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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: 231   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pricey290483 (748) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
bottle from foodie festival in the old Truman brewery really liked it amber colour with a slight white head. citrus came through in the aroma got a slight orange taste running through it with a nice dry bitter aftertaste at the end a very good beer that i would like more of

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MBarni (13) - SPAIN - DEC 6, 2014
Molt bona mobovarietal de mikkeller. Una molt bona ipa monovarietal. Gran ipa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebella (39) - SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2011
American Pale Ale. Fluffy head. Aroma has a lot of citrus and a bit of flowers. I like that the taste surprise me more than disappoints me. The bitterness is present and that is what gets the taste up to 9/10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1876) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 14, 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. I’d 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, Mikkeller’s presentation reveals his homebrewer DNA. Even if Mikkeller Cluster wasn’t 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5103) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2012
On tap at Archive. Deep orange to golden amber colour with a spray of off white foam. This beer looks good in th glass with hop aromas leaping forth and assaulting your nose. Great flavour itch a bi rich mouthfeel that keeps you going back for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnRMurdoch (4319) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
330ml bottle from Thistle News, Aberdeen. Orange brown, reasonable head. Fruity hop aroma. Soapy biscuit resin fruit hop flavour. Bitter sweet hoppy aftertaste. A new hop and a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kdhittel (82) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 18, 2011
The Cluster pours a nice light gold; very light, banana notes in the malt this single hop is not over done. The alpha acids are very balanced in this IPA making it very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 16, 2013
This was really good. Copper pour with a small white head. Aromas of floral and citrus hops with some nice malt notes as well. Flavor has lots of dried fruit notes and citrus peel. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Showcasing the Cluster variety, this beer has a cloudy, murky appearance with a bright orange color and a cream-colored head. Although this has a tame and earthy aroma, it’s bold in the mouth and hefty with hops. It’s very nice... spicy finish, great malt experience, all thanks to the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2011
Smagt hos Morten. Tak til J & C for at finde øl! Humle, korn, halm, let grape, citron,fyrrenåle, harpiks,gul rød, uklar, hvidt tæt langt skum, perlende, lidt sød, meget bitter, let, tør, livlig, svag lakrids, frugt(hinbær),

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