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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: 3 | FT: 0
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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 dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Photo of bark
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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 Casey10
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 !!

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- a fantastic hazy, dark orange with a huge 3 finger cream colored head. Head is nice and bubbly...love it. Pretty nice lacing...all the way up the glass!

S- awwwesome citrus. Mostly oranges. Smells amazing. Theres something about the orange though...it smells so...I dunno, fresh maybe? So good.

T- slightly bitter orange flavor...and WHOOO is that aftertaste a bitter one. No idea what the IBUs on this one are, but they sure are kicking me in the face right now. Its almost a little too much.

M- feel is good...yeasty. Nice and carbonated.

D- this is a tough one. I love the taste...but dear god, the bitterness in the finish is so much. Most definitely a sipper, but quite a tasty one

Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, so I'm gonna try the whole line of these single hop beers. Tomahawk was next, while watching Chicago win the cup. Irony...

Pours a lovely, slighly cloudy and unpolished gold. Head is big, rocky and lacing is great. A bit more clear and a 5 would be posted.

Hops in the nose. Up front and in your face. A slight hint of malt, very light caramel, but it's mostly piney hops with citrus mixed in.

Again, some malt. Up front this time, but hops quickly take over. Pine, resin, citrus and a bit metallic. Huge bite. This is unbalanced, but it does so to exentuate the hop variety used. I like that, but as far as style goes, of course it misses a bit.
Easy drinking. Darn fine beer

Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Church Key.

Hazy amber pour with a fairly well-formed off-white head and some lacing.

Excellent flavor and aroma on this one. The aroma is very hop-forward, with a blast of rough citrus - grapefruit and lemon, as well as a slight floral note.

Flavor is a little caramel malt and a lot of citrusy, palate-wrecking grapefruity, lemony, and resinous hops. Solid stuff.

Nice palate, somewhat enamel-stripping with medium body and soft carbonation. This was one of the best in the series.

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 Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

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 WestValleyIPA
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of mcann2pu
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a orange-golden color with a huge three finger head,

Smell: piney, citrus smell,

Taste: bitter, piney hops taste, good taste, the hop aftertaste really hangs around.

Mouthfeel: pretty carbonated, but it works out with the hoppy taste,

Drinkability: a littler bitter, but good; I appreciate being able to try the single hop in this one, but with more of a malt balance this could be a great brew in my opinion.

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 RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This one is a really cool brownish-orange in color that almost glows with a good, off-white head that came up easy and left some nice lacing.

Smell - The aroma is raw and resiny but you do have to dig for it of course as this is primarily a bittering hop. The caramel malt backbone, while no match for the Tomahawk, does make itself known. This is the proverbial calm before the storm.

Taste - The rich Columbus hops are in all their glory here. The pine has an ever so slight orange sweetness that actually gives this single-hop IPA a bit of complexity. The poor malts can barely make it up for air, but what I do get is high-quality caramel with a little bit of bread.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied ale is quite bitter as expected and bone dry in the mouth. The quality malts give this one a smooth feel in between the cheeks. I thought this would be a down point for the ale and was surpised that they could make this IPA as smooth as they did.

Drinkability - This is a must-try for beer enthusiasts and a rare opportunity to taste an isolated hop, IMO one of the best hops available today.

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Perfect pour/appearance. A clear, golden orange color with a three-finger, thick, khaki colored head of foam that had amazing staying power. When it did finally start to recede, it left sticky patches of lace.

S - Tropical fruits like grapefruit and mango. Some orange aromas, too. A mild caramel scent in the background.

T - Good caramel sweetness with a piney/grassy bitterness. Good balance between spicy/bitter and sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and dry. A medium bodied ale.

D - This Single Hop brew is probably the least bitter of the 4 that I've had. Good balance and amazing appearance (or maybe my Bell's tulip is the perfect glass).

Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a big fluffy merangue-like 3" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: grapefruit, some grassiness, and a floral bitterness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, big grapefruit, some pine, and a sharp bitterness are most notable flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, crisp and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness sticks around on the tongue.

Drinkability: slower drinking beer with the sharp bitterness, but still has some refreshing qualities.

Photo of berebrando
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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 richmof
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of djbreezy
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brownish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the citrus orange but it smells very bitter. The taste is just as bitter. Nothing is evident except bitter oranges. One of the most bitter beers I have ever tried. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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