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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (7000) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6862) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2011
330mL bottle generously sent across the pond by stobbe74. The bottle pours copper with gold edges and a bit hazy when the yeasty sediment is involved. The hop laden liquid supports a near white sort of head. The aroma is on the light side and offers up earthy cardboard and a faint wine like note. The taste has the malts shining through with meek spicy hops and sort of neutral earthiness trying to be heard in this lightly hopped brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6850) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light caramel aroma with light grass. Caramel and malt flavor with light vanilla and light pine. Medium bodied. Some bitterness. Caramel and malt lingers with light vanilla, light pine, and light earthiness. Too sweet, little hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6754) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle at the Mikkeller Single Hop Series tasting at the Kernel Brewery. It pours clear amber, with a thick off-white head and moderate carbonation. The nose is sweet orange, sticky pineapple, dust and pine. The taste is white grape, weak orange, lemon and lime, bread hay and grass, with a bitter-sweet finish. This hop is not as bad as anticipated, a decent IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6648) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6586) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2011
Medium amber coloured and hazy. Has an off-white head, almost fully lasting. Has a heavy hoppy aroma, faint almond, a note of caramel. Flavor starts moderate sweet and finish heavy bitter. Dry texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2011
On tap at Rattle N Hum during their Mikkeller single hop series event. All of them pour pretty much the same, ruby tinged amber with medium to thick beige heads, depending on the pour. The malt profile on them is all fairly consistent as well, tending to be a bit too sweet for my tastes, often masking some of the more delicate hops. Aromas of bubblegum and fruit. Juicy Fruit, and Frute Stripe gum. Malt, spicy bubblegum and big fruit on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6459) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours hazy with a creamy longlasting off hite head. The aroma is fruity hops, caramel, grass and citrus. The flavour is grass, citrus, caramel, pine and grape fruit. Good malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (6441) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6425) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle 330 ml (Blue Monk’s Mikkeler Hop Series Tasting)
Aroma mild nose, light tartness , plum , ripe fruit and alcohol. 7+.
Appearance small floaters , amber in color. Light creamy top, small lace shown.3+
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied, smooth with slight citrus. Hint of spice, peppery with alcohol on top. Drinkable, slight harshness at finish.

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