Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Mikkeller 1000 IBU

In Double IPA, Reviews on October 17, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Mikkeller makes great beer.  Expensive beer, but I like it.  They make mostly American influenced beers over in Denmark, and they definitely push the envelope.  This beer 1000 IBU is named after the measurement of how bitter hops make a beer.  The human palate can only discernibly detect up to 105 IBUs.  Something like Budweiser is around 12 or so, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, 35.  So 105, or the theoretical 1000 IBUs is a lot.  Expect this thing to give you that “bitter beer face,” but I like it. Here’s my review:

Pours a dark brick, muddy copper color, with a thick, creamy light khaki head.

Sweet malt in the nose with a lingering booziness.  Earthy hop notes give way to a fruity and grassy hop aroma.

A quick bitter entrance with the first sip followed by a nice dose of sweet caramel and bready malt then some fruity flavors, earthy hop and a lingering bitter finish with a hint of citrus peel.

This beer has a medium body with bright and refreshing flavors and is creamy.  Very easy to drink.

It is a great Imperial IPA, there is a nice harmony of sweet malt and a load of hops.  It is for sure a palate killer.  Don’t try and drink anything special after it.  1000 IBUs? Controversial.  A lot of IBUs? Definitely.

Style: Double IPA

ABV: 9.6%



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