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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPANelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (nelson sauvin) and yeast.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-14-2009)
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Reviews by BrownNut:
Photo of BrownNut
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz to tulip.

I'd never heard of this and saw no freshness date in the store. Brought it home and found what looks like a 2009 date under the price tag on the cap. Almost 3 years old. Womp womp.

A - Medium gold. Big white head of large bubbles

S - Honey sweet with a hint of fruit, that overall comes across as almost a concord grape smell. A restrained hoppy note mixed in.

T - A little bitterness overlapping with a hint of tartness. I really can't pull out any specific flavors.

M - A little tongue tingle. A swallow quickly turns dry and leads to a little abrasion.

O - Well a three year old beer is not what you want to drink when you want to figure out what Nelson Sauvin hops taste like. It was still a nice beer despite its inadvertent aging, just not what either Mikkeller or I hoped.

BrownNut, May 06, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never heard of the Nelson Sauvin hop until I tried this beer.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed deep orange/amber with a large fluffy two finger head that left broken lace as it settled rather slowly.Love thid big grapefruit rind aromas along with a touch of evergreen,a lighter caramel malt base shows through as well.Again big grapefruit notes on the palate,some tropical-like fruitiness as well,the evergreen/pine is more subdued but noticeable,caramel malt lends some balance.A great single hop beer,I really liked this one.

oberon, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of ricke
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-03-30. Served in snifter.

A: Golden orange color. Very big off-white and rather creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of lacings.

S: Plenty of fruity hop aromas - green grapes, bitter grapefruit, rhubarb. Pine-needles and some tobacco. Herbs and floral notes. A very powerful and pleasant smell, excellent.

T: Not as impressive as the smell, but still very good. A rather unique hop profile with plenty of rich fruity flavors - green grapes that are almost somewhat tart, gooseberries, some grapefruit. Prominent character of white wine initially. Pine-needles, some tobacco and floral notes add some bitter elements. Very good balance between sweetness and tartness. The malty backbone is of caramel, but is really not that sturdy. In the finish there is a slightly sharp bitterness, grape seeds, grape skin, herbs and a note of peach.

M: Medium body, smooth but slightly too much carbonation.

D: A very good beer with a very interesting and delightful hop character.

ricke, Apr 05, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

FadetoBock, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for picking this beer up for me while he was driving through Lafayette, LA.

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is white peaches with some other citrus. The flavor is peaches, medium bitterness with some orange and other citrus characteristics. High carbonation, thin-medium mouthfeel.

Mora2000, Feb 10, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

innominat, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured more-clear-than-hazy copper with a thick white head. Solid lacing. Pungent pine and citrus aroma. Kind of a hemp/dank smell, more than any other beer I've come across. Slick mouthfeel with a really long finish. Punch in the face strong hop bite. Lots of sour citrus up front, with a longer pine oil/resin back. Hearty. Hard to say what the malt did in the flavor in terms of balance as the hops were that strong. Very, very, very good beer.

magictrokini, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 7/17/09

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into an over sized wine goblet. Fairly firm pour pushes up an inch of off white rocky head. Head exhibits very impressive staying power, and impressive lace. Color is a beautiful dark and cloudy orange, yellowing around the edges.

Nose- Deep pungent citrus. Pine resin runs throughout the nose, with elements of tangerine and pineapple. Impressive.

Palate- Orange, lemon citrus. Tremendous bitterness, lots of pine. Pineapple, almost no sweetness. Very long finish, coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Very active, dry.

Drinkability- Showcases an interesting hop profile. As an aspiring home brewer this will help with creating my own recipes. Good although a bit pricey.

Kraken, Aug 26, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

virinow, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2015. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog online shop. All I know is that Nelson Sauvin is supposed to have a flavour reminiscent of certain white wines - looking forward to this single hop IPA.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-amber hue with hazy sediment and good carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before subsiding to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of fruity hops with hints of white grape, melon, apples, grass and faint tropical fruit. Underpinned by sweet caramel malt and earthy yeast. Possesses a green, 'leafy' character.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a dry, mildly bitter finish. Notes of white grape, melon, apples, gooseberries, guava, grass/hay, faint tropical fruit, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A delicate acidity lurks in the background; reminiscent of unripe fruit. Leafy and slightly sweet, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly; hop oils stimulate the palate. Good body but unexciting carbonation. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of white grape, fruity hops, leaves and earthy yeast.

Pretty good, though surprisingly light for an IPA of this strength - perhaps due to the lack of perceived bitterness. It looks great in the glass, while the aroma and flavour are intensely fruity. The 'white wine' character certainly expresses itself. Decent body. A singular hop variety that sets itself apart from most others - intriguing, though not all of its flavour components are desirable. A decent brew from Mikkeller and a worthy showcase for Nelson Sauvin. Give it a whirl if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good ruby light brown appearance. Thick lacing and head. Aroma was phenomenal, big bursts of citrus, mango, orange and pine/apple. Just amazing.

The taste was much less citrus/pine than the aroma. But nonetheless, good. Some tangerine was apparent, along with the pepper I attribute to the Nelson hop, not actual pepper nor rye.

A dry mouthfeel. Very much enjoyed. Price hurts though, I mean, $30 a 6 pack?

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of daveytheformer
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint.

Appearance is a hazy copper almost orange color. Nice foamy beige white head that sticks around.

Smells like grapefuit, tangerines, and sweet fruit. Maybe apricots.

Tastes a little spicy and bitter. Fruity hops dominate with a little malt flavor backing up the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice tang that lingers. Nicely carbonated.

Overall is a really good beer that I would drink again.

daveytheformer, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a mildly hazy copper color with a rocky two-finger off-white head. The head settles into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of loads of citrus and tropical fruits with a good amount of spiciness. Pale malts serve as the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors soon give way to hop flavors - both citrus, tropical, and herbal. The herbal/spicy flavors seem to linger the longest, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I thought this was so drinkable because the hop flavors seemed to change with every sip. Another good choice by the boys at Mikkeller, give this one a shot.

glid02, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of coryking
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

My first experience with this hop. I really like its uniqueness!! Being a wine salesman, Im really familiar with the region that these hops are grown, and its amazing how many characteristics these hops share with the grapes grown in the same region!

Great fruity grape, S. Blanc like, aroma. Wine like sweetness from the hops. Low bitterness, high sweet/fruitiness. Very unique and I think I like it!

coryking, May 28, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. I like the use of hop country of origin flags on the otherwise consistent labels of these single varietal offerings.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with three solid fingers of firm, foamy pale beige head, which leaves some Roman columns of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sweet, tangy fruit - pineapple, kiwi, and papaya the prime notes, with a meaty graininess, and a wee (sorry) bit of dank, earthy uric acidity. The taste is nice and bitter - the nondescript citrus peel, a bit of forest floor pine needle - with more tropical fruit, and some musty herbal character, over a decent bready caramel malt, tinged with toffee. Cat pee evocations are mostly burnt off, I guess.

The carbonation is moderate, a bit airy, and generally clean, the body showing a challenged medium weight, the subtle prickliness more imagined than real, rendering it above all else, smooth. It finishes a fair bit off-dry, the exotic (sort of) zingy fruitiness dancing a slow jig with the lingering herbal notes, the supportive grainy malt remaining mostly unappreciated.

Another lovely example of what a tight focus can do for flavour determination - all those Marlborough Sauv Blancs I've enjoyed over the years reborn in this beer - terroir tying it all together - nice.

biboergosum, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well appreciated IPA. The hop smelled pleasant. The body, though medium yellow was nicely topped by a huge and lasting volume of head in my anti-gravity glass. This beer took the place of a glass of white wine in my meal. Citrus well integrated. If you like hops at all, seek it out. If you like white wine ever at all, seek this out.Creamy mouthfeel.

Sammy, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brasserie V, side by side with east kent golding and cascade - this was the favorite of the 3

appearance: served in la chouffe glass - bright orange body, delicate beige head

smell: fresh green hops, tart white grape, evergreen, citrus

taste: all 6 of the mikkeller ipa's i sampled this weekend were pretty strong, but this may have been the most memorable...nelson sauvin hops are unique and provide a great white wine fruitiness. nice hits of evergreen, pineapple and citrus compliment the strong malty base of this beer

mouthfeel: fresh and lively

drinkability: good

dirtylou, May 09, 2010
Photo of beertooth
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A hazy, juicy apricot orange and amber colored liquid with a huge head that fall into a thin bubbly layer.

The nose is a little weak until it warms. There's some carmel, sparkling grape juice. I'm also picking up on some grassy grapefruit. It's quite interesting and lovely.

The first gulp starts a little bitter with some hop spice, caramel, the sparkling grape juice, grapfruit, grass, so it pretty much follows the nose. It is unique and delicious. The finish is sweeter and a little dry.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation at first that bordered on spritzy, but dropped slowly.

I was very curious to try this beer due to the Nelson Sauvin hops and I wasn't let down much. I wish I grabbed this a few months ago because I'm sure it would've been much better, but the price tag is a little much which hurts the drinkability factor a bit. A must try if you can find it. I might have to grab some more.

beertooth, Sep 26, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

T_rizzo, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of plfahey
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish copper color with slight chill haze. Robust beige/ivory head has good retention and awesome, sticky lacing.

Aroma-Intense Nelson Sauvin hops-grassy, catty, gooseberry, grapefruit, and sauvignon fruitiness. Underpinned by a toasty bready malt backbone and a touch of caramel. Awesome and wholly unique.

Flavor-The flavor is even more unique than the aroma. If you were to drink a glass in the dark, it could definitely be mistaken for a white wine, save for the carbonation. Fruity gooseberry and catty hop flavors appear first, with grassy and grapefruit undertones. The mid palate shows a hint of caramel before moderate hop bitterness sweeps through in the finish, crescendoing to moderately high as the flavor dries out. In the aftertaste, Catty, grassy, and gooseberry hop flavors remain. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderately high carbonation. The bitterness is quite smooth on the palate, and while the finish is bone dry, it never becomes astringent.

This is an awesome beer, and a truly incredible expression of what the Nelson Sauvin hop can do. I love this beer, and I can't seem to stop drinking it.

plfahey, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of 33nickadams
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am reviewing from the aspect of a homebrewer, rather than a taster. I got this beer hoping that it would help me decide what to do with the Nelson Sauvin hops that I just ordered. I've never had them, so I am looking forward to this.

The beer is ruby orange colored, with a ton of head. It's almost entirely opaque. The nose is very interesting, I wasn't expecting this at all. More molasses, caramel and raisins for me. I even thought I picked up some tomato juice as well. (Not sure how old the bottle is). The taste is sweet, grapey, and has a nice dry finish. With the mild citrus flavor, this is really unlike any hop that I have tasted. This beer doesn't have the bitterness that IPA's generally have. The mouthfeel is slippery and medium bodied. Well-carbonated. I feel that this drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA.

Overall, a great hop with an interesting twist to the American hops that I am used to. Although very good, at 4.99 a bottle, I don't think I would get this again. I would be willing to try other single hop beers from them though.

As far as what I'm going to do with my stash of Nelson hops, I think I'll brew a pale ale.

33nickadams, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of seedsofchaos
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark golden and cooper with a full one inch billowy head. Head is khaki, carbonation looks light and lacing is fantastic.

Nose points at a heavy malt backbone and reminds me of a DIPA/IIPA. Hops are floral and citrusy but balanced by undertones of sweet.

A nice balanced IPA taste with malts and body up front. Light bitter comes through but the brew finishes easy and smooth. Hops add a little spice and, perhaps, a little rind but citrus doesn't come through from the aroma as one would expect. Taste is simple but not overly impressive.

With a lower price and greater availability this could be a great session beer especially in a can. This is definitely a sit back and relax kind of IPA and lacks any true "in-your-face" characteristics.

seedsofchaos, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap date 23/12/11 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subside to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrusy hop. The flavor was of bitter malt and pine hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was very well balanced. Had a very nice pine note to it that was quite enjoyable. Probably my second favorite out of the series I've had thus far.

thagr81us, Oct 11, 2010
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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
88 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.