NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from WLV. Let’s see how this goes as it’s been much of a hit in these parts. Bottle is super carbonated, though no gusher. Pours a slightly hazed copper with a fluffy large bubbled head. Nose is pretty nice, quite fruity, lots of stone fruit, apricot and cherries with some resin in there as well. On top of that, some nice candied notes. Kind of like the best qualities of Amarillo, actually. Faint grainy notes, mild almond as well. On taste, this is pretty outstanding. Loads of apricot, mango, again with almonds, some like candy notes, though not sweet at all. Damn, I’m with Ughsmash, if I could get sixers of this for under $10, I wouldn’t need anything else. Finish is clean, dry, a touch of spice. This is a damn cool hop. Awesome.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate: bottle at home with The Cad.
Huge thanks to Anders for sending this over. It’s no secret that I love Nelson Sauvin, somehow Anders knew this though I’m not sure we ever discussed it, and messaged me out of the blue saying he was sending a bottle over for me. LEGEND! This little beauty did exactly what I was hoping it would. Beautiful tropical fruit NS all round. Faint spice and fruit, elegant yet assertive bitterness offset with the faint sweetish feel of my favourite hop. Fruity splendour start to finish on top of a glorious Mikkeller base. Brilliant.
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer in SF. Pours a clear golden amber color with a large white head that lasts. Floral aroma with sweet malt and light fruits. Flavor very sweet with pale malt, peach, apricot, orange, and flowery hops. Great hoppy finish that’s not too intense and a smooth palate with medium body. Great stuff.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, BB 3/10/2011. Poured clear rusty amber with a creamy, well-retained cap of off-white head. The aroma was really, really juicy and I loved it.. peach skins, apricots, and darker earthy character over a sweet pale and caramel base.. just succulent. The flavor was just about as good.. juicy pears, apricots, and grapefruit gave some sweetness at the core in addition to the bitterness they provided on the edges.. peppery spicage joined on the edges and accelerated through the warm finish.. overall bitterness was moderate-to-high, and again the balance was spot-on. Medium-bodied with creamy, filling carbonation on the palate.. the malts stayed in the background to help showcase the hops.. spicy, memorable finish. Man.. if I could just get this for $7-8 a sixer, I’d be in Heaven.
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Ørsted Ølbar, Copenhagen. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity hoppy grapefruit and citrus aroma. Fruity malty bitter grapefruit and citrus hoppy flavor with some hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty bitter hoppy grapefruit finish with a long bitter aftertaste.
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Golden coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Sweetness, citrus, pine, orange and a somewhat fresh grapy touch in the aroma. Flavour is full of flowers, orange/citrus, pine, light caramel and some sweetness to counter the hoppy part. Medium to full bodied. Very dry. Nice heavy balanced bitter end. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Slightly hazy darker copper with small to medium, creamy beige head. Aroma is big and grapey with a little caramel sweetness. Flavor is grapey as well with a little pine, sweeter caramel, hops dry out the finish, pretty tasty. Medium to light, creamy body with smooth carbonation. Amazing, I love this hop.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thank you Jan & Charlotte!! Pours a clear light copper with big frothy head. Incredilicious aroma is first cabernet grape, then white wine, then grapefruit, then honey and rich sugar. It’s heavenly...The palate is juicy. Flavors are grapefruit, which lingers long on the tongue. The fore-flavors are honey-sweet, then Boom! grapefruit and white wine. A well-rounded, trippy flavor experience. This hop is probably the most fun single-hop for the spotlight! The malts in this beer are well-chosen, although the beer is quite light in body. I could drink a lot of this.
vyvvy (3989) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear bronze with a very large beige head. The aroma has hops that are fruity, grape-like and some spiciness. The toasted malt from the other single hop from Mikkeller is there like normal. Medium bodied beer that is very crisp with an abundance of sharp carbonation. The flavor starts like the aroma along with some green hop dankness with very little malt being noticed due to the overwhelming hops. The finish is more bitter and lingering. Very nice IPA.
tennisjoel (1173) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge head. Almost overflowed when pouring. Attractive looking beer with copper body beneath. Earthy, flowery aroma with some oak tones. Smells a bit like the belgian tripel ipa type beer. This beer is yummy. Atypical to a normal IPA, this pushes the boundaries of the style to a new level. Very impressive beer and the best hoppy Mikkeller beer I’ve sampled.