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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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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-06-2012 01:13:31 | More by PEIhop
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Nugget, on tap at Shorty's NYC a couple of months ago. Review from notes.

Appearance: Served in a 14-oz snifter, the Nugget comes with two fingers of frothy, pristinely white head. Great retention, lacing and looks all around. Dark and hazy, almost brown, more DIPA than IPA.

Smell: Not a lot going on here (surprising after the hefty, beautiful presence). Mild citrus, some cooked sugars. Mild spice. Tropical aromas, orange juice with soda- but all of it very mellow aka disappointing.

Taste: Again, a bit underwhelming. Thin, sort of watery body with a spicy tingly finish. Some maltiness. The Nugget hop (if there at all) doesn’t shine. Nugget Nectar this is not! Only at the very end does the juicy, meaty, pot-like hop come out, ever so slightly, with a bright blink-and-you-miss-it citrus touch. Feels like sparkling water.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and flavor, great carbonation. Super dry, muted finish.

Overall: I love Nugget and thought I’d love this. Wrong. Sure is drinkable, but on the boring side. Would not have again. Super Galena was SO much better, despite the lower ratings here on BA. Single hop should not mean dullness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 00:27:11 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-17-2012 03:02:41 | More by whartontallboy
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-13-2012 18:32:38 | More by bonbini26
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-13-2012 02:29:50 | More by LambicKing
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-04-2012 13:12:46 | More by ohtheguilt
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice pour, big voluminous head.

Lightly stale malt--tangy with overripe fruit, fairly pleasant--backed up by recognizable nugget hops. I can pick out nugget, usually, because of its distinct spiciness. And while that good in the sense that it makes me feel like a supersmart beer person, it's a little unfortunate here because it don't do the greatest job backing up the imperfect malt.

Tastes like it smells... nothing off, an okay balance, but the hops really need to be a bit more aggressive to back up the so-so malt profile.

We learn a lesson here, kids: don't single-hop an IPA with nugget. Even super fresh, this wouldn't have been all that great.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 23:53:13 | More by mynie
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-27-2011 13:14:09 | More by Lantern
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-24-2011 07:01:08 | More by jophish17
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-15-2011 04:40:58 | More by photomike
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2011 02:28:12 | More by Guinnsslvr
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-11-2011 16:24:25 | More by alamode
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-02-2011 04:33:16 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Dark Amber/brown in color with an orange haze when held up to the light. Reasonably clear, not too hazy. Good sized foamy off white colored head, many sized bubbles, sticks around for awhile.

Smell is very good and clean. Herbal, floral and earth hops. Good caramel sweetened malt backbone; almost like a natural melted sugar.

Taste is the slightest step down from the smell. Malt backbone is more detectable in the flavor. Good initial sweetness, caramelized malts. The bitterness from the hops is good. Herbal, almost tea like, earthy.

Mouthfeel is good. For how earthy it tastes, it feels pretty clean. Good carbonation level with a clean bitter finish. Another good brew from Mikkeller.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:22:20 | More by AndyAvalanche
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-27-2011 00:34:49 | More by Exiled
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-26-2011 13:33:08 | More by deapokid
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-22-2011 21:31:38 | More by captainbearcat
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

11-22-2011 21:15:55 | More by waiting4lunch
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2011 19:03:31 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-21-2011 18:51:52 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 04:32:56 | More by oline73
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep amber color with orange tones towards the bottom of the glass. Average pour produced a fluffy two and a half fingers of off white head. Superb head retention with some moderate lacing.

S- slight caramel malt aromas with biscuity notes up front that soon give way to pure hop goodness. Leafy pungent hop aromas with notes of yellow grapefruit rind and sweet orange peel. Fininshes with a resiny character that begs for you to take a sip!

T- dry biscuit malt flavor with a pinch of caramel. Hop bitter crunch soon follows. Hop flavors envelope the palate with notes of yellow grapefruit peel and herbal floral characteristics. Great driness with a long lasting finish... Tasty.

MF- slick round mouthfeel with a lighter than average body. Carbonation is higher than normal and seems to thin out the body a bit.

D- refreshing and drinkable.

Overall this is about that wonderfully little hop dubbed Nugget. Crunchy bitterness and solid hop flavor. I'd have this again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 02:35:49 | More by Viciousknishs
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:40:34 | More by dickroop
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:06:36 | More by kojevergas
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pour a brownish-orange color with a frothy, 2-finger, off-white head after a violent pour. Leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass and ends in a persistent wispy lace.

S: Wonderful strong hoppy aroma. Sweet floral tang fills the nostrils with every whiff. Very pleasant fragrance to the nose.

T: Strong hoppy bitter brew with nice citrus and a herbal taste with an underlying earthiness background. Alcohol is present but mostly masked by the hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This is my fourth beer in Mikkeller’s single hop series. This one was good but not as fine as the tomahawk.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 03:54:52 | More by ckollias
Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.