Mikkeller Jackie Brown won't Kill Bill
As the name reflects, it's a real hybrid beer: a Danish interpretation of a British classic with an American accent.
After a less than perfect recent experience of Mikkeller Citra single-hop varietal IPA at Bishops Arms, the Jackie Brown came as a real refresher. Whereas the Citra IPA that got a little "medieval on my ass", this cross-continental 5.9% brown ale Nutty, toffee-roasted malt backbone on top of which the Sunburst-citrus hops sang.
Rather like the Meantime Yakima Red, there is a mix of old wolrd and new: malts from the old and hops from the new. Classic British brown ale is represented by the crystal and two types of chocolate malt, but this on on a base of Pilsner and Munich malts to add a pan-European flavour. There are oats, too, which I suppose help to give it the chocolate mousse-like mouthfeel and a creamy head that looks like fermenting beer.
I shouldn't wonder that it is also the Yakima valley that gives the hops for the American side of things. The label states: nugget, centennial and amarillo. There is some hop bitterness, but the balance to the sweet malt is the bitter chocolate from the roasted malts, just as a brown ale should be.
Instead, we get those Sunburst aromas (or Opal Fruits, if you remember The Beatles). Seems to me to be an Easter egg of a beer. Sweet citrus sits cleanly on the chocolate of the malt, rather like the Meantime Yakima Red, but without the tropical fruit salad effect.
The obvious food pairing would be a chocoalte dessert, but I'd like to try it with BBQ ribs, roast pork with a honey and mustard glaze (and chilli?). Would fit into the long tradition of Scandinavian Easter ales even if it is not billed as such.
Maybe Mikkeller should do a Tarantino range.