FatPhil (8107) - Tallinn, - FEB 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Averaging the two ratings
330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) (7-:3+:7-:4:2=2.3)
7- Immediately after pouring a cooooold bottle from the fridge, this had a lovely citrussy hoppy aroma, with just a gentle sweet biscuity caramelly malt component too. Alas, by the time you can smell biscuity malts, you know the bodyís going to be overly caramelly and biscuity.
3+ Slightly hop hazy (I presume) orange. Healthy white frothy head with fair persistence.
7- Pretty good in the mouth, the biscuity malts are quite moderate, in fact they are just sweet enough to balance out the hops nicely. The hops are citrussy, but relatively moderate. Fairly simple taste, but thereís nothing wrong with that.
4 Crisp palate, carbonation and the coldness give you quite a slap round the chops before the hops have even started to kick in. (Note - thatís generally not a positive thing, but it was fitting for this beer, so in this case shouldnít be taken as a criticism.) The post-swallowing vapours are very nice, the biscuity malts still not giving up, and refusing to let the hops rule every aspect of the beer. Then again, thatís not hard, the hops arenít that extreme, thereís a nice resiny and grapefruity dryness, and that zing hangs around for quite a nice while. Best of all, it isnít oppressively drying, and doesnít leave you thirstier than when you started. Nearly as good as the original Alpoís IPA for getting the resininess just right.
2 Technically, not a bad beer. In fact, on any level, this is not a bad beer - I enjoyed this quite a lot. Thatís saying a lot, as I expected to hate it. I conclude that either I drank something different from other raters, in which case Mikkeller should be slapped hard for abysmal consistency, or in fact itís nowhere near 1000 IBU, in which case Mikkeller should be slapped hard for the "1000 IBU" bullshit. (Nope, saying "theoretical" is no get-out-clause - the whole thingís marketting bullshit, and youíre wankers for wanting to using it.) I donít want to dilute the only "1" overall that I currently have, so I wonít give it that. However, whilst I ponder whatís a fair total score for the beer, Iíll leave this at a "2", as I think the slapping needs to be pretty severe. In fact, if this had been a disgusting undrinkable alkaloid mess, I would have given it a higher overall score (but lower everywhere else, obviously).
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) - shared with Mirjukka and Janne as the first beer of the day after the Wappu eve before - cheers! (7:3:7:4:13)
Lovely citrussy aromatics, orangy and lemony at the top, and grtapefruity once those higher peaks subside. Lovely bitter bite, long resiny finish. Surprisingly bitter finish. A good beer to wake up to. So zesty. The IBUís still marketting bullshit of course, but itís a pretty tasty beer, and my ire is subsiding.
Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap sample. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate hop and malt aroma. Medium bitter flavor with a heavy acidic finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Worth having once brew.
DrSilverworm (4016) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Mostly clear orange yellow color. Good thin white head, good ropes of lace. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly sticky texture. Medium body. Good citrusy, lightly grassy bitter hoppy taste, with a good long resiny hoppy aftertaste that lasts quite a bit. Impressive, massive bitter taste, minimal sweet. Extreme bitter, but not painful, I like it. Light body makes it drinkable. Impressive stuff.
alexsdad06 (3822) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden /light amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have faded citrus and grassy hopswith general bitterness and not much other flavor. Not very good.
b3shine (3510) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; malty though. A cloudy orangish brown with thin off-white head. Smells and tastes of bitter hops with a thin, unbalanced backbone. Meh.
kalervo (539) - FINLAND - NOV 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I choose "Mikkeller 1000 IBU" from the beer list and got this "light version". Not bad but a bit unbalanced as the body is quite thin due to heavy piny bitterness. I definitely want to taste the "proper" Mikkeller 1000 IBU in the future too.
Nocturne (546) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle, probably quite old by now. Murky orange pour with a huge foamy head. Classic hoppy nose with sweeter malt notes. Cat piss, berry fruit and pine sums it up. Momentary sweet hit on the tongue before bitterness demolishes everything in its path. Successful as a concept but not so enjoyable to drink.
Hair6a11 (1229) - Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; Pour is murky golden / caramel with a frothy, two finger off white head in this glass. It retains well, and there is some spotting here - The nose is heavy hopped; grass and pine here, but there are some sweet undertones present here as well - caramel and sweet bread, to be precise. The flavor profile is pretty one dimensional though - the hop profile is muddied yet dominant, but it barely makes any sense on my tongue. Itís just unbalanced, with a malt profile that barely rounds things out at the end - its something to try.. i guess. I wouldnít bother.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a one finger frothy off-white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, grassy hops, sweet caramel and bready malts.
Taste is, citrus, pine, grassy hops, resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, some candied hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, resiny finish.
KansaiBeerLvrs (880) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer is crazy bitter but nice for teaching you what hops taste like. A nice red color with a good head of foam. This is NOT the beer if you want something balanced & sharing it is recommended.
Juseq (158) - FINLAND - AUG 26, 2013
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Aroma is good and has floral hoppiness. Mouthfeel is thin. Flavor is thin and the aftertaste is awful and the bitterness tastes like iron. The normal abv version has much tolerable bitterness.