Surly Brewing, known for pushing brewing boundaries, collaborates with the nomadic Danish brewer Mikkel Bjergsø to create Surly Brett Mikkel’s IPA. This beer, a departure from the conventional, marries the IPA concept with a blend of new German aroma hop varietals and a fermentation twist using Brettanomyces, eschewing the typical English ale strain. The result is a light-bodied and dry brew that offers a complex interplay of earthy notes, tropical tones, and candied fruit aromas, complemented by the intense malt sweetness from Honey Malt. Let’s dive into the distinct elements that make this collaboration stand out.

AROMA: A Symphony of Funk, Grains, and Fruits

Upon pouring this 22 oz. bottle into a goblet, the clear copper liquid presents itself with a white 1/4 film of white. The aroma is a delightful mix of classic funky brett, whole grain crackers, and hints of light green grape skin with a touch of rainy earth.

TASTE: A Bold Dance of Brett, Yeast, and Malt

The taste experience is marked by a robust upfront presence of brett and yeast, accompanied by subtle earthy/metallic notes from Euro hops. The sweet pale malt, augmented by a touch of honey, provides a well-balanced backdrop to the boldness of the brett and yeast.

MOUTHFEEL: Full-Bodied Elegance with Modest Carbonation

Surly Brett Mikkel’s IPA showcases a full-bodied mouthfeel with modest carbonation, contributing to a sensory experience that complements its flavor profile.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Breaking Boundaries with Brett

In conclusion, Surly Brett Mikkel’s IPA is a well-executed brett beer that ventures beyond the customary boundaries of brewing a bretted IPA. While ready to drink, the beer also holds the promise of evolving further with age. Despite potential hop profile degradation over time, the prospect of aging for six months or more adds an intriguing layer to the overall drinking experience. Surly Brewing and Mikkel Bjergsø’s collaboration successfully demonstrates how innovation within the brewing process can yield a beer that is both avant-garde and enjoyable.


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