Tettnanger Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Tettnanger Single Hop IPATettnanger Single Hop IPA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of dpasotti
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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 -13.2%
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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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
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 -10.5%
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 -10.5%
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 -8.6%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -2.4%
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 -1.3%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.8%
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 RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty easy drinking IPA, even though it's a bit hearty and earthy overall. The hops really seem to impart a rigid oily thing that meshes with the pine and deep citrus tones into one glob of character (as many of these single hop IPAs seem to do). Overall, this is not too shabby.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber in color and has some small yeast particles visible floating in suspension along with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense off white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a head covering the surface and lots of bubbles coating the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts along with notes of floral hops and hints of herbs towards the finish. The hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be one of the most malt-forward beers of Mikkeller’s single hop series. The Tettnanger hops aren’t that well suited for an IPA, but it is interesting to see how they compare to those used in the other IPAs in the series.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thick, pillowy beige head.

S: Aromas of lemon, lime zest, sweet orange, herbs, and wildlfower honey are present on the nose.

T: Notes of honey, lemon, lime zest, sweet orange, sage, mint, minerals, and kumquat are supported by a biscuity malt base. The finish is mellow and short with orange, honey, and lime flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, firm, and dry. Carbonation is crisp. Very refreshing.

O: Tettnanger is far from the first varietal I think of when I think IPA, but this beer proves to me that the hop could be used to brew this style. Compared to other American-style IPAs, Tettnanger Single Hop IPA is light, straight-forward, and tremendously refreshing, but is just bitter enough to qualify as a real IPA. An excellent, unorthodox showcase of a hop varietal generally associated with German lagers.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely more of an American Pale than an IPA, but we'll try to refrain from making too many judgments on this front. I'm not sure if the bottle says that it's an IPA, I thought it just said single hop but I could certainly be wrong. It doesn't say anything on the glass when it's on tap. It's just beer. That's weird. Big sexy creamy head atop a somewhat hazy orange pour. Head fades to a small ring with some little dotted stain. I connected the dots and it appears to be Mikkel lying down holding a stein of beer. Not surprised.
Floral and malty aroma, a little bit of the alcohol hanging out. Very nice for a pale, a little weak for an IPA, but overall it's a pleasant aroma. A faded backdrop of pepper.
Slightly sweet, a boozy sting coupled with some pine and flowers. Finishes crisp with the ethanol.
Overall, I find this an excellent pale ale and a pretty good IPA. I know the IBU's are on the low side, but the Tettnang is a beautiful hop and it's showcased very well here dancing alongside the malt and booze. I think it's a well-crafted beer, but I do like IPAs all over the IBU spectrum. Elysian's Immortal is one for example that has only slightly more IBU's than this and it's a personal favorite.
Only the 2nd from the new series that I've tried and it kicked the Centennial's ass, although I fear that bottle was a bit infected.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is cloudier and darker than the norm, with some suspended sediment.

Nicely aromatic and spice notes.

There are some tropical notes like guava, earthiness, and tea. A little bitterness in the finish but has a fruity acidity throughout.

Body is medium, and carbonation is fizzy.

The tettnanger tastes unique seems to be expressed well in this beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a really cloudy shade of dark orange with a very puffy one finger light tan head. Looks pretty ugly, actually...but then again, most of the Mikkeller single hops do

S- spicy aroma, with some sweet citrus invading as well....pretty nice

T- really fresh tasting....nice citrus bite. Very crisp. A tad bit of bitterness in the finish

M- medium bodied. Not syrupy. Very good

O- not bad at all. I've had Victory's Tettnag Pils, and enjoyed that, and this was just as good.

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Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink label. I like this hop, want to see what it is like alone. I suspect it will be a foul representation though.

It pours a cloudy amber with a foamy off-white head.

The smell isn't bad, I think it represents the hop decently. It has some nice herbal notes, orange, and some light malt.

The flavor isn't bad either. I was worried he would misuse the noble hop like many others but it doesn't have that over-concentrated flavor.

I am surprised, he really captured the hop well, one of my favorites. Now he just needs to make a Spalt one. Or just make a single hop Spalt pils in the south German style, that would be sick.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. I get a lot of biscuit malt and grass in the aroma, as well as a little bit of orange citrus.

The flavor is similar. There is a lot of grass and orange citrus in the flavor, as well as some biscuit malt which keeps the bitterness from being too high.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up all 19 of the Mikkeller Single Hop Series beers at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Slightly cloudy pour with two finger head with good retention and lacing. Very interesting and unique floral, perfumey nose. The taste mirrors the smell with a nice mild floral hop character that nicely complements the sweet malt base. Hints of pepper, pine and tea play nicely with the caramel malt. This is definitely more of a pale ale than an IPA. The mouthfeel is really nice and drinkable with a slightly oily finish with just a touch of bitterness. This was my first conscious exposure with Tettnanger hops. I'm thinking it won't be my last. Probably a stretch to call this an IPA, but very nice anyway.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to Rattle N Hum in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring a number single hop ipa's 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. At this event, there were a number of british and european hops which made it all the more interesting. I recently had a flight of Tettnanger, Cluster, Soriachi Ace and Bravo.

Tettnanger: This one was a little less like and IPA than a Pale Ale. Very interesting aroma and a bit on the sweet side but overall very good.

Cluster: Again, not so much an IPA as it should be but also very good. A bit bready on the aroma and flavor. Some bitterness that is a little more on the piney side than the fruity side.

Soriachi Ace: I think the best of the bunch and a little more like an IPA than the rest (more like the earlier single hop versions released by Mikkeller). Good citrus and pine aroma and good bitterness on the flavor.

Bravo: The Bravo was the least ipa like of the bunch although not a bad beer. Nice balance, nice aroma and nice flavor...just not what you expect when you ask for an IPA.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

quite possibly my favorite of the single hop series, now that ive tried all but a few of them. this one has a lot more interesting qualities than I expected from this variety. its got the same familiar orangey hazy pour with the usual yeasty off white head that sticks around. the nose though is a lot different. the hops power right through the yeast where others did not. there is a nice fruity trail mix sort of nutty aroma to this, very outdoorsy in some way. the flavor has a ton of fruit from the hops, like melon and grapefruit, I really like it. I didn't expect so much of that fruit to come from the tettnanger hop, but it really does. the malts and yeast play a nice supporting role here, its beefy like all of the beers in this series. this is one I wish was made all the time and came in cheap 6ers, because id be all over it. super easy drinking, that fruit really seems to lighten up the feel, and the carbonation is robust to say the least. overall im glad I worked my way through this series for this beer alone, its a real discovery, and has inspired me to get going with this variety in my next homebrew. lovely stuff.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tasting glass at Bangers & Lace. Tettnanger, Palisade, Cascade, Galena, Super Galena, and Simcoe were all tasted side by side.

Appearance The appearance of the single hop series does not really vary from beer to beer. Each one is a golden caramel color with a fluffy whit ehead that displays good retention and leaves a web of lace down the glass.

Smell: A light pale malt sweetness showcases the floral aroma. I am reminded of walking through a flowery field. Just a touch of bitterness is noticeable.

Taste: The flavor starts with a soft honey-like sweetness and a light grainy malt. Sweet crushed lavender brings a soft bitterness with it. Toward the end more honey and a bit of caramel sweetness come out as well.

Mouthfeel: The feel is clean and crisp. The focus is clearly on creating a stable malt base with middle of the road carbonation and body to showcase the difference in the hops.

Overall: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. It is very nice and delicate, with a floral aroma and flavor I do not find in too many beers.

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, one of the best examples ot a Tettnang beers I've ever had. That's unusual for me as it's usually one of my least fav hops. Poured with an enormous frothy, fluffy, sudsy, foamy, airy, off white head and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Flavor is, to me, surprisingly balanced and on the mild side. Plenty of malt and, of course, the Tettnang to stand up to it. Plenty of bitterness, but not in extreme, not a lot of fruit, only hints (not a fan of the overly fruity hops) and some caramel, malt, chewy malt, a little toffee, bread dough, and cookies. Body is perfect for style and same for carbonation. Finish is like flavor and easy while tapering to a moderate length. Really good. too pricey for session but certainly of exceeding quality.

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Tettnanger Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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