Nugget Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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4/5 rDev +4.2%
As I kepp rollin thru the Mikkeller Single Hop series....Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed burnt orange with a large fluffy white head that clung like glue to the sides of the glass as it settled ever so slowly.Milder aromas with a hefty caramel base really standing out as much as citric,orange pith hop aromas.Somewhat bitter at first sip with that orange and some grapefruit hop flavors,again the caramel/biscuit malt flavors hold up to the hops.Its quite quaffable and somewhat refreshing,its not in your face citric hop,but its got nice hop flavors.
05-20-2010 20:55:36 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +4.2%
The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of flowers, perfume and orange citrus hops. The flavor is flowers, corn, butterscotch, orange and vanilla. The beer is pretty sweet overall. Low bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
06-19-2010 05:07:54 | More by Mora2000
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Harp glass. Moderate pour calls up a stubborn 1 inch of off white head, fantastic lace. Color is a dark cloudy orange. Hallmarks of a nice beer thus far.
Nose- Deep, sweet perfume of orange citrus, some tangerine and dash of grapefruit.
Taste- Sweet and a bit subtler then I expected. Mild sweet orange and tangerine, a fair amount of malty for the series. Fair amount of caramel. A bit of spice and moderate bitterness in the finish. Very interesting.
Mouthfeel- fairly active, dry. Very smooth.
Drinkability- Insanely drinkable. This is the first of the Mikkeller single hop series that I found to be very drinkable. However I also found this to be the most subtle of the line up thus far.
09-11-2009 00:49:17 | More by Kraken
3.64/5 rDev -5.2%
Good look, orangish ipa. Nugget aroma seems to be immense on the vine, minimal in the bottle.
Taste, not as overpowering as many of the homebrewed nugget ales I've had to drink. A nice quality emerges after a few sips, tamer bitterness (not something the nugget is known for, tameness). Evolves into an enjoyable beer, approaching some semblance of balance between the dry high alpha acid nugget and a degree of sweetness. Pine and citrus are not as prevelant as in other versions.
I think nuggets aren't good ipa hops, but are excellent for making a hoppy darker beer. Carapils + nugget = meh.
$5+ an 11 oz bottle hurts drinkability.
07-15-2010 17:46:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.
Pours a hazy copper color with a rocky two-finger off=white head. The head slowly dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smells of solid citrus hops with light hints of pine and lighter hints of herbal hops. As it warms slightly floral hops enter into the equation but the citrus stays on center-stage.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors quickly give way to citrus hop flavors with underlying raw herbal hints. The ending seems a bit dryer than others in the series with a bitterness that builds.
Mouthfeel is good. A nice thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have another.
Overall this is right about in the middle of the road for me in the single-hop series. Worth a shot.
08-17-2009 02:19:46 | More by glid02
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
11-02-2012 01:27:51 | More by biboergosum
3.1/5 rDev -19.3%
App: huge head that lasts forever. Dark amber.
Smell: strong berry hop aroma with a slight astringency.
Taste: slight berry like the nose. Strong evergreen resin flavor-more complex than just pine. Strong bitterness. Minimal malt flavor, but I'm in this for the hop experience.
08-10-2010 22:17:27 | More by emsroth
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Enjoyable understated bitterness. More like a pale ale, featuring this hop. Some citrus, fairly pleasant and drinkable. Not as tasty as many another IPA, not exciting, just pleasant. Bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Suitable carbonation. Golden unfiltered appearance.
06-10-2011 04:18:54 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
From tasting notes, sampled 7.4.2010...
Murky orange-gold in color. Aroma carries a musky, cinnamon hop odor. Caramelly, toffee sweetness greets you and takes center stage on the flavor. Couple that with a nice and bitter backbone and you have a well-balanced and excellent brew.
02-13-2011 00:11:07 | More by branimal9
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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
08-15-2012 00:53:11 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured a slightly cloudy light amber with a thick and sticky head.
The nose had a deep slightly sweet medicinal hop quality, very different from the standard Citrusy American IPA's.
The flavor was very funky with the slightly sweet medicinal flavor coming through nicely with a light bit of grain peaking through the Nugget hops.
The mouthfeel has a medium texture with a light creaminess and a long oily coating.
I like this, and the entire single hop idea from Mikkeller, was doing some similar projects at home and enjoy these type of beers. On the flip side its to bad the cost of these is so high, $5 retail per bottle is a bit on the excessive side, while I look forward to buying each one once to compare the hops, as much as I'm enjoying the Nugget, I can't imagine buying more.
08-22-2010 20:11:39 | More by bashiba
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance: Pours cloudy light amber, big fluffy white head that never fully dissipates.
Smell: Ever so slightly fruity but mostly spicy and herbal.
Taste: Yea, nugget...so it's got the big spicy/herbal punch that you'd expect from a nugget hopped beer. There is a funkiness that is all through this brew, and a slightly bitter punch at the end...but not too much.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, very clean to the tongue.
Drinkability: Well this brew is a one trick pony, but that was the point I guess. While nugget alone is not one of my favorites, this beer allows you to fully taste the hop for what it is, unfortunately nugget has this musky herbal flavor that makes it kind of tough to put these down at a high rate. So as an IPA, this brew is ok...but also a must have for those that want to really understand what this particular hop is like alone.
04-18-2010 23:57:31 | More by BigIrishman
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Cap date 09/04/11. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and a sweet/bitter hop note. The flavor followed the nose with only a little lighter in intensity. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and smooth IPA from this series. The smooth flavors of this one made it very drinkable. The flavors were very subtle and not 'in your face' overpowering like some IPAs I have had in the past. Definitely the lightest one in this series that I have gotten to try. Quite enjoyable to say the least and goes great with food due to its lighter hop character.
09-15-2010 12:34:07 | More by thagr81us
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Poured a medium pastel orange with a 2 finger firm, foamy head that displayed amazing retention and was mostly lasting throughout the drink. A dark swirling turbid haze starts from the top of the drink and slowly works its way down consuming the bright nature to a dark and turbid one. The lacing was thin, leaving a broken spongy ring while fast moving macro bubbles quickly rose to the surface.
S: The nose was fresh oranges with a soft dried tropical fruitiness of dried pineapples. The malting was light, and dry with a toasted caramel sweetness. Overall the aroma was lighter then expected and hoped and wish it could of contributed more considering one of my favorite ipas (Troegs Nugget Nectar) proudly displays a big tropical fruity aroma of nugget hops. (it should be noted that nugget nectar also contains other hops, most specifically warrior which may vastly contribute, see warrior single hop ipa review).
T: The flavor was tangy tropical fruitiness, spritzy pineapples, tropical guava with a candy and caramelized grain sweetness. The flavor soon turns to a hopping of herbal (parsley) and fresh grass. The beer finishes out with a small reoccurring splash of tropical fruitness before turning to a soft herbal and grassy fade. Nicely hopped but found it short in comparison to the bright crisp nature of the before mentioned nugget nectar.
M: oily slick with a light medium consistency. Dry, with a grassy fade on the tongue but ultimately lacked crispness and a good bite per style.
D: fairly good while delivering a fairly good enjoyment factor. Unlike their warrior hopped single ipa this one was a bit less complex and hoppy and didn't leave as much as impression.
10-01-2009 22:28:33 | More by beerthulhu
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Slightly cloudy ambery orange. Big frothy bone white head with staying power. And big frosty laces.
Orange peel, floral, and grapefruit. Belgiany fruity yeast esters.
Orange peel, sharp tangy grapefruit, spicy resinous floral. Sweet biscuity malts. Belgiany fruity yeast esters. Bitter resinous grapefruit aftertaste.
Med/light body, pretty smooth, slightly sticky, and decent carbonation.
Drinkability was good. worth a try, but wasn't top notch, especially at the price. A good beer, appreciate the idea, but not exactly what i expected. ok, it was close to what i expected, just very toned down. I'd love to try this one fresh on tap.
11-12-2009 22:50:58 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
Bronze pour with a large, long-lasting white head.
Aroma is quite spicy, heavy and earthy. There's some grapefruit but far removed from the usual American citrussy hops. Sweet malt is present in the background, quite clean with just the slightest hint of caramel.
Flavours are dominated by hops, again, quite heavy and spicy. Some clean malt is noticeable at first before being obliterated in a powerful bitterness that only seems to grow in intensity after swallowing. I guess that's to be expected with high alpha hops. Some alcohol is noticeable in the finish adding more depth.
Medium full body is perfect, but I think more carbonation would be useful here.
I'm not sure about using nugget for bittering - it seems to be quite sharp, almost metallic. On the other hand, it makes for quite an interesting aroma.
11-15-2009 09:37:58 | More by CrazyDavros
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
cap reads 16/12/11
pours clear golden amber with a big 2 finger head leaves spotted lacing all over the glass
smells of juicy hops grapefruit mango apple pear
taste is much of the same very fruity with some spice and good candy malt backbone
mouthfeel - has a medium body with a high level of carbonation - very dry
drinkability is ok - but again i dont see myself buying another bottle when its $5
03-22-2010 04:04:22 | More by jsh420
Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.