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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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130 Reviews
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Reviews: 130
Hads: 195
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.


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Photo of DefenCorps
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ms11781
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber with OKd head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some dank earth, pepper, and light citrus. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, and have to say this IPA is not nearly as floral as some of the other Mikkeller IPA's. The beer is nicely balanced, with just enough malt to balance the modest hoppy bitterness. The beer is medium bodied, and finishes with a fairly dry, fairly bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, but have to say this was probably my least favorite of the Mikkeller IPA's today.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a radiant copper with a medium, fluffy head. The aroma was apricot at first, rather blunt in the nose, but then opened to a more citrusy feel, like a sharp, tangy tangerine. The flavor is surprisingly phenolic, with a citrusy sharpness and a stinging bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was surprisingly creamy for the color.

A good beer, but bit a great one.

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Photo of capra12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo, served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: slightly cloudy, pale orange with a 3 finger head the dissipates quickly to a 1 finger head that is frothy. Weblike lacing.

Smell: hint malt and sweet grapefruit and bitter green grapes.

Taste: opens with tangy and sour grape. Grapefruit/ citrus profiles emerge in the middle as a hop bitterness lingers in the background as it peak in the middle and the finish. There are fruity/ yeasty profiles in the very finish as a hop bitterness and floral aftertaste sinks lingers.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation. Neither coarse or smooth.
Drinkability: a one and done for me but I recommend those new to craft beer to try the single hop series to see what each hop taste like.

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Photo of Phelps
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a BIF box from callmemickey. Cap has a date of 16/12/11, whatever that means.

A: Pours don't get much more perfect than this. A fluffy, gummy head of yellowish tan at least two fingers thick sits atop the liquid. It collapses at the slowest of paces, leaving tons of bubbled swiss cheese walls of lace on the sides of the glass as it does. Under this puffy crown, a light orange and caramel brown brew waits, nearly opaque and cloudy in some spots and merely hazy in others.

S: Sugary sweet and floral, like orange blossoms and honeysuckle. A subtle toasty biscuit character. Orange juice. Slightly earthy, slightly citrusy, with faint hints of onion in the background. More subtle and less bright than the others in the series have been.

T: again, lots of honey and a light flavor of toasty biscuits. The hops are interesting. More bitter than flavorful, the acrid nuggets grip the sides of the tongue through the finish. Herbal, like a strange mixture of chives, honey and tangerine peel.

F: medium high, fizzy carbonation amidst a pretty thin body. It's almost like soda as it moves about the mouth. The finish is rather dry.

D: It could be the hops or it could be the beer itself, but this isn't the best of the series.

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Photo of speter
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy gold amber with an ample fluffy off-white head. Head retention on this one seemed to be somewhat better than the others in the single-hop series.

S: Again, this one's more muted than I had come to expect from IPAs. There's pine and a tad more spice here than the others. Maybe some light grapefruit.

T: As with the Cascade, it seems that Nugget offers much more in the way of a bittering backbone, with the aroma playing a second fiddle.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D: I'd gladly drink more if there weren't a different variety on deck...

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

Ah, once again I tread the Mikkeller single hop path. Let's see where Nugget gets us.

Pours a cloudy and rather deeply coloured amber hue, with a glistening and foamy head of yellowish-white. Lacing is complicated, but patchy, and the bubbling is rather large bubbled. Let's face it - it's about par for the course in the series...

Nose is initially subtly fruity, but the longer it sits, the more earthy and gritty the aromas become. Hints of tea leaf and leaf mold come through, but with a surprisingly sharp note like zesty grapefruit coming through as well. Milder in the aroma, and certainly darker, than many of the more aromatic varieties in the series, but it has a rather pleasant nuance to it nonetheless.

Taste is definitely quite different, giving a very earthy, but very pronounced and really quite astringent bitterness. It has the bite and strength of a big American bittering hop like Chinook, or Columbus, but rather redolent with the earthy and tannic characters of an English variety like East Kent Goldings. Makes it and interesting mix. The strength is such, however, that it overpowers the rest of the beer. I feel that however much this showcases the hop (particularly in regard to the other beers in the series), it needs more sweetness and malt to back it up.

Feel suffers a little as well from the exuberance of the hops, with the bitterness almost giving a cutting quality to the palate.

It's still a nice beer, and an interesting way to experience the Nugget variety, but it's not one of my favourites in the series. Then again, the difference is made clear in the hop variety in this beer, and that's what it was aiming for. That has to be worth something.

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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!

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Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.