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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 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!

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Photo of brdc
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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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 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...

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Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice copper,honeyish hue with nice carbonation that leaves a two finger head with nice lacing,the aromas are straight out citrus,mandarin,grapefruit infused hops and a touch of malt is noticeable aswell,it has a nice fullish mouthfeel for the style with a big mandarin,grapefruit taste that finishes with a subtle touch of pale malt to balance out this beer to really not make it bitter at all so i could drink this all night without a doubt up there with his best single hop ipa's and a beautiful beer and recommend.

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Photo of Kraken
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing. An excellent-looking beer.

S: Strong aroma of citrus and hops more than anything else.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, herbal hops and a bit of malt. Not as overly bitter as you might expect, but very flavorful.

M: Lots of carbonation and a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well-made, drinkable beer. I probably couldn't drink a ton of these in one sitting, but still, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a centimtre or so of slightly off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Herbal and overripe tropical fruit hop aromas with some slightly sweet bready maltiness.
T - Herbal & earthy with hints of tropical fruit. Bready maltiness also in the taste.
M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Quite a strong bitterness.
D - Like all the Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs it's well worth a try. Yes, the hops are quite dominant but it is afterall supposed to be a hop showcase.

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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 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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is a solid two inches in height, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing. This is a very nice looking beer. The aroma is very floral. This is perhaps the more floral smelling beer I've come across that isn't infused in some way with flowers. There is also lemon, and orange notes. This isn't the most powerful aroma I've seen in an IPA. However, it has nice complexity which keeps me thinking, and that is enough for my liking. The taste has more orange and lemon, but the floral aspect is still center stage. The is a refreshing dry bitterness that coats the tongue, and lingers long after the sip. Again, it isn't the strongest tasting IPA out there, but, like the aroma, it has nice complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and smooth texture. Overall, I really like this beer. If you are expecting this to be an in-your-face American IPA you'll probably be disappointed. There are hundreds of beers like that already out there. This beer fills the niche for more of a delicate, nuanced IPA. So if you want to try something interesting this beer is well worth it.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a huge fluffy white head that leaves a huge cap and lots of lacing.

The aroma is very floral, with some pine, plus a strong purfume presence. There are definitely some citrus notes as well, especially oranges. The toasted bready malt and some spices round things out.

The taste also starts out with a hefty floral presence, cedar and pine sap, before the bready malts take over in the middle. The finish has the hop bitterness but also leaves an interesting spicy kick. Not overly complex but pretty damn tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and fairly sticky on the palate with the resinous hops.

I've definitely enjoyed these Mikkeller single hop brews and this is no exception. I wouldn't put it near the top of the list (hello, Simcoe), but it's very good.

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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 sholland119
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thick coating of white head and a little sticky lacing.

S-Some surprisingly mild hop notes and some biscuit malt.

T-Very mild, frankly disappointingly mild, hop notes some biscuit malt and not much else.

M-Medium bodied and a bit dry.

D-Disappointingly bland. The weakest of the three Single Hop IPAs I have had.


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