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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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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Xul
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of bark
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of coryking
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.32/5  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.


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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of RileyRowan
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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!!

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Photo of WOTO97
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of ADZA
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a MASSIVE 5 fingers of head into my Zatec fluted glass. Smells like glory. Citrus. Citrus and Pine. Citrus, pine and good pungent grass. Extremely bitter. Dry. Great citrus/grapefruit pith flavor. The mouthfeel is nearly flat, probably on account of how aggressively I poured it into the glass. I am loving this beer aside from the mouthfeel. Mikkeller does it again. Consistently unique beers.

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3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - a fist of a head on this guy, tons of carbonation on the pour, a really pretty orange/amber color with tiny bubbles going wild

smell - a resinous and earthy nose

taste - earthy notes, some resin, lingering bitter hops on the mouth

mouthfeel - incredibly smooth, some medium body

drinkability - solid and dominant hop taste, but i wouldn't have more than one in a sitting

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of bangerang
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
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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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.