Cluster Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Cluster Single Hop IPACluster Single Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by drabmuh on 06-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
61
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
17.31%
 
 
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Photo of Big_V
1.16/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

A dark brown with much floaties. Horrid taste. This can't be right. Drain pour.

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1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of Lunch
2.26/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso (side-by-side with Super Galena) into a willibecher glass. Pours pretty much red with an orangish hue. Not much head to speak of. Looks fine or average at best. Smell is dominated by sweet malt with just a flutter of hops. Taste is sweet with just a hint of bitterness and some mild citrus. A little under-carbonated, but not bad.

I must say that I preferred this to Super Galena, but this is a poor IPA. Mikkeller has some great style when it comes to packaging and I respect the single hop series (as well as the fact that they brew a vast catalog of beers), but for fuck's sake, brew a decent IPA. If I brewed this and served it, I'd be damned embarrassed. Pass on this if your looking for something hoppy.

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2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

3 inch white cap. Murky copper-brown body. Retention is pretty good - ~7 minutes. Brown specks are visible in the head.

Aroma is quite malty. Bready. Even lightly soapy. Caramel.

Bready. Caramel. Graham cracker? Hop character is extremely poor...barely noticeable at all. Balance is lackluster, favoring the malts over the hops - completely wrong for the style. Overall flavour profile is poor. Stale malt taste is predominant.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, fairly well-carbonated.

Drinkable but severely underwhelming. Some of Mikkeller's worst work.

Low D+ (2.33)

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Photo of cdizinno
2.72/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -10.4%
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 gford217
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle alongside Bravo and Sorachi Ace versions.

Pour is very similar on all 3 with a clear orange body with uniform off-white heads. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom.

Aroma is the least hoppy of the three with the bready malts and caramel coming through more than the hops. What hops are in here are floral but faint.

Taste is sweet malts and maybe a little more hops. There is definitely a more bitter kick in the finish than I was expecting though it's more metallic than hoppy.

The mouthfeel is consistent across the three with strong carbonation and a medium to light body.

This is my least favorite of the three in front of me and Cluster is a hop that can't carry an IPA on its own, at least from the evidence here. Average.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer on draft with 18 other single hop IPAs at Churchkey. This year's versions were all hopped with the same AMOUNT of hops rather than last year that were all hopped to the same IBU. The result being drastically different beers. This one, Cluster, was hopped to 65 IBUs. Served in a snifter.

Beer is reddish / orange and clear with a thin white head, some minimal lacing and low carbonation. They all look pretty much the same with a few exceptions with the heads.

Aroma on this one is really weak, mildly fruity, mildly floral.

Beer is sweet with a twinge of alcohol in the front and mild hop flavor, the bitterness is pretty low on the finish. I don't think I would have assumed this was an IPA if drinking it blindly. Compared to the others this one has a more candy like fruitiness to it. Eh, not my favorite of the 20.

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Photo of benfons
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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

Citric with red fruits aftertaste. Amazing.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a pillowy white head.

S: Aromas of grassy, herbal hops and caramel are most noticeable on the nose. Compared to some of the other beers in this series, this one smells very bland.

T: Notes of grass, herbs, lemon, caramel, and biscuits are easily noticed. The finish is very mild and rather short with grass and biscuit flavors mingling.

M: Medium bodied, firm, and initially somewhat sticky, though it mellows and dries out nicely on the finish. This is probably the lightest and most drinkable of Mikkeller's single hop experiments.

O: I'm not digging this IPA as much as the others. It just doesn't seem to have all that much flavor, and the little bit that is there is so muddled that it is difficult to get a feel for at first. This really does not taste much like an IPA to me.

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Cluster Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.35 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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