Chinook Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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3.91/5 rDev +0.5%
330ml bottle. Haven't had one of these single-hop dealios from Mikkeller in a while, though it is admittedly hard to keep track of them, oh, wait, right.
This beer pours a glassy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually a tad creamy tan head, which leaves some stellar webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of crackery caramel malt, butterscotch, pine resin, bitter orange rind, a muddled berry fruitiness, and further floral, mildly perfumed hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, toasty toffee, pleasant citrus flesh notes, lesser piney, leafy wet forest astringencies, more semi-sweet dark berries, and herbal, leafy, and floral hops.
The carbonation is quite subtle and enjoyably frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and plainly smooth, the alcohol inching in, bit by bit. It finishes well off-dry, the various caramel malt incarnations doing well to persist, alongside the more fruity, rather than bitter, side of the Chinook hop varietal.
Another decently rendered single-hop affair, where the hop in question seems more than capable of carrying the day, and the beer as a whole. Citrusy, and with enough flora backup singers to effect the sense of complexity that I'm grokking here. Good stuff - I guess my takeaway here is that I like Chinook hops!
07-31-2014 06:27:23 | More by biboergosum
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured into a pint.
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger off-white rocky head with great retention. Hazy orange-crimson liquid. I retained the last little bit in the bottle due to sediment.
S: Slight cardboard under it all. Fruit esters, pine, citrus hops highlighted. Too much alcohol, not enough hops.
T: Caramelly sweetness opens well with flat cardboard/sherry. Slight raisin. Bitterness soon rushes in with citrus dominating the profile - both grapefruit and tangerine. Slight sulfurous allium flavor at the end, almost garlic-y. Tasty but not world class.
M: bitter and a tad astringent, maybe numbing even. Almost chewy, full.
O: Fairly solid, nicely very bitter IPA. A tad old unfortunately, but tasty for the most part. I'd have another pint, but i won't buy another bottle.
10-17-2012 00:35:55 | More by dfillius
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).
A: Pours the standard redish/orange amber that almost all of these single hop beers look like. There is about a half finger of off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing along the glass as it drinks.
S: The nose is sweet, earthy, and tropical. I get some nice mango and light citrus from this brew. It's also a bit musty.
T: It starts out sweet, but not too malty. There is a decent fruit presence, but nothing specific. The fruity sweetness carries through until the finish, where is has a bitter kick.
M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and fruity from the start, and those flavors shine through until the beer is off the palate. The finish is bitter, but not overbearing, and it's not particularly drying.
O: Decent enough. I'd drink this one again. I like how the slight tropical notes mellow out the malty sweetness without making it crazy drying in the finish.
04-06-2012 00:09:53 | More by trxxpaxxs
4.2/5 rDev +8%
Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy orange amber. Nice thick off-white head and heavy lacing. Hop and sweet malt aroma. Flavor follows with a sharp hop bite, malt and grapefruit flavors. Bitter hoppy finish, but nice progression. I like the Chinook hops. Sharp and piney with a bit of earthy flavor. I'm going to have to compare these all single hops at the some time.
03-28-2012 02:52:03 | More by LiquidAmber
Chinook Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.