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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: 200   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (921) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2013
light beige head that slowly disappears, good lacing. hazelnut brown somewhat cloudy. malty, yeasty, hoppy and spicy aroma. spicy flavour followed by a bitterness and caramel. long soft bitter aftertaste with some nut-like taste. medium body and medium carbonation. quite good but not my favorite in the series. bottle 33cl

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 33cl Bottle. Blind tasting of all 19 Mikkeller Hop Series beers. Shared with Mathieu87. Appearance: amber beer, stable white head. Nose: Sugar, caramel even. Taste: a full all round sweetness, i think this hop can bring a very good balance in a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (11030) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle at home in London. Pours mostly clear caramel-gold with a large, off-white foam head. Toasted pine in the nose, light brown sugar, brown bread. Light to medium sweet flavor, crunchy leaves, brown sugar, dried out pine. Medium bodied average carbonation. Bitter leaves to finish, further brown sugar notes, brown bread. Seems a bit faded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (2473) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2013
Fra flaske på Humle i Annen mars-13: Nr. 17, og flere i panelet har kastet inn glasset og forlatt åstedet. Ovesen & jeg holder stand! Bitter (tross kun 38 IBU som var en av kveldens laveste), men deilig. Fruktig og god. Fikk først en stjerne i margen, men den ble strøket. hvorfor husker jeg ikke...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBudgie (692) - SOLA, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2013
Nose is toasted, caramel and some pine. Taste is fruity and buttery. (From tasting of all Hop series Cardinal 11. March)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (2140) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle (discounted) from Five Points Bottle Shop (Lumpkin St.) in Athens. Yeast, sugar, butter, and very little hops in the aroma. Deep copper color, huge (4-5cm) head, very rocky. Minor malty initial / mid has some caramel and rust / fairly clean finish, and aftertaste has little knife edges of menthol. Thin-medium body. Okay. Not quite what I was expecting. Very little hop presence. Maybe a bit too old, since I see that the first reviews of this beer date from about two years ago. BTW, this beer should be listed on RB in the "Mikkeller Single Hop" group

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (1734) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2013
33cl bottle, Geers. - 4 or 5 experiments in, this Single hop series is beginning to delve its way in my long-term interests (and also: finances). Willamette, Cluster and Galena we the mysterious ones I got hold of first, and pretty much all flew below the radar of the more pronounced blended aromas of my favourite UK and US (I)PAs. This is the first one to make a bold, if expectedly unidirectional impression: aroma is rather contained and earthy, the hop flavours are earthy, zesty spice and above all thick fruity caramels like in a solid traditionally British pale ale. What impresses me most about this example is how well the full malt base (feature of the whole series) backs up and works in accord with this ESB hop. Nice to sample this series haphazardly and in very broad intervals: now only to come across the remaining contingent (and a budget to match) ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Showcasing the Challenger variety, this beer has a cloudy, murky appearance with a bright orange color and a cream-colored head. It has an almost perfumy aroma, piney and spicy. This is really, really nice. Compared to other varieties of the Hop Series, the use of Challenger hops almost give the beer a thinner-feeling body. Bitterness is bold in the finish. It’s green, spicy, and delightfully bittersweet!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teddybeer (2224) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 28, 2013
Bottled. Orange colour with a dense and creamy off-white head. Aroma is light bittery, malty, toasted and light caramel. Flavor has the same characteristics as aroma, also buttery hints are present. Smooth and dense on palate with a mild bittery final.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (10676) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 19, 2013
Dunkel hopfiger Antrunk, etwas getreidig, dumpf bitter. Mild, trocken grasig, monoton. Leicht bitterer Ausklang. 9/8/9/9/9/9

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