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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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90
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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010)
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Reviews by supermeniscus:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

supermeniscus, Jun 02, 2014
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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

FadetoBock, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  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.

lordofthewiens, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of boatshoes
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

boatshoes, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

glid02, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of coryking
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

coryking, May 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Iparedman, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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

dirtylou, May 09, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

nickd717, Aug 19, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Ralphs66, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Chris1108
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Chris1108, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of WOTO97
3.4/5  rDev -16%
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

WOTO97, May 11, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

thagr81us, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

WestValleyIPA, Apr 15, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

patburke36, Sep 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

bszern, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bkonk10, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

sammo, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 16, 2010
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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.