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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Tomahawk Single Hop IPATomahawk Single Hop IPA

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%


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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010)
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ipazilla

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: golden orange hue, slight lacing with a moderate head

S: hops hops hops, great citrusy floral aroma

T: This is a perfect IPA in my opinion, floral, mighty bitter, astringent

M: dry, smooth and slightly carbonated

D: highly drinkable, but I would savor each glass as long as possible.

If you like hops, buy this beer the instant you see it and buy as much of it as you can afford, then hide it from all of your friends. Or if you are extremely generous share one. Either way get it and put it in a proper glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 02:17:21 | More by ipazilla
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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy amber with thick off white head leaving heavy lace.

Aroma: Lots of floral and tropical fruity hop. Pineapple stands out a little.

Taste: Tropical fruits including pineapple. Sharp, a touch sour with floral notes. Some sweetness from the malt balance, with ABV a little noticeable. Lasting bitter finish introduces some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, nice carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: This is an intense IPA that really showcases the flavours of the Tomahawk hop variety. Extremely tasty and great for self education about which hops can create which flavours.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 02:27:32 | More by lumikuuro
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gawd, this is good beer! Poured with a HUGE cream colored foamy frothy sudsy textured head that lasts a long time and loads of lace. Color is an orange amber. Aroma is malt caramel and hop. Flavor is like aroma with a little fruit and more bitter and sweeetness. More earthy (the way I like it) than some of the other IPAs. Excellent body and carbonation. Despite the power and fullness of the flavor the finish is like the flavor but not overly long. Satisfying and yet leaving me with a wish for another swallow. Yummm.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:34:43 | More by drpimento
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Lldeegan

Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright copper with an off-white meringue head with sticky lace.
Gives off a floral and fruity aroma with notes of pine which then flourishes into fruity pineapple, mango skin, apricot, green banana, grapefruit and some lingering grain.
The taste is of pine and bright, tart grapefruit, with some herbal and earthy tones followed up by malt on the back that barrels into a delightfully bitter finish.
Creamy and well carbonated, with a medium body.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 06:14:00 | More by Lldeegan
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villager12

France

4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Robe orangée, mousse épaisse et persistante. Nez herbacé, on s'attend à ce que l'amertume soit bien présente... et ça ne loupe pas. Bouche ample et très amère (un peu terreuse) mais bien fondu avec le côté malté qui ressort (malt pilsen, cara-crystal et munich). Bonne longueur, très très plaisant et l'amertume bien que très présente passe superbement bien... du grand art. Bravo Mikkeller ;-)

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 18:36:05 | More by villager12
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 01:08:57 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from the NEPA Beer Club's latest case split.

Appearance: An easy pour into my DFH Off-Centered Ale Glass, this beer erupts with a huge, thick mountain of head. Almost had myself an overflow. Once it settles, which does take some time, there is plenty of sticky lacing clinging to the glass. The beer itself is a rich, slightly cloudy amber color. Coincidently, the glass is sitting next to a clear bottle of iced tea, and the two are virtually identical.

Smell: An uncomplicated singular hop smell, which makes sense considering this is a single hop IPA. The hops remind me of overripe grapefruit, a little sweet but plenty of bitter.

Taste: Straightforward and simple, a decent malt backbone with some grapefruit hops. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, good texture, good carbonation.

Drinkability: A great tasting, not overly-complex IPA with some great hop flavor. This is my first single hop IPA from Mikkeller, and now I'm really looking forward to trying the rest. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 23:30:36 | More by krisandajt
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 18:07:27 | More by plaid75
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ADZA

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we go again i love these single hop IPA's and keen as to trying this style as i love the tomahawk hop,this brew pours a nice honeydew,apricot hue with really nice carbonation that leaves a creamy dense two finger head and lacing everywhere just like a milkshake,the aroma is really piney,citrusy hops and i mean piney,the piney hops come through on taste with a tinge of stonefruit in there aswell and it finishes a little bitter but very subtle compared to other single hop IPA's and the mouthfeel is very sessionable neither thick nor thin,overall a really nice IPA that isnt as bitter ending as most other IPA's and couldnt really fault it will definately buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 09:12:30 | More by ADZA
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benclimbs

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a simply incredible IPA, full of hop flavour, juicy, complex and delicious.

Smell is full of citrus, and foresty pine, gooey grapefruit and a solid, off-sweet malt.

Taste is more of the same, amazingly balancedx, fruity, piney, very hoppy but with a great malt backbone, and even some unique belgian-like yeast character...finishes nice and dry.

Such a good IPA from a simply incredible brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:19:28 | More by benclimbs
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RileyRowan

Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz poured into pint glass Cap dated 4/11/11

A: Nice deep copper color, modest carbonation. Unfiltered/cloudy appearance. Solid 2-2.5 finger head, great retention, great lacing.

S: Strong hop aroma, resinous & dank/musty smell, similar to a hop pellet. Harsh citrusy smell. Very slight biscuity malt aroma.

T: Bitter yet balanced flavor - AWSOME!Very hop forward, somewhat citrusy, delicious hop flavor. Bitter finish yet sweet at the same time. Delicious!

M: Medium body w/ nice even carbonation. A bit chewy due to the abundance of hops.

D: Wish I had another!!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:31:55 | More by RileyRowan
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BMoldy

New York

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A vigorous pour yields a massive two-finger off-white head that billows and sways like sea foam on top of a dark, golden copper brew. Excellent lacing.

S: Distinct pine and resin qualities stand out most but are amply supported by more mellow citrus –especially grapefruit and blood orange– notes. Unlike the Sorachi Ace, the malt is more present here in all its sweet and toasted glory. Still, the hops remain firmly dominant and receive the attention they seek.

T: Ah, I feel like I'm back in the States already! Delicious resiny hops present themselves first, then fade to a lemony citrus character that accents the sweet malts perfectly and lasts into the finish, becoming more and more orange-like in the process. This is a well-built IPA: a fantastic bitterness asserts itself in the middle but is well supported by the large malt body.

M: Feels rather oily, thanks to both the number and type of hops used. Medium-bodied and maybe a little too heavy, it benefits from a vibrant, lasting carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth hits the stomach but is otherwise imperceptible in the mouth.

O: Maybe I've been deprived of a good American IPA for a while (actually, I have been, I'll admit it), but I really enjoyed this. Good balance, but still a strong emphasis on the hops; though maybe not as much as the Sorachi Ace. It's even more impressive when I consider it's made with only one kind of hop, but I suppose that's more of a testament to the hop than the brewer (no offense Mikkeller)... All hail the Tomahawk!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 19:10:09 | More by BMoldy
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brendan13

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy golden orange with an inch of fluffy slightly off white head that persists.
S - Smell is citrus and piney hoppy goodness.
T - Sweetish caramel and bready malts come through in the taste along with an abundance of the citrus and piney hops.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation. An aggresive bitterness.
D - Well worth trying if you like hoppy as hell beers. I'd drink it again but probably wouldn't drink 2 in a row.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 11:07:56 | More by brendan13
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

This and the simcoe from Mikkeller were my two favorites.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. Like the simcoe version, the nose is intense, with almost a skunky aroma, coupled with dank earth, wet tobacco and bitter citrus. Flavors replicate the nose, with this beer very much on the dry and bitter side. The beer is incredibly flavorful and bitter, with a light to medium mouthfeel. The finish is long, dry and bitter. Drinkability is pretty good, but the hugely dry and hoppy bitterness wear out the palate after a while. Still, a very fine IPA from Mikkeller.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 22:20:15 | More by johnmichaelsen
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meeekyh

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in the Mikkeller silgle-hop IPA series, this one showcasing an American hop of some repute, famous especially for its role in making IPA's very bitter due to the typically high alpha acid content.

I poured the 12oz bottle into a pub-pint glass which is not an ideal vessel for the job but available so I used it.

The beer is virtually the same color as the Cascade and the Simcoe single-hops, that is a deep copper toward orange with an off-white head that is large and fluffy with great lacing.

I smell the grains as in the others but the hops almost overshadow the grain with grapefruit and pine. This beer has a very clean nose, and one to be enjoyed.

The taste is bitter and tart with grasses and grains in addition to the citrus and pine of the hops, a strong showcase for this powerhouse hop variety.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and good, carbonation is high and the finish is very, very dry.

The beer is quite good and the hops are much stronger than the Simcoe or the Cascade but the balance remains in a surprising way. The grains are still there providing the all important setting as the very potent plant pops from the palate and envelops the tongue in lasting peppery pleasure. The end result; a beer so drinkable that I am pissed at its passing.

I am filled with joy and not surprised. Another really top notch showing by another really top notch brewery. I will be sure to seek out the beer from this brewer and quaff it in quantity.

The longer I sit here the better this review gets.

Slainte!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 04:33:31 | More by meeekyh
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dansmcd

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright red/orange hiding under a thick, dense eggshell head with glorious sticky chunks of lacing.

S - Pine resin and citrus hop aroma, nicely balanced with a backing of toffee and biscuit malt.

T - Really resinous bitter orange peel and pine needle, caramel and peppery spice provide some detail. Sweet orange flesh brings a bittersweet balance.

M - Syrupy full bodied with moderate carbonation and slap up bitterness.

O - Supreme single hop IPA. Stands out from a host of rippers from Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 07:39:52 | More by dansmcd
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I appreciated HombreWing for sharing all 10 of the single hops, this was the second from the last we tried - poured chilled into a pils glass from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A clear amber with off white cap -the clarity and retention are both good with nice amount of lace sticking and tight bead

S - The aroma is both lemony and grapefruity with a subtle floral and white grape hint, nice tinge of spice/herbal to complement the malt notes

M - Citrus tang and semi-sharp bitterness in the finish, well carbonated and balanced sweetness with dry finish that has resinous texture

T - The taste of this is one of the more vibrant after the Chinook, Warrior, Nugget and Nelson Sauvin - lots of tangy citrus which is very lemony and herbal with a moderate spiced flavor as it finishes with subtle dry astringency the bitterness and zest really make this taste interesting

D - I realy liked this, probably ahead of the pack in the hop education provided by the single hop beers. I like how it has just as much flavor as it does bitterness which may be why hop growers condsider it a good dual use hop - I found this to be very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 17:05:24 | More by Slatetank
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at State Line a week and a half ago. First trip there, grabbed a hung of Mikkeller.

Pours a copper orange with a bit of a rusty hue. Initial three finger head dies down to a half finger and leaves behind plenty of lacing. Nose brings a good amount of floral, earthy hops. Perhaps a bit of pine and some pith. Not too much fruit, other than maybe some grapefruit rind. Taste really brings it all together. This is my favorite single hop variety yet. Pretty bracing bitterness with no malt. Love it. Mouthfeel is dry and then a bit more dry. Drinks quite well. I wish they would have pushed the aroma and flavor additions a bit more, but I will certainly take it as is.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 23:39:12 | More by Thorpe429
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ckollias

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Cooper ale with blonde highlights and a huge 2.5 finger white head after a violent pour. Great head retention and leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and eventually dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong wonderful hoppy aroma. There is a mild floral bitterness with every sniff being more complex than the last. This ale has a mild citrus smell and malt in the background.

T: Overhelming strong hoppy flavor. Alcohol is present but masked but the strong hoppy flavor. There are hints of citrus and grassiness in the background

M: Thick body and medium carbonation

O: Great IPA. Liking this one better than the cascade single hop IPA. Would but this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:18:01 | More by ckollias
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liquid is a bright, gleaming orange with a wonderfully billowy head and tons of lacing. Head is like tufts of cotton, paired with a vibrant bright coloration. Quite an appealing look.

Smell is potent, packing big citrus rind and a hop stink that is nothing short of bombastic. Those expecting subtlety should proceed with caution.

Wow! The Tomahawk hop is definitely one to be reckoned with. Taste is beyond strong, packing the scratchy forthrightness of a profound alpha hop. A potent grapefruit flavor is also on the menu, backed by a floral, almost organic conclusion. This is a brash, US-style beer all the way and I love that a Danish brewer has taken on the spirit of North American craft brewing.

Despite all the machismo those hops are throwing around, this really isn't as rough on the tongue as you'd expect. The sweeter citrus flavors are a really nice touch and they manage to balance it out nicely, making a deviously drinkable and never overpowering IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 04:20:35 | More by deapokid
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beergoot

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: any significant rating deviation my be attributed to reviewing this beer while under the stress of a pre-evacuation order due to the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado. But got to try not to let the unsampled beers perish in vain (i.e., worse case scenario)...

Outstanding color, head, carbonation, and lacing. Deep, rich malt nose with a subdued yet solid floral/grass hop nose.

Taste is what you'd expect for the style. Malt dominated with hop bitterness and an ever so subtle alcohol warmth in the mix. Clean, semi-dry.

An excellent example of the style. Bold, assertive, with enough depth and character make for an enjoyable glass of suds.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:14:06 | More by beergoot
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patpbr

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass it appears copper color with a a nice head. Great lacing. I could smell the floral hops as I was pouring it. The taste is piny, herbal, a floral feel, with caramel .Smooth and easy to drink. The body was not heavy, it had a syrupy character. Tomahawk is really well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:51:42 | More by patpbr
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ToasterChef

Maine

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

Reviewed from my notes. Tasted as one of three samples of Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It has a hazy copper color. The head is tan foam and bubbles and is relatively small. It has patchy yet intricate lacing. It has a very ncie aroma; rough and piney. The lavor is crisp and spicy. I can taste bitter hops and graham cracker. The finish is sweet and oily. The beer feels a little sticky and oily, but I still like how it feels. It drinks very well; this is an impressive IPA. The hops are strong and in your face, but not overbearing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 14:15:34 | More by ToasterChef
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Tomahawk exhibited a more substantial and retained head. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Tomahawk, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with a mild herbal and citrus-zest-like hop aroma. Slightly more hop-forward on the nose when compared to the other Single Hops.

T- On the palate, it's initially somewhat hop-forward... Just a touch of fruity esters over the pale/vienna malt base. The hops come across with impressions of herbal and citrus character, as anticipated... but midway, the hop flavor picks-up and strengthens in the finish... ramping up right through the finish with an intense bitterness. Amazing. The hop character is akin to the Amarillo, but the Amarillo's bitterness falls-off in the finish. This one strengthens in the dry finish.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- The Tomahawk Single Hop is quite drinkable... and one of the most interesting Single Hops due to it's multidimensional hop profile on the palate. I would definitely have this one again outside of a horizontal Single Hop tasting.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2010 20:49:51 | More by jgasparine
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dirtylou

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 21:12:34 | More by dirtylou
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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.