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Nugget Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Nugget Single Hop IPANugget Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Introduced in May 2009.

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

(Beer added by: bark on 05-07-2009)
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Photo of 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 YobroitsJoe
4.25/5  rDev +11%

YobroitsJoe, Apr 13, 2013
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 brn9000
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

brn9000, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 23, 2013
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 kiddynamite920
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a dark copper with some gold highlights when held up to the light. The head built so thick and frothy that it essentially looks like whipped cream on top of the beer, literally holding its shape outside the top of the glass. Pretty amazing, only have experienced this with Orval before. Leaving some tight, sticky lacing on its way down.

S: Smells of caramel malts and fruity and citrusy Nugget hops. Interesting to know that this one hop is what I am smelling for sure. I get notes of grapefruit with apples and pears and just a bit of lemon tartness. Definitely on the fruitier side with a nice sweet malt body under.

T: Some strong grapefruit and bitter notes followed by a pretty substantial malt body. Has some grassy, earthy flavors in there as well. Good amount of bitterness throughout. What's interesting is that the brewers didn't overdo it and try to make up for a lack of other hops. The hop flavor is just pronounced enough to pick up on its characteristics.

M: Feels a little bit flat to me, which is surprising with how huge the head built up in the beginning. Definitely on the low side of carbonation. Has a fairly light body as well, drinks pretty slick.

D: Easy drinker, glad to have tried it and would love to try some of the other hop varieties in the series. A good idea by Mikkeller, more of a one and done type beers for me.

kiddynamite920, Dec 23, 2010
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.

wnh, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

AaronHomoya, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of mavbrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is a slightly hazy copper with a massive off-white head that takes a good while to dissipate. Little bubbly lacing is left on the glass.

S: Earthy hops are present upfront with sweet caramel undertones that come through strong when swirling the beer around.

T: The nugget hop comes through right off the bat, this is followed by the slightest of citrus flavor. The caramel sweetness comes through towards the end and finishes with a dry bitterness.

M: Light medium in body with average carbonation. There is a hoppy feel with a sweetness of caramel.

D: Highly drinkable beer, very well balanced. I like the idea of using a single hop in an IPA, really gives you a feel for the hops and what it tastes like.

mavbrew, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Kraken
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed 9/10/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Harp glass. Moderate pour calls up a stubborn 1 inch of off white head, fantastic lace. Color is a dark cloudy orange. Hallmarks of a nice beer thus far.

Nose- Deep, sweet perfume of orange citrus, some tangerine and dash of grapefruit.

Taste- Sweet and a bit subtler then I expected. Mild sweet orange and tangerine, a fair amount of malty for the series. Fair amount of caramel. A bit of spice and moderate bitterness in the finish. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel- fairly active, dry. Very smooth.

Drinkability- Insanely drinkable. This is the first of the Mikkeller single hop series that I found to be very drinkable. However I also found this to be the most subtle of the line up thus far.

Kraken, Sep 11, 2009
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 PhxHorn
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the other single hops I've tried, this one pours a dark orange color with a 1.5" fluffy head. Lots of lacing. The appearance is without a doubt the best thing about this beer. Smells moderately of musky hops, and I guess this is what nugget hops taste like. Musky and medicinal are the best words I can come up with, not unpleasant, but something is definitely lacking. Not much of the fruity character you get from other hops. Drinkable yes, because it's light, but not something I'd want a bunch of.

PhxHorn, May 11, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper body with considerable haze. I wasn't able to see to the other side through 50mm of beer. The head was fairly thick, about 15mm and was retained nicely. Moderate lacing.

S: My nose is still pretty unsophisticated, but I picked up lots of hops (obviously) and citrus. There were other scents but I can't distinguish yet.

T: Pretty hoppy with a citrus end. Still developing my palate.

M: Soft, with moderate carbonation. Has some body but doesn't coat.

D: It was pretty good, better than my Sierra Nevada stand bye. I love IPA so I may be a bit bias!

dpnelson1978, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Xul
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish amber, capped by two finger off white head. Retention is good and lacing is left down the side of the glass.

S: Nose is rather subdued, especially compared to the Centennial Single Hop IPA I had earlier. Bready malts are the first aroma to become evident, followed by floral and herbal hops, along with some light citrus.

T: Hops come up front with floral and earthy notes being the strongest. Some orange-centric citrus comes up behind that before yielding to a multigrain wheat bread malt base. Finish is a bit piney and earthy, along with the wheat bread.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, rather smooth but could do with a touch more carbonation.

D: Goes down rather easy but nothing very exciting taste-wise...not one of the better single hop IPAs I've had so far.

Xul, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of speter
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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...

speter, May 29, 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 KevinTK
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
Photo of emsroth
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: huge head that lasts forever. Dark amber.

Smell: strong berry hop aroma with a slight astringency.

Taste: slight berry like the nose. Strong evergreen resin flavor-more complex than just pine. Strong bitterness. Minimal malt flavor, but I'm in this for the hop experience.

emsroth, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of LtColFrankSlade
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

LtColFrankSlade, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is probably the fourth or fifth single hop ive had, but first ive decided to review (ill go back and review previous beers). first note being the big frothy mess that takes over my glass as soon as i pour it. it takes forever for the head to diasipate and leaves legs all over the place. i enjoy this single hop because its on the milder side, with some nice pineapple and orange notes poking through. its not overly bitter and the dryness is also managable. i generally enjoy all ends of the spectrum when it comes to hop varietals and this is no exception. i would recommend it to those looking to see what hops can be used in the balancing act of making an ipa. this beer is such a nice mouthful because the carbonation fills out the sweet flavor of the hops. yum.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and hazy amber orange with a very big, super sticky, and clingy head. This beer has some pretty amazing head retention. Has a very interesting citrus, orange-grapefruit thing going on in the nose. Moderate bitterness, light for the style, the beer almost comes across as sweet with the first taste. Taste follows the nose, with a caramel sweetness chased by bitter orange rinds. There's an underlying character of spruce and freshly mown grass that isn't unpleasant for the style. The malt bill stands up in this beer, though it moves away from the strong notes as in others and moves more towards the spiced (think rye bread) realm. This beer reminds me of similar IPAs which use Cascade or Amarillo for hopping. I've had several of these now (unfortunately not all in the same evening) but this stands out a bit more.

eclaycamp, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of KeeganRohovich
4.25/5  rDev +11%

KeeganRohovich, May 09, 2014
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.

dickroop, Aug 25, 2011
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
Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.