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Mikkeller Hop Series Cluster

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This beer is a part of a Single Hop IPA series by Mikkeller. We created this series to showcase hop varieties on their own. This gives the consumer the possibility of smelling and tasting the unique characteristics of each variety and hopefully helping to educate people about the wonderful world of hops. For each beer, the single hop variety was used in the same weight for bittering, aroma and flavor and for dry hopping. All 19 varieties of single hop beers in this series were brewed the same week and with malts from the same batches and the same yeast and fermentation temperatures. This is done to better compare the characteristics of the different hop varieties.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: June 18, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear copper, frothy beige head
Aroma: dry malt aroma, light spicyness, hint of citrus
Flavor: caramel malt flavor, lots of earthyness, touch of caramel sweetness, light spicyness, fruityness emerges over time
Overall: a good basic fruity and earthy hop
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a clear orange to amber hued body with a thick, off-white head. Good lace with pretty decent retention as well (same appearance descriptor for all of the beers in this series). Aromas are of overripe fruit and light citrus, estery, grainy, leafy, grassy, tea like. Flavors are of tea, fruity, grassy, overripe to slightly rotting fruits, some sewage/garbage notes and menthol on the finish. Medium bubbles, somewhat dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6421) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle from City Beer. Pours orange copper with a nice beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a fruity toffee flavor with a dry more bitter finish. The hop flavor is not well-integrated with the malt and shows up mostly at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7349) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Nr Gent, Belgie, 12th November 2011 consumed at home 18th November 2011. Pours orange to amber, quite hazy, with medium slightly scummy frothy off-white head. This is a little indistinct and muddy in flavour but there is a hoppiness with a little pine and then some orangey flavours, tiny bit of pithiness, its a reasonably tasty beer. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.5

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Habanero (2544) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2011
Bottled. Pours slightly hazy and pale amber with a huge, fluffy and off-white head. Fair and irregular lacing. Nose of caramel and fruity notes. Medium sweet flavor of earth, caramel and citrus + berry notes. Medium bodied, watery to oily texure and soft carbonation. Pleasant bitter finish. A little boring compared to the other beers in the serie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GJF (1243) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Itís a solid IPA. The low "overall" rating for this is that itís not nearly as well-made as other single hops. The hop profile is kind of muddy and not all that distinctive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
musinj6 (390) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2nd of the Mikkeller hop series that Iíve tried (1st Challenger). Pours similarly honey, slightly darker, and equally hazy. Head less frothy, almost minimal. Very floral and citrusy hop aroma. Taste is minimally sweet up front finishing pleasantly bitter. Slightly sticky on the palate with moderate effervescence. Moderate to heavy bitter finish. Very likeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2117) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2011
From the bottle with the cap stamped 8261109. The pour is a foamy capped medium amber with good clarity. The aroma is vaguely smoked with an inviting, mild hoppiness. The body is medium. The taste has a moderate bitterness at the end with a good acidity balance. I simply liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1410) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2011
UPDATED: APR 24, 2014 Tasted from bottle into snifter glass. Poured a thick, medium amber color with truly astounding head retention and lace. Seriously, I gave up waiting and just drank through the foam, and it still persisted long after the beer was gone. As far as the grainbill and resulting malt-sweetness are concerned, the aromas and flavors are typical of well-crafted American IPAs, which is to say: bready, toasty, caramelly, delicious. Obviously, the main point here is the hops profile. It had a pleasing, spicy, flowery aroma, very nice. Flavors of tart green apple skin, tangy, citrus-rind bitterness, but much less-so than trendier American super-alpha hop varieties, and definitely not grapefruity like Cascades. More layered than smooth, per se. Somewhat wilder and rougher than noble hops, but despite many detractors claims (who I insist have never observed any undesirable effects of Cluster for themselves, but simply perpetuate the diatribe) there was certainly no skunk, cat-piss, ammonia, etc. Iíd describe these hops as "manlier" than those sissy European aromatic flowers. Cluster was the main, some would say only, bittering hops grown in the USA for generations. Since American macro beer was often badly brewed, badly packaged, spoiled by age, oxidation, ultraviolet, and so on, the hops component has been unfairly accused as a nasty perpetrator. This beer disproves that falsehood. Medium body, surprisingly full, even "chewy" mouthfeel, sparkling carbonation. Lasting fruity, bitter aftertaste which eventually faded to dryness. I love the single-hop concept, the cool way they isolate the hops variable, enabling us to refine our palettes. I like the simplicity of the name and label. In every way, Mikkellerís presentation reveals his homebrewer DNA. Even if Mikkeller Cluster wasnít part of a gimmicky experiment, but was marketed as a standalone strong IPA brand, it would be one of my favorites in the style. Malty and hoppy, complex, tasty. Great with a meal, holds its own against bold, rich food. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Draft at Ginger Man in NYC. Pours a lightly hazy, dark, golden-orange amber color. A small, smooth, off-white head of foam is quick to fade, leaving skinny trailing flares and tiny spots of lacing behind. Aromas are based in lightly sweet, toasty malts, hinting at caramelized marshmallow, with hop notes that suggest of candied mandarin orange. Flavors are largely similar, showing biscuit and toast in the malt base, countered by oily orange peel. Together, they make for a marmalade-like profile, falling on the sweet side of balanced. same biscuit w orange marmalade, toast, oily orange peel, sweet side of balanced. The palate is substantive, even somewhat syrupy at points, but a zippy, peppery carbonation does a nice job of cutting through. The finish is slightly drying. Overall, itís a pretty decent brew, but itís a little too sweet for my liking.

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