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Willamette Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Willamette Single Hop IPAWillamette Single Hop IPA

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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 06-16-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Ryanm1, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap numbered 8230411! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral, citrus, floral hop, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, passion fruit, floral hop, citrus hop, and floral notes. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I really like how this brew combined the citrus and floral characters to make a pretty nice well rounded aroma and flavor. The floral note on the followthrough on this brew made it quite refreshing and cleansed your palate for the next sip. Well done... Could drink a few of these.

thagr81us, Aug 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

RockAZ, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usual appearance for the single hop series, maybe a hint more red body. Seems to have a bit more head retention and lacing than the norm.

Nice aroma, smells perfumy, a bit floral and citrus. Mild and pleasant.

Has a pleasant and refreshing mouthfeel.

Spicy and pleasant tasting with nice notes of orange that are supported by the malt in this one. Just a bit of bitterness in the finish. It may be last in the series but it is not least, and I quite like this one. This beer showcases why Willamette is a favorite aromatic hop.

Beerenauslese, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

YobroitsJoe, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark, cloudy shade of orange with a one finger, frothy, light tan head. Standard single hop appearance

S- lots of lemongrass coming through on this one...smells really pleasant. Hints of citrus as well

T- little bit of citrus sweetness....finish is a tad bit bitter and a little spicy....very good. Some earthiness as well

M- medium bodied, not syrupy

O- very solid single hop. Very drinkable

bigfnjoe, Feb 08, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was a large, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma, with traces of citrus there as well.

T: Tasted predominantly of hops, though they weren't as harsh as I would have expected. Also had some citrus and malt, too. A good, subtle flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer that has an unfortunately slick and oily finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a generally well done, likable beer. Drinkable.

avalon07, Oct 09, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle with a cap stamped 8220411. Sampled on November 18, 2011.It pours a nice looking light-to-medium color with a long lasting, foamy head and a slight haze. The hops on the nose are subtle and nice with a pleasant, nutty and malty character. The body falls into the medium range but it also nice and smooth. The malts are up front for a second followed by a more prominent hopped, dry finish. I like the way this one played on my senses.

puboflyons, Nov 18, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a bubbly, thick white head.

S: Aromas of minerals and exotic fruit fill the nose.

T: A fruity, oddly gentle entry presents notes of lemon, biscuits, caramel, sage, lime, minerals, lychee, carambola, and passion fruit. The finish is very gentle with lingering exotic fruit and herb notes.

M: Medium-bodied and dryish. Carbonation is not as forceful as some of the other ales in this series. Very drinkable.

O: Willamette has never been my favorite hop varietal, but this ale presents this hop well. Compared to other beers that have attempted to showcase Willamette, Mikkeller really allows the full range of flavors that it is capable of presenting to shine. I'm not sure this beer works as an IPA, but it is surprisingly likable and refreshing. Recommended.

mrfrancis, Jun 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

safaricook, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

guezarka, Aug 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Hanselpb, Mar 22, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The idea for this series of brew is awesome. This gives the drinker the chance to taste how different hops affect the brew in different ways. I have brewed a home brew or two with Willamette and decided to try this one. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice clear deep red / amberish color with a 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: I get a nice blend of malt with a a mild peppery hop in the middle. A super faint earthy citrus on the backend. Ok.

T: Very balanced, but not an IPA by any means. This starts with a clean malt and quickly followed with a mild peppery hop in the middle and a very rich malty backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A malty clean finish. Ok.

O: All in all, this is a decent beer. Not amazing, but decent. The concept, though, is not really to produce a mind blowing beer, but to produce a beer showcasing some of the many varieties of hops available to brewers. In this regard, it does it's job. This definitely shouldn't be categorized as an IPA, but it could just be the Willamette not being the beer to showcase for this style. So, in a sense, this beer does it's job. Definitely try if you're a brewer / home brewer to test the different hop varieties.

steve8robin, Aug 07, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly clear, given all the others of this series were cloudy. Otherwise, honey gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a fine lacing.

Sweet and floral with some fruit, rather unlike the pellets.

More malt than expected with some biscuit and some pine. Mildly bitter through the finish which is moderate in length.

A full-bodied beer with some alcohol, a wooly texture, and ample carbonation that is cleansing.

Willamette was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish between the varieties of hops. This one is best enjoyed with a meal.

Sampled from a pint glass alongside the Warrior Single Hop IPA.

SLeffler27, May 20, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up all 19 of the Mikkeller Single Hop Series beers at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear copper-amber pour with two finger head with decent retention and lacing. The nose is surprisingly more malty than hoppy. I'm getting hints of pine and a touch of orange and booze, but the citrus I expected was not there. The same holds true in the taste. It's slightly herbal and spicy with an unexpected subdued alcohol burn, but the sweet caramel malt overpowers the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit tangy and fizzy at first, but it finishes thin and oily. Overall it's a bit disappointing.

beerdrifter, Jan 28, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Redbones in Somerville MA .

Appearance is a nice amber tone with a one finger off-white head. The smell has different fruit tones including pineapple among others. Also some herbs in that aroma. Taking a sip of Willamette, and I taste citrus hops, grass, some bitterness in the finish. MF is medium, pretty good texture. A good IPA, but nothing that warrants making a special trip to sample.

mltobin, Jun 24, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

same as the saaz version, this was accidentally forgotten about and not consumed fresh, but i am still so happy to be completing this series eventually, this one held up a lot better than the saaz, and while the willamette has never been a favorite hop of mine, this is a good ipa, and would have been special fresh i have a feeling. its got a woody amber color with a dense haze and a ton of coagulated yeast floaties, and if i wasnt so used to the looks of some of mikkellers beers, id be turned off. the nose is bitter and english smelling, almost like it has a different malt profile than the others, but it doesnt. its sweeter at first in taste though, working into a very well balanced pale ale type. i taste the yeast more in this than others too, maybe a product of age. the willamette hop does excellent bittering work, but doesnt bring a lot of aromatics to the table, which i expected and still enjoy. better as a pale ale than an ipa. fuller bodied, bubbly, satisfying. any single beer from this series would have worked for me as a session ipa, i just like the way mikkeller builds beer i guess, but even over a year old this is tasty to me.

StonedTrippin, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

poopsyeah, Nov 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

djtomain, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of dpasotti
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Muddy dark orange, decent head with good lacing. Aroma of fresh floral hops, light caramel malt sweetness and a pronounced soapy character.

Flavor consists of clean bright hops of the floral/herbal bent, with a good backbone of semi-sweet malt. The bitterness from this hop is very smooth and rounded. Excellent balance that leans slightly towards the bitter side.

Medium in body and carbonation. Pretty good feel for an IPA -- the bitterness helps clean up the back end and prevents what otherwise might be a lingering sugary coating. Overall I am more impressed by the flavor of the hop itself than by the beer as a whole. The soap-like character on the nose is too prominent, the color is pretty nasty, and there's too much malt sweetness. The Willamette hop on the other hand presents an excellent bitterness that is clean and balanced. The flavor of the hop is good as well, but a little boring. It would make a great "base hop" flavor that could be augmented by other varieties.

dpasotti, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

brn9000, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

beersvh23, Nov 11, 2013
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Willamette Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
80 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.