Super Galena Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Super Galena Single Hop IPASuper Galena Single Hop IPA

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80
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gford217 on 06-10-2011)
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Lunch
2.23/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso (side-by-side with Cluster Fuck) into a willibecher glass. Pours a pretty deep red. Not much head to speak of. Smell is dominated by sweet malt with notes of dark fruit. Taste is sweet with lots of dark fruit going on. I was unsure if this was indeed the beer that I ordered, but the bartender confirmed it for me. A little under-carbonated.

This is a shitty IPA and to my palate, this is not even a goddamn IPA. Lacks most qualities of style and I am insulted that Mikkeller put this beer into distribution. I have not experienced a malt-load of this degree since I stopped fellating cans of malt extract at my local homebrew store.

Photo of CityofBals
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of Reagan1984
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK, it’s time for the Super Galena review and tasting after the disappointment of the Galena version of the series.
Beer essentially looks the same, but I do notice the head is more creamy in texture and leaves more lacing. (exact glass rinsed, not a glass cleanliness issue) It’s a good looking beer, that’s for sure.
Again a fairly muted aroma (like Galena) but I sense a bit more fruit here. Also a note of chalk or mineral in the aroma.
Very malty, a touch of abv in the flavor. Some black pepper. A decent amount of fruit. Some toasty bread notes. A more bitter finish but still not very IPA like
I am starting to doubt this series.. Still have Simcoe and Centennial in the fridge for tomorrow.
Hopefully those are better.

Photo of Diomede
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of KVNBGRY
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of drabmuh
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Super Gelena" -- I expected this to be better than Galena but they showed me.

Beer served in a snifter at Churchkey with a bunch of others. Interesting night. Beer is reddish orange with a soft white head, thin, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma is all malt all the time, no hops at all. Some alcohol.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet, no hops at all, nothing in the finish, nothing at all. It is like a red ale at this point. Just a malty, mildly hot little red ale. Not and IPA at all...At All.

Photo of illidurit
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Deep copper color with a sticky khaki head. Smells of cooking apples, toffee and fresh bread. Flavor is malty, clearly past its prime, with little hop character left. Maybe just a little fruitiness and even less bitterness. At this point it just tastes like a boring amber ale from some no-name brew pub. All these old Mikkeller IPAs have given me a 'thrilling' glimpse into what the base beer tastes like, but as a single hop showcase they fail. Despite being assured that these were relatively fresh, all 3 versions I tried were virtually interchangeable.

Photo of beersdmf17
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a tasting glass at Bangers & Lace. Tettnanger, Palisade, Cascade, Galena, Super Galena, and Simcoe were all tasted side by side.

Appearance The appearance of the single hop series does not really vary from beer to beer. Each one is a golden caramel color with a fluffy whit ehead that displays good retention and leaves a web of lace down the glass.

Smell: Compared to the regular Galena, the honey malt is still there, but the clean bitter aroma is amplified even further.

Taste: Soft honey and caramel sweetness vanishes quite quickly into a very strong bitter flavor that lasts well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and body are medium, Smooth and creamy as well.

Overall: Even more bitter than the regular Galena, but other than that they are difficult to tell apart.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Hazy coppery amber in color with two fingers of eggshell colored soapy head that recedes to a half finger cap in two minutes, leaving plenty of lace curtains behind on the glass. Just gorgeous presentation.

S. Aroma consists of light amounts of florals combined with citric peel, caramel malt. Not much there to smell...

T. A very brief flash of honey dries out in an instant with the introduction of citric peel and peppery pine flavor mixed with a lightly bready tone. Finish is nicely extended for several seconds with a smooth and gradual pine fade-out.

M. Medium body and carbonation, gets slightly oily in texture (but not annoyingly so) if allowed to warm up towards room temp.

Honestly, this is a nice beer, but I'm having a hard time distinguishing it from my memory of the regular Galena offering. Either there isn't really a significant difference, or my palate may need some more "training" (more beer experience) to become sensitive enough to tell the difference.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Camperdown Cellars, Kingston Rd in Stanmore.

Pours a pleasant, light amber hue with flashes of red. Decent clarity, but some disturbed, clumpy sediment. Head forms a solid froth of very pale yellow that settles to some firm foam and streaking lace. Body is solid and holds nice, fine carbonation.

Nose is initially fruity, with a touch of pithy lemon, and some grainy, slightly earthy and herbal characters. The earthy, herbal aromas win out trending towards medicinal or mineral in character. Some woody undergrowth tones come through as well. Malt is actually surprisingly subdued: usually these Mikkeller single-hop brews have a firm and noticeable malt presence. Slight detergent and crushed leaf character comes through as well.

Taste is pleasant enough, very much falling along the same lines as most of the rest of the series, with a slightly more pronounced bitterness that reminds me of the Tomahawk from the first set. Indeed, there's a sharp, green bitterness on the front palate, that stays strong throughout, only bowing a little to the subtle malty nuttiness that seems something of a Mikkeller trademark. Some citric mandarin character is noticeable on the front. Resin build-up is subtle, but means that there's a lingering aftertaste of bitter hop compounds that gets bigger the more you drink.

Feel is smooth, but sharpened by the hops.

Decent, but not one of my favourites from the series. Notably, this hop is bred for bittering, and that it does admirably. The high points were some of the interesting pithy fruit characters on the nose, but otherwise it somewhat overwhelmed the beer.

Photo of vandemonian
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle side by side with Galena and Citra versions.

Pours much like the Galena with a little deeper amber color and with a slighter larger head though they look pretty similar. The retention is better than the Galena though it can't match the enormity of the Citra head.

Aroma is slightly better than the Galena but it's still pretty tame for an IPA with more grassy herbal notes than anything else.

Taste is pretty basic as well though it's not much different than the regular Galena. It might have a little more fruitiness with some pineapples. The finish is bitter and almost metallic.

The mouthfeel is a little fuller than the Galena but it's still short of medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

I'd put this one notch ahead of Galena but not in the league of Citra, which was the clear winner of the three.

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Super Galena Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.