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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
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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... (769 characters)

Photo of ipazilla
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: golden orange hue, slight lacing with a moderate head

S: hops hops hops, great citrusy floral aroma

T: This is a perfect IPA in my opinion, floral, mighty bitter, astringent

M: dry, smooth and slightly carbonated

D: highly drinkable, but I would savor each glass as long as possible.

If you like hops, buy this beer the instant you see it and buy as much of it as you can afford, then hide it from all of your friends. Or if you are extremely generous share one. Either way get it and put it in a proper glass. (523 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aquired as a extra from NewGeneric thanks again. This was quite the suprise as I love IPA's and this is a really nice one.

As a few others have noted not complex but thats okay that's what makes it nice. Big foamy head lots of grapefruit citrus that leaves you with a bite in the back of the throat.

Feel definately lingers is somewhat of a dry finish but well made and would definately search out for another very good !! (426 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber color with a slight chill haze. Huge, foamy head; recedes with a rocky dome. Leaves ample ring lace all the way down to the base of the glass.

Strong grapefruit hop aroma. There's a touch of pine as well. Light malt in the background.

Bitter, but very dry. Leaves a very long hop-sucking flavor long after the swallow. Moderate body, good carbonation. Definitely a hop lovers beer, though not complex. Easy to drink IPA. (435 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. As usual with Mikkeller's IPAs, there was a huge amount of foamy head, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of hops, sweet malt and citrus.

T: Tasted of bitter hops (of course), grapefruit, and sweet malt. Not quite as complex as other IPAs from Mikkeller, but still very flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, well made beer. (500 characters)

Photo of deapokid
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liquid is a bright, gleaming orange with a wonderfully billowy head and tons of lacing. Head is like tufts of cotton, paired with a vibrant bright coloration. Quite an appealing look.

Smell is potent, packing big citrus rind and a hop stink that is nothing short of bombastic. Those expecting subtlety should proceed with caution.

Wow! The Tomahawk hop is definitely one to be reckoned with. Taste is beyond strong, packing the scratchy forthrightness of a profound alpha hop. A potent grapefruit flavor is also on the menu, backed by a floral, almost organic conclusion. This is a brash, US-style beer all the way and I love that a Danish brewer has taken on the spirit of North American craft brewing.

Despite all the machismo those hops are throwing around, this really isn't as rough on the tongue as you'd expect. The sweeter citrus flavors are a really nice touch and they manage to balance it out nicely, making a deviously drinkable and never overpowering IPA. (971 characters)

Photo of UA8
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy dark amber with a three finger plus, billowing, off white head.

S- Citrus rind, dank green herbs, pine, funk.

T- Leads with hops, hops, hops, bitter pine and herbal with almost a brett like funk in the background. During the midpalate the semi sweet malts wage a losing against the robust hops. Finishes the same as it started with big hop notes although this time there's a hint of citrus rind as well.

M- Hop oils cling inside the mouth long after the beer is gone. Very full mouthfeel aided by the abundant soft carbonation.

D- This is a fantastic showcase of the Tomahawk hop. I enjoyed the beers' brash nature quite a bit, with that said I definitely am done with this beer after one bottle due to the hop strength. My only other beef is cost at $5+ it's way too pricey to be anything but a beer I drink once. (834 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent amber color with ample carbonation into my pint glass, followed by a thick head of foam that fades down. Seems commonplace for this brewery.

Aroma is full of citrusy hops, especially a good hint of grapefruit and peach in the nose. Definitely interesting.

Taste is chock full of citrusy hopes with grapefruit once again standing out. Slight hint of malt underneath but otherwise, this is all about the hops.

Hops are chewy/resiny in the mouthfeel. Very interesting taste overall. They never seem to get too difficult to bear.

Another interesting beer in the Mikkeller single-hop series. Kinda like single malt if you look at it. (648 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing. The color with these beers is constant however in my experiences the head retention changes a bit.

Smells of deep grassy and pine hop aromas with a bit of mustiness. The pale malt flavors serve as a backbone but their contribution is minimal.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Pale malt flavors early on quickly give way to very earthy hop flavors - piney but with grassy notes that make it less spruce-like. A mild bitterness sets in midway through the sip and intensifies through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was one of the dirtier single-hop beers I've had from Mikkeller and while possibly the most distinctive I can't say that it's my favorite. Still, worth a shot. (1,039 characters)

Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, home. This a well made beer with a wonderful aroma, but the Tomahawk varietal just doesn't work on its own. The beer is quite bitter, almost outrageously so, and the yeast strain doesn't seem to want to play nicely with the hop flavors. The hops have an interesting bitter wood/nut flavor that quickly transitions to a massive pine bitterness. Pine tar has nothing on this bitter resin. I appreciate the effort and the thought behind this lineup, but I prefer some hop varietals in blends to alone and Tomahawk is definitely one that belongs in a blend. The aftertaste left my mouth with an intense, almost uncomfortable bitterness for an absurdly long time. This beer would be a nightmare for anyone who doesn't actively love bitterly unbalanced hoppy beers. (767 characters)

Photo of FutureCowboy
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a chilled imperial pint glass.

A: Beautiful bright orange/amber, with a very pleasant foamy head. Some good head retention & density here, not receding at all. Obviously gonna get some lacing on this puppy, just from the pour there's some real glass-stickage. Great start.

S: Dense citrus/pine. The acid content here is very apparent, it's not a light airy "zest" at all. I anticipate a real bitter forest from the aroma. Have to give it a 3.5, because it's a freakin Tomahawk IPA, it is what it is.

T: Oh yea. Throw balance out the window, lock the window, and then nail it shut. Later, paint it shut. This is 100% bitter. Tongue-lashingly bitter. Very interesting.

M: Not the regular semi-pleasant chewy resin here. The bitterness is probably playing a factor, but it's more, i dunno, greasy? than anything.

D: As with all the other Mikkeller single hop selections, I'm glad I had it, I'll save the bottle (#5 so far), but I wouldn't purchase this again. I love getting to know individual hop flavors, but they aren't all meant to stand alone. (1,077 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 04/11/11

A: Pours a bright, cloudy, apricot color with a three finger, superbly dense and bubbly, light tan head that retains forever and left some of the most attractive lace I've seen on the inside of the glass. The head eventually wears down to a thick and creamy skim.

S: Very intensely piney and woody. Temp change brought about some mild fruitiness, but the main thing I smelled going on here is nostril searingly piney hops!

T: Exactly as above with the addition of some toasty malt. As I worked on the glass, occasionally I'd notice an exceedingly fleeting hint of vanilla and/or sugar rock candy. The main player is juicy pine resin.

M: Insanely bitter. On the verge of enamel melting. Spicy, sticky, and bitter pine finish lasts for longer than a minute (probably longer than that, even) on the tongue.

D: Even as this was melting the enamel off of my teeth and permanently scarring my tongue, I just couldn't put down my glass. What a great thing it was to be able to try this hop all by itself. (1,076 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Tomahawk IPA had a gorgeous head. Dense and fluffy. It left an elegant lacing around the glass as it descended back down to the dark amber ale underneath.

The aroma is what I love about Tomahawk hops. It's nutty and woody but at the same time it's also big and citrusy. I'm picking up some mild caramel and vanilla notes as the hop aromas start to blend with everything. As it sits and I smell more, I can pick up some of that signature Mikkeller smell that I find in the single hop series.

The taste is a lasting bitterness that rolls down to the very back of your tongue. I feel that Tomahawk is utilized best when mixed with other hops, obviously, since it is known for having a very high amount of alpha acids, making it a good bittering hop.

For hopheads, it gives you that bitterness that you would crave in an IPA but not so much for the flavor. It's very earthy, grassy, almost a burnt flavor, and even reminds me of seltzer. As it warms some lemon/citrusy flavors start to shine through. But it's basically just flat out bitter overall. Most noticeably, you can find this variety of hops used in Nugget Nectar.

The alcohol content works fine with this one. Mouthfeel feels slightly thin but not too watery.

It's hard to review the Single Hop series sometimes because, in my opinion, some hops need to be paired with others to create a nice IPA, such as this one. But some hops, like Warrior or Amarillo, can stand on their own and still not have a one-dimensional flavor.

On the other hand, Mikkeller has produced a very ambitious project that educates people on how each variety of hops work in a beer and is a great research tool for homebrewers. (1,671 characters)

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