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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Tomahawk Single Hop IPATomahawk Single Hop IPA

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010

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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 89
Reviews by richmof:
Photo of richmof
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange-amber (copper) colour, with haze. Two finger frothy head with pretty good retention and lacing.

Hops and orangey citrus on the nose, slight malt.

One of the better of Mikkeller's single hop IPAs IMO. All about letting the Tomahawk hop do its work, hence the earthy hop undertone throughout. Angostura bitter flavour, with a slight spiciness.

I guess for some people the dominance of the hop and bitterness is overdone in this single hop IPA series...but that is the point. I would be between the Tomahawk and the Amarillo as to which I prefer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This one is a really cool brownish-orange in color that almost glows with a good, off-white head that came up easy and left some nice lacing.

Smell - The aroma is raw and resiny but you do have to dig for it of course as this is primarily a bittering hop. The caramel malt backbone, while no match for the Tomahawk, does make itself known. This is the proverbial calm before the storm.

Taste - The rich Columbus hops are in all their glory here. The pine has an ever so slight orange sweetness that actually gives this single-hop IPA a bit of complexity. The poor malts can barely make it up for air, but what I do get is high-quality caramel with a little bit of bread.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied ale is quite bitter as expected and bone dry in the mouth. The quality malts give this one a smooth feel in between the cheeks. I thought this would be a down point for the ale and was surpised that they could make this IPA as smooth as they did.

Drinkability - This is a must-try for beer enthusiasts and a rare opportunity to taste an isolated hop, IMO one of the best hops available today.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head. No lace.

Aroma mostly pine and floral, with a little sweet malt.

The taste was all about the piney, herbal hops. There was a bit of biscuit, but the hops dominated.

While this was predominately a hoppy beer, it wasn't too hoppy.

An interesting experiment.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brownish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the citrus orange but it smells very bitter. The taste is just as bitter. Nothing is evident except bitter oranges. One of the most bitter beers I have ever tried. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of boatshoes
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Amsterdam Alehouse. Thought I would give it a try as it was their featured bottle for the evening.

Appearance- Pours a nice shade of hazy orange with about two fingers of slightly off-white head. Haziness may have actually been a bit of a chill haze though because the beer seems to gradually clear up as it warms. Head dies back to a thin sheeting in fairly short order. Not much lacing or beading carbonation but solid looking overall.

Smell- A solid dose of piney hop resins on the nose. Very few citrus notes but a lot of pine needles and actually a surprising touch of bready malts evident on the nose as well.

Taste- Pine comes through first off; however, there is a touch of bitter grapefruit on the palate. Piney hops take the day however and dominate the flavor profile. A mild touch of caramel/bready malt on the finish again. Solid but not fantastic.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was good all around with adequate carbonation and decent weight for the style. Drinkability was okay as well but I wasn't really struck by the flavor profile and didn't feel the need to have a second.

Overall, a pretty decent IPA. I wasn't blown out of the water but didn't really dislike it either. A nice piney hop punch and it went down pretty easy.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A darker yellow to copper pour. Head was fluffy and retention was pretty insane. Aroma was kind of missing, didn't hit me for much, couldn't detect anything to distinguish this as a tomahawk hopped beer.

Taste, hops missing kind of, was so much bitterness. Hop boil v. Dry hopping once again comes out in the aroma and taste. Bitterness is paired with a massive amount of dryness, this is a very unbalanced beer, but that's ok in an ipa right? Grapefruit, lemon to a lesser degree have to be the descriptive citrus that's here, grapefruit because of the massive dry astringency.

I dunno, $5.50 for a single beer? Sure itsa good beer and hella drinkable in and of itself, but at that price level, it has to lose something in terms of drinkability.

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing. The color with these beers is constant however in my experiences the head retention changes a bit.

Smells of deep grassy and pine hop aromas with a bit of mustiness. The pale malt flavors serve as a backbone but their contribution is minimal.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Pale malt flavors early on quickly give way to very earthy hop flavors - piney but with grassy notes that make it less spruce-like. A mild bitterness sets in midway through the sip and intensifies through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was one of the dirtier single-hop beers I've had from Mikkeller and while possibly the most distinctive I can't say that it's my favorite. Still, worth a shot.

Photo of coryking
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

West Coast character all of the way! Piney, earthy, aroma. Bitter, mouth-puckering dryness. No citrus or sweetness to it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy, dark orange-amber hue, with three fingers of thinly foamy, puffy, rocky white head, which slowly collapses inward, leaving in the process, a nice circumference of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of pine resin, pungent floral notes, a bit of citrus rind oil, and crackery malt. The taste is more pine needle, forest glade bitterness, some additional perfumed flower hoppiness, and a sturdy, if under-appreciated, bready, caramel-tinged maltiness.

The bubbles are rather sedate, providing just a wee edge to the proceedings, the body medium-light in weight, with an airy lift that detracts from an otherwise capable smoothness. It finishes a tad off-dry, the malt/hop interface somewhat blurred by a slight clamminess.

Another decent isolation lesson in the long line of hops that can make up that mythical prototypical American IPA - this time, the pine and floral essences dominate, yet still participate in a local harmony that remains pleasantly drinkable all on its own.

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

on tap at the malt house, consumed back-to-back with the simcoe and warrior varietals

cellphone notes

appearance: bright orange-amber body, foamy beige head, nice retention

smell: shines with citrus, tangerine, orange, pine

taste: full-flavored - lots of citrus - orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon. strong pine, very nicely done - love the classic tomahawk hop

mouthfeel: lighter bitterness level than the warrior

drinkability: good

Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Church Key.

Hazy amber pour with a fairly well-formed off-white head and some lacing.

Excellent flavor and aroma on this one. The aroma is very hop-forward, with a blast of rough citrus - grapefruit and lemon, as well as a slight floral note.

Flavor is a little caramel malt and a lot of citrusy, palate-wrecking grapefruity, lemony, and resinous hops. Solid stuff.

Nice palate, somewhat enamel-stripping with medium body and soft carbonation. This was one of the best in the series.

Photo of WOTO97
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: thick soapy head with dense net-like lacing over slightly murky burnt orange

S: grapefruit citrus with some orange zest/peel, minor citrus sweetness, mild mint

T: HUGE hop bite that overwhelms most of the remaining hop character, very minor citrus, aside from the bite--not much going on

M: very thin throughout with lingering thick stickiness in the back of the throat

D: the hop bitterness is pretty harsh and overwhelming, likely a one-and-done

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap date: 04/11/11. Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured a hazy red-orange with a massive four finger fluffy off-white head that subsided to one finger very very slowly as I drank it. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and an earthy note. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nicely balanced IPA. Had a very good aroma and flavor going on it this one. Just a touch of a little more maltiness would have been nice, but not totally necessary. This one is worth trying for any hop-head as it has quite a hop bite on the followthrough.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a MASSIVE 5 fingers of head into my Zatec fluted glass. Smells like glory. Citrus. Citrus and Pine. Citrus, pine and good pungent grass. Extremely bitter. Dry. Great citrus/grapefruit pith flavor. The mouthfeel is nearly flat, probably on account of how aggressively I poured it into the glass. I am loving this beer aside from the mouthfeel. Mikkeller does it again. Consistently unique beers.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Tawny on the pour with a glass engulfing rigid foam head of >50% occupancy that was beige in color and lapsed at glacier speed leaving a generous amount of speckled delight after much time and patience. Im guessing this either suffers from infection or came compliments of a Belgian yeast strain. Either way a spectacular lacing and had gives this an extra umph in the visual appeal department.

S: Toasted grapefruit peels with feathery instances of dried citrus. Very light overall aromatic wise and sorry to say a bit mundane and average in perception.

T: Dry toasty grains speak with a bitter citrus and instances of alcohol that seemed warming. The bitterness is high accompanied by a mighty helping of malt juice, however was short lived off the taste buds on the finish. The hops are definitely amped up and are meant to be a blunt force on the bitter taste buds, however being a single hop ale gives you both an appreciation for that hop, but also sometimes a lack of complexity and supporting flavors.

M: Medium maltiness, creamy on the tongue with a warming of toasted malt juice and toasted citrus flower.

D: A single hop ipa that definitely goes big in bitterness with a good malt back-bone to compliment. Linear but otherwise a good hop shocker, though would be hard pressed to imagine drinking this in multiples.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hoppy notes are dominant and enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some hoppy notes with some citrus notes and some bitterness with a dry caramel malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and interesting though it gets kind of hard to distinguish some of those West-Coast hops. I thought this was quiet similar to the Nugget hops beer form the same series though maybe this one was a bit more citrusy.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft to pint glass. $7.50

A: Served with a big head, most of which was pushed out by the bartender in the interest of serving a full pint. Creamy mousse-like off-white head. Excellent retention. Sticks in sheets and encrusts itself on the glass. The body is a muddy amber and mostly opaque (60%) but very clear in front of light. Excellent lacing.

S: The aroma and flavor are wonderfully hoppy. Orange and pine and bitter. Very little malt character to speak of. Malts that are present are caramel and bread. Dank and slightly musty and faint straw. Tomahawk isn't my favorite variety but it does very well on it's own and my admiration is growing each second. Its a pleasure to appreciate a solitary hop variety standing on it's own merits.

M: Full and thick making the flavor last forever. Very bitter all the way through, dry at every point, but mouthcoating. Absolutely perfect.

D: Excellent on all accounts and highly consumable. With the Tomahawk Single Hop IPA, Mikkeller proves that they can brew an American-style IPA better than many American breweries...with one hand behind it's back...if you chose to view it that way.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high frothy beige head that slowly died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose; smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of grapefruit flavors accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness. There are some hints of caramel in the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is one that needs to be sipped given its strength and amount of bitterness.

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a serious full blown peppery hop.

The taste consisted of a hop forward full pepper with a slight malt detected

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a lingering hop spice.

Overall a very spice single hop.

Photo of Xul
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber, capped by a frothy two finger eggshell colored head. Retention is good with moderate lacing left on the glass.

S: Fruit as far as the nose can smell - dried mango and papaya, apricots, juicy peaches, a bit of grapefruit. Some floral notes mingle in the background, along with a caramel base.

T: Heavy hops up front with a bigger floral bent than the nose, along with some resin notes. Quickly gives way to a blend of fruits with citrus taking on a bigger role and peaches fading almost entirely into the background.

M: Medium bodied with just below moderate carbonation, smooth with a slight creamy feel.

D: My favorite of the single hop series so far, I could definitely do a few of these.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Tomahawk IPA had a gorgeous head. Dense and fluffy. It left an elegant lacing around the glass as it descended back down to the dark amber ale underneath.

The aroma is what I love about Tomahawk hops. It's nutty and woody but at the same time it's also big and citrusy. I'm picking up some mild caramel and vanilla notes as the hop aromas start to blend with everything. As it sits and I smell more, I can pick up some of that signature Mikkeller smell that I find in the single hop series.

The taste is a lasting bitterness that rolls down to the very back of your tongue. I feel that Tomahawk is utilized best when mixed with other hops, obviously, since it is known for having a very high amount of alpha acids, making it a good bittering hop.

For hopheads, it gives you that bitterness that you would crave in an IPA but not so much for the flavor. It's very earthy, grassy, almost a burnt flavor, and even reminds me of seltzer. As it warms some lemon/citrusy flavors start to shine through. But it's basically just flat out bitter overall. Most noticeably, you can find this variety of hops used in Nugget Nectar.

The alcohol content works fine with this one. Mouthfeel feels slightly thin but not too watery.

It's hard to review the Single Hop series sometimes because, in my opinion, some hops need to be paired with others to create a nice IPA, such as this one. But some hops, like Warrior or Amarillo, can stand on their own and still not have a one-dimensional flavor.

On the other hand, Mikkeller has produced a very ambitious project that educates people on how each variety of hops work in a beer and is a great research tool for homebrewers.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the GingerMan in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring seven our eight single hop ipa's as well as some other interesting specialties. I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. I recently had a flight of Cascade, Chinook, Tomahawk and Warrior.

Cascade: As might be expected, great aroma and flavor but not as much bitterness as you'd like in an IPA. Very enjoyable and one that I'll get again.

Chinook: The chinook, which is typically a bittering hop, is a sentimental favorite of mine. Although it doesn't offer the same citrusy aroma of many West Coast finishing hops, it is an all around good beer and maybe my favorite.

Tomahawk: Not as bitter as the Chinook but a little more aromatic as well. Very good flavor and and that i might venture for again.

Warrior: The weakest of of the bunch, I thought, but perhaps the most well balance of the four. Some good bitterness, some good aroma, some good flavor. I'll get this again.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

Photo of Casey10
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aquired as a extra from NewGeneric thanks again. This was quite the suprise as I love IPA's and this is a really nice one.

As a few others have noted not complex but thats okay that's what makes it nice. Big foamy head lots of grapefruit citrus that leaves you with a bite in the back of the throat.

Feel definately lingers is somewhat of a dry finish but well made and would definately search out for another very good !!

Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 04/11/11

A: Pours a bright, cloudy, apricot color with a three finger, superbly dense and bubbly, light tan head that retains forever and left some of the most attractive lace I've seen on the inside of the glass. The head eventually wears down to a thick and creamy skim.

S: Very intensely piney and woody. Temp change brought about some mild fruitiness, but the main thing I smelled going on here is nostril searingly piney hops!

T: Exactly as above with the addition of some toasty malt. As I worked on the glass, occasionally I'd notice an exceedingly fleeting hint of vanilla and/or sugar rock candy. The main player is juicy pine resin.

M: Insanely bitter. On the verge of enamel melting. Spicy, sticky, and bitter pine finish lasts for longer than a minute (probably longer than that, even) on the tongue.

D: Even as this was melting the enamel off of my teeth and permanently scarring my tongue, I just couldn't put down my glass. What a great thing it was to be able to try this hop all by itself.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- a fantastic hazy, dark orange with a huge 3 finger cream colored head. Head is nice and bubbly...love it. Pretty nice lacing...all the way up the glass!

S- awwwesome citrus. Mostly oranges. Smells amazing. Theres something about the orange though...it smells so...I dunno, fresh maybe? So good.

T- slightly bitter orange flavor...and WHOOO is that aftertaste a bitter one. No idea what the IBUs on this one are, but they sure are kicking me in the face right now. Its almost a little too much.

M- feel is good...yeasty. Nice and carbonated.

D- this is a tough one. I love the taste...but dear god, the bitterness in the finish is so much. Most definitely a sipper, but quite a tasty one

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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.