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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: 209   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 13/20
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Hazy murky orange pour with suspended sediment, and a nice thick soapy white head with good lacing. Nose is herbal and woodsy, maybe a touch of citrus. Medium palate. Taste is also herbal and light citrus. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9358) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, near Gent, Belgie 12th November 2011 consumed at home 25th November 2011 Pours hazy amber with slim white bubbly rim. Bitter and hoppy but not really hoppy, in fact it is less in yer face than the Super Galena though still good. Seems a touch thicker and slicker than some of this series. Good beer. A6 A4 T7 P3 Ov13 3.2

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle from Wine and Cheese Place shared among a group of five locals. Pours a clear orange-copper color with a small off-white head that leaves a bit of lace- all 19 looked like this. This one smelled like stinky wet grass for the most part, and hay and grass linger in the nose. The flavor is better, with tea, toast, earth, and wet grains in addition to the grassy hops. Light-bodied and bitter. One of the weakest in the series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9252) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2011
Part of a first flight of five out of nineteen 4 day test. Medium dense yellow head over foxy-amber beer. Solvent; later weeds as nettles and a bit of coloured malts. Sweetish, sweet-cooked Belgian endives (chicory), with a typical Belgian Endives bitter finish. Not really balanced. Hint at roastiness retronasal. Becomes catty warming up and acquires liquorice notes. Medium bodied at best, but slick; impression of hopoil but still the finish is a tad watery. Better than the sum of its parts, but I’m still a bit disappointed by the Challenger result.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2011
Draft @ Moeder Lambic. Orangée, col épais beige. Arôme malt grillé, restant dans la lignée des bières de cette série. Houblon Challenger laisse une touche fruitée et épicée, mais le profile reste néanmoins plus axé sur un malt biscuité et grillé avec une pointe de grains. Bière qui garde un profile malté, assez douce avec une note de caramel profile de Challenger se profile discrètement et manque à rajouter se côté épicé qui reste dominé par le malt. Fini reste sec avec une pointe de houblon et citron.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9007) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle from City Beer. Pours copper with a thick beige head and a piney aroma. There is a slightly off toffee flavor with a sour and bitter finish. Not a good hop for this series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8630) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle. High creamy and long laswting off-white head. Clear dark amber body. Abricot oranges hoppy aroma. High carbonation. Grass caramel acidic bitter flavor, pretty mild. Short aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
[3909-20110820] Bottle. Grainy earth aroma. Clear, amber orange body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Grainy dusty leaves hops flavour. Medium body is a little bitter. Tasty. (7-/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(Mikkeller IPA Tasting @ Blue Monk, Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (8518) - 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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