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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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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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 jsh420


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

cap dated 23/12/11

pours hazy copper orange with a big chunky 2+ finger head that left lacing all over the glass

smells of very fruity hops - dont pick up any malt but this is an ipa brewed to showcase the hop used

taste is nice - reminds me of many fresh hopped harvest brews (SN and founders) the hops shine very juicy but there is just enough malt to cut the bitterness

mouthfeel - medium body with way too much carbonation

drinkability is so so - while i enjoy the single hop series the price kills any repeat buys

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 01:04:22 | More by jsh420
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright introduction to the fairly unknown Nelson Sauvin hops. Fruity and tawny, the beer takes a distinct wine-like or boozy turn.

Like all other Mikkeller Single Hop Series beer, the beer takes on a deep copper color with greater than normal haze. Great formation and retainage of off white foam and good lacing. A good but hazy look even for an IPA.

Fruity/citrus aromas emmit from the hops, but with a quick and sturdy rebuttal from the biscuity and caramelized malts. The beer takes a distinct wine-like tawny aroma, similar to gin or other fruit-forward alcohols.

Flavors of the malt hit first but with the white grape, juniper, under-rippended berry notion following closely behind. Bitterness seems sharp and seems to amplify the bitterness of the alcohol is quite a boozy fashion. Interestingly, the beer seems to have a more estery fruitiness because of the hops used. Finishes with a cool/minty tawny-tanic flavor.

Creamy and medium fullness early but the alcohols and hop bitterness seems to thin the beer without the classic dry-maltiness and smooth hop bitterness that I've seen in previous Single Hop Mikkellers.

This may be my least favorite beer in the series. Not saying that this hop doesn't work but I think it would pair well with Amarillo or Saaz hops for more roundness in flavor/aroma and for smoother bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 01:30:28 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of seans86


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden color, nice creamy head, good lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt, like the rest of the series. Some pepper, with some citrus, orange hops coming through.

T: Caramel, like the aroma, good bitterness. Some citrus, but more of the white wine sweetness that the hop is known for. Alcohol is slightly present, but doesn't really retract from the overall experience.

M: good carbonation, taste lingers on the tongue.

D: Pretty easy drinking, though I don't know if I'd want to have more than one. Nelson Sauvin is a very interesting hop, making for a very unique and tasty brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 02:52:38 | More by seans86
Photo of Xul


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden amber, capped by a two finger, frothy, cream colored head. Retention is very good and light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Huge hop profile up front, led by juicy oranges, grapefruit, white wine notes, green grapes, and green apple. A caramel base lurks in the background, but only to serve as a canvas for the hops.

T: Taste is similar to the nose, but not quite as good. The citrus qualities aren't as defineed as they smelled and a light chalky taste creeps in. Doesn't kill the beer, but definitely detracts. The vinous aspects are stronger. Finishes dry.

M: Fairly thin bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very good beer showcasing one of my favorite hops. Could've been better if the flavor was as robust as the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:53:23 | More by Xul
Photo of JayQue


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid AIPA from Denmark!! A little pricey at $6.25 for a 11.2 oz beer, but the beer itself is very good. pours a hazy light orange/amber color into my pint glass. Big antique white head with good retention and thick clumps of lacing.

Aroma is the best part. Strong piney and citrus aroma...as good as the best AIPAs.

Taste is more of the same with citrus (tangerine more than grapefruit) hops and some balancing caramel malt which smooths the beer out and adds a little sweetness in the middle. Hops predominate up front and at the end.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Drinkability is very good. Goes down easy, no funky aftertaste or alcohol bite. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 18:03:00 | More by JayQue
Photo of coryking


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 15:24:34 | More by coryking
Photo of PhxHorn


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium yellow with a one inch white head. Smells lightly of citrus. Tastes mildly of citrus, but no flavor in particular stands out. Unremarkable is the word that keeps coming to mind. No oxidation flavor, but other than that it tastes like an IPA that's been sitting around for awhile. Carbonation is a bit light. Nothing special about this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 05:10:26 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of Pencible


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like pineapple and honeydew melon with some grapefruit and caramel malt. It tasted like honeydew and some pineapple, with caramel malt and some grapefruit. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was very light and smooth and sweet, characterized by lovely tropical flavors. I'm not too familiar with the Nelson Sauvin hop, but it seemed like the flavor was quite delicate, and would easily be overpowered by other hops or malts, when blended. It had a very smooth and easy finish to the taste, and the beer had a good body too.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 19:59:18 | More by Pencible
Photo of zeff80


4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin patches of lace on the glass.

S - A very potent aroma of grapefruit and pine. It overwhelms any caramel or malt aroma that might be present.

T - Good bubblegum and grapefruit flavors from the hops. Also, quite bitter with mild caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that drinks easy despite its ABV.

D - This was a treat to try on tap. I've had a few Mikkeller single hop beers from a bottle but trying this fresh on tap was quite delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 20:51:09 | More by zeff80
Photo of billshmeinke


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Semi hard pour yields a fat head that cascades to a 3 fingers worth of rocky foam. Takes a few minutes to die down to a solid layer of foam on top leaving heaps of lacing behind. Golden, slightly amber in color and fairly opaque.

The main scent I get here is tropical fruits in the form of pineapple. There is also some pine and spiciness, and a hint of what I want to call bubble gum.

The flavor profile also suggests pineapple and mango which quickly transforms into an onslaught of spicy hop bitterness. There is resin and some white pepper. That hint of bubble gum makes into the flavor for me as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of smooth carbonation and a hefty hop bite at the end. Pretty dry as well.

Quite drinkable, however, this beer, as with the rest of the Mikkeller single hop series, pretty much wrecks your palate from the first sip. I noticed the pineapple that was very distinct at first become less and less apparent the more I drank being replaced mostly by resin bitterness and peppery spice.

The third beer in this series for me thus far. I recommend having them one at a time to pick out the flavor characteristics of each hop variety presented. Having more than one in a night, and you are probably losing some of the nuances between individual hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 08:16:07 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of Jayli


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Nikki's in Providence on 5/15

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a big, rocky 3 finger of khaki color head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves ample amounts of sticky lacing.

S: Nose is of a slight grape fruitiness, citrus hops and a touch of caramel malts.

T: Taste starts with a nice grape flavoring, albeit light and refreshing. Middle has a bit of caramel malt and hint of bisuit, before a dose of citrus hops that lend back to that light grape flavoring, and some hints of melon.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body with a dry finish to it.

D: This is a damn fine IPA, goes down very nicely, nice flavors, I could put away several of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 13:27:20 | More by Jayli
Photo of drpimento


4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got damn, this is it! Pure mastery. One of the very best beers that I've ever had. Poured wth a huge thick foamy frothy textured light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is heavy hop caramel malt burnt sugar grass grain and a little orange. Flavor is like aroma but a lot more intense. Excellentt balance between bitter and sweet. Finish is like flavor and tapers off without change and is medium in length. A little alcohol there too. Session beer. OMG this is good beer. I want MORE!!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 18:54:20 | More by drpimento
Photo of wchesak

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Allagash chalice

A - hazy, amber orange color, fingers worth of sandy white head, bit of lacing, head stays on top of beer throughout the drinking

S - surprising white wine maybe Riesling like, crushed green grapes, some dark fruits like blackberry

T - nice caramel back bone that transitions to dry bitter hop flavor that is very much in line with smell, with a little green apple flavor too

M - light bodied but not thin, good carbonation

D - flavor profile from these hops is pretty amazing, definitely something different comparative to other American style IPAs which are pretty redundant with their citrus smell, will be enjoying the other one I had very soon

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 01:42:27 | More by wchesak
Photo of jlindros


3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Big fluffy Belgian style pillowy head overflowing the top and sides of the glass, which fades slowly over the very hazy and cloudy woody brown with a little reddish orange color.

N: Lots of fresh hop aroma, despite being all NS hops, it still adds some depth with some spicy and musty fresh hops, some chewy hop aspects, a little citrus, and all that with a light sweet malt backbone.

T: Fluffy with a nice light malt taste, almost like Belgian pale malts which brings a touch of sweetness. More chewy hop flavors with a hint of nougat, spicy hop characteristics, with some fresh musty astringent hop bitterness and some orange peel and citrus. Somewhat bitter overall. There's also a slight juicy flavor.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter still, nothing overpowering which is good for just a single IPA. Gets a little astringent with more of that musty hop resin taste here as well but its manageable. Lingering bitterness with more chewy and slight citrusy hop flavors also lingering. Somewhat dry too which accentuates the bitter profile a bit. Tasty beer, but as there are so many good IPAs out there it doesn't stand out much as great, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 18:30:10 | More by jlindros
Photo of zoso1967


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish amber that is slightly coppery. This beer has an amazing rocky, fluffy head that is slightly off-white and sticks around forever. The aroma is quite unique in that it is citrusy, but also has a sort of berry, or grape like character to it. It also has a nice bready malt undertone, but mostly I get fresh grapefruit and a bit of raspberry or blackberry. The flavor continues this trend. Super fruity hops that I could mostly closely relate to some crazy tropical cocktail blender drink. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, grapes, raspberry, blueberry and maybe even some pineapple. The malt is in there as well, but way in the background. This IPA is also quite bitter. It really reminds me a lot of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen, but with less malt and less alcohol. Very refreshing and unique. The body is medium, and the mouthfeel is a bit on the dry side, but still quite nice. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 00:15:36 | More by zoso1967
Photo of dirtylou


4.33/5  rDev +8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 20:54:53 | More by dirtylou
Photo of rootbeerman


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.

A: pour amber brown, with a dark? off-white head with a small amount of lace.
S: strong citrus and pine pour out the the bottle when i opened it, pouring makes this more powerful but with a sweet background of malt.
T: almost the same as the smell, pine and citrus, long lasting citrus aftertaste.
M: coating but not thick, medium carbonation.
D: expensive to drink a few, yet good. a good way to taste different hop varieties.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 03:37:27 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of Thorpe429


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderate amber with an off-white head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Nice citrus and tropical smells, but nothing too overpowering or special.

T: Similar to the nose. Everything is pretty good, although not intense in any way. Not really any popping, which is what I expected in a beer that's to show me how a particular type of hop tastes.

M: Medium bodied and a bit dry. A little bit of an alcohol presence. Not quite as smooth as it should be given the lack of a strong hop presence.

D: Pretty good. Nice and easy, but nothing too special either.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 10:46:31 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Reaper16


3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, best by 02/23/2011, served into a tulip glass

Pours a murky, hazy, copper sort of brown. Eggshell white foam crests up to two and a half fingers. Soapy lacing spindles down the sides of glass. The head makes the appearance work.

The Nelson Sauvin hops lend a vinous, dry sort of fruit character. Red grapes with a spritz of California grapefruit. There is some sourness coming from somewhere, like some sour grain mixed with perfume.

The lupulin character presents itself on the tongue as grapefruit and distant pineapple. It isn't as drying as the nose suggests it will be. The malt is biscuity and increasingly doughy as the beer warms. This beer, while solid, is not as vibrant as I would like.

The mouthfeel is hard to gauge at first. It seems like it is on the lighter end of medium bodied but the carbonation is pretty overactive for the first ten minutes after pouring. Once the prickly sensation dies down the carbonation level is pretty darn low. Weird. The drinkability is OK. This doesn't taste good enough to drink a lot of and it doesn't hold up to sipping for a longer than a half hour but aside from that it is solid.

This is the second beer that I've had (along with Alpine's Nelson) that has featured the Nelson Sauvin hop and I have been blown away by neither one. It is a hop that seems to bring good flavors to the table but not at the levels of intensity or clarity to really let the beer shine. This is a pretty solid IPA; one that, like the other Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs, is valuable more for its educational properties than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 18:48:34 | More by Reaper16
Photo of BierFan


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise. According to the date on the bottle it was bottled about 7 months ago.

Whole lot of light tan head when first poured. Gave it a few minutes to settle down, which left real nice lacing. Very fruity aroma. Nice bitterness. Little thin mouthfeel, which isn't a bad thing, but I expected it to be more rich and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 00:51:31 | More by BierFan
Photo of laituegonflable


3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden brown colour, clear with a bronze lustre. Head is generous but sinks, leaving a nice foamy cloud and nice streaks of beige lace. Quite nice, great foam.

Nose is a tasty, hoppy affair. Large amounts of classic Nelson Sauvin character, passionfruit with passionfruit seed, crisp green apple notes and pineapple with a slightly resiny bitter edge, but mostly fresh fruit aromas.

Tastes very hoppy right throughout the palate but with a distinct caramel maltiness as well. Starts quite tangy with slight citric twang, then malt comes through with cake dough, vanilla and caramel, hops re-emerge on the mid, providing more passionfruit seed, citric rind bitterness and a sappy, resiny character as well, especially on the finish. Nice and fresh, with a little bit of intensity with the bitterness on the back, but very pleasant overall.

Mouthfeel is a little bit fizzy. Good amount of body, but yeah, feels a bit frothy and aggressive in the mouth. The intensity lowers the chugging ability of this beer although it is a pleasant, tasty drop overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 05:36:51 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of DefenCorps


4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

The nose has a bright orange character with plenty of white grape character and some light caramel. Nelson Sauvin is a great aroma hop. The palate opens moderately fruity and grape-like with just a little chalk? Citrus character is quite excellent. Mild malt sweetness is noticeable, and the finish is drying. Moderate carbonation is present on this medium-light bodied beer, with a long lasting bitterness. Juicy and quite excellent, this was my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 03:32:04 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed deep amber colour, with a very thick head of yellowish foam. Just the delicious look of a pleasant IPA. Head gets a little rocky after a while, but the lacing is pretty good.

Nice tropical hops on the nose, with a slight honey sweetness as well. Missing some of the more classic Nelson Sauvin characters to my mind. Very little capsicum and gooseberry - the notes which scream out NZ Sav Blanc. It smells rather like a muted Cascadian West Coast IPA.

Smooth entry, a round malt coating preparing the palate before the hops make their presence felt. Full fruity characters, finally a hint of passionfruit, with a robust, but not particularly strong bitterness on the back. The palate is better by far than the nose, and the balance is excellent, meaning it is exceptionally drinkable.

A shame in my mind that it doesn't really showcase the hop variety to the full. I've had other beer I feel do this for Nelson Sauvin better, and don't market themselves like this. But it is undoubtedly a very drinkable brew, and a pretty delicious IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 10:33:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Thur123


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 03:04:17 | More by Thur123
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown with hints of orange with 2 fingers of white head. Nice lacing and retention, and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and some sweet fruity malts.

t - Tastes of wine, citrus, and hops. Has more bitterness than I was expecting. A very interesting combination.

m - Medium body and light carbonation.

d - An interesting and enjoyable IPA. The wine taste from the sauvin combined with the citrus makes the taste very interesting. Worth checking out and I'd try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 01:02:33 | More by mdfb79
Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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