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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010

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Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
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 glid02
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing. The color with these beers is constant however in my experiences the head retention changes a bit.

Smells of deep grassy and pine hop aromas with a bit of mustiness. The pale malt flavors serve as a backbone but their contribution is minimal.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Pale malt flavors early on quickly give way to very earthy hop flavors - piney but with grassy notes that make it less spruce-like. A mild bitterness sets in midway through the sip and intensifies through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was one of the dirtier single-hop beers I've had from Mikkeller and while possibly the most distinctive I can't say that it's my favorite. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours a nice deep honey color verging on amber. There is a huge puffy, off-white, head that last for quite a bit. Tons of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet, like caramel, and extremely floral. I'm actually a little taken aback by how rosy this beer is. There are slight notes of green apple in there as well.

T: It starts out sweet, but the floral components come on strong right after. In the middle it gets a bit flat (earthy without much flavors). The finish is super dry and almost grainy. I get pine and cereal. Captn' Crunch.

M: Medium bodied beer. The flavors are a bit syrupy. The hops coat for a bit, but slide off clean. The lingering nature of this beer is pure bitter.

O: I think this beer is pretty good. It's not my facvorite of the single hops, but it's good. I'm a big fan of that floral quality in beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and the exact same color as the Amarillo single hop I had just prior. It smells hoppy, it tastes hoppy and might have had a hint of citrus but honestly I was a little disappointed with myself for not being able to get a good definition of what Tomahawk hops smell and taste like. I've been trying to drink these single hop IPA to educate myself enough that I can pick out particular hops by flavor or aroma. And, I love IPA's. Overall this was a good American IPA but I might need to give it another go.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a big, foamy off-white head.

S: Aromas of pine, spruce, juniper berry, herbs, blood orange, grapefruit, nectarine, tangerine, and caramel fill the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuits, pine, spruce, juniper berry, cedar, fresh herbs, grapefruit, blood orange, nectarine, tangerine, and an earthy, vegetal bitterness akin to a white onion or radish wash across the palate. The finish is sappy, bitter, and long with notes of pine, juniper, cedar, blood orange, caramel, and nectarine.

M: Medium in body and dry. Not as firm as previous runs. Carbonation starts off crisp, but quickly flattens out. Alcohol presence is very subtle.

O: This is a near excellent IPA as is, but it would have been better if it felt a little firmer and heftier in the mouth. This may just be a bad bottle, or it could be a bad batch, but still, there is a little room for improvement. Overall, though, this is a very good IPA.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap date: 04/11/11. Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured a hazy red-orange with a massive four finger fluffy off-white head that subsided to one finger very very slowly as I drank it. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus hop, and an earthy note. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nicely balanced IPA. Had a very good aroma and flavor going on it this one. Just a touch of a little more maltiness would have been nice, but not totally necessary. This one is worth trying for any hop-head as it has quite a hop bite on the followthrough.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, plenty of levity and air under the 3/5" white head that didn't yield, while not the tightest clumping, its retention and appearance were solid. CTZ hops seem to be more pungent than what came out in the aroma.

Taste is a dry body that drops substantial bitterness. Goes hard with unsweetened grapefruit. I grow Tomahawk hops and they seem like they have more going on then is yielded here, this doesn't really break free from the confines of the traditional C hops. When you factor in the high price tag on these single 12oz bottles ($5/6) it just can't be a repeat purchase even if it was fun to try and tick a single hop.

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Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, home. This a well made beer with a wonderful aroma, but the Tomahawk varietal just doesn't work on its own. The beer is quite bitter, almost outrageously so, and the yeast strain doesn't seem to want to play nicely with the hop flavors. The hops have an interesting bitter wood/nut flavor that quickly transitions to a massive pine bitterness. Pine tar has nothing on this bitter resin. I appreciate the effort and the thought behind this lineup, but I prefer some hop varietals in blends to alone and Tomahawk is definitely one that belongs in a blend. The aftertaste left my mouth with an intense, almost uncomfortable bitterness for an absurdly long time. This beer would be a nightmare for anyone who doesn't actively love bitterly unbalanced hoppy beers.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 gford217
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store as part of Mikkeller Mayhem.

Same of the others - light hazy amber with smallish beige head that recedes to a small collar leaves little lacing.

The aroma is pretty pungent and spicy with an earthy resinous and grassy floral character. The malts seem to come through more than in some of the other IPAs for whatever reason.

The taste is more of the same. After a quick bitter citrus taste up front, it's all about the herbal grassy bitterness. After a little caramel malts and toasted bread, there is a spicy finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and seems smoother than any of the other IPAs.

I put this one in the same category as Centennial for me - very good beer but doesn't differentiate itself from the others too much.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-tinged golden colour with strong carbonation and a ludicrously sized beige head. Might be something wrong with my poor, but I highly doubt it. Sinks nicely, webbing out and uneven on top, leaves specks of lace behind. Decent IPA-look, shame about the over-exuberance of the head.

Smell is intriguing. Very fruity hops, with an appealing pineapple character and nice tartaric tang to it. Lemon sherbet and candied orange peel as well. Yeah, really pleasant aerated sugar character joins a nice tart, fruity hop bomb. Too many adjustives, but not too many hops.

Taste is interesting, but not as much as the nose. Nice malty notes on the very front; slight biscuity edge and hops take charge midway, giving fair fruity characters with citrus and pineapple at the forefront. Bittering comes through quite early - let's say late-mid - with a distinct peppery spice and a hint of capsicum. Finish is quite resiny, with a touch of waxy flavour to go with it. A robust bitterness, but a good one.

Good body, nice and thick to pad the carbonation. Almost chewy at times but with a good texture so as not to overwhelm with stickiness.

Maybe not an everyday drinking beer, but a good one.

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Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy amber pour. Big, foamy off-white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing eventually.

S: Very nice aroma. Pineapple, grapefruit and ...banana? dominate the nose.

T: Very strong pineapple stands out. Almost tastes like pineapple juice for a second, here and there. Very fruity in general with some apple and grapefruit in there too.

M: Nice carbonation and a typical medium body. Bitterness carries almost all the way through the taste and into the aftertaste but doesn't last long.

O: Surprisingly complex given the simple recipe. Not a huge fan of pineapple but overall it's decent.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/20/2010. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a super thick, foamy head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, hop oils, garlicky hops, and rich caramel malt. Flavor of rich caramel malt, hop oils, and a bitter hops finish. Very tasty and uber drinkable. Another winner from the Mikkeller single hop series.

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Photo of ADZA
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we go again i love these single hop IPA's and keen as to trying this style as i love the tomahawk hop,this brew pours a nice honeydew,apricot hue with really nice carbonation that leaves a creamy dense two finger head and lacing everywhere just like a milkshake,the aroma is really piney,citrusy hops and i mean piney,the piney hops come through on taste with a tinge of stonefruit in there aswell and it finishes a little bitter but very subtle compared to other single hop IPA's and the mouthfeel is very sessionable neither thick nor thin,overall a really nice IPA that isnt as bitter ending as most other IPA's and couldnt really fault it will definately buy again.

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Photo of deapokid
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liquid is a bright, gleaming orange with a wonderfully billowy head and tons of lacing. Head is like tufts of cotton, paired with a vibrant bright coloration. Quite an appealing look.

Smell is potent, packing big citrus rind and a hop stink that is nothing short of bombastic. Those expecting subtlety should proceed with caution.

Wow! The Tomahawk hop is definitely one to be reckoned with. Taste is beyond strong, packing the scratchy forthrightness of a profound alpha hop. A potent grapefruit flavor is also on the menu, backed by a floral, almost organic conclusion. This is a brash, US-style beer all the way and I love that a Danish brewer has taken on the spirit of North American craft brewing.

Despite all the machismo those hops are throwing around, this really isn't as rough on the tongue as you'd expect. The sweeter citrus flavors are a really nice touch and they manage to balance it out nicely, making a deviously drinkable and never overpowering IPA.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: any significant rating deviation my be attributed to reviewing this beer while under the stress of a pre-evacuation order due to the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado. But got to try not to let the unsampled beers perish in vain (i.e., worse case scenario)...

Outstanding color, head, carbonation, and lacing. Deep, rich malt nose with a subdued yet solid floral/grass hop nose.

Taste is what you'd expect for the style. Malt dominated with hop bitterness and an ever so subtle alcohol warmth in the mix. Clean, semi-dry.

An excellent example of the style. Bold, assertive, with enough depth and character make for an enjoyable glass of suds.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 04/11/11

A: Pours a bright, cloudy, apricot color with a three finger, superbly dense and bubbly, light tan head that retains forever and left some of the most attractive lace I've seen on the inside of the glass. The head eventually wears down to a thick and creamy skim.

S: Very intensely piney and woody. Temp change brought about some mild fruitiness, but the main thing I smelled going on here is nostril searingly piney hops!

T: Exactly as above with the addition of some toasty malt. As I worked on the glass, occasionally I'd notice an exceedingly fleeting hint of vanilla and/or sugar rock candy. The main player is juicy pine resin.

M: Insanely bitter. On the verge of enamel melting. Spicy, sticky, and bitter pine finish lasts for longer than a minute (probably longer than that, even) on the tongue.

D: Even as this was melting the enamel off of my teeth and permanently scarring my tongue, I just couldn't put down my glass. What a great thing it was to be able to try this hop all by itself.

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Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 wagenvolks
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Church Key.

Hazy amber pour with a fairly well-formed off-white head and some lacing.

Excellent flavor and aroma on this one. The aroma is very hop-forward, with a blast of rough citrus - grapefruit and lemon, as well as a slight floral note.

Flavor is a little caramel malt and a lot of citrusy, palate-wrecking grapefruity, lemony, and resinous hops. Solid stuff.

Nice palate, somewhat enamel-stripping with medium body and soft carbonation. This was one of the best in the series.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Cooper ale with blonde highlights and a huge 2.5 finger white head after a violent pour. Great head retention and leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and eventually dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong wonderful hoppy aroma. There is a mild floral bitterness with every sniff being more complex than the last. This ale has a mild citrus smell and malt in the background.

T: Overhelming strong hoppy flavor. Alcohol is present but masked but the strong hoppy flavor. There are hints of citrus and grassiness in the background

M: Thick body and medium carbonation

O: Great IPA. Liking this one better than the cascade single hop IPA. Would but this one again.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- a fantastic hazy, dark orange with a huge 3 finger cream colored head. Head is nice and bubbly...love it. Pretty nice lacing...all the way up the glass!

S- awwwesome citrus. Mostly oranges. Smells amazing. Theres something about the orange though...it smells so...I dunno, fresh maybe? So good.

T- slightly bitter orange flavor...and WHOOO is that aftertaste a bitter one. No idea what the IBUs on this one are, but they sure are kicking me in the face right now. Its almost a little too much.

M- feel is good...yeasty. Nice and carbonated.

D- this is a tough one. I love the taste...but dear god, the bitterness in the finish is so much. Most definitely a sipper, but quite a tasty one

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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.
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