FatPhil (12201) - 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.
Lubiere (11945) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed amber ale with a thick collapsing lacing mocha head. In aroma, loads of resinous floral hops, grapefruit pulp, herbaceous and pungent. In mouth, a nice crisp biscuit malt with loads of citrusy resinous floral hops, grapefruit pulp, nice and resilient, still good after a few years. BiŤropholie imports.
Beersiveknown (4669) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
keg at craft clerkenwell, december 2012
quite thin bodied, lemon peel, moderate carbonation, super pithy, dry
martjoobolut (2121) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the very old notes, hence this is not a real rating, but more just a mark to myself that I have tried this at one point. Very bitter and very hoppy, not really drinkable, but didnít mind it as an experiment.
GenDV138 (4605) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Popped the cap and it was an instant gusher. Clear amber with off-white head. Aromas of toasty notes, citrus, resin. Tastes of bitter citrus, toasty notes, bland biscuit. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Mostly just bitter and bland.
LoganL166 (25) - Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Really curious how old this beer is, awful aroma with a pretty decent looking pour and head. Taste is awful, canít get past anything beside the huge bitterness. Really trying to pick up some flavors but just keep subjecting myself to a wrecked palate and a bitterness that wonít go away.
radiomgb (2582) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper, thin off-white head, light lacing.
Aroma is of pine, citrus, caramel.
Flavour is crazy hoppy, bitter, citrus and caramel.
Very bitter mouthfeel, light body, mild carbonation.
Finishes hoppy, very hoppy.
This is crazy hoppy, very long finish.
nuplastikk (5374) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Ei8ht Ball. Lasting resinous hop action. Clean body, but big resin. "Old School" NW piny resinous tones. No tropical "New School" tones. Quite nice, unique. Clean, balanced.
slowrunner77 (8406) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
"BA and RB say this is retired, but itís new on the shelves here (though it definitely did not seem all too fresh). Really a pointless brew, and this coming from someone who liked the 1000 ibu and 1000 ibu light Mikkeller has put out, rating them 3.9 and 3.6. This, though had a bland flavor followed up by an unpleasant bitterness. For $5.99, a waste. From my favorite foreign brewery this was a letdown."
boozedude (2222) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared with nate at club w.. murky dark orang pour with white head... super hoppy super crazy stupid bitter, low alcohol fr the taste, weid, not diging it, my pal nate loves it tho,
Stuu666 (8371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours golden amber, nose is passionfruit, mango, taste is very bitter, mango, fruity.