Cluster Single-Hop IPA – Double Mountain Brewery (Hood River, OR, USA)

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Cluster Single-Hop IPA – Double Mountain Brewery, 7.3% ABV – 85 BU, 1 pint 0.9 fl.oz., (Hood River, Oregon, USA)


on the front-left label:

“Clusters were the dominant hop variety in the U.S. for a few centuries. They lend this fine beer their unique aromas, full of citrus fruit and herbal goodness.”


  • Style: (Single hop – Cluster) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Cascading micro CO2 pineapple-peach med-sharp bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $6.40 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 1 pt. 0.9 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: decent, but nah.

Visual: Pours translucent muddy amber with a tiny dissipating head, thin half island retention, partial lacing, mixed tight and loose singular streams.

Nose: pineapple, fishy-grassy hops. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-almost creamy

Mid-palate: fine micro CO2, pineapple-peach dry bitter hops, (lvl-3-sweetness), fleshy apple, citrusy-tangy barley malt

Finish: lingering medium-sharp hoppy bitter finish.

Summary: A solid, quality texture with smooth transitions and an agreeable flavours. Not overly bitter, it maintains a very nice balance of citrus-sweet malt-bitter hops-crisp creamy mouthfeel.

Dana IPA is Dead – Brewdog (Scotland)

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Dana IPA is Dead (single hop IPA), 6.7% ABV – 75 IBU, 330ml. (part of a 4-pack), (Ellon, Scotland)

-Summary of the four hop varieties:

  • Dana (Slovenia) = grassy, mango, light spicy
  • East Kent Goldings (UK/USA) = blackberry
  • El Dorado (Yakima) = peach, watermelon, pear
  • Waimea (NZ) = tangelo, grassy

 

on the front-right label and from ratebeer.com:

“…Each  IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and dry hopped with Waimea, El Dorado, Dana & East Kent Goldings…”

A pseudo noble hop. Noble like a mother fucking king. But not a boring king. Noble like a chain smoking, pimp of a pinball wizard king. Apparently, they are the best kind.
Hailing from Slovenia, Dana was originally cross bred from the German Hallertau Magnum and native Slovenian varieties. Like any good faux noble hop should it infuses a rustic, musty spiciness into a classic beast of a malt base, just like your grandfather’s old school aftershave.
This hop of Eastern European origin is best enjoyed whilst dreaming up a song about a lovely donkey that fell in love with a princess that is destined to take the Eurovision song contest by storm.


  • Style: (single hop, Dana) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Grassy mango toffee malt light spicy medium bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) CAD – 4pack of 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours orangish brown with suspended sediment, thin hazy layer of micro retention, just a few micro bubbles of activity.

Nose: brown sugar toffee malts. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: half-slick, low CO2

Mid-palate: grassy hop oil, bright (lvl-5-sweetness), mango toffee malt

Finish: background light sourness-tangy, light spicy pine exhale, lingering medium bitter hops.

Summary: Smooth drinkability just like the rest of their single hops. Half grassy, half mango toffee malt character. Pretty good.

Goldings IPA is Dead – Brewdog (Scotland)

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Goldings IPA is Dead (single hop IPA), 6.7% ABV – 75 IBU, 330ml. (part of a 4-pack), (Ellon, Scotland)

-so far my personal preference: El Dorado > Goldings > Waimea

on the front-right label and from ratebeer.com:

“…Each  IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and dry hopped with Waimea, El Dorado, Dana & East Kent Goldings…

Good old East Kent Goldings. Elegant and refined and like a quintessential English gentleman, inherently boring. Boring that is unless you put the amplitude into overdrive and hope the living daylights out of the beer with it.  This is East Kent Goldings re-invented and re-imagined and shows just what can be done with English hops if you use enough of them. An often overlooked hop superstar, normally getting lost in a woeful stream of conformist brown ales made by sleepy cask ale brewers. But not anymore. Classic Empire with an anarchic twist. God save the Queen. In this amped up Goldings reincarnation expect to be slammed with floral lavender, a fruity riot of blackberries and spiced pears, bumble-gum plums and the illusion of thyme. It reminds me of the apricot marmalade by grandmother used to make.


  • Style: (single hop, East Kent Goldings) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Blackberry toffee malt soft bitter hop
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) CAD – 4pack of 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours pale orange-brown with suspended sediment, no head, a few big bubbles on the surface, no activity.

Nose: faint berries, toffee malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, low CO2

Mid-palate: brightness, tangy blackberry, (lvl-5-sweetness), toffee malt backbone

Finish: red grape exhale, soapy, soft bitter hops.

Summary: Slightly heavier on the palate than the Waimea and El Dorado, fantastic distinct blackberry aroma.

El Dorado IPA is Dead – Brewdog (Scotland)

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El Dorado IPA is Dead (single hop IPA), 6.7% ABV – 75 IBU, 330ml. (part of a 4-pack), (Ellon, Scotland)

-so far: El Dorado > Waimea (in terms of distinct hop flavour)

on the front-right label and from ratebeer.com:

“…Each  IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and dry hopped with Waimea, El Dorado, Dana & East Kent Goldings…

The Pacific North West of America is home to the brand speanking new El Dorado Hop. America is not just about cheer-leaders, a silly version of football, elastic top jeans and cheeseburgers. They grow remarkable hops and El Dorado is a killer example of this, embodying all that is good about American hops and then some. A new hop on the block, it may even seduce you into thinking the American Dream is not just a catch phrase to sell movies and elect Presidents. Fearfully hard to resist, this beer is loaded with tropical fruits, pear, watermelon, candy floss and stone fruit. Devilishly moreish.


  • Style: (single hop, El Dorado) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Toffee malt subtle peach/pear/watermelon/apricot soft hops
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) CAD – 4pack of 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a nice showcase of El Dorado hops

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours cloudy brownish-orange without a significant head, a clump of bubbled retention, virtually no activity.

Nose: faint toffee barley malt, more pronounced musk. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: low CO2, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: light tingly, (lvl-6-sweetness), toffee barley malt, peach/apricot, hints of pear

Finish: hints of watermelon, delayed subtle soft bitter hop, PAPAYA exhale.

Summary: Drank after Waimea in the same session. More malt forward initially, brighter stone fruity mids with much softer hopped bitterness in the finish. Lots of fruit but less length of flavour.

Waimea IPA is Dead – Brewdog (Scotland)

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Waimea IPA is Dead (single hop IPA), 6.7% ABV – 75 IBU, 330ml. (part of a 4-pack), (Ellon, Scotland)

on the front-right label and from ratebeer.com:

“…Each  IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and dry hopped with Waimea, El Dorado, Dana & East Kent Goldings…

Waimea is a new hop variety that has both aroma and bittering capability, and is the granddaughter of Pacific Jade. Pacific Jade is also a hop, not a hippy belly dancing gypsy on crack.
It has been described as having intense fresh tangelo, citrus fruit and pine needle characteristics,
High on it’s own alpha, Waimea has a new world flavour, infusing unique fresh crushed citrus aroma and flavour notes into this IPA. Sharp as a razor, this New Zealand hop slices your taste buds with intense fresh tangelo, citrus fruit and pine needle characteristics There is a huge depth flavour with astringent gooseberry balanced against the robust malt base. Throw another shrimp on the Barbie mate and you are all set. New Zealand is near Australia, right?

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  • Style: (single hop, Waimea) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Tangelo citrus grassy soft bitter toffee malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off) CAD – 4 x 330ml., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not too special

Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours translucent pale orange-brown with minimal head, a thin hazy layer of micro retention, a few small bubbles here and there.

Nose: toffee barley malt, hints of musk. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: thin-tongue numbing, low CO2

Mid-palate: tangy, tangelo bitter, (lvl-5-sweetness), light grassy, toffee barley malt

Finish: DRY, lingering malt and soft bitter hops.

Summary: Good smooth mouthfeel with very nice light drinkability. It doesn’t drink as thick nor heavy as it smells.

Tomahawk Single Hop IPA – Mikkeller (Denmark)

Tomahawk Single Hop IPA – Mikkeller, 6.9% ABV, (Denmark)

My notes:

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: well-balanced and full-bodied IPA
  • Where I got it: Keg n Cork
  • How much: $5 , June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy bright brown with a nice thick foamy head, scattered active CO2 streams. Bright inviting hops on the nose. Ultra-creamy mouthfeel up front, quickly jumps to a biting sharp hoppy bitterness (10/10), caramel sweetness (6/10) mixed with bitter grapefruit peel, tangy grapefruit, more sharp and off-dry bitterness, mixed with mellow caramel again and chocolate. Finish is very long and enduring. Meduim complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, great carry, good drinkability. This has more depth and length than their Hoppy Easter, but is also more taxing on the palate.