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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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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

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Beer added by: BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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 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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev +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.

Photo of bark
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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 dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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

Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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 tbeckett
4/5  rDev -1%

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 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 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 mrfrancis
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gawd, this is good beer! Poured with a HUGE cream colored foamy frothy sudsy textured head that lasts a long time and loads of lace. Color is an orange amber. Aroma is malt caramel and hop. Flavor is like aroma with a little fruit and more bitter and sweeetness. More earthy (the way I like it) than some of the other IPAs. Excellent body and carbonation. Despite the power and fullness of the flavor the finish is like the flavor but not overly long. Satisfying and yet leaving me with a wish for another swallow. Yummm.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and the exact same color as the Amarillo single hop I had just prior. It smells hoppy, it tastes hoppy and might have had a hint of citrus but honestly I was a little disappointed with myself for not being able to get a good definition of what Tomahawk hops smell and taste like. I've been trying to drink these single hop IPA to educate myself enough that I can pick out particular hops by flavor or aroma. And, I love IPA's. Overall this was a good American IPA but I might need to give it another go.

Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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