ClubGonzo (4281) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pinnacle of Mikkeller’s educational hop project - the Single Hop IPAs - this beer packs all ten of the hop types presented in the series. Should be interesting. Pours the (by now) standard hazy orange body with the equally standard medium white head, characteristic of the Single Hop series. Aroma is complex an nice; raspberry, peach, apricot, grass, with hints of vanilla and wild strawberries. Taste is much narrower, with tones of grapefruit, grass and mixed floral notes. Surprisingly, it appears many of the hop variants were simply suppressed in the blending with other, more powerful species. Others again seem to bounce off each other with a nullifying effect as the end result. Overall, this promises a lot more than it delivers and is the kinda beer I could smell forever instead of actually drinking it. That aside, I can understand the compelling temptation Mikkeller must have had to put them all inside a single beer, as a "summa summarum" of the grand IPA project. Nice work, guys. :-)
bhensonb (11674) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Probably from Pizza Port Bottle Shop. Pours hazy amber with a 4 finger foamy off-white head. Lots of resin aroma. Medium body. Foamy carbonation. It’s really hoppy. I ken resin and grapefruit. Malt is discernible. This is bitter stuff. Lots and lots of hop. Delicious.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent deep amber bronze with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel malty nose with an assertive fresh resiny hop presence with some grapefruity character. Starts with a finely-dissolved carbonation and fresh juicy hop flavor well balanced with a semi-sweet pale maltiness before a crisp bittersweet hoppy finish. An enjoyable and refreshing IPA.
teorn88 (3271) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. A: orange, hazy, white foam, A: resin, floral, citrus, earthy, soy sauce, T: light sweetness, medium bitterness, P:medium body, lively, bitter, O: a very good IPA, weel balanced too.
mrhoppy (1287) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
We can all rave how great Mikeller beers are but given his stature in the beer world. I think this one he missed the mark. Now mind you it is not bad but I was expecting better. Maybe some sweetness would have improved this. Aroma is awesome and green. Taste is dry bitter and nutty. The bitterness has a medicinal character. Body is too thin. Finish is long bitter and lasting. Excellent finish.
keepersj12 (2785) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this right after a Stone 14th Anniversary and the similarities were amazing. This ones pour was clearer an d a bit darker with the big lacing head. The aroma malty which underscored the hops to come. The flavor was quite hoppy with a hint of malt then a big peppery hit. Very nice hop aftertaste that left you wanting more.
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick foamy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, sweet tropical fruits and citrus. Flavor of citrus and spicy hops upfront with a bitter, grassy hop finish. Pretty tasty, although I can’t say I enjoyed it any more than the single hop series.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized, frothy, off white head. Aromas of floral hops, pine, citrus, and some caramel. Tastes of citrus, floral, pine, and some caramel.
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Blazer06. Pours clear gold with copper core and white head. The aroma is obviously a mixed bag of hops with spicy hops, floral, earthy, modestly citrus, mild pine and some white wine notes. The taste is crisp and somewhat drying with spicy, citrus and pine hops to start. By about midway smooth mild malt sweetness is noticed before fading away into the finish. The hops, on the other hand, grow in force before slowly slipping away deep into the after taste.
Defreni (2687) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske: Flot ravfarvet let uklar øl med et stort skumhoved. Kraftig duft af humle hvor citrus og mango er de dominerende. Smagen er lige i skabet med en god bitterhed til at bakke en diskret maltsødme op. Smagen er igen domineret af mango og citrus. Virkelig en lækker IPA.