popery (1580) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1000 IBU pours fire brick red/carnelian with a big thick ecru-colored head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a smörgåsbord of hop flavors: floral, pine resin, candied oranges, spruce, grapefruit rind, marijuana, grass, crushed leaves - leaving hops - caramel, bread, malt extract. That said, it’s not nearly as strong of an aroma as I was expecting and this is the biggest fault that separates it from the heights of the style. The flavor loses nearly all of the malt flavor and just hits with a huge pine resin bitterness. This isn’t the bitterest hop bomb I’ve ever tried, but it has the longest bitter hop finish. There’s some sense of malt sweetness, but it’s hard to appreciate as my palate takes refuge from the ceaseless onslaught of hops. A good five minutes after my last sip, it still feels like my mouth is full of resiny essential oils squeezed from pine needles and grapefruit pith. Mouthfeel is about medium and I would actually prefer it a bit thicker.
pastymc (18) - Niscemi, ITALY - APR 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Colore ambrato/arancio scuro, molti lieviti in sospensione, con cappello di schiuma color nocciola, persistente e consistente. Al naso le note di malto si sposano alla perfezione con quelle del luppolo, sprigionando aromi speziati, fruttati, agrumati, leggermente tostati, di biscotto. In bocca i leggeri sentori maltati e caramellati hanno vita assai breve, sopraffatti subito dall’amaro robustissimmo, sfacciato ma ben utilizzato, che trova comunque un certo equilibrio con i sentori di malto e frutta. Il finale non lascia scampo a nulla, se non ancora all’amaro. Corpo medio alto, carbonazione bassa. L’alcool si avverte nella bevuta, che rimane comunque piuttosto gradevole. Equilibri tutti propri per questa birra, in pieno stile di Mikkel, che rimane comunque un esemplare unico per gli amanti(come me) del genere.
MrHult (401) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska delad med @msbrindbergs, tack! Mörk bärnstensfärgad vätska med gräddigt skum. Doftar humligt och för första gången känner jag att det luktar beska. Beska beska beska men jag tycker ändå att smakerna sitter... Sa jag att den är besk!
MSBrindbergs (522) - Solna, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaska från Mikkeller webshop.
Mörk grumlig bärnsten med ett mastodontskum. Ser ut som vispgrädde.
Doftar granskog och svettig gympadoja.
Man hinner ana en lättare sötma kort innan monsterbeskan slår sönder allt.
Jobbig beska som sätter sig långt ner i halsen. Nej inte gott, men kul!
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Gluepot (105) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tough one to place. Hop lovers will go for the Dank hoppy nose. The taste profile is obviously dominated by bitterness, including grapefruit, grapefruit rind, citrus and kiwi fruit. The hops build in the mouth over a three or four second timeframe. The astringent hops are bravely backstopped by caramel malts, nuttiness and a substantial, rich body. I’m in.
procraste (98) - FRANCE - APR 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue en fin de journée, en chantant à tue-tête "aux sombres héros de l’amer" et en grignotant des cacahuètes au wasabi ( tant qu’à faire ... ). Donc, oui c’est amer et donc avec ce type de bière, on flirt avec les limites de l’acceptable et au début, on a un peu peur ... Et bien, finalement, ça se boit bien. Oui ça cogne pas mal, j’en reprendrai pas une deuxième de suite. Mais ce côté frontal est amusant ... Une expérience ( + 0.5 pour ça ).
SNL (374) - - APR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy Dark caramel color, small tan head.
Hoppy Nose, hoppy taste, minor floral note.
Very bitter long finish.
Heavy body, average carbonation.
oliodnb (461) - ITALY - APR 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Pours clear reddish amber with a solid thick beige head. Huge yeast flakes floating. Aroma is sweet malts, citrus peel and a lot (really a lot) of resinous vegetal notes along some spice. Taste is almost immediately overwhelmed by the crazy amount of hops, very strong dry bitter finish with lots of resinous and vegetal flavors. Extreme one but still drinkable.
cagou007 (434) - FRANCE - APR 10, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hours an awful muddy brown color with a thin white head. Nose is yeasty and slightly hoppy. Aromas are citrusy and fruity, but totally overwhelmed by a ridiculous bitterness. Medium texture, fizzy carbonation. Long very very very bitter finish. Just an experience, but nothing really interesting here.
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markas101 (1976) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via Coop. Opaque amber brown, thin head. Nectarine and resin aroma, some mint around the edges. Full body, sweet with a honey apple flavour, then a long persistent resinous yeast finish.
Alengrin (2939) - BELGIUM - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2015 Probably among the top ten highest IBU beers in the world; I am a hophead, but I have to admit this scares even me a bit considering most double IPAs rarely exceed 120 IBU. Still, I am always open to new experiences when it comes to beer of course, so let’s give it a try... Has a beautiful orangey copper colour, darker than usual for the style and hovering between light and dark, clear with some dark protein grounds but completely cloudy with deposit and in that state assuming the looks of a ’real’ dark beer; off-white, dense, medium thick head leaving a thick but very regularly structured, attractive lacing. Aroma is obviously dominated by a very, very powerful dank hoppiness, with impressions of grapefruit peel, tonic water, Angostura bitter and bitter root extract, wormwood, hemp, seaweed, blue cheese, leather, earth, pine resin, weeds, bitter honey, some red apple peel, dry white wine, freshly toasted bread (slightly burned even...), roasted pinenuts, walnuts and cranberries. Taste profile starts off with some nice sweetish and sourish fruits (redcurrant, mandarin, lemon zest), medium sharp carbonation, toasted and nutty malts underneath, but those do not get any chance to really develop: the salty and bitter accent at the very start, on the tip of the tongue, already reveals that there is a gigantic load of hoppiness to come, and indeed the bitterness grows and grows and becomes truly enormous in the end, bone dry, peppery, resinous, only lightly citrussy but more earthy, and finally quinine- and bitter root-like; no other flavours are allowed here, even the alcohol (considerable seen its ABV) is masked by the hops, though I do get a warming feeling after swallowing, of course. Needless to say, this huge hop bitterness lasts forever, I am convinced I will still be able to taste it when I get up tomorrow morning - which is exactly why I tasted this beer as the last. A treat if you like your beers thoroughly hoppy, it almost reminds me of Brewdog’s Sink the Bismarck, but at a more ’normal’ alcohol level and just a bit less intense in the hops department. Certainly one of the hoppiest beers I ever had so it delivers what it promises, but at the end of the day, I still prefer double IPAs with just a bit less of this bitterness, only to allow the malt sweetness to provide balance - not so much against the bitterness per se, but against the saltiness which this amount of hopping and dry-hopping often brings along. This one may perhaps be a tad too extreme to be truly classic, but extremes are a necessary thing in the dynamic world of craft beers - therefore, very interesting to taste this tongue- and throat-wrecking monster of an IPA!