Super Galena Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by BeerDawgs:
4/5 rDev +13.3%
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
11-08-2013 04:12:04 | More by BeerDawgs
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3.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
11-05-2011 20:19:14 | More by Mora2000
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
10-12-2012 03:10:59 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-11-2011 17:09:32 | More by thagr81us
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
04-20-2013 13:28:34 | More by tone77
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
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
06-20-2011 04:08:28 | More by vandemonian
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-01-2011 22:06:20 | More by cdizinno
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
09-10-2011 01:14:00 | More by trixdout
3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
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...
09-27-2011 04:19:18 | More by TMoney2591
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
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!
07-06-2011 05:12:12 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
10-04-2011 12:02:21 | More by avalon07
3.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-18-2012 18:22:23 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
04-19-2012 04:13:08 | More by Beerenauslese
3.78/5 rDev +7.1%
Another single hop IPA from Mikkeller...love the idea.
A caramel, light brown pour. Nice fluffy white head. Great lacing as it drinks.
Light caramel and biscuit aroma. A hint of pine and citrus zest.
The hops in this one border more on the metallic side, with some pine and wood. Some citrus is lingering. Toasted bread and some sweet bread. It's a solid beer, with the mouthfeel as an IPA should be; somewhat sweet but a good bite on the end.
12-26-2011 03:26:41 | More by Mebuzzard
Super Galena Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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