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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

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(Beer added by: BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010)
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 10:23:59 | More by lordofthewiens
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This one showed up on tap a while ago at the Tap & Table. I managed to get one of the last glasses of it before the keg kicked. The beer poured out as a nice looking clear golden yellow color. The head was decent, it was white and a little fizzy, not a whole lot of lacing on this one. The smell was a little piney and had a nice floral quality to it. The taste was hoppy, nothing too extreme but still not bad. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, I can't really see much wrong with this brew. Overall it's nice drinking IPA. You could have this just about anytime and probably enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 02:58:05 | More by Knapp85
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david18

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 17:14:59 | More by david18
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2010 13:10:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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bark

Sweden

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is brown-red; the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white; it sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is a bit thin. Lots of hoppy flavours. Hints of liquorice, citric notes and a fine bitterness.

The taste is fresh with citric flavours. Hints of beef stock and a grand bitterness. The aftertaste got a fine bitterness with lots of lemons and lemon acid.

The carbonation is light; the liquid is smooth.

This single hop IPA was much more complex than others I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 22:02:44 | More by bark
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coryking

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 15:28:49 | More by coryking
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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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DefenCorps

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 03:36:49 | More by DefenCorps
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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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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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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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gford217

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store as part of Mikkeller Mayhem.

Same of the others - light hazy amber with smallish beige head that recedes to a small collar leaves little lacing.

The aroma is pretty pungent and spicy with an earthy resinous and grassy floral character. The malts seem to come through more than in some of the other IPAs for whatever reason.

The taste is more of the same. After a quick bitter citrus taste up front, it's all about the herbal grassy bitterness. After a little caramel malts and toasted bread, there is a spicy finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and seems smoother than any of the other IPAs.

I put this one in the same category as Centennial for me - very good beer but doesn't differentiate itself from the others too much.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 03:05:53 | More by gford217
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

This hop gave a really complex aroma of sulfur and pine. Definitely of the pine family of hops. This beer also seems sweeter than the others and the connectivity is helped by the carbonation. Maybe pine flavored hops make things seem sweeter to me. This one was just OK.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 18:16:47 | More by drabmuh
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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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wagenvolks

Texas

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

On-tap at the Austin Flying Saucer.

Served in a snifter, this IPA shows a crisp amber & tangerine hue with a well-retained wisp of taupe foam. Great aroma displays tons of grapefruit and pineapple hoppiness leaping out of the glass (a few fruit-flies are circling my glass for a closer smell). A touch of pine balances the caramel and pale malts

Tomahawk shifts gears from the fruitiness in the aroma to a piny, musty, bitter beast on the palate. Very leafy and herbal, with a crisp, minty bitterness that lingers with a kiss of crushed aspirin. A bit woody and dry on the finish, but the mouthfeel is crisp and nicely carbonated. Overall, a damn fine IPA from the Single Hop experiments at Mikkeller. I just might have to start using some Tomahawk in my homebrews...

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 18:49:02 | More by wagenvolks
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tillmac62

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 20:52:23 | More by tillmac62
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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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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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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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kojevergas

Texas

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-

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 00:07:09 | More by kojevergas
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a big, foamy off-white head.

S: Aromas of pine, spruce, juniper berry, herbs, blood orange, grapefruit, nectarine, tangerine, and caramel fill the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuits, pine, spruce, juniper berry, cedar, fresh herbs, grapefruit, blood orange, nectarine, tangerine, and an earthy, vegetal bitterness akin to a white onion or radish wash across the palate. The finish is sappy, bitter, and long with notes of pine, juniper, cedar, blood orange, caramel, and nectarine.

M: Medium in body and dry. Not as firm as previous runs. Carbonation starts off crisp, but quickly flattens out. Alcohol presence is very subtle.

O: This is a near excellent IPA as is, but it would have been better if it felt a little firmer and heftier in the mouth. This may just be a bad bottle, or it could be a bad batch, but still, there is a little room for improvement. Overall, though, this is a very good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 13:15:03 | More by mrfrancis
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trxxpaxxs

New York

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

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours a nice deep honey color verging on amber. There is a huge puffy, off-white, head that last for quite a bit. Tons of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet, like caramel, and extremely floral. I'm actually a little taken aback by how rosy this beer is. There are slight notes of green apple in there as well.

T: It starts out sweet, but the floral components come on strong right after. In the middle it gets a bit flat (earthy without much flavors). The finish is super dry and almost grainy. I get pine and cereal. Captn' Crunch.

M: Medium bodied beer. The flavors are a bit syrupy. The hops coat for a bit, but slide off clean. The lingering nature of this beer is pure bitter.

O: I think this beer is pretty good. It's not my facvorite of the single hops, but it's good. I'm a big fan of that floral quality in beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 21:46:55 | More by trxxpaxxs
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danieelol

Australia

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

Pours a nice cloudy orange with good head and lacing.

Smell is lots of herb with chicory and some orange malt sweetness.

Taste is really herbal, some chicory and all round just good hop taste to it. Little bit malty but the bitterness here makes its presence known.

At times I get almost ashy flavours hitherto unseen outside of Bridge Road's single hop beers.

Mouthfeel is quite substantial with good carb. Bitter with resin.

Probably the best of this series out of the three I've tried. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 07:25:21 | More by danieelol
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 02:35:40 | More by biboergosum
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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.