Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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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: 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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Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 251
Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of brownish-white foam on top of a copper-brown body. Decent retention and moderate lace.

S - Fruity, citrus hops balanced by brown, toasty malt with some caramel and brown sugar. Distinct grapefruit notes, somewhat musty.

T - Spicy grapefruit with moderate bitterness, less harsh than the cascade version. Good malt backbone with caramel and dry toasty malt that combines with the hops in the finish to produce some light tobacco notes.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Smooth bitterness and fruity hops. Lots of malt but not enough to balance the sharp hop character. The hops are more complex than the cascade version with a strong grapefruit character that compliments the malt well.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, I haven't really heard a lot about this hop varietal except is was from New Zealand and its flavours were comparable to New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc which I love, plus I liked the name of the hop so I picked it up,

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a solid 2 finger frothy off-white head. Very good retention, solid lace.

S: Citrus, more tangerine than grapefruit with a significant amount of amber malt. Medium intensity.

T: Heavy bitter melon initially, but the hops become more complex through the mid-palate - pink grapefruit, mango, cantaloupe rind. I can see the comparison with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc though it's not as direct as I thought it would be. Nice grassy, earthy finish with an undertone of caramel malt throughout. Almost a wet hop floral sweetness in the flavour.

M: Overcarbonated initally, but once I coaxed it out it was really quite fine. On the lighter bodied side for an IPA, fluffy feel to the carbonation. Long aftertaste, 40 minutes later I can still feel remnants of the hop flavour.

D: I liked this effort a lot from Mikkeller, even at $5.99 a bottle I think it's worth a buy to learn about a new hop and simply to drink a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of ZAP
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Big snowcone like frothy off white head...excessive for my liking.

S-I get a lot of pine along with a strong tobacco/weed element. Very pungent

T-Hops exude a similar impression on the taste....a lot of cannibus and tobacco along with the piney notes...malt seems sweeter with a slight caramel flavor.

M-Pretty hop forward....body is a solid medium..I don't like the charged up texture.

D-This is interesting to try but it doesn't really do a whole lot for me. I'd reach for a lot of IPA's before this one but it is unique.
Thanks to BigHuge for acquiring this hard to find IPA for me.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Cap date is 11/03/11, best by date?

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2 3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy copper brew. Pillowy head fades ever-so slowly, with tons of chunky lacing. Aroma is pungeant earthy floral pine. Taste is sweet upfront, with the potent pine and florals coming on in the middle, and driving through the close. Mouthfeel is okay, a little prickly, and drinkability is the same. This hops also doesn't seem to work for me flying solo.

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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 Kraken
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 7/17/09

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into an over sized wine goblet. Fairly firm pour pushes up an inch of off white rocky head. Head exhibits very impressive staying power, and impressive lace. Color is a beautiful dark and cloudy orange, yellowing around the edges.

Nose- Deep pungent citrus. Pine resin runs throughout the nose, with elements of tangerine and pineapple. Impressive.

Palate- Orange, lemon citrus. Tremendous bitterness, lots of pine. Pineapple, almost no sweetness. Very long finish, coats the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Very active, dry.

Drinkability- Showcases an interesting hop profile. As an aspiring home brewer this will help with creating my own recipes. Good although a bit pricey.

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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 mvasilis
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in ölbutikken in Copehagen.

A: Poors with a thick foam head. The beer is quite unckear with a copper-brow color.

S: Beautiful smell, fresh, smells of appels and pears, a hint of citrus.

T: Fruity flavor with a touch og citrus, bitternes kicks in quite hard in the end. Quite sweet.

M: A lot of carbondioxide, the beer grows in the mouth, a pleasent feeling.

Will defenitly drink again, a good IPA.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's pit the Nelson Sauvin Single Hop versus the Cascade, Nugget, Warrior, and Simcoe versions.

Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.

Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a distinct waft of white grapes as well as some lightly earthy, herbal hints. I've always appreciated Nelson Sauvin hops for being so different and unique. It's shame I don't see it used too often.

Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Nelson Sauvin hops serve up a faintly tart, fruity white wine flavor with some milder earthy, fresh herb undertones. Moderate bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. I'm diggin' this though!

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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 Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious and unusual.

Pours A weirdly brilliant coppery orange with a huge, dense, billow head that simply will not die and long streamers of carbonation up the sides. The aroma is initially citrusy, but quickly develops a little sting of pine. The flavor is large and round and citrusy, with an overtone of melon, maybe cantaloupe. There is a little caramelly malt in the background and a nice piney bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is full and smooth, but with a strong prickle of carbonation, highlighting an apricot character as the beer fades in the mouth.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a mildly hazy copper color with a rocky two-finger off-white head. The head settles into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of loads of citrus and tropical fruits with a good amount of spiciness. Pale malts serve as the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors soon give way to hop flavors - both citrus, tropical, and herbal. The herbal/spicy flavors seem to linger the longest, carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I thought this was so drinkable because the hop flavors seemed to change with every sip. Another good choice by the boys at Mikkeller, give this one a shot.

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Photo of spratmi
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An aggressive pour yielded a foamy, off-white four finger head with a dark hazy orange/amber body full of carbon bubbles. Wisps of bubbly lacing clung to the glass.
S: Excellent nose. A wonderful blend of floral and fruity hops. The scent of pineapple, grapefruit, and other tropical fruits were prevalent. There were also notes of pine and a hint of caramel.
T: Very good, but the taste does not quite live up to the nose. The taste was full of the tropical fruits found in the aroma - especially the sweetness of pineapple and the bitterness of pink grapefruit followed by caramel notes. There was a subtle yet oily bitterness that lingered in the aftertaste. The high carbonation seemed to lighten the flavors. Note: I let the beer warm and the carbonation settle considerably and the flavors became more intense.
M: Light-to-medium bodied and well carbonated. An oily yet crisp feel.
D: Crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable.

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Photo of KCHopHead
2.91/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Some good things, some bad things about this beer. This beer seemed very skunky. Do they sell Belgian beers made in America to people in Belgium? At first I thought, should I really review a skunky beer? Maybe I should give it another shot, but it is hard to get and I've got to assume that by now anywhere I get it could have the chance of being skunky.

Appearance was great with a huge bubbly head, great color, active carbonation. Smell was very spicy with grapefruit. Taste had a skunk that worked it's way up the back of the nose. Had some grapefruit taste with a decent balance. It was well overcarbonated for the style.

Sorry to disagree with the majority but I thought it was a poor attempt at an American IPA.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 10/03/11

A: Pours a dark orange/coppery color with a huge four-finger head that is off-white in color. Carbonation is active and the curtain-y lace is ample and beautiful.

S: Lots of tropical fruit in the nose. Grapefruit and mango with a hint of sweet pineapple. Also in there is caramel and a piney twang at the end. This came alive the warmer it got.

T: See above. Sweet tropical fruit, mango, apricot, and grapefruit. Loads of sweet fruityness. Caramel comes on in the middle with some pine and a bit of spice.

M: Slick and oily with a healthy dose of spicy astringency. Very pleasant and darn refreshing.

D: Enjoyable. So far, I've thoroughly enjoyed every Single Hop IPA I've had the good fortune to try.

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Photo of ADZA
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying the warrior single hope ipa which i really liked i was most looking forward to this and it didnt blow me away but found it very nice and easily drinkable as a session beer,on pouring it pours a dark burnt amber and has an off white head when smelling this beer you can smell grapefruit and citrus/floral notes and on taste you can definately taste the abundance of grapefruit which i think quite dominates the beer but i could still find myself drinking a few more of these if they wernt so exspensive but still a nice beer overall.

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

As with the Cascade version, I find this to be an interesting exercise in brewing, but it isn't a particularly great IPA in its own right. I appreciate the opportunity to taste the Nelson Sauvin hop in its own right. This beer looks just fine. It's a darkened amber with an off-white head. It appears essentially the same as the Cascade version. I imagine Mikkeller uses very similar grain bills for the Single Hop IPA series. The malt imparts a simple caramel sweetness. The hops smell and taste like a combination of grapefruit and sweet, pungent floral tones. It's not a variety that I've ever tried alone before, so it's an enjoyable learning experience. That said, it also doesn't work terribly well entirely on its own. Something is missing without a more varied hop flavor.

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Photo of cvfish
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a darker golden orange color that produced a mighty white fluffy head, which had decent retention and left a good amount of lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a malty profile upfront, followed by a tropical fruity finish

T - The taste of this beer had a caramel and malt start, and was followed by the tropical fruits (I'm going with pineapple and mango) finish, slightly bitter

M - The mouthfeel of this had a medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very interesting taste, the only other beer I got the tropical fruits taste was the Torpedo, but I liked that one better, but this was still a good beer

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Photo of brendan13
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange with a huge fluffy slightly off white head that lingers for a fair while.
S - Stone fruit and floral hops dominate the aroma.
T - Stone fruit and floral hops also dominate the taste.
M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Noticeable bitterness amd dryish finish.
D - These single hop beers from Mikkeller are always good but they aren't something I'd drink regularly.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought I messed up when the giant white head foamed immediately up and over my pint glass, judging by other people, it was not my fault. I blame Sally Fields.

When the head settles down, you get a darker than normal burnt amber body with orange highlights with lots of microwaved marshmellow shrapnel sticking to the pint glass.

Great Smell, Floral and fruity at the same time with lots of citrus notes wrapped up in one, like a giant hoppy fruit roll up.

A bit mild taste with tingling sweet hop character. This is a designer hop not made in the labs of BALCO, but in New Zealand designed to impart a green grape like quality. It's like drinking a beer/wine or Welsch white grape juice with a frothy head and alcohol bite to it. Kinda like a liger, bred for it's skills with magic.

Interesting taste as it has both a good thick taste and thin body with lots of carbonation. As complicated as Sally Fields and Burt Reynolds relationship in Smokey and the Bandit, i'd take off my hat for this beer.

Wish it had more body, but you know, let's not place blame where it shouldnt be. Sally Fields is as Sally Fields does.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my Allagash chalice. Cap marked "10/03/11".

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a luscious, bubbly head.

The nose is all tropical fruits and pineapple. Quite spicy with hints of citrus.

Extremely well balanced taste. Malts along with spicy, citric hops come through. It finishes with a dirty, funky bitterness that fades to leave citric and pine-needle flavors. Slightly resinous and not very astringent. The carbonation is a bit heavier than I'd like.

Overall, a great IPA; however, at $6.49 a bottle, it costs more than it's worth, so it might not be the first IPA I'd reach for.

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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4.01 out of 5 based on 251 ratings.
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