ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2009
Serving date: 2009-03-30. Served in snifter.
Golden orange color. Very big off-white and rather creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of lacings.
Plenty of fruity hop aromas - green grapes, bitter grapefruit, rhubarb. Pine-needles and some tobacco. Herbs and floral notes. A very powerful and pleasant smell, excellent.
The taste is not as impressive as the smell, but still very good. A rather unique hop profile with plenty of rich fruity flavors - green grapes that are almost somewhat tart, gooseberries, some grapefruit. Prominent character of white wine initially. Pine-needles, some tobacco and floral notes add some bitter elements. Very good balance between sweetness and tartness. The malty backbone is of caramel, but is really not that sturdy. In the finish there is a slightly sharp bitterness, grape seeds, grape skin, herbs and a note of peach.
Medium body, smooth but slightly too much carbonation.
A very good beer with a very interesting and delightful hop character.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review) Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Courtesy of Blazer06. Pours copper with gold edge and lasting light tan head. The aroma has the hops pulling up spicy notes, a sense of white wine, a touch of wood, grass and earthiness. Smells nice. The taste is similar with spicy hops and earthiness sort of starting things off. By about midway the white wine notes come to the surface to add a wonderful mix of flavors. The addition of that wine note really brings a higher level of interest to the experience. I think this is my first taste and smell of this hop. I really like it. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a huge, rocky off-white head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (straw, cereal, meal), heavy hop (grass, pine, citrus, grapefruit, orange), average yeast (sweat, musty) with notes of peach and apricot. Medium bodied, gritty texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazy, dark orange-amber color with a small, taught head of beige foam. Settling in to a thin, steadfast patch, the head leaves sticky, web-like lacing on the glass. The aroma is spot-on, very crisp and sharp in its hop billing, with notes of freshly cut grass, lemon, and pink grapefruit showing most prominently. An underlying malt base is comprised of lightly toasted toffee and fresh baked bread, neutral enough to allow the hops to shine, yet assertive enough to balance and compliment. I’m even getting an odd yet appealing note of white grape. Flavors follow suit nicely, though are perhaps a shade more muddled in terms of malt distinction. The lemony, grassy, grapey hops still shine brightly. A spicy, dry, Belgian-esque yeast character completes the unique experience. Medium-full in body and initially creamy, the palate breaks up into a dry, lively, fizzy eruption on the back end, distributing the pithy, resinous hops all throughout the mouth. This one is really good. It’s easily the best of the Mikkeller single hop series to date. JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Pours a mostly clear amber, with off-white head. Bitter hops, sweet caramel and hop juice, grapefruit, and a bit of bread. It’s okay.
travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle from jkwalking05. The look is a nice big foamy off white head, clear, and copper colored. The smell is hop, some bitteress, caramel, and lotion. The taste is medium bitterness, fruits, grapefruits, and citrus. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2010 My Bottom Line:kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Wet hemp, pineapple and flower petals explode from this super aromatic India Pale Ale, dominating the light caramelized cereal foundations, for a very personable drinking experience for the hophead I can be.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is lots of foam sitting atop the murky dark amber.
-The malt base in their single-hop IPAs is really not polished, but when the hops shine like they do in this one, I don’t care that much.
-The combination of fruitiness and funky leafiness (pot? hash?) is tantalizing.
-Give me a cleaner and crisper grain bill and this IPA reaches assured stardom, in my book.
11.2oz bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a slightly hazy, effervescent orange-amber color; bright, pulpy; enormous off-white head formation, filling the glass, highly textured, long-lasting; great-looking pour. A whole lot of melon and orange hops in the aroma: foxy, oily, touches of grapes; a nice malty and sugar presence is there as well, with hints of marshmallow and candy; would have loved to smell this fresh; a beautiful, eccentric hoppiness. Lots of pronounced sweetness here; medium-to-full mouthfeel: oranges and grape and cantaloupe bitterness, slightly distracted by that strong malty / sugary core: juicy, chewy, generous, with plenty of exotic fruits and balanced character; just not a magnificently hop-forward IPA at this point, sadly; a great beer on its way out. Lasting, nicely bitter finish of melon, lightly toasted malts, and mixed fruit. Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Right away, even while pouring it, the hops come out strong, nice, and have unique profile in the aroma. Very fruity florals is the best way I can describe it. Its not just hop water as there are some biscuits, caramels, and grainy malts as well. Big flowing head on the pour again to make a pretty beer just like the others in the series, but the tropical red color and appealing bright opaque body might this one the most attractive. The body of this beer might also be the best as well with a good medium full feel that brings the flavors through nicely. Maybe just slightly balanced towards the hops, but not overly so as it seems hard to do it any other way with the bold nelson sauvin hops. The flavor profile is again quite fruity with some tropical citrus, a variety of medium sweet fruits, melon, herbals, with some hearty grain malts and caramel. Hops completely take over the finish that may last slightly too long with a bit of slightly over bitter fruity hops. I should mention though that hop flavors that come from this one are quite outstanding which makes me more forgiving to the dominant hops. This to me was probably the best single hop showcase of the single hop series, but not quite the best overall IPA. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle thanks to theisti. This is a very interesting beer. I get a touch of caramel and biscuit in the aroma but the majority of the aroma is very fruity and slightly herbal. The fruitiness is light and somewhat non distinct, it is not citrusy at all. The hop has been described as smelling like Sauvignon Blanc grapes and I could see that, except there also seems to be a piney or herbal component to it too. Whatever it smells like, it is pleasant and inviting. Flavor wise, the beer flashes some medium caramel and lots of the hop flavor into the finish. The finish is moderately bitter and the fruitiness lingers. I enjoy the hop, but I wish the beer had a more simple malt bill to showcase the hop even more. Nevertheless, this was a very tasty beer. Thanks Tim!