Galena Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Galena Single Hop IPAGalena Single Hop IPA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by gford217 on 06-10-2011

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 68
Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy copper body with a half inch of tan head. Malty aroma with grassy, earthy hops. Dank earth, pine, rain water. If you brew an IPA, please put a date on the bottle.

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Photo of GFM
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

All of the single hop offerings by Mikkeller have the same basic look, feel and flavor profile, with only slight variations in tone and taste. Like this one, pours a somewhat dark and cloudy amber shade with moderate head. For a modest ABV (just under 7), the smell is surprisingly boozy. Not a bitter hop bomb; sweetness and malt backbone are very evident. As I said, hard to distinguish among the beers in this series. All solid and a nice IPA alternative to the citrusy or bitter West Coast offerings. (8.0)

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Photo of ordybill
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Smells of hops and caramelized malt. Appearance- The beer pours a dark orange color with a tan head with a lot of sediment floating in it. Taste- Hops and some malt, this turns into a slightly sweet finish. Palate- This is a medium bodied brew with light carbonation. It is a creamy feeling texture to it. Overall- An OK beer, it wasn’t floored by it. I didn’t really care for the texture.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My seventh beer from the Mikkeller Single Hop series. Scored a whole lot of these beers from Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for something ridiculous like $1.75 a piece. Expectations are fairly high based upon my previous experience with these beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of creamy fluffy beige colored head on top of a dark burnt sienna orange, borderline mahogany colored body. Lots of dark yeast sediment floating at the bottom of the glass. A bit darker than some of the others.

S - Smell resembles many of the others, if just a little bit more subdued. Earthy herbal qualities, dirty twiggy hops, caramelized malt sweetness, oak, & vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose: earthy twiggy hop presence, herbal qualities, vanilla, oak wood, and some extremely strong, sweet, and authentic caramel / toffee flavors. Perhaps some dark fig / date presence and some nuttiness on the finish.

M - Feel is creamy and smooth, and bitter and dry in the finish, with some lingering herbal earthiness & green apple skin sweetness.

Overall, while it wasn't the best I've had, definitely one of the more unique beers in the Mikkeller Single Hop series. A very distinctive, off-kilter variety of hop is showcased here, and very nicely at that. A hop variety I would like to see used more often.

Mikkeller Galena ---4/5.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. I believe I got through the entire first series of Mikkeller Single Hop beers, but since their resurgence and expansion, it's all seemed a little bit overwhelming—I decided it was time to make some inroads into the vastly expanded range.

Pours a deep burnished orange colour, tending towards a coppery amber hue. Head is yellow-tinged like a good IPA should be, and quite fine, if small. Lace forms in small patches around the glass. Body looks quite thick, and it holds fine carbonation, even though the carbonation itself is sparse. Overall, looks good.

Nose is dusty and slightly inky, with some brusque, slightly cutting acetone or minerally tones. It feels perhaps like something sharp but organic (perhaps pine or turpentine oil), but there's a really quite pronounced astringency to it: it feels a little bit like it's cutting up the inside of the sinuses. It's not altogether pleasant, but it's interesting to see.

Taste is surprisingly light: there's not a huge amount of biting bitterness—given the pungent tones on the aroma I would have thought that the character of the bitterness here would mirror it. There are still those vague mineral/ink tones to the beer, which leaves a pasty film on the back palate—not altogether pleasant. Malt is very muted, indeed, much more so than I recall in other beers in the series.

The feel is pleasant enough, smooth and riven with that fine carbonation.

Overall, this is a respectable IPA, but I don't believe Galena makes for a good single hop. The bitterness is brusque where it occurs on the palate, and astringently pungent on the nose. I don't see anything here that really enamours me of it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

making way through this series pretty good now, and this one is quite different. it pours a light light amber color, pretty hazy, with a vibrant inch of tan fizz. the nose is fruity, pineapple maybe, and less bitterness than some others. also less resinous, must be a slightly lower alpha variety. some nice balance on this one, crowding out less of the malt aspects. flavor is quite like the nose, maybe a little more sweet than bitter here, but not without some mild English style bitterness. this might be good for use in an English ipa, as it works well with some crystal and caramel malt potentially. soft feel, less sharp than others, carbonation is vibrant, but not as intensely fizzy as some of the others from this series. I like the galena, and could see it working in a dry hop capacity too. overall not as good as the cluster or the sorachi ace, but this works pretty well in a single hop ipa.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy dark amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with some small particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger and a half high beige head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The hops contribute very light aromas of citrus, grapes and grass to the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are a bit stronger and also include some notes of wood and hints of caramel malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I wouldn't say that Galena hops offer the best choice for a single hop beer, but this is definitely an interesting beer to try among the others in the series, especially if you want to experience some interesting flavors of grapes and wood.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very similar to the centennial but more of an orange first and then amber color. The lighter color makes the abundance of sediment much more obvious. Solid finger of tan/cream colored head. Fantastic lacing once again, and I expect the head to last throughout the life of the beer as the centennial single hop did. Aesthetically fantastic.

S - Very mild, sweet fruits present, maybe some honey and a mild sweetness from caramel malts. A bit of a tart smell as well.

T - A bitter and unexpected tartness up front. The tartness slowly evolves into a sweeter citrusy flavor. As the beer warms up the sweetness comes through and the tartness subsides. More of a sweet than a bitter finish although there is a combination of both, malts seem to play a minimal role in the taste.

M - Medium/lighter bodied, appropriate carbonation, quite drinkable

O - Very good overall, did not care for the tartness, fortunately it subsided pretty quickly as it warmed a bit. Everything else was very good although the nose seemed a bit weak

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A three-inch, rocky head slowly turns to seafoam leaving patch lacing on the glass. The beer is cloudy, honey-gold on the brownish side.

Citrus is up front and present, otherwise this one is fruity, similar to apple juice.

Huge bitterness is dominated by grapefruit all the way into a long, bitter finish.

Full bodied with some alcohol, a wooly texture, and ample carbonation.

Galena was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish between the hop varieties. While the bitterness makes it more difficult to consume than the others of this series, it is still fine with a meal.

Sampled alongside the Magnum Single Hop IPA from a Harp nonic.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Boring. These single hopped beers by Mikkeller all seem to be the same: a muddled and clogged mish mash of no seriously defining characteristics. This has some very earthy oily pine characteristics to it, but the rest of it seems the same as the others before it. Boring and unimpressive. Snooze fest.

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Photo of dirtyskunk
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper gold color with a big, soft, creamy tannish head. Great staying power on the head and some decent lacing.

It's been a while since I've had an IPA, and I can already smell that this is going to help satisfy that hop fix. Some nice clean hoppiness with a piney background and some grape-like fruit notes.

This is a totally hop forward beer, not a lot of malt foundation. There's a little bit of a dry cracker taste in the middle though. The hops come in waves, first clean and bitter followed by a spicy, piney
side with a hint of fruitiness. It's not that traditional citrus hop flavor, but rather grape or plum like. Very interesting to try the single hop IPA and understand what each hop variety brings to the table.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little flat. Let's call it average.

Overall a decent IPA that accomplishes it's goal of highlighting one hop. Not my favorite but quite good.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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 white head that displays good retention and leaves a web of lace down the glass.

Smell: A touch of honey and bready sweetness, but a clearly bitter aroma with some citrus around the periphery.

Taste: A quick caramel sweetness precedes a long, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation comes through a bit less, resulting in an even further accentuation of the bitterness. Medium bodied , smooth, and creamy.

Overall: This is decent, but this is normally used as a bittering hop and does not bring much flavor with it.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a puffy, lingering white head.

S: Assertive aromas of lemon, bitter orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and herbs are present on the nose. Already, I'm liking this one. My anger over the mediocrity of the Cascade and Mt. Hood Single Hop IPAs is slowly subsiding.

T: At first, it's big and bitter on the palate with notes of lemon, grapefruit, bitter orange, peppermint, sage, and lime, but the bitterness of the initial impression is gradually cut by biscuit and caramel notes from the malt. This all leads to an astoundingly well-integrated finish with robust citrus, herb, and biscuit notes.

M: Like virtually all of the other beers in this series, this one is dry, firm, and medium-bodied. The fact that it's not so lacking in flavor reduces the impact of any harsh sensations and makes it seem quite drinkable.

O: I was beginning to fear that the quality of the Single Hop Series was slipping, but this one reaffirmed my faith in Mikkeller at least temporarily. A very nicely crafted IPA that really demonstrates the potential of Galena hops.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a dark, murky, pond water looking shade of orangeish brown with a one finger, very frothy offwhite head. Very nice head, but the beer itself looks disgusting, so I'm splitting the difference

S- it's an interesting aroma, partly of citrus and partly of grass....I like it, but I can't get as much of it as I want due to the size of my glass. That one is on me, so I won't penalize the beer

T- nice citrus flavor to it, with a little bit of bitterness to it. I like it, it's different.

M- medium bodied. It's fine

O- this is better than most of the other single hop I've had from Mikkeller. It's actually got some complexity going on. Well done.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of orange citrus and caramel notes. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of orange citrus, but the toffee from the malt is also equally present. The bitterness is low. This actually smells more like an American Pale Ale than an IPA. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A lot of hops in the aroma, with some traces of bread and malt.

T: The hops are center stage in the flavor, and it is definitely a harsh presence. There's a graininess that's inescapable. Also, there's an odd bready quality as well. An unbalanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a generally dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like the flavor, this beer is unbalanced. Not without its good qualities, but slightly out of whack.

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Photo of illidurit
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I took one sniff and I was all ready to go forth with a livid screed about how I hate Mikkeller for not dating their bottles, how I hate the retailer I bought this from for leaving it on the shelf for god knows how long, and how I hate myself for buying yet another faded Mikkeller beer despite my previous two hatreds. But looking at some other reviews, it seems like a distinct possibility that this particular hop is kinda faded to begin with. So never mind all that hate stuff.

Pours a pleasant copper color, clear with lively carbonation and a firm off-white head. Aroma is muted, with some apple notes, earthy hops, and dark grainy bread. Flavor is sweet with dark caramel notes - not the best malt profile to showcase hops - dry bread, aging floral qualities, bruised apple. Ok I'm back on board with being mad at Mikkeller. Urge to kill rising.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can I copy/paste the first part of the reviews for this series as most of the beers look exactly alike? Nice head, good retention, lots of lacing. Amber/orange and clear.
Um, where is the aroma? Serious. There is almost no aroma at all. A bit disheartening.
Is Galena the non Hoppy hop? Flavor is caramel malty and almost nutty. IPA? Pretty Sweet. A little vegetal.
Very faint carbonation. The sweetness is accentuated by this fact.
I have a bottle of Super Galena and may go grab that right now. I have to say, this better be SUPER DUPER Galena if it’s going to have any real hop character.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cap numbered 8191103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, caramel hop, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, subtle citrus, lemon rine, caramel hop, and earthy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one had a pretty big citrus aspect going on along with some earthy flavors. The aroma was not a citrusy as the flavor as it carried more of a sweet note on it. This one wasn't really memoriable for me if I'm honest. Worth it for the palate expansion, but that is about it.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a pint. Pours a clear gold/amber. The head starts huge and settled into a fat lump in the middle of the glass. Beautiful lacing, and I don't say that often.

The smell is pale malts and a light earthy citrus or citrusy earth (mineral almost). Not bad, just different. Must be a bittering hop thing.

The taste has the pale malts up front. I'm having a hard time figuring this Galena hop taste though. There is a slight lemon rindish, herbal, grass quality. Interesting for a beer explorer.

I like it. I can't wait to keep rocking out the single hop series.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Northdown in Chicago. Served in a tulip. I enjoyed the Citra Single Hop so I figured I'd give this a try with my late dinner.

A - Looks quite nice, with a ample off-white head that settles to a persistent thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Hazy dark orange-bronze color.

S - Smells juice? Some soapy notes, sharp yeast, and bready malts. Where are the hops?

T - Taste is again pretty malt-forward, with the fruity yeast evoking apples and berries. Some bitterness in the finish, but not much in the way of hop flavor.

M - Smooth, medium body, with lower carbonation, and a dry, crisp finish. No major problems here.

D - I believe these were brewed in April, but this was in a keg and the Citra hop variant held up quite well in the bottle. Thus I've concluded that Galena hops just kind of suck for aroma and flavor. Or Mikkel didn't use enough of them. In either case, this is a beer that isn't worth bothering with.

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Photo of glid02
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts and not much else, though it’s unsurprising given the hop strain.

Tastes a bit sturdier than it smells. Moderately dry pale malts up front are joined by earthy and somewhat leafy hops midway through. The hops carry on to a solidly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall it’s tough to accurately rate this beer as there is no aroma but no aroma is expected given the hops. An interesting take but a beer only worth seeking for education’s sake.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think the third base coach is signalling me in on this IPA experiment, closing in on the finish I mixing my metaphors again? Served on draft at Churchkey in a snifter.

Beer is reddish orange and clear with low carbonation, decent head, lacing on the glass, white small bubbles, looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet like candy, some alcohol, some malt, some hops? Fruitier than most of them, tropical almost.

Beer is medium in body and actually bitter, nice balance, finish is mildly dry showcasing the bitterness better, the midpalate is a little fruity, not a bad one out of the bunch but not a great IPA.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | 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 nice floral aroma with a light citric acid flavour.

A: Orange color and 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: This beer had a fresh floral hop smell. Pleasant. 4

T: This beer had an acidic, citrus flavour. 3.5

M: Pretty thick and reasonably carbonated. 4

O: Nice smell and a decent flavour. 3.5

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Photo of gford217
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Pours clear golden amber with a smallish beige head that shows very good retention and maintains a rocky cap and sticky lacing. Lighter than the Super Galena version.

Aroma is pretty weak for an IPA with light grassy notes, maybe a hint of citrus but not much. Light biscuity malts in the nose as well.

Taste is more of the same, though it's maybe a little better than the nose. There is a light herbal bitterness up front with some lemongrass and toasted malts.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a very tame IPA though I imagine that Galena is probably one of the least agressive hops out there. Pretty average IPA my least favorite of the three in front of me.

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Galena Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.49 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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