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

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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

This brew poured with a generous two finger tan head that dissipated very slowly and left lots of lacing on my pint glass. The body was a cloudy, burnt amber color with moderate carbonation. When I got to stick my nose in the glass, I really didn't know what to expect. I don't think I've had a beer that featured this hop before. The nose was very floral with some tropical fruits. Very interesting. The taste was much of the same. It started with a very intense floral hop note, then went to grapefruit and then tropical fruit, which I assume is the "passionfruit" that was mentioned in the trivia. After a few sips, I also picked up a bit of white grapefruit. This hop varietal was very unique and very well suited for a single hop IPA. The body was towards the thicker side with a little less than moderate carbonation. The finish was long and sticky and very floral. This was a very interesting IPA. It's not one that I think I could have a bunch of, but one that I was glad that I tried.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a nice orange with great head and lacing.

Smell is grape and citrus, big English IPA-style malt character though. Remind me a bit of old-ish Lucky 13.alt. Baked bread, doughiness.

Taste is more grape and leaves, Ribena-esque. More English malt-funk.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbed but not too bitter.

Overall hard to judge this beer. It's enjoyable but not too IPA-like. I suspect it's quite old but the BB is 28/09/13 so it's hard to be sympathetic. Still enjoyable and interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

A - Big fluffy white head caps the jarrah coloured body. Excellent lacing adorns the glass.

S - Grape, citrus and mango, not particularly bitter in the aroma. Nice depth.

T - Hop forward as you would expect, follows the nose with the particular fruity flavours. A little pine and wood.

M - Medium in body and moderately carbonated.

O - One of the better of single hop series. Loving the concept from Mikkeller.

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

From a 330 ml brown bottle. First came across this hop varietal while judging homebrew competitions several years ago which caught my attention at first, and soon turned me into a fan. Curious character to this hop, a sort of puckering gooseberry flavour, which makes sense if you are familiar with the white wines that New Zealand also produces. Something in the soil seems to be developing this characteristic.

Pours out a hazed, almost cloudy, amber hue, with a massive rocky off-white head at first, which slowly settles.

Major citrus on the nose: notes of lemon, red grapefruit, mandarin and tangerine. Very bright and fresh. Hints of gooseberry in the background. Lots of layers considering it is a single hop, and one that pushes all my right buttons at that.

Bready and biscuity malt backbone starts off the flavour, followed by mellow grapefruit rind, getting more acidic towards the finish, herbal and tart puckering character. Dry pith in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, grainy texture, with moderate carbonation.

Fairly decent as an IPA by its own merits, this one really is for those who appreciate this type of hop, although I think it has enough to offer even beyond that--but then again I'm biased towards it.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz to tulip.

I'd never heard of this and saw no freshness date in the store. Brought it home and found what looks like a 2009 date under the price tag on the cap. Almost 3 years old. Womp womp.

A - Medium gold. Big white head of large bubbles

S - Honey sweet with a hint of fruit, that overall comes across as almost a concord grape smell. A restrained hoppy note mixed in.

T - A little bitterness overlapping with a hint of tartness. I really can't pull out any specific flavors.

M - A little tongue tingle. A swallow quickly turns dry and leads to a little abrasion.

O - Well a three year old beer is not what you want to drink when you want to figure out what Nelson Sauvin hops taste like. It was still a nice beer despite its inadvertent aging, just not what either Mikkeller or I hoped.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours a translucent amber with a slight haze to it. There are two fingers of white head that take quite awhile to settle. There is a good amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is malt, mango, pineapple, light citrus, and white grapes.

T: It starts out without much maltiness. It's crisp and flavorful. I get a touch of pineapple, light lemony citrus, and wine like grapes.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet at first, but it finishes clean. It's a bit drying but nothing over the top.

O: I'm enjoying it. These hops are wine like with a nice touch of light tropical fruits. I'd drink this one again.

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

330ml bottle. I like the use of hop country of origin flags on the otherwise consistent labels of these single varietal offerings.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with three solid fingers of firm, foamy pale beige head, which leaves some Roman columns of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sweet, tangy fruit - pineapple, kiwi, and papaya the prime notes, with a meaty graininess, and a wee (sorry) bit of dank, earthy uric acidity. The taste is nice and bitter - the nondescript citrus peel, a bit of forest floor pine needle - with more tropical fruit, and some musty herbal character, over a decent bready caramel malt, tinged with toffee. Cat pee evocations are mostly burnt off, I guess.

The carbonation is moderate, a bit airy, and generally clean, the body showing a challenged medium weight, the subtle prickliness more imagined than real, rendering it above all else, smooth. It finishes a fair bit off-dry, the exotic (sort of) zingy fruitiness dancing a slow jig with the lingering herbal notes, the supportive grainy malt remaining mostly unappreciated.

Another lovely example of what a tight focus can do for flavour determination - all those Marlborough Sauv Blancs I've enjoyed over the years reborn in this beer - terroir tying it all together - nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy copper with a big puffy head. Gobs of sticky lacing, very nice.

S: Juicy kiwis and pears, fruity Munich malt and a certain pleasant herbal quality.

T: Very approachable with fruity notes that mimic the aroma. The bitterness creeps in slowly and sticks to the back of my throat, very nice.

M: Starts off juicy and slick, then finishes quite dry. Very drinkable.

O: Nelson Sauvin is a really unique hop and this is one of the better beers I've had from Mikkeller, definitely the best IPA.

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

330ml bottle poured into tulip 9/3/12

A hazy orange/amber with a nice soapy two fingers of off white head retains fairly well leaving random patches of lace

S I'll stop short of saying "cat's pee on a gooseberry bush" but I can see the connection to grapes, slightly floral and quite tropical, just a little toffee, fairly unique

T not far from the smell, in fact I'm not picking up on any differences worth mentioning, slightly less grape perhaps

M mild bite to it, medium bodied, and creamy from the bubbles, a little lemon rind on the finish

O solid stuff for sure but not the best I've had from the series even though it was the one I was most looking forward to

for some reason I hate giving the same grade across the board but that's what this beer gets, a solid "good" in all areas but not enough to sway me either side of "good"

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

Not sure if this was growler or bottle. It was brought to the bar side of Mountain Goat by one of the brewers to sample during the Gypsy and the Goat colab session. From notes.

A - Poured hazy dark golden with decent carbonation. Film of head left a film of retention and spotty lace.

S - Nice citrus, rich malt there too with juicy fruit and a little booze. Rich malty body with that good tropical Nelson Sauvin element. Really inviting and demands your nose right in it.

T - A little booze with tropical fruit and citrussy notes. Nice and juicy with the hop strength but the malt is definitely present and provides nice balance.

M - Not over bitter with good carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Quite nice. A nice, well balanced, yet hop forward single hop IPA. I like Nelson alot so it's a great fit. Good stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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