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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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 13:15:03 | More by mrfrancis
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft to pint glass. $7.50

A: Served with a big head, most of which was pushed out by the bartender in the interest of serving a full pint. Creamy mousse-like off-white head. Excellent retention. Sticks in sheets and encrusts itself on the glass. The body is a muddy amber and mostly opaque (60%) but very clear in front of light. Excellent lacing.

S: The aroma and flavor are wonderfully hoppy. Orange and pine and bitter. Very little malt character to speak of. Malts that are present are caramel and bread. Dank and slightly musty and faint straw. Tomahawk isn't my favorite variety but it does very well on it's own and my admiration is growing each second. Its a pleasure to appreciate a solitary hop variety standing on it's own merits.

M: Full and thick making the flavor last forever. Very bitter all the way through, dry at every point, but mouthcoating. Absolutely perfect.

D: Excellent on all accounts and highly consumable. With the Tomahawk Single Hop IPA, Mikkeller proves that they can brew an American-style IPA better than many American breweries...with one hand behind it's back...if you chose to view it that way.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 01:08:57 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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ToasterChef

Maine

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 14:15:34 | More by ToasterChef
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sprucetip

Alaska

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Gorgeous tangerine/golden/bronze, and very active. Thick white head with great retention and thick lacing.

Floral and citrusy hops, boozy esters, and some grainy & slightly sweet maltyness supporting.

Sharp piny and citrusy hops lead and are joined briefly in the middle by subdued but vaguely noticeable malty sweetness. The finish is an intense and overwhelming bitterness that lingers and lingers.

Smooth and pleasant texture, but completely dominated by the harsh, bitter finish and aftertaste.

Really hard to drink. Maybe I'm not the hophead I thought I was? I appreciate the pushing of boundaries, but the harsh astringency and bitterness is over the top and, to me, not enjoyable. There are some interesting things going on, but they are mostly buried deep under the rough bitterness. Maybe an increase in the malt bill would help balance this one? I doubt I'll have it again, but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 00:15:15 | More by sprucetip
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 21:46:55 | More by trxxpaxxs
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dansmcd

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 07:39:52 | More by dansmcd
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 00:36:25 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Casey10

Maine

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 !!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 01:33:57 | More by Casey10
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jgasparine

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2010 20:49:51 | More by jgasparine
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danieelol

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 07:25:21 | More by danieelol
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djbreezy

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 22:34:09 | More by djbreezy
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benclimbs

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a simply incredible IPA, full of hop flavour, juicy, complex and delicious.

Smell is full of citrus, and foresty pine, gooey grapefruit and a solid, off-sweet malt.

Taste is more of the same, amazingly balancedx, fruity, piney, very hoppy but with a great malt backbone, and even some unique belgian-like yeast character...finishes nice and dry.

Such a good IPA from a simply incredible brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:19:28 | More by benclimbs
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Tomahawk IPA had a gorgeous head. Dense and fluffy. It left an elegant lacing around the glass as it descended back down to the dark amber ale underneath.

The aroma is what I love about Tomahawk hops. It's nutty and woody but at the same time it's also big and citrusy. I'm picking up some mild caramel and vanilla notes as the hop aromas start to blend with everything. As it sits and I smell more, I can pick up some of that signature Mikkeller smell that I find in the single hop series.

The taste is a lasting bitterness that rolls down to the very back of your tongue. I feel that Tomahawk is utilized best when mixed with other hops, obviously, since it is known for having a very high amount of alpha acids, making it a good bittering hop.

For hopheads, it gives you that bitterness that you would crave in an IPA but not so much for the flavor. It's very earthy, grassy, almost a burnt flavor, and even reminds me of seltzer. As it warms some lemon/citrusy flavors start to shine through. But it's basically just flat out bitter overall. Most noticeably, you can find this variety of hops used in Nugget Nectar.

The alcohol content works fine with this one. Mouthfeel feels slightly thin but not too watery.

It's hard to review the Single Hop series sometimes because, in my opinion, some hops need to be paired with others to create a nice IPA, such as this one. But some hops, like Warrior or Amarillo, can stand on their own and still not have a one-dimensional flavor.

On the other hand, Mikkeller has produced a very ambitious project that educates people on how each variety of hops work in a beer and is a great research tool for homebrewers.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:51:46 | More by BearsOnAcid
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from the NEPA Beer Club's latest case split.

Appearance: An easy pour into my DFH Off-Centered Ale Glass, this beer erupts with a huge, thick mountain of head. Almost had myself an overflow. Once it settles, which does take some time, there is plenty of sticky lacing clinging to the glass. The beer itself is a rich, slightly cloudy amber color. Coincidently, the glass is sitting next to a clear bottle of iced tea, and the two are virtually identical.

Smell: An uncomplicated singular hop smell, which makes sense considering this is a single hop IPA. The hops remind me of overripe grapefruit, a little sweet but plenty of bitter.

Taste: Straightforward and simple, a decent malt backbone with some grapefruit hops. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, good texture, good carbonation.

Drinkability: A great tasting, not overly-complex IPA with some great hop flavor. This is my first single hop IPA from Mikkeller, and now I'm really looking forward to trying the rest. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 23:30:36 | More by krisandajt
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wnh

Missouri

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Pungent nose, with aromas of litterbox, pine, and wet stones and clay. A bit of a bruiser.

Dried leaves on the palate, soapy, bitter and forward. Not a bad beer, but not a choice hop for a single hop IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 22:20:17 | More by wnh
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UA8

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 22:22:54 | More by UA8
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 04:20:35 | More by deapokid
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patpbr

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:51:42 | More by patpbr
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Xul

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:50:57 | More by Xul
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 16:34:57 | More by boatshoes
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meeekyh

Colorado

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 04:33:31 | More by meeekyh
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WestValleyIPA

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 05:44:24 | More by WestValleyIPA
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Lldeegan

Louisiana

4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright copper with an off-white meringue head with sticky lace.
Gives off a floral and fruity aroma with notes of pine which then flourishes into fruity pineapple, mango skin, apricot, green banana, grapefruit and some lingering grain.
The taste is of pine and bright, tart grapefruit, with some herbal and earthy tones followed up by malt on the back that barrels into a delightfully bitter finish.
Creamy and well carbonated, with a medium body.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 06:14:00 | More by Lldeegan
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Fux

France

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber ale, with a large lingering off-white foamy head.

S: lots of fruits here, mainly pineapple, but also rhubarb, citruses, red fruits. Some resinous aromas.

T: Hoppy character with grapefruits, pines tastes, a bit of litchi but still pineapple overwhelming. Among this explosion on bitterness, caramel, chocolate malts can also be found. Final is very astringent.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O: Well, this is quite a complex beer, given the fact only one type of hop has been used to produce it, and quite original, but overall, the pineapple taste is quite disturbing. I would give it another chance, but I've known better from Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 21:14:59 | More by Fux
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tillmac62

South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber with a ruby cast. Very nice head with excellent lacing. Nose of floral hops over a light biscuit. Light medium body with normal carbonation. Nice flavor profile that is slightly hop forward over biscuit with some caramel in the background. The finish is clean with a residual alcohol note.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 20:52:23 | More by tillmac62
Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.