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Super Galena Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Super Galena Single Hop IPASuper Galena Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
81
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 06-10-2011)
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Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 2nd in the Single Hop series, after just finishing the Palisades

A - Brown, no clarity, sediment, lace, head, everything you want

S - Huge piny, bitter hop aroma.

T - Huge hoppy and bitter. Well balanced with the malts, but not with the hop. Still very good.

M - Full bodied, well carbonated

O - I liked the Palisades hop much better, but still a great beer, apparently with whichever single hop they use

BeerDawgs, Nov 08, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of lionnusmb
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

lionnusmb, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of grass and earth notes, with some biscuit malt mixed in.

The flavor is different than the aroma. I get a lot of orange citrus notes, as well as a lot of very sweet candy notes which don't really meld well with the other flavors. I also get some biscuit malt notes and the bitterness is low.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Not familiar with this particular hop as of yet.

This beer pours a cloudy, dark golden amber colour, with two fingers of thinly foamy beige head, which leaves a nice low-lying fog pattern of lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of tropical fruit, sweet grapefruit and orange juice, some weak pine needle notes, a quick to interupt toasted caramel malt, some further dry biscuit character, and a twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is rather bitter grapefruit rind, leafy pine forest essence, a once again slightly late off the start singed bready caramel malt, some generic tropical fruit, and a nice, even warming.

The bubbles are fairly restrained, the body a decent medium weight, and kind of clammy in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt dueling capably with the lingering, and mostly denatured citrus and pine hoppiness.

An enjoyable IPA experiment, this particular hop a likely blend of those normal scenesters on the west coast. I like the change as the beer settles, from damned-near astringent bitterness, to lofty balance - a neat trick, that.

biboergosum, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Betajeff
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Betajeff, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cap numbered 8201103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a one and a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle fruit, caramel, and subtle citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, subtle citrus, and subtle citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one was quite pleasant with the citrus notes mixed in with the slight note of sweetness in the form of caramel. The flavor did the exact opposite bringing in more sweetness than citrus which was kind of a letdown for me. Still not too bad though and definitely worth trying at least once.

thagr81us, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a bronze/amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit hoppy, some pine. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, bitter, but not to much, some pine as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

tone77, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of beersdmf17
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

beersdmf17, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of 4Socialanxiety
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

4Socialanxiety, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Diomede
3/5  rDev -15%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at ChurchKey where they had 10+ Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It was interesting to taste the characteristics of this hop without interference from other hop types. This hop had an awful chlorinated aroma with a nice, mild woody flavour.

A: Orange color and 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Smelled like a chlorinated pool. Did someone urinate in there? Can I smell that too? 2

T: Woody slightly hoppy flavor. Good hoppy base. Belies the smell. 4

M: Pretty thick and reasonably carbonated. 4

O: Awful smell; nice flavour. 3.5

vandemonian, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Beer-Ed
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Beer-Ed, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of cdizinno
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a bottle with a plum colored label.

A: Orange amber with a decent off-white head and moderate lacing.

S: Not as aromatic as the Mt. Hood. Mild grassy and earty tones.

T&M: Medium bodied. Smooth but much drier due to the 96 IBU rating. Taste is similar to the smell. Fades to a great hop bitterness of earth, grass and mild spiciness. Still well-balanced.

I'm sure that all of these Mikkeller's are going to be high quality. I hope so for the price. This is definitely not as tasty as the Mt. Hood, but still decent.

cdizinno, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Dwkasper
3/5  rDev -15%

Dwkasper, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of trixdout
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber brown tint, with a head that recedes quickly to a white very thin layer.

Smell - i get a peppery piny and citrus notes, with some sweet caramel hints. nothing too complex.

Taste - there is a smooth sweetness that it noticed mixed in with some hops. The hops are a kind of piny citrus. once the brew warms a bit the alcohol gives almost a sourness to the finish.

Mouthfeel - There is a fair amount of carbonation but the bubbles are very small (if that makes sense) not sure how else to describe it. The brew offers a dry and yet oily feel in the mouth.

Overall - I can definitely see the type of hop it is and definitely need to try the other one that I bought to compare the two different hops. Not a bad brew, but definitely expensive at $5 a 12oz.

trixdout, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

One day, I'm gonna see if I can try all of these Single Hop brews. This seems like a good place to the start the quest (yeah, I've had a couple others already, but now I'm trying harder to complete the set). It pours a clear sunset amber-brown topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, cantaloupe, light honeydew, light orange zest, and a touch of both vanilla and banana in the very back. The taste holds notes of light pine, toffee, honeydew, light watermelon flesh, and mixed greens. The body is a rather light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a very enjoyable IPA. I'm gonna haveta look into this Super Galena hop for some future homebrewing...

TMoney2591, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Super Galena, on tap at Shorty's, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in a tall snifter, the Super comes with one perfect finger of white frothy head crowned by a ton of soapy bubbles. All of this doesn't last long, but it does leave a lot of lacing and bubbles behind. The beer looks very brown, opaque and malty, like maple syrup or Double Simcoe.

Smell: Crystallized sugar (sugar in the raw), shortcake, sweetness. Tea, flat coke. A tad of citrus/juiciness. Very mild bitterness.

Taste: Not as good as the smell- a tad too thin all around (or very smooth, if you prefer). Tangy, sparkly dry finish. "Mellow" hops and a malty backbone. Nice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, flavor and carbonation. Dry, somewhat spicy at the end of the sip. Good malt-to-sweetness ratio, low but tasty hops.

Overall: A picnic premium IPA! Super sessionable and drinkable. Nothing that will shatter your world or idea of an IPA, but delicious all the same. Price ($8 per glass) would be about the only real issue here. Can't wait to try more of Mikkeller's "single hop" beers!

DoubleSimcoe, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a hazy texture. There was a huge foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice, hoppy aroma with some traces of citrus as well.

T: Tasted primarily of hops, with citrus (grapefruit), and a trace of malt in the finish. The super galena hops aren't quite as harsh as their galena cousins. A decent enough flavor, if a bit on the thin side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a somewhat uneven beer, but likable nonetheless.

avalon07, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of superdoopersauce
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

superdoopersauce, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As Mikkeller runs the gamut of single hops, I check in with the Super Gelena edition. Promoted for its strong bittering complicity, the beer showcases the pithy and resinous taste of pine and grapefruit.

But first, the beer pours with a very uncharacteristic dark mohogany color. Quite a bit darker than is typical for IPA, but the strong haze, structural foam formation and retention, and with its intricate patterns of lace; everything aside from the color sells the IPA appearances very well.

Balanced aromas of malt to hops emerge from the glass. With a strong malty backbone, the pronounced toast and burnt caramel aromas push some of the hop aromas down, suppressing them below aromatic thresholds. But the stronger hop scent of pine bark, saw dust, and white grapefruit rise from the mix; and bring with them a heavy damp sod aroma.

The more balance demeanor follows the beer into taste as well. The strong underpinnings of biscuit starch, slightly burnt caramel, and mild toast coat the mouth and buffer it against the pang of acidic beta-rich hops. But as the hops begin to penetrate the malty coat during mid palate, the taste of pithy white grapefruit, pine sap, and fresh-cut grass all start to gain control. The rising bitterness provides as much harshness in the throat as it does pleasant bitterness but never provides the effect of 95 ibus as the label indicates.

Firm maltiness acts as a pillow on which the hops rest and allows a rounded texture that's not all bite to proceed across the palate. Finishing woody, minty, and with an astringent stemmy bite, the beer leaves a lot to be desired on its own.

But these beers aren't about sheer enjoyment; they're about education- educating the palate on what to expect from each individual hop varietal. I learned that Super Gelena bitters American and English beers well, but the complement of more alpha-rich hops give more finesse and smoothness. I still wish that Mikkeller would back off of the malts to a great extent in order to allow for better appreciation of the hop variety in question.

BEERchitect, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical body and head for the series, maybe a bit less hazy than some.

Orange citrus on the nose, pretty aromatic compared to the Sorachi Ace I just had. Usual notes of sweet caramel malt.

Tastes bitter, with notes of orange peel and some orange flesh. a little spiciness. Ends dry and bitter.

Body is medium and carbonation is moderate, more fizzy than creamy.

Overall, a nice expression of this hop which has a strong prominence that is balanced by the caramel malt. I could have another of this one.

Beerenauslese, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +13.3%

JVan, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of delgotit99
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

delgotit99, Jul 24, 2014
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Super Galena Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.