Challenger Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Challenger Single Hop IPAChallenger Single Hop IPA

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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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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 26
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. A batch code is printed on the cap but there is no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is cloudy orange/amber. Two fingers of fairly dense, buttery, eggshell-colored head dissipated to a billowy and spotted lacing, leaving tails of foam on the glass. A little sedimentation had collected in the grooves at the bottom of the bottle, but it was easily loosened.

Smell: It is mostly grassy/earthy, reminiscent of English pale ale, but it is tinged with orange citrus and lemon zest. It has its vinous moments but they are (thankfully) fleeting. There is a nice base of pale malts, caramel, and toffee.

Taste: Whoa — pretty good. Grassy hops, a little spice, orange and lemon citrus, exotic fruit, pale malts, caramel, and toffee. It also has that unpolished astringency to it.

Drinkability: Of the beers I have tried in the single-hop series, this edition the closest to being drinkable on a regular basis. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The Challenger hops have a light, orange aroma with caramel malt and some nuts in the background.

This one has modest bitterness and faint hop flavors, actually, quite faint. Overall, it is crisp with a light, short finish.

A full-bodied beer with some alcohol and a wooly texture. Ample carbonation helps the otherwise cleansing nature.

This was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to help distinguish hop varieties, but otherwise would be a fine component to a meal.

Challenger was sampled from a Harp nonic alongside the Citra Single Hop IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of beerdrifter
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear yellow-amber pour with a two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Somewhat subdued earthy nose with hints of pine, caramel, toffee, and bready malt. The hops emerged a bit more in the taste, but were mostly piney and peppery with little to no citrus and just a bit of perfume. A solid malt backbone gets the nod over the hops on this one. Hints of toffee, caramel, tea, and tobacco round it out. Smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel with a decent bitter tang on the finish. This was a solid beer, but it didn't highlight the hop as much as I had hoped.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is amber gold, and a bit hazy, with a beige head that is foamy and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is medium roast malt, some toffee, citrus fruit, and spice.

This is more about the Challenger hops, which, on top of the malt structure, have a bit of a rye beer like spiciness, and citrusy tartness and toffee. Finishes a little bitter.

Body is medium and good carbonation, provides a slightly fizzy mouthfeel bordering on light creaminess.

Overall, it seems a good expression of the Challenger hops.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber in color with some floaties in there. Nice frothy whit head.

Smell: Hops.

Taste & mouthfeel: the challenger hop is on display and that us pretty much it. Malt presence is ever so slight. Lighter in body.

Overall: Its an interesting concept but it's too one note for it to be memorable.

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 much english malts to really enjoy.

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Photo of Amalak
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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 cradke
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, Brown-Amber with some sediment. Incredible lacing and very fine, thick head.

Smell: Pleasant, sweet. Not overly hoppy

Taste: Hops at front with malt at the rear. The hops are not overpowering but have a very distinct pine taste. Little floral or citrus notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth and even. Slowly evolves across the palate. Carbonation comes through from the head and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall: While this beer isn't the best IPA I have ever had, it does a great job of showcasing the unique pine notes of the Challenger hops. A great beer to have for home brewers looking to improve their blends.

Serving: Bottle into Tulip

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Challenger Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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