Saaz Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows herbal and spicy hops, along with some earthy notes and a lot of caramel.
Spicy and herbal flavours too, reminiscent of tea leaves. Nice crystal malt perfectly balances out the assertive bitterness.
Could use a bit more carbonation.
10-01-2012 10:15:59 | More by CrazyDavros
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
Serving type: 330 ml bottle. “10111204” is printed on the bottle cap, and I can only assume the first six letters represent the bottling date (probably day-month-year).
Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is cloudy amber with specks of floating sedimentation. Three fingers of dense, meringue-like head dissipated very slowly, leaving trails of foam along the side of the glass.
Smell: Saaz hops! Just kidding. (I would have never been able to identify the hop variety unless I knew.) It is almost all hop bitterness, which is the point. Astringent pine and floral hoppiness, and grapefruit and lemon intermingle with the two. Very vinous and a touch boozy. It has a pepper spice quality, too. Light malts and caramel emerge after the beer has warmed.
Taste: Very subtle, but the finish is very Bohemian; the tail of each sip and the immediate aftertaste reminds me of Czech lager. The flavor does not register for a moment or two, and when it does it is much more floral and grassy than the smell leads on. It is a little barnyard-like. As it warms, the vinous and pepper qualities emerge at the front of each sip, but fade as the floral qualities take over. A hint of lemon citrus pervades.
Drinkability: I like the idea and applaud Mikkeller for the effort. The result is a little different, but kudos to education. I hope the experience stays with me.
01-07-2013 04:16:28 | More by TheQuietMan22
2.85/5 rDev -19.5%
11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Acquired at KnB wines near San Diego for $5.99. Mikkeller is my favourite brewer in the world, so I have high hopes. That said, his other single hop brews have been pretty disappointing. I'm hoping this is better. 6.8% ABV confirmed.
Served straight from the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no caroonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a healthy two finger khaki colour head of some nice cream. Fairly hick. Retention is average. Colour is a hazy nontransparent fairly vibrant copper. I'm getting wary; I prefer my IPAs clear. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Dry grapefruit, butterscotch, clean malts, and floral hop character. A rather mild, simple aroma.
T: Nicely floral, but the hops fade as it approaches the third act, culminating in a weak finish. Clean malts lend it a simple understated backbone to showcase the hops. A tinge of grapefruit, and even a hint of pine up front. I didn't know the hop profile of Saaz as well as I do now. It's a bit more complex than I previously thought; I always regarded it as entirely floral. Light toasted malt lends it a bit of body and some needed complexity. It's quite simple, and structurally it isn't all that sound. The empty third act is a real shame. All the flavour's up front. Not subtle or impressive. It's not unique or special. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Pleasant.
Mf: Lightly buttery. Very clean and pleasant, but I'd stop short of refreshing. Not at all oily. Coarse and dry - overly so on both counts. I could go for a bit more smoothness. Suits the flavours decently. Light to average presence on the palate. Some nice cream. Far too dry on the finish.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. An interesting experiment and very educational, but not a fantastic all around brew. One of the better beers in the series, but still a bit pedestrian.
10-20-2012 04:22:28 | More by kojevergas
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
Reviewed from session notes.
Poured into a goblet a hazy coppery-orange with a three finger height snowdrift of solid creamy head that gets stuck to the tip of my nose and leaves tremendous spiderwebbing inside the glass.
Smells of pulpy tangerines, lighter amounts of mandarin oranges, light dusting of white pepper, and a -really- deep musty earthiness.
The flavor is almost completely dry grassy and herbal-centric. Only the tiniest ghost of that luscious citrus from the nose translates into the taste! Bizarre! The deep musty earthiness maintains a solid presence from start to finish, where it loiters as the last flavor to leave the party. First flavor in, last flavor out, I suppose.. There is a bare-bones sort of biscuit malt scaffolding in place to hold the hops in place, but it is obviously not the main focus here. Still, I'd hesitate to call it Imperial levels of hopping, it is far too subdued. But that's the difference between hop strains, some are simply more aggressive than others.
Medium body and carbonation levels. Creamy texture.
08-10-2012 19:10:36 | More by WastingFreetime
3.48/5 rDev -1.7%
A: Pours a hazy, murky amber with an enormous, puffy white head.
S: Very soft and subtle on the nose, with aromas of minerals, biscuit, grass, herbs, and orange.
T: Notes of lemon, lime zest, orange, biscuit, caramel, minerals, fresh herbs, straw, and grass wash across the palate. The finish is dry and lingering with persistent flavors of lemon, orange, grass, and herbs gliding down the throat.
M: Medium in body and dryish, but becomes sappier as the beer fades. Carbonation is firm, but not forceful. Alcohol is barely noticeable.
O: This is an interesting ale, and should intrigue a number of drinkers, largely because Saaz (and noble hops in general) are rarely used in American-style IPAs. Still, with a theoretical IBU of 30, calling this an IPA is more than a bit of a stretch. In the end, this is an interesting ale, and I'm glad I gave it a chance, but while it's far from bad, it's still not much of an IPA.
08-05-2012 14:52:38 | More by mrfrancis
3.2/5 rDev -9.6%
A: A very hazy golden brown with a off white lace that did not last very long.
S: The first aroma was not hops as you would expect from a single hop IPA. It was a bready lagery aroma that was very disappointing.
T: Lager like taste matches the aroma. There are subtle hop bitterness with very subtle pine in the background.
M: A little heavy with great carbonation.
O: I am a big fan of Mikkeller's Single Hop Series but this one is very disappointing. I would not recommend this beer.
01-22-2013 01:49:54 | More by jvillefan
3.2/5 rDev -9.6%
in a gross cellaring and communication error, a great friend of mine acquired this beer about 8 months ago for me in y quest to complete this series from mikkeller. he neglected to bring it over until tonight, nearly two years (i think) since its been released. we all know hops dont hold up particularly well with time, so this was cool to have, but a letdown before i ever opened it. cant speak for it fresh, maybe this will come out again, but for now this is the best i can offer on the saaz version. its ugly as sin really, hazy and thicker than any of the others, with a ton of floating yeast, snowglobe status here. an inch of off white head cant save it. the nose is not hoppy at all, but i like it because it smells like mikkeller yeast, which i have a soft spot for. more malt than hops in the flavor too, this must have really faded, as its almost entirely a yeast and malt bomb, bittering hops maybe, but thats all. i wish i could go back in time and do this one over, but theres just nothing left of the saaz, which i would have expected to be grassy and subdued, but not to this degree. finish is too yeasty for comfort and so is the feel. although its retained its bubbles, it feels like a mess up to me overall. take this review for what its worth, this beer is well past its reasonable prime.
12-22-2013 09:32:29 | More by StonedTrippin
Saaz Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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