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 lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, once again I tread the Mikkeller single hop path. Let's see where Nugget gets us.

Pours a cloudy and rather deeply coloured amber hue, with a glistening and foamy head of yellowish-white. Lacing is complicated, but patchy, and the bubbling is rather large bubbled. Let's face it - it's about par for the course in the series...

Nose is initially subtly fruity, but the longer it sits, the more earthy and gritty the aromas become. Hints of tea leaf and leaf mold come through, but with a surprisingly sharp note like zesty grapefruit coming through as well. Milder in the aroma, and certainly darker, than many of the more aromatic varieties in the series, but it has a rather pleasant nuance to it nonetheless.

Taste is definitely quite different, giving a very earthy, but very pronounced and really quite astringent bitterness. It has the bite and strength of a big American bittering hop like Chinook, or Columbus, but rather redolent with the earthy and tannic characters of an English variety like East Kent Goldings. Makes it and interesting mix. The strength is such, however, that it overpowers the rest of the beer. I feel that however much this showcases the hop (particularly in regard to the other beers in the series), it needs more sweetness and malt to back it up.

Feel suffers a little as well from the exuberance of the hops, with the bitterness almost giving a cutting quality to the palate.

It's still a nice beer, and an interesting way to experience the Nugget variety, but it's not one of my favourites in the series. Then again, the difference is made clear in the hop variety in this beer, and that's what it was aiming for. That has to be worth something.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited to try this beer because I really enjoy Tröeg's Nugget Nectar. I was hoping they'd be similar in some ways. The beer poured out with a nice looking orange amber color. The head was frothy and white leaving a good lacing. The smell was citrusy, which I found to be rather nice. The taste was also a bit citrusy and piney. The mouthfeel was smooth and left a tingle on the tongue. Overall it was a pretty good IPA!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear deep orange color with good carbonation and a tan head

S: Earrth, grass and some bitterness

T:Grass,earth, some citrys but very tame

M: Good carbonation, bitterness and some booze but loght booze sting

D: Ok overall but not worth the price at a;;

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange marmalade with honey highlights and several streams of uprushing bubbles. Their destination is roughly three fingers of buff colored foam that is sticky enough to lay down a good bit of sea foam lace.

The nose features the toasted and caramel malt underpinnings of the base beer, as well as the herbal-spiciness of Nugget hops. This isn't my favorite variety of little green cone, but it'll do just fine if there are enough of them present.

It's extremely doubtful that MNSH IPA is a one-off that was only brewed in 2009. Ain't no way the 'best by' date on the cap would be mid-December 2011 if that was the case. Not that the beer would last that long even if it was brewed this very month. Having said all that, this particular bottle tastes neither fresh nor old.

The toasted bready and caramel malt component seems more prominent this time around. That might be because Nugget hops aren't as distinctive as some others... or it might be age-related. In any case, bitterness is still going fairly strong. Still gotta go with earthy, herbal, spicy and tea leaf bitter. This is a hop that is better in combination with others than all by its lonesome.

The mouthfeel, while pretty decent with respect to size, is slightly undercarbonated and feels flattish as a result. There are plenty of fine tongue sizzly bubbles, but they don't provide much lift or creaminess.

Nugget Single Hop IPA is not among my favorites in the series. In fact, it might be last in line. That said, it's still a tasty Danish-brewed American-style IPA that (like most Mikkeller beer) is too expensive to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a kitchen glass in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Five finger head of lovely cream lacing, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a cloudy copper.

Sm: Floral scent, with cream and some fringe esters. I don't detect bittering hops at all. Aroma is strong and appealing.

T: Very floral body and climax, with some nicely light barley in the foundation and a creamy third act. The climax has more hops and malt to add, which is nice. Not horribly complex, but well built and balanced. I like that the bittering hops don't manifest until the finish/aftertaste; it avoids the major pitfall of most IPA's I've had (and the reason I tend to hate them).

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours of the body.

Dr: A nicely pleasant summer beer with nice floral tones. The price isn't horrible as a Danish import. It's very drinkable. Once again, Mikkeller lives up to its status as me favourite brewery.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber color. Smallish head, but good retention. Tan color with large bubble size. Relatively little carbonation.

Caramel aroma, kind of a soapy, sour, grapefruit rind kind of hoppiness from the Nugget. A little citrus and floral notes as it warms. Flavor is very hop dominated, with some caramel and bread malt flavors in the back. Pretty dry finish. Not my favorite IPA, though I've liked some other Nugget dominated IPA's. Too sour. Mouthfeel is nice - not thin but not too heavy.

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Photo of Phelps
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a BIF box from callmemickey. Cap has a date of 16/12/11, whatever that means.

A: Pours don't get much more perfect than this. A fluffy, gummy head of yellowish tan at least two fingers thick sits atop the liquid. It collapses at the slowest of paces, leaving tons of bubbled swiss cheese walls of lace on the sides of the glass as it does. Under this puffy crown, a light orange and caramel brown brew waits, nearly opaque and cloudy in some spots and merely hazy in others.

S: Sugary sweet and floral, like orange blossoms and honeysuckle. A subtle toasty biscuit character. Orange juice. Slightly earthy, slightly citrusy, with faint hints of onion in the background. More subtle and less bright than the others in the series have been.

T: again, lots of honey and a light flavor of toasty biscuits. The hops are interesting. More bitter than flavorful, the acrid nuggets grip the sides of the tongue through the finish. Herbal, like a strange mixture of chives, honey and tangerine peel.

F: medium high, fizzy carbonation amidst a pretty thin body. It's almost like soda as it moves about the mouth. The finish is rather dry.

D: It could be the hops or it could be the beer itself, but this isn't the best of the series.

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Photo of speter
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy gold amber with an ample fluffy off-white head. Head retention on this one seemed to be somewhat better than the others in the single-hop series.

S: Again, this one's more muted than I had come to expect from IPAs. There's pine and a tad more spice here than the others. Maybe some light grapefruit.

T: As with the Cascade, it seems that Nugget offers much more in the way of a bittering backbone, with the aroma playing a second fiddle.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D: I'd gladly drink more if there weren't a different variety on deck...

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mulder1010
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A-- Poured a light amber color with hints of orange through the beer and pour. A light khaki colored head, aggressive pour left me with a huge 1 finger head, once settled. A sorts of lacing with the head. Thick and sticky, reminds me of a root beer float lacing. Medium to large bubbles in the head and decent head retention when swirled.

S-- Big bold spicy hop smell. Fresh grass but earthy sort of smell. Decent carmel background. Fresh citrus is also mixed in with this.

T-- A lot of pine, mixed with earthiness. A rather big carmel blast right of the first sip with just a bit of citrus to back this up.

M-- Very medicinal feel in the very end. A little oily, and orange peel becomes more evident. For me grass also becomes more apparent in the mouth than in the taste. Very crisp and piney start but oily and orange in the finish. Medium carbonation to this but heavy, chewy and spicy. Flavor does stay with you a long time.

D-- Different, that I will say. I like the smell and the taste but the orange and medicinal finish is a put off. Total sipper and takes a bit of time to go through. In a way I would say this is unrelenting. One is enough and will go back to strong ales and RIS's again. Interesting? yes, but one is enough.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange amber with OKd head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some dank earth, pepper, and light citrus. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, and have to say this IPA is not nearly as floral as some of the other Mikkeller IPA's. The beer is nicely balanced, with just enough malt to balance the modest hoppy bitterness. The beer is medium bodied, and finishes with a fairly dry, fairly bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, but have to say this was probably my least favorite of the Mikkeller IPA's today.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of LtColFrankSlade
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of little_star
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Swaino
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of FrankShirley
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of s1ckboy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a radiant copper with a medium, fluffy head. The aroma was apricot at first, rather blunt in the nose, but then opened to a more citrusy feel, like a sharp, tangy tangerine. The flavor is surprisingly phenolic, with a citrusy sharpness and a stinging bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was surprisingly creamy for the color.

A good beer, but bit a great one.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of capra12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed solo, served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: slightly cloudy, pale orange with a 3 finger head the dissipates quickly to a 1 finger head that is frothy. Weblike lacing.

Smell: hint malt and sweet grapefruit and bitter green grapes.

Taste: opens with tangy and sour grape. Grapefruit/ citrus profiles emerge in the middle as a hop bitterness lingers in the background as it peak in the middle and the finish. There are fruity/ yeasty profiles in the very finish as a hop bitterness and floral aftertaste sinks lingers.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation. Neither coarse or smooth.
Drinkability: a one and done for me but I recommend those new to craft beer to try the single hop series to see what each hop taste like.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jgasparine
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled the Nugget, Amarillo, Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Kent Goldings, and Warrior side-by-side. All draught pours at Max's in Baltimore on 4/22/2010.

A- All have a very similar appearance. All with some form of a thin off-white head and some touches of lacing. The Nugget exhibited a more diffuse head. The body was a cloudy copper color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Initially, not much of an aroma... most likely due to them being served cold. With the Nugget, you're getting a pale and vienna malt base on the nose, along with an herbal hop aroma. A little grassy. Nicely balanced on the nose.

T- On the palate, it's nice and balanced... but one dimensional. Just a touch of fruity esters over the pale/vienna malt base. The hops come across rather herbal. The finish is very dry with surprisingly little hop bitterness.

M- Thin to medium in body. Highly attenuated with a soft carbonation. Not bad... not great.

D- The Nugget Single Hop is quite drinkable... but I would only reach for it again in a horizontal tasting with the other Mikkeller Single Hops. By itself, it's rather bland.

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Photo of ms11781
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, darker orange color with a foamy, two finger head. Head sticks around for the better part of the time it took to finish this one and left a good lacing down the glass as well.

The first thing that I notice in the aroma is that the hops are secondary (or maybe even farther down the line) to the malt sweetness that I'm getting. There are some citrus notes there but they seem to be very faint.

Taste is more of the same. A good, balanced IPA has a lot of hop character that is balanced out by the malt underneath. This comes on backwards. I get a sweet, caramel malt flavor, maybe even some toasted flavor, followed by slight grapefruit and citrus notes and then ending with a decent, semi-dry bitterness.

Medium body with the carbonation to match. Smooth on the tongue before drying out a bit at the end.

This one goes down smooth and rather easily. Towards the end the bitter, drier finish has me thinking that one is enough. Being one in a series of ten single hop beers I would think that having a few of these in a row is not the point anyway.

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