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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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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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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a big fluffy merangue-like 3" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: grapefruit, some grassiness, and a floral bitterness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, big grapefruit, some pine, and a sharp bitterness are most notable flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, crisp and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness sticks around on the tongue.

Drinkability: slower drinking beer with the sharp bitterness, but still has some refreshing qualities.

Gavage, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Lldeegan
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.

Lldeegan, Sep 15, 2010
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.

david18, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of lumikuuro
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.

lumikuuro, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Perfect pour/appearance. A clear, golden orange color with a three-finger, thick, khaki colored head of foam that had amazing staying power. When it did finally start to recede, it left sticky patches of lace.

S - Tropical fruits like grapefruit and mango. Some orange aromas, too. A mild caramel scent in the background.

T - Good caramel sweetness with a piney/grassy bitterness. Good balance between spicy/bitter and sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and dry. A medium bodied ale.

D - This Single Hop brew is probably the least bitter of the 4 that I've had. Good balance and amazing appearance (or maybe my Bell's tulip is the perfect glass).

zeff80, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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
Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for a bottle of this, which was part of the most recent NEPA BC split.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a swirl of yeast sediment floating around as well. The head is big and fluffy, two plus inches that requires a bit of a slow pour. Keeps a pretty thick, full lace with a mess of webbing on the sides as well.

Smell has a floral hop quality with some citrus notes; some grapefruit and also sweeter tangerine. Ample caramel sweetness as well. The deeper I get into the nose the more of an herbal, slightly peppery aroma I get as well. A lot of complexity has been extracted from a single hop in this nose.

Hop flavor is much more herbal than the nose was. It's also aggressively bitter. Very earthy, with some very pithy grapefruit but not as much sweeter citrus like the nose let on. There is enough caramel malt to provide some balance, but that too was stronger in the nose. The bitterness is intense and leaves a long lasting herbal flavor on the palate as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good creaminess to it. The substantial bitterness makes for a very dry feel.

This is a very solid IPA and I like the tomahawk hop. As I said earlier this has some pretty complex hop qualities for a single hop. The nose is more complex than the taste, which shows off more of the bittering qualities of the hop. I like the intense bitterness but it's not something I could drink more than one or two of. A nice beer and a cool series, although I wish their prices were a bit more reasonable.

number1bum, Aug 16, 2010
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.

RoyalT, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice hoppy American-style IPA. Bright orange with copper undertones. Thick, fluffy head; but light and cloud-like. The body is slightly opaque. Sweet maltiness, with a definite, strong hop backbone. Citrusy, fruity smell with a bit of grassiness in the background.

Dry malts and bitter, fruity hops in the taste. Not too in-your-face, very well balanced and somewhat subtle.

Nice carbonation, though a little sharp. Nice brew, and quite enjoyable.

BDTyre, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of brendan13
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.

brendan13, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of mcann2pu
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a orange-golden color with a huge three finger head,

Smell: piney, citrus smell,

Taste: bitter, piney hops taste, good taste, the hop aftertaste really hangs around.

Mouthfeel: pretty carbonated, but it works out with the hoppy taste,

Drinkability: a littler bitter, but good; I appreciate being able to try the single hop in this one, but with more of a malt balance this could be a great brew in my opinion.

mcann2pu, Jul 24, 2010
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.

wnh, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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

bigfnjoe, Jul 03, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Jun 19, 2010
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
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.

krisandajt, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, so I'm gonna try the whole line of these single hop beers. Tomahawk was next, while watching Chicago win the cup. Irony...

Pours a lovely, slighly cloudy and unpolished gold. Head is big, rocky and lacing is great. A bit more clear and a 5 would be posted.

Hops in the nose. Up front and in your face. A slight hint of malt, very light caramel, but it's mostly piney hops with citrus mixed in.

Again, some malt. Up front this time, but hops quickly take over. Pine, resin, citrus and a bit metallic. Huge bite. This is unbalanced, but it does so to exentuate the hop variety used. I like that, but as far as style goes, of course it misses a bit.
Easy drinking. Darn fine beer

Mebuzzard, Jun 10, 2010
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Xul, May 31, 2010
Photo of bark
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.

bark, May 28, 2010
Photo of coryking
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.

coryking, May 28, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An intensely bitter and resiny IPA.

The beer pours with a glowing and hazy deep golden, lightly orange and rust-stained color. A dense and froathy foamstance form on the beer, reduces to a sturdy sheet, and laces very well during the session.

Sharp, spicy, piney aromas emmit from the glass. Obviously dominated by aggressive hop resins. A sturdy malt backbone gives some graham cracker and light caramel notes.

Malts actually take the stage up front with the caramels, English-style sweet breads, and graham crackers. But then the hop flavor starts out lightly citrusy but soon builds to pine and finishes with a sharp and intensely bitter, resiny flavor. Light fruitiness might be an ester from yeast but is more likely a component of hop acids.

Fairly round and medium weighted from start until just before the finish. The end of the beer falls off sharply for a dry and resiny finish and aftertaste. Evaporative and moderately alcoholic, the hops and ethynol feel really dries the mouth like few beers can.

Tomahawk is a beautiful showcase of the Tomahawk hop variety. Althogh these single hop beers lack complexity and suffer a bit from the blending of hops for a layering effect, the Tomahawk resiny piney flavor and aroma is undeniable. A part of me wants a drier malt character to allow the hops to dominate even more.

BEERchitect, May 26, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
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!

meeekyh, May 24, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
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

Slatetank, May 21, 2010
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.

richmof, May 21, 2010
Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.