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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

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
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 BigIrishman
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

BigIrishman, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another foray into Mikkeler's single hop series yielded interesting results. This was a very "fruity" beer. The aromas and flavors were not at all citrus-like but had some other sort of fruit component going on, nice. See this out if you are looking to learn about hops but if you are just looking for an American IPA to enjoy you can save your money and get some Racer 5 or Pliny the Elder which are both better IPA's.

ArrogantB, Apr 18, 2010
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.

phantomwyse, Apr 16, 2010
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.

ToasterChef, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma on this is most like orange candy, kind of a fake sweet orange smell coming out of here. THere is a slight sourness slight sweetness to the beer that is odd. There is some orange / orange candy flavor and an odd bitterness. Drinkability is fine and mouthfeel are fine.

drabmuh, Mar 26, 2010
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!

Arenbeer, Mar 24, 2010
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

jsh420, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 1/28/10

Brown bottle with a fresh till date of 9/4/11. Pours a cloudy orange color with a finger of yellow stained head. Sweet aroma that is nearly candy-like in the way the malt and hops blend and preset themselves. Hop flavors are mostly pine and herbal but overall just downright bitter from the front to the finish with a minorly drying finish. Lighly carbonated with medium to light feel. The bitter hops are mildly resine-like with bitterness clinging to the palate well through the finish.

stakem, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great, big aroma of citrus, pine, wood, mango, tangerine and a hint of grape. Good, sweet malt backbone. Just a hint of cat's pee.

Hazy, golden colour with a big, fluffy off-white head. Good.

Mmmm, juicy hops. Good underlying fruit flavours with passionfruit, mango and tangerine playing a major role. The crystal malts hold up the hops well while hiding nicely in the background.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

As a whole this is a wonderfully flavoured beer. Lots going on and I really like these Nugget hops.

dgilks, Mar 16, 2010
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.

capra12, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2009
A touch excessively carbonated as a careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass still produces a four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a murky amber color that shows a lightly hazed, amber copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine, lightly toasted malt, a touch of hemp like herbal notes as well as some caramelized malt notes in the finish. A hint of grapefruit zest is noticeable after digging around for a bit, and actually comes out a bit more as time goes on.

Dry tasting up front, but finishes with a touch of caramelized crystal malt that suggests some sweet-tea flavors towards the finish. This has a biting bitterness throughout the flavor profile, but it especially lingers on the palate in the finish. Aggressively herbal, with sharp pine flavors. A touch of dank, oral-nasal, hemp oil character comes through quite strongly after I come back to this beer after a short respite. A touch of grapefruit zest is also noticeable in the flavor, though it seems to be a touch more prominent in the nose. The texture is perhaps a touch heavy on the crystal malt to achieve the lightness I like to see in an IPA, but it is still more than serviceable for the style.

This is definitely an interesting exploration of the Nugget hop; it confirms that I really don't have any use for the hop in my own brewing, especially as the focus of a beer. Having said that, the bitterness is actually fairly clean and might have a use in that application. This is not a bad beer, it is just that the herbal / pine focus is usually not the focus I like in my hoppy beers

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
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.

Vengeance526, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/27/2009. Bottle. Pours a hazy dirty orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of sweet tropical fruits, citrus, caramel malt, honey. Flavor of tart grapefruit with caramel and bready malt and citrus in the finish. A sweet honey presence too. Very enjoyable!

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark gold with amber underlying. Strong, white head that lingers throughout. Cloudy.

S: Not a ton of aroma. It may be age related as this brew was released awhile ago. Strong caramel malts and sweetness. A hint of cinnamon and floral hops.

T: The nugget hops seem to provide a nice candy sweetness and faint earthiness. Not citrus heavy, but does have a touch. The malts are great with a nice caramel touch.

M: Light to medium bodied. Soft, but crisp.

D: good, but not great. Many other good IPAs out there. Interesting nonetheless.

brewdoc75, Dec 02, 2009
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...

mdagnew, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint

A dark, hazy orange body with a huge, root beer float like head that hung around forever. Tons of chunky lace stuck to the insides of the glass.

Orange peel and tropical fruit on top of a pale malt base. Very clean base beer that allows the single hop--nugget--to showcase itself.

The flavor is of tropical fruit, tingly pineapple and tangerines up front with a clean, sugary malt profile. The finish is more earthy and grassy than fruity.

Slick, oily hop resin with a medium body. Grassy and dry on the finish.

Enjoyable and easy to put back. A good training session for the palate.

ColForbinBC, Nov 16, 2009
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.

CrazyDavros, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of brdc
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting idea, with the same base beer and a single, different hop which allows you to "study" the differences between each hop variety. I just wish they had added some information about the "base beer".

We are trying four on the same night, now moving to Nelson Sauvin and Nuggett. I cannot say I understand why chosing Nelson Sauvin, but it is stil fun.
Both pour a nice, dark golden, Nelson Sauvin hazier.
Very nice, fluffy and long lasting off white head, with very good lacing although Nelson Sauvin lasts a lot longer, for whatever reason, leaving significantly more lacing (plenty compared to low average). Very nice presentation, although the Sauvin does look better.
Toasted, caramel malts form the base for an earthy, grassy hoppiness that cannot be called complex, but very pleasant.
The aroma on the Nuggett is much more delicate, and actually more pleasant.
The flavor follows suit; light caramel cookie base, still with a predominantly hoppy taste, particularly earhty on the Nuggett, where the base malts shine a bit more, and drinkability is higher here than the Sauvin. Both are medium bodied.

A very interesting experiment, in a very good beer. I would say I prefer Nuggett very close to Warrior, then Cascade and Sauvin. As far as hops goes in my particular palate, Cascade and Sauvin go a bit too bitter citrusy.

brdc, Nov 15, 2009
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.

CHILLINDYLAN, Nov 12, 2009
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.

BigDank, Oct 21, 2009
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.

popery, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange in color with a one finger head that lasts a while. Spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: fruit sweetness, orange, and floral hops are very pleasant and easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, fruit sweetness, orange slices, and a nice bitterness makes up a straightforward IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some soft dryness late.

Drinakbility: this one is my favorite from the Mikkeller single hop series of beers. Easy to drink and a great flavored beer.

Gavage, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle a hazy apricot color with three fingers of rocky off-white head. Generous lacing all around.

The aroma is floral with grapefruit, Juicyfruit gum, soap, and Belgian yeast.

The taste opens with a medley of earthy hops, lemon zest, floral hops, and strawberries. Followed by caramel malts and brown sugar. Hoppy bitterness to the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, clean, and lightly carbonated.

They call this an American-style IPA but this had a lot of Belgian characteristics to it. Whatever the intention, this was still a quite enjoyable IPA from Mikkeller.

Monkeyknife, Oct 05, 2009
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with a 2.5 finger frothy yellowish off-white head that has excellent retention, only very slowly fading into a thick lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with resinous hop oil and slight citrus notes, mostly lemon peel and grapefruit.

Bitter, earthy floral hops dominate the flavor with a strong malty backbone that has a biscuit like taste to it. Nice citrus presence, mostly lemon and orange peel and grapefruit. This beer is very well balanced but the malt profile is a bit strong for my preference. Not something I would seek out again.

corby112, Sep 27, 2009
Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.