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Nugget Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Nugget Single Hop IPANugget Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 05-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Introduced in May 2009.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (nugget) and yeast.
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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 130
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle snagged from an Edmonton liquor store, poured into a standard ol' pub glass. Curious to see how this old school, grassy/herbal, likely on the way out hop variety comes across in one of these malt-forward Mikkeller concoctions. Brew is quite dark, a ruddy brown amber with around a half inch of creamy beige foam that leaves a thick residue on the glass like a half-consumed milkshake. Aroma is sweetly malty like most other Mikkeller single hops, toffee and a hint of chocolate although there is also an assertive herbal hop note, flowers and pine with faint tangerine. Smells cleanly bitter. People seem to taste all kinds of different stuff in this one and I am getting more citrus than on the nose, predominantly lemon I'd say, chamomile tea, underripe plum, fresh bitter herbs. Not super piney or fruity as one might expect, with a nice clean bitterness. Thick bodied with a pleasant malty toast and cereal backdrop. The tea-like green bitterness builds up nicely and near the end I am wanting a second. Not bad for such a workmanlike non-sexy hop. Almost getting a ginger-like floral spicy heat in the finish. The malts are intrusive, a little, but not overly so. My expectations were not that high and this exceeded them handily. Try to appreciate the traditional flavors.

Photo of FrostBlast
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Orange mahogany with a hint of a reddish hue. Generous head that falls down at an average speed, leaving a healthy dose of not-so-tough looking lacing. Doesn't disappear completely, settles into a thin layer on top of the beer. Pretty much what I expected from an American IPA.

SMELL : First nose is hops and malts, with the malt having the upper hand by a hair's breadth. There's something that reminds me of banana cake and spices. Barely any booze. Second nose made my eyebrows rise : herbs kind of came out of nowhere. Something almost like (???) vegetable broth? Probably from the nugget. Definite smell of cocoa/mocha. I'd be curious to know what malts they used. Third nose brings out the herbs even more, and some nutmeg can clearly be smelled. Still barely any booze.

TASTE : Lots of herbs as can be expected from the nugget hops. Also some candied orange. The malt is well balanced and supports the hops very nicely.

MOUTHFEEL : Just round enough for what this beer is trying to be. Nice length.

OVERALL : A very good beer worthy of Mikkeller, but not their best. I understand that they weren't trying to make the best beer out there but simply to provide beer-enthusiasts out there with a series of single-hop IPAs that were made the exact same way, except for the hop varieties. Just for this, I'll raise this beer's score to account for the whole series and what it accomplishes.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this definitely isn't retired, as its in a different color bottle now and fresh on the shelves. it pours a little more red than I remember the others being, not sure how much the hops effect color, but its appreciably more amber in color. head is amazing and long lasting, cream color and frothy. the nose is similar to the centennial, although much less intense and woody, and as always, more yeasty than most American india pale ales. the taste of the nugget hop is tame in comparison to some of the bigger C varieties, but its profile is similarly piney and grassy, lower in acidity and oil content, and maybe with just a hint of tangerine sweetness. finish is bitter and yeasty. feel is brightly carbonated, thicker and richer in body than some of the others, and a joy to drink really. I can conclude from this that the nugget hop is quite versatile but maybe little less pungent and distinct as some over the other hop varieties mikkeller has used in this series.

Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 11/13/12 from notes

A brownish amber, quite dark for the style, large well retained tan head that ends up as an eraser top island leaving a few thick rings and some chunks of lace

S herbal tea and Vitamin C chewable's mix with caramel and spruce with some citrus rind, I also pick up on some yeast I think I can pick Proef yeast out of a line-up after all the Mikkellers I've had from this brewery

T has a woody earthy going on I didn't quite find on the nose, more rind and less chewable tablets that for one reason or another I kinda like, I think I prefer the nose

M has a bitter bite and leaves a little grit behind, slightly creamy from the bubbles and a herbal rind finish lingers for a while, no complaints in this department

O much like most of the single hops from this series its missing just a little something, good beer but not the best I've had

I like single hopped brews because it gives me the chance to explore the hops on their own. Not by any means the best IPA's out there but I'm always excited when another one comes my way.

Photo of BigBry
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the IPA selections on-tap at Beer Revolution.
Slightly hazy, amber colored beer, arrived with a short and tight white head. Decent retention and nice looking lace stings. Nice hoppy smell, aroma is slightly citric and earthy.
Earthy, floral hops taste. Just a slight malt sweetness, but the hops are the hilight.
Mouthfeel is slightly dry, with a bitter finish.
Good drinkability, full flavored.
Overall, I need to try this series side-by-side so I can pick out the differences in the hop profiles.
Paired very well with our spicy chicken 'Hot Wing' pizza.

Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. M. Mikkeller just keeps 'em coming, doesn't he?

This beer pours a densely cloudy, very dark bronzed amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, silken foamy ecru head, which leaves a decent coral reef paint job of lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of caramel/toffee malt, bitter pine and fresh grassy hops, a lemon polish herbal booziness, some mild yeasty, kind of cheesy funkiness, and further floral, earthy hops. The taste is pine needles, a touch of bitter lemon rind, bready caramel malt, an astringent green herbal character, and floral, kind of perfumed hops.

The bubbles are a tad frizzy, but even out well enough, the body medium-light in weight, and so-so in terms of overall smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the herbal piney notes still pressing their case against a solid, but kind of low-key maltiness.

So this is the Nugget hop, naked before my palate. I do like the distinctive floral, lemony notes, but they are just not as clean or crisp of that of the Sorachi Ace varietal (in this series, and others), as the whole affair comes off a bit too muddled, though still drinkable in its own right.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber color. Smallish head, but good retention. Tan color with large bubble size. Relatively little carbonation.

Caramel aroma, kind of a soapy, sour, grapefruit rind kind of hoppiness from the Nugget. A little citrus and floral notes as it warms. Flavor is very hop dominated, with some caramel and bread malt flavors in the back. Pretty dry finish. Not my favorite IPA, though I've liked some other Nugget dominated IPA's. Too sour. Mouthfeel is nice - not thin but not too heavy.

Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed amber with 3 + fingers of tan colored head, Some floaties, great head retention & lacing, never really clears

S: Pineyness & grassyness

T: Leafy hops & pears, plus some breadyness up front, woody & piney hoppyness as well, Green appleskins mix with woody hops for assertive bitterness & slight fruittyness, slight grapefruit peel & a touch of aspirin as this warms. Finishes dry, woody, & fairly bitter, some orchard fruittyness helps blanace this out

Medium bodied, slight carbonation. Okay balance

Drinks fairly easy, but not a great AIPA, still glad I got to try it

Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey-gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a fine coating of lace.

Herbal honey lemon with emphasis on the lemon. Fresh and a bit floral.

Mildly bitter with lemon as anticipated. The finish is delayed with strong bitterness once it comes out.

A full-bodied beer with some alcohol, a wooly texture, and ample cleansing carbonation.

Nugget was enjoyed as part of a self-training exercise to distinguish between the various types of hops. It would also make a fine compliment to any meal.

Sampled alongside the Mt. Hood Single Hop IPA from a Pint glass.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Yeah, I'll have a 50-piece nugget"....hop nugget. Another single hop IPA from Mikkeller. On to the beer:

The color itseld isn't a pretty one. It's a muddy orangish brown, though lining it through daylight gives it a richer orange color. Head retention on top is fine, and the lacing it leaves is reasonable. The aromma smells of resiny hops. Vague tropical notes. Pine and toffee. It smells like the hops have faded, but they're still there.

Not bad. Traces of tropical fruit run throughout the beer, along with resiny flavors. It's not really bitter, and it's not really malty. It's actually closer to being balanced. Toffee crisp appears in the equation towards the end of the sip, and in the aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied, and features a strong spree of carbonation, especially towards the begining of each sip. Despite a strong carbonation, it's good drinking.

A fine attempt as it stands. A fresher bottle would likely yield different results. Nonetheless, I'm satisfied.

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

A cloudy amber color with a decent white froth on top and excellent lacing. The aroma is a lightly sweet grass with some flowery-herbal edges. Subtle but nice. The flavor says more herbal-grass hops blended nicely with delicate floral notes. There’s plenty of sweet grain, oatmeal and barley-yeast. A great medley in a medium-light bodied brew with a smooth frothy feel. An anytime IPA and very drinkable.

Photo of bigteachey
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not a bad beer by any stretch, it's simply nowhere near as good as the other single hops. I hesistate to say that is the fault of the Nugget hop. This poured surprisingly dark, and that combined with the yeast layer at the bottom makes me wonder if this bad boy was enjoyed past it's prime. Either way, this beer is pretty much what i'm gonna call "definition of average" ...still essential if you are working youre way through all 19 hops (and soon i will be reviewing my own bottle of 19)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Nugget, on tap at Shorty's NYC a couple of months ago. Review from notes.

Appearance: Served in a 14-oz snifter, the Nugget comes with two fingers of frothy, pristinely white head. Great retention, lacing and looks all around. Dark and hazy, almost brown, more DIPA than IPA.

Smell: Not a lot going on here (surprising after the hefty, beautiful presence). Mild citrus, some cooked sugars. Mild spice. Tropical aromas, orange juice with soda- but all of it very mellow aka disappointing.

Taste: Again, a bit underwhelming. Thin, sort of watery body with a spicy tingly finish. Some maltiness. The Nugget hop (if there at all) doesn’t shine. Nugget Nectar this is not! Only at the very end does the juicy, meaty, pot-like hop come out, ever so slightly, with a bright blink-and-you-miss-it citrus touch. Feels like sparkling water.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and flavor, great carbonation. Super dry, muted finish.

Overall: I love Nugget and thought I’d love this. Wrong. Sure is drinkable, but on the boring side. Would not have again. Super Galena was SO much better, despite the lower ratings here on BA. Single hop should not mean dullness.

Photo of mynie
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice pour, big voluminous head.

Lightly stale malt--tangy with overripe fruit, fairly pleasant--backed up by recognizable nugget hops. I can pick out nugget, usually, because of its distinct spiciness. And while that good in the sense that it makes me feel like a supersmart beer person, it's a little unfortunate here because it don't do the greatest job backing up the imperfect malt.

Tastes like it smells... nothing off, an okay balance, but the hops really need to be a bit more aggressive to back up the so-so malt profile.

We learn a lesson here, kids: don't single-hop an IPA with nugget. Even super fresh, this wouldn't have been all that great.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Dark Amber/brown in color with an orange haze when held up to the light. Reasonably clear, not too hazy. Good sized foamy off white colored head, many sized bubbles, sticks around for awhile.

Smell is very good and clean. Herbal, floral and earth hops. Good caramel sweetened malt backbone; almost like a natural melted sugar.

Taste is the slightest step down from the smell. Malt backbone is more detectable in the flavor. Good initial sweetness, caramelized malts. The bitterness from the hops is good. Herbal, almost tea like, earthy.

Mouthfeel is good. For how earthy it tastes, it feels pretty clean. Good carbonation level with a clean bitter finish. Another good brew from Mikkeller.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep amber color with orange tones towards the bottom of the glass. Average pour produced a fluffy two and a half fingers of off white head. Superb head retention with some moderate lacing.

S- slight caramel malt aromas with biscuity notes up front that soon give way to pure hop goodness. Leafy pungent hop aromas with notes of yellow grapefruit rind and sweet orange peel. Fininshes with a resiny character that begs for you to take a sip!

T- dry biscuit malt flavor with a pinch of caramel. Hop bitter crunch soon follows. Hop flavors envelope the palate with notes of yellow grapefruit peel and herbal floral characteristics. Great driness with a long lasting finish... Tasty.

MF- slick round mouthfeel with a lighter than average body. Carbonation is higher than normal and seems to thin out the body a bit.

D- refreshing and drinkable.

Overall this is about that wonderfully little hop dubbed Nugget. Crunchy bitterness and solid hop flavor. I'd have this again in a heartbeat.

Photo of dickroop
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this on sale half price at Staples Corner Liq. (from $7 to $3.50 for a 12 oz bottle). I hope it doesn't mean it is past prime. I poured into a snifter globe, and it's dark brown like clover honey, with reddish highlights. Rapidly fading beige head leaves authentic-looking spare skim of irregular bubbly scum and near solid lacing. Brew is not hazy, just dark. Nose is toasted malt, coffee notes, dark piney hops.

Bitterness and heavy malt greet the palate on first sip. Flavor combination is nutty, a bit grainy, restrained bitterness, and heavily toasted malt. Bitterness stays in the cheeks mid-palate, and finish is hop-bitter and malt-sweet.

Mouthfeel has a bit of oiliness, medium body or more, a bit of malt-stickiness.

Despite being a single-hop opus, this brew is no hop bomb. It more of an amber ale than an IPA - dark, balanced, heavily malted. It's a brew that plays nugget hops against a malt bill that is toasted heavily enough to make a coffee-flavored, stout-like flavor.

In truth, the hops were sufficiently hidden (well balanced?) that I was disappointed. It's a good beer, and perhaps it's an beer essay showing the best of what nugget hops have to offer. But it's not a beer I would go out of way for. Very interesting, but no knockout.

Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a kitchen glass in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Five finger head of lovely cream lacing, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a cloudy copper.

Sm: Floral scent, with cream and some fringe esters. I don't detect bittering hops at all. Aroma is strong and appealing.

T: Very floral body and climax, with some nicely light barley in the foundation and a creamy third act. The climax has more hops and malt to add, which is nice. Not horribly complex, but well built and balanced. I like that the bittering hops don't manifest until the finish/aftertaste; it avoids the major pitfall of most IPA's I've had (and the reason I tend to hate them).

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body.

Dr: A nicely pleasant summer beer with nice floral tones. The price isn't horrible as a Danish import. It's very drinkable. Once again, Mikkeller lives up to its status as me favourite brewery.

Photo of ckollias
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pour a brownish-orange color with a frothy, 2-finger, off-white head after a violent pour. Leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass and ends in a persistent wispy lace.

S: Wonderful strong hoppy aroma. Sweet floral tang fills the nostrils with every whiff. Very pleasant fragrance to the nose.

T: Strong hoppy bitter brew with nice citrus and a herbal taste with an underlying earthiness background. Alcohol is present but mostly masked by the hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This is my fourth beer in Mikkeller’s single hop series. This one was good but not as fine as the tomahawk.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my fourth in the Mikkeller Single Hop Series following Sorachi Ace,Bravo and Simcoe.

A-Pours out a soft hazy,ruddy,orange body that rests beneath three full fingers of stiff,dusty white foam.Retention was moderate with nice ribbons of lacing.

S-Jammy citrus,light spice,blonde tobacco and rough-edged hops.

T-Much like the nose.Orange marmalade,apricot preserves,grassy hops and a coriander/lemongrass spiciness.sweet fruit finishing with a grassy bitterness.

M-Light to medium-bodied with a nice mild oiliness and nice supporting carbonation.

O-A decent IPA and a good profile of the N.ugget hop

Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date on cap says 9/4/11

I just heard a new batch of these hit the states. Picked this up at the Charleston Beer Exchange.

Lightly hazy amber color with a pillowy off white head. The head settles quickly, but leave a lot of lace.

I honestly think I could pick out a Mikkeller beer from the aroma. There is this very distinctive caramel…more toffeish malt aroma. It’s great. Vegetal, green, earthy.

Grape, fruits, caramel and more fruit. I see other comment on citrus and frankly, I don’t get much. The malt profile is very nice. Almost some berries coming through. A touch of alcohol near the finish…

Carbonation is almost effervescent. Interesting. Medium bodied with a dry/bitter finish.

Pretty good. Better than the Cascade I had, but nothing like the Nelson. (which I also bought and look forward too enjoying)

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with lots of sediment. The head is tan, thick and fluffy with ample lacing around the snifter.

Smells sweet and fruity. Quite a bit of caramel malt with a touch of citrus.

Strong bitterness coming from the high alpha acid Nugget hops. There is some caramel malt that adds a touch of sweetness, but the Nuggets are really dominant here. A bit of booze comes out as well. There is a long bitter finish, but it is not overpowering.

Smooth and soft in a medium body.

I really enjoyed this one as I've grown Nugget hops for several years and have used them in homebrewing, but never alone. This beer really highlights their bittering properties.

Photo of mavbrew
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is a slightly hazy copper with a massive off-white head that takes a good while to dissipate. Little bubbly lacing is left on the glass.

S: Earthy hops are present upfront with sweet caramel undertones that come through strong when swirling the beer around.

T: The nugget hop comes through right off the bat, this is followed by the slightest of citrus flavor. The caramel sweetness comes through towards the end and finishes with a dry bitterness.

M: Light medium in body with average carbonation. There is a hoppy feel with a sweetness of caramel.

D: Highly drinkable beer, very well balanced. I like the idea of using a single hop in an IPA, really gives you a feel for the hops and what it tastes like.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited to try this beer because I really enjoy Tröeg's Nugget Nectar. I was hoping they'd be similar in some ways. The beer poured out with a nice looking orange amber color. The head was frothy and white leaving a good lacing. The smell was citrusy, which I found to be rather nice. The taste was also a bit citrusy and piney. The mouthfeel was smooth and left a tingle on the tongue. Overall it was a pretty good IPA!

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

I had this at ChurchKey where they had 10+ Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It was interesting to taste the characteristics of this hop without interference from other hop types. This hop added sweetness and citrus to both the aroma and flavour.

A: Orange color and 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Sweet with a hint of citrus. Not especially strong though. 4

T: Crisp and sweet with some slightl citrus notes. 4

M: Pretty thick and reasonably carbonated. 4

O: Sweet and citrussy. 4

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Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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