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Mikkeller Hop Series Challenger

 (RETIRED)
overall
72
43
style
Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer is a part of a Single Hop IPA series by Mikkeller. We created this series to showcase hop varieties on their own. This gives the consumer the possibility of smelling and tasting the unique characteristics of each variety and hopefully helping to educate people about the wonderful world of hops. For each beer, the single hop variety was used in the same weight for bittering, aroma and flavor and for dry hopping. All 19 varieties of single hop beers in this series were brewed the same week and with malts from the same batches and the same yeast and fermentation temperatures. This is done to better compare the characteristics of the different hop varieties.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2014
Aged IPA’s single hop comparing together with and thnx to ( all bottles ) Karin . Since all these are to old, I will judge more gentle here . They all held up pretty well , for their age , and even though I prefer fresh WAY more , they were not too bad at all , to be honoust ! Pours dark amber / almost brown . fast fading, small white head . No smell at all . Taste is straight bitter ( most bitterness of the 4 I tasted ) Bit dusty . aftertaste is sweet and bit metallic .

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3004) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2014
Some citrus. Pretty much the same as the rest of the series. Pours brownish orange. Finishes light bitter. Good barley profile. Bottle from Schneider’s

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3603) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 3, 2014
Had it at a beer festival at UCF. On tap but still well crafted although too bitter for being enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
angel77 (521) - oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 3, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en casa, de 2d2dspuma. Mayo de 2013. Otro lúpulo de la serie Mikkeller. Cuerpo medio que se bebe muy bien con aromas y sabores algo florales y dulces. No muy amargo Bueno, para repetir.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (296) - - JAN 26, 2014
Nose is bread, a little Belgian yeast, soft fruit. Taste is strawberry, peach through bread to a bitter slightly resin finish. Interesting use of challenger.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weark (212) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle from Erzbierschof / Hazy amber color, decent creamy offwhite head, good lacing and lasting / Aroma is caramel, little bit citrusy, not a lot of hops in the nose, spicy / Flavor is caramel, malty more than others in this series, hints of citrus / Medium body, medium bitterness, good carbonation, medium citrusy finish / hops is not really present, disappointed

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbruner (1983) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
51 theoretical IBU. Pours a translucent copper from the bottle with bubbly off-white head that dissipates to leave good lace. Aroma is malty sweetness, caramel and pils, slight bread on the back end. Taste follows, the hops have definitely fallen off. Easy to drink, good carbonation. Definitely not fresh, but interesting concept.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigguns22 (585) - Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Cloudy and dark amber with a tight bubble medium head. Aroma is nice a good mix of hops and malt. Very good flavors and very complex all the normal flavors citrus and pine but the a butterscotch like flavor that is very unique.

1.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Fredis23 (480) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
I was looking forward to Trying Mikkeler, since it gets so many praises of being good and innovative brewer. I was excited to find It’s Hop Series at a reasonable price. Unfortunately my anticipation and excitement was not matched by high standards that everyone praises Mikkeller to live by. Everyone in supply chain is to blame… Mikkeller does not have production dates, Distributor Trying to sell the product no matter what, Binny’s not having balls to stand up to its supplier and let them know that it is out of date and no good. I was pissed… All of them were old and stale, therefore complete waste of time and money. Every time I come across bad batch I swear to stop buying anything that has no dates… I just might do that, since there are plenty of other choices… Going Back to Mikkeller Hop Series… All of them Poured A Shade Lighter Or A Shade Darker of Muddy Brown. All of them Had Smaller or Larger Floaters. Huge Head, Decent Lacing. Earthy, Stale Hops Aroma. Tasted pretty much the same: Earthy, Malt, Stale Hops. Moderate Bitter Finish… Pass It Unless You Know It Is Fresh…

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tnkw01 (956) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle. Last bottle on the shelve for this retired beer. Dark golden color, slightly hazy. Medium head. Taste is typical IPA, except, the aftertaste is not as bitter. Nice aroma, citrus, grapefruit.


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