fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of lemony and floral hop notes. Flavor of lovely caramel, bready malt with delectable nectar-like hop notes. Lovely stuff. zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Best out of the 3 I had tonight (Single Hop Simcoe and Warrior were the others). Crisp citrus hoppiness aroma. Nice taste that goes through different hop flavors. Very enjoyable. Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2009
From Voldby, DK. LilBeerDoctor (4215) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Oragne with white head. Aroma of grapefruit and spruce. Flavor is malt with citrus and orange. Spices and a solid bitterness.
Bottle. Pours a dirty orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of floral hops and lots of sweet tropical fruits. Awesome. Flavor of bitter grassy hops initially with some piney hops and a sweet fruity finish. I have enjoyed all of the Mikkeller Single Hop series thus far and this just might be my favorite. Yum! talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Pours a hazy, effervescent, copper color with a very full, off-white, creamy, fluffy head which is mostly lasting and leaves some drippy lace. Nose is typical cascade with orange citrus, almost bitter orange, light floral, and hints at mint and rustic notes; other notes of apple? and faint biscuity yeast? Flavor is more bitter than the description led on; bitter oranges take the lead with some faint caramel, light biscuits then progresses to dry out some and gain bitterness quickly with lots of rustic bitterness and faint mint. Palate is medium, lively, lightly sticky, and slightly drying. Finishes fairly long with a moderately high bitterness of rustic notes and hints at bitter orange peel. After the Simcoe, this one just seems pedestrian. The Belgian yeast notes in the nose (??) and the lack of a balance threw me a little. I usually like cascades but with some balance and not as the only hop. Curious beer knowing what the Simcoe was, but looking forward to the last in the series, the Warrior.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle from Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: It poured a clear, pale amber body with a fizzy off-white head that provided a little slippery lace. It had a hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pine resin, zest, and tangerine. There’s just enough light caramel sweetness to the flavor to balance out a sturdy, flavorful hop bitterness. The finish is dry and peppery with a prolonged citric bitterness. Nice. thornecb (6089) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Green apple, black pepper, and orange pith aromas. Soft off-white head very slowly recedes to thick crater. Thick with upfront dark caramel and almond skin. Turning bitter lemon in the lasting finish. I like these guys. gunnfryd (15330) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2009
Bottle , at Patricks Pub. Golden- orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit, hop, malt. Flavour is grapefruit, hop, malt, citrus. Full bodied nice beer.. Jonte (1496) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle. Haket. Gothenburg. Orange colour with an off-white head. Hoppy, floral and bitter. grape, pine, mandarin, sugar, a bit of saltiness, light chlorine. Harsch bitterness in the finish. The Simcoe IPA is much better in my opinion. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2009
33cl bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy but beautiful orange with a thick off-white head that lasts a long time and leaves lots of egg-white-like lace all over the glass. The aroma is hops, hops, hops, hops, hops. Interestingly, it doesn’t smell like Cascade I’m accustomed to - it definitely has an expected citrus tone to it (almost like bitter orange) but it also has a surprisingly herbal note, almost like Palisades or an English hop. There are also touches of anise (from yeast by-products/esters?) and honey. The flavor starts with a nice, dry, biscuity, crackery malt foundation. There is a big dose of surprisingly grassy hops along with expected citrus notes. There are also lots of funky esters going on here (Belgian IPA I guess?) - most notably giving anise flavors but also hints of pineapple and candied ginger. The finish is quite bitter, but well-balanced with a decent - though not sweet - malt bready malt character. The mouthfeel is crisp and decently carbonated but turns creamy and slippery after swishing it in the mouth - surprisingly full for what would otherwise seem to be a medium-bodied beer. Overall, this is a decent IPA, but not superb. I think the Belgian qualities threw me - and also interfere with the "single hop" experience, as they give it so many other flavors that mask the pure Cascade hop flavors.