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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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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 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 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.

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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 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 Vengeance526
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold amber color with a decent sized white head that retains nicely and leaves good lacing.

Smell starts off with a burst of tropical fruits upfront and a nice caramel malt backbone.

Taste again brings out a nice citric hop flavor with notes of orange, grapefruit and pineapple along with some hints of caramel in the back.

Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Overall I found this to be quite enjoyable and one of the tops in the single hop series.

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Photo of bashiba
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of flowers, perfume and orange citrus hops. The flavor is flowers, corn, butterscotch, orange and vanilla. The beer is pretty sweet overall. Low bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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

I had this at ChurchKey where they had 10+ Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It was interesting to taste the characteristics of this hop without interference from other hop types. This hop added sweetness and citrus to both the aroma and flavour.

A: Orange color and 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Sweet with a hint of citrus. Not especially strong though. 4

T: Crisp and sweet with some slightl citrus notes. 4

M: Pretty thick and reasonably carbonated. 4

O: Sweet and citrussy. 4

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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 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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a becher at ChurchKey.

I may have done this backward: I started with 10 and have begun trying each individual hop offering, beginning with this one. Get some. It pours a clear amber with two fingers of white foam that subside into a short surface layer. The nose comprises grass, citrus peel, bubblegum, vanilla, and flowers. The taste stays in hop character with notes of citrus peel, a heavy bitterness, greenery, and a light caramel hanging in the back. The body is light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Not bad at all, though now I'm definitely gonna haveta try the others to see what the different varieties have to offer.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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

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.

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

A cloudy amber color with a decent white froth on top and excellent lacing. The aroma is a lightly sweet grass with some flowery-herbal edges. Subtle but nice. The flavor says more herbal-grass hops blended nicely with delicate floral notes. There’s plenty of sweet grain, oatmeal and barley-yeast. A great medley in a medium-light bodied brew with a smooth frothy feel. An anytime IPA and very drinkable.

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

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.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with lots of sediment. The head is tan, thick and fluffy with ample lacing around the snifter.

Smells sweet and fruity. Quite a bit of caramel malt with a touch of citrus.

Strong bitterness coming from the high alpha acid Nugget hops. There is some caramel malt that adds a touch of sweetness, but the Nuggets are really dominant here. A bit of booze comes out as well. There is a long bitter finish, but it is not overpowering.

Smooth and soft in a medium body.

I really enjoyed this one as I've grown Nugget hops for several years and have used them in homebrewing, but never alone. This beer really highlights their bittering properties.

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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 wl0307
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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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 Pencible
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like light citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit, with sweet caramel malt. It tasted like orange zest with some grapefruit and caramel malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a dry bitter aftertaste. Overall this was quite tasty for a single hop beer, characterized by orange and grapefruit. The flavor started sweet but ended a bit harsh/dry. It had nice body and was easy to drink.

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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 oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I kepp rollin thru the Mikkeller Single Hop series....Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed burnt orange with a large fluffy white head that clung like glue to the sides of the glass as it settled ever so slowly.Milder aromas with a hefty caramel base really standing out as much as citric,orange pith hop aromas.Somewhat bitter at first sip with that orange and some grapefruit hop flavors,again the caramel/biscuit malt flavors hold up to the hops.Its quite quaffable and somewhat refreshing,its not in your face citric hop,but its got nice hop flavors.

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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 laituegonflable
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a dark copper with some gold highlights when held up to the light. The head built so thick and frothy that it essentially looks like whipped cream on top of the beer, literally holding its shape outside the top of the glass. Pretty amazing, only have experienced this with Orval before. Leaving some tight, sticky lacing on its way down.

S: Smells of caramel malts and fruity and citrusy Nugget hops. Interesting to know that this one hop is what I am smelling for sure. I get notes of grapefruit with apples and pears and just a bit of lemon tartness. Definitely on the fruitier side with a nice sweet malt body under.

T: Some strong grapefruit and bitter notes followed by a pretty substantial malt body. Has some grassy, earthy flavors in there as well. Good amount of bitterness throughout. What's interesting is that the brewers didn't overdo it and try to make up for a lack of other hops. The hop flavor is just pronounced enough to pick up on its characteristics.

M: Feels a little bit flat to me, which is surprising with how huge the head built up in the beginning. Definitely on the low side of carbonation. Has a fairly light body as well, drinks pretty slick.

D: Easy drinker, glad to have tried it and would love to try some of the other hop varieties in the series. A good idea by Mikkeller, more of a one and done type beers for me.

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