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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPANelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (nelson sauvin) and yeast.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of drpimento
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got damn, this is it! Pure mastery. One of the very best beers that I've ever had. Poured wth a huge thick foamy frothy textured light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is heavy hop caramel malt burnt sugar grass grain and a little orange. Flavor is like aroma but a lot more intense. Excellentt balance between bitter and sweet. Finish is like flavor and tapers off without change and is medium in length. A little alcohol there too. Session beer. OMG this is good beer. I want MORE!!!!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer exploded out of the bottle the second the cap came off. It ceased foaming quickly though, and only a small amount of beer actually foamed over. The pour was vigorous, but nowhere near as out of control as the opening made me expect. It was actually a very good pour, and the small amount of beer that ended up on my couch smells quite nice. The head is a solid two inches in height, and doesn't really recede. Instead, it bunches up and sticks firmly to the sides of the glass. The beer beneath is a amber color with orange hues. This is a very beautiful looking beer. The aroma is amazing. It is a perfect balance of flower, herbs, grapefruit, and pine. And all from one hop. Wow. It isn't the most aromatically strong hop, but its subtleties far more than make up for that. The taste has all the balanced hops character of the aroma with what is the sharpest hop bite I've had the pleasure to taste. It is like a hop knife, and the cutting lingers in mouth sharply for what seems an eternity. Very nice. Really, though, words do not do justice to how much of a bite this beer has one really needs to experience it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation all fitting for a good IPA. Overall, this is a great beer. I had never heard of the Nelson Sauvin variety of hop, and to be honestly I assumed Nelson Sauvin was the brewer until I looked the beer up. This is a great hop though. If this beer or something like it were available in six pack it would quickly become a staple in my refrigerator. It is very rare that you can use the words IPA and subtle nuances in the same sentence, but that is exactly how to describe this beer. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Offa
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper amber, very, very big tan head slowly shrinking to a lasting thin foamy top and nice lace.

Aroma is wonderful, complex, hopy, juicy, malty with caramelly-toasty raisiny maltiness, caramelized citrus, herbs and wildflowers, fruit, hint of pine sap and mineral – a lot of complexity, depth, being strong yet with a lot of subtlety underneath as well.

Taste is similar – a wonderful, complex, well-balanced character with great depth, strong flavours but restraint, balance, and a lot of subtlety underneath. It has strong, juicy yeastiness, caramelized fruits and citrus up front, soon joined by raisiny camalreised, toasty bread with pine sap and woody herbs. It has great firm sweetness and balancing, engaging bitterness that just dominates at the finish.

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Photo of ratedz
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

Pours an amber brown color with about a finger and a half of fluffy, off-white head that left a fair amount of lacing. I was greeted with a BLAST of citrus aromas...a lot of grapefruit, some lemon, and some mango. The taste is sweet at first, but not as sweet as I was expecting given the smell. The taste turns slightly piney, but it does not have the bitter edge that the Tomahawk had. Like the other Single Hop IPAs, it finishes dry. The Nelson Sauvin was a very smooth, refreshing, and drinkable IPA. One of my favorites from the Single Hop series.

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Photo of Durge
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful offering at the Lion's Pride in Brunswick, Maine, this hoppy brew shows a beautiful hazy amber color with a healthy thick, near oatmeal colored head and very robust lacing. The aroma immediately hits you with a uniquely sweet piny hop that hangs over some malted grainy goodness. Just marvelous and decidedly unique and edible. The flavor rings true to the nostrils and brings along delectable banana and maple nuances in a solidly mid-bodied brew, a hint of resinous feel, with tastefully complementary carbonation. This is a unique marriage of grain and hop that hits my wheelhouse without a doubt! One of the best IPA type brews I've had in a while. What a great surprise and what a thank you I owe to the staff at the Lion's Pride for this free sample from the mysterious beer gods (wasn't on the board this night). Thank you!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - ~80% opacity. Orange brown in color.

S - Wonderful mandarin orange aroma. Touch of ruby red grapefruit and Minute Maid fruit punch.

T - Fantastic mirror of the nose with more of the grapefruit up front. Floral, lightly herbal. Some orange zest mid profile along with a honey flavor sans the sweetness. Fresh, green hop character in the finish with a nice dry bitterness.

M - Medium light body with a semi-dry finish. Nice carbonation.

D - Great citrus hop flavor, remarkably fresh, with a well balanced bitterness.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on the menu at Pizza Paradiso in DC so I had to order a bottle. Alpine Nelson is one of my favorites so I figured I needed to see Mikkeller's interpretation of an IPA focused on this hop.

After pouring the bottle, the beer creates a finger of bright white head that sits atop a classically colored Mikkeller IPA. Seriously, I believe every IPA I've seen from these guys has the exact distinctive color. A dull, light brown she leather with the slightest orange tones. Some clumps of lacing cling.

Aroma is fantastic. I was so excited as this clearly screamed of a fresh bottle. Tropical fruit everywhere.

The flavor did not disappoint. The tropical fruit onslaught continued in this well balanced (but hop focused) IPA. The malt profile was pretty typical of the brewer and had nice toffee notes with some balanced sweetness and a touch of bread. The tropical fruit and grapefruit notes carried the day. Excellent.

The beer was actually bright, refreshing and almost crisp. A bit oily on the tongue, but still clean. (can that be?)

Just loved it and almost ordered a 2nd. Hope to grab a couple more bottles before it's gone.

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Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Brick Store as part of Mikkeller Mayhem.

No different than the rest of the appearance front - light hazy amber, small cream-colored head, little bit of lacing.

Unlike most of the others, the aroma is distinctive and complex. There is a light grape-like fruitiness with some other juicy citrus. There is also a solid earthy spiciness in the nose and some toasted malts as well.

The taste is more of the same. Quick shot of citrus hops up front but with a dry, herbal twist. The finish is the most wine-like of all the IPAs - dry, fruity with a bit of spice.

The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and well-carbonated. It's got a dry spiciness on the palate.

This was the winner of the day for me, the most complex of the IPAs, very drinkable and outstanding all around. It's the only one that I tried today that stands up to the top IPAs out there.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something great about making single hop beers.
I know it's got to be expensive with large scale production, but I think all the best American breweries need to make at least one.

In fact, I'd like to advocate that some one starts a brewery using one hop per beer.

No apparent date on the cap. Looks like an IPA, crystal clear with a nice hue of orange-ish brown.
Something made it foam up tall when I started pouring.

Smells like a New Zealand Sav Blanc. Still big foam on the 2nd pour. Good retention, but crazy with the creamy head. Mangoes and *fresh* guava. I guess pink grapefruit too if you don't have fresh fruit experience.

Tastes fruity, bitter, balanced with some malt sweetness.
Pink grapefruit pith, medium bitterness. Good IPA example with nice flavoring. Fruity. Remarkable and distinct.

A bit sticky but that may be to balance it more.

Can't say this is a weekly beverage, but this one I'd like to have with some jasmine rice and coconut chicken curry.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Floral spicy hop aromas blend with rich malts. Pours hazy amber under a 1” cream colored persistent foam collar that provides thick lace. The hops are assertive with big melon but are well balanced by rich malt flavors. Creamy, medium full body and very soft carbonation. A delightful, well hopped beer.

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Photo of mjryan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nelson Sauvin. Never heard of you but I sure like your hops. Like the Simcoe and Warrior before it Mikkellers Nelson Sauvin single hop IPA is a winner. As the name suggests this beer is a showcase of the New Zealand born and bred Nelson Sauvin hop variety. Very herbal in the nose with a fair amount of grapefruit aroma as well. Smells great. Bitterness is agressive and the finish is dry. This hop reminds me of Chinook or Colombus. Dank, grapefruity and resinous. No attempt at balance, why would they? Tastes like it was brewed next door, yesterday. Very nice.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Making a run at some of the Mikkeller Single Hop series tonight. On a recent trip I was able to find the Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe. As a fan of hops in general and IPAs in particular I'm hoping that this will not only be fun, but educational as well.

11.2 ounce bottle. Starting witht he Nelson Sauvin, as it's the hop that I'm the most unfamiliar with. I expected this beer to be lightly carbonated, but I assure you that's not the case. My relatively aggressive pour overfilled my glass, even with the extra ounce or so to spare. Pours a deep copper orange with very nice carbonation and a booming, billowing head. Lacing on the beer can be described as sticky, and quite impressive at that. I get some aroma of pine before citrus - tangerines? - takes over. There's also this complex fruitiness going on in the background of the aroma. Nice light mouthfeel to the beer, with the high level of carbonation making for a refreshing drinking experience. The taste is sweeter than I expected, with some fruitiness that I wonder is a byproduct of the Belgian yeast. Then again, maybe that's just the malt profile coming through. There's a nice tropical thing going on with this, it's very mango-like. Kind of like drinking a hop infused mango smoothie. There's also this underlying earthiness that you get the more you drink it. The beer finishes with that classic IPA bitterness that you just don't get with anything else. Love the finish. Honestly, just based on my unfamiliarity with the hop I had very low expectations for this one, but it's surprisingly good. I've had IPAs brewed with Citra (the easiest example being Torpedo) and the Nelson Sauvin reminds me a little bit of that. Honestly it's much better than I was expecting. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color topped by a huge head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Classic Nelson Sauvin aromatics, with a vinous white grape and lychee character

Taste: Very light malt treatment here, just enough to provide a platform to deliver the hops; starting out with a spicy lychee character, the vinous notes start to emerge at mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops add a grassy edge to the other elements that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nelson Sauvin is one of my favorite hops and this beer shows them off in all of their complexity

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Photo of OskarL
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy amber/golden color with a thick head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Passionfruit, citrus, tropical fruits and sweet malt.

Taste - Passionfruit, sweet malt, pineapple and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with quite fitting carbonation.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on Tap at Sail and Anchor Fremantle, 21st Feb 2011

A - Pours a nice copper colour with a two fingered creamy head that laces and styas the distance.

S - Striong aromas of mandarin and pine, very impressive.

T - Very nice balance between sweetness, spice and bitterness. Pefect. Flavours of white grapes and pine cone through very nicely. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

D - Absolutely loved this beer and will be trying more of the single hop IPA's in future.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Hazy light copper-orange pour with a huge, foamy caramel colored head and great lacing. Very big and very unique floral nose of fresh, resiny hops with an odd touch of green onion and a hint of fresh tea. The unique taste is very complex and very hard to describe. There's definitely a lot going on. The bitter hops are front and center, but there's a unique, almost berry sweetness to it also. Very herbal with hints of pine and tangerines. Great bitter, crisp, dry finish and hugely drinkable. This was the first Nelson Sauvin hopped beer I've had, but hopefully not the last. The price was a little steep, even here in Europe, but it was well worth it in my opinion. Mikkeller is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Time for another beer run!

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap at the Lion's Pride in Brunswick, ME. Slighlty nicely chilled and allowed to cool over about 45 minutes.

Appearance: Hazy orange to bright yellow in color with a one and a half finger, white and pillowy head.

Aroma: Big pine notes are the main thing I'm getting here. Some nice herbal backing with some lemongrass notes in there too.

Taste: Lots of in your face pine and herbal notes here. Not the typical American IPA. The pine and lemongrass are really crisp and refreshing. I don't know if I would call this balanced, but it is definitely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: The ABV is pretty reasonable, especially for a beer with this flavor. However, the flavors are strong and it would be tough to drink more than one or two of these.

Overall, a really exceptional IPA that has a great and unique flavor profile. More herbal than tropical. Definitely a really refreshing beer through and through though.

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle. Slight head that remained for over a minute. Nice lacing. Pretty white head. Slightly hazy amber.

Tangerine, citrus aroma. Lot's of citrus and tropical fruit. Very complex hop flavor. Peach. Lemon. Lime. Tangerine. Slight malt backbone makes the hop flavor stick around. Not cloyingly sweet. I hate malt bombs, but this beer has just enough. Any more and it would detract from the amazing hop flavor.

I wonder how fresh this beer is. I love it. What a great (unusual) hop. I could have two. It's damn expensive, but worth it every now and then. I love the nelson sauvin hop. My first offering from Mikkeller. I will seek them out more often and hopefully not break the bank. YUM.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange amber color with a very large off-white head that has nice retention and leaves a little lacing.

Strong aroma of tropical fruit. Lots of pineapple and a little mango upfront. Also present are grapes and peaches in the back.

Taste again starts with the pineapple but is also a bit more malty upfront with a definite caramel touch. Towards the finish, grapefruit comes in along with light peach notes.

Medium body, lightly carbonated with a pretty smooth mouthfeel. Lots of fruit flavors all around, this one turned out extremely enjoyable and they really did a great job of building a quality IPA out of this hop variety. A definite winner in the single hop series.

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Photo of plfahey
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish copper color with slight chill haze. Robust beige/ivory head has good retention and awesome, sticky lacing.

Aroma-Intense Nelson Sauvin hops-grassy, catty, gooseberry, grapefruit, and sauvignon fruitiness. Underpinned by a toasty bready malt backbone and a touch of caramel. Awesome and wholly unique.

Flavor-The flavor is even more unique than the aroma. If you were to drink a glass in the dark, it could definitely be mistaken for a white wine, save for the carbonation. Fruity gooseberry and catty hop flavors appear first, with grassy and grapefruit undertones. The mid palate shows a hint of caramel before moderate hop bitterness sweeps through in the finish, crescendoing to moderately high as the flavor dries out. In the aftertaste, Catty, grassy, and gooseberry hop flavors remain. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderately high carbonation. The bitterness is quite smooth on the palate, and while the finish is bone dry, it never becomes astringent.

This is an awesome beer, and a truly incredible expression of what the Nelson Sauvin hop can do. I love this beer, and I can't seem to stop drinking it.

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Photo of Kromes
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a fluted glass. A nice hazy golden with a huge fluffy white head. Good lacing all down the sides.

S: An herbal and floral hop aroma with some crystal, caramel malts.

T: The flavor is sweet and very grape up front. It gives way to a floral hopiness, with a rather dry finish. The grape flavors last throughout.

M: A little peppery with a medium-heavy body.

O: In the world of IPAs it has a uniqueness to it. It is on the sweet side and the fruity flavors are more pronounced. The bitterness it tamed in the finish. Grape-like flavors are a surprise.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm gonna name my first born son Mikkeller. Jeez, good stuff. Well maybe my next dog's name.

This beer looks great. A copper body just glows. At first glance it looks cloudy, upon further inspection it's just deep and rich copper/amber. White head...maybe a bit pinkish, billows up to about 2 fingers. Thick and rich, even up top. As it settles the lacing is great and the middle of foam forms a convex dome.

Aroma is fantastic. Simple, but complex. White grape at first with a bit of astringency. Soft pine and juniper creep in and a flash of resin takes them off. It seems like it will just kill the nose hairs, but that's just a tease. A very nice bouquet; subtle but influential.

Malt has more affect in the taste. A tight caramel, soft biscuit provides the pool in which the hops swim (oh, I'm a poet). Pine and white grape, some pineapple float around. Green vines and some gooseberry. Tight wrapping of flavors provides the bite an extra punch. Dry lingers on the middle of my tongue mocking me to have another sip. Bastard! I'll drink ya! Let me type some more.

The feel is almost perfect for an IPA I feel. Easy drinking. Damn fine beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never heard of the Nelson Sauvin hop until I tried this beer.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed deep orange/amber with a large fluffy two finger head that left broken lace as it settled rather slowly.Love thid big grapefruit rind aromas along with a touch of evergreen,a lighter caramel malt base shows through as well.Again big grapefruit notes on the palate,some tropical-like fruitiness as well,the evergreen/pine is more subdued but noticeable,caramel malt lends some balance.A great single hop beer,I really liked this one.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured more-clear-than-hazy copper with a thick white head. Solid lacing. Pungent pine and citrus aroma. Kind of a hemp/dank smell, more than any other beer I've come across. Slick mouthfeel with a really long finish. Punch in the face strong hop bite. Lots of sour citrus up front, with a longer pine oil/resin back. Hearty. Hard to say what the malt did in the flavor in terms of balance as the hops were that strong. Very, very, very good beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brasserie V, side by side with east kent golding and cascade - this was the favorite of the 3

appearance: served in la chouffe glass - bright orange body, delicate beige head

smell: fresh green hops, tart white grape, evergreen, citrus

taste: all 6 of the mikkeller ipa's i sampled this weekend were pretty strong, but this may have been the most memorable...nelson sauvin hops are unique and provide a great white wine fruitiness. nice hits of evergreen, pineapple and citrus compliment the strong malty base of this beer

mouthfeel: fresh and lively

drinkability: good

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