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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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Reviews: 89
Hads: 157
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 157
Photo of laituegonflable
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-tinged golden colour with strong carbonation and a ludicrously sized beige head. Might be something wrong with my poor, but I highly doubt it. Sinks nicely, webbing out and uneven on top, leaves specks of lace behind. Decent IPA-look, shame about the over-exuberance of the head.

Smell is intriguing. Very fruity hops, with an appealing pineapple character and nice tartaric tang to it. Lemon sherbet and candied orange peel as well. Yeah, really pleasant aerated sugar character joins a nice tart, fruity hop bomb. Too many adjustives, but not too many hops.

Taste is interesting, but not as much as the nose. Nice malty notes on the very front; slight biscuity edge and hops take charge midway, giving fair fruity characters with citrus and pineapple at the forefront. Bittering comes through quite early - let's say late-mid - with a distinct peppery spice and a hint of capsicum. Finish is quite resiny, with a touch of waxy flavour to go with it. A robust bitterness, but a good one.

Good body, nice and thick to pad the carbonation. Almost chewy at times but with a good texture so as not to overwhelm with stickiness.

Maybe not an everyday drinking beer, but a good one.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of ratedz
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

The Tomahawk pours a brownish-amber color, but to me, it appears to have a slightly more golden hue to it than the other Single Hop beers. Maybe it's just me, but without a side-by-side comparison, this one looks a little lighter. The Tomahawk has a cream-colored fluffy that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing. A quick sniff of the beer reveals a slightly bitter scent. Scents of pine and citrus are easily recognized. My first sip immediately reminded me of several West Coast IPA's that I have had... the bitter, piney hop flavor with some citrus notes mixing with a slightly malty backbone. Smooth and creamy and easy to drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hoppy notes are dominant and enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some hoppy notes with some citrus notes and some bitterness with a dry caramel malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and interesting though it gets kind of hard to distinguish some of those West-Coast hops. I thought this was quiet similar to the Nugget hops beer form the same series though maybe this one was a bit more citrusy.

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Photo of berebrando
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 04-14-10(?)
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: Citrus, pine, calcium finish, fresh hop flavor. This bee is KG Approved!
Brandon: candied citrus, very good smell, the best aroma hop in this series of 10. very earthy flava flav.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.61/5  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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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).

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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of number1bum
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mcann2pu
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of wnh
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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

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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.