Nuclear Hop Assault
Mikkeller ApS

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From:
Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
Style:
Imperial IPA
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 7.94%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
87
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 04, 2018
Added:
Jul 03, 2015
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  20
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Reviewed by lmaduells from Spain

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
this beer n expected more. The beer is fine, it complies with the style standards and has the quality of a good brewery. But when you see an etiqeta like the one with the bottle and a name like the beer you are waiting for an extreme beer. And it's not an extreme beer. Unhealthy marketing
Dec 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a fingernail length bubbly white head. Not much retention on the head.
The aroma starts off simply but grows in presence. The first impression is mainly of grapefruit rind, hinting at bitterness to come. Throughout the session, aromas open up, yielding floral, grassy and piny tones that gradually increase in fragrance. A cracker and biscuity malt presence also develops and adds sweetness. In the final phase, tropical aromas interplay with herbaceous danky tones.
The taste starts off so simple and clean. Dry crackery malt with grapefruit pith, not bitter, yet not sweet. However, the “hops assault” develops gradually, its initially clean bitterness combines with light piny and grassy flavors. Yet, the bitterness increases, especially in the finish, which provides a lingering resiny aftertaste; it all interplay’s nicely with the grapefruit flavors like a good old fashion west coast IPA. Adding complexity, tropical flavors of pineapple, mango and passion fruit add juiciness and combine with a subtle malt sweetness.
Medium bodied and nicely crisp. Dry palate, high bitterness and alcohol well masked.
With all the sweet and non bitter NEIPAs I’ve had lately, it was nice to have a hop bomb that was bitter to boot. I like how it developed.
Aug 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Bombelsky from Poland

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Golden hazy. Average foam, average lacing. Medium-high hoppy aroma of mangos, pineapples, tutti frutti medium-high. Hoppy, high flavor. Medium-high bitterness. Medium, malty sweetness. Medium body,average carbonation, juicy, sticky, spicy, medium-high dry finish, long lasting.
Apr 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.47 by RodSmith from District of Columbia

Dec 13, 2017
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Reviewed by qrazvan from Romania

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Light yellow colour. Intense hoppy smell.
The taste is dominated, as expected, by the tons of strong aromatic hops. Grapefruit and citrus also, but less obvious.
A NEIPA style beer with a lot of herbal aromas in, but the overall bitterness is somehow its drawback.
Dec 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.62 by Shortbox81 from Washington

Aug 30, 2017
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: Hazy amber color, one finger white head, nice lacing, very good carbonation.

S: Hoppy, juicy, tropical fruits. Nice!

T: Juicy, hoppy, tropical fruits, bitter on the back end. Very good.

F: Medium bodied, rich feeling.

O: Very good DIPA from Mikkeller.
Jul 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Mattias from Sweden

Jun 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by k3ve from Switzerland

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.01 by migleskun from Spain

Mar 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.91 by lochef81 from Michigan

Jan 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.87 by CPAles from Illinois

Jan 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.03 by drbenderdo from Michigan

Jan 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by Damian74 from South Carolina

Nov 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by REVZEB from Illinois

Oct 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by A-Sox from Rhode Island

Sep 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.05 by xShoWTeKx from South Carolina

Aug 22, 2016
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Reviewed by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Nothing about it stands out but it's still an enjoyable drink. Surprisingly a touch watery, but not enough to where it really diminishes the beer at all.
Aug 13, 2016
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

2.41/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Nabbed my bottle earlier this week at a Southern Coloradan bottle shop. Best before date is "20/04/17."

8% ABV. Imported by the Shelton Bastards (boy how I wish Mikkel would leave them - even for Twelve Percent LLC). "Imperial India Pale Ale brewed with Hybrid Hops."

Ample yeasty sediment is plainly visible about the bottom of the bottle as I pour.

APPEARANCE: ~6.5cm wide white colour cap over a clear copper body. Body colour is of average vibrance. Head retention is pretty good for an 8% ABV beer - ~8-10 minutes.

AROMA: Bitter rind. Pale malts. Citrus. Muted floral notes.

No resinous, juicy, piney, herbal, or grassy hop notes here. Luckily, no overly sweet caramalt either.

It's merely mild in terms of aromatic intensity, and it's hardly as hoppy as you might expect a beer branded "Nuclear Hop Assault" to be. I'd chalk that up to this perchance having been an old bottle shipped across the Atlantic, but then the best before date invalidates that justification.

No off-notes. No booze.

TASTE: Fruity and floral, though not juicy or particularly expressive. Not resinous, piney, herbal, grassy, or even evocative. There's some pale malt in play, but overall this is awfully shallow and simplistic...I didn't expect that from Mikkeller.

It's surprisingly muted and reticent, lacking any vivid hop notes whatsoever. Then again, I guess I'm glad it's not imbalanced; somehow, Mikkel manages to avoid making this too bitter.

TEXTURE: Generic. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium to full-bodied, overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough. There is some alcohol warmth, which shouldn't be there in an 8% ABV brew.

OVERALL: Say what you want about Mikkeller (and many {almost predominantly American} drinkers like to shit on him), but he isn't known for shallow, timid brews. With that in mind, what is this? I didn't expect a beer called "Nuclear Hop Assault" to drink like an aged "West Coast style" (if that's even a true substyle) pale ale. I expected a polarizing beer - not a forgettable one.

D+ (2.41) / NOT RECOMMENDED
Aug 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.05 by RPM3334 from South Carolina

Aug 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Jul 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.92 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by hendryxdp from Illinois

Jun 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by RichH55 from Illinois

Jun 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Jun 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.54 by Jmoosh from Washington

Jun 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.85 by Mbertrand2 from New Hampshire

Jun 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
thanks to my brother for the share enjoyed from the bottle in a glass chilled

the color is amber with slight haze and thick white head with fine bead. The smell is fruity grapefruit -like hops with mild herbal aroma and gentle tropical fruit accent with slight mango and gentle orange quality
to be continued
Jun 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

May 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Golden body, serious haze, white head, lots of lacing.

S - Huge floral nose, a bit of honey.

T - Very big open, floral, with a honeyed middle, and a moderately bitter end. Probably faded, but not unpleasant even so.

M - Bright and slightly spiky, but not brutal.

O - A hop front worthy of its name. The beauty is to end without blasting out the palate, and this one manages it. Not necessarily complex, but interesting nevertheless.
May 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.26 by samibr from New York

May 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.05 by birchstick from Colorado

May 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

May 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania

Apr 27, 2016
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2016-04-23
330ml bottle served in a tulip. Best Before is on the cap, 2016/04/17. So, just past the date.

Pours hazy pale golden with a medium head and medium carbonation. Smell is pine and catpiss, very very piney. A hint of floral sweetness in the background.

Taste is bitter hoppy resin and pine with a stronger emphasis on the floral sweetness. This is the older school non-tropical style, and I like it.

Mouthfeel is dry and resinous. Good beer. I like it. I'd probably like it even more if it was fresher.
Apr 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by loganburgh from Michigan

Apr 23, 2016
Nuclear Hop Assault from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 114 ratings