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

Photo of mithrascruor
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle snagged from an Edmonton liquor store, poured into a standard ol' pub glass. Curious to see how this old school, grassy/herbal, likely on the way out hop variety comes across in one of these malt-forward Mikkeller concoctions. Brew is quite dark, a ruddy brown amber with around a half inch of creamy beige foam that leaves a thick residue on the glass like a half-consumed milkshake. Aroma is sweetly malty like most other Mikkeller single hops, toffee and a hint of chocolate although there is also an assertive herbal hop note, flowers and pine with faint tangerine. Smells cleanly bitter. People seem to taste all kinds of different stuff in this one and I am getting more citrus than on the nose, predominantly lemon I'd say, chamomile tea, underripe plum, fresh bitter herbs. Not super piney or fruity as one might expect, with a nice clean bitterness. Thick bodied with a pleasant malty toast and cereal backdrop. The tea-like green bitterness builds up nicely and near the end I am wanting a second. Not bad for such a workmanlike non-sexy hop. Almost getting a ginger-like floral spicy heat in the finish. The malts are intrusive, a little, but not overly so. My expectations were not that high and this exceeded them handily. Try to appreciate the traditional flavors.

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.

Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Nikki's in Providence on 5/15

A: This beer pours cloudy deep amber color with a three finger of rocky, off white, khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is chalk full of spicy hops, hints of floral hops and some caramel sweetness is coming through.

T: Taste starts with a bit of piney hops, mingled grass notes. Middle has quite a bit of breadiness and then sweet caramel malts come in. Citrusy orange peel come in and linger on the palate through the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at the beginning with an oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, rather tasty, nice representation of style, this is a beer to sit with for a bit.

Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 11/13/12 from notes

A brownish amber, quite dark for the style, large well retained tan head that ends up as an eraser top island leaving a few thick rings and some chunks of lace

S herbal tea and Vitamin C chewable's mix with caramel and spruce with some citrus rind, I also pick up on some yeast I think I can pick Proef yeast out of a line-up after all the Mikkellers I've had from this brewery

T has a woody earthy going on I didn't quite find on the nose, more rind and less chewable tablets that for one reason or another I kinda like, I think I prefer the nose

M has a bitter bite and leaves a little grit behind, slightly creamy from the bubbles and a herbal rind finish lingers for a while, no complaints in this department

O much like most of the single hops from this series its missing just a little something, good beer but not the best I've had

I like single hopped brews because it gives me the chance to explore the hops on their own. Not by any means the best IPA's out there but I'm always excited when another one comes my way.

Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma on this is most like orange candy, kind of a fake sweet orange smell coming out of here. THere is a slight sourness slight sweetness to the beer that is odd. There is some orange / orange candy flavor and an odd bitterness. Drinkability is fine and mouthfeel are fine.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another foray into Mikkeler's single hop series yielded interesting results. This was a very "fruity" beer. The aromas and flavors were not at all citrus-like but had some other sort of fruit component going on, nice. See this out if you are looking to learn about hops but if you are just looking for an American IPA to enjoy you can save your money and get some Racer 5 or Pliny the Elder which are both better IPA's.

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.

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyable understated bitterness. More like a pale ale, featuring this hop. Some citrus, fairly pleasant and drinkable. Not as tasty as many another IPA, not exciting, just pleasant. Bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Suitable carbonation. Golden unfiltered appearance.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly-hazed amber with a nice white head.

S: Somewhat spicy and earthy with a bit of floral coming through. Bits of citrus as well.

T: Earthy, floral hops and a tiny malt sweetness backing it up. Decent, but nothing at all out of the ordinary.

M: Slightly dry and bitter.

D: Again, just okay. Maybe these versions would have been better as DIPA's for more flavor; at the same time, maybe they're a lot more useful to homebrewers than to someone who only wishes he could homebrew.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my fourth in the Mikkeller Single Hop Series following Sorachi Ace,Bravo and Simcoe.

A-Pours out a soft hazy,ruddy,orange body that rests beneath three full fingers of stiff,dusty white foam.Retention was moderate with nice ribbons of lacing.

S-Jammy citrus,light spice,blonde tobacco and rough-edged hops.

T-Much like the nose.Orange marmalade,apricot preserves,grassy hops and a coriander/lemongrass spiciness.sweet fruit finishing with a grassy bitterness.

M-Light to medium-bodied with a nice mild oiliness and nice supporting carbonation.

O-A decent IPA and a good profile of the N.ugget hop

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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2009
A touch excessively carbonated as a careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass still produces a four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a murky amber color that shows a lightly hazed, amber copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine, lightly toasted malt, a touch of hemp like herbal notes as well as some caramelized malt notes in the finish. A hint of grapefruit zest is noticeable after digging around for a bit, and actually comes out a bit more as time goes on.

Dry tasting up front, but finishes with a touch of caramelized crystal malt that suggests some sweet-tea flavors towards the finish. This has a biting bitterness throughout the flavor profile, but it especially lingers on the palate in the finish. Aggressively herbal, with sharp pine flavors. A touch of dank, oral-nasal, hemp oil character comes through quite strongly after I come back to this beer after a short respite. A touch of grapefruit zest is also noticeable in the flavor, though it seems to be a touch more prominent in the nose. The texture is perhaps a touch heavy on the crystal malt to achieve the lightness I like to see in an IPA, but it is still more than serviceable for the style.

This is definitely an interesting exploration of the Nugget hop; it confirms that I really don't have any use for the hop in my own brewing, especially as the focus of a beer. Having said that, the bitterness is actually fairly clean and might have a use in that application. This is not a bad beer, it is just that the herbal / pine focus is usually not the focus I like in my hoppy beers

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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed amber with 3 + fingers of tan colored head, Some floaties, great head retention & lacing, never really clears

S: Pineyness & grassyness

T: Leafy hops & pears, plus some breadyness up front, woody & piney hoppyness as well, Green appleskins mix with woody hops for assertive bitterness & slight fruittyness, slight grapefruit peel & a touch of aspirin as this warms. Finishes dry, woody, & fairly bitter, some orchard fruittyness helps blanace this out

Medium bodied, slight carbonation. Okay balance

Drinks fairly easy, but not a great AIPA, still glad I got to try it

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.

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...

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, once again I tread the Mikkeller single hop path. Let's see where Nugget gets us.

Pours a cloudy and rather deeply coloured amber hue, with a glistening and foamy head of yellowish-white. Lacing is complicated, but patchy, and the bubbling is rather large bubbled. Let's face it - it's about par for the course in the series...

Nose is initially subtly fruity, but the longer it sits, the more earthy and gritty the aromas become. Hints of tea leaf and leaf mold come through, but with a surprisingly sharp note like zesty grapefruit coming through as well. Milder in the aroma, and certainly darker, than many of the more aromatic varieties in the series, but it has a rather pleasant nuance to it nonetheless.

Taste is definitely quite different, giving a very earthy, but very pronounced and really quite astringent bitterness. It has the bite and strength of a big American bittering hop like Chinook, or Columbus, but rather redolent with the earthy and tannic characters of an English variety like East Kent Goldings. Makes it and interesting mix. The strength is such, however, that it overpowers the rest of the beer. I feel that however much this showcases the hop (particularly in regard to the other beers in the series), it needs more sweetness and malt to back it up.

Feel suffers a little as well from the exuberance of the hops, with the bitterness almost giving a cutting quality to the palate.

It's still a nice beer, and an interesting way to experience the Nugget variety, but it's not one of my favourites in the series. Then again, the difference is made clear in the hop variety in this beer, and that's what it was aiming for. That has to be worth something.

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