glennmastrange (2531) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt notes of roasted ad caramel, heavy pine and grapefruit peel for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with background notes of date, toffee and pepper. Head is large, frothy, off-white with excellent lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is hazy, medium amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately sweet and acidic, then the long finish is lightly sweet and acidic, and heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a soft carbonation and a moderately astringent and tangy finish. This is exactly what I want in a DIPA. Great hop profile, perfect balance and a nice mouthfeel. Too bad it’s $6.75 a bottle and hard to find.
jgb9348 (5325) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep muddy orange tinted copper coloured body with a fast-fading large bubbled head. Aroma of super strong, fresh, mouth-watering hops. A lot of resin and yeast in the mix too, but the hops are obviously the strongest. Full-bodied; Strong alcohol and yeast flavours at first then give way to a lot of piney and citrus hops with a large mouthfeel and an apricot sweetness at the end. Aftertaste is potent of hops, showing a lot of alcohol and a very bittered taste from the hops - drying as well. Overall, a good imperial ipa that at least is sold in 33 cL bottles. A strong beer that is good for the style and definitely showcasing the hops. I could have done with a bit lighter beer and the alcohol to be not so present, but it is a good beer for the style. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 04-September-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 26-September-2010.
jredmond (6939) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep orange body nice off white head and lacing. Aroma is great fresh pine hops. Mouthfeel is smooth with minor bitterness and notes of delicious fresh hops.
Mogwai (227) - Askeby, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Mikkeller Bar.
Aroma is full of hops, citrus, honey, caramel. Taste is much of the same. Palate is soft and sweet and dominted by hops. A great beer.
marcus (8304) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours murky copper with a nice beige head and a very fragrant toffe and pine aroma. There is a thick caramel malt base that starts sweet and finishes tastefully bitter. The hopping is well-crafted, resulting in a complex set of tastes, including caramel, citrus and plum. A great brew.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle as a sweet extra from foppa28. thanks, mat! pours a hazy copper with a fluffy, one-finger, white head and drippy lace. aroma is fantastic, (sweet, this must be fresh) with huge hop notes of sticky pine needles, dank grass, fresh grapefruit, and orange rind with awesome tropical notes of peach skin, pineapple, and sweet florals with hints of honey and caramel malts. flavor is great as well with a huge hit of sweet, tropical fruit notes including pineapple, peach, and tangerine followed by grapefruit, navel orange, huge pine resins, and bitter grass with hints of toffee and toasted malts adding a nice balance. palate is full bodied and creamy on the palate without being to sweet or the least bit cloying with a bruising, dry, bitter hop finish. overall, a great, over-the-top expression of hops.
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had with and courtesy of James. Pour is a deep orange with moderate slightly off white head. some nice lacing. Aroma is full of nice pine hops. Flavor is sooo nice and bitter. Nice hops, some of the best I have ever tasted in a brew.
Strykzone (6048) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cinnamon colored beer with a tan head. Every Mikkeller seems to look similar (not a complaint). A very nice aroma of big hops and lighter caramel (again, another Mikkeller standard). Flavor has gobs of hops, big caramel malt, and a significant fruit background. The hops are mostly pine. Fruit is grapefruit, and citrus. There is also a bit of spice. This is a delightful beer. My only issue is that Mikkeller has done this beer so many times.
cgarvieuk (19025) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 bottle at home ... from my GBBF 2010 haul ... copper ... tight bubbly off white head ... sweet resiny pine hop nose ... bitter front ... light dryness ... big pine hop ... little toffee malt .... quite resiny ... ok
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve been somewhat of a Mikkeller whore as of late, so getting a hold of this one was a real treat. South Florida doesn’t really get too many Mikkeller beers, so when I was able to get this in a trade I was pretty excited. As I poured it out of it’s 12oz bottle into my Delirium snifter glass I was able to get a big whiff of hops. I settled in for a closer inspection and got earthy, piny flavors and maybe even a little fruit towards the back end. The carbonation was pretty spot on, as was the head retention, which was a pretty off white. It had a great mouth feel, but I can’t see myself drinking more then 2 of these. The ABV is pretty close to 10% so I’d be somewhat cautious in putting down a few of these. The Ferm, from Dosbeerigos.com maybe right in saying that this could be better then 1000 IBU. Hopefully I can score a bottle of the BA 1000 IBU to compare some notes.