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Mikkeller is getting better, finally, isn't it?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by itsiilegal, Apr 10, 2013.

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  1. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,199) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Their prices sure aren't getting better.
  2. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    Wouldn't know. I never have and never will buy any of their beers.
  3. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Probably the best beer I've ever had. Only problem I've had with Mikkel is that I pay too much for the stuff that is mediocre.
  4. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    I'm pretty sure that wasn't an ipa.
  5. schnarr84

    schnarr84 Zealot (569) Nov 27, 2011 Alberta (Canada)

    i grab every mikkeller i can get my hands on. price doesnt matter. more often than not ive found his stuff to be excellent.
  6. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Savant (994) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    I'm with many of the BA's who've already posted. I've liked Mikkeller pretty much the whole way through. I've had tons of quality brews from them and all to most of them cellar well, even the IPAs have plenty of shelf life in my opinion. The single hop series were some of the most fun I ever had reviewing IPAs, really helped me pick up on the difference in hop profiles.

    The main thing preventing me from purchasing more Mikkeller (as the case with Evil Twin) is that their beers are very expensive.
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  7. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    Most of the Spontan stuff were disappoint attempts at Cantillon clone’s.
    Otherwise I absolutely adore Mikkeller – need to do more of his stuff which is indeed expensive to say the least but so much of it is outstanding.
  8. Peanut

    Peanut Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Georgia
    Beer Trader

    Probably sat on the shelf awhi le too waiting for everyone to save money to add it to the days haul. Lately I'm finding overpriced eviltwin more palatable than overpriced mikkeller.
  9. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2010 New York

    Classified as an APA on BA, but as an IPA by Mikkeller in draft versions. Mine was 8% and pleasantly hoppy but I've seen other versions listed as 5-7%. Whichever it was is cool with me. Kinda Zombie Dust territory with the ambiguous style.
  10. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (622) May 11, 2012 Missouri
    Beer Trader

    I've never been one to hate on Mikkeller's quality so much as the prices. They've always been a tad high. Unfortunately, we don't even see Mikkeller in StL anymore due to certain "brothers"
  11. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    I'm not going to stop complaining about mikkeller until I get my paws on several bottles of weasel calvados. Stuff is like a #@$@# unicorn. You HEAR about it, but I swear it doesn't exist.

    My biggest complaint is their (lack of) distribution. very difficult to track down. I appreciate their creativity. I mentally file them with dogfish head because of that.
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  12. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,530) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Are you telling me that Beer Geek Brunch I had came from old weasel ass? I was told it was fresh weasel ass.
  13. BrianStu22

    BrianStu22 Aspirant (233) Nov 30, 2012 Minnesota

    I like their Barleywine (Big Bad worse) but it is expensive and for the money I can buy something else and more of it.
  14. mondegreen

    mondegreen Devotee (423) Nov 4, 2009 Georgia

    According to the Mad Fermentationist blog, Citra DIPA is not single hopped. It also contains Nugget and Amarillo:


    ETA: In my experience, Citra makes a poor bittering hop. I love it for aroma, especially as a dry hop, but it needs to be paired with others, IMO.
  15. Rainier

    Rainier Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 California

    Yeah my bad, I just remembered they didn't use Citra as bittering. I was kinda tipsy.
  16. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,754) Oct 19, 2010 California

    If you mean bad and tastes like ass, then you sir are correct.

    Actually, I hate to admit it but I actually have found myself liking a few recent beers more than I expected. Who knows?
  17. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    the only thing i've had that was actually worth while was the beer geek breakfast...it was on tap as well so that was a plus

    some other beers i've had from them tasted pretty foul or just smelled like nail polish...it was really odd
  18. largadeer

    largadeer Poo-Bah (3,527) Sep 24, 2006 California
    Beer Trader

    Nope, not really.
  19. wyatt

    wyatt Aspirant (263) Nov 18, 2009 Louisiana
    Beer Trader

    Nelson Sauvin
  20. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,299) Oct 24, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    I respect them all, immensely actually, but of those three give me Stillwater, all day.
  21. itsiilegal

    itsiilegal Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 California

    It's a bit of a shelf turd in Oregon. Hard to justify $15 for 8 or 10 oz when its made with a cat shit derivative. That said.. I've heard it's great.
  22. itsiilegal

    itsiilegal Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 California

    Sorry, barrel aged cat shit derivative.
  23. peensteen

    peensteen Poo-Bah (1,843) Apr 3, 2010 Ontario (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    I don't think anybody has ever finished the Scotch Barrel Black Hole
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  24. SupremePie

    SupremePie Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2012 Vermont

    Actually enjoyed my first Mikkeller beer of the many i've tried the other night.. Nelson Sauvignon Blanc.. Still not wortht he price
  25. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (848) Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    I've never bothered buying any due to the ridiculous price.
  26. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    I've had a few different Beer Geek Brunches on tap. I remember liking them. Just got Double Eye PA for my bday and it was an instant drain pour. Not sure how long it may have sat on the shelf but it was really bad.
  27. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    Me and my friend are both addicted to weasel poop / cat poop beer. Pardon the pun, but that shit isn't within a 100 mile radius of long island :-(
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  28. jlenik

    jlenik Disciple (374) Jan 22, 2009 New Jersey
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    I really liked Monk's Brew aged in Red Wine barrels with raspberries and BA To:From, and Nelson Sauvin.
  29. itsiilegal

    itsiilegal Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 California

    Try to find someone from Eugene Oregon on BA. There are two bottle shops there (I worked for one) and both had bottles just 6 months ago (when I moved) and they did not sell whatsoever. Eugene Oregon is interesting in the crazy Oregon craft beer scene. It doesn't attract the beer snobs, enthusiasts or hipsters. So things that may disappear in Portland within days can sit on shelves in Eugene for months if not sometimes years! I bought 6 bottles of Alaskan 2008 Barleywine 8 months ago. They had 2 cases of Fantasia batch 1 for 2 months!!!!!
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  30. ItsIPAsomewhere

    ItsIPAsomewhere Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2013 California

    I've recently tried the 1,000 IBU and had mix message about. I usually enjoy a more American Style IPA preferably West Coast IPAs. But I really like the strong bitter and silky finish. I still would prefer a Hop Shortage by Knee Deep over the 1,000 IBU. Only tried it in bottled, maybe I need to try it tapped. IPA All Day.
  31. tzieser

    tzieser Champion (854) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Okay, citra, simcoe or glaxay....great hops but still not worth that price for a 12oz bottle. what about a cascade or galena single hop ipa, would you pay 5 bucks for those too? EKG? Didnt think so.
  32. 2814

    2814 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2012 California

    I would love a hopped donut right now...
  33. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,568) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    Spontannoble is definitely a legitimate sour and the best sour I've seen from them so far.
  34. errantnight

    errantnight Meyvn (1,083) Jul 7, 2005 Iowa
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Some hits, more misses, high price point, lots of beers in styles brewed locally or closer to home that didn't have to travel across the Atlantic and are therefore likely fresher / in better condition... Generally, they're a pass, without malice.
  35. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Zealot (591) Sep 2, 2007 Indiana
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    The price generally keeps me away from basically everything they make. I always thought that Beer Geek Breakfast was solid, but why bother when I can get a 4 pk of Breakfast Stout (which is superior) for the same price as one bottle of BGB?

    I've also never understood why anyone would pay the asking price for their IPAs when there are so many fresh, affordable American IPAs on the shelf. I mean, that's the style that Mikkeller is gunning for anyhow, and who knows how much time their beers spend in 1.)transit/customs, or 2.) a warehouse. Even if they were guaranteed fresh, something tells me they're not touching Two Hearted, Racer 5, Centennial, Schlafly A or TIPA, Sculpin, Blind Pig, etc.
  36. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    Wait until you find out that Drake's will be brewing Mikkeller beer; if they haven't started already...
  37. haakonjo

    haakonjo Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2013 Norway

  38. BruChef

    BruChef Aspirant (223) Nov 8, 2009 New York

  39. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    I'm surprised it took this long for someone to comment. The editing window was closed by the time I noticed. :flushed:
  40. libertytaproom

    libertytaproom Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Walk on Water is awesome!
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