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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
outstanding

240 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MaxT, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

dgherm, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of MarkJBurch
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

MarkJBurch, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of cwps48
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

cwps48, May 16, 2013
Photo of TallSaint
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 11th, 2013.

Pours a slightly opaque, light autumnal brown with a healthy finger of head.

Juicy gooseberries, white grapes and citrus in the nose with a touch of pineapple. The malt body shows a bit here with a touch of caramel.

On the palate Nelson is fresh, juicy and clean upfront with lots of citrus, a touch of grapefruit and raspberry. However, gooseberry, fresh red fruits and citrus dominate. As it moves into the mid-palate, a piney-ness shows. In the back it finishes bitter with a bit of herbal-ness.

The malt body does not intrude that much until the mid-palate and back of the mouth. It was a bit more present than I would have thought but it doesn't detract at all, it adds a touch of balancing sweetness along with the bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel is decent, solid carbonation for an IPA, maybe the slightest touch too effervescent.

A really great IPA (or should I just say hop?). Nelson Sauvin has layers and layers of flavors that are extremely impressive. It's a great American-esq hop with a nice berry and winey influence to it. It's also a very noticeable hop, the juicy berries really pop out and it is easy to pick out in certain brews; I think having had it on its own I will now be able to single it out in certain other brews with more frequency.

TallSaint, May 11, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with no-frills purple label and standard white pressure cap acquired in a trade with Duff27 (thanks, buddy!) and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Mikkel is my favourite brewer but this series is mostly an experimental educational type of thing, not an attempt to brew great beer. The cap reads "5561010." Not sure what that means. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 6.9% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive head; the glass is 80% foam. The head is beige in colour with nice thickness, decent cream, and very good retention (~9 minutes). Body colour is a hazy translucent nontransparent caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Fairly vibrant. No bubble show. Light thin even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Heavy caramel. Biscuit malts. Floral hop notes; lightly soapy. Caramel is dominant. It's more malty than hoppy. Some bubblegum. Candylike. Not nectary or citrusy; I expected more from Nelson Sauvin. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Not great for an IPA, but passable and different. The hop character could definitely be better.

T: Heavy caramel malts. Floral hops. Noticeable hop bitterness - the cardinal sin of an IPA. Light hints of bubblegum. Vague tropical hop notes. It's not all that well balanced, but it's decent for what it is. If this is showcasing the nelson sauvin hop, I guess I'm none too impressed. Built badly for an IPA, but as an educational experiment it accomplishes its aims.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decent thickness. Undercarbonated. Suits the flavour profile decently. It's passable.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. I appreciate what Mikkel's doing, but this isn't great. I wouldn't get it again. Apparently Nelson Sauvin isn't my favourite hop. Hides its ABV well. Forgettable and pricey (thanks to the Shelton Bastards).

High C-

kojevergas, May 07, 2013
Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev -0.5%

samEBC, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of kvgomps
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle of this recently. I noticed the 2011 bottlecap stamp at the check out counter and the vendor threw it in for free. Not sure how age might affect this but I've disclosed.

The pour is really nice with a good 1-2 inch head. Oddly, this beer looks and smells like a wheat beer. Really hope those are the only similarities. The nose is some kind of fruit and tart with a good bit of funk. This reads like a saison so far. I wonder if this hop variety can have that much of an impact.

Wow. IPA is not what comes to mind but there's a lot going on with this beer, mostly good. There's a mix of citrus (not sure what kind) and a faint cardboard flavor. The latter is pretty mild and really hard to distinguish from the funk on the nose. May or may not be related to the age. Either way it is mild and sort of complements the hop profile. Sort of like a pallete cleanser between the onset and finish. Kind of reminds me of the finish of the Stone VE 2010. Did not like that beer but I don't care for white wine either.

I have no idea what to summarize for this beer. I guess that I've never knowingly tried anything with Nelson Sauvin hops but that this beer is good and worth it. A lot going on with this hop variety that you don't often find in American IPAs. Would love to try this again fresh.

kvgomps, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

T_rizzo, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

t0rin0, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of JustinMatthew
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

JustinMatthew, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of mgironta
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

mgironta, Sep 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

jenray, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of danieelol
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a nice orange with great head and lacing.

Smell is grape and citrus, big English IPA-style malt character though. Remind me a bit of old-ish Lucky 13.alt. Baked bread, doughiness.

Taste is more grape and leaves, Ribena-esque. More English malt-funk.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbed but not too bitter.

Overall hard to judge this beer. It's enjoyable but not too IPA-like. I suspect it's quite old but the BB is 28/09/13 so it's hard to be sympathetic. Still enjoyable and interesting.

danieelol, Aug 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Morningside, Jul 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Jul 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

rolltide8425, Jul 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Texasfan549, Jul 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

eawolff99, Jul 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

valarking, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big fluffy white head caps the jarrah coloured body. Excellent lacing adorns the glass.

S - Grape, citrus and mango, not particularly bitter in the aroma. Nice depth.

T - Hop forward as you would expect, follows the nose with the particular fruity flavours. A little pine and wood.

M - Medium in body and moderately carbonated.

O - One of the better of single hop series. Loving the concept from Mikkeller.

dansmcd, May 28, 2012
Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml brown bottle. First came across this hop varietal while judging homebrew competitions several years ago which caught my attention at first, and soon turned me into a fan. Curious character to this hop, a sort of puckering gooseberry flavour, which makes sense if you are familiar with the white wines that New Zealand also produces. Something in the soil seems to be developing this characteristic.

Pours out a hazed, almost cloudy, amber hue, with a massive rocky off-white head at first, which slowly settles.

Major citrus on the nose: notes of lemon, red grapefruit, mandarin and tangerine. Very bright and fresh. Hints of gooseberry in the background. Lots of layers considering it is a single hop, and one that pushes all my right buttons at that.

Bready and biscuity malt backbone starts off the flavour, followed by mellow grapefruit rind, getting more acidic towards the finish, herbal and tart puckering character. Dry pith in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, grainy texture, with moderate carbonation.

Fairly decent as an IPA by its own merits, this one really is for those who appreciate this type of hop, although I think it has enough to offer even beyond that--but then again I'm biased towards it.

IronDjinn, May 13, 2012
Photo of Harkrank
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Harkrank, May 13, 2012
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
Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.