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Cluster Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Cluster Single Hop IPACluster Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
78
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 06-18-2011)
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Reviews by benfons:
Photo of benfons
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
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

benfons, Jun 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is full of fruit. I get a lot of apricots, peaches and oranges. The flavor is more of the same. There are a lot of peaches and oranges, as well as some biscuit and toffee malt. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of ordybill
3.35/5  rDev 0%

ordybill, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cap numbered 8261103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, citrus, and subtle litter box. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine hop, and sweet hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Litter box... Hmmmm... Never have really been a fan of this aroma in my beers. However, at least it never has translated over to the flavor though which has always been a blessing. The sweet hop character in this one was nice, but not enough to make this brew stand out from the rest.

thagr81us, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Grubba
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Grubba, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle with the cap stamped 8261109. Sampled on November 14, 2011.It pours medium amber with a tremendous puffy head and good clarity. The aroma is slightly wooden and nutty with mild hops on the nose. The body is about medium. The taste is also earthy, nutty, and pleasantly hopped. It was a pretty nice beer.

puboflyons, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.81/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy amber color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dusty dank hops with leafy notes and some biscuit malt notes. Taste is dominated by dank musty hoppy notes withleafy notes and some biscuit malt. Body is full with good carbonation. Another one where I do have to ask why do retailer keep overpriced IPA which don’t move with no freaking bottling date.

Phyl21ca, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium amber colour, very slightly translucent, with 2 fingers of bubbly khaki coloured head.

S - An off nose of lemon, floral notes and a slightly sour smell. Despite the sour smell the nose is still somewhat intriguing.

T - A decent hop bitterness complimented by some pepper/spicy notes and some distinct floral notes from the hops. A very slight lemon flavour is also present. The malt backbone is barely noticeable providing the slightest amount of sweetness to balance the hops.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

enelson, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ahh finally back where I belong

poured into an imperial pint glass and enjoyed with pizza. great look here a deep russet orange color with a big pillow of a head that was at least three inches at its zenith and never truly faded, wonderful to see. aroma is sweet, sugary citrus in the nose, tangerine, blood orange maybe? its sticky and righfully soo. fades nicely into an earthy afterglow, first sip is crisp, clean, medium feel. lots of juice on the first notes. very citrus heavy and mild, no biting hop here, just laid back an chill. warm brings some sugary malts up and balances nicely against the cluster leaving a nice fade away with light citrus notes and waves of grass.

overall a great ipa for a day like today, nothing crazy or over the top, but very solid.

mikesgroove, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +6%
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.

metter98, Aug 08, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
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

mfnmbvp, Aug 25, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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

schwemjw, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to Rattle N Hum in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring a number single hop ipa's I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. At this event, there were a number of british and european hops which made it all the more interesting. I recently had a flight of Tettnanger, Cluster, Soriachi Ace and Bravo.

Tettnanger: This one was a little less like and IPA than a Pale Ale. Very interesting aroma and a bit on the sweet side but overall very good.

Cluster: Again, not so much an IPA as it should be but also very good. A bit bready on the aroma and flavor. Some bitterness that is a little more on the piney side than the fruity side.

Soriachi Ace: I think the best of the bunch and a little more like an IPA than the rest (more like the earlier single hop versions released by Mikkeller). Good citrus and pine aroma and good bitterness on the flavor.

Bravo: The Bravo was the least ipa like of the bunch although not a bad beer. Nice balance, nice aroma and nice flavor...just not what you expect when you ask for an IPA.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

david18, Jul 25, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange amber color. Nice thick and fluffy off-white, almost tan, head. Heavy lacing.

S: Dishwater? Really, rancid oil and soggy wet grain that has a bit a a spoiled smell.

T&M: Medium bodied. Smooth and tastier than the smell. Some mild citrus and pine notes with a mild to moderate bitterness from the hops.

This is definitely the hop that is probably my "least" favorite. If all of these Mikkeller IPA's are identical with the exception of "hops", I now know what this odd nose is on many of the beers that I hate. Wet dishrags, mops, or spoiled grains? I can't put my finger on it, but not good at all. I'll steer clear in the future.

cdizinno, Aug 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

threedaggers, Jan 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

DrinkingDrake, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Kurmaraja, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jujigatame
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mikkeller Cluster Single Hop IPA

330ml bottle with no date, consumed 6/17/14, 6.8%, served in shaker pint.

Very foamy. Cloudy dark orange with some sediment.

Clean grassy smell with some light caramel malt.

More grass in the taste. Some initially sharp bitterness on the back end. Slight dry pine taste. Feels more English than American as an IPA so far. Serious head retention with lacing that's Guinness-esque. Any fruit that's in the taste is leaning toward mild citrus. Overall the flavor was okay, not too bitter.

I picked this up as a curiosity to fill the last spot in a mixed 6 and then only because it was marked down by half. With no idea how old this is I'm afraid it's not of great use to judge the characteristics of Cluster hops. Ended up just being a decent English tasting IPA to me.

jujigatame, Jun 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

nmann08, May 02, 2014
Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A slightly odd aroma: Hoppy, yes, but also a weird, harsh medicinal/herbal quality.

T: Tasted of hops, a little malt, some citrus and pine in the finish. A bit milder than most IPAs, but still fairly well done. The smell does not match up with the taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation, but a slick and oily finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A mixed bag here, but this beer definitely has some good attributes.

avalon07, Aug 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

superdoopersauce, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

BEERchitect, Sep 25, 2012
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Cluster Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
78 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.