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Warrior Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Warrior Single Hop IPAWarrior Single Hop IPA

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very good

154 Reviews
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Reviews: 154
Hads: 233
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2009

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (warrior) and yeast.
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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of brownish-white foam on top of a copper-brown body. Decent retention and moderate lace.

S - Light, fruity hop notes with a hint of pine. The hops are balanced by brown, toasty malt with some caramel and brown sugar.

T - Pine hop flavors slightly harsh bitterness and some grapefruit. Good malt backbone with caramel and dry toasty malt.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The bitterness is slightly astringent with some grapefruit character and lots of pine. Lots of malt but not enough to balance the sharp hop character.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy apricot color with a creamy off-white head. A thin foam blanket of lacing all around.

Bright hop aroma with grapefruit, pine, pineapple, and lemon.

The taste continues the hoppy personality of this beer. Grapefruit, pine, and baby aspirin dominate the palate. A touch of malt and bitterness in the finish.

Lighter bodied, dry, and sharply carbonated.

I love a hoppy IPA and this is one. Clean, bright, and full of flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second beer in the Mikkeller series that focuses on single hop varieties. As noted in the Simcoe review, the base beer has a sweeter, fruitier flavor, aroma, and feel than what is best for showcasing hops, and may interfere with the hop flavor and dryness.

The Warrior hops are known to be a bittering hop, however on their own they prove to be gentle enough to use without blending hop varieties. I had thought that these beers lend a harsh bitterness that prohibited it to be used independently- not necessarily the case. Also the flavor and aromas are quite gentle for a higher AAU hop, giving an earthy and spicy character that is less pungent that expected. Lightly catty up front these volitals seem to disipate quickly. Feeling like Mikkeller held back on the hops a bit becasue of the aggressive nature of Warriors, this beer is a bit too balanced to fall nicely into the IPA frey.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Side-by tasting with the mikkeller simcoe)
Appearance - pours the same dirty orange as the simcoe but with less sediment. I attempted to decant this one but it was not necessary really. Only a two-finger head as a result. Nice head retention, it slowly falls back, leaving a thick ring of lace at the high water mark and making a cake-like island in the center of the glass.

Aroma - this has a more citrusy, spicy smell to me that the simcoe beer. A brighter, less pungent aroma. Not as intense though.

Taste - light biscuit/caramel base, the hops are spicy with pine and grapefruit rind. It starts more like a pale ale than the simcoe. The swallow keeps the intensity building to the point where it gets a little medicinal. The aftertaste goes dry and slightly unpleasant with the harsh flavor.

Mouthfeel - crisp, medium bodied, in step with the style.

Drinkability - good for a comparison of hop styles but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of erz316
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

botle with 10/12/10 on cap, poured into spaten becker.

A - a highly carbonated brew. the foam starts pouring out as soon as the cap comes off. needless to say, the head is huge, and one should pour very very gently. the head retains extraordinarily well, lasting several minutes at full height; slowly sinking down the whole time. lacing is abundant to say the least. the head is gif crackly foamy bubbles with a smooth top, for a time at least. the body is a brilliant amber burnt orange colour when held up to the light. when not held up, the body resumes a dark orange colour.

S - very fragrant. the smell of fresh hops is clearly noticeable; it really smells like fresh hop pellets right out of the fridge. nose is slightly simple: aside from the hops, malts come out in a very worty way: it really smells like a cooking pot of wort. a very interesting nose, interesting to see such raw notes in a finished beer.

T - a good medium-light beer, not too heavy. the initial taste is of the carbonation and the hops; slight presence from the malts. hops are almost purely bitter grapefruit rind, only with a slight touch of pine. the finish is quite bitter as well, moving right along in the same grapefruit manner. the aftertaste has a fleeting sweetness, but is still predominantly bitter. a bit one sided for my taste, but still very interesting to get to see each ingredient doing it thing.

MF&D - this brew is very very smooth and palatable. the body is purely medium, and the carbonation eventually simmers down lending the brew a very easy drinkability. too bad its about five bucks a bottle.

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Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I imagine that this is a nice expression of the Warrior hop, but Warrior just isn't my favorite variety. This beer is tart and bitter with a touch of astringency, like the pith of a grapefruit. It's not bad, but it's just not terribly interesting. Warrior seems strong but lacking delicacy. The aroma is fantastic, candied wildflowers. The beer is otherwise good, nice bright appearance, plenty of head, good carbonation. I really enjoy getting to try these single hop IPAs. It's always interesting.

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy orange amber with a small white head.

S- Citrus and pineapple fruity aromas dominate with an underlying malty sweetness.

T- Flavors of grapefruit, granny smith apples, lemon, and mild bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium body with a nice amount of fine carbonation and a very dry finish.

D- Very drinkable, not overly bitter and has a very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very hazy amber color without too much head.

S: Pineapple, orange, some very light pine, and a bready malt aroma.

T: Very similar to the nose. A nice sweetness from the malt, with some sweet tropical fruit notes along with citrus. Not much bitterness.

M: Good level of carbonation, medium bodied.

D: All around a pretty good IPA and a nice way to feature individual hops.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bunch of gems at Bruisin this past weekend and this was another one of them. The chance to try three solid and very different versions of a style with each is having only a single hop variety is something too good for me to pass up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/23/2009.

Appearance 4.5 - Again, the pours on all of these are just stellar. Nice amber color, very clear with a huge head of white on top that really only gradually fades, never getting down much lower then about an inch, really very well done.

Aroma 4 - Light pine, lots of bready notes in there. Not as big and bold like the nugget, rather understated but still very clean and smooth, nicely put together and it seems to hold its own even as it warms.

Taste 4 - Clean, well balanced flavor here. Piney up from with a light stickiness to it. Warming brings buttery notes mid palate that really smooth it out quite nicely. Long finish leads to a light bittering on the tongue and a really well balanced sample.

Feel 4.5 - Awesome feel again. All three of the ones I tried this weekend all were about the same. Rich carbonation, nice medium body that was not too thick or too light. Really held up very well, and were just done about as spot on as I could have asked for. Rich, clean, crisp.

Drinkability 4.5 - Could have had this one again and again. They really just drank very well. Much more mellow and smooth, well balanced and just went down very well.

Overall - Solid as could be. I expect nothing less. The variation in the single hop series really brings to light many characteristics and I found this one to be just very smooth and well balanced.

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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a copper hue with really nice carbonation that leaves a full frothy two finger head with heaps of lacing absolutely beautful looking,it has a passionfruit,honey aroma,the taste is nice which starts off with a full malty mouthfeel and finishes very bitter with a slight,subtle passionfruit linger,its a nice beer and good to see the the true characteristics of Warrior on its own and will make sure it has its place in my collection with my other mikkeller beers.

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Photo of mvasilis
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this from ölbutikken in Copenhagen.

A: Big bubbles in a big foam head, foam leftovers stays at then glas. Unclear liquid, red-orange colored.

S: Hop aromatik, fruity smell with a little pit of peach and citrus.

T: Quite bitter, toasted flavor, taste almost like bitterness from the white on an citrus peal, and a little grassy.

M: Fells good in the mouth, perfect amount of CO2.

Not the best from the Mikkeller single hop family.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a huge billowing head and sticky lacing, some sediment floats around the glass as well. Smell is musty orange peel and caramel malt. Being a single hop IPA, I guess it would be too much to expect complexity and unfortunately this one does not rise above expectations. Biscuity malts and a one note piney hop profile, this just really doesn't have the tools to please. Mouthfeel is normal for the style, but drinkability suffers due to the overall boringness of it.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cap Sez 10/12/10

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky/creamy lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, very slight citrus, dark fruits. The taste is hoppy, bitter, malty, some citrus, but getting more dark fruityness. Medium body, a little to hot for a brew this low in ABV. Drinkable, a nice little brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's pit the Warrior Single Hop versus the Cascade, Nugget, Nelson Sauvin, and Simcoe versions.

Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.

Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a some subtler floral, earthy tones.

Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Warrior hops serve up a floral, vaguely earthy taste. Of all the Mikkeller Single Hop versions, this one had the lightest, most subtle hop character and bitterness, allowing for more of the maltiness to emerge. Medium, clean bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. I'm diggin' this though!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Cap date is 10/12/10, best by date?

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy amber brew, which has ample floaties. Pillowy head is going nowhere fast, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is citrus with slight earth notes. Taste is sweet for a moment, and then goes citrus to the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability pretty good. Warrior seems a bit harsh to operate solo for me.

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Photo of brushtachio
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Beer Bistro in Toronto after the single hop series was reccomended by a fellow-BA as a good way to learn about the taste and flavor profiles of individual hop varieties. Great idea! Thanks whoever you were (beermail has since expired). Review from notes taken May 31, 2009.

Poured dark orange with a healthy bone-colored head.

The aroma was very subtle. Didn't jump out at you. Probably the result of the formal restriction of using only one kind of hop... Especially one that is typically used more for bittering than aroma. What is there is unique and quite nice. Apricot. Slight grassiness. 

Taste began with a malty but floral mixture. Medicinal citrus in middle with just the faintest hint of the grassyness fading to a spicy bitterness

Med-light body. Well carbonated dry finish

Drinkability is Excellent. I started my next night at BB with another one before moving onto to uncharted territory.  

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Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= this ipa looks great pouring a hazy orangish brown color with a great thick three finger head that lasts a long time with great lacing.
S= quite pungent and can be smelled from a distance. Smells a little fruity with piney hops that have a touch of grapefruit but mostly pine smell.
T= the hops are piney mostly with a little fresh cut grass taste. There's a real pine bite in the back of my tongue. A little bit of a malt flavor actually comes through with lots of caramel malt. Somewhat grainy.
M= spicy I would say is how it feels really good but kinda high carbonation and spicy I guess. The taste lasts for a while.
D= good. I really liked this one warrior hops are some of my favs and this beer shows them off nicely.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark orange amber color with lots of sediment, producing a 1.5 finger off-white head that retains nicely and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is earthy hops along with some citrus and comes off lightly spicy in the back.

Initial taste hit hard with earthy hops and little else but over time, some grapefruit notes became clearly evident as the taste became much more citrusy than it originally seemed. Similar to the smell, there is a nice bit of spiciness from the hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with a medium level of carbonation. I actually had a hard time figuring how to rate drinkability on this one. The taste seemed a little strange at first but it quickly grew on me. I suppose its just a matter of what you're used to. Overall this was pretty interesting and nice to try, just a bit different than your typical IPA.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is pretty weak, but I can smell some slight citrusy and earthy hops. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like earthy and citrusy (grapefruit, orange peel) hops and a bit of grain. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy and has high carbonation. Drinkability is good, but could be better if the carbonation was a bit lower. Other than the weak aroma, I liked this beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ShrLSU
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearence is a clear burnt orange color with a slight misty head on top. Very slight lacing marks the edges. The nose is bitter earthy hops all the way. Taste is slightly funky with almost a sour sweetness. Not really sour but just kinda of odd. Thats really about all there is to it. Maybe a tad bit of malt. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation. Overall interesting but not too great. There are better single hop beers out there from Mikkeller than this one.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pretty dark, almost similar to a DIPA. Very murky deep orange color with a pink glow to it. Head is eggshell white and leaves a soft crown on top with pretty patchwork lacing. Noticeable amount of sediment floating around, probably from the hop oil.

Smell - Warrior hops provide the bitterness with a little bit of must thrown in. Pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit are added, but the whole overall smell is average at best.

Taste & Mouthfeel - First thing that hits me, is it has somewhat of a similar taste of a Saison, which I guess is where the musty smell came in. Warrior hops plug in their bitterness, but it's matched by a creaminess. I can't get over how belgian this tastes! Needless to say i'm totally caught off guard by this. Feel is nice as it has a crispness up front and goes down fairly easy.

Drinkability - It's really tough to grade this beer, as it is pretty good in it's own right. Don't really know how this beer ended up here, but here we are. Before you grab one proceed with caution, as this is not your typical ipa.

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Photo of marvin213
2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

It looks like pure muddy water. A nice foamy head dissipates to a thin layer interrupted by only a handful of small- to medium-size bubbles. It's certainly uniform throughout, with no evidence of floating sediment in this inaugural pour. I actually consider that a deduction. It looks enjoyable with its sticky head, but doesn't look like anything extraordinary.

It smells bitter. Warrior must be a bitter hop. I mean it smells like bitters--you know the things in some ol' school cocktail formulas. It almost smells like it could bite my head off. The aroma reminds me of a barium swallow...I don't imagine that conjures too many positive associations in people's minds. Though it's not really appealing, I give it some credit because the smell alone seems to activate my bitter taste buds. This may leave me with a face like I see on those ridiculous macrobeer commercials.

The taste is basically as bitter as its smell. Not quite so much, but I think if you'd have videotaped me on the initial sip, I made that aformentioned face just long enough before I brought that memory back into consciousness. The chalky, barium feel exists in the taste. It's certainly not a crossover-type beer; nor is it one to recommend to the ladies. I speculate that it lacks the enamel pull because its whole and complete bitter force sucks your tongue dry before you have a chance to really get a mouthfeel. This is like the Cabernet of beers. Do hops have tannins? I actually think it tastes better than it smells, but it's not enough to make increase the rating. Though it's bitter as a mo fro, it's not as tasty as your average beer.

I want to credit this one for what is obviously meant to be a bitter-tasting beer, but I can't comfortably call this a pleasant beverage. If it tastes like the Cabernet of beers, it feels like the barium swallow of brews...that's not a good thing. Slight credit for among the starkest contrasts to senses of sweetness, but this one is overboard.

Drinkability? How many barium swallows do patients typically want? Not only will I likely avoid the Mikkeller Warrior Single Hop, I am much more apt to think twice about any beer with warrior hops whatsoever.

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Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite hazy orange colour, slightly off white inch of head that slowly falls away.
S - Herbal, spicy hop notes with a floral hint. Vauge bready maltiness.
T - Much like the smell, herbal and spice hop notes with some dry bread malt touches.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Dryish bready, spicy Belgianesque finish.
D - Tasty enough, worth trying but not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light bright orangey color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of floral green hops is pretty interesting with some neutral malt. Taste is also very much floral with a nice malt backbone and some light astringent hoppy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and of apparent alcohol. Very interesting experiment and very glad to have discovered this nice variety of hops with minimal bitterness and maximal floral notes.

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Photo of TheNapkin
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of the Mikkeller De Proef beers but this one challenges me a bit, which is a good thing. Beer should make us question our likes and dislikes, right? What's better than a beer that just confuses the hell out of us? The bottle says "American Style India Pale Ale" but this is definitely brewed with the Brett yeast, which--to me--makes it a Belgian IPA, but let's not split hairs, let's talk about the beer.

Smell: Musty, vegetative, earthy, grassy. As it warms, the beer takes on an interesting and strong thistle note, almost like a soft, aged sheep's milk cheese. I love funk, but the smell makes me do a double take. My guess is the curious note here is a characteristic of the Warrior hops. I hesitate to say it, but the warmer the beer gets, the more it starts to smell like asafoetida, which is a resinous extract made from wild fennel and common to Indian and Middle Eastern foods. Note that while fennel bulb tastes like licorice, asafoetida tastes more like onions or garlic and is often used as a substitute for onions in cooking.

Taste: Fortunately, the taste doesn't change as it warms. The flavors are on par with the smell minus the thistly element: musty, earthy, and grassy. Definitely bitter, but not a crisp, acidic bitter.

If you're interested in an IPA that isn't strictly "clean," "crisp" or "citrusy," this is it. As far as IPAs with Brett funk go, if Victory Wild Devil is a front-porch-sipping beer, this is a lock-yourself-in-the-attic-and-look-at-the-spider-webs beer. If you like really earthy flavors like washed-rind cheeses, beets, and mushrooms, then I recommend this beer, if only for the experience alone.

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Warrior Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
85 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.