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Mikkeller Hop Series Challenger

 (RETIRED)
overall
72
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: 200   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.


LinusStick's rating

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (2838) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Decent beer, though I wouldn’t label it an IPA. Aroma and flavor were identical. Strong caramel flavor, almost milky, with a sweet sticky sugary finish. No hops present, this beer almost tastes like a sweet lighter barley wine. This could almost be a sweet after dinner desert. Nice carbonation.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (2693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; cloudy amber pour with a big frothy off white head, malt and caramel aroma, taste has a citrus bite, mellow bitterness, malt and caramel, quite old but has held up ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
miquelcrush (1357) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 8, 2014
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4007) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle @ Flandes. I guess this one has been on the shelf for a while. Clear orange colour, medium dense beite head. Quite some yeast floaties. Nose is caramel, light hoppy, with a bit of citrus and pine. Flavour is malty, caramel, creamy, light citric. Medium carbonation. Finish is fairly bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (3240) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2014
330ml bottle from Thistle News, Aberdeen. Muddy reddish amber brown, good head. Complex earthy grain hop aroma. Sour caramel hop flavour. Bitter aftertaste. Not my favourite hop in this series.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TXBadger (1336) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes: Pours a nice amber color with white head. Citrus and pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes clean.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (2969) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2014
Aged IPA’s single hop comparing together with and thnx to ( all bottles ) Karin . Since all these are to old, I will judge more gentle here . They all held up pretty well , for their age , and even though I prefer fresh WAY more , they were not too bad at all , to be honoust ! Pours dark amber / almost brown . fast fading, small white head . No smell at all . Taste is straight bitter ( most bitterness of the 4 I tasted ) Bit dusty . aftertaste is sweet and bit metallic .

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3872) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2014
Some citrus. Pretty much the same as the rest of the series. Pours brownish orange. Finishes light bitter. Good barley profile. Bottle from Schneider’s

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 3, 2014
Had it at a beer festival at UCF. On tap but still well crafted although too bitter for being enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
angel77 (850) - oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 3, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en casa, de 2d2dspuma. Mayo de 2013. Otro lúpulo de la serie Mikkeller. Cuerpo medio que se bebe muy bien con aromas y sabores algo florales y dulces. No muy amargo Bueno, para repetir.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (376) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Nose is bread, a little Belgian yeast, soft fruit. Taste is strawberry, peach through bread to a bitter slightly resin finish. Interesting use of challenger.


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