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Mikkeller Yeast Series 2.0: American Ale

 (RETIRED)
overall
85
85
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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: American Pale Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pale ale brewed as a part of Mikkeller Yeast Series 2.0. This series consists of identical beers, fermented with different yeast strains.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowenbrau (1877) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 1, 2014
330ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 31-5-2014.
In short: a fruity earthy ale.
Huge gushing, almost 1/3 of the bottle went off. Pours hazy amber with forhy white head. Long head retention, some lacing. Fruity, peachy, earthy aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste is fruity, mild bitter, some sweet notes. Enjoyable, but a bit dissapointing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1366) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2014
First in a series of three, with Zach and Brandon, pours a turbid orange, burnt copper pour with a small head. Nose is full of spice and citrus with a pleasant hop aroma. Taste is full of citrus, hops and some nice balanced bitterness. Finishes on the same tasting notes with a moderately long duration. Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1323) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle tried along with the 2.0 series Saison and Brettanomyces Lambicus. Pours orange with a white head and spicy, hoppy, fruity aroma. Taste is of spices, with nice citrusy and tropical fruits and hops leading to a dry, smooth finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berntholer (801) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
ivorywhite head disappears without lacing. aroma passionfruit, but also medicinal band-aid. taste like aroma with slight bitter aftertaste. medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crackedmachine (469) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2014
Mostly clear amber with thick, foamy white head. Mild aroma, slightly vegetal, some spiciness. Flavor is pleasant, nothing overwhelming, lightly spicy, bitter kick at the finish. Nicely balanced, and comes off as a very good American Pale Ale.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
krumbum (511) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Thinner then the English style but still plenty hazy. More hop on the nose much more fruity. Light yeast, the hop is much more featured light straw.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (6879) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orangegoldenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch hopfig malzig, fruchtig bitter. Geschmack angenehm fruchtig herb, malzig fruchtig.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenclansman (739) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - MAR 10, 2014
golden, fruity, yeasty, bittersweet aftertaste. Fresh and session-able. Not the best american pale ale, but a good try for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (788) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 2, 2014
Botella de 33 cl de 2d2dspuma. 01-03-2014 en el momento. Color ámbar anaranjado con bastante espuma blanca. Aromas bastante dulces y maltosos. Sabores también bastante dulces y ligeramente amargos y secos al final. Cuerpo medio con 6.4 vol. No esta mal, algo distinto se asemeja auna pale ale pero con bastantes sabores dulces al principio.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmzl (82) - SLOVENIA - FEB 25, 2014

Sat down and compared 3 different ones from Mikkeller’s Yeast Series 2.0: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis vs. American Ale vs. Lager. They all have the same wort (hop and malt), but different yeast - let’s take a look what each can do.

Ale - Saccharomyces cerevisiae, not much to be said that isn’t common knowledge, top fermenting yeast, can’t digest maltotriose (sugar) - so we expect it to be a bit fatter (would expect less alcohol, but Mikkeller says, that all the beers have 6.4 ABV - which is surprising, we would expect that with the same wort, ale yeast would produce a bit less than lager and Brett) + fermentation at higher temperatures - more esters.

Brettanomyces Bruxellensis gives that Belgian character, funk (barnyard, wet horse blanket) and can also produce some acetic acid. It attenuates beer to very high degree, so we expect it to be lighter that the other two. Vinylphenol reductase also creates some unique esters, pineapple most obvious.

Lager - Saccharomyces pastorianus - a fat alotetraploid, part S. cerevisiae and part S. eubayanus - the S. eubayanus part gives it the ability to ferment at lower temperature, which results in less esters and it can attenuate maltotriose, so we expect it to be a bit lighter.

And now lets look at what we have. The first odd thing is the same ABV, that shouldn’t happened with such different animals fermenting the same wort. Makes me wonder if the wort is really the same in all the series.

Look: Colour is pretty much the same in all three - clear golden orange, light amber with light haze. The foamy part gets a bit different, but all start with a huge lightly off-white (orange hue) thick head.
Ale - Has slower retention, good amount of lacing and leaves a thick layer on top. Low/medium carbonation.
Brett - Faster retention also good lacing; hue a bit more on the yellow side.
Lager - The colour of the body a bit clearer. Also slower retention, head has smaller bubbles and is a lot more solid. Also leaves the best lacing rings. Low/medium carbonation too.

Smell: The biggest difference is expected with Brett, but there were some differences with ale and lager too (surprisingly more hop orientated).
Ale - Lychee the most dominant. Some fruitiness, sweet caramel light tropical feel. Light rancid herbal character.
Brett - Hoppy, fruity, lychee, but not as dominant, builds up in complexity - brett character comes through - funk and bubblegum. Funk goes as expected in the classical leather, barnyard, horse zone. But it stays pleasant and a positive trait. Gets a bit more intense with the temperature rising, but still not bad. Caramel similar as ale.
Lager - Honey, sweet caramelish, pine come to play, lychee not as dominant as with ale. Still quite similar, but there are differences.

Taste:
Ale - Light, sweet caramel, honey backbone. Lychee hopness. Ends with light-medium bitterness with light, fresh sweetness. Simple, refreshing.
Brett - Light, sweet caramel middle stays. Hop goes into more pine, grapefruit, hint of lychee. Bubblegum (pineapple?). Barnyard goes up a bit and sticks with you for a while. Not as pleasant as in smell, but still not over the top.
Lager - More honey in the middle part as ale, sweet caramel. Pine, grapefruit medium bitterness, stands our a bit more than the ale one. Lychee still there but not as dominant.

Mouthfeel: Brett and lager a bit lighter, but all around medium, med/low carbonation, fresh and easy to drink. Lager a bit dryer maybe. Thought the differences here will be a bit stronger, but they suit the general idea.

Overall: All relatively simple, well crafted (good wort to start with), enjoying and fresh. There are some differences, ale and lager pretty close and both maybe a bit too simple. The extra bit of complexity that Brett gives, makes it the most fun choice. Would also recommend the Brett one as a good learning beer what Brettanomyces Bruxellensis does.


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