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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Tomahawk Single Hop IPATomahawk Single Hop IPA

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90
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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010

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Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of number1bum
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of jdense
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.

Photo of Jamison85
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of brendan13
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.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dansmcd
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
3.01/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
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.

Photo of CityofBals
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Ralphs66
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Pours a nice cloudy orange with good head and lacing.

Smell is lots of herb with chicory and some orange malt sweetness.

Taste is really herbal, some chicory and all round just good hop taste to it. Little bit malty but the bitterness here makes its presence known.

At times I get almost ashy flavours hitherto unseen outside of Bridge Road's single hop beers.

Mouthfeel is quite substantial with good carb. Bitter with resin.

Probably the best of this series out of the three I've tried. Highly enjoyable.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Beervana
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of hozersr
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of rodlavers
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Iparedman
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -1%

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