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 warmdog
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straight up!
this beer is lush. aroma is wonderful. can picture myself in new zealand right now.
single hop beers are really great, especially for someone wanting to get into homebrewing.
anyways, not everyone will dig this beer, it's a special beer for special occasions. a couple in a session and i'd say move on. but damn, that first sip is golden.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin patches of lace on the glass.

S - A very potent aroma of grapefruit and pine. It overwhelms any caramel or malt aroma that might be present.

T - Good bubblegum and grapefruit flavors from the hops. Also, quite bitter with mild caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that drinks easy despite its ABV.

D - This was a treat to try on tap. I've had a few Mikkeller single hop beers from a bottle but trying this fresh on tap was quite delicious.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this the other day while brewing. Poured a golden orange color with frothy head that left good lacing. Smelled of floral/citrus hops and caramel malt. Tasted almost exactly the same. Slightly fizzy and bitter. This was gone before I even got to boiling.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle, poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A very hazy dark amber w/ 2.5 fingers of rocky light tan head, thick lace collects on the glass like webbing

S - A strong sweet fruit like candied citrus and honeyed pineapple w/ a hint of mango and papaya w/ a subtle green tea tinge like herbs w/ a gentle grape/lemony acidic nose

M - The feel is delightful and not at all what you would expect considering the fruit filled aroma - not overly sweet. The texture is aided by tingling carbonation and mild juicy fruity notes w/ light sweet and nutty/woody earthy tinges and mild acidity w/ a semi-sweet finish. The astringent aspect is mild w/ alcohol only noted in very slight ways

T - A lot of tropical fruit and white grapeskin flavor like gooseberry w/ a mild pineapple and sweet pine w/ herbs, tea and lychee w/ a hint of mango. The flavor is accented by sweet but not syrupy malt that accompanies a mild pear and pine taste w/ very very light minty clean elements. the taste of citrus is there but enveloped by papaya and passionfruit w/ an alcohol flavor and resinous slightly bitter finish. The finish is semi-dry w/ a refreshing flavor -more than any other single hop ale I have had.

D - I found the taste of this to be like fruit in peculiar fresh hoppy aspects w/ great drinkability and bitter/sweet blend which is intensely packed with Nelson Sauvin hop goodness - juicy and delicious.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying a single hop Nelson Sauvin IPA since I heard it was used in Hopslam (not sure if this is true or not though). Nelson Sauvin is a New Zealand hop that has intrigued me for a year or so now. I knew Sly Fox made a Nelson Sauvin IPA and so does this Denmark brewery, Mikeller. Now where could I find these beers? Not around here. Oh wait. Of course. Discount liquor in Milwaukee.

Looks the part. Quite clear and deep copper in tone. Nice big frothy white head. Lacing is quite full. I really like this aroma. It's not particularly "bright", but this is more along the lines of oily, resiny, pungent and thick with shades of Mary Jane. Flavor is grimy hops up front but they turn a little tropical as well. I get lingering ghostly nuances of pineapple and tangerine. Bitterness is very clean and enjoyable. Hops impart a nice resiny feel to the beer but also some interesting hop flavors, including orange. It's really hard to compare this hop to another, but I'd say the closest thing is probably Columbus with its pungency. Carbonation is just a titch too high. Otherwise, this is very enjoyable.

I'd love to see what Mike Hoops could do with this hop.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

MY first nelson beer that I know of, cool that it's a single hop. $5 or so @ Nikki's. Cap reads 10/3/11, must be a best by date.

A- Incredible head, caramel body. A five finger head in my tulip, although it was a pretty aggressive pour. Off-shite (like white sand) head takes its time.

S- Fresh linen. Hmm. Very hoppy, floral and citrusy. Sweet citrus, though... like a clementine and maybe some white grapes as well.

T- Interesting. Like hops kissed with sugar. Sweet, floral, resiny (but not octane-like or overbearing) and pretty damn good. A bit of a peppery note that's incredibly fleeting, a bit of a chalky, bitter closing that goes very quickly. Hard to capture this taste in words... it's a complex beer for a single-hop brew, that's for sure.

M- Crisp, tasty, a joy to drink. Textbook IPA mouthfeel, creamy head, crisp, bitter, and powerful hops.

D- High, except knocked a bit for price. I could drink this all night long, if I had a pocket of $100 bills. Great beer, though. I'll have to get more of the single hop varieties, very cool.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, and I thought their Simcoe single hop was good. After having this and that together, I'm sold on Mikkeller's single hop line. As my bro said after we shared one of these beers, "there's something special, here," and that 'something' is almost certainly the way they applied the grape/grapefruit flavors here. I think the tastes of these medium-heavy fruits mix quite well with the caramel bits and the overarching hop itself. This beer's grassy/vinous notes, along with just the right sweetness, make it one to remember, or in the case of my bro, make it worth going back to the store to pick up two more singles (lest we forget).

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

I'm not even a big IPA fan but this is a great single hop. The flavor is full, robust, bitter, creamy, wine-esque . . . Very savory. I get notes of white grapes, peaches, citrus, and call me crazy but a red wine smell is lingering around.

Full head. Beautiful orange copper. Excellent beer.

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

Thanks to Abrand for this one!!!!

12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A- Pours a solid brown with a slight orange hue. On top is a thick and fluffy yellowish off-white head. Leaves pretty decent lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malts with a decent amount of citrus tropical smelling hops. Also very spicy smelling, definitely different than all the other single hop mikkellers.

T- Unlike the fruity smell the flavor is more piny and the caramel malts come out more. Still a decent amount of citrus in there though and definitely some spice.

M- Medium bodied with a strong bitter dryness in the finish. Pretty perfect amount for my palate.


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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Big, intense nose, with aromas of blended Starbursts and Juicy Fruit, big and punchy. A fruit bomb, really, but smells delicious. Like a big hop fist coming out of the glass and punching you in the nose. Somewhat pungent.

Fruity and bitter on the palate, with notes of fresh leaves and a citrus blend. Tied for top two beers in the tasting.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. My first from Mikkeller.

Pours a slightly murky copper. Flufy, two finger head has excellent retention as well as lacing; very Belgian looking.

Smell is dank in every sense of the word. Deep hop notes. Some tropical some super earthy. Yet more proof Nelson Sauvin is my new favorite hop. Moderate malt sweetness comes through.

Wonderful hop profile; deep, earthy, some mango, and a touch of spice. The fact that this is the only hop used is a true testament to this variety. Perfectly balanced by a caramel malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Medium in body, with a dry, but not too dry, finish.

Overall this is a solid if not excellent IPA. There is none of the typical Belgian yeast funk I expected. I love the complexity of the hop profile with only the Nelson used. A little pricy, but worth a try if you are a fan of the style. Cheers!

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

Slightly hazy, amber colour. Fluffy, ivory head with very good head retention.

Amazing aroma from these Nelson Sauvin hops. A wonderous vinous grape character teams with kiwi fruit and a hint of slightly tart gooseberry. Wow.

Sweet, crystal malt attack flows into a vinous hoppy mid-palate. Lots of bitterness flowing into the back-palate. The grapes come through again from the aroma but the flavour depth isn't as good as the nose. Medium-dry finish.

Light to medium body with moderately high carbonation. Clean and crisp on the palate.

A decent IPA with lots of great aroma but lacking a bit of flavour. A really nice showcase of the Nelson Sauvin hop and a great idea from Mikkeller.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 255 ratings
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