Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPANelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-14-2009

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.
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Reviews by mgironta:
Photo of mgironta
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured with a generous two finger tan head that dissipated very slowly and left lots of lacing on my pint glass. The body was a cloudy, burnt amber color with moderate carbonation. When I got to stick my nose in the glass, I really didn't know what to expect. I don't think I've had a beer that featured this hop before. The nose was very floral with some tropical fruits. Very interesting. The taste was much of the same. It started with a very intense floral hop note, then went to grapefruit and then tropical fruit, which I assume is the "passionfruit" that was mentioned in the trivia. After a few sips, I also picked up a bit of white grapefruit. This hop varietal was very unique and very well suited for a single hop IPA. The body was towards the thicker side with a little less than moderate carbonation. The finish was long and sticky and very floral. This was a very interesting IPA. It's not one that I think I could have a bunch of, but one that I was glad that I tried.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of ricke
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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.

Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Kraken
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Floral spicy hop aromas blend with rich malts. Pours hazy amber under a 1” cream colored persistent foam collar that provides thick lace. The hops are assertive with big melon but are well balanced by rich malt flavors. Creamy, medium full body and very soft carbonation. A delightful, well hopped beer.

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.

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?

Photo of daveytheformer
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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.

Photo of coryking
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Photo of BlazerT
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Teku glass. Bottle. Deep amber, little hazy with medium, densed white head. Fairly lasting. Medicore lacing. Fresh vinous aromas, with hints of citrus (orange), also light floral aromas. Taste is medium bitter (grapefruit like), earthy and little harsh. Good malty background. Tasty, refreshind and quite drinkable IPA.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Photo of beertooth
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of plfahey
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of 33nickadams
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of seedsofchaos
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of andrewm190
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was a nice, easy-on-you IPA that can bring some enjoyment to you on a Spring day. Poured a thick amber color. One of the cloudier pours I've seen recently. I didn't get much out of the aroma - certainly the hops were there, but nothing particularly noteworthy. The hops were there in good taste, not overpowering, but enough to linger on your pallet. I'll recommend it down the line for sure.

Photo of Thur123
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a barely hazy deep orange color. A light pours still gives me four fingers worth of head that fades in large bursts in a craggy way. The smell is sweet fruits and a malt beneath. The hops smell of mango in a big way. Other fruit smells include grapefruit, peach, and apricot as well.

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The flavor is a very good combination of bitter and sweet. White wine in the after taste with grapey, peachy hops. There's also a light herbal bitterness to the hops. The taste is overall very drinkable and I feel this hop used correctly and with other hops would be amazing. Pretty drinkable and complex for one hop.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cadmium orange color with a foamy buff colored head that occupied the general majority of the glass upon the pour similar to their tomahawk style. Head retention was very good leaving a shellacking on the glass for a lacing that stuck well.

S: Strange hop aroma meets you upfront, a mixture of wet onion grass, oranges and a touch of minced garlic. Leafy green tomato leafs with hints of musky sage rounds things out in an otherwise strange experience that is hard to put your finger, or nose on. Props for a different approach and hop usage.

T: Thin at the start, toasted watery grains with a bitterness of lemon juice and warm piney flavors. Stalky stems with some sweet maple syrup and French toast breadiness arrives in the middle. On the swallow finds some lemon juice with some herbaceous notes and a moderate bitterness on the fade.

M: Light bodied, feels a bit watery at times, no wheres near the malt support of their tomahawk. Some toasted memories and warmth with a fading flowery bitterness on the trail.

D: Woundn't invest in a six pack here. A quite strange aromatic appeal worthy of sniffing for ones self, but the flavor is slightly better then average and seems best suited left at a single serving.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich orange/amber with a huge head.
Classic nelson sauvin passion-fruit and peach on the nose with some pineapple thrown in as well. Also present is some lovely caramel malt and light peppery phenols.
Taste is dominated by a strong green hoppy bitterness - a little overwhelming at first. Soon enough the malt starts shining through along with lots of sweet passion fruit and peach. The alcohol also shines through, but is somewhat solventy.
Body is lacking, almost watery.
The key factor that let this down was the solventy finish, otherwise this was great.

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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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