De Proef Brouwerij / Mikkeller Peter, Pale and Mary – American Pale Ale at 4.6% ABV

De Proef Brouwerij / Mikkeller Peter, Pale and Mary American Pale Ale at 4.6% ABV ($5.50 from Highlander Wine & Spirits)

Pours slightly hazy pale amber with an unmanageable two fingers of loose off-white head that continues to grow long after pouring, overflowing the glass before finally gradually settling down to a thin cap and heavy chunky lacing. Nose is lemony citrus, tropical fruit and pale malt, with a little funk in the background. Taste is moderate caramel sweet, resin and tropical bitter hops. Medium body, moderate sustained carbonation, and a dry, lingering bitter finish.

What the hell, Mikkeller? I deliberately overchilled this thing, and poured it gently, and it still assaulted me and my light box. And APA? I’ve had ales that claimed to be DIPA’s that weren’t this hoppy. I’m halfway convinced there’s just a tiny bit of brett in there, or maybe it’s just the edge of the citrusy starts-with-C hops – I’m guessing Citra and Centennial. Smells maybe a bit better than it tastes. Really good, especially for the somewhat reasonable price.

8.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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