Windy Hill
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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From:
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
 
California, United States
Style:
New England IPA
ABV:
7%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
291
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 10, 2022
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 vette2006c5r:
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 4.5 by msondel from Massachusetts

Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania

Aug 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jun 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by drstalker from Illinois

Nov 10, 2021
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by Watergrainhops

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
 
Rated: 4 by dbauer from California

Oct 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by Tjb14 from Michigan

Aug 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by gboley from California

Jul 04, 2021
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Reviewed by JedBeerLoverKroon from California

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.1 by yuno from New York

May 12, 2021
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Reviewed by MattBeer from California

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4.18 by caffeinelogic from New York

Apr 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Apr 25, 2021
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Reviewed by woodchipper from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 3.99 by alwaysneipa from California

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.27 by Wizzman from Massachusetts

Oct 20, 2020
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Reviewed by HalfFull from California

3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Oct 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
$ 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
 
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

May 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by StrangerTides from New York

May 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by florisj135 from Virginia

May 11, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.2 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Mar 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.96 by Hophazzard from California

Mar 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by teamgalt from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.98 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.97 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Nov 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.69 by buckeye16 from Texas

Nov 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by Brushkanna from New Jersey

Oct 20, 2019
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