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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Tomahawk Single Hop IPATomahawk Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

156 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Low C-

Photo of phishphorce
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of smi
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
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.

Photo of roach4230
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
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.

Photo of Ralphs66
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of C63AMG
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of danieelol
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

Photo of biboergosum
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/3/12

A hazy orange amber with a massive three finger creme head that retains well slowly falling to a thick film leaving several thin, distinct rings of lace

S grapefruit rind with a little caramel, pine, and it has some faint floral notes, straight forward but solid

T not as much rind until the finish, similar to the nose with a little more caramel, again its solid but simple

M anymore bubbles and this would be foamy but its just on the creamy side of good, fairly bitter and a mellow lingering rind finish

O another solid single hop from Mikkeller, looks great like the others I've had from the series and solid in all other areas

I won't lie I'm pretty stoked to have several more Milkkeller brews to work my way through, I'm liking this single hop series and plan on working my way through it

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Julien
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of TMath524
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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

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

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

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

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

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

Photo of BMoldy
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A vigorous pour yields a massive two-finger off-white head that billows and sways like sea foam on top of a dark, golden copper brew. Excellent lacing.

S: Distinct pine and resin qualities stand out most but are amply supported by more mellow citrus –especially grapefruit and blood orange– notes. Unlike the Sorachi Ace, the malt is more present here in all its sweet and toasted glory. Still, the hops remain firmly dominant and receive the attention they seek.

T: Ah, I feel like I'm back in the States already! Delicious resiny hops present themselves first, then fade to a lemony citrus character that accents the sweet malts perfectly and lasts into the finish, becoming more and more orange-like in the process. This is a well-built IPA: a fantastic bitterness asserts itself in the middle but is well supported by the large malt body.

M: Feels rather oily, thanks to both the number and type of hops used. Medium-bodied and maybe a little too heavy, it benefits from a vibrant, lasting carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth hits the stomach but is otherwise imperceptible in the mouth.

O: Maybe I've been deprived of a good American IPA for a while (actually, I have been, I'll admit it), but I really enjoyed this. Good balance, but still a strong emphasis on the hops; though maybe not as much as the Sorachi Ace. It's even more impressive when I consider it's made with only one kind of hop, but I suppose that's more of a testament to the hop than the brewer (no offense Mikkeller)... All hail the Tomahawk!

Photo of villager12
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Robe orangée, mousse épaisse et persistante. Nez herbacé, on s'attend à ce que l'amertume soit bien présente... et ça ne loupe pas. Bouche ample et très amère (un peu terreuse) mais bien fondu avec le côté malté qui ressort (malt pilsen, cara-crystal et munich). Bonne longueur, très très plaisant et l'amertume bien que très présente passe superbement bien... du grand art. Bravo Mikkeller ;-)

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev -1%

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