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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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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 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.

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.

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...

Photo of ADZA
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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!

Photo of sholland119
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

HV

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a radiant copper with a medium, fluffy head. The aroma was apricot at first, rather blunt in the nose, but then opened to a more citrusy feel, like a sharp, tangy tangerine. The flavor is surprisingly phenolic, with a citrusy sharpness and a stinging bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was surprisingly creamy for the color.

A good beer, but bit a great one.

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!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this series from Mikkeller. Great way to taste each of the hops as the beers are nicely made and very nicely each of the unique hop components. I like this one quite a bit. Very bright citrusy aromas and flavors. Nice lime and tangerine aromas and flavors and a nice lingering citrus rind bitterness. Very dry on the finish and even a tad asprin like in the aftertaste. Bitter and nicely balanced body. Not as good as the Simcoe to me (my favorite of the series), but quite good. Really this is all a matter of personel prefernce of the hops, as all the beers are well made. I see these ratings more as a straw poll on hop preferences.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 09/04/11

A: Pours a gorgeous looking, hazy honey color with a fantastic looking mountain of light-orange meringue-like foam on top. It gradually melted down to a generous dallop that sat like an island in the center of the glass. Tons of lace (rings, ropes, and curtains) stuck all over the glass.

S: Heavy on the citrus. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Some spices and a touch of pine, as well.

T: Once again, pretty heavy with the citrus. Vaguely spiced and with a healthy dose of pine in the finish. A slight "dried wildflower" flavor creeps into the finish as it comes up to temp.

M: An initial touch of sweetness, then the mouthfeel swings over to become dry, spicy, and astringent. Finishes prickly.

D: Very nice. I feel like it could've scored higher if it had a touch more sweetness to round it out.

Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with a huge sized off white head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of some citrus (like a stale rind that was left outside for a few days) and stale hops. Tastes of the same citrus, stale hops, and earthy.

Not my favorite of the single hop series.

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Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.