Nugget Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Nugget Single Hop IPANugget Single Hop IPA

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

At the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. (BY THE WAY CLOVIE GUYS...I LOVE YOUR BAR, BUT PLEASE STOP GIVING ME CHILLED GLASSES...FOR 'BEER GUYS', YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER.)

After wiping the frost off of my glass, it poured a cloudy golden hue, with two fingers of white, decent retention, and good lacing, which may have been better, given the glass condition. The nose was decidedly full of pine, apple, pear, toffee, and malt. The taste was a nice piney hop/malty blend midpalate, followed by a crisp bitter dry finish. Spritzier feel than it looks, with a medium body. Very pleasant-tasting ipa, possibly sessionable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kraken
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed 9/10/09

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 emsroth
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of branimal9
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 bashiba
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jsh420
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hoppy notes are dominant and enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some hoppy notes with some citrus notes and some bitterness with a dry caramel malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and interesting though it gets kind of hard to distinguish some of those West-Coast hops.

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

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

Pours out a hazy brown color with three fingers of brown to white suds. Very small suds compared to the Chinook.
Smell is almost nonexistant.Some sweetness and a very weak floral hop.
Taste is very fresh tangerine and grapefruit. Cool and flavorful without being overbearing.
Great mix here of sweet and bitter. It seems to be perfectly in the middle.
Mouthfeel is as clean as cool water.
Drinkability would be off the hook if it weren't so expensive.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bunch of gems at Bruisin this past weekend and this was another one of them. The chance to try three solid and very different versions of a style with each is having only a single hop variety is something too good for me to pass up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/23/2009.

Appearance 4.5 - Strong pour, one of the best I have seen. Rich amber in color and very clear with loads of carbonation coming through from the very start. Nicely done with a huge billowing head that I have to say settled down just right for me. Seriously well done and very welcomed I have to admit.

Aroma 4.5 - Ripe citrus hops all over the place here, really big pineapple and grapefruit coming up very nicely. Tart with a very bright nature to it.

Taste 4.5 - Like the bite of a grapefruit for me. Not really very balanced at all, in fact I found it to be very bright and just really delightful overall. Easily one of the favorites of the day as far as taste goes. Very dry finish with a long lasting citrus bite on the tongue that really made me come back again and again for more and more of this one.

Feel 4.5 - Superb. Light, well carbonated, not oily or watered down. This was where it was at.

Drinkability 4.5 - I could have drank a six of this with no issue at all other then it would have cost me like 30 bucks.

Overall - Superb. I tried a lot of IPA's this weekend and this was by far my favorite of the bunch. It just worked for me on about every level I could imagine. I can't imagine how good this would be on tap. Great offering here.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and hazy amber orange with a very big, super sticky, and clingy head. This beer has some pretty amazing head retention. Has a very interesting citrus, orange-grapefruit thing going on in the nose. Moderate bitterness, light for the style, the beer almost comes across as sweet with the first taste. Taste follows the nose, with a caramel sweetness chased by bitter orange rinds. There's an underlying character of spruce and freshly mown grass that isn't unpleasant for the style. The malt bill stands up in this beer, though it moves away from the strong notes as in others and moves more towards the spiced (think rye bread) realm. This beer reminds me of similar IPAs which use Cascade or Amarillo for hopping. I've had several of these now (unfortunately not all in the same evening) but this stands out a bit more.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrus in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very balanced, having flavors of citrusy hops, caramel malts and a medium amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is quite drinkable because the taste has a good balance of flavors and the alcohol content is well hidden.

Photo of StonyB
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this beer on 9/11/09, allow me to extend my deepest condolences to those who still grieve, and my deepest thanks to those who keep our country safe...

This is the first beer I've had from Mikkeller, though I've certainly heard the buzz. 11.2 ounce bottle, purple label, 6.9% ABV. "09/04/11" stamped on top of bottle cap - nice touch.

Appearance - A slow pour yields a good amount of carbonation, leading to a foamy off-white head. Quite a bit of sediment, some of which ends up in my pint glass. Color is a hazy bronze, a bit darker than usual for the style. Looks enticing.

Smell - Big, bold and beautiful hop aroma. A slightly soapy yeastiness follows. Floral and herbal.

Taste - Nicely balanced, a little bready malt at first, but then a bracing yet moderate bitterness kicks in from the Nugget hops. Hints of mint and apples. A smattering of citric fruit, but much less so than many other American IPA's I've sampled.

Mouthfeel - Clean, slightly creamy and chewy. Well-carbonated, just a touch of acidity.

Drinkability - Tasty, and the alcohol is definitely hidden. An enjoyable example of the style, I could certainly have 2 or 3 in a row.

I wish this wouldn't set me back $4.99 a bottle, or I would buy this one more often. It's a well-crafted American-style IPA from our Danish neighbors. Absolutely recommended, and I look forward to trying more beers from Mikkeller...

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Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.