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19 | Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of those single hop IPAs:

Simcoe 17,14%, Citra 15,72%, Amarillo 14,29%, Sorachi Ace 10,71%, Bravo 6,79%, Columbus 6,79%, Cluster 4,64%, Warrior 4,64%, Cascade 3,57%, Centennial 3,57%, Palisade 2,86%, Challenger 1,43%, Galena 1,43%, Magnum 1,43%, Mt Hood 1,43%, Tettnanger 1,43%, Nugget 0,71%, Super Galena 0,71%, Williamette 0,71%.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy copper-orange with a finger of frothy off white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine, grassy, floral, and lightly spicy hops, sweet caramel and bready malts.

T - Grapefruit, tropical, citrus, pine, grassy, floral, and lightly spicy hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Nice hoppy IPA. Great complex hop profile with nice bitterness throughout.

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Photo of jmaharaj
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull, thick reddish brown with a creamy white head. Not the sort of beer thats going to look great on a hot humid day, but on a cold, snowy december evening it looks like the perfect ipa. The hop aroma isnt as overpowering as I expected,nor is at as jumbled as i would have thought from 19 different hops. This smells almost malty- bread and caramel with a twang of citrus and pine hops. The hops do more on the tongue, showing some complexity. The sit atop the thick malt base which seems almost one dimensional now and build from grassy into citrus and resinous pine. The malt doesnt fade until the very end when this finnishes puckering and tannic. Nice, clean beer with good hop complexity and surprising balance.

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Photo of danieelol
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served prominently chilled.

Pours slightly light amber with great head/lacing.

Aroma and taste is hard to isolate- jumble of great hop/malt flavours including candied, pine, plastic, tropical, grape, earthy, peachy, fruity, waxy, honey, lemon. Every sniff/sip yields a new spin.

Malt flavour provides a dusty, slightly sour impression of dry sweetness (in that you get flavours you associate with sweetness but the palate itself is rather dry).

Mouthfeel is crisp and actually very thick and creamy.

Really hard to fault this effort, very solid stuff.

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Photo of ToddT
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L- Cloudy amber topped with a medium khaki color head, that fades slowly to a ring and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Pine, grapefruit, caramel, honey and floral hop notes are all present. Smells like a giant hop bomb.

T- Just what you would expect from the aroma, hops, hops, and more hops. Not overdone balanced out with some caramel malt notes but the hops are the showcase here. Hard to pick out the different hops through all of the pine and grapefruit but it is nicely balanced such that is in not an overload of bitterness.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, for all of the hops in this the finish is pretty clean with only a little hop residue left on the palate.

O- Interesting, not sure in having 19 different hops in this really lends to the flavor profile. Mostly all I could taste was pine and grapefruit, I got none of the more subtle hope notes it this. Sorachi Ace hops are one of my favorites and they were just washed out by the other hops. Maybe, Mikeller should deconstruct this one and sell it by the case. On the bright side it was a pretty easy drinker for 6.8% ABV and for those who like hops.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows lots of fruity hops, with peach, passionfruit and grapefruit alongside some pine. Underneath is sweet clean malt.
Flavours include some of the same fruit, but mainly focus on grapefruit, pine and resinous hops. Some sweet malt underneath balances out the aggressive but pleasing bitterness.

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Photo of mscudder
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was not aware so many hops even existed until I saw this beer on shelves some years ago. Poured into a pint.

A - A deep orange-ish brown with a nice sized frothy head. Leaves nice retention and lacing.

S - Little bit of malts and a truly overwhelming mix of hops. While heavy on complexity. the depth of each aroma was quite subtle.

T - Caramel malts and brown sugar for sweetness. A load of hops that I cannot even begin to distinguish. Just too much for my liking. I cannot quite understand why having so many hops is desirable, besides bragging rights.

M - Light body with good carbonation.

O - I do not understand why this was even made. Paying over $6 for this is only worth the ability for me to say, "Have you had a beer with 19 different hop varieties?"

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Photo of Momar42
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel artist tulip

A - thick frothy quickly vanishing off white head. Deep orange/amber in color and hazy.

S - amalgamation of hops with the more pronounce citrus ones prevailing. Good nose but nowhere near as strong as I expected/hoped for.

T - unlike the nose, the piney essence hops come thru on the palate. Quite an interesting blend but I can't help feel that the 19 varieties conflict more than the compliment. The hop presence could linger longer too.

M - highly carbonated and medium in body. Aftertaste is surprisingly mild. Carbonation gets in the way abit too.

O - I'm usually all in or out on Mikkeller beers, but this one buts me more on the fence. I applaud the effort and enjoyed the final product but it just didn't meet my expectations. For a standard IPA it's above average, but when price and availability are factored in, the are far better for less searching and less $$$. Worth trying once though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from yesterday's trip to Premiere. With all the hops listed, one would imagine a double IPA. It is a single and that's consistent with the understated IBU. Peachy coloured body with carb bubbles. Fresh smell. Some pickle flavour, more orange citrus flavour as it warms. Good drinkability.

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Photo of julian89
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the most interesting beers I have ever had. A little more going on and It may have moved into the top IPA's on my list.
Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: An opaque brown orange pour with a good 2 inch head. Great retention and lacing. No particulates and amazing carbonation

Smell: Subtle malt smell. No citrus smell. A massive mix of hops. Definitely dominated by simcoe and sorachi ace. Amazing mix but subtle smells. Not as strong as I was expecting.

Taste: Light caramel and brown sugar mix for sweetness. A vast mix of hops but very hard to pin point individual taste. Great mix. Not too bitter. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with great carbonation. The carbonation helps keep the hops mix blended and not bitter.

Drinkability: Amazing blend but I don't think it's necessary to have 19 hops. I think they did this just to say, " Hellz ya we have a killer IPA with 19 freakin hops (In Danish)". In other words more could have been done elseware to make this an A list IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember, as a child, when I first discovered cereals like Fruit Loops and Fruity Pebbles. An adolescent epiphany occurred as I found this melange of all fruit flavors alive and well with each spoonful. The same thing happens with each sip of this beer, except in all grown up form.

Pouring with the look of liquid rust, the brownish, redish, hazy beer hardly impresses with its color, but its foam character more than makes up for it. Firm eggshell white foam caps the beer with stubborn staying power and lacing with elegant rings of foam with each sip taken.

The beer is so hop-forward that I hardly want to discuss the malt components. But the beer is firmly malted- more so than with most IPAs, but it's needed to support the immense hop onslaught. The nose of caramel and bread give a slight starchy aroma that stands firm and allows the hop aroma to bounce from. But then the waves after waves of hop aromas churn through notes of citrus, tropical fruit, wet herbs, grass, lemon, pepper, wood, damp earth, pine, and straw. If I didn't know better I can almost smell the sticky resin power of this beer.

Flavors of all those hops rise simultaneously and nearly confuse the palate with its power and intensity. But after the taste buds become acclimated to the flavors, there's a discernible malt base of caramel and cake that reminds me of gingersnaps and carrot cake. But that hearty malt taste is necessary to keep the hops corralled and organized such that the waves of lupulin align in an elegant procession of taste. All those aromas come alive in taste but focus heavily on citrusy grapefruit first, but each subsequent sip delivers other tastes of mangoes, pineapple, apricot, lemongrass, lemon pepper, sassafras, dried oranges, pine sap, gin, tea-like herbs, freshly cut grass, and cannabis. There's a lot going on in the hop profile of this beer!

Firm maltiness retains its creamy carbonated effect very deep into the mouthfeel in order to constrain the resiny bite of hops. But the finish of hop dryness, minty alcohol warmth, and eventual malt recession gives the beer a quick finish with sticky hop resin in aftertaste.

I appreciate the blend and proportions of hop-forward ales that comprise this beer as it is masterfully crafted. However, when everything stands out then nothing stands out. 19 suffers from this phenomenon and causes nearly as much confusion as it does delight. But this shouldn't pose too much of a problem for the dedicated hop heads out there.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller Teku (proper!). Poured a dark red-orange with a one and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tangerine, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, fruit hop, and a subtle earthy note. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, earth, earth hop, spice, citrus, and subtle citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The aroma on this one was definitely top-notch in my opinion based on some brews I’ve had from the style. Loads of fruit and citrus going on with a nice balance of sweetness. The flavor however wasn’t as well balanced unfortunately. The spice character going on was definitely a little invasive. Worth trying if you get the chance even if only for the aroma going on.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. Picked up last weekend from Beeritz in Leeds. Love the somewhat kaleidoscopic label. 19 hop varities - sounds like a fantasy IPA!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich marmalade colour with decent carbonation and plenty of hazy sediment. Produces a gigantic head of creamy off-white foam with excellent stability; this eventually subsides to a surface layer. A juicy aroma of fruity aromatic hops - notes of white grapes, melon, grapefruit, tropical fruits, citrus, the list goes on.... This is underpinned by subtle caramel malt and earthy yeast. Tons of hops!

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a restrained bitter finish. Notes of white grapes, grapefruit, melon, tropical fruit and citrus, along with biscuity malt and earthy yeast. Quite juicy and dry. A subdued bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, but a bit flat. Mildly spicy and rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity hops; yum!

Tasty - a dazzling array of aromatic hop flavours to be savoured. However, it's not the best IPA I've ever had; too many competing aromatic notes. It's good but something tells me that 'less is more' applies to beer as well. Still, the creative effort should be acknowledged - I doubt that I'll be drinking another beer brewed with 19 hop varieties any time soon. A solid effort that is only let down by a lack of carbonation. Grab one if you come across it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Isn't it a concidence that there are 19 reviews in the database for 19? I'm about to break it by making it review 20 for 19. Ok, on to the beer:

The color is amber orange, topped off by a small ½ inch head. Retention is reasonable. The smell is soft, yet very intersting. In this hopped brew are aromas of cantelouple, passionfruit, mango, pine, pineapple, resin. Plenty complex.

It's an IPA. Soft fruity flavors are alive, such as cantrloupe, melons, pineapple, mango, and a little woody and leafy note. The carbonation is "bubbly" and strong, exciting and a bit much at the same time for this beer. A little sweetness of toffee and fruit infused tea linger in the aftertaste.

I had though that Mikkeller was stopping the single hop IPA series at 10. That turned out to be a mirage, as Mikkeller came back and made more. This 19 IPA blend is a good drink.

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Photo of rarbring
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark amber brew with red hues, an off-white haigh compact head with very good lacing and curtains.

Very hoppy, but balanced smell, grape-fruit, pine, resin and grass.

Starting with bread, toffee, grape-fruit juice and peel, resin.

Medium carbonation, soft and oily, a huge body, a very long dry finish.

A well balanced hop bomb.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a tight, lingering whitish head.

S: Aromas of biscuit, caramel, pine, and a melange of tart citrus overwhelm the nose.

T: Notes of biscuit, caramel, pine, spruce, bitter orange, lemon, lime, kumquat, grapefruit, pineapple, carambola, and fresh herbs most clearly stand out on the palate. The finish is dry and bitter with a muddy wash of citrus, biscuit, pine, and herb flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, and firm. Carbonation is active. Fairly drinkable for the style.

O: This is an interesting IPA, but I doubt I'd reach for it again. The hop flavors are so overwhelming that they just come across as muddled. So, all in all, this beer is not as complex as I was expecting it to be. Still, it's an interesting experiment and far from bad in its own right. Definitely worth trying and appreciating once, but not something that I would go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a large white head. The aroma is peaches and oranges, with a hint of pine and some biscuit malt. The flavor is very similar, with some bitter orange notes standing out. There is also some biscuit malt, and a touch of pine, but the bitterness level is still about medium. The mouthfeel and medium and the carbonation is about medium as well.

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Photo of sjverla
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Light and citrusy. Gentle caramel malts. Grass clippings, a hint of pepper and clove.

Appearance: First, the bottle is gorgeous. Not part of the rating, but it's beautiful. Reminds me of an Eric Carle illustration. The beer itself is eye candy too. Nice copper color and good clarity. Enormous head that laces well.

Taste: Bitter and complex. Dark green dankness is balanced by light lemon and hints of vanilla. Carbonation is prominent, but not overpowering. The finish is very bitter and long lasting.

Overall: An excellent beer, but at $5 a bottle, not something I'd buy again. This would definitely be a staple if it came at around $12 for 6.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace.

S - A hoppy aroma with floral notes, sweaty hops, and some pine as well as bready malt in the background.

T - Bread and caramel up front with sweet, citrus hop charcter and a touch of pine. Some more fruity hop character in the middle. Finishes with a little bit of mango and peppery hop character as well as moderate bitterness and a grassy note that lingers in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Like all of the beers that went into this blend it is hoppy and well crafted, but I don't know that it quite manages to live up to expectations. The hop character is complex, but not overly assertive and it seems like it has faded a little bit from the peak of its potential. Still it is a unique product and it has what has to be the most complex blend of hops of any beer I've ever had.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice retention on a slightly hazy amber with golden hues body.

S: floral, orange citrus, musty (almost mustardy) and mild pine hop notes. milder on the nose than I was hoping.

T: Interesting flavor transitions with this one. starts musty with earthy and herbal notes then moves to citrus notes briefly before finishing with pine and floral hops.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very interesting concept created a very dynamic flavor.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy looking golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is citrusy and very lively. Smelled very fresh to me. The taste of the beer has a pretty good malt base with a lovely bouquet of hoppy bitterness. Earthy to citrusy pine flavors linger from start to finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied and has a good carbonation to it. Overall this beer was pretty solid all around, I even enjoyed it warm after i forgot I left it out for a while in the glass. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus and grapefruit citrus rinds. In the taste, a mild citrus that starts off dry to a grapefruity rind. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry citrus rind in the aftertaste. Big nose and big hops, quite fantastic.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Hey, which hop should we use?"
"Ah, screw it. Just dump 'em all in"

Love this idea. May as well go for it, see what happens.

What emerges is a nice IPA that isn't shy nor shouting. Looks great. Amber/gold, bright. Huge white fluffy head that rocks up and settles to a cone in the middle. Great lacing.

Aroma is hops. Green pine and light caramel. Some citrus. Some tropical. Some grass. The hops are all over without being all up yo face.

Flavor is the same. It's hoppy, but not overly so. The malt does stand up well and gives a nice foundation of sweet bread/caramel. Still, the flavors are not intense nor lasting. It's a quick burst with some bubblegum on the end...very quick too.

nice bite, a bit metallic. A good beer

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso. Hazy orange color with a sturdy white head. Good retention, and the lace left on the glass is quite impressive.

Big, juicy hop aroma in the nose. Lots of citrus, tropical fruits and some pine. Oranges and grapefruit abound. A bit herbal as well. Caramel malt takes a back seat here for sure.

Solid malt character holds up well with a great combination of hops. Pretty much all different hop flavors are present, citrus, tropical fruit, earth, herbal, pine, you name it. Despite the combo, nothing gets overwhelming, and the bitterness is held in check enough to avoid being just a hop bomb.

Medium body, with ample carbonation. I am impressed that not only is the malt bill strong enough to stand up to the combination of hops, it avoids being overly bitter. Very well done. Easier to drink than I thought is would be. Easily my favorite Mikkeller beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Brown glass bottle appears to be 330ml. The top is a standard pressure cap. Acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles, California. I don't recall the cost. Served into a conical Guinness pint glass at me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Expectations are quite high as Mikkeller is me favourite brewery, but Mikkel tends not to brew bright beers as well as he does dark beers.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Poured without any extra vigor as I didn't anticipate any carbonation issues.

A: Pours a four finger head, quite thin, without any real trace of cream. No lacing on the head. Retention is average, but the ABV is above average. Beer colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: All manner of hop aroma, some bittering, others not so much. Not skunky. Very diverse. Some caramel. Estery. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Hops of all kinds, without too much bitterness. Not at all full bodied. Tastes very much like an experimental beer. All the flavour is on the midpoint; there's just emptiness in the first and third acts. Very structurally brief. Horrendously balanced. Fails as an IPA. Built poorly. At least the malts are clean. Where's the flavour? No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Extremely thin. Smooth and wet. Undercarbonated. This beer's main issue is its lack of a full body, and the mouthfeel is as much to blame as the flavour profile. Damned flat.

Dr: Easy to drink because it's basically hopped barley water. A major disappointment from Mikkeller, maybe his worst beer I've tried other than Drink n the sun. If I tried this again, it would have to be on draught. Avoid unless you'd murder your grandma for the style.


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Photo of cwguy5
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes taken on 2.16.12. poured into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. thanks to Brawley's Beverage for the nice Mikkeller selection.

A - deep orange/rust color with slight haze; frothy one-finger has an almost yellow tint; good retention and LOTS of lacing

S - all hops ranging from citrus to floral to slightly herbal; there is a particular herbal? smell that is not familiar to me that i would describe as being close to new plastic smell(not bad per se but different)

T - mostly citrusy hops at first with some bittering and peppery hops coming through after; taste fades pretty quickly with little aftertaste

M - thin body; light carbonation; light on palette overall

O - seems a bit "noisy" and it is surprisingly easy to taste that there are many different hops here; the flavors cycle around quickly and fade just as quickly; more of a concept beer than a real ipa; not bad but would not seek out again; cool label!

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