Review of Mikkeller Hop Burn Low

29 May
Hello everyone.  Are you guys ready for another craft beer review?  Well, today I have the Hop Burn Low produced by the Mikkeller Brewery located in Kobenhavn, Denmark.

The website,, didn’t say much about this particular brew.  The only place that I could find the commercial description was from a website called,

An Imperial India Pale Pilsner brewed with: water, malt, hops and lagergær. 

Ok.  Not much to go on there, so we will just find out for ourselves I guess.

This beer comes in an 11.2 oz. bottle with an ABV of 10.0%.

It poured a slightly hazy orange color with a barely off white head.  It was sized nicely, kind of soapy and fluffy with big bubbles.  The retention time was rather good and the lacing didn’t look too bad either.  A noticeable, clear film of alcohol was left on the sides of snifter when tilted.

This brew smelled very nice in my opinion.  Very fresh and citrusy.  Hints of grapefruit and peaches with a distinct resiny and piny attribute.  Very sweet and juicy.  Light bready malts were found in the background while a sturdy caramel malt and alcohol notes really began to come forward as the brew warmed.

The taste brought forth a good dose of that citric goodness.  Savors of grapefruit, tropical fruit and pine.  The caramel malt seemed to be much more forceful in the taste than it was in the aroma I thought.  A pretty strong clear alcohol flavor stood out a touch more also.  The bitterness was pretty aggressive as was the sweetness.  Any sort of breadiness was pushed to the side by the caramel malt and hops.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very dry, sticky, chewy and quite smooth.  The carbonation was of medium strength.  A significant burn was felt for the first few sip, but it quickly settled to a welcome warmth as I became used to it.  A lot of flavor was left behind after each sip as well.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good brew.  It was a touch sweet and bitter, and that may deter some, but for the most part I found it to be rather enjoyable.  I, personally, thought the beer smelled better than it tasted.  Now, that’s not saying that it tasted bad or anything, but simply that the aroma seemed to be a touch more balanced and even.  The drinkability was about what could be expected from a 10.0% beer.  In other words, I mostly sipped it for the duration.  All in all, I’d say that if you see the Mikkeller Hop Burn Low at your bottle shop, pick it up and give it a go and see what you think.  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know your opinion if you have a minute or two.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.9 out of 5
Grade:  B+     


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