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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: 4 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.9 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Orange and amber in color, lots of particles, this one's a bit hazy. Between tan and orange off white colored head. Good looking beer.

Smell is ok, but it's not very strong. Earthy, slightly floral hops, a little bit of malty and bready sweetness. All good, but like mentioned earlier, not that strong.

Tastes good, should let it warm up a little though it gets better. Citrus zesty without being too fruity. Not too strong of a malt backbone, but decent enough to be noticeable. For this particular brew, Tomahawk tastes better than it smells.

Mouthfeel is good. Fairly light bodied while maintaining a lighter than average body, good carbonation level. Clean the whole way through with a sharp and clean bitter finish. Good all around brew.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one showed up on tap a while ago at the Tap & Table. I managed to get one of the last glasses of it before the keg kicked. The beer poured out as a nice looking clear golden yellow color. The head was decent, it was white and a little fizzy, not a whole lot of lacing on this one. The smell was a little piney and had a nice floral quality to it. The taste was hoppy, nothing too extreme but still not bad. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, I can't really see much wrong with this brew. Overall it's nice drinking IPA. You could have this just about anytime and probably enjoy it.

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Cooper ale with blonde highlights and a huge 2.5 finger white head after a violent pour. Great head retention and leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and eventually dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong wonderful hoppy aroma. There is a mild floral bitterness with every sniff being more complex than the last. This ale has a mild citrus smell and malt in the background.

T: Overhelming strong hoppy flavor. Alcohol is present but masked but the strong hoppy flavor. There are hints of citrus and grassiness in the background

M: Thick body and medium carbonation

O: Great IPA. Liking this one better than the cascade single hop IPA. Would but this one again.

Photo of black13
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a light golden yellow into my HOTD tulip glass and produced a very large, off white, frothy head. The smell was slightly sweet but was dominated by a grapefruit floral aroma. Actually quite pleasing.
The taste was all grapefruit. It actually tasted like it was drinking the juice from grapefruit skin. After a few sips it was modestly tolerable, but I reserve grapefruit for breakfast. The mouthfeel was very tart, thin, and had quite a bit of carbonation. This was not a drinkable beer for me.

I am a stout, porter, old ale drinker and had this just to get an appreciation for hops and how their flavor contributes to a beer. By itself, hops are not pleasing to me. But when balanced out with some malt, fruit, etc, they add complexity to the beverage. Try the experiment if you will, it was fun albeit not to tasty.

Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy amber pour. Big, foamy off-white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing eventually.

S: Very nice aroma. Pineapple, grapefruit and ...banana? dominate the nose.

T: Very strong pineapple stands out. Almost tastes like pineapple juice for a second, here and there. Very fruity in general with some apple and grapefruit in there too.

M: Nice carbonation and a typical medium body. Bitterness carries almost all the way through the taste and into the aftertaste but doesn't last long.

O: Surprisingly complex given the simple recipe. Not a huge fan of pineapple but overall it's decent.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high frothy beige head that slowly died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose; smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of grapefruit flavors accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness. There are some hints of caramel in the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is one that needs to be sipped given its strength and amount of bitterness.

Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another extra from a recent trade with freud. thanks fred!

330ml bottle. sampled nov 13/2010.

pours hazy orangey amber with a huge fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops very slowly and leaves a thick layer of intricate lace as it falls.

aroma is great. grapefruit and orange with a neat spicy herbal component. not so much piney as it is minty, and making me think of some sort of cross between thai basil and rosemary. very neat. light alcohol. caramel. bit of honey. cracker and white bread.

taste is good. medium-low bitterness level that seems to build to closer to medium level by the end of the glass. lightly sweet caramel. the hopping seems less minty and more spicy and herbal. light grapefruit. orange peel. bit of toffee. light alcohol. white bread and cracker.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a fairly drying finish from the hops. just under medium carbonation level, but well integrated and very fine.

drinkability is great. great balance. i like this hop character - good depth for a single hop beer. i'd happily drink a few more of these.

Photo of jdense
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from local purveyor gifted by much better half for Xmas, poured into UCLA pint glass 1.11.11. Thanks, honey!

Two fingers billowing white head, medium-slow dissipation with above average lacing. Amber body cloudy body, no visible carbonation. Hops dominate the aroma spicy resin, a bit of citrus, some caramel notes. Taste is also hop forward, same flavor profile as the nose, good amount of citrus notes, reminds me a lot of Zeus hops, got sweeter as it warmed. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, full effervescence, not a sticky finish. Above average drinkability. Not a bad tasting brew, lalcohol a bit warming, but with so many good PNW IPAs available I won't be seeking this out. Worth a try.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/20/2010. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a super thick, foamy head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, hop oils, garlicky hops, and rich caramel malt. Flavor of rich caramel malt, hop oils, and a bitter hops finish. Very tasty and uber drinkable. Another winner from the Mikkeller single hop series.

Photo of benclimbs
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a simply incredible IPA, full of hop flavour, juicy, complex and delicious.

Smell is full of citrus, and foresty pine, gooey grapefruit and a solid, off-sweet malt.

Taste is more of the same, amazingly balancedx, fruity, piney, very hoppy but with a great malt backbone, and even some unique belgian-like yeast character...finishes nice and dry.

Such a good IPA from a simply incredible brewery.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap date: 04/11/11. Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured a hazy red-orange with a massive four finger fluffy off-white head that subsided to one finger very very slowly as I drank it. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and an earthy note. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nicely balanced IPA. Had a very good aroma and flavor going on it this one. Just a touch of a little more maltiness would have been nice, but not totally necessary. This one is worth trying for any hop-head as it has quite a hop bite on the followthrough.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of ratedz
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of berebrando
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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