Beer Review: Mikkeller – 1000 IBU Imperial IPA


It’s not often that when you’re at your local beer store checking out what beer you want for that evening, that you come across a beer that has “1000 IBU” screaming at you on the label! Firstly, 100 IBU’s is pretty dam bitter, but 1000? Is this possible? If so, how can you drink something this dam bitter?

I’ve seen Mikkeller beers at the store a few times, but never tried one. After picking this beauty up, which was nicely wrapped in green paper. To me, presentation is everything, right?

Mikkeller is two passionate brewers, Mikkel Borg Bjergso and Kristian Klarup Keller. They started in 2006 and they were quickly named Danish brewery of the year and the fifth best brewery in the world!

Kristian Klarup Keller, whom was also a journalist, was offered a job as an editor of a famous music magazine, which he accepted and left the brewery to Mikkel to run solo from 2007 on. What I admire about this brewery is the different takes they do with beer. Challenging beer drinkers taste buds to the highest degree.

Now for the Beer Review!

Pours a dark muddy amber. Pretty unusual for a beer of this variety. Great lacing on this one with a nice and dirty head.

After pouring, the smell starts to invade. I notice hops, pine sap, resin and a nice whiff of sweet malt, then a slight burst of cedar spice forces itself up my nose. I get a little hint of syrup and citrus. This is going to be a good one, I just feel it.

Bitter, but smooth. I was expecting a huge bitter wallop, kissing some iodine, but it was not as bold as I would have expected. It’s extremely well balance and Mikkeller did a fantastic job at that. The hops and malt are even balanced and it does have that “scotchy” taste I look for in a great DIPA. That “bite”.

Overall, this is a good beer. It screamed “try me, I’m extreme!!” but didn’t quite live up to the hype. But hey, it’s an enjoyable beer none the less. The price was a bit too steep, and maybe if it was a little less expensive, who knows, I might try it again.

Mikkeller 1000 IBU Imperial India Pale Ale | ABV 9.6% | $12.95 for 12.7 FL oz.
Viktoriagade 8BC, kld., DK-1655 Copenhagen V, Denmark


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