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Mikkeller Hop Series Challenger

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rhyshewer (71) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2013
Aroma: Lychee, Malty, Honey, Lemon, Grapefruit. Appearance: Rich amber, tints of red, Hazy. Dark for style. Off-white thin head. Taste: Spicy, markedly bitter, hints of lemon and grapefruit. Minimal to no malt characteristic. Palate: Light, thin, slight oiliness, medium carbonation. Lasting bitter finish. Overall: Delicious aroma, not matched by the beer itself. However, more a useful experiment than a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6281) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2013
33 cl bottle.
Pours hazy orange color with a large head. Aroma of sweet fruits, some caramel malts, mild pine needle notes and hops. Flavor of goose berries, resiny hops, caramel malts and mild yeast notes, some apricot on the aftertaste. Medium to strong carbonation, somewhat bitter fruity palate. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1765) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2013
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014 Re-rate with another 330ml bottle, this time all to myself rather than a tasting. Got a lot more earthy bitterness this time with some additional tickling citrus. Very nice indeed.

330ml bottle as part of a 5 bottle tasting. Pours deep amber with fragrant butterscotch and a hint of orange, with some spice and bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CPH2200 (291) - DENMARK - AUG 11, 2013
33cl bottle. murdy orange light brown with huge head. malty aroma with alcohol. taste is bitter with some fruit and a dry mouthfeel. there are better beers in this series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (2008) - NORWAY - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle from Kihoskh enjoyed at home
Orange hazy, big beige head. Smells of strawberries, apple, citrus zests and some malts. Moderate sweet, quite malty, the hop has some spice influence as well. Medium bitter finish, quite lots of green grass and herbs with a touch of resins

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (3396) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle the five point brewery. Faint citrus chive aroma. Dirty bitter flavour with faint orange. Bready malt and higher alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9608) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 10, 2013
from Erzbierschof - cloudy dark blond-orange beer with a moderate foam left; hoppy aroma of quince and spices; a good malt backbone, a bit fizzy on the tongue; some earthiness and a late yet well-present bitterness; the spicyness dominates the finish in a quite long hoppy finish - balanced and very pleasant

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2340) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2013
33 cl. bottle. Dark amber color with a short white head. Good retention and lacing. Mild on the IPA aromas and flavors. A bit of hops on the finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShaneJ (541) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle from Beer Cartel. Hazy amber/brown, smallish head disappeared quickly, strong caramel/malt, not much hop aroma coming through, little bit spicy, some floral/fruity (black currant?), very sweet, mild bitterness. Nice, but not my favourite Mikkeller Single Hop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kaser (2808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Big beer. Dark pour. White pour. Pretty good beer. Not bad. Pretty good I'd have it agoaib

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