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 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 metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapes, grapefruit and tangerine in the nose.
T: The hops contribute fruity flavors of gooseberries, grapefruit and grapes as well as a light to moderate amount of bitterness; these are balanced by the underlying malts so they don't overpower the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink. I would definitely try this again because the flavors from the hops are very unique.

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

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Cap dated 5561010, whatever that means...

Pours a hazy golden amber with some thin off-white head. Nose is like under-ripe sauvignon blanc: gooseberries, "cat pee," eucalyptus and yellow grapefruit.

Palate is medium bodied and rough texturally with hops. Minty/eucalyptal hops character, with bitter pink grapefruit and some grassy hay notes. Finish is gripping in a fine way. Bitter citrus dominates the palate. Carbonation is well integrated and low by American standards, but it never feels flabby.

One of the most interesting IPAs I've come across and definitely the most unique in this series.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: nice burnished copper. Pours a full three fingers of head in my duvel tulip.

S: very sauvignon blanc like. Citrus, mineral, hints of gooseberry and elderflower.

T: Would have preferred a little less caramel so the hops could shine through. A bit muted in taste due to the sweetness but picked up some lychee and citrus notes.

M: pleasant with a nice finish - the hops leave a lingering bitterness. Though i perceived a decent amount of sweetness, i did not find it to be cloying.

D: nice to try but not a favorite and not at its price.

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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 DaveAnderson
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting side-by-side with the Warrior Single Hop. Date reads "10/03/11". Is that March 10, 2011, March 11, 2010, October 3, 2011, or November 3, 2010? And just as importantly, is that the bottling date or the expiration date? Confusing.

A - Pours a cloudy apricot with excessive, foamy head -- at least as much head as liquid. And very persistent. This head takes several minutes to simmer down, leaving little lacing behind.

S - Smells pretty good, although more like a Belgian-style IPA than an American (the label calls it American). I'm terrible at making up smell names, so I won't try here. No evidence of hops.

T - Tastes very different from its smell. Considerably more bready and mature on the tongue than the nose. Also possesses a lot more bitterness than the smell would suggest. Again, good, but not American, at least not by my definition.

M - After all the foam, this ends up being somewhat flat. Needs a little more pop.

D - With its surprising taste and clean, bitter finish, I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on the menu at Pizza Paradiso in DC so I had to order a bottle. Alpine Nelson is one of my favorites so I figured I needed to see Mikkeller's interpretation of an IPA focused on this hop.

After pouring the bottle, the beer creates a finger of bright white head that sits atop a classically colored Mikkeller IPA. Seriously, I believe every IPA I've seen from these guys has the exact distinctive color. A dull, light brown she leather with the slightest orange tones. Some clumps of lacing cling.

Aroma is fantastic. I was so excited as this clearly screamed of a fresh bottle. Tropical fruit everywhere.

The flavor did not disappoint. The tropical fruit onslaught continued in this well balanced (but hop focused) IPA. The malt profile was pretty typical of the brewer and had nice toffee notes with some balanced sweetness and a touch of bread. The tropical fruit and grapefruit notes carried the day. Excellent.

The beer was actually bright, refreshing and almost crisp. A bit oily on the tongue, but still clean. (can that be?)

Just loved it and almost ordered a 2nd. Hope to grab a couple more bottles before it's gone.

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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 LittleCreature
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.5
Pours two fingers of thick, cream coloured head that gradually receded to a single finger over a slightly hazy, copper-red body. Left spotty lace and had very good head retention.

Smell - 4.0
Plenty of caramel sweetness, layered with white wine grapes, lychee and a fair amount of spiciness. Interestingly, the Nelson Sauvin stands out less in this than in some lighter styles.

Taste - 4.5
A substantial base of fudgy malt in the American style, after which comes the expected dry, white-wine, gooseberry and lychee flavour from the Nelson Sauvin hops. Finishes dry with substantial, but not overwhelming bitterness - Mikkel certainly know how to brew a balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Fine, rather lively, almost Belgian-like carbonation coupled with a medium body, slightly sticky.

Drinkability - 3.5
Certainly not a go-to IPA for me, and not just due to the high price. However, one of my favourites of the range - I'd never say no to one!

Having tasted all of Mikkel's Single Hop IPAs, I think it must be said that there is something to be said for hop blending. While irresistibly tasty, the hop flavour and aroma are almost one dimensional (not surprising). This said, what a superbly crafted beer - the balance of sweet, bitter and dry is spot-on and the lively carbonation lifts the palate beautifully.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - ~80% opacity. Orange brown in color.

S - Wonderful mandarin orange aroma. Touch of ruby red grapefruit and Minute Maid fruit punch.

T - Fantastic mirror of the nose with more of the grapefruit up front. Floral, lightly herbal. Some orange zest mid profile along with a honey flavor sans the sweetness. Fresh, green hop character in the finish with a nice dry bitterness.

M - Medium light body with a semi-dry finish. Nice carbonation.

D - Great citrus hop flavor, remarkably fresh, with a well balanced bitterness.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA | 330 ml. | 6.9% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Mikkeller
Style: American IPA
Glass: Duvel tulip

Reddish-gold, like the color of Attiki Greek honey. Massive, sudsy, white head.

Absolutely invigorating grapefruit aroma rolled in oily lemon hops.

Bitter, but smooth, like grapefruit juice sans pulp. The finish is acrid, though not intense.

Unusually smooth and velvety for an IPA. It's not as carbonated as I'd hope, but wow, it's very drinkable.

Fairly balanced its flavor profile. It's too simplistic though, and the weak carbonation is a serious flaw. The aroma, however, is an experience to be had in a beer.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 23, 2011

Price = $6.99 at Public Beer

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Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a darker, cloudy orange color with a good sized, foamy white head. As with the other beers I've had in this series the lacing is top notch, basically coating the entire glass from top to bottom.

Nose is very fruity up front, balanced out by a malt sweetness. The fruity aroma is different from what I've come to expect from an IPA. It's not the normal/usual citrus, grapefruit or tropical notes but something I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste is the same fruity flavor that I picked up in the nose. Still not the normal fruity hop profile I'm used. Something a bit sweeter. A good malt backbone with some sweet caramel balance the hops.

Medium body with carbonation that is a bit higher than the others I've in the series thus far. Still finishes dry like the others but the lingering bitterness that has been a staple of the others in noticeably absent.

Probably my favorite of the series so far. Goes down smooth and is the first one that I wish I'd had another of.

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

Reviewed on 1/1/2010. Bottle. Pours a cloudy dirty orange with a super thick off-white head. Aroma of light sweet fruits and caramel malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt (with some odd salty vegetal notes too) and a touch of light citrusy hops in the finish. Overall a decent IPA but not one of my favorites of the single hop series.

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Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper orange colour with thick off-white head. Really nice head retention with lacing on much of the glass. Big fruity hop aroma with some caramel malt backbone. This tastes more bitter than others in the single hop series, I'm not sure if it is the variety of hops or if it was fresher. Good carbonation level. Really easy to finish this and I was left wanting more.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy caramel amber color with a huge, very dense, light tan oily head that took its sweet time slowly receding into a thick film with a raised column of dense head in the middle of the beer. Epic lacing was left as well. This is one good looking beer.
S: Smell falls pretty flat. Not picking up much of anything. I'm no expert on nelson hops, but they smell pretty mild. Hints of citrus hop and a subtle sweetness.
T: Notes of mild citrus flavors including lemon, with white wine like qualities. Mild flavors overall. Maybe a hint of toffee from the malt. Aftertaste is tingly and lightly bitter. Good flavors overall.
M: Medium body, light and refreshing mouthfeel with even carbonation.
D: My knowledge of nelson hops begins and ends with Alpine's Nelson, but this beer tastes nothing like that west coast hop bomb. I like this beer though. It's light and very drinkable, and the hops and wine-like flavors work very well. I definitely respect Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and his brewing abilities.

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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 beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cadmium orange color with a foamy buff colored head that occupied the general majority of the glass upon the pour similar to their tomahawk style. Head retention was very good leaving a shellacking on the glass for a lacing that stuck well.

S: Strange hop aroma meets you upfront, a mixture of wet onion grass, oranges and a touch of minced garlic. Leafy green tomato leafs with hints of musky sage rounds things out in an otherwise strange experience that is hard to put your finger, or nose on. Props for a different approach and hop usage.

T: Thin at the start, toasted watery grains with a bitterness of lemon juice and warm piney flavors. Stalky stems with some sweet maple syrup and French toast breadiness arrives in the middle. On the swallow finds some lemon juice with some herbaceous notes and a moderate bitterness on the fade.

M: Light bodied, feels a bit watery at times, no wheres near the malt support of their tomahawk. Some toasted memories and warmth with a fading flowery bitterness on the trail.

D: Woundn't invest in a six pack here. A quite strange aromatic appeal worthy of sniffing for ones self, but the flavor is slightly better then average and seems best suited left at a single serving.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly smeared cast of toasty peach orange with a flinting of crimson in darker light and golden highlights in brighter light. Huge dallop of rocky foam sits atop in an ivory hued tone of soft creamyness. Bits of spotty lace and a few smatterings of thinnly stitched threads stick to the glass very well.

Aroma is sweet and berryish, somewhat peachy, dulled in some white grape with tiny hints to some dry wood and tea leaves. Unique to say the least if this is what the N. Sauvin hop creates.

Taste is lightly toasted, with a sweet nutty center towing in some caramel underneath as it sits well with an overall paled down berryish breath puffed with pear, peach, and white grape ascents. Very slight bite in bitterness of citrus and woody notes as it finishes, but stays mostly tender and sweet overall. Again, quite unique.

Simple and tender, wholesome and smooth; just under a medium body that grows softly into its own unique sweetness hovered in light dryness and bitterness.

One very drinkable IPA with a unique hop and craft that pulls from the sweeter nature of the vine.

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Photo of ratedz
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

Pours an amber brown color with about a finger and a half of fluffy, off-white head that left a fair amount of lacing. I was greeted with a BLAST of citrus aromas...a lot of grapefruit, some lemon, and some mango. The taste is sweet at first, but not as sweet as I was expecting given the smell. The taste turns slightly piney, but it does not have the bitter edge that the Tomahawk had. Like the other Single Hop IPAs, it finishes dry. The Nelson Sauvin was a very smooth, refreshing, and drinkable IPA. One of my favorites from the Single Hop series.

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Photo of hophead247
2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a rather cloudy orange with two finger's of head which dissipated down to a nice thin lacing. Aroma has some strong citrus, but also that apple scent a beer gets when It's past it's prime. Taste has a strong upfront taste of citrus, grapefruit, and apple. After tasting it for a bit the sweet malts come through along with a vinegar flavor in the aftertaste. Bottle cap said 10/03/11, so I take it that's the best by date...meaning this beer is well past it's prime...

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

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 10-03(?)-11(?)
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: biscuits, citrus sweet grapefruit balance, yeasty with bit-o-rot
Brandon: grapefruit pith/skin, piney nose, hoppy bittersweet finish

Conversation: KR/FS found a trailer on ebay, kevin is very rough on the pen.

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

Pours a beautiful dark golden and cooper with a full one inch billowy head. Head is khaki, carbonation looks light and lacing is fantastic.

Nose points at a heavy malt backbone and reminds me of a DIPA/IIPA. Hops are floral and citrusy but balanced by undertones of sweet.

A nice balanced IPA taste with malts and body up front. Light bitter comes through but the brew finishes easy and smooth. Hops add a little spice and, perhaps, a little rind but citrus doesn't come through from the aroma as one would expect. Taste is simple but not overly impressive.

With a lower price and greater availability this could be a great session beer especially in a can. This is definitely a sit back and relax kind of IPA and lacks any true "in-your-face" characteristics.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap date 23/12/11 Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Poured hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subside to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrusy hop. The flavor was of bitter malt and pine hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was very well balanced. Had a very nice pine note to it that was quite enjoyable. Probably my second favorite out of the series I've had thus far.

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