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Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPANuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: VeganUndead on 06-02-2014

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 7
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Photo of HopAttack3
1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Awful, bitter mess Of a double IPA

Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to my man olavzisper for sending me this bottle! Enjoyed from a lccb snifter.
Bottle #775

Brew pours a surprisingly dark almost brown with a thin off white IPA head. Head dissolves mostly leaving a thick skin on the surface of the brew and nice lace on the glass.

Nose is a soft resinous hop.

Taste follows the nose leading with rich resinous hop over a big caramel malt backbone. Almost barleywine like. Very piny and caramel biscuit. Bitterness on the finish, a bit chewy.

Overall falls on the resinous side of the IPA scale as opposed to the citric bombs I love. Not a bad brew and I will have no problem taking down the 750, but this one seems to tow the line on an American barleywine with thick rich hopping and a but syrupy. Very enjoyable and worth checking out if you get the chance, but don't expect west coast or citric IPA here. Almost comes across as an amber and is a bit reminiscent of nugget nectar but on steroids...a hint of booziness tingles my mouth.

Photo of rockaroo
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brought in a growler. Should he called "palate wrecker" but name already taken. Big upfront hops semi unsavory followed by huge lingering fascinating big hop blast. I drank the whole growler without switching off to another bottled beer. I like stuff that is nasty natural rather than refined, like this. I still don't like the water they use but this beer pushes my respect of this brewery way higher..

Photo of clayrock81
4.09/5  rDev +2%

Pours a copper brown body with decent head and little lace retention for some lace patches.
Aroma is a mix of citric hops along with touches of sweet honey malt (surprised I even picked it up) along with possible caramel malt as well.
While this is a hoppy brew, naturally, the hops do not overpower beer like I thought they would and this is a genuinely sweet, honeylike IPA that hangs on to both sweetness and a prolific citric hop profile.
This combonation, or the sweetness in general, might irk some people but I really loved it and the over 10% ABV is well-hidden so I was able to really enjoy this beer.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. Retention is excellent, and combines with the creaminess of the head to create some nice aesthetic appeal (even if the body isn't that attractive). A thick ring of lacing is left behind.

S: This nose is ridiculously candy-like - I'm immediately reminded of those little fruit snacks with its notes of stone/tropical fruit and sugar. Caramel malts lie behind it, with bittering notes being nearly imperceptible. Might be too sweet for DIPA standards, but it really works as a barleywine.

T: Follows the nose well. I'm getting an initial hit of juicy fruits - peach, pineapple, mango, and perhaps even cherry. Yeah, cherry in a DIPA. Honey flavors really dominate the midtaste, while it finishes with a combination of caramel malts and piny touches. The malts have a real richness to them that reminds me of a barleywine (and it's not just LC using a buttload of Crystal malt to 'balance' it, either). While quite delicious, it's still too sweet at the end of the day.

M: This is full bodied, soft, and creamy; but then the finish is dried out by the honey presence. Actually, it might be too dry - it's creating an astringent sensation that practically parches the palate. Carbonation is hidden behind the rich texture.

O: Malty DIPAs (which sounds redundant) can be wildly hit-or-miss with me. Some can pull off the sweetness well...others can't. This is the former, mainly because it's closer to a barleywine than a DIPA. The big caramel sweetness works quite well with the almost candied hops and impressive honey presence. It's a very rich beer - hell, I'd even suggest it would be great for dessert.

Photo of JohnathanColeman
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

This beer is extremely disappointing. Classified as an unfiltered IPA, but could pass as an IPL all day. Poured a dark copper brown and had very little hints of honey. Tasted more like hoppy cough syrup.

Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a muddied amber with a hint of orange. Dense caramel finger of head with absolutely fantastic retention and a thick and complete lacing slowly slide back into the brew.

S - Mostly honey and caramel malts. A bit of grapefruit type citrus barely peeks through, just enough to make me think the flavor may contain a decent bit of citrusy ipa characteristics.

T - Definite honey up front but a nice bit of boozy citrus come through fairly strongly quickly after. Finish is mostly citrus (orange, grapefruit) with a hint of booze. Aftertaste is slightly bitter/rind-like and boozy.

M - Very interesting feel on this one. I would say medium bodied plus, certainly full bodied for the style. Carbonation is moderate, smooth as all hell.

O - very interesting, definitely growing on me as I go. Tons of honey but the grapefruit/orange type flavors really start to shine as it warms up a bit. mouthfeel is intriguing

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Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.