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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
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
61
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
24.78%
 
 
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Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cap numbered 8261103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two 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, pine, citrus, and subtle litter box. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine hop, and sweet hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Litter box... Hmmmm... Never have really been a fan of this aroma in my beers. However, at least it never has translated over to the flavor though which has always been a blessing. The sweet hop character in this one was nice, but not enough to make this brew stand out from the rest.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to Rattle N Hum in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring a number single hop ipa's I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. At this event, there were a number of british and european hops which made it all the more interesting. I recently had a flight of Tettnanger, Cluster, Soriachi Ace and Bravo.

Tettnanger: This one was a little less like and IPA than a Pale Ale. Very interesting aroma and a bit on the sweet side but overall very good.

Cluster: Again, not so much an IPA as it should be but also very good. A bit bready on the aroma and flavor. Some bitterness that is a little more on the piney side than the fruity side.

Soriachi Ace: I think the best of the bunch and a little more like an IPA than the rest (more like the earlier single hop versions released by Mikkeller). Good citrus and pine aroma and good bitterness on the flavor.

Bravo: The Bravo was the least ipa like of the bunch although not a bad beer. Nice balance, nice aroma and nice flavor...just not what you expect when you ask for an IPA.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

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