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Challenger Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Challenger Single Hop IPAChallenger Single Hop IPA

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: vandemonian on 06-20-2011)
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Inglewood, Feb 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

psoriasaurus, Feb 21, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Sorachi, Sep 01, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +7%

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My third beer from the Mikkeller Single Hop series. Expectations are fairly high, based on my experience with the other two.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of creamy fluffy beige colored head. Body is a dark burnt sienna orange with some dark yeast sediment floating around near the bottom. Thins to a fluffy ring & some foam with trace amounts of lace. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is leafier and hoppier than the other two I've tried, but not by much. Faint caramel malts, wood, dried leaves, some Belgian yeast, and little else. I'm pretty hard pressed to find any distinct aroma from the challenger hops.

T - Taste is nice, but much in the same vain as the others. Earthy twiggy hop character and caramel malts, paired nicely with a touch of Belgian yeast.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with just a tad higher carbonation than the one I tried yesterday, Mikkeller Sorachi Ace. Little earthiness lingering on the palate.

Overall, I'd say that challenger hops are one of the more subtle varieties out there, lending a more herbal / leafiness to the mix than bitterness. Probably the least memorable of the three I've tried so far, but still an outstanding way to showcase this unique variety of hop.

Mikkeller Challenger ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Aug 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

BMart, Aug 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

xseanprimex, Jul 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

EROCK75, Jun 13, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev +4.5%

(4.25) A: Cloudy peach colour with a very tall and impressive creamy and dense head. Very good retention with lacing that appears painted to the glass – Very nice.

(4.0) S: Floral notes, salted toffee, damp wood that comes across oak-like, orange rind, and a big bready backbone. An interesting aroma that I don’t find too pleasant but appreciate considering the uniqueness.

(3.5) T: Baked bread backbone, orange rind, wood, lighter floral elements, and underlying toffee. Fairly smooth with an unassuming bitterness and a subtle dryness. Bready taste is quite dominant.

(3.75) M: Fuller bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and oily textured.

(3.75) D: The taste wasn’t my style with a heavy bread-like presence (reminds me of an English pale ale) but still remains a good IPA in my books. I’m really liking this Mikkeller series.

Digimaika2, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +15.8%

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. A batch code is printed on the cap but there is no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is cloudy orange/amber. Two fingers of fairly dense, buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipated to a billowy and spotted lacing, leaving tails of foam on the glass. A little sedimentation had collected in the grooves at the bottom of the bottle, but it was easily loosened.

Smell: It is mostly grassy/earthy, reminiscent of English pale ale, but it is tinged with orange citrus and lemon zest. It has its vinous moments but they are (thankfully) fleeting. There is a nice base of pale malts, caramel, and toffee.

Taste: Whoa — pretty good. Grassy hops, a little spice, orange and lemon citrus, exotic fruit, pale malts, caramel, and toffee. It also has that unpolished astringency to it.

Drinkability: Of the beers I have tried in the single-hop series, this edition the closest to being drinkable on a regular basis. I would definitely buy this one again.

TheQuietMan22, Jan 22, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours orangey amber with a small head.
Nose shows orange marmalade, earthy and herbal hops along with some caramel in the background.
Flavours include some earthy, spicy hops with a fair bit of sweet clean malt underneath.
Could use a lighter body.

CrazyDavros, Oct 14, 2012
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Challenger Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.