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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: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2011
Draught at MikkellerBAR. Clear amber - white head. Nutty, chocolate notes, ok bitterness, sweetness, tea, herbal, grassy, wooden notes, light candy, caramel. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours apricot gold. Big foamy off white head. Nose/taste of caramel malt, citrus, resin and pine cone. Dryish bitter pine finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (14686) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
12 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy, murky, dirty orange with a medium beige head, Aroma of butterscotch, earthy hops, and some floral and perfumey notes. Flavour of floral hops, some perfume, a dirty earthiness, definitely some butterscotch, straw and some vegetal notes. Not such a good display of the hop with this recipe or not my favourite hop - probably the former.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14294) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2012
33cl bottle @ home. Slightly hazy medium to dark orange color, small white head that leaves good lacing. Smell malts, hops, yellow fruits. Taste malts, hops, bitter and lightly fruits. Low to medium carbonation and body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14189) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle. Dep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is grass, malt, apricot. Flavour is sweet, grass, malt, apricot, fruit. Taster no 6 . OK beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Bottle from Ledgers. Pours clear copper with a 2 finger creamy light beige head. Aroma is bready with peppery hop. Med body. Foamy carb. Flavor is earthy, lightly malty, and peppery/grassy. Odd that it’s not bitter. Well, it is, but it isn’t NW by a long shot. This hop ought to be good for saisons. The earthiness is in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, citrus, light floral notes and light mint. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, citrus, floral notes and light mint with a crisp dry lightly bitter citrus finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13318) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13286) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle #3. shs. Creamy white excellent mostly lasting head. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate. OK balance. Enjoyable more than powerfull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (12958) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2011
Odense single hop extravaganza May 16 2011. Clear amber beer with a lasting off-white head. Weak grassy aroma with a touch of bready and caramel malt. Sweetish, dominated by malt flavour with grassy and wooden hop notes. Mild bitterness

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