Windy Hill
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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From:
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
 
California, United States
Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,455
ABV:
7%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,865
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7%
Ratings:
365
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 10, 2021
Added:
May 03, 2017
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  104
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: Windy Hill IPA dry hopped w/ Mosaic & Simcoe.
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Ratings by augustgarage:
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by augustgarage from California

Poured from a tall-boy can into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Lightly hazy mango body supports a finger of lasting magnolia soft-peaks. Rocky lacing; excellent retention.

Citrus, passion-fruit, garlic chives, and a faintly catty aroma emerge from the glass.

Spicy, rich, and somewhat resinous palate entry suggesting herb-grilled peaches. Moderately bitter with the focus on hop flavor. At the core there is a sweet note like that of an orange/vanilla float. Grain bill seems diverse with hints of wheat or oats beyond the base malt. Finishes medium-dry and zesty.

Soft yet biting mouth-feel draws you back time and time again.

Falls a little short in the aroma I think, but this is a very satisfying NE-style IPA, and is a good showcase for whatever hops they used (Simcoe and Mosaic perhaps?).

Jul 07, 2018
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4.18 by drstalker from Illinois on Nov 10, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheSixthRing from California

Canned 08/09/21

Appearance - Pours hazy and faded orange with an off-white, finger width head. Decent retention before dying down to a mostly solid, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is good, with some patches here and there, broken webbing, lines and small spotting.

Smell - Smells like orange flavored vitamin pills.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange with a healthy dose of mineral quality. Touches of pineapple, but mostly orange and mineral upfront and clear through into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker with a trace of chalkiness in the texture.

Overall - One of those NE-Style IPAs that are prominent with a mineral quality. Not terrible, but not my fave.

Oct 19, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Watergrainhops

Really outstanding NEIPA. Drank on 10/11/21, canned on 7/1/21. Poured from 16oz can into tulip pint glass.

It's everything you want for the style- jam packed with citrus flavor, lovely opaque haze with a great fluffy white head and chunks of yeast settling at the bottom, luring aroma, and fluffy mouthfeel. On the tongue I get orange, peach, pineapple, lime, and melon which balance with the malt backbone. Oats and wheat offer a soft mouthfeel. Really low bitterness. It at no point overwhelms the palate, which is something I like. If you see this beer, buy this beer.

Oct 11, 2021
 
4 by dbauer from California on Oct 02, 2021
 
4.19 by Tjb14 from Michigan on Aug 07, 2021
 
4.16 by gboley from California on Jul 04, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by JedBeerLoverKroon from California

I got a fresh 4-pack of pint cans from Eataly nearby me brewed only 10 days ago. Poured into my nucleated Teku glass.

Look: This fully-hazed golden yellow brew is crowned with a sticky, fluffy, and billowing snow-white head of seafoam. The head lingers and jiggles throughout the entire beer helping to carry and emit the incredible aroma.

Smell: Satsuma orange, yellow mango, pineapple, pungent papaya, light sherbert, slight pine, and mild lime jump from the glass. Amazingly aromatic and also slightly floral with undertones of caramel, biscuit dough, graham cracker, and honeysuckle.

Taste: The taste fills the senses and follows the nose with Satsuma orange, yellow mango, pineapple, pungent papaya, light sherbert, slight pine, and hints of lime. Very aromatic and also slightly floral. The lingering bitterness has a grapefruit pith nature to it and does well to balance the caramel and honeysuckle malt profile.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer's uniqueness and quality really shines! The fluffy lingering white head immediately envelopes your nose and upper lip like an impeccably soft cloud. As soon as the liquid-gold beer slides past the head and your lips it immediately caresses your palate carrying with it the complex and satisfying array of tropical fruit character. It is full-bodied and silky smooth thanks to the unfiltered qualities.

Overall: THIS is a how you do a hazy IPA!!! The incredibly smooth body, ample bitterness, and gratuitous tropical character all combined to an absolutely world-class and perfectly executed Hazy IPA!! I can't wait to try other superb offerings from this brewery, especially seeing as they wield the power of these Danish yeast strains.

Jun 05, 2021
 
4.1 by yuno from New York on May 12, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MattBeer from California

The most surprising aspect of this beer is how simultaneously creamy and easy to drink it is. It feels like it should exhaust your mouth, but you just want three more.

May 12, 2021
 
4.18 by caffeinelogic from New York on Apr 28, 2021
 
4 by doctorgary from New York on Apr 25, 2021
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3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by woodchipper from Connecticut

Poured from a 16oz stamped “BORN ON 02/10/21 BRANDONNNY” to a Nonic at fridge temp.
Opaque apricot body with a white head. Lacing is medium.
Aroma is hoppy, musty, dank, mildly citrusy.
Taste has a little bit of hop burn and the alcohol is pretty prominent for a 7% beer.
Overall, meh, probably better fresh.

Apr 17, 2021
 
3.99 by alwaysneipa from California on Mar 20, 2021
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date on the bottom. Served in a flared pint glass.

Appearance: The one finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a thin foam layer and a lot of lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a murky, bright straw color.

Smell: It's a fruity aroma of waxy citrus peel, peaches and papaya. 

Taste: There's fruity flavors of tangerines, peaches and papaya. It's juicy and quite sweet with no bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied, smooth, creamy and pillowy with medium low carbonation.

Overall: It's a juicy, pillowy beer that's mostly just fruit on the nose and palate. 

Mar 07, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BucBasil from Rwanda

Poured from the 1 pint can into a stemless wine glass at Milo Olive restaurant in Santa Monica.

A: The beer is a very cloudy dark orange color with 2 fingers of white foamy head with some lacing.

S: Tropical yet balanced by a nice bread and biscuit malt character.

T: More balanced than anything. Bready malt holds everything together while various hoppy notes come in and out. Citrus is the dominant note. Finishes with bitter melon and earthy notes that last.

Overall: This was a nice IPA - balanced with some character, but not particularly memorable. Went well with some spicy pasta.

Mar 05, 2021
 
4.27 by Wizzman from Massachusetts on Oct 20, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by HalfFull from California

Pint can served up in a wine glass. The Windy Hill pours a hazed lemon orange in color with a full cap of foam. Richly hazed but not murky, cap is just off white and lingers well.

Aroma is fruity with orange creamsicle notes, bit garlicky at times. Taste follows with some muddled citrus and a decent carbonation. Touch of bitterness on the finish is welcome vs. the total lack thereof for many of the style. Overall a good west coast take on an east coast brew.

Oct 18, 2020
 
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Oct 07, 2020
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3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Windy Hill pours a brighter copper color, with a little bit of haze, a little bit of sediment, and a small, but long lasting and lacing head. Earthy aroma. Flavor is earthy, bitter, dark and dank hop flavors, with a very small amount of mango. Good body and feel. Overall, a darker earthier, more bitter NEIPA.

Sep 20, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

Great look actually of super hazy orange juice milkshake style with a decent offwhite head. Tropical fruit and citrus with some sweetness in there on the nose. Oh I really dig this actually. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel adds to the almost delicate yet malty finishing Melon/citrus tropical delight. Nice gentle bitterness. Good job for a take on a NE IPA.

Sep 10, 2020
 
4 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2020
 
4.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 12, 2020
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3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 7.49 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.468/oz). Received 5/30/20 from Craftshack, San Diego, CA. Reviewed 6/3/20.
Stamped on bottom rim of can “BORN ON 04/24/2020”. Stored at home upside down at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.25.
First pour – Straw (SRM 3), hazy.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), murky and opaque. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, high density, average retention, diminishing to a seven mm crown and a complete cap of varying thickness with a few medium rocks. Torn curtain lacing remains as the head retracts.
Lacing – Good. Wide bands of tiny bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 3.25 – Weak citrus and melon, no yeast, no malt.
Flavor – 3.25 – Weak pineapple without the bite, weakly tropical, no malt, no yeast. No alcohol (7% ABV, as marked on the label) taste or aroma. Ends with little taste whatsoever. No diacetyl or dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, slightly creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 3.25. When the palate is the best feature of a beer … OK but certainly not an outstanding example of an NEIPA. Weakness of taste and aroma make this a mediocre brew. Label is typical Mikkeller with little useful information. One and done.

Jun 03, 2020
 
4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on May 19, 2020
 
4.06 by StrangerTides from New York on May 16, 2020
 
4 by florisj135 from Virginia on May 11, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1+ finely pored ivory head that receded to a thin cap; little lacing;

S: quite aromatic; pineapple, lemon, lime, and vanilla;

T: non-descript citrus up front; follows the nose from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; soft;

O: quite good, but not exceptional;

May 08, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. Mostly hazy golden body with a fluffy white head and lacing. Plenty of tropical fruit and lemon zest in the nose, mellow and soft hops. Taste is much the same, more citrus up front and pith within the dryness of the finish. Well balanced, hazy but not juicy, pillowy soft and clean for style. A good median standard for the style

Mar 16, 2020
 
4.2 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Mar 16, 2020
 
3.96 by Hophazzard from California on Mar 03, 2020
 
4.25 by teamgalt from Massachusetts on Feb 23, 2020
 
3.98 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 06, 2020
 
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 04, 2019
 
3.97 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Nov 23, 2019
 
4.69 by buckeye16 from Texas on Nov 09, 2019
 
4.18 by Brushkanna from New Jersey on Oct 20, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by omahawk from Nebraska

Pours like pineapple juice as expected for the style. Light head. Aroma is sweet malt and ripe fruit - plums and cut grass. Taste is light citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Not a huge deep fruity taste fro the style. Very nice, not great.

Oct 11, 2019
 
4.04 by MaximumYuks from Oregon on Oct 09, 2019
 
4.25 by Marvicsin from California on Sep 15, 2019
Windy Hill from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 365 ratings