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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
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 number1bum
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for a bottle of this, which was part of the most recent NEPA BC split.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a swirl of yeast sediment floating around as well. The head is big and fluffy, two plus inches that requires a bit of a slow pour. Keeps a pretty thick, full lace with a mess of webbing on the sides as well.

Smell has a floral hop quality with some citrus notes; some grapefruit and also sweeter tangerine. Ample caramel sweetness as well. The deeper I get into the nose the more of an herbal, slightly peppery aroma I get as well. A lot of complexity has been extracted from a single hop in this nose.

Hop flavor is much more herbal than the nose was. It's also aggressively bitter. Very earthy, with some very pithy grapefruit but not as much sweeter citrus like the nose let on. There is enough caramel malt to provide some balance, but that too was stronger in the nose. The bitterness is intense and leaves a long lasting herbal flavor on the palate as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good creaminess to it. The substantial bitterness makes for a very dry feel.

This is a very solid IPA and I like the tomahawk hop. As I said earlier this has some pretty complex hop qualities for a single hop. The nose is more complex than the taste, which shows off more of the bittering qualities of the hop. I like the intense bitterness but it's not something I could drink more than one or two of. A nice beer and a cool series, although I wish their prices were a bit more reasonable.

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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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the GingerMan in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring seven our eight single hop ipa's as well as some other interesting specialties. I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. I recently had a flight of Cascade, Chinook, Tomahawk and Warrior.

Cascade: As might be expected, great aroma and flavor but not as much bitterness as you'd like in an IPA. Very enjoyable and one that I'll get again.

Chinook: The chinook, which is typically a bittering hop, is a sentimental favorite of mine. Although it doesn't offer the same citrusy aroma of many West Coast finishing hops, it is an all around good beer and maybe my favorite.

Tomahawk: Not as bitter as the Chinook but a little more aromatic as well. Very good flavor and and that i might venture for again.

Warrior: The weakest of of the bunch, I thought, but perhaps the most well balance of the four. Some good bitterness, some good aroma, some good flavor. I'll get this again.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of coryking
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

West Coast character all of the way! Piney, earthy, aroma. Bitter, mouth-puckering dryness. No citrus or sweetness to it.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An intensely bitter and resiny IPA.

The beer pours with a glowing and hazy deep golden, lightly orange and rust-stained color. A dense and froathy foamstance form on the beer, reduces to a sturdy sheet, and laces very well during the session.

Sharp, spicy, piney aromas emmit from the glass. Obviously dominated by aggressive hop resins. A sturdy malt backbone gives some graham cracker and light caramel notes.

Malts actually take the stage up front with the caramels, English-style sweet breads, and graham crackers. But then the hop flavor starts out lightly citrusy but soon builds to pine and finishes with a sharp and intensely bitter, resiny flavor. Light fruitiness might be an ester from yeast but is more likely a component of hop acids.

Fairly round and medium weighted from start until just before the finish. The end of the beer falls off sharply for a dry and resiny finish and aftertaste. Evaporative and moderately alcoholic, the hops and ethynol feel really dries the mouth like few beers can.

Tomahawk is a beautiful showcase of the Tomahawk hop variety. Althogh these single hop beers lack complexity and suffer a bit from the blending of hops for a layering effect, the Tomahawk resiny piney flavor and aroma is undeniable. A part of me wants a drier malt character to allow the hops to dominate even more.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of jdense
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

This hop gave a really complex aroma of sulfur and pine. Definitely of the pine family of hops. This beer also seems sweeter than the others and the connectivity is helped by the carbonation. Maybe pine flavored hops make things seem sweeter to me. This one was just OK.

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

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

The nose is super fruity with plenty of peach and apricot and candied dry fruit with some floral character. This smells like a top notch IPA. Unfortunately, the palate opens with just an obliterating bitterness with plenty of pine and resin character with none of the fruit that the nose hinted at. Not particularly balanced, this beer is also moderately over-carbonated and has a bitter, drying finish. A touch disappointing given the fantastic nose.

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Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Amsterdam Alehouse. Thought I would give it a try as it was their featured bottle for the evening.

Appearance- Pours a nice shade of hazy orange with about two fingers of slightly off-white head. Haziness may have actually been a bit of a chill haze though because the beer seems to gradually clear up as it warms. Head dies back to a thin sheeting in fairly short order. Not much lacing or beading carbonation but solid looking overall.

Smell- A solid dose of piney hop resins on the nose. Very few citrus notes but a lot of pine needles and actually a surprising touch of bready malts evident on the nose as well.

Taste- Pine comes through first off; however, there is a touch of bitter grapefruit on the palate. Piney hops take the day however and dominate the flavor profile. A mild touch of caramel/bready malt on the finish again. Solid but not fantastic.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was good all around with adequate carbonation and decent weight for the style. Drinkability was okay as well but I wasn't really struck by the flavor profile and didn't feel the need to have a second.

Overall, a pretty decent IPA. I wasn't blown out of the water but didn't really dislike it either. A nice piney hop punch and it went down pretty easy.

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