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Challenger Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Challenger Single Hop IPAChallenger Single Hop IPA
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Challenger Single Hop IPAChallenger Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by vandemonian on 06-20-2011

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh. This doesn't really work for me. Too one dimensional, which I guess makes sense since it's a single hop beer and all. I suppose this is the danger that single hopped IPAs can fall into - the one dimensional pitfall. This is a mash of soggy hop spices and malts that don't really seem to be able to separate from each other and show anything interesting. A decent enough drinker, but hardly interesting.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of caramel and orange citrus notes, as well as something that resembles circus peanuts.

The flavor is different. I get a lot of orange citrus notes, but I also get some toffee and grass notes. The bitterness is fairly low for an IPA.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. Some light sediment. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Outstanding lacing.

S: A very hoppy smell here, with some citrus as well.

T: Tasted of hops, with a little grapefruit and some malt thrown in. The hops presence was a bit too harsh and unbalanced. Not a bad flavor, but somewhat unbalanced.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like most of Mikkeller's myriad of IPAs, this one easy to drink and well made.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know Challenger was that floral until now. Poured with a nice, fine, off white head and good lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is fresh, floral hop, caramel, malt. Flavor is the floral hop up front, not much sweetness and lots of lingering bitterness. Body is good and carbonation is too. Finish is exactly like flavor and has plenty of duration. I don't think I'd want to do too many of these; a bit too bitter.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper with a pillowy, puffy white head.

S: Gentle on the nose with aromas of pepper, leather, tobacco, citrus, and moist earth. There is a slight caramel edge to the scent from the malt.

T: Pleasant notes of caramel, biscuits, leather, tobacco, lemon, grapefruit, and pepper gently wash across the palate. The finish is astringent with citrus notes coming across most strongly.

M: Like all of the other beers in this series, this ale is medium bodied, firm, and relatively dry. Drinkable for the style.

O: This is a nice IPA, but could stand to be a little better balanced. The finish is a bit harsh and medicinal, but otherwise, this is one I could easily revisit.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey amber with a small head.
Nose shows orange marmalade, earthy and herbal hops along with some caramel in the background.
Flavours include some earthy, spicy hops with a fair bit of sweet clean malt underneath.
Could use a lighter body.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cap numbered 8281103! Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle roasted malt, subtle dark chocolate, caramel, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, caramel hop, and slight bitter hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one really kept me wanting more of it like some of the other Mikkeller Single Hop brews. The aroma came across as this being a very roasty hop. The flavor confirmed this fact with the subtle roasty flavors and sweetness I picked up on. Worth trying if only for palate development.

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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip.
Nice amber orange haze with a good head and lacing.
Smells of malts and hops. English malts to be ecxact.
Tastes of english malts and hops. Slight caramel notes. Overall, not a big fan...no much english malts to really enjoy.

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3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My third beer from the Mikkeller Single Hop series. Expectations are fairly high, based on my experience with the other two.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two fingers of creamy fluffy beige colored head. Body is a dark burnt sienna orange with some dark yeast sediment floating around near the bottom. Thins to a fluffy ring & some foam with trace amounts of lace. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is leafier and hoppier than the other two I've tried, but not by much. Faint caramel malts, wood, dried leaves, some Belgian yeast, and little else. I'm pretty hard pressed to find any distinct aroma from the challenger hops.

T - Taste is nice, but much in the same vain as the others. Earthy twiggy hop character and caramel malts, paired nicely with a touch of Belgian yeast.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with just a tad higher carbonation than the one I tried yesterday, Mikkeller Sorachi Ace. Little earthiness lingering on the palate.

Overall, I'd say that challenger hops are one of the more subtle varieties out there, lending a more herbal / leafiness to the mix than bitterness. Probably the least memorable of the three I've tried so far, but still an outstanding way to showcase this unique variety of hop.

Mikkeller Challenger ---4/5.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light (on in your face hoppiness) IPA, On ta ed but plesant, some mild hoppiness, a little toffee and some bready malts.

Tasted pretty good, mild, a nice complement with food. Good mild hops presence, a little hops bite, toffee and some bready malts. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. A little alcohol presence and some hops bite.

Overall, a bit subdued for an AIPA but a great complement with dinner.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Amalak
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has almost a malty lager scent to it. there's a ton of sediment in it. A lot of foamy head and lacing. Dark copper tint.

This has a very wheaty taste. Strong alcohol to it. A bit of grape or dark fruit. There's not much of bitter hop taste. I'm not a huge fan if only because it taste more like a wheat.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish signature glass

A- pours a cloudy dark orange with a two finger offwhite head. Tons of tiny yeasty particles floating around. Lacing is solid

S- some very minimal citrus. It almost smells vegetal, to be honest

T- it starts off pretty mild, and the finish is some slightly sweet citrus....the bitterness comes back for the aftertaste. The overall flavor is good, but a little muted

M- thin body, which is a nice change of pace from many IPAs I've been drinking lately

O- it's not bad. It's not particularly great. It's just kind of there.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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