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Mangrove Jacks Single Hop Simcoe IPA review

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GhostShip

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Kit started - 27th September. Used 1.2kg of MJ liquid extract. Tesco Ashbeck Water used - made up to 23L. Fermented in brew fridge at 20C.
Hops added - 7th October
Bottled - 10th October. One carbonation drop per bottle. Secondary fermentation in brew fridge at 20C.
Moved out to cold shed - 25th October
First pint - 20th November

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I’ve become a big fan of the MJ kits in recent times - consistently good and easily as good as any kits I’ve ever done. The Pink Grapefruit IPA and Juicy Session IPA were both outstanding. I wasn’t previously familiar with the simcoe hop, but bought this one as there was very little else available at the time thanks to lockdown.

Lovely golden colour, perfect carbonation with a good head. Very slight twang on the nose (which I always seem to get), but no twang at all in the taste. I’m drinking this younger than I normally would due to the failure of my previous brew (Dead Phoney). Nice fruity flavour with a very subtle ‘smoked’ or burnt flavour and then a good bitter finish. The smokiness is not unpleasant at all I just maybe wasn’t expecting it. It’s a beautiful pint though and one which will probably get better. It comes out at around 6.5% so not really a session beer, but I know already that I’m going to enjoy this one. Another really good beer from Mangrove Jacks.
 

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Done quite a few of these and got 2 in stock and I drink mine young with no problems, I prefer Juicy session over this but it's really good. I've got a Brut IPA of theirs that's nearly fermented and have done that once before and enjoyed it.
 

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Just got the MJ American IPA on the go, also made with their liquid extract - good to hear more positive reviews,
been meaning to try one of their brews for a while athumb..
The American IPA is probably the one I fancy next but going to try it with dried, rather than liquid, malt extract, just to see what difference it makes.

Let us know how yours turns out.
 

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Very nice! I've been doing MJ kits too and appreciate the review, thanks.

I've got an MJ American IPA 7 days in the fermenter with 1.2kg MJ LME. I'm tempted to tweak with Jester hops but think I'll stick to the supplied pellets for the first time.
 

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Thank you for the informative review, I've been considering this kit for a while.

This kit and their fruity session will be my next order, although I still have a few other kits to brew before buying more.
 

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I had a couple of these last night and am enjoying one now. All had been in the fridge for a day or so. They’re definitely not over-carbonated (one carbonation drop per bottle), yet when I open them, ‘foam’ starts climbing out of the bottle and doesn’t stop. I stood one bottle in the sink and 3/4 minutes later the foam was still running over the top of the bottle.

I’ve never had this before - anyone know what might be causing it?
 

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I had a couple of these last night and am enjoying one now. All had been in the fridge for a day or so. They’re definitely not over-carbonated (one carbonation drop per bottle), yet when I open them, ‘foam’ starts climbing out of the bottle and doesn’t stop. I stood one bottle in the sink and 3/4 minutes later the foam was still running over the top of the bottle.
I’ve never had this before - anyone know what might be causing it?
I've had this a few times with 500ml bottles that I've added a sugar cube to and thought it was because I'd added too much sugar but I made a stout back in June and added half a spoon being as it was a stout. I tried one a month in and got a gusher, then a couple of days after the same and was really surprised. I left them a month and tried one and I got the same hiss when opening but no gusher, I have had one now and again and all is OK. Strange.
 

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I've had this a few times with 500ml bottles that I've added a sugar cube to and thought it was because I'd added too much sugar but I made a stout back in June and added half a spoon being as it was a stout. I tried one a month in and got a gusher, then a couple of days after the same and was really surprised. I left them a month and tried one and I got the same hiss when opening but no gusher, I have had one now and again and all is OK. Strange.
As I said in the opening post, I’m drinking these fairly young (for me) - maybe they just need a bit more conditioning time. Thanks for your reply.
 

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I had a couple of these last night and am enjoying one now. All had been in the fridge for a day or so. They’re definitely not over-carbonated (one carbonation drop per bottle), yet when I open them, ‘foam’ starts climbing out of the bottle and doesn’t stop. I stood one bottle in the sink and 3/4 minutes later the foam was still running over the top of the bottle.

I’ve never had this before - anyone know what might be causing it?
I had this with an Evil Dog IPA in 500ml bottles and batch primed. Some bottles gushed and some didn't. The gushers had a slight off flavour compared to the others so I put it down to some bottles not being properly sanitized but I'm usually very careful.
 
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