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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: 202   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2011

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, dusty, caramel notes, moderate to light light heavy hoppy, fruity. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110503]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2011
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a huge white head. Aroma is toasted malty and slight breadish, subdued hops. Slight bitter, caramelish malty and slight fruity flavoured. Bitter and dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29473) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2011
Bottlled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of dusty hops and lacto acid? The flavor is sweet with notes of hops, malt, and straw, leading to a lightly bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours deep golden with tiny impurities and a dense and lacing off-white head. Dry and leathery aroma, some phenols come through. Medium body, sweet maltiness, a little caramel and a dry and somewhat astringent finish. 040511

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 17, 2011
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Cloudy orange coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of caramel and candies with notes of hops. Fruity flavour of caramel, candies and hops with notes of grass. Dry hoppy finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
oh6gdx (20602) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2012
Draught@Cask Pub & Kitchen, London. Amber colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is fruity, sour wood and a bunch of butterscotch. Flavour is butterscotch, some fruity, sour wooden and earthy. Need to try to find this again to rate a proper version of it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19638) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2011
Bottled at Bishop’s Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm. Hazy pale amber, creamy head. Spicy nose with some tangerine and resin. Mid sweet with bedium bodied , clean, rounded mouthfeel. Lots of perfumy grapefruit, notes of marzipan. Salty finish with long bitterness. I preceive it as more bitter than the Amarillo.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16895) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2011
Draft @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Pours an orange amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy weak grassy hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit. Fruity malty hoppy grassy grapefruit flavor with hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty hopp grassy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2013
1st July 2011
Hazy amber beer, tidy pale cream coloured head. Softish dry palate. Mild floral hops. Mild tangerine and peach in a creamy malt background. Finishes with more peach. Nice mild IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle from Kihøskh, Copenhagen
bb 15.03.13, possibly 3 months old

Hazy amber color; creamy head. The aroma and flavor are mild and plain, with some caramel, this version with some residual sweetness too; the bitterness is correct, but we can’t talk of any discernible aromatic hop; balanced eventually.
Therefore, a good Ale, that’s all.


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