1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

Not Rated.
Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA
Picture being approved.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

25 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 1
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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: VeganUndead on 06-02-2014)
View: Beers (14) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jtladner
jtladner

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-07-2014 02:01:52 | More by jtladner
Photo of VeganUndead
VeganUndead

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-02-2014 06:25:11 | More by VeganUndead
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-28-2014 02:09:13 | More by nmann08
Photo of 2dogbrew
2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-29-2014 00:58:50 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of cosmicevan
cosmicevan

New York

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 01:57:46 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of ThisWangsChung
ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 04:26:03 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of MacQ32
MacQ32

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 01:32:10 | More by MacQ32
Photo of BeastLU
BeastLU

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-14-2014 17:44:12 | More by BeastLU
Photo of Drknight
Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-13-2014 14:50:51 | More by Drknight
Photo of dsigmon
dsigmon

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-15-2014 20:32:27 | More by dsigmon
Photo of ONEBEERGIRL
ONEBEERGIRL

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-24-2014 00:32:52 | More by ONEBEERGIRL
Photo of thufflife
thufflife

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-17-2014 13:18:08 | More by thufflife
Photo of cjgiant
cjgiant

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-13-2014 19:09:47 | More by cjgiant
Photo of tclipse
tclipse

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-15-2014 23:22:18 | More by tclipse
Photo of tabascosigned
tabascosigned

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-23-2014 14:21:45 | More by tabascosigned
Photo of mkirkland80
mkirkland80

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-09-2014 00:58:41 | More by mkirkland80
Photo of sspencer367
sspencer367

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-26-2014 19:35:39 | More by sspencer367
Photo of jayluf
jayluf

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-21-2014 20:39:32 | More by jayluf
Photo of Wattie
Wattie

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-02-2014 23:30:46 | More by Wattie
Photo of Rmbr2
Rmbr2

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-12-2014 00:42:59 | More by Rmbr2
Photo of Gatordaddy
Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-15-2014 21:38:39 | More by Gatordaddy
Photo of Mercer1
Mercer1


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-20-2014 00:33:09 | More by Mercer1
Photo of Aubs723
Aubs723

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-19-2014 23:01:52 | More by Aubs723
Photo of CreoleWilliams
CreoleWilliams

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-24-2014 15:41:41 | More by CreoleWilliams
Photo of cbradio
cbradio

Virginia

5/5  rDev +19.6%

06-19-2014 01:50:22 | More by cbradio
Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.