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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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BA SCORE
90
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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world but his brighter beers tend to pale (excuse the pun) in comparison to his darker beers. 6.9%. Imported by Shelton. Bottled 04/11/2011. Brewed at De Proef. Label is blue.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Surged out and spilled upon opening. Strong indication of overcarbonation.

A: Pours a six finger head of slight cream, okay thickness, beige cloudy colour, and great retention. Quite fluffy. Okay lacing. Appears overcarbonated. Colour is a nontransparent dark copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Dull rather than vibrant. Not particularly inviting for the style.

Sm: Weak oily hops, with some floral character and unconcealed bitterness. A moderate strength aroma. The untamed bitterness makes me question its balance.

T: Clean malts form the foundation, with a clean fresh hop character rounding it out somewhat. Untamed bitterness punches through on the climax to ill effect, but the preceding light floral quality is nice though underdeveloped. It's poorly balanced and somewhat empty in terms of body. A bland IPA. Far too bitter. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Could use cream, particularly on the open. Not complex or subtle, to its detriment.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Weak. Overcarbonated. Too thick for its lack of body. Doesn't suit the flavours horribly well. Some coarseness from the hops on the climax.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and underwhelming, particularly for its high price. A failed experiment from Mikkeller. Not Mikkel's strongest IPA by any means. I certainly wouldn't get it again. May please diehard IPA fans, but I'm pretty disappointed.

Low C-

Photo of black13
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a light golden yellow into my HOTD tulip glass and produced a very large, off white, frothy head. The smell was slightly sweet but was dominated by a grapefruit floral aroma. Actually quite pleasing.
The taste was all grapefruit. It actually tasted like it was drinking the juice from grapefruit skin. After a few sips it was modestly tolerable, but I reserve grapefruit for breakfast. The mouthfeel was very tart, thin, and had quite a bit of carbonation. This was not a drinkable beer for me.

I am a stout, porter, old ale drinker and had this just to get an appreciation for hops and how their flavor contributes to a beer. By itself, hops are not pleasing to me. But when balanced out with some malt, fruit, etc, they add complexity to the beverage. Try the experiment if you will, it was fun albeit not to tasty.

Photo of sprucetip
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Gorgeous tangerine/golden/bronze, and very active. Thick white head with great retention and thick lacing.

Floral and citrusy hops, boozy esters, and some grainy & slightly sweet maltyness supporting.

Sharp piny and citrusy hops lead and are joined briefly in the middle by subdued but vaguely noticeable malty sweetness. The finish is an intense and overwhelming bitterness that lingers and lingers.

Smooth and pleasant texture, but completely dominated by the harsh, bitter finish and aftertaste.

Really hard to drink. Maybe I'm not the hophead I thought I was? I appreciate the pushing of boundaries, but the harsh astringency and bitterness is over the top and, to me, not enjoyable. There are some interesting things going on, but they are mostly buried deep under the rough bitterness. Maybe an increase in the malt bill would help balance this one? I doubt I'll have it again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of FutureCowboy
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a chilled imperial pint glass.

A: Beautiful bright orange/amber, with a very pleasant foamy head. Some good head retention & density here, not receding at all. Obviously gonna get some lacing on this puppy, just from the pour there's some real glass-stickage. Great start.

S: Dense citrus/pine. The acid content here is very apparent, it's not a light airy "zest" at all. I anticipate a real bitter forest from the aroma. Have to give it a 3.5, because it's a freakin Tomahawk IPA, it is what it is.

T: Oh yea. Throw balance out the window, lock the window, and then nail it shut. Later, paint it shut. This is 100% bitter. Tongue-lashingly bitter. Very interesting.

M: Not the regular semi-pleasant chewy resin here. The bitterness is probably playing a factor, but it's more, i dunno, greasy? than anything.

D: As with all the other Mikkeller single hop selections, I'm glad I had it, I'll save the bottle (#5 so far), but I wouldn't purchase this again. I love getting to know individual hop flavors, but they aren't all meant to stand alone.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
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 WOTO97
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse Sydney.

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper colour with a fine bubbled head of off-white foam. Lacing is excellent. Looks very decent indeed.

Nose is sprightly - rather citric, with a slightly sweeter candied orange character to it. Very hop-centric, as you'd expect, and I appreciate the opportunity to see Tomahawk in isolation.

Taste is extremely bitter even from the very front. Acerbic and sharp. The hop character has a slightly sweeter butterscotch character to balance it, but it's a rather poor foil to the resinous, robust bitterness. Mouthfeel is sparkling.

This was a rather tough beer. I appreciate Mikkeller's single-hop series, but this one does make me a little wary of the Tomahawk variety. It was extremely overblown, especially on the palate - and the fragrance isn't interesting or pleasant enough to make it worthwhile.

Not one of my favourites of the series.

Photo of Fux
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber ale, with a large lingering off-white foamy head.

S: lots of fruits here, mainly pineapple, but also rhubarb, citruses, red fruits. Some resinous aromas.

T: Hoppy character with grapefruits, pines tastes, a bit of litchi but still pineapple overwhelming. Among this explosion on bitterness, caramel, chocolate malts can also be found. Final is very astringent.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O: Well, this is quite a complex beer, given the fact only one type of hop has been used to produce it, and quite original, but overall, the pineapple taste is quite disturbing. I would give it another chance, but I've known better from Mikkeller.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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 bangerang
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice soft cream colored thick full head. About 2 inches of it too but with a beautiful subtle caramel yellow white color. When first opening the bottle and sniffing the chilled steam release from the cap, you get an awesome fresh and subtle piny and crisp smack up your nostrals. It's a great smell from the bottle and glass. Hints of frosty pine and cloudy fresh hops. Though, the smell was disceiving, because i dont think the taste was as great. Not such a sweet piney ipa, like others. More of a instant fresh liquid to a after bitter flavor. More so bitter than fresh piney sweet aroma flavors. That sparkle isn't very present. I got a very lingering bitterness though not a dull bad one. The flavors are all there, but compare it to say HUB ipa on cask or Deschutes hop hedge, its a little different. Also, the flavors seemed to dull towards the end of the beer. It seemed more drinkable towards the second half of the glass, unlike the others listed above, where i could really enjoy the flavors all the way through.

Photo of boatshoes
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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 beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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 wnh
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Pungent nose, with aromas of litterbox, pine, and wet stones and clay. A bit of a bruiser.

Dried leaves on the palate, soapy, bitter and forward. Not a bad beer, but not a choice hop for a single hop IPA.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and the exact same color as the Amarillo single hop I had just prior. It smells hoppy, it tastes hoppy and might have had a hint of citrus but honestly I was a little disappointed with myself for not being able to get a good definition of what Tomahawk hops smell and taste like. I've been trying to drink these single hop IPA to educate myself enough that I can pick out particular hops by flavor or aroma. And, I love IPA's. Overall this was a good American IPA but I might need to give it another go.

Photo of tillmac62
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber with a ruby cast. Very nice head with excellent lacing. Nose of floral hops over a light biscuit. Light medium body with normal carbonation. Nice flavor profile that is slightly hop forward over biscuit with some caramel in the background. The finish is clean with a residual alcohol note.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

The nose is super fruity with plenty of peach and apricot and candied dry fruit with some floral character. This smells like a top notch IPA. Unfortunately, the palate opens with just an obliterating bitterness with plenty of pine and resin character with none of the fruit that the nose hinted at. Not particularly balanced, this beer is also moderately over-carbonated and has a bitter, drying finish. A touch disappointing given the fantastic nose.

Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazy golden orange, a bit of amber, pretty neat, big and frothy white head forms and settles down to a thick ring and layer around the glass, some lace spirals stick to the glass.

Smell is nice, big and hoppy, very resiny and herbal, a tou8ch of biscuit and malty sweetness, huge grapefruit and orange peel, very fragrant, tons of citrus, lightly herbal, pretty rough and intense aroma, a bit of booziness, pretty neat.

Taste is interesting, just dies quite a bit, very herbal and resiny, some biscuit and crackery malt, a bit dry, very rough and bitter hoppiness, very leafy and a bit medicinal, long bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Harsh and drying bitterness in the finish, pretty puckering, but nice stuff.

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