willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
20100301 11.2oz bottle from State Line. Medium amber with massive beige head of large, aggressive bubbles that are mostly lasting fading eventually to a creamier, rockier froth. Aromas are very floral, somewhat herbal (basil), cigarette-ashy, and tinged with some acetaldehyde notes. Body is light, heavily carbonated, astringent, but comes around with nice pithy bittering in the end. Light fruity yeast flavors round out some basically light cracker malts and grapefruit and floral hop flavors. Tough to get past the green apple, punchy eff, and grainy astringency, making this beer a bit too tiresome to finish.
vtafro (3824) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle brought to Paulís new year tasting. Golden orange pour with white head. Pine, citrus, pineapple, grassy notes. Had a strong aftertaste. Not my favorite single hop.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from City Beer. What can I say? I am not in love with Amarillo hops - I think they are the bad kind of cheesy and that stops them from refreshing me. So this rating doesnít reflect how much I enjoyed this bottle, but how well made I think it is (and probably itís a bit low). It was at least 2 weeks old when I had it which is not optimal, but if you like Alpine Duet you will love this.
Ibrew2or3 (7101) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Blazer06. It pours clear deep gold with off white head. The aroma is spicy hops becoming sugar sweet malts and then into a modest level of pine hoppiness. The taste is spicy hops, with mostly bittering hops, moving into a touch of grapefruit and then earthy resiny hop bitterness. This has a nice pleasing load of hoppiness.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Over-the-rim rocky head. Tight froth, lots of chunky lace. Lots of stringy cloudiness (very odd). Darker amber color.
Strong, but not overwhelming, floral pine-like hop aroma.
Very bitter flavor--more than most "regular" IPAís. Light malt flavor on the back of the tongue. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Decent body with a lower than expected carbonation.
eManu (463) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an clear orange gold color with a nice big off-white head.
Aroma is wonderfull, very fruity and flowery, orange, grapes, honey, herbs, and some spices. Flavors of hops, citrus, grapfruits, some honey and hints of grass and pine and more hops. Good carbonation, nice bitter dry that is very long lasting. Very tasty.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, purchased at City Beer. Pours a hazy, medium-dark orange color; fluffy, textured off-white / light-tan head with excellent retention and lacing that coats the glass; medium-to-large bubbles; slightly dulled color. Pleasant show of the Amarillo hop in the aroma, supported by the slightest malt core: lots of resiny, juicy oranges and soft citrus notes; the malt core is very slight, and interwoven with the sweet, non-astringent orange hop notes; resiny, smooth Amarillo display. Medium-full body: as the aroma suggests, a whole lot of minimally astringent Amarillo notes first and foremost: lots of juicy, sweet oranges and citrus / floral notes; the malt core is very light, and again I canít really distinguish the sweet hops from whatever candy sugar or orange-y malt notes are lurking at the core; this actually seems quite restrained on the overall bitterness, in favor of orange-hop flavor and aroma; could use some additional hop bitterness, in my opinion; the resiny, oily goodness of Amarillo is one of my favorites, but the core bitterness is lost here, resulting in a slightly sweet rendition, slightly cloying overall, sadly. Still, gorgeous show of hops, and I love the opportunity to sample these single-hop renditions; very much a learning experience. Thanks, Mikkel. Lasting finish of juicy, oily orange hops, lasting dry bitterness, and a toastiness that builds.
hopscotch (9555) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
BottleÖ Clear amber ale with a huge, fluffy, off-white head. Great retention. The bouquet provides biscuit and toffee intertwined with citrusy, flowery notes. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Medium to heavy grapefruit bitterness overshadows mild cookie and biscuit sweetness. Finishes heavily bitter, peppery and dry.
Mallucci (32) - ITALY - FEB 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
only two words ... simply sensational !!!!
The aroma itís all floral and herbs...
When you tste this miracle you can hear all the hop dry directly to the throat...persistent!!!
The color itís perfect , between amber and clear red.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle, tasted in December 2009. Amber colour. Good fresh green hops on the nose. Hint of mint. Hops have more grapefruit and pine character in the flavour. Not a lot else to say - just good, robust, fresh hops. Not the biggest Mikkeller but, when showcasing a single hop variety, it is probably best not to sling too many complicating factors into the mix. Very tasty and satisfying.