Tettnanger Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

Tettnanger Single Hop IPATettnanger Single Hop IPA
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Tettnanger Single Hop IPATettnanger Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by gford217 on 06-16-2011

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 24
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of dpasotti
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky amber-orange, capped with a lovely head that lingers long and leaves loads of lacing. I like the haze, but combined with the darker color, it comes off as too sewer-water-y for me. Interesting nose of sweet pale malt, spicy hops, and an herbal note that reminds me of chewable Tylenol.

The taste is much the same: caramelly sweet malt in front, followed by crisp but uninteresting hop notes, and just a little floral hint on the end. Tettnanger is a nice hop for many beers, but it's just too one-dimentional to be the focus. The bitterness comes off a bit sharp as well.

Medium body is nice, but a little heavy for the style. Carbonation on the lower end probably doesn't help. Overall this is a pretty good beer by Mikkel. The entire single-hop IPA series, if a bit expensive, is a great learning tool. But this guy is off the mark for an IPA. I would buy this again if it was 1/3 the price, but I don't see that happening.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single hopped IPA from Mikkeller showcasing the Tettnanger hop, only hopped to 38 IBU for some stupid reason. Making this beer not an IPA at all.

Beer is clear and orange with almost no head, but a few white, small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low.

Aroma is a little earthy a little citrusy, overall weak, the majority of the aroma is malt and alcohol.

Beer is medium in body and sweet up front with some alcohol and the finish is not very bitter. Very low but at least present, the midpalate of the beer is mildly citrusy, mildly earthy from the hops but I'm searching it out, it is not the dominant force in this beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is sadly the last of this series that I have been able to get my hands on for now. It also has a slightly less stable enormous fluffy head than is typical for the series, so I had to knock some points off for that. Same mouthfeel as before, same hazy deep orange color.
Smells of faint earthy spice and faded florals, tastes of much the same. This, much like the Challenger, is a subtle one. It takes a lot of effort and concentration to detect the hop presence at all behind the malt bill. I'm not all that impressed with the strength of only 38 IBUs on this one. At least its mildness means that it goes down smooth, but on the other hand, as far as IPAs go it is rather annoyingly toothless.

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Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle tasted alongside Amarillo and Willamette versions.

Pours hazy golden amber with a nice thick beige head that recedes to a thick cap. It's not got the eye-catching look of the Amarillo but it's good looking enough.

Aroma is very tame with only hints of hop aromas and it's mostly lemongrass and faint earthy notes. The biscuity malts are more evident than in the other versions, largely due to the hops being less prominent.

The taste is just a tad better and has a more prominent floral character, maybe some pine but also a bit of actual flowers. The malts are noticeable and the finish is crisp.

The mouthfeel is a tad watery compared to the other two versions, lighter carbonation and body.

This is one of the IPAs in the series that I don't think quite stands up on its own. Not much better than an average IPA for me.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a fine coating of lace.

The aroma is grassy or peppery with pine and some orange, quite similar to the raw pellets.

The flavors are rather mild with low bitterness. There is faint orange and no appreciable finish.

This is a full-bodied beer with light alcohol, a wooly texture, and ample cleansing carbonation.

Tettnanger was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish between the varieties of hops. It would nicely accompany a meal.

Sampled from a pint glass alongside the Super Galena Single Hop IPA.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

38 IBU

A - Hazy amber with a fluffy white head.

S - Bready malt, caramel and a light earthy, floral hop.

T - Malty, caramel mixed with earthy, floral hops. A hops are a bit flowery in taste. Touch of alcohol.

M - Medium body and seems a bit less carbonated than the other types I tried.

D - I have to say the 4 European and American version hops I tried from this newest release were disappointing.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We hear brewers tell us that this beer is "this" because of "so-and-so" hops, but rarely do we have a chance to gain appreciation for those hops because there's a lot of stuff going on with the beer; whether it be additional hop varieties, esters, spices, or malt complexities. This Tettnanger version sells what's best about the noble hops of Germany.

With a very un-IPA-like dark amber hue, the beer takes on redish brown coloration of heavy rust. A firm haze, tremendous head formation of eggshell white foam, sturdy retention, and lacy rings all certainly sings the praises of well-made IPAs though.

Spicy-sweet aromas spring from the glass with aromas of dried wood, stems, leaf, bark, and earth- a nearly minty sassafras note comes through and reminds me a bit of gin or white wine. It carries a scent of pumpernickel bread. Backed by the toasted malty sweetness of toffee and shortbread, the base malts nearly cover up the tettnanger scent.

Flavors strike the palate in reverse. First, the malty rich taste of toffee sweetness with toast and starch brings a rich base from which the hops spring. But then up with broad bitterness of dried woods, tea leaves, and rye, the beer begins to balance out very well. Finishing with a spicier peppercorn note, the minty elements weave into alcohol taste for a very refreshing closure to its taste.

Where the tettnanger hop variety delivers high flavor and aroma character with a smooth and broad bitterness, similar to English noble hops, I can see where and why this variety is often paired with other hop species like saaz and hallertau for roundness, complexity, and fuller taste. It would greatly help if Mikkeller could back off of the malt richness, making the beer drier and allowing the hops to showcase all of their special attributes in fuller glory. I feel that the rich base beer covers up the more delicate features of many of the hops being celebrated.

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Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. Some light sediment. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A milder smell than I expected, with a floral hoppiness, and some malt.

T: Tasted of low key floral hops, caramel, citrus and bit of malt. Not the most dynamic of flavors. Could have used a little more hops - or maybe this style of hops is just not that bitter.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this isn't a bad IPA, but there are better examples.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 6/31/13 so it's got some age on it but that's Total wine for ya.Pours into a standard pint glass a somewhat murky amber color with a half finger off white head that settled pretty slowly.Aromas of the leafy Tettnanger hops and some light sweet bread dough.The mouthfeel is a little prickly and about medium.Flavors of caramel and dough upfront with leafy somewhat herbal hop notes in the finish.Not bad but nothing that blows you away,again this had some age on it so it might have been better if more fresh.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A frothy/fizzy off white head forms.. Clumps along the in side of the glass and slowly fades. Clear amber color with lots of carbonation escaping.

Caramel, grassy, earthy and a touch of sweetness. A touch of toastiness in the aroma.

Certainly makes this taste like an east coast varietal of an IPA. Earthy, toasty, more balanced. Lots of caramel notes with a hint of abv. Earthy with a mild bitterness in the finish. Some bread notes.

Very subtle carbonation in the mouth, especially after seeing all the visible carbonation.

The abv really comes through here. I think the subdued bitterness has other flavors come to the forefront.


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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cap numbered 8211103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a one and a half finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, citrus hop, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, earth, caramel hop, and slight citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one was pretty good and inviting with the citrus aspect going on. The flavor wasn't as good as the aroma, but it was still not bad as the citrus carried over slightly in hop form. I would have this one again...

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Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Tettnanger Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 56.6% out of 100 with 53 ratings
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