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
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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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's pit the Nugget Single Hop versus the Cascade, Warrior, and Simcoe versions.

Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.

Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a floral, herbaceous hop aroma.

Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Nugget hops serve up a floral, herbal taste with an underlying earthiness. Medium-plus bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. I'm diggin' this though!

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

This poured a slightly hazy copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like light citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit, with sweet caramel malt. It tasted like orange zest with some grapefruit and caramel malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a dry bitter aftertaste. Overall this was quite tasty for a single hop beer, characterized by orange and grapefruit. The flavor started sweet but ended a bit harsh/dry. It had nice body and was easy to drink.

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

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of brownish-white foam on top of a copper-brown body. Decent retention and moderate lace.

S - Hoppy aroma of pine and tropical fruit, balanced by brown, toasty malt with some caramel and brown sugar. Notes of pineapple.

T - Spicy, somewhat fruity hop flavor. Good malt backbone with caramel and dry toasty malt. Somewhat sharp bitterness in the finish with some floral notes.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Fruity hop aroma and spicy floral flavors. Lots of malt but not enough to balance the sharp hop character. The hops are fairly complex for an IPA that uses a single variety.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 09/04/11

A: Pours a gorgeous looking, hazy honey color with a fantastic looking mountain of light-orange meringue-like foam on top. It gradually melted down to a generous dallop that sat like an island in the center of the glass. Tons of lace (rings, ropes, and curtains) stuck all over the glass.

S: Heavy on the citrus. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Some spices and a touch of pine, as well.

T: Once again, pretty heavy with the citrus. Vaguely spiced and with a healthy dose of pine in the finish. A slight "dried wildflower" flavor creeps into the finish as it comes up to temp.

M: An initial touch of sweetness, then the mouthfeel swings over to become dry, spicy, and astringent. Finishes prickly.

D: Very nice. I feel like it could've scored higher if it had a touch more sweetness to round it out.

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

330ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a nice coppery orange colour. Huge slightly off white head poured big thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like topping. Sparse carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Spicy and slightly tropical fruits (grapefruits, ripe mangoes, pineapple, pear), quite rubbery, some vegetal traces, pine, sea salt, some soapiness, grassy hops, light herbal notes, white pepper...

Taste - Spicy, citrus and grassy hop bitterness, light biscuit malts, light floral notes, good fruitiness (lemons, grapefruit, light pineapple, apricot), no real sweetness, herbal notes, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - Another superb single hop IPA from Mikkeller... definitely recommended...

Photo of phantomwyse
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy dark orange honey color. Enormous two finger, very frothy, beige head. Heavy, layered lacing.

S: I can actually smell a lot of malts up front. Very dry and biscuit. Hope presence isn't overpowering, sweet and lightly piney, with a touch of acidic citrus.

T: Oh, there's the hops - Grapefruit, lemon/orange blend acidic twist, dried pine. Just a touch peppery with a hint of rye. Malts are just a stabilizing tool, like crackers accompanying a ridiculously good cheese.

M: Medium bodied and puckering, ends vaguely dry.

D: I love being able to judge single hop flavor profiles. This is just a wonderful beer. I look forward to trying the rest in the series. I could enjoy this con frequencia.

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

One of four tried in the single hops provided by Mikkeller this one rates about the same as the rest available. Average but definitely decent IPA with a general flowery aroma and slight bitterness at the end of the tongue. Drinkability is high if you like IPAs as this one is by my standards rated slightly above average. Price is a little up there so not sure that it will be revisited too many times as there are far more IPAs that stand above and beyond but this one is for sure one worth trying out. Not hard to have a few if you can spare the cash but I would just get a variety of the rest of the single hops if that's available.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold amber color with a decent sized white head that retains nicely and leaves good lacing.

Smell starts off with a burst of tropical fruits upfront and a nice caramel malt backbone.

Taste again brings out a nice citric hop flavor with notes of orange, grapefruit and pineapple along with some hints of caramel in the back.

Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Overall I found this to be quite enjoyable and one of the tops in the single hop series.

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

Thanks to Abrand For this one!!!

A- Pours a cloudy orangy brown with a thick fluffy 2 1/2 finger head that leaves pretty good lacing as it goes down.

S- Sweet citrusy and floral hops hit you up front with a great fruitiness that follows.

T- Great citrusy hops with a bitter fruity backround. Getting notes of tangerine, pineapple, white grapes, lemon, and maby some mango. Some caramel style pale malts are also coming through. A very fruity earthiness with this brew. Alot of piney and herbal notes come out as it warms.

M- Medium light body with moderate carbonation and suprisingly only a slight bitter dryness overall.

SkÅL!

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Aromas of evergreen needles, big on the cedar, herb garden. Bold and unique.

On the palate shows more cedar, alongside rosemary and perhaps oregano.

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

I love this series from Mikkeller. Great way to taste each of the hops as the beers are nicely made and very nicely each of the unique hop components. I like this one quite a bit. Very bright citrusy aromas and flavors. Nice lime and tangerine aromas and flavors and a nice lingering citrus rind bitterness. Very dry on the finish and even a tad asprin like in the aftertaste. Bitter and nicely balanced body. Not as good as the Simcoe to me (my favorite of the series), but quite good. Really this is all a matter of personel prefernce of the hops, as all the beers are well made. I see these ratings more as a straw poll on hop preferences.

Photo of Beerfayce
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip.
Props to the Comet Cafe for bringing these one-hop kegs in...

A: Clear copper tapped with a half-inch of foam, although no lacing. The foam settles fairly quickly.

S: Earthy and grassy with citrus notes, appealing.

T: Similar to the aroma, grassy and citrusy hops with abundant bitterness that lingers and builds. Balanced by a slight malt with a crisp finish.

M: Body is not too thin, slightly sticky but not at all syrupy. Moderately carbonated.

D: A slow drinker for me but a very enjoyable flavor experience, the beer is bitter but refreshing. Looking forward to the others on tap...

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

The fourth beer in the single hop series that I am reviewing.

Murky amber with golden hues towards the edge of the glass. Hard pour produces a 3 finger shit rocky head. Takes a while to die down to a thick layer of foam on top. Really nice retention, tightness and lacing.

Smells of citrusy grapefruit, a bit of orange rind, grapes, and something spicy that I've been getting from all the beers in the single hop series.

Taste follows smell. Mostly grapefruit citrus hits you first, some bitter orange rind citrusy and again this interesting hint of grape juice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied fairly well carbonated with crisp bubbles and a nice hop bite, but still quite smooth.

Overall a very solid brew, I'm really digging this whole single hop series. Finding out where specific hop flavors come from is very interesting.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. This one has a clear, dark amber appearance. The thin tan head disappeared quickly, but left some impressive lace. It's too dark at Novare for me to clearly see inside the beer and determine if there is any rising carbonation. It has a grainy, grassy hop aroma. There is a touch of sweetness and the scent of bread in the nose. Interestingly, it has a smooth maple flavor up front. There is a minor hop presence in the finish and aftertaste. It seems to be less hoppy than either the Simcoe or Nelson Sauvin (but I should report that I tasted this one last, so perhaps my hop tasting abilities aren't working as well at this point). Even though it's less hoppy, it does have a very nice crystal sugar taste. The body is of medium intensity. It's syrupy, but also feels smooth. There isn't much carbonation and very little coating. It has just a touch of burning alcohol. Overall, I find ti to be very drinkable. As I said above, the hop presence is lower than the other two Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs I sampled. It makes me think that this beer would not be difficult for any craft beer lover to enjoy.

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...

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

Very nice IPA with floral/pine hop flavor. This is my fifth beer from Mikkeller's Single Hop IPA series, and it's another winner. The beer is a dusky orange color with a creamy off-white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is mostly hops, floral dominant with a touch of pine, with some bready malt lingering beneath. Flavor adds more pine resin flavor from hops and does an excellent job displaying this strong variety. Thankfully, Mikkeller knows how to make a good IPA. This beer is pleasantly dry with just enough malt to bring out the hop flavors. It's not really feasible, but I'd love to try the entire lineup in a side-by-side tasting. Anyway, this is an interesting experiment in brewing and, more importantly, a very good beer.

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 JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second beer in the series, I liked this one even better than the Nelson Sauvon. Pours a golden/light amber color with a big off white head. Lacing is thick and ladder-like. Head retention is excellent - a good-looking beer. Good strong hoppy smell as well - mostly citrus - grapefruit and tangerine/

Tastes good too - first sip goes along with the smell -really hoppy. Bready malts kick in and blend nicely with the hops. This is not so much a balanced beer, it is more like a melding of rich malts and hop bitterness at the same time.

Mouthfeel is very rich and smooth from the malts and still somewhat crisp. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty beer with little alcohol presence. The price ($6.25 is a bit much for a 11.2 oz bottle) is the only thing I don't like about this beer.

Photo of ratedz
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

This one pours the same amber brown color as the other beers in the series. The smell is a sweet caramel scent with a hint of some citrus and earthy tones. The sweet malty flavor dominates the palate up front, but it finishes with a bit of citrus and grassy flavors. A lingering bitterness remains after the beer goes down. Like the others, it has a smooth mouth feel with light carbonation. Even though a slight bitterness stays after the beer is gone, the Nugget Single Hop IPA would be a good IPA for someone who is not a fan of the stronger, more bitter IPAs.

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of KeeganRohovich
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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