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Mikkeller 1000 IBU Ultramate

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: American Pale Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   IBU: 1000   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Danish: En Ultra Pale Ale brygget pĺ vand, malt, humle og gćr. Teoretisk IBU: 1000.

FatPhil's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
FatPhil (9346) - Tallinn, - FEB 23, 2012
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 body’s 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 there’s 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 - that’s generally not a positive thing, but it was fitting for this beer, so in this case shouldn’t 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, that’s not hard, the hops aren’t that extreme, there’s a nice resiny and grapefruity dryness, and that zing hangs around for quite a nice while. Best of all, it isn’t oppressively drying, and doesn’t leave you thirstier than when you started. Nearly as good as the original Alpo’s 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. That’s 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 it’s 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 thing’s marketting bullshit, and you’re wankers for wanting to using it.) I don’t want to dilute the only "1" overall that I currently have, so I won’t give it that. However, whilst I ponder what’s a fair total score for the beer, I’ll 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 IBU’s still marketting bullshit of course, but it’s a pretty tasty beer, and my ire is subsiding.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (1743) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"BA and RB say this is retired, but it’s 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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boozedude (1789) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2014
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,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours golden amber, nose is passionfruit, mango, taste is very bitter, mango, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (331) - HUNGARY - JUL 26, 2014
Ártatlannak látszó, méz árnyalatú színéhez egy kissé árulkodóbb, komlóvirágos illat társul, mely egyébként kellemes, nem annyira vastag, inkább lágy, finomabb hangvételű ital benyomását keltené, ha nem rendelkeznénk a megfelelő tájékozottsággal a sör erejét illetően. Ez persze nem az alkoholfokra vonatkozik, az visszafogott mértékű, ami finoman fogalmazva sem mondható el arról a vad keserűségről, amit a legelemibb mértékletesség hiányával alkalmazott komló felhasználásával ért el a főzőmester, s melynél a leginkább kardinális kérdés minden bizonnyal abban áll, vajon mennyire sikerül megmaradnia a fogyaszthatóság cseppet sem egyértelműen meghatározható határain belül? Szerény véleményem szerint ez az elvárás éppenséggel megvalósulni látszik, de ehhez természetesen egy jó adag fogékonyság szükségeltetik a komló természete iránt. Ez különösen az első pár korty utóéletének esetében létszükséglet, addig, míg az érzékszerveink hozzá nem szoknak a kegyetlen, csípősen kesernyés ízvilághoz, mely egyébként az idő múlásával egyre barátságosabbá válik, s az olyan jellemvonások, mint a halvány édesség és csipetnyi vajas szín még inkább lecsendesítik ezt az ádáz komlószörnyet. Leginkább tehát a karcos és végeláthatatlannak tűnő utóíz az, ami az átlagosnál nagyobb kihívást jelent, teához hasonlatos, sima és frissítően savanykás alapíze kifejezetten kellemes. Számomra mindenképpen egy szórakoztató jelenség, időnként szükség van az efféle elrugaszkodott alkotásokra is, az azonban biztos, hogy ha pár árnyalattal még ennél is harsányabb lenne, azt már nagyon kevés kalandor ízlésvilág lenne képes tolerálni.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3460) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2014
Amber of color with an off white head. An aroma of dust, hops, citrus and grape. A flavor of hops, flour, bread and grapefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
miquelcrush (1384) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
Bona cervesa, desequilibrada perň gustosa. Buena cerveza, desequilibrada pero sabrosa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
tectactoe (1855) - Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle: Murky copper & trudging brown, muddled throughout with a huge, volatile & foamy ecru cap that explodes on tap & lasts for days. Floral hops with lightly peppered & candied citrus peel on the nose. Big time orange rind aroma. It hints at a zesty bitterness, but is overall mild, tame, & anti-pungent given the disclosed IBU count. First sip tingles with a little grapefruit & orange zest up front... then your palate is immediately tossed into an explosion of botanical hop water. Peppery, lasting bitterness that scrapes your tongue & overpowers everything. Liquid pine tree... Imagine smoking a bong filled with raw hops, then drinking the water the next day. Malt does not exist, here. Light, crisp body with the intense bitterness feigning additional dryness. Really your palate is just getting fucked, that’s all. It’s not absolutely terrible, but I wouldn’t exactly call it drinkable, either. It needs more support. It has promise, really, but the lingering bitterness is just so harsh & omnipotent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1955) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle. Is this really retired? Wondering how old this beer is that I just got from the store. Pours a cloudy orangish-amber color with a big foamy head that fades pretty quickly and leaves some great lacing. Aroma is dominated by pine and grass with maybe a bit of citrus peels. Tastes very piney as well. Very strong bitterness. Like chewing on pine needles and citrus peels. But it’s actually better than it sounds, at least for me. I enjoy this crazy experiment. Not as dry to me as others have mentioned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarcoDL (2180) - NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014
Apparently there is such a thing as too much hops. I appreciate the experiment, but this beer is so dry it sucks your mouth of all liquid. Just too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (2144) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2014
12oz bottle for $1.99 - nose is hoppy to say the least. Just learned what alpha acids are and this might redefine it. Bitterness is catching up. UK wins!!!!!!

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