Nugget Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Nugget Single Hop IPANugget 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:
Introduced in May 2009.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (nugget) and yeast.

Added by bark on 05-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Crabbicuss
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes dated taste: 3-26-2011

Poured from an 11.2 oz to a tulip glass.

A - Pours a cloudy deep amber tone. Full baige tinted head that slowly dissipates into a glass centered pillow of meringue that hovers on top. Nice retention and well coated lacing variant in well bodied patches.

S - There is a very sweet aroma permeating from the bottle with a semi-sharp edge stealing the end of the "whiff." Slight undertones remind me of lavender like properties , sweet malts and a firm reminder of the hop presence.

T - I found this single hop to be well balanced overall. It seems the sweeter side of the malts lead one into a very well balanced share of flavor regarding the representation of the Nugget Hop as the sole contributor. The transition of taste is handled well with a nice malt coating married with a robust introduction to the specified Hop still affording the Nugget to lead the way to the taster's palate.

M - Slightly above medium body with a little "weight" to the tongue reenforcing the solid malt backbone. This translates into a most palatable semi dry finish with the timely and quenching finish reiterating the awesome lingering sweetness brought forward by the Nugget.

D - I found this particular brew most drinkable (though relatively pricey). Once finished with this bottle I almost felt as if it could be an aperitif lest it's strong hop presence.

My prescription: If you have the cheese its worth a try, most likely for all 10 of the singles they did. I am looking forward to trying the MK 10 on tap next week.

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Photo of avalon07
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing. An excellent-looking beer.

S: Strong aroma of citrus and hops more than anything else.

T: Tasted of grapefruit, herbal hops and a bit of malt. Not as overly bitter as you might expect, but very flavorful.

M: Lots of carbonation and a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well-made, drinkable beer. I probably couldn't drink a ton of these in one sitting, but still, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bunch of gems at Bruisin this past weekend and this was another one of them. The chance to try three solid and very different versions of a style with each is having only a single hop variety is something too good for me to pass up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/23/2009.

Appearance 4.5 - Strong pour, one of the best I have seen. Rich amber in color and very clear with loads of carbonation coming through from the very start. Nicely done with a huge billowing head that I have to say settled down just right for me. Seriously well done and very welcomed I have to admit.

Aroma 4.5 - Ripe citrus hops all over the place here, really big pineapple and grapefruit coming up very nicely. Tart with a very bright nature to it.

Taste 4.5 - Like the bite of a grapefruit for me. Not really very balanced at all, in fact I found it to be very bright and just really delightful overall. Easily one of the favorites of the day as far as taste goes. Very dry finish with a long lasting citrus bite on the tongue that really made me come back again and again for more and more of this one.

Feel 4.5 - Superb. Light, well carbonated, not oily or watered down. This was where it was at.

Drinkability 4.5 - I could have drank a six of this with no issue at all other then it would have cost me like 30 bucks.

Overall - Superb. I tried a lot of IPA's this weekend and this was by far my favorite of the bunch. It just worked for me on about every level I could imagine. I can't imagine how good this would be on tap. Great offering here.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I appreciated HombreWing sharing this -poured chilled into a pils glass from the 12oz bottle

A - a very clear amber like tea similar to the others, I am assuming the base is the same since the abv matches. The clarity and retention are excellent and lace sticks very well

S - A very fragrant aroma of citrus and tropical fruit with a mild vegetal sweetness. The nose has mild spice and generally has an orange/passionfruit/lychee scent

M - while the feel is more bitter than some single hops it also carries a lot of resinous goodness with slight sharp and fruity tanginess w/ a light acidity

T - The flavor is great, the most well rounded between the acidity, spice and bitterness with oils and fruit coming forward in a way that is slightly mango and mild valencia orange with a twist of some grapefruit and grass int finish, the malt is working well with the hop and the flavors have a synergy unlike any of the others I tasted in this line

D -Fantastic beer in every way -the fact that one hop supports the feel, aroma, and taste so well is a surprise honestly and it is a top notch single hop beer, no make that beer period.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is a solid two inches in height, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing. This is a very nice looking beer. The aroma is very floral. This is perhaps the more floral smelling beer I've come across that isn't infused in some way with flowers. There is also lemon, and orange notes. This isn't the most powerful aroma I've seen in an IPA. However, it has nice complexity which keeps me thinking, and that is enough for my liking. The taste has more orange and lemon, but the floral aspect is still center stage. The is a refreshing dry bitterness that coats the tongue, and lingers long after the sip. Again, it isn't the strongest tasting IPA out there, but, like the aroma, it has nice complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and smooth texture. Overall, I really like this beer. If you are expecting this to be an in-your-face American IPA you'll probably be disappointed. There are hundreds of beers like that already out there. This beer fills the niche for more of a delicate, nuanced IPA. So if you want to try something interesting this beer is well worth it.

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Photo of Kraken
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed 9/10/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Harp glass. Moderate pour calls up a stubborn 1 inch of off white head, fantastic lace. Color is a dark cloudy orange. Hallmarks of a nice beer thus far.

Nose- Deep, sweet perfume of orange citrus, some tangerine and dash of grapefruit.

Taste- Sweet and a bit subtler then I expected. Mild sweet orange and tangerine, a fair amount of malty for the series. Fair amount of caramel. A bit of spice and moderate bitterness in the finish. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel- fairly active, dry. Very smooth.

Drinkability- Insanely drinkable. This is the first of the Mikkeller single hop series that I found to be very drinkable. However I also found this to be the most subtle of the line up thus far.

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Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange in color with a one finger head that lasts a while. Spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: fruit sweetness, orange, and floral hops are very pleasant and easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, fruit sweetness, orange slices, and a nice bitterness makes up a straightforward IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some soft dryness late.

Drinakbility: this one is my favorite from the Mikkeller single hop series of beers. Easy to drink and a great flavored beer.

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great, big aroma of citrus, pine, wood, mango, tangerine and a hint of grape. Good, sweet malt backbone. Just a hint of cat's pee.

Hazy, golden colour with a big, fluffy off-white head. Good.

Mmmm, juicy hops. Good underlying fruit flavours with passionfruit, mango and tangerine playing a major role. The crystal malts hold up the hops well while hiding nicely in the background.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

As a whole this is a wonderfully flavoured beer. Lots going on and I really like these Nugget hops.

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Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice copper,honeyish hue with nice carbonation that leaves a two finger head with nice lacing,the aromas are straight out citrus,mandarin,grapefruit infused hops and a touch of malt is noticeable aswell,it has a nice fullish mouthfeel for the style with a big mandarin,grapefruit taste that finishes with a subtle touch of pale malt to balance out this beer to really not make it bitter at all so i could drink this all night without a doubt up there with his best single hop ipa's and a beautiful beer and recommend.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange/amber color; some solids floating. Poured a 2 finger tan head with excellent retention to a dollop. Decanted lightly. Webs of thick lacing.

S: Orange rind and citrus with some other light spices. Sweet, bready caramel malt comes through as well. Very nicely balanced nose.

T: Malt more up front. Resiny citrus and musty spice dominate the middle. Sharp bitter with resiny hops lingering a bit. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium to full body. Ample carbonation. Smooth, resiny and dry.

D: Very well-balanced without giving-in on hop or malt character.

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Photo of branimal9
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes, sampled 7.4.2010...

Murky orange-gold in color. Aroma carries a musky, cinnamon hop odor. Caramelly, toffee sweetness greets you and takes center stage on the flavor. Couple that with a nice and bitter backbone and you have a well-balanced and excellent brew.

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Photo of brdc
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting idea, with the same base beer and a single, different hop which allows you to "study" the differences between each hop variety. I just wish they had added some information about the "base beer".

We are trying four on the same night, now moving to Nelson Sauvin and Nuggett. I cannot say I understand why chosing Nelson Sauvin, but it is stil fun.
Both pour a nice, dark golden, Nelson Sauvin hazier.
Very nice, fluffy and long lasting off white head, with very good lacing although Nelson Sauvin lasts a lot longer, for whatever reason, leaving significantly more lacing (plenty compared to low average). Very nice presentation, although the Sauvin does look better.
Toasted, caramel malts form the base for an earthy, grassy hoppiness that cannot be called complex, but very pleasant.
The aroma on the Nuggett is much more delicate, and actually more pleasant.
The flavor follows suit; light caramel cookie base, still with a predominantly hoppy taste, particularly earhty on the Nuggett, where the base malts shine a bit more, and drinkability is higher here than the Sauvin. Both are medium bodied.

A very interesting experiment, in a very good beer. I would say I prefer Nuggett very close to Warrior, then Cascade and Sauvin. As far as hops goes in my particular palate, Cascade and Sauvin go a bit too bitter citrusy.

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Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second beer in the series, I liked this one even better than the Nelson Sauvon. Pours a golden/light amber color with a big off white head. Lacing is thick and ladder-like. Head retention is excellent - a good-looking beer. Good strong hoppy smell as well - mostly citrus - grapefruit and tangerine/

Tastes good too - first sip goes along with the smell -really hoppy. Bready malts kick in and blend nicely with the hops. This is not so much a balanced beer, it is more like a melding of rich malts and hop bitterness at the same time.

Mouthfeel is very rich and smooth from the malts and still somewhat crisp. Drinkability is good. This is a tasty beer with little alcohol presence. The price ($6.25 is a bit much for a 11.2 oz bottle) is the only thing I don't like about this beer.

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Photo of ratedz
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

This one pours the same amber brown color as the other beers in the series. The smell is a sweet caramel scent with a hint of some citrus and earthy tones. The sweet malty flavor dominates the palate up front, but it finishes with a bit of citrus and grassy flavors. A lingering bitterness remains after the beer goes down. Like the others, it has a smooth mouth feel with light carbonation. Even though a slight bitterness stays after the beer is gone, the Nugget Single Hop IPA would be a good IPA for someone who is not a fan of the stronger, more bitter IPAs.

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Photo of StonyB
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this beer on 9/11/09, allow me to extend my deepest condolences to those who still grieve, and my deepest thanks to those who keep our country safe...

This is the first beer I've had from Mikkeller, though I've certainly heard the buzz. 11.2 ounce bottle, purple label, 6.9% ABV. "09/04/11" stamped on top of bottle cap - nice touch.

Appearance - A slow pour yields a good amount of carbonation, leading to a foamy off-white head. Quite a bit of sediment, some of which ends up in my pint glass. Color is a hazy bronze, a bit darker than usual for the style. Looks enticing.

Smell - Big, bold and beautiful hop aroma. A slightly soapy yeastiness follows. Floral and herbal.

Taste - Nicely balanced, a little bready malt at first, but then a bracing yet moderate bitterness kicks in from the Nugget hops. Hints of mint and apples. A smattering of citric fruit, but much less so than many other American IPA's I've sampled.

Mouthfeel - Clean, slightly creamy and chewy. Well-carbonated, just a touch of acidity.

Drinkability - Tasty, and the alcohol is definitely hidden. An enjoyable example of the style, I could certainly have 2 or 3 in a row.

I wish this wouldn't set me back $4.99 a bottle, or I would buy this one more often. It's a well-crafted American-style IPA from our Danish neighbors. Absolutely recommended, and I look forward to trying more beers from Mikkeller...

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice IPA with floral/pine hop flavor. This is my fifth beer from Mikkeller's Single Hop IPA series, and it's another winner. The beer is a dusky orange color with a creamy off-white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is mostly hops, floral dominant with a touch of pine, with some bready malt lingering beneath. Flavor adds more pine resin flavor from hops and does an excellent job displaying this strong variety. Thankfully, Mikkeller knows how to make a good IPA. This beer is pleasantly dry with just enough malt to bring out the hop flavors. It's not really feasible, but I'd love to try the entire lineup in a side-by-side tasting. Anyway, this is an interesting experiment in brewing and, more importantly, a very good beer.

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Orange mahogany with a hint of a reddish hue. Generous head that falls down at an average speed, leaving a healthy dose of not-so-tough looking lacing. Doesn't disappear completely, settles into a thin layer on top of the beer. Pretty much what I expected from an American IPA.

SMELL : First nose is hops and malts, with the malt having the upper hand by a hair's breadth. There's something that reminds me of banana cake and spices. Barely any booze. Second nose made my eyebrows rise : herbs kind of came out of nowhere. Something almost like (???) vegetable broth? Probably from the nugget. Definite smell of cocoa/mocha. I'd be curious to know what malts they used. Third nose brings out the herbs even more, and some nutmeg can clearly be smelled. Still barely any booze.

TASTE : Lots of herbs as can be expected from the nugget hops. Also some candied orange. The malt is well balanced and supports the hops very nicely.

MOUTHFEEL : Just round enough for what this beer is trying to be. Nice length.

OVERALL : A very good beer worthy of Mikkeller, but not their best. I understand that they weren't trying to make the best beer out there but simply to provide beer-enthusiasts out there with a series of single-hop IPAs that were made the exact same way, except for the hop varieties. Just for this, I'll raise this beer's score to account for the whole series and what it accomplishes.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. This one has a clear, dark amber appearance. The thin tan head disappeared quickly, but left some impressive lace. It's too dark at Novare for me to clearly see inside the beer and determine if there is any rising carbonation. It has a grainy, grassy hop aroma. There is a touch of sweetness and the scent of bread in the nose. Interestingly, it has a smooth maple flavor up front. There is a minor hop presence in the finish and aftertaste. It seems to be less hoppy than either the Simcoe or Nelson Sauvin (but I should report that I tasted this one last, so perhaps my hop tasting abilities aren't working as well at this point). Even though it's less hoppy, it does have a very nice crystal sugar taste. The body is of medium intensity. It's syrupy, but also feels smooth. There isn't much carbonation and very little coating. It has just a touch of burning alcohol. Overall, I find ti to be very drinkable. As I said above, the hop presence is lower than the other two Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs I sampled. It makes me think that this beer would not be difficult for any craft beer lover to enjoy.

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Photo of wnh
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Part of a 9-beer tasting, including eight of the single hop beers plus Mikkeller Ten.

Aromas of evergreen needles, big on the cedar, herb garden. Bold and unique.

On the palate shows more cedar, alongside rosemary and perhaps oregano.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this series from Mikkeller. Great way to taste each of the hops as the beers are nicely made and very nicely each of the unique hop components. I like this one quite a bit. Very bright citrusy aromas and flavors. Nice lime and tangerine aromas and flavors and a nice lingering citrus rind bitterness. Very dry on the finish and even a tad asprin like in the aftertaste. Bitter and nicely balanced body. Not as good as the Simcoe to me (my favorite of the series), but quite good. Really this is all a matter of personel prefernce of the hops, as all the beers are well made. I see these ratings more as a straw poll on hop preferences.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The fourth beer in the single hop series that I am reviewing.

Murky amber with golden hues towards the edge of the glass. Hard pour produces a 3 finger shit rocky head. Takes a while to die down to a thick layer of foam on top. Really nice retention, tightness and lacing.

Smells of citrusy grapefruit, a bit of orange rind, grapes, and something spicy that I've been getting from all the beers in the single hop series.

Taste follows smell. Mostly grapefruit citrus hits you first, some bitter orange rind citrusy and again this interesting hint of grape juice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied fairly well carbonated with crisp bubbles and a nice hop bite, but still quite smooth.

Overall a very solid brew, I'm really digging this whole single hop series. Finding out where specific hop flavors come from is very interesting.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap date 09/04/11. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and a sweet/bitter hop note. The flavor followed the nose with only a little lighter in intensity. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and smooth IPA from this series. The smooth flavors of this one made it very drinkable. The flavors were very subtle and not 'in your face' overpowering like some IPAs I have had in the past. Definitely the lightest one in this series that I have gotten to try. Quite enjoyable to say the least and goes great with food due to its lighter hop character.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Abrand For this one!!!

A- Pours a cloudy orangy brown with a thick fluffy 2 1/2 finger head that leaves pretty good lacing as it goes down.

S- Sweet citrusy and floral hops hit you up front with a great fruitiness that follows.

T- Great citrusy hops with a bitter fruity backround. Getting notes of tangerine, pineapple, white grapes, lemon, and maby some mango. Some caramel style pale malts are also coming through. A very fruity earthiness with this brew. Alot of piney and herbal notes come out as it warms.

M- Medium light body with moderate carbonation and suprisingly only a slight bitter dryness overall.


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Photo of dickroop
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this on sale half price at Staples Corner Liq. (from $7 to $3.50 for a 12 oz bottle). I hope it doesn't mean it is past prime. I poured into a snifter globe, and it's dark brown like clover honey, with reddish highlights. Rapidly fading beige head leaves authentic-looking spare skim of irregular bubbly scum and near solid lacing. Brew is not hazy, just dark. Nose is toasted malt, coffee notes, dark piney hops.

Bitterness and heavy malt greet the palate on first sip. Flavor combination is nutty, a bit grainy, restrained bitterness, and heavily toasted malt. Bitterness stays in the cheeks mid-palate, and finish is hop-bitter and malt-sweet.

Mouthfeel has a bit of oiliness, medium body or more, a bit of malt-stickiness.

Despite being a single-hop opus, this brew is no hop bomb. It more of an amber ale than an IPA - dark, balanced, heavily malted. It's a brew that plays nugget hops against a malt bill that is toasted heavily enough to make a coffee-flavored, stout-like flavor.

In truth, the hops were sufficiently hidden (well balanced?) that I was disappointed. It's a good beer, and perhaps it's an beer essay showing the best of what nugget hops have to offer. But it's not a beer I would go out of way for. Very interesting, but no knockout.

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Photo of Beerfayce
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip.
Props to the Comet Cafe for bringing these one-hop kegs in...

A: Clear copper tapped with a half-inch of foam, although no lacing. The foam settles fairly quickly.

S: Earthy and grassy with citrus notes, appealing.

T: Similar to the aroma, grassy and citrusy hops with abundant bitterness that lingers and builds. Balanced by a slight malt with a crisp finish.

M: Body is not too thin, slightly sticky but not at all syrupy. Moderately carbonated.

D: A slow drinker for me but a very enjoyable flavor experience, the beer is bitter but refreshing. Looking forward to the others on tap...

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Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.83 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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