Wednesday, May 22, 2013

STOP THE PRESSES. "WHEAT IS THE NEW HOPS"

Here's another nutball beer from the wandering rovers at Denmark's MIKKELLER, who teamed up with Shaun Hill from Hill Farmstead Brewing and his own personal gypsy brewing operation GRASS ROOTS for this one. It's no traditional hefeweizen. In fact it's not much near a German hefe. Nay, it's an IPA, liberally spiked with a couple of different wheat strains, and a dose of brettanomyces bacteria just for good measure. Pretty rad.

"WHEAT IS THE NEW HOPS" comes in a 12-ounce bottle, as most Mikkeller beers do, which I dug. It pours a golden yellow, and right off the bat it's clear that it's a hopped-up IPA with some serious grainy wheat action, much like my much-loved Southern Tier "Heavy Weizen". The brett adds a little bit of soap and aspirin to the proceedings, but I say that in a good way. Peppery and pungent. Really, it's more akin to a hoppy, funky Belgian golden ale than to an IPA or a "wheat beer". Totally solid and enjoyable, but nothing to bust a nut over, so we'll go with a respectful 7/10.

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