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Cluster Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Cluster Single Hop IPACluster Single Hop IPA

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%

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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: drabmuh on 06-18-2011)
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Reviews by benfons:
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3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: dark copper colour, relative pale but dense head, nice haze

S: classic ipa smell, bread, hint of caramelized apple, malts

T: rather sweet for an ipa, not a lot of bitterness, once again apple and caramel and even some chocolate,

M: on the thin side, undercarbonated, not a lot of alcohol

O; not a big fan, too sweet, not balanced, not an IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 21:00:51 | More by benfons
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3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Think I've got another single hop past prime. Served with a large, foamy, frothy, cream-colored-to-light tan, long lasting head and plenty of lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy dark amber. Aroma is stale hop, malt, caramel, oak. Flavor's like nose, stale hop bitter up front , fairly dry, then carbonic tang. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, long, hint of alcohol. I believe these single hop beers really need to be somewhat fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:59:45 | More by drpimento
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4.23/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My fifth beer from the Mikkeller Single Hop series. 6.80% abv listed on the bottle, rather than 6.90%. I have been generally impressed with these beers, so my expectations are high.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours three big fingers of creamy fluffy foamy beige head. Body color is probably the darkest of the five I've had so far. A dark orange-ruby-chestnut brown color. Lots of yeast sediment floating at the bottom. Big thick fluffy sheets of lace.

S - Smell is earthy, woody, creamy, with lots of caramelized malts and some vanilla. Smells truly fantastic.

T - Taste is of creamy caramelized malt goodness, twiggy earthy herbal qualities, some booze heat, and some oak / barrel character. There is a distinctiveness here that I can only describe as leafy and somewhat minty.

M - Creamy, smooth, perfect carbonation. Feel ends sticky, sugary, and dry. Hint of green apple skin sweetness leftover on the palate.

Overall, definitely one of my favorites from the Mikkeller Single Hop series so far, but I think I've been saying that about most of them. A nice showcase for the cluster hops; although the malts and yeast has a lot to do with how great these beers are also.

Mikkeller Cluster ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:40:15 | More by mfnmbvp
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3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: a dark murky brown, hazy. Its offset by a lightly tanned fluffy foamy head.

S: pungent and astringent off the bat. A ton of bread and a lightly toast malt. Dank herbal hops. Citrus lightly comes through at the end.

T: Oily dank hops. Very spicy with a citrus ZING! at the finish. Middle of the mouth is caramel, bread and dried apple. A bitter, spicy finish. There is some pine hidden under the copious amounts of spice, citrus and earth.

M: Very clean. Reminds me of the way ginger makes my mouth feel. Carbonation is medium as is the body. Great mouthfeel.

O: This is an interesting beer. From the aroma i expected a lot of beer battered bread and caramel malt, but the aroma only brought that minimally, instead focusing on those spicy, earthy, dank, herbal and citrus hops. /85

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3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the showcase of Cluster hops, Mikkeller's trek through the single hop series layers on the minty, stemmy, and woody taste of these original west coast hops upon the typical bready and toasty base of malt.

Like all other beers in the series, this IPA-ish type beer pours with a dark and murky rust appearance. Capped with a decidedly off white head, the foam retains remarkably and laces with intricate patterns around the glass. All is great despite the dense color and heavy haze.

Ignoring the complement of malt for a second, the Cluster hops arrive with the aroma of freshly debarked wood, sawdust, and lemony sassafras. Lightly twangy, the hops trigger my olfactory senses in much the same was as a refreshing gin and tonic, or a dry white wine. All that hop character rests on a malty aromatic base of caramel, toast, and beer-soaked bread.

Flavors of the malt strike first because of the strength of the underlying bready taste, its toastiness, and its caramel-rich focus. Emerging from the strong malty front is the hops that give the taste of fragrant sandalwood, sassafras, freshly sawed pine. As the beer moves across the palate, the perfume and fruit notes turn broadly and sharply bitter with the taste of cedar and leaf.

Medium bodied, but it somehow seems firm for an IPA, the body of the beer tries to balance the beer instead of willingly recede, thus giving the hops their proper display. But as the malt wavers, the woody dryness of hops offer a mild astringency that emerges from the bitterness and aids the alcohol in warmth and dryness.

But not that it's a fantastic beer, but it is rather a fantastic education into the full display of Cluster hops. Celebrated best in steam beers as the settlers moved westward, it's a precursor to the dripping dry citrus character of today's "C" hops. The harsher Cluster hops carry an inherent astringency and woody taste that's as sharp as it is smooth. Another fine education in hops Mikkeller!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 04:44:46 | More by BEERchitect
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3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Poured out a hazy brownish amber with a single finger of sturdy creamy tan foam, medium-high amounts of lacing drapery on the glass.

Smells half woody and half herbal, perhaps some tea leaves as well. Gains a faint citrus peel / pulp accent as it warms up. Very understated nose.

Tastes again like a mix of woody and herbal notes but also has a lighter amount of earth and spice, almost like a noble hop sort of thing going on in the background. Very "aspirin" sort of dry chalky bitterness.

Somewhat lighter in body and carbonation than the other single hop series in the session so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 04:50:22 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger-high dense and frothy beige off white head that took a long time to die down and left lots of rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose—orange and grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrus, although orange seems to be a bit more prominent compared to grapefruit. There are notes of caramel malts; as the beer warms up, notes of herbal hops also become apparent. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The Cluster hops don’t really match the intensity of the hop aromas, flavors or bitterness compared to other American IPAs, but as part of the single hop series, it’s interesting because you can see why the American craft beer movement shifted away from this first American hop to newer cultivars.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 00:54:48 | More by metter98
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Cluster Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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