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Mikkeller Hop Series Cluster

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2526) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2014
Bottle. Moderate aromas all around, with cereal and nutty for the malt, orange for the hops, dough for the yeast, with background notes of date, toffee and nutmeg. Head is small to average in size, fizzy/frothy light beige with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is muddy medium brown. Flavor starts slightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. Way different then their other single hop IPAs. Not sure the difference is from hop variety or the length of time it sat in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (6479) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2014
Pretty similar to the bravo as none of these are very fresh since I got them onsale at Schneider’s. The hops here is less interesting than bravo though. Still good malt profile, crisp barley. Soft carbonation. Same cloudy orange brown colour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (4431) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Hoppy aroma has a strong fruity overtone, mainly pear with some apple and a hint of banana. Pours a nice dark chestnut with a fairly thick, if not persistent, dirty buff head. Flavor is fairly hoppy, rather fruity, not at all bitter but not sweet. Texture is firm and leaves a nice woody and resiny hop finish, though it lacks fizz. I’m glad that I caught one more of this series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
monoroc (49) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Pours brown to amber cloudy color with an medium head. Aroma is malt, pear, a little bit of pine. Taste is a bit dry, pine with a fruity aftertaste and a fast passing bitterness. It lacks a bit of a body but it isn’t a bad IPA. Just nothing that special (comparing to the other Single Hop beers from Mikkeller).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Hazed and speckled amber with a thin white head. Aroma is bready and floral with floral hops and caramel. The malt bill on this one overpowers the average hop profile. Kinda bland with floral hops, caramel, stalky notes and a moderate to high bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsen1635 (513) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle. Hazy amber pour with some particles and small offwhite head. Malty aroma with notes of yeast. Taste has citrus and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1912) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 30, 2013
Botella de 33 cl en casa en marzo de 2013. Una de la serie single hops. Una maravilla de Ipa que con su moderado índice de alcohol aporta un increíble sabor y lo que er mejor, que todo ese sabor proviene de un único lupulo. En este caso es el lupulo cluster. Presenta un sabor dulce y oleoso al principio con un amargor poco pronunciado cl final. Una serie de birras que debería de estar en todos los bares siempre. Imprescindible repetir.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3525) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
66 theoretical IBU. Pours a hazy dark copper from the bottle with thick off-white head that leaves good lace. Aroma is malty sweetness, caramel and pils, slight floral notes on the back end. Taste follows, nice balance, but the hops have definitely fallen off. Easy to drink, good carbonation, slight bitterness. Definitely not fresh, but interesting concept.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigguns22 (752) - Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Nice looking beer dark amber and cloudy with perfect head. Aroma is lite with citrus and tropical fruit notes. Nice smooth easy drinker that has a touch of bitterness in the finsh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
I was looking forward to Trying Mikkeler, since it gets so many praises of being good and innovative brewer. I was excited to find It’s Hop Series at a reasonable price. Unfortunately my anticipation and excitement was not matched by high standards that everyone praises Mikkeller to live by. Everyone in supply chain is to blame… Mikkeller does not have production dates, Distributor Trying to sell the product no matter what, Binny’s not having balls to stand up to its supplier and let them know that it is out of date and no good. I was pissed… All of them were old and stale, therefore complete waste of time and money. Every time I come across bad batch I swear to stop buying anything that has no dates… I just might do that, since there are plenty of other choices… Going Back to Mikkeller Hop Series… All of them Poured A Shade Lighter Or A Shade Darker of Muddy Brown. All of them Had Smaller or Larger Floaters. Huge Head, Decent Lacing. Earthy, Stale Hops Aroma. Tasted pretty much the same: Earthy, Malt, Stale Hops. Moderate Bitter Finish… Pass It Unless You Know It Is Fresh…

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