Tomahawk Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Tomahawk Single Hop IPATomahawk Single Hop IPA
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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BearsOnAcid on 01-23-2010

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89
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157
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
14.89%
 
 
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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 157
Photo of Lldeegan
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright copper with an off-white meringue head with sticky lace.
Gives off a floral and fruity aroma with notes of pine which then flourishes into fruity pineapple, mango skin, apricot, green banana, grapefruit and some lingering grain.
The taste is of pine and bright, tart grapefruit, with some herbal and earthy tones followed up by malt on the back that barrels into a delightfully bitter finish.
Creamy and well carbonated, with a medium body.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A vigorous pour yields a massive two-finger off-white head that billows and sways like sea foam on top of a dark, golden copper brew. Excellent lacing.

S: Distinct pine and resin qualities stand out most but are amply supported by more mellow citrus –especially grapefruit and blood orange– notes. Unlike the Sorachi Ace, the malt is more present here in all its sweet and toasted glory. Still, the hops remain firmly dominant and receive the attention they seek.

T: Ah, I feel like I'm back in the States already! Delicious resiny hops present themselves first, then fade to a lemony citrus character that accents the sweet malts perfectly and lasts into the finish, becoming more and more orange-like in the process. This is a well-built IPA: a fantastic bitterness asserts itself in the middle but is well supported by the large malt body.

M: Feels rather oily, thanks to both the number and type of hops used. Medium-bodied and maybe a little too heavy, it benefits from a vibrant, lasting carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth hits the stomach but is otherwise imperceptible in the mouth.

O: Maybe I've been deprived of a good American IPA for a while (actually, I have been, I'll admit it), but I really enjoyed this. Good balance, but still a strong emphasis on the hops; though maybe not as much as the Sorachi Ace. It's even more impressive when I consider it's made with only one kind of hop, but I suppose that's more of a testament to the hop than the brewer (no offense Mikkeller)... All hail the Tomahawk!

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Photo of mcann2pu
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a orange-golden color with a huge three finger head,

Smell: piney, citrus smell,

Taste: bitter, piney hops taste, good taste, the hop aftertaste really hangs around.

Mouthfeel: pretty carbonated, but it works out with the hoppy taste,

Drinkability: a littler bitter, but good; I appreciate being able to try the single hop in this one, but with more of a malt balance this could be a great brew in my opinion.

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Photo of ratedz
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

The Tomahawk pours a brownish-amber color, but to me, it appears to have a slightly more golden hue to it than the other Single Hop beers. Maybe it's just me, but without a side-by-side comparison, this one looks a little lighter. The Tomahawk has a cream-colored fluffy that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing. A quick sniff of the beer reveals a slightly bitter scent. Scents of pine and citrus are easily recognized. My first sip immediately reminded me of several West Coast IPA's that I have had... the bitter, piney hop flavor with some citrus notes mixing with a slightly malty backbone. Smooth and creamy and easy to drink.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy amber with thick off white head leaving heavy lace.

Aroma: Lots of floral and tropical fruity hop. Pineapple stands out a little.

Taste: Tropical fruits including pineapple. Sharp, a touch sour with floral notes. Some sweetness from the malt balance, with ABV a little noticeable. Lasting bitter finish introduces some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, nice carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: This is an intense IPA that really showcases the flavours of the Tomahawk hop variety. Extremely tasty and great for self education about which hops can create which flavours.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: thick soapy head with dense net-like lacing over slightly murky burnt orange

S: grapefruit citrus with some orange zest/peel, minor citrus sweetness, mild mint

T: HUGE hop bite that overwhelms most of the remaining hop character, very minor citrus, aside from the bite--not much going on

M: very thin throughout with lingering thick stickiness in the back of the throat

D: the hop bitterness is pretty harsh and overwhelming, likely a one-and-done

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Photo of black13
2.76/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a light golden yellow into my HOTD tulip glass and produced a very large, off white, frothy head. The smell was slightly sweet but was dominated by a grapefruit floral aroma. Actually quite pleasing.
The taste was all grapefruit. It actually tasted like it was drinking the juice from grapefruit skin. After a few sips it was modestly tolerable, but I reserve grapefruit for breakfast. The mouthfeel was very tart, thin, and had quite a bit of carbonation. This was not a drinkable beer for me.

I am a stout, porter, old ale drinker and had this just to get an appreciation for hops and how their flavor contributes to a beer. By itself, hops are not pleasing to me. But when balanced out with some malt, fruit, etc, they add complexity to the beverage. Try the experiment if you will, it was fun albeit not to tasty.

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Photo of richmof
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange-amber (copper) colour, with haze. Two finger frothy head with pretty good retention and lacing.

Hops and orangey citrus on the nose, slight malt.

One of the better of Mikkeller's single hop IPAs IMO. All about letting the Tomahawk hop do its work, hence the earthy hop undertone throughout. Angostura bitter flavour, with a slight spiciness.

I guess for some people the dominance of the hop and bitterness is overdone in this single hop IPA series...but that is the point. I would be between the Tomahawk and the Amarillo as to which I prefer.

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Photo of berebrando
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 04-14-10(?)
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: Citrus, pine, calcium finish, fresh hop flavor. This bee is KG Approved!
Brandon: candied citrus, very good smell, the best aroma hop in this series of 10. very earthy flava flav.

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Photo of FutureCowboy
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a chilled imperial pint glass.

A: Beautiful bright orange/amber, with a very pleasant foamy head. Some good head retention & density here, not receding at all. Obviously gonna get some lacing on this puppy, just from the pour there's some real glass-stickage. Great start.

S: Dense citrus/pine. The acid content here is very apparent, it's not a light airy "zest" at all. I anticipate a real bitter forest from the aroma. Have to give it a 3.5, because it's a freakin Tomahawk IPA, it is what it is.

T: Oh yea. Throw balance out the window, lock the window, and then nail it shut. Later, paint it shut. This is 100% bitter. Tongue-lashingly bitter. Very interesting.

M: Not the regular semi-pleasant chewy resin here. The bitterness is probably playing a factor, but it's more, i dunno, greasy? than anything.

D: As with all the other Mikkeller single hop selections, I'm glad I had it, I'll save the bottle (#5 so far), but I wouldn't purchase this again. I love getting to know individual hop flavors, but they aren't all meant to stand alone.

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Photo of ipazilla
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: golden orange hue, slight lacing with a moderate head

S: hops hops hops, great citrusy floral aroma

T: This is a perfect IPA in my opinion, floral, mighty bitter, astringent

M: dry, smooth and slightly carbonated

D: highly drinkable, but I would savor each glass as long as possible.

If you like hops, buy this beer the instant you see it and buy as much of it as you can afford, then hide it from all of your friends. Or if you are extremely generous share one. Either way get it and put it in a proper glass.

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Photo of bangerang
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice soft cream colored thick full head. About 2 inches of it too but with a beautiful subtle caramel yellow white color. When first opening the bottle and sniffing the chilled steam release from the cap, you get an awesome fresh and subtle piny and crisp smack up your nostrals. It's a great smell from the bottle and glass. Hints of frosty pine and cloudy fresh hops. Though, the smell was disceiving, because i dont think the taste was as great. Not such a sweet piney ipa, like others. More of a instant fresh liquid to a after bitter flavor. More so bitter than fresh piney sweet aroma flavors. That sparkle isn't very present. I got a very lingering bitterness though not a dull bad one. The flavors are all there, but compare it to say HUB ipa on cask or Deschutes hop hedge, its a little different. Also, the flavors seemed to dull towards the end of the beer. It seemed more drinkable towards the second half of the glass, unlike the others listed above, where i could really enjoy the flavors all the way through.

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Photo of RileyRowan
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz poured into pint glass Cap dated 4/11/11

A: Nice deep copper color, modest carbonation. Unfiltered/cloudy appearance. Solid 2-2.5 finger head, great retention, great lacing.

S: Strong hop aroma, resinous & dank/musty smell, similar to a hop pellet. Harsh citrusy smell. Very slight biscuity malt aroma.

T: Bitter yet balanced flavor - AWSOME!Very hop forward, somewhat citrusy, delicious hop flavor. Bitter finish yet sweet at the same time. Delicious!

M: Medium body w/ nice even carbonation. A bit chewy due to the abundance of hops.

D: Wish I had another!!

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Photo of villager12
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Robe orangée, mousse épaisse et persistante. Nez herbacé, on s'attend à ce que l'amertume soit bien présente... et ça ne loupe pas. Bouche ample et très amère (un peu terreuse) mais bien fondu avec le côté malté qui ressort (malt pilsen, cara-crystal et munich). Bonne longueur, très très plaisant et l'amertume bien que très présente passe superbement bien... du grand art. Bravo Mikkeller ;-)

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Tomahawk Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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