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Mikkeller Hop Series Challenger

 (RETIRED)
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Mikkeller
Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

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

bottled
available

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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tnkw01 (1337) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (2121) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle from Vino Wines. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white head that slowly fades. Muted aroma of earth, caramel, and orange. Flavour of pine, citrus and yeast. Medium body with an oily texture. Soft carbonation. A dull, one-dimensional, faded hop - a far cry from the brightness and clarity of the Simcoe and Columbus single-hop IPAs.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Nice bready aroma, syrup like, quite cloudy, nice biscuit like finish, ok but not amazing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle at Five Points Brewery, Hackney. Poured a slightly hazy light amber with a thin off white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel and sweetened orange peal. Hop resin flavours with brown sugar and syrupy tinned fruit. Nice finish of ripe grapefruit, yeast and bready malts.

2.7
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (7528) - 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.
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (2503) - Shrewsbury, 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CPH2200 (330) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (2370) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (5394) - 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.


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