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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

193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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.

Introduced in May 2009.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (nugget) and yeast.

(Beer added by: bark on 05-07-2009)
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Photo of jarrgal
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a dark orange with a very puffy, three finger slightly offwhite head. Head sticks around for awhile. Lacing is off the charts. Impressive looking IPA

S- faint fruity hop aroma. Really not a lot going on here

T- uh, yeah. Getting some faint citrus, and really not much else. Must have some age on it, because this one is not powerfully hoppy at all

M- slightly syrupy...not overly thick though

O- if only it were fresher...if the hops weren't so faded, I could see this being a winner. But yeah, the trip across the ocean and then sitting on a store shelf with a 6.99 price tag for god knows how long must have killed everything going on here

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with a huge sized off white head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of some citrus (like a stale rind that was left outside for a few days) and stale hops. Tastes of the same citrus, stale hops, and earthy.

Not my favorite of the single hop series.

Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of churchillps
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of emsroth
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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 mynie
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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 bigteachey
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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 sholland119
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thick coating of white head and a little sticky lacing.

S-Some surprisingly mild hop notes and some biscuit malt.

T-Very mild, frankly disappointingly mild, hop notes some biscuit malt and not much else.

M-Medium bodied and a bit dry.

D-Disappointingly bland. The weakest of the three Single Hop IPAs I have had.

HV

Photo of beersdmf17
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Poupae
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 is earthy with a mild piss character that's not particularly offensive, but not really pleasant either. Unlike the other single hop beers, this one also didn't hide the alcohol very well. The palate opens sweet and biscuity with a low hop flavor and bitterness with some earth and a little floral, citrus and honey character. Medium-light in body and with a drying finish, this is decent stuff. Not really my favorite, though

Photo of zoso1967
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly standard medium amber with a parchment head that has great staying power. It slowly melts into liquid and leaves sticky lace on the sides of the pint glass.

The aroma is delicate with a nice perfume of floral hops in the forefront. There is a faint background of buscuity malt as well, but it is defiantly a hop forward nose.

I am inclined to say that the flavor is very malt forward, but I think it is more because the nugget hop character is so delicate. The biscuity and slightly toffee malt are accompanied by a faint hint of flowery and perfume like hops that have a very unique character to them. Herbaceous and akin to eating fragrant herbs, it is a hop flavor that is uncommon in most beers.

The mouthfeel is medium and the finish is a bit too dry for my liking. It leaves a bit of a cheesy over dry hop aftertaste on my tongue.

Not the most drinkable IPA ever, but much like the other single hop beers, this is a tool that helps illustrate the role hops play in brewing. Very intriguing, but nothing I would seek out in the future, unless it was for a special tasting.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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 biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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 beermanbrian
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice orange color. Smell of some citrus but more earthy and herbal spice than expected. Taste matches the smell with more of an earthy grass flavor than citrus. Finishes dry. More caramel malt than expected. Strong bitter aftertaste that is not that enjoyable. Somewhat dissapointed with this one.

Photo of jgasparine
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Nugget exhibited a more diffuse head. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Nugget, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with an herbal hop aroma. A little grassy. Nicely balanced on the nose.

T- On the palate, it's nice and balanced... but one dimensional. Just a touch of fruity esters over the pale/vienna malt base. The hops come across rather herbal. The finish is very dry with surprisingly little hop bitterness.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- The Nugget Single Hop is quite drinkable... but I would only reach for it again in a horizontal tasting with the other Mikkeller Single Hops. By itself, it's rather bland.

Photo of mulder1010
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A-- Poured a light amber color with hints of orange through the beer and pour. A light khaki colored head, aggressive pour left me with a huge 1 finger head, once settled. A sorts of lacing with the head. Thick and sticky, reminds me of a root beer float lacing. Medium to large bubbles in the head and decent head retention when swirled.

S-- Big bold spicy hop smell. Fresh grass but earthy sort of smell. Decent carmel background. Fresh citrus is also mixed in with this.

T-- A lot of pine, mixed with earthiness. A rather big carmel blast right of the first sip with just a bit of citrus to back this up.

M-- Very medicinal feel in the very end. A little oily, and orange peel becomes more evident. For me grass also becomes more apparent in the mouth than in the taste. Very crisp and piney start but oily and orange in the finish. Medium carbonation to this but heavy, chewy and spicy. Flavor does stay with you a long time.

D-- Different, that I will say. I like the smell and the taste but the orange and medicinal finish is a put off. Total sipper and takes a bit of time to go through. In a way I would say this is unrelenting. One is enough and will go back to strong ales and RIS's again. Interesting? yes, but one is enough.

Photo of ms11781
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, darker orange color with a foamy, two finger head. Head sticks around for the better part of the time it took to finish this one and left a good lacing down the glass as well.

The first thing that I notice in the aroma is that the hops are secondary (or maybe even farther down the line) to the malt sweetness that I'm getting. There are some citrus notes there but they seem to be very faint.

Taste is more of the same. A good, balanced IPA has a lot of hop character that is balanced out by the malt underneath. This comes on backwards. I get a sweet, caramel malt flavor, maybe even some toasted flavor, followed by slight grapefruit and citrus notes and then ending with a decent, semi-dry bitterness.

Medium body with the carbonation to match. Smooth on the tongue before drying out a bit at the end.

This one goes down smooth and rather easily. Towards the end the bitter, drier finish has me thinking that one is enough. Being one in a series of ten single hop beers I would think that having a few of these in a row is not the point anyway.

Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Morningside
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.