Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPANelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA
255 Ratings
Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPANelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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

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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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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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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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4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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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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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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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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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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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