Imperial India Pale Ale Mosaic – Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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Imperial India Pale Ale Mosaic – Mikkeller, (brewed at De Proef Browerij, Belgium), 8.9% ABV, 330ml., (Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • Style: (IIPA) Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Dense sweet honey barley malt light tangy, quality
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $6 (after 5% off) – 330ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours pale amber with a decent creamy head, thick ringed retention, half sticky fine lacing, micro bubbles scattered around.

Nose: Belgian candied malts, honey (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: thick-slick, silky smooth entry

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-heavy sweetness, rich body, light tangy, (MAIN) date/fig, thick liquid barley malt, honey

Finish: almost salty, alcohol bitter, bitter peel hops, barley malt exhale.

Summary: Wow, solid. Great mouthfeel, intense complexity, big body and hard hitting. A very good sipping and contemplating beer. Mostly dense malty flavours here if that’s your thing, whereas I’m more of a spice-floral-fruity-bright kind of beer drinker.

Amarillo – Brouwerij De Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

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  • My Rating: A

Amarillo – Brouwerij De Molen, 9.2% ABV – 33cl., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

Ingredients: water, pale and caramel barley malts, sladek and saaz hops, dryhopped with amarillo hop, yeast (top fermenting).

  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Creamy sweet caramel-toffee malts, with stonefruit/grapefruit bittersweet hops
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 33cl., July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Plain label. Basically, you only know of their awesomeness after you’ve tried one of their beers. Pours translucent caramel brown with a small dissipating creamy head, sticky lacing, decent layer of retention, lots of micro bubbly streams.

Nose: Sweet caramel vanilla malts with just a touch of ocean water fishiness (perhaps my imagination..) (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: creamy-silky yet thick viscosity

Mid-palate: creamy texture, (lvl-8)-fruity sweetness, (MAIN) sweet caramel malts, bright fruity stonefruit/sweet grapefruit hybrid *hint* coriander

Finish: grassy-lemon, fruity malted, soft bitter hopped sweet finish.

Summary: This is a sweet beer, but it has such a creamy texture with a strong malt backbone a soft hopped finish that it balances out blissfully. A top notch De Molen beer.

Marlborough Pale Ale (IIPA) – Renaissance Brewing (Marlborough, NZ)

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  • My Rating: B-

Marlborough Pale Ale (Imperial India Pale Ale) – Renaissance Brewing, 8.5% ABV – 500ml, (Marlborough, New Zealand)

On the back label:

“M.P.A.~Marlborough Pale Ale~ is built to showcase Rakau, a new Hop variety developed in New Zealand. Starting with Canterbury grown Pale Ale Malt, we add Rakau Hops ~ heaps ~ and then we do it again and again throughout the brewing process. We even add hops to the fermentor. The result? Well…one sip of M.P.A. and you will know Rakau!. M.P.A. pairs well with curries and other strong spicy foods or mature cheese.”

  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • Taste Profile: cream citrus sweetness -> grapefruit/caramel malts -> gassy/bitter grapefruity hop finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $9 (after 10% off), July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, worth a try

Visual: Pours cloudy light brown amber with a nice-sized lasting head, very foamy CO2, lots of lacing, lots and lots of activity.

Nose: citrus caramel malts, with easily detectable hops

Attack: creamy, 6/10-sweetness w/ citrus

Mid-palate: cream-fizzy, (MAIN) yellow grapefruit, caramel malts, (HINT) orange, pine

Finish: light burpy/gassy, soft-intensifying sharp bitter grapefruit hops, lingering bitter finish.

Summary: The alcohol is well hidden beneath the citrus malt body and hoppy bitterness of this one. Quite drinkable and goes nicely with spicy food. This IIPA doesn’t tire out my palate as much as other IPAs I’ve tried.