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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPANelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA

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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%


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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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brendan13

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange with a huge fluffy slightly off white head that lingers for a fair while.
S - Stone fruit and floral hops dominate the aroma.
T - Stone fruit and floral hops also dominate the taste.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Noticeable bitterness amd dryish finish.
D - These single hop beers from Mikkeller are always good but they aren't something I'd drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 08:53:24 | More by brendan13
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Murchmac

California

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought I messed up when the giant white head foamed immediately up and over my pint glass, judging by other people, it was not my fault. I blame Sally Fields.

When the head settles down, you get a darker than normal burnt amber body with orange highlights with lots of microwaved marshmellow shrapnel sticking to the pint glass.

Great Smell, Floral and fruity at the same time with lots of citrus notes wrapped up in one, like a giant hoppy fruit roll up.

A bit mild taste with tingling sweet hop character. This is a designer hop not made in the labs of BALCO, but in New Zealand designed to impart a green grape like quality. It's like drinking a beer/wine or Welsch white grape juice with a frothy head and alcohol bite to it. Kinda like a liger, bred for it's skills with magic.

Interesting taste as it has both a good thick taste and thin body with lots of carbonation. As complicated as Sally Fields and Burt Reynolds relationship in Smokey and the Bandit, i'd take off my hat for this beer.

Wish it had more body, but you know, let's not place blame where it shouldnt be. Sally Fields is as Sally Fields does.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 04:53:50 | More by Murchmac
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my Allagash chalice. Cap marked "10/03/11".

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a luscious, bubbly head.

The nose is all tropical fruits and pineapple. Quite spicy with hints of citrus.

Extremely well balanced taste. Malts along with spicy, citric hops come through. It finishes with a dirty, funky bitterness that fades to leave citric and pine-needle flavors. Slightly resinous and not very astringent. The carbonation is a bit heavier than I'd like.

Overall, a great IPA; however, at $6.49 a bottle, it costs more than it's worth, so it might not be the first IPA I'd reach for.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 06:27:29 | More by IMincedTheKing
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively dark orange/amber with a huge runaway head that takes awhile to settle. When it does, you're left with a grainy looking head and some lacing. I really like the single hop series- the beers are well made and highly enough hopped that you can really taste the characteristics of each specific type of hop. I can't say that I know much about this particular hop, but after having it I can say it's a citrus bomb with lots of grapefruit and lemon peel, quite spicy, and with a touch of spicy pine on the finish and aftertaste. This all comes through nicely on the aroma and in the taste, and as the beer sits in the glass it starts leaning more toward notes of lemon curd. Very nice, and as usual, very interesting. Also as per usual, there is just enough malt in thee glass to balance the clean, bracing hop attack. I like this particular hop, and once again I like this single hop execution. Nice- keep them coming!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 18:17:13 | More by Georgiabeer
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into snifter on 5/24/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing!

A - Poured a hazy burnt orange body with one-finger creamy beige head that retained exceptionally well and left some very nice thick lacing around the glass.

S - Very pungent, aromatic and unique hop character suggesting floral notes and exotic perfumes as well as more subtle citrus and fruity notes. The cornucopia of hops creates almost a "perm" aspect, but not in a bad way. Mild alcohol notes emerge after it warmed up a bit.

T - Quite a spicy hop character with a splash of citrus tang and honey sweetness. Slight toasted grainy malt character with some sweet caramel notes. Finishes with an assertive floral, perfumy hop bitterness with a touch of alcohol.

M - Light to medium body with an oily texture and subtle carbonation. Finish is quite bitter on the tongue with a subtle alcohol warmth.

D - I was quite impressed with this IPA overall. This one boasts a very unique flavor, courtesy of the rarely utilized Nelson Sauvin hop, which provided quite a varied hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 23:56:28 | More by ffejherb
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Cap stamped 10/03/11.

This one initially poured all head (off white). Took a while and settled to a medium and slightly hazy amberish-orange color. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, some fruitiness, and pine. Tastes of the same floral hoppiness, citrus, and the same lighter fruitiness. I was getting some grapes in the finish as well. Body was a little flat.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 00:32:42 | More by hopdog
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ricke

Sweden

4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 00:24:12 | More by ricke
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Poured a hazy, cloudy orange with two finger frothy head that stayed with the beer and left spider lacing all down glass. A great sweet base in the aroma, the caramel and sugar stick out more than usual; strong citric, piney hop aroma as well. Crisp but smooth medium body containing not only a good amount of sweetness (excellent balance), but the hops are really strong - I'm getting citric notes as well as a touch of tartness and there is a pronounced grape taste yet the hops don't overpower rest of beer. The well-balanced brew is easy to drink and finishes clean; an excellent IPA and even sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 16:41:49 | More by clayrock81
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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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david18

New York

3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had many of these beers, both in bottles and on draft, and in general i'm very impressed with them. I was at Rattle n Hum this weekend and had a twelve ounce draft of this. It was not my favorite among the single hop selections but quite good none the less. Very good color, ok aroma. A little light on the flavor buy a very good beer none the less.

I liked it and will have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 20:31:32 | More by david18
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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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Durge

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful offering at the Lion's Pride in Brunswick, Maine, this hoppy brew shows a beautiful hazy amber color with a healthy thick, near oatmeal colored head and very robust lacing. The aroma immediately hits you with a uniquely sweet piny hop that hangs over some malted grainy goodness. Just marvelous and decidedly unique and edible. The flavor rings true to the nostrils and brings along delectable banana and maple nuances in a solidly mid-bodied brew, a hint of resinous feel, with tastefully complementary carbonation. This is a unique marriage of grain and hop that hits my wheelhouse without a doubt! One of the best IPA type brews I've had in a while. What a great surprise and what a thank you I owe to the staff at the Lion's Pride for this free sample from the mysterious beer gods (wasn't on the board this night). Thank you!

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 01:59:20 | More by Durge
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color, nothing terribly special about the appearance once its been served. There's a fair amount of rockiness and stick to the head that inclines me to tip the score up just a hair. Hoppy nose alludes to the idea of the hop focus behind this beer. I can imagine some grape-like vinous character into this aroma without too much trouble. There's also a little citrus and a bit of funkiness in there.

Aggressive hopping does a number on the generally modest malts. Backbone of toast and maybe some peanut meat alongside the requisite caramel and toffee notes. The Sauvin Nelson hops are slightly bitter, bringing a little pine resin along with grapefruit pith and an odd twist of maybe pineapple.

Not my favorite beer overall. There's a good reason that most beers blend different hop strains. Kind of a one-trick pony, and I found this one to be a flat, syrupy drinking experience on draft. Not terrible and overbearing, but far from elite.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2010 03:43:30 | More by BretSikkink
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coryking

Missouri

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
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zeff80

Missouri

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
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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dirtylou

Washington

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
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a clear, amber orange color with OK head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but what I get is attractive. The beer is very citrusy, with orange and grapefruit overtones. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I get considerably more flavor then I was expecting. The beer has a moderately malty, sweet mid palate, but then finishes with a pretty long, dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer finishes well. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol barely noticeable.

Very nice, very solid IPA from these guys.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 22:00:32 | More by johnmichaelsen
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deereless

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold to orange in color, thin layer of frothy head, sticky spots of foam all along the interior of the glass - 4.50, S: Crisp and dry, aromas of grape juice, slight woodiness, definitely aromas of the white wine that the Nelson Sauvin hop is known to impart - 4.50, T: A truly unique palate, the wine flavors are quite distinctive, very dry and spicy, also a solid dose of grapefruit pith on the tail - 4.25, M: Mediume bodied to thin - 3.75, D: An extremely interesting and very drinkable IPA, like nothing I've experienced in terms of hops - 4.00

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 00:29:22 | More by deereless
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ToasterChef

Maine

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

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. This beer, made with New Zealand hops, has a deep burnt orange color. It's capped by a thin head of tiny tan bubbles. The liquid appears hazy and opaque. The aroma is crisp and cool and full of citrus hops. The first thing I taste when I sip the beer is a toffee malt flavor. It quickly gets overcome by a sweet bitter pine taste. The finish is a subtle but sharp bitter aftertaste. It has a medium body and average carbonation. The coat is sticky but isn't overly sweet. It feels fuller that it actually is. This beer is more of a sipper than the Simcoe Single Hop IPA, due to its heavier body. I still find it to be quite drinkable. I wouldn't want to more than on 12oz pour in a row, though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 13:41:58 | More by ToasterChef
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blackie

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: medium amber in color, topped with a creamy head with quality retention

s: moderate caramel body - nice level of malty sugars, but well balanced with a rich pine and tropical hop nose

m: smooth, creamy carbonation, medium body

t: sweet, moderately caramelized barley sugars, pine and tropical fruit hops

d: easy, a really nice ipa, my favorite between this and the Warrior

snifter, ChurchKey, DC

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 01:18:40 | More by blackie
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

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

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Never brewed with this hop either...WHOA! STRONG pineapple aroma, tons of fruit in here. Beer is really smooth too, overall bitterness is low, which is kind of a bummer and it has an odd aftertaste. I think this would be a great aroma hop for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 18:14:34 | More by drabmuh
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plaid75

New York

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

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet malt and a lightcitrus hop.

The taste consisted of a sweet malt and a spicy, yet sweet hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty single hop.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 19:07:36 | More by plaid75
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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.