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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
90
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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 16:36:16 | More by Slatetank
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petacutlasaurus

Maryland

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).

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 22:06:45 | More by petacutlasaurus
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plfahey

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 05:53:12 | More by plfahey
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Kromes

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 00:23:25 | More by Kromes
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 00:13:34 | More by Vengeance526
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 20:57:13 | More by Gosox8787
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nniicckkww

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 14:05:53 | More by nniicckkww
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eric5bellies

Australia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 01:39:32 | More by eric5bellies
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beerdrifter

Germany

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 16:12:38 | More by beerdrifter
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:03:00 | More by brentk56
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OskarL

Sweden

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 04:35:08 | More by OskarL
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eclaycamp

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 23:08:33 | More by eclaycamp
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T_rizzo

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-14-2013 17:56:33 | More by T_rizzo
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jooj8

Slovenia

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-07-2013 19:20:53 | More by jooj8
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-10-2013 23:29:55 | More by rogerdandy
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BeerMe42

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-13-2012 15:37:24 | More by BeerMe42
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-04-2012 13:14:52 | More by ohtheguilt
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-02-2012 03:19:02 | More by PEIhop
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mjryan

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 19:52:08 | More by mjryan
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audrew

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

04-14-2012 02:33:27 | More by audrew
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

09-19-2013 06:23:21 | More by schnarr84
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something great about making single hop beers.
I know it's got to be expensive with large scale production, but I think all the best American breweries need to make at least one.

In fact, I'd like to advocate that some one starts a brewery using one hop per beer.

No apparent date on the cap. Looks like an IPA, crystal clear with a nice hue of orange-ish brown.
Something made it foam up tall when I started pouring.

Smells like a New Zealand Sav Blanc. Still big foam on the 2nd pour. Good retention, but crazy with the creamy head. Mangoes and *fresh* guava. I guess pink grapefruit too if you don't have fresh fruit experience.

Tastes fruity, bitter, balanced with some malt sweetness.
Pink grapefruit pith, medium bitterness. Good IPA example with nice flavoring. Fruity. Remarkable and distinct.

A bit sticky but that may be to balance it more.

Can't say this is a weekly beverage, but this one I'd like to have with some jasmine rice and coconut chicken curry.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:36:24 | More by Dotcubed
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vfgccp

New York

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - ~80% opacity. Orange brown in color.

S - Wonderful mandarin orange aroma. Touch of ruby red grapefruit and Minute Maid fruit punch.

T - Fantastic mirror of the nose with more of the grapefruit up front. Floral, lightly herbal. Some orange zest mid profile along with a honey flavor sans the sweetness. Fresh, green hop character in the finish with a nice dry bitterness.

M - Medium light body with a semi-dry finish. Nice carbonation.

D - Great citrus hop flavor, remarkably fresh, with a well balanced bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:08:01 | More by vfgccp
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gford217

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Brick Store as part of Mikkeller Mayhem.

No different than the rest of the appearance front - light hazy amber, small cream-colored head, little bit of lacing.

Unlike most of the others, the aroma is distinctive and complex. There is a light grape-like fruitiness with some other juicy citrus. There is also a solid earthy spiciness in the nose and some toasted malts as well.

The taste is more of the same. Quick shot of citrus hops up front but with a dry, herbal twist. The finish is the most wine-like of all the IPAs - dry, fruity with a bit of spice.

The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and well-carbonated. It's got a dry spiciness on the palate.

This was the winner of the day for me, the most complex of the IPAs, very drinkable and outstanding all around. It's the only one that I tried today that stands up to the top IPAs out there.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 03:15:05 | More by gford217
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on the menu at Pizza Paradiso in DC so I had to order a bottle. Alpine Nelson is one of my favorites so I figured I needed to see Mikkeller's interpretation of an IPA focused on this hop.

After pouring the bottle, the beer creates a finger of bright white head that sits atop a classically colored Mikkeller IPA. Seriously, I believe every IPA I've seen from these guys has the exact distinctive color. A dull, light brown she leather with the slightest orange tones. Some clumps of lacing cling.

Aroma is fantastic. I was so excited as this clearly screamed of a fresh bottle. Tropical fruit everywhere.

The flavor did not disappoint. The tropical fruit onslaught continued in this well balanced (but hop focused) IPA. The malt profile was pretty typical of the brewer and had nice toffee notes with some balanced sweetness and a touch of bread. The tropical fruit and grapefruit notes carried the day. Excellent.

The beer was actually bright, refreshing and almost crisp. A bit oily on the tongue, but still clean. (can that be?)

Just loved it and almost ordered a 2nd. Hope to grab a couple more bottles before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 13:45:17 | More by Reagan1984
Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.