Mikkeller ‘Waves’ American IPA


27867332_813663898817757_9201350325993105615_n (1)“A 7.3% IPA Simcoe, Amarillo & Mosaic hops. Aromas of dank tropical fruits. Flavor of pineapple and Guava with a balanced bitterness.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Relatively clear golden complexion with a thumb of white foam topping it off. Steady reduction, settling to a thin film that coats the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Plenty of stonefruit coming through on this one. Dried apricot, peach and white grapes with a good backing of fresh white bread. Pine, ripe yellow grapefruit, grain husks and botanicals hanging around in the background. Maybe just a suggestion of warming booze tickling the nostrils.

Flavour: She’s got the bitterness, got the malts, got the body…but it just doesn’t have the hop flavours. We can detect plenty of grainy/husky malts, maybe a hint of peach and grapefruit but it’s very restrained. White grapes, orange peel and soft peppery spice finish it off.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light-medium feel. Moderate body. Good co2 and we’ll concealed ABV (7.3%).

Overall: From a West Coast IPA angle it doesn’t really stack up. Points for offering something a little different though. Most probably not a return-to beer but in some ways it’s enjoyable. Not bad.