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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3128) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2011
I didn’t know Challenger was that floral until now. Poured with a nice, fine, off white head and good lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is fresh, floral hop, caramel, malt. Flavor is the floral hop up front, not much sweetness and lots of lingering bitterness. Body is good and carbonation is too. Finish is exactly like flavor and has plenty of duration. I don’t think I’d want to do too many of these; a bit too bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
excellent IPA. Pours a deep cloudy golden. Has a thick body and is friggin great. If I had know this was retired, I would have bought more. Anothe great beer from an excellent brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Japalo (1833) - DENMARK - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle@Præstemosen. Clear red amber medium body. Fresh grass fruity flavours. Medium bitter finish. Thirteenth in a row of the Mikkellers series. One of the better ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2391) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2011
Pours nice light mahogany brown. Little foamy white head. Nose is caramel and brown sugar. Flavour is a lovely subtle floral hop taste with mild citrous finish. More balance than the Cluster. Really good refined, balanced IPA. Best I’ve had of the higher alcohol IPAs. Really special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoltonDK (572) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle tasted at Japalo. One finger head. Nice light amber color. Great initatitive That Mikkeller has initiated!! Good basic IPA to taste alle the different hops!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bartlebier (3422) - Belchium im Biersgau, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2011
Hazy amber with off white head. The aroma is grass and pine. In the mouth there are pine, but also a little grapefruit. Texture is soft, the finish long and bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Amber pour. orange-grapefruit-resin nose. light malty front that turns bitters quickly. Light body. Quickly finisher

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6712) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2011
Orange brown with yeast residue. Discreet and smooth, some fruit, some dryness, but not punching in any direction.Apricots, some tinggling dryness. Some hops are overpowering on their own, some blend in with the carpet. This is nice, but this one is probably better in a mix.

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