mixmasterob (938) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another delight to see @ my home store. I am a sucker for all things these dudes brew. Dark murky orange pour with a creamy beige head, faded to a thin film and left lots o’ lace. Aroma was lots of citrus fruits and caramel malt. Like candied hops, lots of caramel. Flavors were brutally bitter, notes of caramel sweetness, floral fruity hops, some citrus. Long, long lingering bitter finish, damn. This is a palate wrecker by definition. Mouthfeel was full, carbonation big yet not fizzy. I loved this one.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 This beer is art. OMFG, OMFG, OMFG. There is an INSANE amount of hops in this beer. Complex hops flavors too, bitter resin, pine... but then citrus, grapefruit, sour unripened berries. There is a good amount of sugary, malty, caramel sweetness to this beer as well, which tames the unbelievable hop content with artful grace. Even the mouthfeel is well calculated. It starts out crisp and lively, and then smooths off in to a silky texture that helps relieve the bitter shock you receive from the hops. Absolutely incredible... only the aroma needs work. Pliny is perfect in the aroma department, this is close.
Meilby (8651) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 375ml @ fonefan
Pours dark amber with a off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy with notes of caramel. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. This beer is surprisingly easy drinkable.
daje (2611) - NORWAY - JAN 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted both on tap and bottle. Rating is from tap, the far better of the two imo.
Hazy amber color, with a thick light brown head. Very hoppy aroma with raisins, lotsa hops, grape, citrus, pine and lots more! Bitter, bitter taste but (thankfully) not as bitter as you could imagine. Some caramel too. Left me wanting more of the same :)
Bottle a week later was never in the same league
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A muddy/messy bottle of yeast and bitter green hops. Primitive tasty IPA
How: Bottle 375ml. Consumed about 6 months after the beer release
The look: Cloudy amber body with lots of particles. Medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose of green pine-needles, grapefruits and anything that screams high-alpha acids. Taste is caramel with a lot of biting leafy hops, strong minty sensation, a lot of yeast. Bitterness is strong but not very pleasant with some kind of plastic character in the finish. Carbonation is too soft and the mouthfeel was doughy. As a whole this beer is kind of a mess. Yes it is very bitter (although I’ve had more bitter IPAs) but the bitterness is overshadowed by the muddy character of the beer. Being a hop-head I was all excited to try a 1000 IBU beer. 1000 IBU!!! I was disappointed. When something seems too good to be true it is usually a trap. If I meet a chick who is into craft beer, heavy metal music and anal sex I will check her adam apple.
Strykzone (5349) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Always a thrill to open a bottle of Mikkeller. This one pours a deep brown with an oatmeal looking sticky head. Big lacing. It looks inviting. Hops reign supreme in the aroma and are all over the place. Hops are also huge in the flavor. As expected they are very bitter, but not overly so. They have a big grapefruit bite. There is also some sweeter tangerine. The hops are almost taste bud numbing. There is also some wonderful rich malt that provides sweetness and very nice flavor. But the story here is hops. This is a wild beer drinking experience.
Japalo (1368) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2011 Bottle. Haze amber with clumps of hops! Wonderfull complex hoppies aroma. Strong elegant bitterness long dry tannin with a rounded rucula-dandelion aftertaste. One of my favorite Ipa’s so far.
altonbrownd (3708) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Beer Temple. Dark amber body with top head. 1,000 hops in the nose. Taste is very hoppy, nice. Really good. Lots of power in it. Another great Mikkeller.
dnstone (2344) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderfully hoppy aroma, floral and piney with nice malty balance. Pours a deep, opaque amber color with an excellent kahki-color head that laces the glass nicely. This one starts off very smooth and malty then the bitterness hits strong in the back of the tongue, coating it and sticking there. Light orange under notes that are covered by the slightly earthy hop notes. As you can expect this is all about the hops which are almost completely overbearing, but not to the point that it isn’t drinkable. Nice light carbonation. I love this beer, but it would be hard to drink more than a small glass.
Borresteijn (5200) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beer Temple. Hazy dark amber orange colour, dense off white head. Aroma of strong grapefruit and citrus hops, some sweetness. Flavour is light sweet, caramel, fruity, but almost instantly overtaken by a very strong full on grapefruit/citrussy bitterness, leaning towards harsh, that lingers on for a long time. Extremely dry mouthfeel, fullbodied, juicy. Good.