Monday, October 8, 2018

Mikkeller (San Diego) Freddie Murkury NE-Style Imperial IPA

Beer Name: Freddie Murkury New England Style Imperial IPA
Brewery: Mikkeller Brewing San Diego (San Diego, CA)
ABV: 9.0%
How sold: 16 oz. tallboy cans
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $6.99 for 16 oz. single tallboy can

Date Purchased: September 19, 2018
Date Received: September 27, 2018
Date Drank: September 27, 2018
When brewed? Limited-time beer. Also previously released in October 2017.
IBU: 70 (per Untappd)

Commercial Description: "Limited release New England style DIPA brewed with Simcoe and Mosaic hops. Brewed in honor of Queen's Freddie Mercury."

Where distributed: Mikkeller San Diego distributes within California.

Appearance (5%): Pours a hazy peach-orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered. White head, some lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Predominantly tropical and stone fruit with complementing malt backbone. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Initial malt backbone, quickly followed by a bunch of tropical, including guava, citrus, and stone fruit. Tropical and malt blend well together. Aftertaste is virtually all tropical. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Juicy with slight dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent to outstanding Double IPA. This may be one of the greatest names and labels for a beer that I've ever seen. I'm not a huge music guy, but I definitely know about Queen, and Mikkeller made sure to nail the iconic pose and clothing from one of Freddie Mercury's most famous concerts (Wembley 1986). The beer also was a damn good one. Highlights the tropical and a good malt backbone to reinforce the 9% ABV. And yes, I'm listening to Queen as I drink this beer. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.363/5

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