Magnum Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Magnum Single Hop IPAMagnum 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 06-14-2011

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

full disclosure here, these beers were made a long time ago, and i obsessively sought the whole series, but they werent all around, and time kept going by, and now that i have had most all of them, i still find myself excited to see a dusty one i have never had, knowing full well its an ipa made three or even four years ago now. id like to still complete the series, not all of these have been made again i dont think, so i went into this knowing it was nothing like it was when it was first brewed. not one to cellar haha, but that goes without saying i should hope. very hazy, but a lot less of the fishfood than has been in others past their prime. a slightly acetic nose, and a tang in the taste. the hops flavor for the most part is gone, but there is a pleasant woody bitterness to it that i quite like. more than anything, it tastes like oxidation and stale malt, not what you are looking for in an educational ipa designed to highlight nuance. that said, its a glimpse into what this probably was, which is an excellent ipa with a cool hop, likely more bitter than others. i still like the yeast from these beers, and hoppy mikkeller stuff more generally, and its still here in this one. probably the beers best feature at this point. if you see any beers from this series before keith shore started doing the artwork, you probably should avoid it, unless you are an obsessive mikkeller man like myself. others would appreciate this far less than i did at this point...

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller's march through the single hop series lands at the intensely resinous, but often times harsh bitterness of Magnum hops. Balancing malts support the hops but never interfere with the hoppy onslaught.

As with all of the Single Hopped IPAs in the series, Magnum pours with a hazy honey-amber appearance. Topped with a sheet of off white foam, the head retains remarkably and laces with broken rings around the glass. It's a nice looking beer, even if a bit dark.

The Mangnum hops arrive with merely a balanced aroma of pine cones, grass, and citrus. Boldly earthen, the hops remind me of freshly shaven woods, fresh mowed lawns, and bailed hay. Caramel, toast, and bread dough provide the balance to the somewhat reserved hops.

Flavors of the malt coax the palate with its foundation of bread, toast, and dry caramel. But then come the hoppy taste of wood, grass, and pithy white grapefruit flesh. The earthy and citrus flavors slowly grow in to an intensely bitter taste that dominates the dry finish. This becomes one seriously bitter beer.

Medium bodied, but dense for an IPA. Its weight attempts to balance the beer instead of instead of scumming to the hops. But as the malt timidly wavers, the woody dryness of hops offers medium astringency that emerges from the bitterness and aids the alcohol in warmth and dryness.

After the middle palate, the Magnum hops command the beer better than nearly any that I've had in the Single Hop Series. It takes this demonstrative hop to stand out to this extent above the sturdy malt backdrop. Still the rawness of the Magnum hop exposes the rough edges of this beta-heavy hop variety.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the House of Brews, Jensen. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Big off white head. Thick collar and a few islands.

Smell - Apple-y and earthy. Weird hop profile. Strong toasty and deep caramelcaramelalt.

Taste - Again with the apples. Earthy and fruity. Slightly tangy. Toasty malt. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, pushing medium heavy. Dry and a little musty.

Overall - Weird hop, but surprisingly enjoyable. Took me a while to get used to it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper body, mild haze, half inch of tan head. Earthy, malty, herbal, grassy aroma. Malt forward. Ok flavor, but certainly not fresh. Please put a date on beers meant to be consumed fresh.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent ipa. Thick malt base with a floral and very soft hop spice and flavor profile to it. Smooth liquid feel, though the carbonation hits a bit too much from time to time. Not too shabby. I can dig it. Certainly beats most of the other single hopped beers from Mikkeller.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another in a long line of IPAs from the Mikkeller people, someone's dissertation or something from De Proef. The title of the dissertation "How to sell mediocre IPAs to the world: a study in single hop additions in the generation of unpalatable beers"

Served in a snifter at Churchkey in DC. Beer is reddish and clear with a tiny, monolayed white head that leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass but is lowly carbonated.

Aroma of the beer is earthy and mildly hoppy, NICE HOPS!!! Lots of malt and some alcohol still.

Beer is medium in body and finishes with a mild dryness and moderate bitterness. The midpalate of the beer is piny and strong with hop flavor and alcohol. Interesting. I liked this one more than most but it wasn't my favorite. I may have even mistaken this for an actual IPA in a blind taste test.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is pretty nice. I get some apricot and other tropical fruit notes, as well as some grass and a little bit of biscuit malt.

The flavor is similar. The two dominant hop flavors are apricots and grass. The bitterness is pretty low due to the toffee and caramel malt notes that are in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a slightly hazy texture. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

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

T: Tasted mainly of hops - lots of hops - with some citrus, malt, and a floral qualities. A decent, well-balanced flavor, but won't win any awards for originality.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a nicely done beer. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are way too many of these beers. No, that's a lie. I actually love that every time I see a display filled with them there are still entries in the series I've not tried. This is the standard 330ml bottle, purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange, with reddish hints when held to the light. Head forms a solid froth of off-white, but settles out the a ring with some pocked islands of foam across the top. fine body and powdery carbonation when tilted. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is soft with a bleary hoppiness that gives off a slight vegetative sweetness mingled with a surprising dose of maltiness—more malt indeed than I've noticed in some of the others in the series. The aroma is very smooth, giving a slight sweet herb character with some floral overtones. Despite this, it doesn't actually release much in the way of sharp resin or oil. It's decent though.

Taste is similar: soft bitterness only, giving herbal, almost noble overtones and a faint organic buzz on the tongue. That classic Mikkeller nuttiness comes through (I'm yet to have a beer in this series that I haven't noticed the nut character in), along with a slightly abbreviated hop bitterness towards the back of the palate. Finish empties out pretty quickly, leaving behind just a slight froth from the carbonation. Hmm.

Overall, this is decent enough, but I think definitely one of the weakest I've had, if not the weakest: it's just very generic in its flavours, and I don't feel like I'm now well acquainted with Magnum either. A space-filler in the series and no more for me.

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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thick, fluffy off-white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuits, orange, lemon, and lime zest are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuits, grass, orange, lemon, lime zest, and grapefruit rind wash across the palate. The finish is extremely bitter with grass, lime zest, and grapefruit rind flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and relatively dry, but not as much so as some of the other beers in this series. Carbonation is relatively gentle.

O: This is a pretty decent, but also pretty crude, IPA. Magnum hops tend to be all about the bitterness, and it shows in this beer. This is the first brew I've had that uses Magnum hops exclusively, and I'm beginning to suspect that there is a reason for this. Compared to the other IPAs in this series, the flavors were a bit muddy, but if you're a fan of extremely bitter IPAs like I am, then this is forgivable.

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Photo of Dope
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy amber pour. Foamy off-white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing eventually.

S: Pretty subtle aroma. Barely able to discern much over the bready malt. Some orange and a little grapefruit is about it.

T: Like the smell, the taste is pretty mild. Bready malt is there, the hops are a bit stronger but still not like I was expecting. Grapefruit and pine mostly.

M: Mid-range mouthfeel. Bitterness is pretty apparent and carries through to the aftertaste. A little oil sensation sticks around too.

O: Pretty mild but drinkable. I could drink a bunch of these. Not as overpowering as some of the other single hops - some of which were almost hard to drink.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap numbered 8171103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a four 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, tropical fruit, citrus, citrus hop, fruit hop, and floral notes. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, and floral hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on some of the offerings I've had in this series I don't go into most of them expecting much, but this one surprised me quite nicely. The aroma on this one was really good with the citrus aspects mixed in with the nice floral notes. The flavor continued this fact which made this one quite enjoyable. I would drink this one again, which is saying something considering how most of these in the series are mediocre brews at best.

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Photo of gford217
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz poured side by side with Columbus and Mt. Hood versions.

This is definitely the most impressive looking of the three as it has a clear amber body with a big white head that shows fantastic retention and lacing. There's a one inch cap 10 minutes after the pour.

Aroma is tamer than the Columbus for sure with little in the way of citrus and more earthy notes with some grass and light grains. Light biscuity malts as well.

The taste is also tame with a tad more oranges and grapefruit but it's still mostly sweet malts and bread with earthy hops on top. The finish is dry and bitter.

The mouthfeel is like the rest of the series with high carbonation and medium body.

This is my least favorite of the three overall though it looks great. It's just not all that distinctive in the taste. Pretty good IPA though.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My sixth beer of the Mikkeller Single Hop series. Not entirely too familiar with magnum hops, but I know I've had them in beers before. Expectations are high, based on how well I've enjoyed the others.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours two fingers of creamy sudsy beige head. Body color is a beautiful burnt sienna orange with plenty of dark peices of yeast sediment floating to the bottom. Not as dark as some of the others that I've seen, but similar to most of the others. Nice delicate lacing.

S - Smell is more subdued than a lot of the others. The magnum hops lend a bit of pine and some earthiness, with bready caramel malts and some booze lingering in the background.

T - A bit different than a lot of the others. Piney, earthy, and bitter from the magnum hops with some green apple skin sweetness, and bready caramel malts to round things off. Coppery and metallic in the finish.

M - Feel is much more resinous and bitter than any of the others that I've had up to this point. Some sweet green apple skin, and copper lingering on the palate.

Overall, while I enjoyed it, this was probably my least favorite of the Mikkeller Single Hop series up to now. Definitely a distinctive flavor from the magnum hops, and some pleasant welcome bitterness, just not nearly as smooth & creamy as others have been, with a metallic edge to it. Looking forward to the others.

Mikkeller Magnum ---4/5.

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Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of KVNBGRY
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice coppery caramel color. Full, light, pillowy, frothy, white head. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Nice pine and floral/herbal aroma. Not strongly grassy, but there are hints of grass. Also some spice. A nice caramel malt base.

T - Similar to the nose. A strong pine flavor with a strong sticky resinous flavor on the finish. Herbal and spicy hop flavor throughout as well. Hints of an earthy hop flavor in the undertones. A very subtle caramel malt provides a nice undertone throughout.

M - Medium body but it can tread toward thin sometimes. High carbonations. Sticky finish that just coats your mouth.

D - Pretty good IPA that isn't just one not despite using just one hop strain. A little strong on the pine and resin flavor. Has a good substance to it though.

Notes: A nice display of the hops. Plenty of different notes compete throughout. Strong pine and resin but it is more than a one note IPA. Don't know if I'd get it again for the price, but it was a nice display of the hops.

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Magnum Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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