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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Orange mahogany with a hint of a reddish hue. Generous head that falls down at an average speed, leaving a healthy dose of not-so-tough looking lacing. Doesn't disappear completely, settles into a thin layer on top of the beer. Pretty much what I expected from an American IPA.

SMELL : First nose is hops and malts, with the malt having the upper hand by a hair's breadth. There's something that reminds me of banana cake and spices. Barely any booze. Second nose made my eyebrows rise : herbs kind of came out of nowhere. Something almost like (???) vegetable broth? Probably from the nugget. Definite smell of cocoa/mocha. I'd be curious to know what malts they used. Third nose brings out the herbs even more, and some nutmeg can clearly be smelled. Still barely any booze.

TASTE : Lots of herbs as can be expected from the nugget hops. Also some candied orange. The malt is well balanced and supports the hops very nicely.

MOUTHFEEL : Just round enough for what this beer is trying to be. Nice length.

OVERALL : A very good beer worthy of Mikkeller, but not their best. I understand that they weren't trying to make the best beer out there but simply to provide beer-enthusiasts out there with a series of single-hop IPAs that were made the exact same way, except for the hop varieties. Just for this, I'll raise this beer's score to account for the whole series and what it accomplishes.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 00:40:26 | More by FrostBlast
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. This one has a clear, dark amber appearance. The thin tan head disappeared quickly, but left some impressive lace. It's too dark at Novare for me to clearly see inside the beer and determine if there is any rising carbonation. It has a grainy, grassy hop aroma. There is a touch of sweetness and the scent of bread in the nose. Interestingly, it has a smooth maple flavor up front. There is a minor hop presence in the finish and aftertaste. It seems to be less hoppy than either the Simcoe or Nelson Sauvin (but I should report that I tasted this one last, so perhaps my hop tasting abilities aren't working as well at this point). Even though it's less hoppy, it does have a very nice crystal sugar taste. The body is of medium intensity. It's syrupy, but also feels smooth. There isn't much carbonation and very little coating. It has just a touch of burning alcohol. Overall, I find ti to be very drinkable. As I said above, the hop presence is lower than the other two Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs I sampled. It makes me think that this beer would not be difficult for any craft beer lover to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 13:53:04 | More by ToasterChef
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap date 09/04/11. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and a sweet/bitter hop note. The flavor followed the nose with only a little lighter in intensity. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and smooth IPA from this series. The smooth flavors of this one made it very drinkable. The flavors were very subtle and not 'in your face' overpowering like some IPAs I have had in the past. Definitely the lightest one in this series that I have gotten to try. Quite enjoyable to say the least and goes great with food due to its lighter hop character.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 12:34:07 | More by thagr81us
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wnh

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Aromas of evergreen needles, big on the cedar, herb garden. Bold and unique.

On the palate shows more cedar, alongside rosemary and perhaps oregano.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 22:17:56 | More by wnh
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 01:00:16 | More by Georgiabeer
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Beerfayce

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip.
Props to the Comet Cafe for bringing these one-hop kegs in...

A: Clear copper tapped with a half-inch of foam, although no lacing. The foam settles fairly quickly.

S: Earthy and grassy with citrus notes, appealing.

T: Similar to the aroma, grassy and citrusy hops with abundant bitterness that lingers and builds. Balanced by a slight malt with a crisp finish.

M: Body is not too thin, slightly sticky but not at all syrupy. Moderately carbonated.

D: A slow drinker for me but a very enjoyable flavor experience, the beer is bitter but refreshing. Looking forward to the others on tap...

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 15:15:33 | More by Beerfayce
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billshmeinke

California

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The fourth beer in the single hop series that I am reviewing.

Murky amber with golden hues towards the edge of the glass. Hard pour produces a 3 finger shit rocky head. Takes a while to die down to a thick layer of foam on top. Really nice retention, tightness and lacing.

Smells of citrusy grapefruit, a bit of orange rind, grapes, and something spicy that I've been getting from all the beers in the single hop series.

Taste follows smell. Mostly grapefruit citrus hits you first, some bitter orange rind citrusy and again this interesting hint of grape juice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied fairly well carbonated with crisp bubbles and a nice hop bite, but still quite smooth.

Overall a very solid brew, I'm really digging this whole single hop series. Finding out where specific hop flavors come from is very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 20:14:46 | More by billshmeinke
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Abrand For this one!!!

A- Pours a cloudy orangy brown with a thick fluffy 2 1/2 finger head that leaves pretty good lacing as it goes down.

S- Sweet citrusy and floral hops hit you up front with a great fruitiness that follows.

T- Great citrusy hops with a bitter fruity backround. Getting notes of tangerine, pineapple, white grapes, lemon, and maby some mango. Some caramel style pale malts are also coming through. A very fruity earthiness with this brew. Alot of piney and herbal notes come out as it warms.

M- Medium light body with moderate carbonation and suprisingly only a slight bitter dryness overall.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 22:07:25 | More by Arenbeer
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dickroop

Maryland

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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glid02

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 02:19:46 | More by glid02
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 23:40:57 | More by GbVDave
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 10:24:07 | More by mdagnew
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy dark orange honey color. Enormous two finger, very frothy, beige head. Heavy, layered lacing.

S: I can actually smell a lot of malts up front. Very dry and biscuit. Hope presence isn't overpowering, sweet and lightly piney, with a touch of acidic citrus.

T: Oh, there's the hops - Grapefruit, lemon/orange blend acidic twist, dried pine. Just a touch peppery with a hint of rye. Malts are just a stabilizing tool, like crackers accompanying a ridiculously good cheese.

M: Medium bodied and puckering, ends vaguely dry.

D: I love being able to judge single hop flavor profiles. This is just a wonderful beer. I look forward to trying the rest in the series. I could enjoy this con frequencia.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 01:35:20 | More by phantomwyse
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BigDank

South Dakota

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 07:03:07 | More by BigDank
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 05:23:33 | More by Vengeance526
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 20:55:36 | More by oberon
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2011 02:28:12 | More by Guinnsslvr
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 05:07:54 | More by Mora2000
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-11-2011 16:24:25 | More by alamode
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bashiba

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 20:11:39 | More by bashiba
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JamLand

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-03-2013 20:40:37 | More by JamLand
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-13-2012 18:32:38 | More by bonbini26
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vandemonian

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 04:13:27 | More by vandemonian
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-28-2014 01:51:53 | More by DrBier
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-16-2011 04:32:56 | More by oline73
Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.