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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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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: vandemonian on 06-20-2011

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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 25
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

All of the single hop offerings by Mikkeller have the same basic look, feel and flavor profile, with only slight variations in tone and taste. Like this one, pour a somewhat dark and cloudy amber shade with moderate head. For a modest ABV (just under 7), the smell is surprisingly boozy. Not a bitter hop bomb; sweetness and malt backbone are very evident. As I said, hard to distinguish among the beers in this series. All solid and a nice IPA alternative to the citrusy or bitter West Coast offerings. (8.5)

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3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(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.

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Challenger Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.