Mikkeller I Wish Gluten Free IPA

Reviewed by on September 2, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mikkeller ApS

  • Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Rated On: September 1, 2014

  • Best Before: February 10, 2015

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Mikkeller is a Danish contract brewer, who has a lot of their beer made at the De Proef brewery in Belgium, as is this, which has some appropriate label imagery illustrating the blowing off of grains from the barley stalk. Also, as this is apparently still made with Pilsner, Munich, and Caramunich malts, it must be one of those post-brewcycle chemistry experiments, in terms of its gluten-free status – and it is, coming in at <5 with the Competitive ELISA method.

This 330ml bottle pours a mildly hazy, medium rusty brick amber hue, with a teeming handful of puffy, frothy, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some decently consistent snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp, yet dank pine needles, a musty, acrid leafy bitterness, stale orange citrus, bready, crackery pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, further muddled tropical fruitiness, and a bit of floral perfume. The taste is more of the same – bitter leafy, herbal, piney, and dank hops, wet biscuity pale malt and toffee-accent caramel, and more indistinct, but pleasant enough sweet tropical and citrusy orchard fruit notes. I’m pausing now to reflect on the fact that there’s nothing else to write about the flavour here, to my surprise and relief.  The carbonation is quite understated, to the point of the perception of absence at times, the body a low-grade medium weight, and plainly smooth, the hops barely making a dent here, but not helping, either. It finishes fairly dry, piney and herbal, with the various fruity esters and grain bill skulking away into the night.

A rather impressive worldly (in the hop sense, at least) IPA, full-stop. As for the malt, it performs as well as the majority of other decent IPAs out there do – supportive, moderately sweet, and no weird off-flavours. Yup, this reeks (in a good way) of gluten reduction, as opposed to starting all G-F in the first place. Fine by me, usually the former turns out better anyways. And this isn’t yer usual – seek this out if you want a heady IPA, without (very much) gluten play.

Brady White

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