Tomahawk Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

Tomahawk Single Hop IPATomahawk Single Hop IPA
BA SCORE
84.7%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 157 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,075
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
157
Liked:
133
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
11.14%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
6
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 89
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one showed up on tap a while ago at the Tap & Table. I managed to get one of the last glasses of it before the keg kicked. The beer poured out as a nice looking clear golden yellow color. The head was decent, it was white and a little fizzy, not a whole lot of lacing on this one. The smell was a little piney and had a nice floral quality to it. The taste was hoppy, nothing too extreme but still not bad. The mouthfeel of the beer was drinkable, I can't really see much wrong with this brew. Overall it's nice drinking IPA. You could have this just about anytime and probably enjoy it.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high frothy beige head that slowly died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose; smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of grapefruit flavors accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness. There are some hints of caramel in the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is one that needs to be sipped given its strength and amount of bitterness.

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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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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a hazy, dark orange-amber hue, with three fingers of thinly foamy, puffy, rocky white head, which slowly collapses inward, leaving in the process, a nice circumference of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of pine resin, pungent floral notes, a bit of citrus rind oil, and crackery malt. The taste is more pine needle, forest glade bitterness, some additional perfumed flower hoppiness, and a sturdy, if under-appreciated, bready, caramel-tinged maltiness.

The bubbles are rather sedate, providing just a wee edge to the proceedings, the body medium-light in weight, with an airy lift that detracts from an otherwise capable smoothness. It finishes a tad off-dry, the malt/hop interface somewhat blurred by a slight clamminess.

Another decent isolation lesson in the long line of hops that can make up that mythical prototypical American IPA - this time, the pine and floral essences dominate, yet still participate in a local harmony that remains pleasantly drinkable all on its own.

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2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery in the world but his brighter beers tend to pale (excuse the pun) in comparison to his darker beers. 6.9%. Imported by Shelton. Bottled 04/11/2011. Brewed at De Proef. Label is blue.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Surged out and spilled upon opening. Strong indication of overcarbonation.

A: Pours a six finger head of slight cream, okay thickness, beige cloudy colour, and great retention. Quite fluffy. Okay lacing. Appears overcarbonated. Colour is a nontransparent dark copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Dull rather than vibrant. Not particularly inviting for the style.

Sm: Weak oily hops, with some floral character and unconcealed bitterness. A moderate strength aroma. The untamed bitterness makes me question its balance.

T: Clean malts form the foundation, with a clean fresh hop character rounding it out somewhat. Untamed bitterness punches through on the climax to ill effect, but the preceding light floral quality is nice though underdeveloped. It's poorly balanced and somewhat empty in terms of body. A bland IPA. Far too bitter. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Could use cream, particularly on the open. Not complex or subtle, to its detriment.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Weak. Overcarbonated. Too thick for its lack of body. Doesn't suit the flavours horribly well. Some coarseness from the hops on the climax.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and underwhelming, particularly for its high price. A failed experiment from Mikkeller. Not Mikkel's strongest IPA by any means. I certainly wouldn't get it again. May please diehard IPA fans, but I'm pretty disappointed.

Low C-

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Perfect pour/appearance. A clear, golden orange color with a three-finger, thick, khaki colored head of foam that had amazing staying power. When it did finally start to recede, it left sticky patches of lace.

S - Tropical fruits like grapefruit and mango. Some orange aromas, too. A mild caramel scent in the background.

T - Good caramel sweetness with a piney/grassy bitterness. Good balance between spicy/bitter and sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and dry. A medium bodied ale.

D - This Single Hop brew is probably the least bitter of the 4 that I've had. Good balance and amazing appearance (or maybe my Bell's tulip is the perfect glass).

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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at State Line a week and a half ago. First trip there, grabbed a hung of Mikkeller.

Pours a copper orange with a bit of a rusty hue. Initial three finger head dies down to a half finger and leaves behind plenty of lacing. Nose brings a good amount of floral, earthy hops. Perhaps a bit of pine and some pith. Not too much fruit, other than maybe some grapefruit rind. Taste really brings it all together. This is my favorite single hop variety yet. Pretty bracing bitterness with no malt. Love it. Mouthfeel is dry and then a bit more dry. Drinks quite well. I wish they would have pushed the aroma and flavor additions a bit more, but I will certainly take it as is.

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4.2/5  rDev +4%

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 Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I appreciated HombreWing for sharing all 10 of the single hops, this was the second from the last we tried - poured chilled into a pils glass from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A clear amber with off white cap -the clarity and retention are both good with nice amount of lace sticking and tight bead

S - The aroma is both lemony and grapefruity with a subtle floral and white grape hint, nice tinge of spice/herbal to complement the malt notes

M - Citrus tang and semi-sharp bitterness in the finish, well carbonated and balanced sweetness with dry finish that has resinous texture

T - The taste of this is one of the more vibrant after the Chinook, Warrior, Nugget and Nelson Sauvin - lots of tangy citrus which is very lemony and herbal with a moderate spiced flavor as it finishes with subtle dry astringency the bitterness and zest really make this taste interesting

D - I realy liked this, probably ahead of the pack in the hop education provided by the single hop beers. I like how it has just as much flavor as it does bitterness which may be why hop growers condsider it a good dual use hop - I found this to be very drinkable

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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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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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4/5  rDev -1%

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