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Mikkeller Hop Series Challenger

 (RETIRED)
overall
71
44
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: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6807) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle from Wine and Cheese Place shared among a group of five locals. Pours a clear orange-copper color with a small off-white head that leaves a bit of lace- all 19 looked like this. This one smelled like stinky wet grass for the most part, and hay and grass linger in the nose. The flavor is better, with tea, toast, earth, and wet grains in addition to the grassy hops. Light-bodied and bitter. One of the weakest in the series.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4530) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Pours hazy amber into a shaker. Off-white sickly head. Mild citrus aromas. Heavy caramel and resin from front to back.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (1979) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2011
Pours nice light mahogany brown. Little foamy white head. Nose is caramel and brown sugar. Flavour is a lovely subtle floral hop taste with mild citrous finish. More balance than the Cluster. Really good refined, balanced IPA. Best I’ve had of the higher alcohol IPAs. Really special.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2011
4 oz sample. Not as bitter, floral or hoppy in general as a lot of the others in the series, still good, this hop just didn’t hold up well.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
grunx (367) - - JUL 6, 2011
IPA massa lleugera i amb un punt final que s’apropa al dolç. L’amargor quasibé és inexistent i aromàticament els llúpols no hi són. Em fa pensar en alguna altra cervesa que he provat, però no sé quina. Decepcionant vinguent de qui ve.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle. Pour is as others. Aroma is far more subtle and floral than the others with faint notes of yeast and a light spiciness. I think its just more subtle and the malt comes through more. Flavor is also very floral with notes of spice and faint chamomile. Very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light caramel aroma with light grass. Caramel and malt flavor with light vanilla and light pine. Medium bodied. Some bitterness. Caramel and malt lingers with light vanilla, light pine, and light earthiness. Too sweet, little hops.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin (707) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Amber pour. orange-grapefruit-resin nose. light malty front that turns bitters quickly. Light body. Quickly finisher

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Draft. Small beige head, crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some soap/floral, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, light grassy. Medium body, light resin.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (4131) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Pours clear golden amber with a good sized soapy beige head. The aroma has a fruitiness that is a mix between nectar fruits and citrus along with some spice and light band aid. There is some smooth caramel maltiness and cream. Medium crisp body that’s lightly husky with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts of with dry caramel, spice, citrus, earthiness, pine and a dirtiness to the whole thing. The finish is very earthy and rustic. Not sure rustic is a good thing for an IPA. This one was just okay to me.


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