Mikkeller – 1000

Tasting: May 15, 2011
Style: Double IPA

As mentioned in another post, I was trying to locate some of Mikkeller’s “1000” for some time — and with very little luck. How can you be anything but curious about a beer that touts itself as having 1,000 IBU (International Bittering Units). Of course, they say any measurement beyond 100 IBU is sketchy at best. Founder’s Devil Dancer was purported to be close to 200 — but labeled at 112 IBU. One Monday, I gave John a few bottles of beer from a recent Yardley, PA beer mission. As a token of his appreciation he gave me a 12.7 ounce bottle of the “1000”.

It runs about $15/bottle — I guess the picture of the “thief” on the bottle might have an alternate meaning. There is was all wrapped in green paper. I guess the extra packaging must mean that the beer is better right? We’ll see. I had to resort to a pair of pliers to remove the cork. The bottom third of the bottle is a swarming mess of floating debris. I’m smelling sweet molasses from this rich brown ale. No head to speak of from this 9.6% ABV double IPA. You get a flash of sweetness and an onslaught of hops, first grapefruit then bitter, reminds me of Twiglets (they have that marmite flavoring). A few more sips and the sweetness is gone. The next thing I know the 10 ounces I was able to pour is gone as well.

I did like it. As I did with Oskar Blue’s Gubna – the price is a negative. There are better double IPA’s out there for a quarter of the price. I’ll give it 87 points.

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