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Mikkeller K:rlek


  • Brewery: Mikkeller (Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij)
  • Country: Denmark
  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • ABV: 5.5 %
  • Size: 355 ml
  • Bought from: Online
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Mikkeller’s K:rlek is a concept beer brewed in collaboration with Swedish craft beer importer Brill & Co and first released in April 2012. This version of K:rlek (an American Pale Ale) is brewed for the spring and summer of 2012, and the next version (with a new recipe) will be released for the autumn and winter of 2012. I’ve liked the majority of beers produced by Mikkeller, so this beer sounds really interesting. The beer has been brewed with Pale Ale, CaraHell, Pilsner, Flaked Oats and Wheat Malt, and hopped with Centennial, Citra, Columbus, Nelson Sauvin, and Simcoe to an unknown amount of bitterness. Based on the hops, I’m expecting a fruit salad combined with some resin in both aroma and flavor. Let’s see what it tastes like!

Mikkeller K:rlek
The beer pours with a slightly hazy golden-orange color, and a fluffy white head is formed. The head collapses quite quickly, but leaves huge patches of lacing along the glass.
The aroma features a combination of both bready malts and some fruity hoppiness, with tones of citrus, apricots and mango. The aroma isn't very strong, but what is present is nice.
The flavor begins with a lightly bready and sweet maltiness, that is joined by a citrusy, grassy and resiny hoppiness, that draws on similar tones as the aroma. The flavor finishes quite dry and with a lingering bitterness, that stays in the mouth for a long time. The flavors are well balanced, and the hop flavors and bitterness are slightly higher than I would expect from an American Pale Ale. The hops are well backed up by the maltiness, that doesn't feature the typical caramel tones usually found in many beers of this type.
This beer is dangerously easy to drink, and features a medium-light body and a medium carbonation level. The flavors are well balanced and the beer is really refreshing. Great beer for the summer!
A really refreshing and (for the style) hoppy beer, that is easy to drink and features some great flavors. The mix of five hop varieties go together quite well, and even though it didn't feature the fruit salad I expected, the citrusy, grassy and resiny flavors worked well together with the malt and bitterness. I wish this beer was easily available in Finland, and I can only be envious of the Swedes and how much better service and selection is available at Systembolaget compared to Alko. Another great beer by Mikkeller!

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