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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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very good

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 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.

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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this definitely isn't retired, as its in a different color bottle now and fresh on the shelves. it pours a little more red than I remember the others being, not sure how much the hops effect color, but its appreciably more amber in color. head is amazing and long lasting, cream color and frothy. the nose is similar to the centennial, although much less intense and woody, and as always, more yeasty than most American india pale ales. the taste of the nugget hop is tame in comparison to some of the bigger C varieties, but its profile is similarly piney and grassy, lower in acidity and oil content, and maybe with just a hint of tangerine sweetness. finish is bitter and yeasty. feel is brightly carbonated, thicker and richer in body than some of the others, and a joy to drink really. I can conclude from this that the nugget hop is quite versatile but maybe little less pungent and distinct as some over the other hop varieties mikkeller has used in this series.

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

As with the rest of the Single Hop collection, the Nugget remains as rich of an IPA as the others but with the Nugget hop signature.

A more cloudy than usual for the style, haze forms within the orange-copper-rust colors. A froathy head forms on the beer, holds firm, and leaves clusters of lace on the glass.

Pine, grass, and an earthy-herbal aromas project just ahead of the bready-rich caramel notes. Assertive and bold to the nose.

Flavors are hearty with a deep caramel, sweet bread, and yeasty flavor. But all that is met head on with resiny, ultimatly bitter pine, and earthy citrus flavors. This hop is definatley made to bitter beers.

Medium-full to the mouthfeel, the beer is once again a bit heavy for an IPA, but not quite Double IPA strength either. The beer dries out wonderfully due in part by the aggressive hop dryness and by the 7.2% abv. Somewhat minty and evaporative in the finish.

Again, a great IPA just a bit one-dimensional due to the exclusive hop use.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly-hazed amber with a nice white head.

S: Somewhat spicy and earthy with a bit of floral coming through. Bits of citrus as well.

T: Earthy, floral hops and a tiny malt sweetness backing it up. Decent, but nothing at all out of the ordinary.

M: Slightly dry and bitter.

D: Again, just okay. Maybe these versions would have been better as DIPA's for more flavor; at the same time, maybe they're a lot more useful to homebrewers than to someone who only wishes he could homebrew.

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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.

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

Orange marmalade with honey highlights and several streams of uprushing bubbles. Their destination is roughly three fingers of buff colored foam that is sticky enough to lay down a good bit of sea foam lace.

The nose features the toasted and caramel malt underpinnings of the base beer, as well as the herbal-spiciness of Nugget hops. This isn't my favorite variety of little green cone, but it'll do just fine if there are enough of them present.

It's extremely doubtful that MNSH IPA is a one-off that was only brewed in 2009. Ain't no way the 'best by' date on the cap would be mid-December 2011 if that was the case. Not that the beer would last that long even if it was brewed this very month. Having said all that, this particular bottle tastes neither fresh nor old.

The toasted bready and caramel malt component seems more prominent this time around. That might be because Nugget hops aren't as distinctive as some others... or it might be age-related. In any case, bitterness is still going fairly strong. Still gotta go with earthy, herbal, spicy and tea leaf bitter. This is a hop that is better in combination with others than all by its lonesome.

The mouthfeel, while pretty decent with respect to size, is slightly undercarbonated and feels flattish as a result. There are plenty of fine tongue sizzly bubbles, but they don't provide much lift or creaminess.

Nugget Single Hop IPA is not among my favorites in the series. In fact, it might be last in line. That said, it's still a tasty Danish-brewed American-style IPA that (like most Mikkeller beer) is too expensive to drink on a regular basis.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a becher at ChurchKey.

I may have done this backward: I started with 10 and have begun trying each individual hop offering, beginning with this one. Get some. It pours a clear amber with two fingers of white foam that subside into a short surface layer. The nose comprises grass, citrus peel, bubblegum, vanilla, and flowers. The taste stays in hop character with notes of citrus peel, a heavy bitterness, greenery, and a light caramel hanging in the back. The body is light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Not bad at all, though now I'm definitely gonna haveta try the others to see what the different varieties have to offer.

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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 Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I appreciated HombreWing sharing this -poured chilled into a pils glass from the 12oz bottle

A - a very clear amber like tea similar to the others, I am assuming the base is the same since the abv matches. The clarity and retention are excellent and lace sticks very well

S - A very fragrant aroma of citrus and tropical fruit with a mild vegetal sweetness. The nose has mild spice and generally has an orange/passionfruit/lychee scent

M - while the feel is more bitter than some single hops it also carries a lot of resinous goodness with slight sharp and fruity tanginess w/ a light acidity

T - The flavor is great, the most well rounded between the acidity, spice and bitterness with oils and fruit coming forward in a way that is slightly mango and mild valencia orange with a twist of some grapefruit and grass int finish, the malt is working well with the hop and the flavors have a synergy unlike any of the others I tasted in this line

D -Fantastic beer in every way -the fact that one hop supports the feel, aroma, and taste so well is a surprise honestly and it is a top notch single hop beer, no make that beer period.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Nugget Single Hop IPA

Clear, amber/bronze coloring, creamy white head...looks good.

Aroma: floral, airy, softly spiced and citric.

Taste: Caramel malt holds down the fort, hops are light, flavor is soft and sensuous. Really drinkable, well-balanced. Herbal, malty, a little fruity.

Not too terribly impressed with this one. If it were from a local brewpub, served up fresh, I'd feel differently. But, to travel all this way, at such a cost, I expect something more.

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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.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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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

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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 Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working my way through the single hop series, it's Nugget time.

Darn fine pour, almost perfect. A bit hazy. Light chestnut and gold with a strong, semi-dense, rocky head. Be-a-ute.

Aroma of citrus and herbal spice comes forth, backed by faint caramel and malt.Light toast.

Citrus up front in the taste, followed by a woody/biscuity flavor. Some floral and medicinals come in and quickly move to herbal spice, mint and green pine. Quite good.
Bite was subtle but solid. Dry rather than bitter, if that makes sense.
Pretty good drinking. I'm liking this series.

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