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Mikkeller Hop Series Saaz

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Danish: Brygget på: Vand, malt (pilsner, munich, cara-crystal), havreflager, humle (Saaz) og gær.

English: 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 20 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.

ComradeK's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1060) - The Vale of Dundas, - DEC 13, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours a murky chestnut brown, with a large off-white head, which lasts reasonably well, and leaves decent lacing. Spicy, peppery and slightly floral hops notes mix with some caramel and toast malt notes in the aroma. Strongly spicy hops up front, with a bit of peppery bite, lead into some toast and caramel in the mid-palate. More spicy hops give the beer a nice, dry finish. This is quite an interesting beer. Since first trying a single hop IPA I have wanted to try one made with Saaz hops, and this is much what I would have expected: the hops profile of a pilsener, amped up and backed by a bit more body. It’s unusual, but it works pretty well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
momordgz (212) - - FEB 4, 2015
Not well balanced as mikkeller usually are. Cloudy beer with herb notes and medium bitter end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (3873) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Total Wine, delaware: ok ok ok... I know this is probably too old but i figured why is TW selling it? In any case it pours like all the others in the series brown with an off-white head. Aroma is very earthy eith toffee notes. Taste is bitter at the front with a malty backbone. Not one of their best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SinH4 (554) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 25, 2014
As goes for all the Hop Series beers I’ve tasted: the bottles were probably quite old, best before of April/May 2015, so some of the hop characteristics might have already gone away. Nice orange color with big head (darkness varied a bit). Saaz was earthy, floral and bready. Taste is sweet-bready, nice bitterness. Lots of malts, Lager-style, but easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Interesting addition to their hop series. Saaz hops are great in a pilsner, not quite enough for a beer with this much body or malty backbone. Nice in the aroma but no follow through I’m flavor or feel..."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wombata (470) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle. Aroma: Roasted caramel, sweet malt, floral, earth. (Day 2: floral, spice--ginger, buttery spice, nutmeg), Palate: Light-medium bodied. Flavor: Surprisingly mild, roasted caremel and lightly sweet malt, sharp grassy, uplifting spicy and tangy hop. (Day 2: Sweat, bready malt, bitter grassy hop, yeasty). Comment:

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (3564) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2014
330ml bottle from BrewDog Online Store. Hazy reddish amber brown, reasonable head. Mild grain resin aroma. Grassy toffee malt flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Not a typical IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PriorL (2423) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2014
Bottle at Delirium Hoppy Loft, shared with Mathieu87. Finally completed the series... Tasted the other 19 together, didn’t have this one though. APPEARANCE: clear darker blond beer, nice stable white head. NOSE: quite bitter, little florar, maybe littel dry. TASTE: dry aftertaste, caramel, florar, little oxidated, bakers yeast?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daniele (6080) - ITALY - MAR 23, 2014
Ambrata buona schiuma piuttosto persistente accentuato piu il malto lieve pera amaro contenuto stanca bb 8/5/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (351) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Mikkeller Saaz pours a cloudy hazel brownish orange with a thick foamy beige head that lasts for a long while. The aroma is floral, caramel and bread. The flavor is bread, caramel and floral. Overall this is a pretty nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10449) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours lightly cloudy orange with a medium, creamy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy, spicy, and light minty hops with pear esters and honey malt. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, light malt sweetness to balance, light esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

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