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: 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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a bottle from a Co-op liquor store in SW Calgary. Poured into an American pub glass, this single-hop IPA is a cloudy reddish-orange amber hue with a massive off-white head. Foamy indeed and the head maintained its shape like a snowball just sitting there on the brew itself. Features a very perfumed tropical fruit smell that includes lychee, mango, muscat grape, honeydew melon, and gooseberry notes. I could not smell much else beyond a vague tangy spice. Palate is also rank tropical fruit, spicy, and a little sour. A caramel candy malt backbone does become more robust and toasty as the palate adjusts to the tropical fruit flavors described earlier. Great flavor hop showcase with just enough sweet malt to prevent things from being cloyingly fruity. This unique hop starts tropical and stays that way but a wine-like green spiciness accumulates and the finish is green leaf, pineapple skin and minerals, pretty bitter. Goes down smooth and comes off as much lighter than the ABV would suggest despite the assertive flavors. I'd have another.

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5/5  rDev +25%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2015. Acquired a little while back from the Brewdog online shop. All I know is that Nelson Sauvin is supposed to have a flavour reminiscent of certain white wines - looking forward to this single hop IPA.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-amber hue with hazy sediment and good carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before subsiding to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of fruity hops with hints of white grape, melon, apples, grass and faint tropical fruit. Underpinned by sweet caramel malt and earthy yeast. Possesses a green, 'leafy' character.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a dry, mildly bitter finish. Notes of white grape, melon, apples, gooseberries, guava, grass/hay, faint tropical fruit, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. A delicate acidity lurks in the background; reminiscent of unripe fruit. Leafy and slightly sweet, followed by a restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tingly; hop oils stimulate the palate. Good body but unexciting carbonation. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of white grape, fruity hops, leaves and earthy yeast.

Pretty good, though surprisingly light for an IPA of this strength - perhaps due to the lack of perceived bitterness. It looks great in the glass, while the aroma and flavour are intensely fruity. The 'white wine' character certainly expresses itself. Decent body. A singular hop variety that sets itself apart from most others - intriguing, though not all of its flavour components are desirable. A decent brew from Mikkeller and a worthy showcase for Nelson Sauvin. Give it a whirl if you come across it.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 20/03/2015, served mildly chilled in a short-stemmed wine goblet.

A: pours an elegant bright amber colour with a creamy beige frothy head and constant flows of mild carbonation.
S: a really nice mixture of NS’ sweet grapey and guava-ish high-pitched fruitiness and caramel&pale malts’ biscuity sweetness comes to the fore, underlined by an unusual alc. feel and also some unnatural metallic/rusty notes, hiding behind which is a flow of sharp passion fruit syrup. The metallic touches are a bit more than necessary, hence bringing down the performance somewhat. A good swirl would bring up the overripe fruit esters, but only just.
T: soft and effervescent, the NS’ crushed-seeds-like tannic bitterness and ripe guava-ish exotic fruitiness together presents a rather pronounced and rough hoppy palate, preceding a flow of mildly sweet caramel maltiness and overripe fruit esters, followed soon by an intensifying wave of warming alc. alongside a really deep and profound bitterness as well as guava’s aromatic touch, spicy and herbal hints, and truly chewy and tannic bitterness at the tail of each sip.
M&O: refreshing on the palate, the fizz remains very fine as well as being lively, medium-bodied, the alc. doesn’t hide terribly well; all in all, this is a delicious IPA showcasing NS with skills, although IMO complexity is not a main selling point here.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 11th, 2013.

Pours a slightly opaque, light autumnal brown with a healthy finger of head.

Juicy gooseberries, white grapes and citrus in the nose with a touch of pineapple. The malt body shows a bit here with a touch of caramel.

On the palate Nelson is fresh, juicy and clean upfront with lots of citrus, a touch of grapefruit and raspberry. However, gooseberry, fresh red fruits and citrus dominate. As it moves into the mid-palate, a piney-ness shows. In the back it finishes bitter with a bit of herbal-ness.

The malt body does not intrude that much until the mid-palate and back of the mouth. It was a bit more present than I would have thought but it doesn't detract at all, it adds a touch of balancing sweetness along with the bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel is decent, solid carbonation for an IPA, maybe the slightest touch too effervescent.

A really great IPA (or should I just say hop?). Nelson Sauvin has layers and layers of flavors that are extremely impressive. It's a great American-esq hop with a nice berry and winey influence to it. It's also a very noticeable hop, the juicy berries really pop out and it is easy to pick out in certain brews; I think having had it on its own I will now be able to single it out in certain other brews with more frequency.

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2.72/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with no-frills purple label and standard white pressure cap acquired in a trade with Duff27 (thanks, buddy!) and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Mikkel is my favourite brewer but this series is mostly an experimental educational type of thing, not an attempt to brew great beer. The cap reads "5561010." Not sure what that means. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 6.9% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive head; the glass is 80% foam. The head is beige in colour with nice thickness, decent cream, and very good retention (~9 minutes). Body colour is a hazy translucent nontransparent caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Fairly vibrant. No bubble show. Light thin even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Heavy caramel. Biscuit malts. Floral hop notes; lightly soapy. Caramel is dominant. It's more malty than hoppy. Some bubblegum. Candylike. Not nectary or citrusy; I expected more from Nelson Sauvin. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Not great for an IPA, but passable and different. The hop character could definitely be better.

T: Heavy caramel malts. Floral hops. Noticeable hop bitterness - the cardinal sin of an IPA. Light hints of bubblegum. Vague tropical hop notes. It's not all that well balanced, but it's decent for what it is. If this is showcasing the nelson sauvin hop, I guess I'm none too impressed. Built badly for an IPA, but as an educational experiment it accomplishes its aims.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decent thickness. Undercarbonated. Suits the flavour profile decently. It's passable.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. I appreciate what Mikkel's doing, but this isn't great. I wouldn't get it again. Apparently Nelson Sauvin isn't my favourite hop. Hides its ABV well. Forgettable and pricey (thanks to the Shelton Bastards).

High C-

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle of this recently. I noticed the 2011 bottlecap stamp at the check out counter and the vendor threw it in for free. Not sure how age might affect this but I've disclosed.

The pour is really nice with a good 1-2 inch head. Oddly, this beer looks and smells like a wheat beer. Really hope those are the only similarities. The nose is some kind of fruit and tart with a good bit of funk. This reads like a saison so far. I wonder if this hop variety can have that much of an impact.

Wow. IPA is not what comes to mind but there's a lot going on with this beer, mostly good. There's a mix of citrus (not sure what kind) and a faint cardboard flavor. The latter is pretty mild and really hard to distinguish from the funk on the nose. May or may not be related to the age. Either way it is mild and sort of complements the hop profile. Sort of like a pallete cleanser between the onset and finish. Kind of reminds me of the finish of the Stone VE 2010. Did not like that beer but I don't care for white wine either.

I have no idea what to summarize for this beer. I guess that I've never knowingly tried anything with Nelson Sauvin hops but that this beer is good and worth it. A lot going on with this hop variety that you don't often find in American IPAs. Would love to try this again fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
4 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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