Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A basic caramel backbone with a complex floral, fruity and spicy hopping. Splendid
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed fresh (a few months after bottling). Me-myself-and-I side-by-side tasting with all 5 Mikkeller Single Hop currently available (Cascade, Nelson Sauvin, Nugget, Simcoe, Warrior)
The look: Cloudy orange-amber body topped by a medium off-white head with low retention
In long: The nose is floral and fruity (apricots, tropical fruits). The tropical fruits character of the nose is what set the this one apart from the other five Single Hop bottles I had.
As with all five Mikkeller Single Hop beers the body is a little yeasty and the caramelized malts are a bit generic and restrained so that it purposely leaves all the flavour spectrum available to the hops. Taste has that nice fruity spiciness. I sometimes feel like Nelson Sauvin hops makes a non-rye beer feels as if it was made with rye and that’s the case here. Finish has a medium bitterness and a complex array fruity flavours along with a nice spiciness sensation. Like with all five Mikkeller Single Hop beers I’ve had, carbonation is a bit too aggressive and it kills some of the beer subtleties. It’s this super nice light herbal spiciness sensation that made this one my favourite of the five Single Hop I had, even the mouthfeel felt move lively. Drinking those five Mikkeller Single Hop simultaneously was even more educative than those anatomy web-sites I visit all the time.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a mostly clear, rusty-copper color with a white, creamy, rocky, full head which is mostly lasting and does leave nice, drippy lace. The first that came to mind when I smelled this one is sauvignon blanc with a very fruity note; first the fruits are are kiwi and mango, followed by pink grapefruit, light rustic notes, faintly grassy, lightly piney, and even some sweet bread notes from the yeast and malts, and an almost musty note of muscat grapes. Flavor is much of the same with a good balance of hop flavors; tropical fruit (kiwi, mango), traditional citrus hops (pink grapefruit), rustic, piney notes, even some musty floral (rose petals?) notes in the finish. Faint presence of caramel and sweet breads. Palate is medium, velvety, drying, and nearly lively. Finishes somewhat dry and lasting with the moderately high bitterness finally emerging fully and notes of rustic pine, rose petals, and some lingering kiwi notes. I was told to be prepared for a very fruity type of hop to which I replied, "Good." I had no idea that it would be like this; it is a high-alpha hop but not overly piney or citrus or drying or even bitter for that matter. It could be used with some other hops to tone down the intense tropical fruit notes a bit but overall, I would love to see this hop used more often in craft beers. Not as good as the simcoe version but close.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Good cttrus light up the nose buds. Copper body with off white head. Flavor was rather ordinary like mosst from accross the pond. After taste had a good sweet sugary citrus that wasn’t in the flavor which was odd. Good brew
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 11.2 oz bottle from Bev4less in Santee. Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge rocky white head that has great retention and crazy lacing. The aroma is strong with sweet citrus, bubblegum and some musty herbs. The flavor is mildly biter with grapefruit, green chlorophyll hops , parsley and sweet musty grapes. The palate is smooth and malty with lively carbonation. The finish is medium in duration and dry with lingering bittersweet hops. O: The aroma is a bit more appealing than the flavor turned out to be, but its still quite a tasty quaff.
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle. Clear brass with a clumpy meringue head that hangs around. Nose is dough and spicy orange with dank grassy hops. Medium light; resiny with moderate carb. Taste is pineapple, pink grapefruit, spruce, caramel and candied rose petals. Finishes bready and slightly bitter.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours to the largest light tan head that’s fully lasting atop a super hazy coppery amber body. Awesome lacing. The aroma is fruity and white grapes. Tangerines and mandarin oranges round it out. The beer’s flavor is SWEETLY fruity with tangerines and mandarin oranges and light pale malts. The palate has a light bitterness and drying medium-full body.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Slightly hazy amber color, fizzy. Sweat, petroly and fruity hop aroma. Strong fruity, tart and petroly hop flavor with toffeish maltiness and some sweetness. I like the fruitiness of Nelson sauvin but not the petrol aroma and flavor.
planky84 (2518) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Beer Merchants. Pours a hazy brown/orange colour with a good long lasting head. Aromas of peaches, oranges, summer fruits. Good malty flavours with lighter citrus notes. The finish isn’t as hoppy as Mikkeller’s nugget or simcoe IPA’s, it has a much more gentler approach. Very nice mouthfeel all round. Top marks!
rane (956) - Nibe, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Once again cadeaus to Mikkeller for making this interesting experiment. I had this together with the warrior single hop, and this one is so much better. Red brown with little head. Nice grape aroma, sweet. Taste grape, hopps a lot of bitterness. A very nice though untypical IPA.
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Cloudy burnt-orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Resiny, earthy aroma with shades of tropical fruit. Medium-bodied with champagne-like carbonation. Leans slightly on the bitter side of balance and provides a hint of acidity. Bitter, dry finish. Bottle courtesy of growler!