Category Archives: 3 – Indifferent (buy if no other choice)

Stone Ripper

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 5.7%
Style: American Pale Ale
Other Notes: 40 IBUs. Hops – Cascade and Australian Galaxy

Brewer Description: (from can) Sourcing classic Cascade from the Pacific Northwest and Australian Galaxy hops from… yes… Australia, we made a beer both lovers of frothy peaks and hoppy green buds will be stoked about. While some might think it lingers on an edge far closer to an IPA, with all the dry-hop flavor and aroma, it’s actually right in line with the current-day interpretation of a West Coast pale. Ours just so happens to have an Aussie accent that’s cascading with a juicy amount of grapefruit and passion fruit hoppiness.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.74
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can, canned on 21st March 2017, with an enjoy by date of 21st March 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear dark copper amber colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, resin, pineapple with a hint of malt.
Taste: Grapefruit, orange peel, mandarin and pine with hints of tropical mango. There is a light but lasting bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was nice and worth a try but with so much choice out there, probably not a regular for me.

Mikkeller IIPA Mosaic

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 8.9%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Brewed & canned by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from can) Single hop IIPA – Mosaic

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.87
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 15th November 2017. Poured into a Mikkeller tasting glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy dark golden orange colour with a two finger white head with good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Nice pineapple, pine, citrusy orange, peach and hints of caramel.
Taste: Bittersweet candied pineapple, pine and lemon tea on top of sweet caramel malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Tasty and enjoyable. Easily the best out of Cascade, Citra and Simcoe.

Mikkeller IIPA Citra

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 8.9%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Brewed & canned by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from can) Single hop IIPA – Citra

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.58
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 15th November 2017. Poured into a Mikkeller tasting glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark golden orange colour with an almost two finger white head that had decent retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Orange juice, lemon, pine and caramel with hints of mango.
Taste: Bittersweet tangy citrus fruit, orange rind, biscuit malt, toffee and hints of honey.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was nice and enjoyable to drink. Second favourite to Mosaic, and much better than the Cascade and Simcoe versions.

Mikkeller Single Hop Simcoe IPA

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.9%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed & canned by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from can) Single Hop Series – Simcoe

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.88
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 7th November 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: It was a dark copper amber colour with a two finger off white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Pineapple and candied orange sweetness with hints of caramel, berries, pine and grapefruit.
Taste: Sweet malt, light caramel, pine, grass and herbal with hints of bitter citrus and mixed berries.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was pretty good, but the malts seemed to take charge when it was supposed to showcase a single hop, which was a bit disappointing. However I did feel that this was the best of the four Single Hop Series that I tried.

Mikkeller Single Hop Mosaic IPA

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 6.9%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed & canned by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from can) Single Hop Series – Mosaic.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.64
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 9th November 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy copper amber colour with a two finger off white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: A good mix of citrus orange and mandarin with tropical papaya and mango plus hints of pine and grass.
Taste: Malty sweet biscuit and caramel with bitter citrus rind, peel and orange. Maybe hints of mango and pine on the finish, but not much.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Not as good as Cascade or Simcoe, but like the others, the malts overpowered the hops and was just ok.