Todd The Axe Man
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IPA - American
Ranked #86
Ranked #2,075
4.23 | pDev: 7.09%
Amager Bryghus
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Notes: Collaboration with Surly Brewing Company

For quite some time the Amager crew has been discussing this question: which person is the most rock’n’roll in the whole craft beer world - is it Barnaby Struve of Three Floyds or is it Todd Haug of Surly Brewing? In the end it wasn’t really all that difficult to decide since only Todd has played for Laura Dern in a David Lynch movie (yeah, Nicolas Cage was in that same movie, but since when did he count?) AND Todd plays the guitar in both a speed metal band and a stoner band. Add to that that Todd and his wife Linda are some of the nicest people to hang out with.

So Todd, here’s to you: "Todd - The Axe Man" - a potent IPA loaded with fresh American aroma hops on a base of rich Golden Promise malt, Surly’s signature malt. Raise a glass to Todd, world class brewer - and master of the axe! Bonus facts about Todd: yes, he DID actually have a perm in his younger days (his wife confirms) and he does indeed love cats an awful lot.

Malt: Golden Promise
Hops: Herkules, Citra, Mosaic
Yeast: US-ale
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starstar11 from Thailand

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in Denmark July 2020
Arrived in my frig same month.

WHAM! Officially 6.5%, but this Columbus, Mosaic, Citra west coast style taste combo packs an amazingly unique punch to the pallet.

Drink fresh,
Drink frequently.
Worth flying for.

Todd Definitely Da Maan.

Aug 08, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, deep orange coloration with a small, frothy head. Smells of biscuity malt and grassy, resinous hops, with tropical and lighter citrus notes of mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is a great balance of biscuity malt and bitter and resinous, yet somewhat sweet and juicy tropical and lighter citrus hops, being dominated by notes of mango, pineapple and pine, with lighter grapefruit, tangerine and a certain grassiness also coming through. Finishes with a medium/strong bitterness and some pineapple, grapefruit and pine lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is a rather nice IPA that with a strong WC character, but also a certain NE influence, perhaps not unlike Heady Topper. It's quite bitter and resinous, but also lacks a strong caramel malt backbone and has got a rather hazy look and juicy tropical fruit notes to it, while the mouthfeel is somewhere inbetween a WC and NE IPA. Yet this doesn't feel neither here nor there at all and manages a rather enjoyable balance between the two styles. Pretty awesome brew, actually.

Jul 13, 2020
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cryptomath from Florida

4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was excited to find this on draft in Copenhagen. Not quite the same as the cans I have had from Surly brewing (where it is still being produced) .

A big fruity hop rush on first sip. The initial sweetness gives way to a delightful piney finish.

Mar 29, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark yellow with fine, soft foam.

Smell is dank and grassy with notes of peaches, pine and resin.

Taste is piney and grassy with a robust bitterness. There are notes of dank peaches and grapefruit roaming around, but this is mostly a no nonsense, hoppy IPA. No juicy crap here.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a good, solid IPA, more west coast than anything else. Well balanced and tasty.

Oct 28, 2018
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can split with Rob L, poured into kolsch glass (that was what I was presented).
A: pours a super clear golden orange sunshine, 1 finger white foam head, spotty lacing, sediment at the bottom
S: mango, papaya, citrus, sweet tangerine, malt
M: medium body
T: citrus, mango, grapefruit rind, sweet malt, crisp clean hop bitterness, hop bitterness that liners on the tongue, wet finish
O: really fresh lushish hop taste, fantastic brew and will drink again

Dec 24, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. Watching Los Sorpano 5x02. Great mixture between soft citrus and tropical fruits, one of those brews that gives pity to end. But it is very drinkable!

Nov 26, 2016
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy golden color, two finger white head, messy lacing.

S: Hops, grapefruit, mango.

T: Hoppy, grapefruit, mango. A bit malty and slightly bitter on the back end.

F: Medium bodied, drinkable.

O: Another good beer from Amager Bryghus.

Oct 15, 2016
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little hazy with bright white head.
Lots of tropical fruit in the aroma, pineapple, mango, little citrus.
Taste is filled with tropical fruits, got some malt sweetness and a little pine.

Oct 07, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed back in October 30th 2015... not sure where that review went...

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep orange bodied, with hints of lighter apricot and lemon yellow colors. Plentiful pinhead sized carbonation. Real nice forming frothing and creamy nearly four finger fine off white colored head. Thick with fine bubbles, chunky top and pill lacing all over the glass. Great looking brew.

Excellent aroma. Hop forward classic notes of an almost sweet but zesty tropical pineapple, and kumquat like citrus. Hints of mellow malt honey like sweetness as well, even a faint bit of white bread dough and density. Very inviting, real nice bouquet, if not that varied

Seems like it's a one dimensional brew but there are more surprises. Big tight carbonation on first sip, heavily prickly and playful. Mid palate washes in classic tropical hop flavors, big and juicy with a real nice supportive backbone, sweet but subtle. The aftertaste is a real surprise, big pine wintergreen like blast, drying green herbs that linger on forever with huge staying power.

Great tasting IPA, real surprise this one is and very memorable.

Jul 02, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

See it get it! 500ML bottle & I really wanted to see how this stacks up, as I just had the Surly version recently. Split with my wife. Wonder how many of these are under the wrong version? Batch 1295 with best by date of 4/17.

The pour is light lemon. The nose is honey, lemon, mango, citrus, more honey. Way different than Minneapolis Todd.

Todd the Axe Man - Amager version brings me straight to a cold February day...sipping Hopslam. Tots srs. Much bee outproduct makes this sweet & honeyed in my oral cavity, without tipping the beer into cloying or annoying or soying. Sweet pine, citrus, mango represent hops. Bit of cereal under the flooring. Sweetness makes this easy to tipple, & it's thick & viscous.

Interesting that the 'same' beer can be so different. This is malt-heavy but hop-happy, quite a difference from American Todd (which in itself tastes way different out of the can or draught). Glad I had a chance to try this - excellent brew.

Jun 25, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a lightly hazed orange-ish amber, with a small head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells pretty sweet, and sticky, with candied grapefruit, a good amount of pine, and some slight caramel.

The version of this brewed at Surly that I had previously seems a bit better than the version brewed at Amager, unfortunately. Of course we can only get the Amager version in Rochester. It’s a bit sweeter, maltier, and less dry than the Surly version, with some slighly syrupy caramel malt flavors. It’s still a big ol’ hop bomb, though, with lots of grapefruit and pineapple, and a particularly piney finish. If the sweetness was cut down a bit, this would be excellent.

This is medium bodied, and as stated above- with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This was definitely enjoyable to drink, but I’m left wishing for the Surly version I had last year.

May 31, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Very hazy pale straw colour with a big beautiful white head

S - Stone fruits, mango, passion fruit, pale malts

T - Mango and passion fruits first, malted wheat. Light malt sweetness that balance the brew. Very balanced. Light bitterness there nonetheless. Sprucy at the end

F - Dry mouthfeel, fine carbonation

O - A beer that grows on you at each sip. Amazing stuff, balanced and so drinkable. I don't know if it's anywhere near the Surly Todd the Axe Man but it's great on is own

Apr 20, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy dark gold pour with thick white foam, long lasting cap, heavy lacing. Aromas of grapefruit and pine. Juicy grapefruit and bitter pine hops. Somewhat creamy medium mouthfeel and moderate plus carbonation. Overall, a smooth bitter drinking IPA.

Apr 05, 2016
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mke_Brewer from Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a thick white head. Very little noticeable hop aroma for an IPA. Taste is fantastic. A heavy bodied beer with dank hops flavors and an extremely smooth finish. Loved this beer.

Feb 27, 2016
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle on December 27, 2015. Look is hazy copper gold with a two finger foamy head and sticky lacing. Smell is citrus rind, pine, floral and earthy hops with caramel malt aromas. Taste is tropical fruit, bitter citrus, pine resin and rich caramel malt flavors. Feel is medium light in body with a smooth finish.

Dec 27, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with strong sweet flavors of tangerine and grapefruit up front. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is strong and earthy but not over-powering and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

Dec 13, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amager Bryghus "Todd The Axe Man"
on tap @ Kaelderkold, Barcelona, ES on 30 November 2015
,5 l for 4 €

I see this is listed as "retired"... apparently it's come out of retirement as I've seen it elsewhere, and I'm quite sure Surly isn't shipping to Europe (I could be wrong on that, but it's always listed as an Amager beer first and foremost).

Notes: Very hazy deep amber with orange-yellow highlights beneath a creamy head of white. Excellent head retention and lacing! The aroma is not as bold as might be expected given the name, but it's hoppy with resin, pine, and tropical/citrusy notes with dominant pineapple. That follows into the flavor, and it's solid but not overdone... balanced by caramel malt. Also somewhat grassy. Solidly bitter. Dry finish. It's actually quite nice in that it's balanced and rounded, lending it drinkability. It's a touch strong but I'm pretty sure you could handle at least two of these in a row! Worth trying to be sure.

Dec 10, 2015
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L - Hazy orange with three fingers of fluffy white head

S - Mandarin orange and wet grass

T - Malt-forward with orange and grapefruit followed by grassy hops which aren't too dank. A nice pinch of lemon on the finish.

F - Exactly what you'd expect from a 6.50% IPA. Can be slightly doughy at times, but drinks easy

O - Solid for the style and this version has represented the American IPA nicely with a fruity aroma and taste. Not mind-blowing by any means, but still delicious and easy-drinking.

Oct 29, 2015
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qchic from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA. Was excited to try this collab with Surly. Awesome citrus explosion in the aroma and flavor. Tons of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit along with tropical fruit. Plenty of hop bitterness and damn drinkable. If you see it, drink it!

Oct 14, 2015
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle from batch #911 with a best before date of November 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a three finger fluffy white head that has pretty good retention and leaves thick sticky lacing.

Aroma: Tropical apricot and peach aromas, with some pineapple, orange and hints of lemon.

Taste: Light caramel malt sweetness gives way to citrus bitter grapefruit and orange peel. There’s even a hint of tropical mango.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: I have not tried the Surly version yet, so I can’t say which I think is better. In any case, this collaboration version was a great IPA and very drinkable.

Oct 09, 2015
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz Bottle

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Tropical, citrus and pungent dankness.

Taste - Tropical, citrus, mango and pine. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation. Medium attenuation. Very drinkable.

Overall - I preferred the Surly release a bit.

Grade (B+)

Oct 08, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh, the collaborations between acclaimed brewers and the stories that they can tell. The guys from Surly Brewing and Amager sure have a lot of fun, and with Todd the Axe Man, they work hard to put that fun right in your mouth. least, if you're a hop-head.

The collaborative ale pours creamy, lush, hazy and lightly of lemony orange. And those aesthetics are a precursor to the senses as the bright and tangy fragrance wafts over the nose with a host of tropical, citrus and berry-like wonderment. And as its fruity-sweet taste washes the early palate, notions of fruit juice cornucopia begin to seduce the senses.

As the malt sweetness impedes the tastebuds they leave impressions of grapefruit juice, orange juice and hawaiian punch behind. Slowly and methodically trending dry and playfully acidic, the dominance of hops take control with red grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine, lemon, passionfruit, pineapple and gooseberry. Once the maltiness trails to a slender shell, the bitterness of citrus pith, fruit rind and soft pine resins frame the beer's final chord.

Its medium body is malty-dry with an arid malt skeleton standing in support of hop overtones but without rivaling their brilliant and bitter display. With a herbal, grassy and sprucy finish, the ale lingers with a simmering bitterness in the throat and mild teeth-churning fruit-like acidity.

Oct 05, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this at Oliver's in Albany NY, enjoyed chilled from a goblet.
shared with Alex
The color is golden amber color with light haze and thick white head with fine bead spots of lace stick.
The smell is mostly citrus with a sort of sweet mandarin orange/clementine smell with light sweetness of malt and yeast ester to enhance the honeyed orange odor. The feel is great with light bitterness up front with a strong mix of citrus and tropical fruit tangy yet slightly sweet from malt with gentle caramel and light yeast texture.

The taste has a good hop flavor with fresh citrus with a juicy quality but moderately bitter with some slight citrus type acidity medium carbonation and bitterness increases to medium high mid palate with a mild sweetness of malt backing although it finishes semi-dry. The flavor reminds me of tangerine with subtle mango-like tropical flavor with a hint of spice and light alcohol with subtle malt but light chalky taste as it finishes on the dry side. Overall this is a great IPA, highly drinkable I recommend having it fresh since I am unsure how it may age coming from Denmark -a little sweet as it warms but wonderful citrus/tangerine quality

Oct 04, 2015
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babaracas from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque orange with one finger of fluffy white head; settles to a thin ring, thick lace down half the glass. Smell: lemon-lime, sweet orange, a bit leafy and grassy, sugared apricot. Taste: sugar cookie, orange peel, quite grassy, lime wedge, some graininess and pineapple-residue in the finish. Medium-plus body, pillowy feel with some prickly carbonation pushing through mid-sip. This is delicious, lots of citrus. From undated 500 mL, as fresh as Shelton Bros got it here.

Sep 29, 2015
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TheBrewo from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We split a bomber, pouring into our Ommegang Game of Thrones snifters. It glows a dirty marmalade coloring, and supports a snowy, and dense, one finger head of off-white foam. This retains quite well, eventually leaving a thick sheet of cratered lacing around our glasses, and a spotted film across the beer’s dome. A thick haze dims clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. Aromatics include heavy piney and citric hops, light bubblegum esters, salty capers, copper bite, rosewater florals, raw pasta dough, summer pond water, potato starchiness, cooling west coast yeastiness, tzatziki drowned cucumber slices, undercooked pita, dried wheat, pilsner, and watered pale maltiness. Crashing through the flavoring is an eclectic blend of exotic and curiously ethnic tastes, such as bright turmeric, biscuity buttery breadiness, cracked wheat and ruddy pale grain, moldy pumpkin rind, heavy piney and floral hoppiness, dried acorns, fresh sage and thyme, freshly cracked nutmeg, massive bay leafiness, whole black peppercorns, room temperature green onions, tangerine flesh and pith, lavender wax, cloverleaf honey, tannic sun tea, and lemon seed and juice. The body is medium to thick, and the carbonation is medium, although it comes in big, easy to deflect bubbles. Slurp and smack are intact, while cream and froth sit low and away. Finishing pop is incredibly fluid, helping to soften the lips and hard palate on the final delivery. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears without a trace.

Overall, this is a fantastic, bottled iteration of a beautiful recipe. We had the supreme pleasure of being able to sample the original offering straight from the source. We happened to be in Minneapolis for a job interview, and the night we took to head to Surly was the release night. It was amongst the standouts from the night, in both freshness, boldness, and odd complexity. It was incredibly memorable to say the least. Here, we are able to vicariously revisit that cold night in the northern Midwest. We do, admittedly, get a ton of similar notes, spanning from cucumber freshness to piney hops, but the thing that carries over the most is drinkability. While it isn’t as pine-forward as we remember, the memory was there, oscillating in our minds. To state it again, this is a world-class beverage, and despite the long, potentially arduous trip from Denmark to a tiny pocket in upstate New York, it has retained its reputation as far as we’re concerned.

Sep 26, 2015
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