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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPANelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA
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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPANelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA

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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 thecarster1
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a tulip, three plus fingers that are very slow to fade, hazy chesnut coloring.

s- winy, lots of white wine, sweet malts, estery. i knew the nelson sauvin hop was supposed to be vinous, but damn.

t- very interesting, so much like wine, the hops are nicely bittered. very much like a glass of beered up white wine.

m- medium body, prickly.

d- not what i was expecting at all, hops are amazing in what they can make a beer taste like. when i want an ipa though, i don't reach for this, i want piny, citric hops.

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Photo of david18
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had many of these beers, both in bottles and on draft, and in general i'm very impressed with them. I was at Rattle n Hum this weekend and had a twelve ounce draft of this. It was not my favorite among the single hop selections but quite good none the less. Very good color, ok aroma. A little light on the flavor buy a very good beer none the less.

I liked it and will have again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with medium floral notes and medium caramel malt. Taste is also a good mix between some bitter hops with light earthy notes and subtle floral undertones with a solid caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed though not my favorite hops from this series.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly unfiltered, deep orange. Huge foamy dirty white head that leaves lots of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - A little light on the hop aroma but the malt and starchy sugar does come through quite well. Hops are spicy/herbal.

T - At first there is a very nice balance between the hops and the malty backbone. Hops taste of sap and citric acid and quite bittering. Never had a nelson sauvin hopped beer before but they seem to be very versatile.

M/D - Body is a little watery for my liking but the carbonation is spot on. Moderately sticky on the plate after each swig and the pine flavor lasts in the aftetaste. Drinkability is good with this one since the hops have a nice flavor to them.

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Photo of dzni
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark golden, nice head
S - Citrus, hop, strawberry??, a spicy-sweet note
T - Slight citrus, good amount of hops but not overly bitter. I didn't get many other discernible flavors
M - Medium-bodied, almost creamy texture, low carbonation
D - Certainly a nice beer that I'd drink again, but I didn't get all the flavors that would presumably make this an amazing beer.

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Photo of headlessclown
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into 25cl Heineken glass
Date on bottle: 23/12/11

A: Generous off-white head. Good retention. Medium to low lacing. Amber, not entirely clear.

S: Got a bit of sweet fruit as well as a slight hint of citrus. A bit hoppy but not intensely so.

T: Very balanced between hops and malt with some fruits in there too. The hops are surprisingly laid back, making room for the other flavours. Not what I was expecting but very nice nonetheless.

M: Smooth and creamy to drink. Medium/low carbonation. Dry finish.

D: Comparing this to the last single hop Mikkeller I had - the Cascade - it's perhaps not as distinct in terms of hop character as I was expecting, but instead ended up being a nice, laid back, almost English/American hybrid IPA in terms of style. Perhaps not the best example of a single hop IPA, but no way can I fault it for being drinkable.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark ornage in color with a thick and fluffy 3" head that lingers around a long time. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: caramel and a moderate bitterness is easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, green grapes, pineapple, a hint of earthiness, and a biting bitterness are the most noticeable flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Very long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: another easy drinking IPA. Bitterness is a bit stronger with this hop variety.

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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 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 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 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 MetalHopHead6
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA is drop-dead gorgeous, rich, and citric.

It poured a beautiful hazy dark copper, with a thick tall tan head that had a fat pillowy crown. Despite the glorious head, a surprisingly small amount of lace hung on to the glass. The smell and flavor were filled with grapefruit in the early stages, that gave way to rich smokiness as the glass emptied. It had a pronounced, if not extreme, amount of bitterness and an extremely dry finish. It was smooth and a pleasure to drink.

Many American IPAs are bitter yet bland. Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA, on the other hand, has a mild feel, but a great deal of flavor with notes that vary as the ale warms. It has a deep color, the thickest, creamiest head I've seen on an IPA, and deep rich flavors.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split a 330 mL two ways. Poured inton globes. Reviewed 11/27/2009.

Ar: Unique, spicy/earthy hop, berries, grapes, honey/light caramel, light alcohol, resin, earthy/funky hop, I like it but it might not work in a lot of beers, *grassy

Ap: beautiful mousse-like light tan head, great retention, clear copper, lace

T: Spicy, earthy, resinous, unique fruitiness, grape, berries, blackberry, dried fruit, pale malt, crisp, light plum, light citrus, complex unique fruit, difficult to describe, grassy hints, resin and fruit with hints of tart, grape juice with a small amount of cranberry, very lightly vegetative, *pine, *restrained belgian yeast

M: high peppery carbonation, medium smooth/creamy mouthfeel, resinous pleasant end, light alcohol

O: I wonder what the yeast character is like, interesting, unique, fantastic, very distinct, *tastes fairly fresh, *aggressive hopping

*=ideas from fellow taster

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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 JTahoe
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazed ruby amber color with dense ivory head that beautifully coats the glass , hanging almost impossibly for a moment before melting away and leaving spotty chunks hanging about.

S - Citrus (tangerine), sweet grass, sauvignon blanc grapes, some mellow pine, and a whiff of cannabis all laying over a biscuity lightly caramelized canvas.

T - Maltiness comes through up front followed by a burst of juicy fruit (white grape, gooseberry, and citrus), with more tangerine with hints of white grapefruit and lemon, grass and green herbs. There is also a subdued yet pervasive spiciness of mint and pine blended with jalapeño. Quite wine-like in character with all of the fruitiness of the hops.

M - Creamy, medium feel with some stickiness. Finishes dry and lighter than expected, but pleasingly so.

D - A very nice drink for such a singularly focused brew, which just goes to show how well this beer is made. Solid, solid, solid all the way around. A very interesting study of this lesser-known New Zealand hop variety--a great showcase of its unique character. This is a hop variety that I hope other brewers will experiment with more in the future.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good ruby light brown appearance. Thick lacing and head. Aroma was phenomenal, big bursts of citrus, mango, orange and pine/apple. Just amazing.

The taste was much less citrus/pine than the aroma. But nonetheless, good. Some tangerine was apparent, along with the pepper I attribute to the Nelson hop, not actual pepper nor rye.

A dry mouthfeel. Very much enjoyed. Price hurts though, I mean, $30 a 6 pack?

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
2.99/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very nice pour. It's a nice red/brown with a huge head, great lacing. The smell is a little off, more malts than hops. Actually smells a little old (in the bad way).
The place I bought it is well known for their correct storage of beer, so I will have to say that this isn't that great taste wise. I taste sweet malts but the hop bitterness is way lost in the background. It isn't past it's freshness date either.
Mouth is good, like most of Mikkeller's single hop series.
I loved their Simco and Warrior single hop IPA but this one is a miss for me. Just doesn't make the cut. I do want to thank Mikkeller for rocking out this series of single hop brews. It's a great way to learn more about hops.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color, nothing terribly special about the appearance once its been served. There's a fair amount of rockiness and stick to the head that inclines me to tip the score up just a hair. Hoppy nose alludes to the idea of the hop focus behind this beer. I can imagine some grape-like vinous character into this aroma without too much trouble. There's also a little citrus and a bit of funkiness in there.

Aggressive hopping does a number on the generally modest malts. Backbone of toast and maybe some peanut meat alongside the requisite caramel and toffee notes. The Sauvin Nelson hops are slightly bitter, bringing a little pine resin along with grapefruit pith and an odd twist of maybe pineapple.

Not my favorite beer overall. There's a good reason that most beers blend different hop strains. Kind of a one-trick pony, and I found this one to be a flat, syrupy drinking experience on draft. Not terrible and overbearing, but far from elite.

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Photo of goatgoat
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint. Slightly hazy orange marmalade with bright copper highlights. Huge tan meringue head. Aroma is big fruit, mango, orange. Taste starts sweet, then moves into a nice bitterness. A bit of pine.

Tasted along side the Amarillo single hop. Overall Nelson Sauvin is more big fruits with a cleaner, less edgy bitterness.

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Photo of jsh420
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

cap dated 23/12/11

pours hazy copper orange with a big chunky 2+ finger head that left lacing all over the glass

smells of very fruity hops - dont pick up any malt but this is an ipa brewed to showcase the hop used

taste is nice - reminds me of many fresh hopped harvest brews (SN and founders) the hops shine very juicy but there is just enough malt to cut the bitterness

mouthfeel - medium body with way too much carbonation

drinkability is so so - while i enjoy the single hop series the price kills any repeat buys

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright introduction to the fairly unknown Nelson Sauvin hops. Fruity and tawny, the beer takes a distinct wine-like or boozy turn.

Like all other Mikkeller Single Hop Series beer, the beer takes on a deep copper color with greater than normal haze. Great formation and retainage of off white foam and good lacing. A good but hazy look even for an IPA.

Fruity/citrus aromas emmit from the hops, but with a quick and sturdy rebuttal from the biscuity and caramelized malts. The beer takes a distinct wine-like tawny aroma, similar to gin or other fruit-forward alcohols.

Flavors of the malt hit first but with the white grape, juniper, under-rippended berry notion following closely behind. Bitterness seems sharp and seems to amplify the bitterness of the alcohol is quite a boozy fashion. Interestingly, the beer seems to have a more estery fruitiness because of the hops used. Finishes with a cool/minty tawny-tanic flavor.

Creamy and medium fullness early but the alcohols and hop bitterness seems to thin the beer without the classic dry-maltiness and smooth hop bitterness that I've seen in previous Single Hop Mikkellers.

This may be my least favorite beer in the series. Not saying that this hop doesn't work but I think it would pair well with Amarillo or Saaz hops for more roundness in flavor/aroma and for smoother bitterness.

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Photo of seans86
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden color, nice creamy head, good lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt, like the rest of the series. Some pepper, with some citrus, orange hops coming through.

T: Caramel, like the aroma, good bitterness. Some citrus, but more of the white wine sweetness that the hop is known for. Alcohol is slightly present, but doesn't really retract from the overall experience.

M: good carbonation, taste lingers on the tongue.

D: Pretty easy drinking, though I don't know if I'd want to have more than one. Nelson Sauvin is a very interesting hop, making for a very unique and tasty brew!

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Photo of Xul
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden amber, capped by a two finger, frothy, cream colored head. Retention is very good and light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Huge hop profile up front, led by juicy oranges, grapefruit, white wine notes, green grapes, and green apple. A caramel base lurks in the background, but only to serve as a canvas for the hops.

T: Taste is similar to the nose, but not quite as good. The citrus qualities aren't as defineed as they smelled and a light chalky taste creeps in. Doesn't kill the beer, but definitely detracts. The vinous aspects are stronger. Finishes dry.

M: Fairly thin bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very good beer showcasing one of my favorite hops. Could've been better if the flavor was as robust as the aroma.

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Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid AIPA from Denmark!! A little pricey at $6.25 for a 11.2 oz beer, but the beer itself is very good. pours a hazy light orange/amber color into my pint glass. Big antique white head with good retention and thick clumps of lacing.

Aroma is the best part. Strong piney and citrus aroma...as good as the best AIPAs.

Taste is more of the same with citrus (tangerine more than grapefruit) hops and some balancing caramel malt which smooths the beer out and adds a little sweetness in the middle. Hops predominate up front and at the end.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Drinkability is very good. Goes down easy, no funky aftertaste or alcohol bite. Very nice.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium yellow with a one inch white head. Smells lightly of citrus. Tastes mildly of citrus, but no flavor in particular stands out. Unremarkable is the word that keeps coming to mind. No oxidation flavor, but other than that it tastes like an IPA that's been sitting around for awhile. Carbonation is a bit light. Nothing special about this one.

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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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