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: 242
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Arenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Abrand for this one!!!!

12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A- Pours a solid brown with a slight orange hue. On top is a thick and fluffy yellowish off-white head. Leaves pretty decent lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts with a decent amount of citrus tropical smelling hops. Also very spicy smelling, definitely different than all the other single hop mikkellers.

T- Unlike the fruity smell the flavor is more piny and the caramel malts come out more. Still a decent amount of citrus in there though and definitely some spice.

M- Medium bodied with a strong bitter dryness in the finish. Pretty perfect amount for my palate.


Photo of wnh
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Big, intense nose, with aromas of blended Starbursts and Juicy Fruit, big and punchy. A fruit bomb, really, but smells delicious. Like a big hop fist coming out of the glass and punching you in the nose. Somewhat pungent.

Fruity and bitter on the palate, with notes of fresh leaves and a citrus blend. Tied for top two beers in the tasting.

Photo of Humulus85
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. My first from Mikkeller.

Pours a slightly murky copper. Flufy, two finger head has excellent retention as well as lacing; very Belgian looking.

Smell is dank in every sense of the word. Deep hop notes. Some tropical some super earthy. Yet more proof Nelson Sauvin is my new favorite hop. Moderate malt sweetness comes through.

Wonderful hop profile; deep, earthy, some mango, and a touch of spice. The fact that this is the only hop used is a true testament to this variety. Perfectly balanced by a caramel malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Medium in body, with a dry, but not too dry, finish.

Overall this is a solid if not excellent IPA. There is none of the typical Belgian yeast funk I expected. I love the complexity of the hop profile with only the Nelson used. A little pricy, but worth a try if you are a fan of the style. Cheers!

Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle, poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A very hazy dark amber w/ 2.5 fingers of rocky light tan head, thick lace collects on the glass like webbing

S - A strong sweet fruit like candied citrus and honeyed pineapple w/ a hint of mango and papaya w/ a subtle green tea tinge like herbs w/ a gentle grape/lemony acidic nose

M - The feel is delightful and not at all what you would expect considering the fruit filled aroma - not overly sweet. The texture is aided by tingling carbonation and mild juicy fruity notes w/ light sweet and nutty/woody earthy tinges and mild acidity w/ a semi-sweet finish. The astringent aspect is mild w/ alcohol only noted in very slight ways

T - A lot of tropical fruit and white grapeskin flavor like gooseberry w/ a mild pineapple and sweet pine w/ herbs, tea and lychee w/ a hint of mango. The flavor is accented by sweet but not syrupy malt that accompanies a mild pear and pine taste w/ very very light minty clean elements. the taste of citrus is there but enveloped by papaya and passionfruit w/ an alcohol flavor and resinous slightly bitter finish. The finish is semi-dry w/ a refreshing flavor -more than any other single hop ale I have had.

D - I found the taste of this to be like fruit in peculiar fresh hoppy aspects w/ great drinkability and bitter/sweet blend which is intensely packed with Nelson Sauvin hop goodness - juicy and delicious.

Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, and I thought their Simcoe single hop was good. After having this and that together, I'm sold on Mikkeller's single hop line. As my bro said after we shared one of these beers, "there's something special, here," and that 'something' is almost certainly the way they applied the grape/grapefruit flavors here. I think the tastes of these medium-heavy fruits mix quite well with the caramel bits and the overarching hop itself. This beer's grassy/vinous notes, along with just the right sweetness, make it one to remember, or in the case of my bro, make it worth going back to the store to pick up two more singles (lest we forget).

Photo of plfahey
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Kromes
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a fluted glass. A nice hazy golden with a huge fluffy white head. Good lacing all down the sides.

S: An herbal and floral hop aroma with some crystal, caramel malts.

T: The flavor is sweet and very grape up front. It gives way to a floral hopiness, with a rather dry finish. The grape flavors last throughout.

M: A little peppery with a medium-heavy body.

O: In the world of IPAs it has a uniqueness to it. It is on the sweet side and the fruity flavors are more pronounced. The bitterness it tamed in the finish. Grape-like flavors are a surprise.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange amber color with a very large off-white head that has nice retention and leaves a little lacing.

Strong aroma of tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple and a little mango upfront. Also present are grapes and peaches in the back.

Taste again starts with the pineapple but is also a bit more malty upfront with a definite caramel touch. Towards the finish, grapefruit comes in along with light peach notes.

Medium body, lightly carbonated with a pretty smooth mouthfeel. Lots of fruit flavors all around, this one turned out extremely enjoyable and they really did a great job of building a quality IPA out of this hop variety. A definite winner in the single hop series.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap at the Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME. Slighlty nicely chilled and allowed to cool over about 45 minutes.

Appearance: Hazy orange to bright yellow in color with a one and a half finger, white and pillowy head.

Aroma: Big pine notes are the main thing I'm getting here. Some nice herbal backing with some lemongrass notes in there too.

Taste: Lots of in your face pine and herbal notes here. Not the typical American IPA. The pine and lemongrass are really crisp and refreshing. I don't know if I would call this balanced, but it is definitely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: The ABV is pretty reasonable, especially for a beer with this flavor. However, the flavors are strong and it would be tough to drink more than one or two of these.

Overall, a really exceptional IPA that has a great and unique flavor profile. More herbal than tropical. Definitely a really refreshing beer through and through though.

Photo of nniicckkww
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle. Slight head that remained for over a minute. Nice lacing. Pretty white head. Slightly hazy amber.

Tangerine, citrus aroma. Lot's of citrus and tropical fruit. Very complex hop flavor. Peach. Lemon. Lime. Tangerine. Slight malt backbone makes the hop flavor stick around. Not cloyingly sweet. I hate malt bombs, but this beer has just enough. Any more and it would detract from the amazing hop flavor.

I wonder how fresh this beer is. I love it. What a great (unusual) hop. I could have two. It's damn expensive, but worth it every now and then. I love the nelson sauvin hop. My first offering from Mikkeller. I will seek them out more often and hopefully not break the bank. YUM.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on Tap at Sail and Anchor Fremantle, 21st Feb 2011

A - Pours a nice copper colour with a two fingered creamy head that laces and styas the distance.

S - Striong aromas of mandarin and pine, very impressive.

T - Very nice balance between sweetness, spice and bitterness. Pefect. Flavours of white grapes and pine cone through very nicely. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

D - Absolutely loved this beer and will be trying more of the single hop IPA's in future.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Hazy light copper-orange pour with a huge, foamy caramel colored head and great lacing. Very big and very unique floral nose of fresh, resiny hops with an odd touch of green onion and a hint of fresh tea. The unique taste is very complex and very hard to describe. There's definitely a lot going on. The bitter hops are front and center, but there's a unique, almost berry sweetness to it also. Very herbal with hints of pine and tangerines. Great bitter, crisp, dry finish and hugely drinkable. This was the first Nelson Sauvin hopped beer I've had, but hopefully not the last. The price was a little steep, even here in Europe, but it was well worth it in my opinion. Mikkeller is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Time for another beer run!

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color topped by a huge head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Classic Nelson Sauvin aromatics, with a vinous white grape and lychee character

Taste: Very light malt treatment here, just enough to provide a platform to deliver the hops; starting out with a spicy lychee character, the vinous notes start to emerge at mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops add a grassy edge to the other elements that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nelson Sauvin is one of my favorite hops and this beer shows them off in all of their complexity

Photo of OskarL
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy amber/golden color with a thick head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Passionfruit, citrus, tropical fruits and sweet malt.

Taste - Passionfruit, sweet malt, pineapple and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with quite fitting carbonation.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Making a run at some of the Mikkeller Single Hop series tonight. On a recent trip I was able to find the Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe. As a fan of hops in general and IPAs in particular I'm hoping that this will not only be fun, but educational as well.

11.2 ounce bottle. Starting witht he Nelson Sauvin, as it's the hop that I'm the most unfamiliar with. I expected this beer to be lightly carbonated, but I assure you that's not the case. My relatively aggressive pour overfilled my glass, even with the extra ounce or so to spare. Pours a deep copper orange with very nice carbonation and a booming, billowing head. Lacing on the beer can be described as sticky, and quite impressive at that. I get some aroma of pine before citrus - tangerines? - takes over. There's also this complex fruitiness going on in the background of the aroma. Nice light mouthfeel to the beer, with the high level of carbonation making for a refreshing drinking experience. The taste is sweeter than I expected, with some fruitiness that I wonder is a byproduct of the Belgian yeast. Then again, maybe that's just the malt profile coming through. There's a nice tropical thing going on with this, it's very mango-like. Kind of like drinking a hop infused mango smoothie. There's also this underlying earthiness that you get the more you drink it. The beer finishes with that classic IPA bitterness that you just don't get with anything else. Love the finish. Honestly, just based on my unfamiliarity with the hop I had very low expectations for this one, but it's surprisingly good. I've had IPAs brewed with Citra (the easiest example being Torpedo) and the Nelson Sauvin reminds me a little bit of that. Honestly it's much better than I was expecting. Recommended.

Photo of T_rizzo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of macesq
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of jooj8
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of rogerdandy
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of BeerMe42
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of mjryan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nelson Sauvin. Never heard of you but I sure like your hops. Like the Simcoe and Warrior before it Mikkellers Nelson Sauvin single hop IPA is a winner. As the name suggests this beer is a showcase of the New Zealand born and bred Nelson Sauvin hop variety. Very herbal in the nose with a fair amount of grapefruit aroma as well. Smells great. Bitterness is agressive and the finish is dry. This hop reminds me of Chinook or Colombus. Dank, grapefruity and resinous. No attempt at balance, why would they? Tastes like it was brewed next door, yesterday. Very nice.

Photo of audrew
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.