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Mike’s India Pale Ale

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Brewed by Mike’s Brewery
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Taranaki, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Inspired by the hoppy English pale ales but leaning toward the highly hopped American variety. Pours rich golden amber with a faint haze and a creamy white head settling to a fine veil. The aroma is complex with tropical fruit including passion fruit, pineapple and melons all vying for attention.

The flavour is something to behold, with the sweet tropical fruits now balanced out by the strong biscuity malt flavour and absolutely intense hop bitterness. The very full mouth feel and glowing warm aftertaste serve to further keep the hop bitterness in check.

This is an extremely hoppy beer, if the drinker is not partial to hops, they might struggle with this drop. For the true hop heads, this is nectar to be savoured.

Serve chilled in small stemmed goblets, to be sipped on cool Autumn evenings. This beer needs to be treated with respect, weighing in at 9.0% ABV, it’s no lightweight and should be shared with good company


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NateSeats (15) - Barlborough (nr Sheffield), Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2013
Outstanding IPA. So often a brewer badges a pale as an IPA. Not very often that a brewer badges a DIPA as one. This is one of those occasions. This is one of my favourite treats!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 I really liked this beer. It was really well balanced and had a beautiful hoppy nose and body. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Needed to have a bigger and thicker body to it though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (11842) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
Amber. Thin head. Earthy aroma has pine, citrus, palate is the same, but with a fair bit of crystal malt. Good balance, though.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyfla99 (12) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2013
Beautiful aroma, very punchy orange citrus passionfruit aromas, and guess what, that’s just how it tastes too. I think this is comparable to the famous Tuatara Aoteroa Pale Ale for tropical flavours but with more weight and bitterness, maybe a little too hop-intensive even for me. However the aroma is beautiful. I paid $11 (NZD) for a 500ml bottle of this today at regional wines, some of the more fashionable beers of much less ABV are more expensive. I think this is a very good buy for an IIPA.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oneiamfor (4) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2012 does not count
Wholly holy fuck - my mouth has shriveled into my head - this beer is full of flavour and ibu - biggest Beer out of the southern hemisphere ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cardofab (225) - Teramo- ITALY, ITALY - APR 23, 2012
Color arancio torbido, al naso è intrigante con intense note luppolate e fruttate (agrumi e frutti tropicali). Al palato è un trionfo di luppolo con lievi tonalità maltate e di biscotto. Il finale è un intenso amaro entusiasmante. Non credo che riuscirò a berla di nuovo visto che proviene dalla Nuova Zelanda ed era in edizione limitata. Sono un privilegiato...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15574) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2012
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity hoppy bitter citrus aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter citrus finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (2646) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2012
22-MAR-2012, bottle @Papsø. Orange with lasting off-white head. Hoppy with a strong malty backbone. Malty, fruity from both malts and hops. Really hoppy, but not overly bitter. Some sweetness. Nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (9651) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2012
Bottled. Orange/amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma of herbs, flowers, spice, caramel, light fruits. Flavour of sweetness, fruits, herbs, flowers, grape. Medium to ful bodied. Herbal bitterness in the end. Very fresh and balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10609) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2012
cloudy orange, small smooth white head. hoppy bitter, flowery clean aroma. flavor is malty, flowery, hoppy, good bitterness.


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