Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Mikkeller Tomahawk Single Hop IPA

In American IPA, Hops, Reviews on September 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

First let me start out by saying that I am a big fan of the Tomahawk hop variety.  Obviously a badass name, but besides that, it is the first commercially grown “Super Alpha” variety.  It is called such because of it’s high level of alpha acid (14-18%) compared to the (4.5-6%) Cascade, or even the lower still ~3% Saaz hop used in pilsners.  Simply put, without going to deep into the brewing process, alpha acids are responsible for IBUs, or the amount of bitterness in the beer.

Here’s my review:

Pours a bright copper with an off-white meringue head with sticky lace.

Gives off a floral and fruity aroma with notes of pine which then flourishes into fruity pineapple, mango skin, apricot, green banana, grapefruit and some lingering grain.

The taste is of pine and bright, tart grapefruit, with some herbal and earthy tones followed up by malt on the back that barrels into a delightfully bitter finish.

Creamy and well carbonated, with a medium body, just as the previous beers in the series most likely due to the same grain bill used to create identical beers, with just different kinds of hops used.

All the great aspects of Tomahawk are on display in this really well done IPA.  My favorite so far.

Try it with some brie and crostini.  Also BBQ chicken came to mind while drinking it.  The tangy sauce would dance with the bright tart flavors of the hops.

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.9%

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