Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPANelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, cloudy orange with two finger frothy head that stayed with the beer and left spider lacing all down glass. A great sweet base in the aroma, the caramel and sugar stick out more than usual; strong citric, piney hop aroma as well. Crisp but smooth medium body containing not only a good amount of sweetness (excellent balance), but the hops are really strong - I'm getting citric notes as well as a touch of tartness and there is a pronounced grape taste yet the hops don't overpower rest of beer. The well-balanced brew is easy to drink and finishes clean; an excellent IPA and even sessionable.

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

Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full couple of inches of lasting, off-white foam.

Aromas begin with 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.

The tastes begin with a nice light pale, sweet 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. Moderately bitter. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some light continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to full carbonation.

Overall, I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of this particular hop. Nelson sauvin is the best for this as well as it's unique flavor and aroma profile is amazing and delicious. Highly recommended to

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Photo of paulginva
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this beer produced a mammoth frothy, off-white head of at least 4" -- probably a little more -- with excellent chunky lacing that persisted for about 5 minutes. Carbonation was very soft. Body color was a hazy deep amber color.

AROMA: Disappointing. Very little malt, medium citrus and grapefruit with a little pine thrown in. Maybe it's just my drippy nose, but I didn't get the kind of hit that most are reporting here.

TASTE: Better. A good malt backbone that keeps the hops from being overpowering. Tastes of citrus, grapefruit, orange, and a little bitter grass. Very nice overall.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium body, smooth on the tongue, with soft carbonation and excellent body lacing that doesn't seem to dissipate at all. Initial taste was a pleasant moderate biterness which faded a bit at the finish, however the medium length finish also produced a slight dryness as well with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: This is a beer that I could drink more than one of. Definitely memorable and easy to drink. It's above average for an AIPA, no doubt about it, but the price to value ratio just isn't where it should be for a beer this expensive. If you're looking for a single hop AIPA, a better choice, in my opinion, would be Sixpoint's Spice of Life - Nelson Sauvin.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Closer towards amber in color than orange or yellow. A gentle looking fog and haze in the liquid. Off white colored head, pretty big and foamy on the pour and sticks around awhile, decent lacing.

Smell is good, probably the best part of the beer. Hops are a sweet citrus and ripe tropical fruit, mainly pineapple. I'm a big fan. The hops are followed by a sweet warm bready finish. Well balanced in the smell.

Taste is good, not as good as the smell. Has sweetness to start. Caramelized malts, sweet bready and even a little nutty. Finishes with the bitterness from the hops. Again with the sweet citrus zest, pretty tasty, not as much tropical fruit though, some slight earthy tones.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Light bodied, well balanced with a good flavor complex and subtle bitter finish. Not really digging the carbonation level. It's clearly not flat, still bubbling but it doesn't feel like that on the tongue. Oh well, it's still quite a good IPA. Mikkeller does another one really well.

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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 Nugganooch
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/14/11
*12oz bottle to pint glass

A: Pours a darkened hazy amber color with a two finger khaki foam whip and some intermittent lacing. Light carbonation evident.

S: Smells of sweet bready malts with a little spice and fruit. Not really anything indicative to the use of Nelson hops that I would expect. No signature wine grape aromas or simply they are too muted by the malt forwardness here.

T: Pretty pungent and slightly catty with hops. A big caramelized malt base. Bready cracker influence. Some nice tropical fruit notes like passion fruit and I can pick out hints of grapevine through all the sugars. Finish is slightly sweet.

M: Nice light creamy texture overall with decent carbonation. Lower to mid body range. Sticky sleek mouthcoat.

D: Overall a decent brew but not really a showcase of Nelson Hops. Didn’t pick up much at all in the aromas and taste seems a bit muddled with way too much caramels going on to really display those signature hop flavors.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light orange colour with a very tall and billowing foam head that takes an off-white (almost grey) color. Good retention and good lacing down the glass.

S: Subtle herbal and floral hop aroma, mellow grapefruit, bread-like malts, caramel and toffee. There's also an earthy aspect to this like damp wood. Not strong or dominant aromas, but definitely detectable in a mellow and inviting way.

T: A considerable grapefruit taste upfront (that's pleasantly not very tart or biting) coupled with a smooth hop bitterness. Malt backbone of baked bread turns this towards more of a balanced/slightly-sweet taste. Toffee and an earthy wood flavour are noticeable. Very smooth and balanced tasting American IPA.

M: Oily with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Suites this well.

O: Glad I picked this up. Quite smooth and satisfyingly mellow. I haven't been disappointed with any of Mikkeller's offerings yet. Perhaps a little pricey, but I would certainly enjoy again as a treat to myself.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am reviewing from the aspect of a homebrewer, rather than a taster. I got this beer hoping that it would help me decide what to do with the Nelson Sauvin hops that I just ordered. I've never had them, so I am looking forward to this.

The beer is ruby orange colored, with a ton of head. It's almost entirely opaque. The nose is very interesting, I wasn't expecting this at all. More molasses, caramel and raisins for me. I even thought I picked up some tomato juice as well. (Not sure how old the bottle is). The taste is sweet, grapey, and has a nice dry finish. With the mild citrus flavor, this is really unlike any hop that I have tasted. This beer doesn't have the bitterness that IPA's generally have. The mouthfeel is slippery and medium bodied. Well-carbonated. I feel that this drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA.

Overall, a great hop with an interesting twist to the American hops that I am used to. Although very good, at 4.99 a bottle, I don't think I would get this again. I would be willing to try other single hop beers from them though.

As far as what I'm going to do with my stash of Nelson hops, I think I'll brew a pale ale.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent orange/brown color; slight haze. Poured a massive 4 finger head with excellent retention to a dollop. Lots of sticky lace throughout.

S: Citrus primarily then tropical fruit and citrus along with mild herbs. Toffee and caramel.

T: Bready caramel malt. citrus peel and tropical fruit follow quickly. Resinous and dry with hop flavors lingering in the sharply bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry. Nice sharp bitter

O: Interesting hop character. Fairly balanced AIPA.

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Photo of Meerkey
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Huge off-white head. Dark wildflower honey colored with maybe a touch more brown. Slightly hazy.

S: bitter hops; wood; tropical fruit -mangoes, some citrus.

T: Hops, more wood; tropical fruits again. Bitter, piney. Pretty nice.

M: Light, smooth, some carbonation -unassuming to the point of being boring and, frankly, not very good.

O: Very interesting, especially since I will now be able to identify Nelson Sauvin hops in the future. Mouthfeel is disappointing. But on the whole I like it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Best before 23 December 2011.

A: Two fingers of head leaves heavy lacing as it fades. The beer is an unassuming brown, unfiltered/murky and rather translucent. Good looking IPA.

S: Nelson Sauvin is fast becoming my favourite hop. This beer smells amazing. Resin in the background, with juicy tropical fruit in the foreground. YUM.

T/M: Ho-hum. Surprisingly weak-bodied...ultra-thin and almost ephemeral. The feel -- and taste -- are brief. The flavours are actually rather nice and, as one might expect from the smell, it's hoppy, lightly bitter and astringent (resin), but full of light, bright fruit. Very nice. The aftertaste is clean and slightly hoppy.

O: Above average IPA, but not worth $6. Disappointing beer from Mikkeller...for the style, see if you can find some BrewDog IPA is Dead (Nelson Sauvin). Not recommended; will not buy again.

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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 bigfnjoe
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very cloudy orangeish amber with an INSANE four finger white head that is super puffy and actually pops above the glass...and stays there. Wow, insane. Lacing is OK, a little spotty at places. But man, the size of that head...

S- smells just like the simcoe one...a lot of grassy citrus. It's not a bad smell, but it's really weak

T- very grassy, with a slightly citric finish. The taste is pretty weak, I'd assume from the age of the bottle. It says it was bottled in March, but has been refrigerated since May

M- like all of the Mikkeller single hops I've tried, it's real thick. Almost to the point of being syrupy

O- not a huge fan. I've now tried all ten of the original single hop series, and this one falls somewhere in the did nothing to stand out from the pack

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden orange color with a generous amount of head. The lacing is pretty sticky so it holds pretty well to the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy, it's also got a good aroma of malts in there too. The taste of the beer reminded me of a Belgian IPA, it's was earthy but still had a very lively taste. Interesting flavor for sure. The mouthfeel was pretty good. Overall I thought that this one was interesting. All of these are worth trying.

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Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gently poured and still way overcarbonated. The body is burnt orange and the massive cap leaves gobs of lace.

Lots of caramel and toffee on the nose. Some citrusy malt lingers in the background of the malt.

A balance of toffee malt and citrus hops. Decently complex with some noticeable alcohol. Lightly bitter.

A touch overcarbonated, otherwise just fine.

A nice IPA. I would like to see the malt toned down a bit, but still a nice single hop brew.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first Mikkeller - will it live up to the hype?

Pours a gold / copper colour with a pillowy two finger head. Looks wonderful. So good so far...

Sensational powerful aromas of pineapple and citrus - a sign of greatness to come?


Standard hop-driven one-dimensional taste. No pineapple, nothing from the nose in the taste. Some other citrus, some hops, quite dry..

Full bodied in the mouth and carbonation is right.

Begs the question, tho - at $11 a bottle in Aus, is it worth 2-3 other beers???

In a word - !

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

A: The beer pours almost copper in color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: There is a ton of pineapple aroma to this beer, which is really quite nice. A mild toffee and caramel, but still plenty of hops. Nice grapefruit and other citrus notes along with a bit of tangerine.

T: Like with the aroma, a big time fruitiness is present. Grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple are the most intense. The malt flavor is subdued compared to the amount of influence it had on the nose. A moderate bitterness as well as some orange peel flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: The best of the Single Hop series I've had from Mikkeller, and really not a bad IPA.

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Photo of loren01
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bubbly copper color, nice head with good lace down the glass
S: Tangerine, orange scents very evident
T: Caramelly flavors up front with a spicy/citrus hop burst
M: Medium bodied beer, crisp mouthfeel
D: Tasty brew, not my favorite in the series but very good.

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

The beer pours a cloudy, dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice citrus/grapefruit hop scent along with a pale and caramel malt aroma. It's bitter, but not overly so. The taste is good as well. It has a well balanced flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a citrus hop character. It's a mild citrus, but it's present and it melds well with the malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. It's not a hugely bitter brew, but the hop character is well represented.

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Photo of Offa
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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Photo of JCDenver
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 5561010, no idea what that means. Pours cloudy with a lingering head, dark goldish orange and very cloudy. Smells great, I got a floral, grassy aroma with some notes of citrus, and a lot of grape. Also got some mineraly notes. Nice lingering hoppy taste with a bit of malt backing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is good. This was my first experience with the nelson sauvin hop varietal, and I plan to seek it out in the future. I also wonder how fresh this is; I'd love to try it fresh from the tap. Another solid offering from Mikkeller.

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Photo of litheum94
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Best by 12/23/11. Reviewed on 2/13/11.

Pours out a one-finger, tan head that is thick and dense. Settles very slowly, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. This sits atop a clear, amber body.

Aromas of burnt orange rind, with a flare of brown sugar. Tart citrus aromas. Wine like, with some white grape aromas and some floral tones. Biscuit malts.

Floral and white wine grape flavors, like a nice summer wine. Hint of biscuit malts mid-palate. Quickly gives way to pine flavors and bracingly bitter. Long and lingering. Some spices on the finish, as well as citric sourness and a hint of tropical fruit.

There's a lot of complexity from this hop; lots of flavors, and loads of bitterness. It's nice that this beer has both of those features. Very nice.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was a nice, easy-on-you IPA that can bring some enjoyment to you on a Spring day. Poured a thick amber color. One of the cloudier pours I've seen recently. I didn't get much out of the aroma - certainly the hops were there, but nothing particularly noteworthy. The hops were there in good taste, not overpowering, but enough to linger on your pallet. I'll recommend it down the line for sure.

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Photo of Brad007
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Unusually cloudy.

Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, grapes and buttery malt underneath. "Unde-rripe Sauvignon Blanc" from other review sounds about right.

Lots of hoppiness here that's accentuated by decent notes of grape and citrus (mainly grapefruit). Just the right amount of malt lurks within.

Mouthfeel is bursting with remains of grape and grapefruit flavors. Very clean finish.

Wow. This is my first exposure to the Nelson Sauvin hop and I like it. I'll be seeking out products that contain it soon.

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

Poured into a nonic pint.

Appearance is a hazy copper almost orange color. Nice foamy beige white head that sticks around.

Smells like grapefuit, tangerines, and sweet fruit. Maybe apricots.

Tastes a little spicy and bitter. Fruity hops dominate with a little malt flavor backing up the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium with a nice tang that lingers. Nicely carbonated.

Overall is a really good beer that I would drink again.

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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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