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Mikkeller
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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India Pale Ale brewed with Ginger and Pine Needles


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Acid303 (398) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Great beer, I like it so much. Perfectly balanced bitterness, surprising considering the ginger presence (quite subtle). Lots of pine notes. I did not expect such a wonderful experience, which of course I highly recommend. I donít see anything wrong.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kalervo (625) - FINLAND - APR 21, 2013
Wonderful India pale ale with enjoyable hints of gentle spices. Beautiful beer too.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2011
330ml bottle. The big hop notes burst forth from the bottle the second the cap comes off. Pours with a big volcanic ash cloud of foam that sits atop a golden amber base. You get hop aromas by the noseful, sweet, floral and citrusy all at once. They should bottle that scent and sell it as aftershave. Thick and syrupy in the mouth with lots going on in the way of flavour. Pine needle aftertaste on the palate is good and even the foam tastes good. Great colourful label and another quailty beer from Mikkeller. It is a shame that Christmas comes but once a year. This is awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Japalo (1046) - DENMARK - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle@christmas@prśstemosen. Amber haze. Half finger foam. Tons of citrus and plenty of exotic fruites. Balanced moderate sour-bitter finish. Mistelten yes yes it must be present in the brew. Dangerous! We are still alive;)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2012
15 cl. draft sample @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. IPA brewed with ginger & pine needles (really? Odd, like a serious amount or just a dash? If a lot where did they get enough? Pick them? Is pine finally justified as a tasting note? I am seriously curious here?) Either way, I believe that I have done all Mikkeller x-beers of 2012 now, no clunkers here, all fine beers just like this one. I dig even the label of this one, it is so silly & I am usually not a fun of his work. Pours a hazy orange with a creamy white head. Smell is sweet peach, American hops, sweet yeast, summer fruits, flowers,Ö Taste is sweet, yeast, peaches, floral hops, American hops, sugary, light flowers, summer fruits, oranges,Ö Fuller body, seriously yummy IPA. Well done & yeah and IPA is not Christmasy but after so many heavy Belgian queadís, ales etc. it is a fine change of pace.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
airrick2003 (411) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 6, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2014 Appearance: medium golden color with a haze to it, pours with a very large beige head that settles into a nice density, amazing head retention Aroma: very yeasty, bread, milk almost, creamy, grass, pine, citrus, smells very good Taste: strong bitterness with notes of grass and strong pine, a bit of that pine needle taste from when I chewed on them as a kid, a nice malt note to it as well, citrus is there too Palate: soft carbonation, average mouthfeel, bitter aftertaste Overall: pretty awesome beer, has a strong bitterness throughout yet has many pleasant hop flavors as well, the yeast from the aroma does not show itself in the taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erickok (3185) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 27, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 Golden bodied, big foamy white head with loads of lacing. Citrus, grapefruit - clearly focussed on the fresh hops and crisp flavour. Not anything like how most Christmas beers are. Some wheat and barnyard too. Smooth body, perfect for an IPA. Light bitter with lots of complexness while still being drinkable and fresh. I suppose the ?happy lovin? is because of the warming feeling you get, together with how fast you?d get drunk while chugging these is great quantities - something I have no objections to. Loads and loads of flavour, complex but accessible bitter taste. Almost perfect IPA. But how was this Christmas again? (33cl bottle)

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Capped 750 from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours hazy golden amber with a 4 finger foamy/creamy white head that has staying power. The aroma is nostril clearing - resin and spice (might be ginger). Full bodied. Very. Flavor is caramel with resin and I think ginger. Itís got hot spice anyway. This is a massive brew flavorwise. My mouth probably no longer has anything left to oxidize. Frickin brilliant ale. BRILLIANT!!!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
Bottled (from Alko Prisma, Vaasa). Deep golden colour, huge fluffy/foamy white head that leaves some lace. Aroma is lots of tropical fruityness, mild spruce and some slight sweet syrupy and gingery notes. Mild honey in there as well. Flavour is sweet tropical fruits, mild honey, some slight gingery freshness (no real burn, just a slight gingery tone to it) and mild spruce and some rasiny/sappy notes. Woohah, what a nice surprise. Not sure what this beer has to do with Christmas except for the name, but this beer is brilliance!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (3564) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Sparrow-Downtown, 12/6/12, Rater #200, thatís an interesting coincidence

Aroma: The nose is fairly heavy on citrus hops, with a pine tree presence, and a hint of spice
Appearance: Pours a clear bright orange color with a thick, foamy off-white head and fairly heavy lace
Flavor: It tastes fairly sweet up-front, with a medium-plus hop bitterness, and a mild spice component
Palate: This one has a fairly creamy feel, a really nice drinkability, soft carbonation, and a dryish finish
Overall Impression: I found this to be another really impressive IPA from Mikkeller. I didnít really get any of that ginger in this one, I expected more of an IPA combined with a winter spice beer, but this is really just a straight-up IPA, and it is a straight-up IPA done right. Nice job here!


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