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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
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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010)
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Photo of RileyRowan
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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!!

RileyRowan, May 12, 2010
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!

BMoldy, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of brendan13
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

brendan13, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.33/5  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.

John_M, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of dansmcd
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright red/orange hiding under a thick, dense eggshell head with glorious sticky chunks of lacing.

S - Pine resin and citrus hop aroma, nicely balanced with a backing of toffee and biscuit malt.

T - Really resinous bitter orange peel and pine needle, caramel and peppery spice provide some detail. Sweet orange flesh brings a bittersweet balance.

M - Syrupy full bodied with moderate carbonation and slap up bitterness.

O - Supreme single hop IPA. Stands out from a host of rippers from Mikkeller.

dansmcd, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of meeekyh
4.33/5  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.

Slainte!

meeekyh, May 24, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of ckollias
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

ckollias, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Slatetank, May 21, 2010
Photo of Ralphs66
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Ralphs66, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of bkonk10
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

bkonk10, May 22, 2013
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of phishphorce
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

phishphorce, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of supermeniscus
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

supermeniscus, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of deapokid
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

deapokid, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of dragnalus
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

dragnalus, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: any significant rating deviation my be attributed to reviewing this beer while under the stress of a pre-evacuation order due to the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado. But got to try not to let the unsampled beers perish in vain (i.e., worse case scenario)...

Outstanding color, head, carbonation, and lacing. Deep, rich malt nose with a subdued yet solid floral/grass hop nose.

Taste is what you'd expect for the style. Malt dominated with hop bitterness and an ever so subtle alcohol warmth in the mix. Clean, semi-dry.

An excellent example of the style. Bold, assertive, with enough depth and character make for an enjoyable glass of suds.

beergoot, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of patpbr
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass it appears copper color with a a nice head. Great lacing. I could smell the floral hops as I was pouring it. The taste is piny, herbal, a floral feel, with caramel .Smooth and easy to drink. The body was not heavy, it had a syrupy character. Tomahawk is really well done.

patpbr, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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

dirtylou, May 09, 2010
Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of jgasparine
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

jgasparine, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

ToasterChef, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Xul, May 31, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

BDTyre, Aug 02, 2010
Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.