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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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Tomahawk Single Hop IPATomahawk Single Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 89
Reviews by patpbr:
Photo of patpbr
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a big fluffy merangue-like 3" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: grapefruit, some grassiness, and a floral bitterness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, big grapefruit, some pine, and a sharp bitterness are most notable flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, crisp and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness sticks around on the tongue.

Drinkability: slower drinking beer with the sharp bitterness, but still has some refreshing qualities.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hoppy notes are dominant and enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some hoppy notes with some citrus notes and some bitterness with a dry caramel malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and interesting though it gets kind of hard to distinguish some of those West-Coast hops. I thought this was quiet similar to the Nugget hops beer form the same series though maybe this one was a bit more citrusy.

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Photo of RoyalT
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

This and the simcoe from Mikkeller were my two favorites.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. Like the simcoe version, the nose is intense, with almost a skunky aroma, coupled with dank earth, wet tobacco and bitter citrus. Flavors replicate the nose, with this beer very much on the dry and bitter side. The beer is incredibly flavorful and bitter, with a light to medium mouthfeel. The finish is long, dry and bitter. Drinkability is pretty good, but the hugely dry and hoppy bitterness wear out the palate after a while. Still, a very fine IPA from Mikkeller.

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Photo of bark
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber color with a slight chill haze. Huge, foamy head; recedes with a rocky dome. Leaves ample ring lace all the way down to the base of the glass.

Strong grapefruit hop aroma. There's a touch of pine as well. Light malt in the background.

Bitter, but very dry. Leaves a very long hop-sucking flavor long after the swallow. Moderate body, good carbonation. Definitely a hop lovers beer, though not complex. Easy to drink IPA.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

This hop gave a really complex aroma of sulfur and pine. Definitely of the pine family of hops. This beer also seems sweeter than the others and the connectivity is helped by the carbonation. Maybe pine flavored hops make things seem sweeter to me. This one was just OK.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse Sydney.

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper colour with a fine bubbled head of off-white foam. Lacing is excellent. Looks very decent indeed.

Nose is sprightly - rather citric, with a slightly sweeter candied orange character to it. Very hop-centric, as you'd expect, and I appreciate the opportunity to see Tomahawk in isolation.

Taste is extremely bitter even from the very front. Acerbic and sharp. The hop character has a slightly sweeter butterscotch character to balance it, but it's a rather poor foil to the resinous, robust bitterness. Mouthfeel is sparkling.

This was a rather tough beer. I appreciate Mikkeller's single-hop series, but this one does make me a little wary of the Tomahawk variety. It was extremely overblown, especially on the palate - and the fragrance isn't interesting or pleasant enough to make it worthwhile.

Not one of my favourites of the series.

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Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazy golden orange, a bit of amber, pretty neat, big and frothy white head forms and settles down to a thick ring and layer around the glass, some lace spirals stick to the glass.

Smell is nice, big and hoppy, very resiny and herbal, a tou8ch of biscuit and malty sweetness, huge grapefruit and orange peel, very fragrant, tons of citrus, lightly herbal, pretty rough and intense aroma, a bit of booziness, pretty neat.

Taste is interesting, just dies quite a bit, very herbal and resiny, some biscuit and crackery malt, a bit dry, very rough and bitter hoppiness, very leafy and a bit medicinal, long bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Harsh and drying bitterness in the finish, pretty puckering, but nice stuff.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a serious full blown peppery hop.

The taste consisted of a hop forward full pepper with a slight malt detected

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a lingering hop spice.

Overall a very spice single hop.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An intensely bitter and resiny IPA.

The beer pours with a glowing and hazy deep golden, lightly orange and rust-stained color. A dense and froathy foamstance form on the beer, reduces to a sturdy sheet, and laces very well during the session.

Sharp, spicy, piney aromas emmit from the glass. Obviously dominated by aggressive hop resins. A sturdy malt backbone gives some graham cracker and light caramel notes.

Malts actually take the stage up front with the caramels, English-style sweet breads, and graham crackers. But then the hop flavor starts out lightly citrusy but soon builds to pine and finishes with a sharp and intensely bitter, resiny flavor. Light fruitiness might be an ester from yeast but is more likely a component of hop acids.

Fairly round and medium weighted from start until just before the finish. The end of the beer falls off sharply for a dry and resiny finish and aftertaste. Evaporative and moderately alcoholic, the hops and ethynol feel really dries the mouth like few beers can.

Tomahawk is a beautiful showcase of the Tomahawk hop variety. Althogh these single hop beers lack complexity and suffer a bit from the blending of hops for a layering effect, the Tomahawk resiny piney flavor and aroma is undeniable. A part of me wants a drier malt character to allow the hops to dominate even more.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the malt house, consumed back-to-back with the simcoe and warrior varietals

cellphone notes

appearance: bright orange-amber body, foamy beige head, nice retention

smell: shines with citrus, tangerine, orange, pine

taste: full-flavored - lots of citrus - orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon. strong pine, very nicely done - love the classic tomahawk hop

mouthfeel: lighter bitterness level than the warrior

drinkability: good

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Photo of Kirk
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of david18
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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...

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1%

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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 157 ratings