illinois

Jul 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin

May 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

Apr 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Color is a bright and clear golden orange with a soft 2 finger white head. Good retention and webbed lacing on the glass. Aroma is a very bright notes of tropical fruit, melon, mango along with a light sweet malt. Flavor is similar with the flavor of tropical and fruity hops with some of the nice mango and melon notes. The middle moves into the sweeter caramel malts and yields to a light bitter finish. Feel is lighter and refreshing, finishes somewhat clean and dry. I really enjoy the combination of Citra and Mosaic hops long with the lighter malts.

Incredibly this is now offered in 16oz 4-packs at a price point of $6-7!
Apr 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Mar 31, 2018
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Reviewed by Piercan from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had two pints recently in a MKE Brewing Co. glass. ABV was given as 5.5%; IBU = 60.
Color is a slightly hazy gold. Nose and taste bring out the 'fruity' hops flavors.
Company writes on its site:
《 Brewed with a soft but vibrant body, the MKE IPA lets the hops shine. Generous hopping of Citra and Mosaic hops, with notes of grapefruit aromas and flavors of passionfruit, blueberry, mango, and lychee, makes this juicy IPA appealing to all palates. 》
I agree with that.
About the symbol, they say 《 it embraces our history and our future. The sun rising over lake Michigan symbolizes a new day. The light blue bars in its reflection are to represent the three founders and the rivers that separated them. The gold represents our brewing history and the white for unity.》
MKE IPA was released in February 2018. I'll revise this first review after I get to drink another pint on draft or possibly buy a 6-pack.
Mar 27, 2018
MKE IPA from Milwaukee Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 31 ratings