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.

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weark (799) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle from Erzbierschof / Hazy amber color, decent creamy offwhite head, good lacing and lasting / Aroma is caramel, little bit citrusy, not a lot of hops in the nose, spicy / Flavor is caramel, malty more than others in this series, hints of citrus / Medium body, medium bitterness, good carbonation, medium citrusy finish / hops is not really present, disappointed

jbruner (4796) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
51 theoretical IBU. Pours a translucent copper from the bottle with bubbly off-white head that dissipates to leave good lace. Aroma is malty sweetness, caramel and pils, slight bread on the back end. Taste follows, the hops have definitely fallen off. Easy to drink, good carbonation. Definitely not fresh, but interesting concept.

bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Cloudy and dark amber with a tight bubble medium head. Aroma is nice a good mix of hops and malt. Very good flavors and very complex all the normal flavors citrus and pine but the a butterscotch like flavor that is very unique.

Fredis23 (564) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
I was looking forward to Trying Mikkeler, since it gets so many praises of being good and innovative brewer. I was excited to find It’s Hop Series at a reasonable price. Unfortunately my anticipation and excitement was not matched by high standards that everyone praises Mikkeller to live by. Everyone in supply chain is to blame… Mikkeller does not have production dates, Distributor Trying to sell the product no matter what, Binny’s not having balls to stand up to its supplier and let them know that it is out of date and no good. I was pissed… All of them were old and stale, therefore complete waste of time and money. Every time I come across bad batch I swear to stop buying anything that has no dates… I just might do that, since there are plenty of other choices… Going Back to Mikkeller Hop Series… All of them Poured A Shade Lighter Or A Shade Darker of Muddy Brown. All of them Had Smaller or Larger Floaters. Huge Head, Decent Lacing. Earthy, Stale Hops Aroma. Tasted pretty much the same: Earthy, Malt, Stale Hops. Moderate Bitter Finish… Pass It Unless You Know It Is Fresh…

tnkw01 (1756) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle. Last bottle on the shelve for this retired beer. Dark golden color, slightly hazy. Medium head. Taste is typical IPA, except, the aftertaste is not as bitter. Nice aroma, citrus, grapefruit.

jamestulloch (4150) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle from Vino Wines. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white head that slowly fades. Muted aroma of earth, caramel, and orange. Flavour of pine, citrus and yeast. Medium body with an oily texture. Soft carbonation. A dull, one-dimensional, faded hop - a far cry from the brightness and clarity of the Simcoe and Columbus single-hop IPAs.

viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Nice bready aroma, syrup like, quite cloudy, nice biscuit like finish, ok but not amazing.

Beese (2931) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle at Five Points Brewery, Hackney. Poured a slightly hazy light amber with a thin off white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel and sweetened orange peal. Hop resin flavours with brown sugar and syrupy tinned fruit. Nice finish of ripe grapefruit, yeast and bready malts.

rhyshewer (71) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2013
Aroma: Lychee, Malty, Honey, Lemon, Grapefruit. Appearance: Rich amber, tints of red, Hazy. Dark for style. Off-white thin head. Taste: Spicy, markedly bitter, hints of lemon and grapefruit. Minimal to no malt characteristic. Palate: Light, thin, slight oiliness, medium carbonation. Lasting bitter finish. Overall: Delicious aroma, not matched by the beer itself. However, more a useful experiment than a beer.

olio (10342) - 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.

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