Nugget Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
11-27-2010 12:23:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: light tawny brown hue with boatloads of haze in the body. Head is two fingers of frothy tan foam. Not a bad looking brew.
Smell: citrusy, resiny, piney hops atop a pretty serious malt backbone. Not bad, but I'm still on the fence about how well Nugget is suited to the aroma application.
Taste: super citrusy, resiny, piney hops with plenty of bitterness are the raison d'être for this beer, and it shows. The malt is there, but this is an extremely unbalanced beer -- no doubt the intent. It's not bad, but I'm really not in love with it.
Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but there's enough fizz here to go along with the bite. Definitely above-par in the texture arena.
Drinkability: this is a pretty good and relatively refreshing beer, but it grates on the palate with its one-note hops and lack of balance. I won't seek this out again, but nor do I regret the experience.
11-24-2010 02:42:16 | More by flagmantho
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
10-29-2010 22:27:03 | More by ratedz
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
10-26-2010 04:38:11 | More by Phelps
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a reddish bronze colour, the colour of scorched earth, with stunning and generous off-white head that froths up crazy and exuberantly, giving nice bouncy reverse cascades as it puffs out. Sinks slowly, creating a few crater layers around the top and little specks of lace. Haze in the body obscures the slow, light carbonation. That's a damn good-looking IPA.
So what do nugget hops smell like? Largely fruity here, with smacks of tropical pineapple and a touch of coconut flesh. Some floral notes with lavender and jasmine as well. Slight metallic aroma lingering at the back, and all underlined by a sweet buttery caramel malt that sits back and lets the hops take centre stage. Very appealing.
Tastes quite fruity and floral to begin with, with hints of pineapple and paw-paw on there. Gets more floral midway with more of that jasmine character. Quite a malty note emerges mid-palate which has a slight toffee character and distracts slightly from the main event. The hops re-emerge late for the finale, and are really rather robust, with green tea bitterness blending with some herbal zing, a touch of metallic flavour as well as a slight soapiness. Slight citric twang where the flavour hops and bittering hops meet late-mid; otherwise a quite earthy hop bitterness, too robust to be orgasmically pleasurable but enjoyable enough to maybe induce a figurative erection.
Mostly smooth and velvety texture with a nice body, but a touch of carbonation sizzle which is unfortunately rough. Otherwise pretty OK.
I think a lot of the whole single hop series comes down to what is your favourite hop? I have to say I'm quite enjoying these little nuggets, but moreover I also think Mikkeller has constructed a very nicely balanced IPA, and if I got given this independently of the whole 'let's compare hops' idea, I would very much enjoy drinking it.
10-25-2010 04:46:01 | More by laituegonflable
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-18-2010 02:05:08 | More by Phyl21ca
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".
Top of bottle: 16-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10
Kevin: Biscuitness, in late mid pallate. swee smell with calcium finish, poissible vanilla
Brandon: candy sweet citrus. good bitterness.
10-17-2010 21:08:33 | More by berebrando
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
Aroma is fairly hoppy with a citrus overtone, mainly grapefruit and sour orange. It pours a slightly hazy mahogany, darker than most IPAs I have sampled, with a very thick and fluffy pale orangy-tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy, if not overwhelmingly so, a little bitter with hints of citrus and even a whisper of caramel. Texture is smooth and just a little edgy and fizzy. Definitely worth at least a try.
10-10-2010 20:40:36 | More by Cyberkedi
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a mug.
Appearance: Pours a very hazy apricot color with some visible carbonation. Nice bit semi-rocky white head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.
Smell: Pretty light/mellow aroma with a bit of grapefruit and some florals. There's a sweeter, honey-like undertone that I can't quite place.
Taste: Flavorful in a unique way - has some apricot, citrus (lemon and grapefruit), and floral flavors. Not very spicy and just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Some residual sugar and bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied, though slightly viscous. Light carbonation and smooth.
Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, alcohol isn't too high.
Interesting concept of having these single-hop IPAs. I must confess that I'm not well versed in the different styles of hops; perhaps with a few of these in the fridge I can work on that. Something with this one, though, isn't too impressive. Reminds me a bit of Kern's Apricot Necar - albeit alcoholic and slightly carbonated. Not my favorite IPA, but interesting to try.
09-23-2010 01:33:59 | More by mithrascruor
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
09-15-2010 12:34:07 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Hazy dark apricot color, with a large creamy off-white, sticky head, that leaves lacing around the glass.
Bright fruity floral aroma with notes of pineapple, orange pith, fresh flowers, ripe pear and pale malt underneath.
Floral and bright flavors on the palate. More pineapple, orange and tangerine, some banana and bready malt in back. This beer is minimally bitter, more fruity, with an expected grapefruit finish.
Creamy mouthfeel, with prickly carbonation.
A very tasty IPA, great drinkability.
09-14-2010 23:04:34 | More by Lldeegan
3.4/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
09-12-2010 23:21:16 | More by zoso1967
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured a slightly cloudy light amber with a thick and sticky head.
The nose had a deep slightly sweet medicinal hop quality, very different from the standard Citrusy American IPA's.
The flavor was very funky with the slightly sweet medicinal flavor coming through nicely with a light bit of grain peaking through the Nugget hops.
The mouthfeel has a medium texture with a light creaminess and a long oily coating.
I like this, and the entire single hop idea from Mikkeller, was doing some similar projects at home and enjoy these type of beers. On the flip side its to bad the cost of these is so high, $5 retail per bottle is a bit on the excessive side, while I look forward to buying each one once to compare the hops, as much as I'm enjoying the Nugget, I can't imagine buying more.
08-22-2010 20:11:39 | More by bashiba
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010, coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle; BB 16/12/2011, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: given a patient pour, the beige head still builds up in time and makes a 8cm thick frothy head on top of a lightly murky dark amber body, supported by very lively carbonation.
S: piney & citric in aroma, on top of enticingly semi-sweet malts (caramalts and biscuity malts mainly), pear-ish yeastiness and an overall "perfumy" fruit-estery mixture; a deep sniff reveals sweet tangerine fruit candies and more delicate hoppiness that is supposedly Nugget hop's feature? Very pleasant and fresh.
T: a mildly effervescent and quite clean foretaste of juicy, semi-caramely & semi-biscuity malts comes hand in hand with pleasantly sour-sweet citric-tannic flavour, woodiness, and aromatically-tannic longan-fruit shells... An aromatic (exotic?) Chinese roast-tea-ish aftertaste gradually takes over, with hop bitterness expanding like a soft blanket, caressing the taste-buds and rear-end of the tongue ever so smoothly yet deeply. The mid-level tannic-bitter & chewy mouthfeel remains until the finish, not without a mildly powdery-yeasty touch here and there.
M&D: the carbonation is at most mildly effervescent and soft, going well with the medium body; this beer is rather balanced and pleasantly approachable, delicious and sufficiently hoppy & bitter to be rated as a quaffable IPA for me. I've never had any beer brewed with Nugget hops only, so to me this ale is rather educational in a sense!
08-18-2010 20:15:11 | More by wl0307
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours a hazy, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, earthy malt, slight sweet malt, slight yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and mouth feel.
08-17-2010 13:59:35 | More by Tone
3.1/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
08-10-2010 22:17:27 | More by emsroth
3.8/5 rDev -1%
11.2oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO. Around $7 into Sam Adams Perfect Pint, Silver Anniversary Edition.
A: Copper orange in color with a dense cream colored head, great retention, nice lacing, also a fair amount of bubbles moving through this beer.
S: Pretty piney up front, pretty decent hops, but kind of verges on solvent-esque smells. A few malty smells, but really nothing too spectacular, not quite as aromatic as the others in the series. Maybe a bit...cat-pissy...
T: Pretty decent flavor, nice bitterness, some pine and a deep lingering grapefruit way way in the back. Somewhat grassy in there as well, not overwhelmingly so, also just a hint of mint in there too. Interesting. Tastes a fair bit better than the smell.
M: Excellent, just like the others in this series, medium body, perfect carbonation, just a hint of alcohol heat, and a nice dryness. Not too shabby.
D: Too expensive to session, and a touch on the strong side, can't say that I love it, or that I'd rush out to make a homebrew version of it, but it is enjoyable. Another great educational beer!
07-31-2010 01:53:41 | More by pokesbeerdude
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
At the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. (BY THE WAY CLOVIE GUYS...I LOVE YOUR BAR, BUT PLEASE STOP GIVING ME CHILLED GLASSES...FOR 'BEER GUYS', YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER.)
After wiping the frost off of my glass, it poured a cloudy golden hue, with two fingers of white, decent retention, and good lacing, which may have been better, given the glass condition. The nose was decidedly full of pine, apple, pear, toffee, and malt. The taste was a nice piney hop/malty blend midpalate, followed by a crisp bitter dry finish. Spritzier feel than it looks, with a medium body. Very pleasant-tasting ipa, possibly sessionable.
07-28-2010 02:13:26 | More by donniecuffs
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
A: served in a flight of their 4 single hop ipas. orangey light golden amber, really nice dense and lasting head and lacing, slight chill haze recedes.
S: spicy, earthy nugget hops.
T: lightly sweet bready malts, i like the malt bill they chose to showcase the single hops. smooth hop bitterness finishes dry, hop flavors linger.
M: frothy, medium bodied.
D: not a huge fan of nugget, i suppose that's why i'm not that impressed by nugget nectar.
07-25-2010 14:45:19 | More by MrMcGibblets
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
07-25-2010 01:26:59 | More by feloniousmonk
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-25-2010 00:31:00 | More by BEERchitect
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
07-21-2010 00:41:34 | More by beermanbrian
3.64/5 rDev -5.2%
Good look, orangish ipa. Nugget aroma seems to be immense on the vine, minimal in the bottle.
Taste, not as overpowering as many of the homebrewed nugget ales I've had to drink. A nice quality emerges after a few sips, tamer bitterness (not something the nugget is known for, tameness). Evolves into an enjoyable beer, approaching some semblance of balance between the dry high alpha acid nugget and a degree of sweetness. Pine and citrus are not as prevelant as in other versions.
I think nuggets aren't good ipa hops, but are excellent for making a hoppy darker beer. Carapils + nugget = meh.
$5+ an 11 oz bottle hurts drinkability.
07-15-2010 17:46:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
07-11-2010 22:17:56 | More by wnh
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Poured a clear deep orange color with good carbonation and a tan head
S: Earrth, grass and some bitterness
T:Grass,earth, some citrys but very tame
M: Good carbonation, bitterness and some booze but loght booze sting
D: Ok overall but not worth the price at a;;
07-10-2010 03:37:24 | More by barleywinefiend
Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.