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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Tomahawk Single Hop IPATomahawk Single Hop IPA

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%


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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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RoyalT

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:32:17 | More by RoyalT
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 03:36:49 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 03:05:53 | More by gford217
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bark

Sweden

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 22:02:44 | More by bark
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:34:43 | More by drpimento
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 18:47:41 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 04:21:08 | More by Mebuzzard
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 19:14:59 | More by ArrogantB
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 10:23:59 | More by lordofthewiens
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 04:37:10 | More by laituegonflable
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ADZA

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we go again i love these single hop IPA's and keen as to trying this style as i love the tomahawk hop,this brew pours a nice honeydew,apricot hue with really nice carbonation that leaves a creamy dense two finger head and lacing everywhere just like a milkshake,the aroma is really piney,citrusy hops and i mean piney,the piney hops come through on taste with a tinge of stonefruit in there aswell and it finishes a little bitter but very subtle compared to other single hop IPA's and the mouthfeel is very sessionable neither thick nor thin,overall a really nice IPA that isnt as bitter ending as most other IPA's and couldnt really fault it will definately buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 09:12:30 | More by ADZA
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GbVDave

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 08:27:01 | More by GbVDave
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 17:47:17 | More by grub
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nickd717

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 18:16:08 | More by nickd717
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wagenvolks

Texas

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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 18:49:02 | More by wagenvolks
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 04:19:14 | More by Dope
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popery

California

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 06:52:51 | More by popery
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 21:32:19 | More by BDTyre
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:37:06 | More by number1bum
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david18

New York

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 17:14:59 | More by david18
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jdense

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 03:52:29 | More by jdense
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brendan13

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 11:07:56 | More by brendan13
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beergoot

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:14:06 | More by beergoot
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ckollias

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:18:01 | More by ckollias
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 21:14:39 | More by bigfnjoe
Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.