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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a good beer, but not totally an ipa as i am used to them. the hops in this one are rather subdued, intersting and oily, but not in your face. pours clear bronze color with a small white head. smells more malty than i thought it might, this beer is actually quite balanced. sort of a tropical pineappley type aroma, but not at all sweet. the flavor is similar. again, im surprised this isnt more bitter and assertive. not particularly distinct, some floral and honey notes, not bitter at all. feel is decent, mellow carbonation and a less than medium body. a few more bubbles might make it better. overall i love this idea for these beers, and this was my first one, so i will have to compare as i move through the series.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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!

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Photo of kojevergas
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 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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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another of the soggy hopped beers in Mikkeller's single hopped series. (Really. This is getting bland and boring. And...a waste of $$$.) Everything is just jumbled together on this one, like the others that were not so impressive from the line. Eh. I don't really want to go on. It's a boring beer that doesn't really say anything when I'm hoping to learn or see something about the Cluster hop. I'll call this a fail. Getting bored with this series.

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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 Mebuzzard
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper, a bit brown and murky. As with all the other single hoppers I've had, the head is nice. Rich and great lacing.

A pine aroma without the wood. Kind of like light pinesol. Some nut and green dandelion.

A different take on the hops with this one. More of a buttery hop it seems. Again, a pine...but more of the 'sol' part. Boozy maybe the culprit here. Not as sharp in the bite area. A subtle light toast and dough throughout.

Not my favorite single-hop IPA, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. It almost has a bubble gum aspect to it.

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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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of avalon07
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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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

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