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 feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mikkeller Nugget Single Hop IPA

Clear, amber/bronze coloring, creamy white head...looks good.

Aroma: floral, airy, softly spiced and citric.

Taste: Caramel malt holds down the fort, hops are light, flavor is soft and sensuous. Really drinkable, well-balanced. Herbal, malty, a little fruity.

Not too terribly impressed with this one. If it were from a local brewpub, served up fresh, I'd feel differently. But, to travel all this way, at such a cost, I expect something more.

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

As with the rest of the Single Hop collection, the Nugget remains as rich of an IPA as the others but with the Nugget hop signature.

A more cloudy than usual for the style, haze forms within the orange-copper-rust colors. A froathy head forms on the beer, holds firm, and leaves clusters of lace on the glass.

Pine, grass, and an earthy-herbal aromas project just ahead of the bready-rich caramel notes. Assertive and bold to the nose.

Flavors are hearty with a deep caramel, sweet bread, and yeasty flavor. But all that is met head on with resiny, ultimatly bitter pine, and earthy citrus flavors. This hop is definatley made to bitter beers.

Medium-full to the mouthfeel, the beer is once again a bit heavy for an IPA, but not quite Double IPA strength either. The beer dries out wonderfully due in part by the aggressive hop dryness and by the 7.2% abv. Somewhat minty and evaporative in the finish.

Again, a great IPA just a bit one-dimensional due to the exclusive hop use.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice orange color. Smell of some citrus but more earthy and herbal spice than expected. Taste matches the smell with more of an earthy grass flavor than citrus. Finishes dry. More caramel malt than expected. Strong bitter aftertaste that is not that enjoyable. Somewhat dissapointed with this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good look, orangish ipa. Nugget aroma seems to be immense on the vine, minimal in the bottle.

Taste, not as overpowering as many of the homebrewed nugget ales I've had to drink. A nice quality emerges after a few sips, tamer bitterness (not something the nugget is known for, tameness). Evolves into an enjoyable beer, approaching some semblance of balance between the dry high alpha acid nugget and a degree of sweetness. Pine and citrus are not as prevelant as in other versions.

I think nuggets aren't good ipa hops, but are excellent for making a hoppy darker beer. Carapils + nugget = meh.

$5+ an 11 oz bottle hurts drinkability.

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Photo of wnh
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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 barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 drtth
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. The bottle cap has a date of 09/04/11 which means it is a "best by" date and my assumption is that the dating is European style for a date of 9 Apr., 2011.

Appearance: The beer pours out lightly hazed with a apricot/orange color and a 1" of white foam which recedes slowly leaving lots of lacing and patchy foam sticking to the sides of the glass. As the head recedes sipping leaves irregular patches of foam along with both some speckles of lacing and some leggy lacing. Even to the end of the beer there are irregular patches and lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is primarily bready and caramel in character with undertones of the hop that are floral, citric and herbal in character. The citric part seems more related to orange than grapefruit.

Taste: As expected from the nose the flavors are dominated by the bready caramel malt backbone that restrains but does not hide the bitterness. The contribution of the hop flavors is floral and citric with orange and/or tangerine but little grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and lightly prickly with the adequate carbonation. The finish is medium to long, crisp and dry with bitterness persisting to the end as the sweetness slowly fades from the scene.

Drinkability: I've enjoyed this single hop beer since it gives me a sense of what the Nugget hop may be contributing to Troeg's Nugget Nectar. While it was interesting and easy to drink I'll probably not be having another in the near future.

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Photo of Beerfayce
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Working my way through the single hop series, it's Nugget time.

Darn fine pour, almost perfect. A bit hazy. Light chestnut and gold with a strong, semi-dense, rocky head. Be-a-ute.

Aroma of citrus and herbal spice comes forth, backed by faint caramel and malt.Light toast.

Citrus up front in the taste, followed by a woody/biscuity flavor. Some floral and medicinals come in and quickly move to herbal spice, mint and green pine. Quite good.
Bite was subtle but solid. Dry rather than bitter, if that makes sense.
Pretty good drinking. I'm liking this series.

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Photo of Xul
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish amber, capped by two finger off white head. Retention is good and lacing is left down the side of the glass.

S: Nose is rather subdued, especially compared to the Centennial Single Hop IPA I had earlier. Bready malts are the first aroma to become evident, followed by floral and herbal hops, along with some light citrus.

T: Hops come up front with floral and earthy notes being the strongest. Some orange-centric citrus comes up behind that before yielding to a multigrain wheat bread malt base. Finish is a bit piney and earthy, along with the wheat bread.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, rather smooth but could do with a touch more carbonation.

D: Goes down rather easy but nothing very exciting taste-wise...not one of the better single hop IPAs I've had so far.

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Photo of peabody
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy brown color with three fingers of brown to white suds. Very small suds compared to the Chinook.
Smell is almost nonexistant.Some sweetness and a very weak floral hop.
Taste is very fresh tangerine and grapefruit. Cool and flavorful without being overbearing.
Great mix here of sweet and bitter. It seems to be perfectly in the middle.
Mouthfeel is as clean as cool water.
Drinkability would be off the hook if it weren't so expensive.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dull orange color with very slight haze, and meringue-like white head that giggles nicely and gives good lace. Nose has some toasty malt with herbal qualities. On the palate there's more herbal characteristics with some holiday pine mixed in. Light malt sweetness. Finish is sappy with pine.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz pry-top brown glass bottle. White cap stamped 16/12/11.

Appearance: Started to foam a bit on opening, poured as slowly as possible. Very hazy amber orange brown with soapy off-white head that looks no so appealing.

Nose: My first thought was teriyaki sauce! But that quickly blew off and I'm left smelling wet flowers and fresh, but unripened sticky bud. Soft caramel notes drift through and I feel like these will come out more with warming. Fairly muted nose all things said and done.

Palate: Holy hops batman! Wow, a lot more hop character on the palate than the aroma lets on. Bitterness right up front and sharpness all along the sides of my tongue. That caramel malt is present but fights for attention through the high-flying hop bitterness. The astringency/bitterness is acting in a way that icy/hot acts. It's very menthol/eucalyptus/cooling hop flavors. Finish is relatively short and leaves a cooling sensation.

Notes: I've had the Amarillo (not a fan) and the Tomahawk (dig it) previously. This one is the most interesting and trying of those three. Not really familiar with Nugget and that's why beers like this are so important and so cool, so you can see what the differences are. Nugget, not so aromatic, but very flavorful with notes of eucalyptus. Noted.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of flowers, perfume and orange citrus hops. The flavor is flowers, corn, butterscotch, orange and vanilla. The beer is pretty sweet overall. Low bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a becher at ChurchKey.

I may have done this backward: I started with 10 and have begun trying each individual hop offering, beginning with this one. Get some. It pours a clear amber with two fingers of white foam that subside into a short surface layer. The nose comprises grass, citrus peel, bubblegum, vanilla, and flowers. The taste stays in hop character with notes of citrus peel, a heavy bitterness, greenery, and a light caramel hanging in the back. The body is light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Not bad at all, though now I'm definitely gonna haveta try the others to see what the different varieties have to offer.

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Photo of Morey
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rare ale pours a hazy orangish brown color with a fluffy cream colored head that seems to be going nowhere fast. Good stick too.

Smell is milder than I expected. Never the less the hops are certainly present with a slight malty bready aroma backing them up.

A good mix. Hops are the front runner though. The bitter oils from hops coupled with the slightly aggressive carbonation make for a bitey tingly sensation on the palate which then rounds out into a somewhat smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with the carbonation being a bit on the high side here.

I could easily drink a few of these, but the price tag and limited availability will make the chance of that happening slim to none.

Morey's Bottom Line: My second beer from this brewer with no brewery. Again, it's obvious this guy knows what he's doing. If he ever gets his own facility, this guy will be dangerous.

I can't say enough about the staying power of the heads on the Mikkeller beers that I've sampled. They stay at least pinky thick all the way to the bottom.

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Photo of JayQue
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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 speter
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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 billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Pencible
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like light citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit, with sweet caramel malt. It tasted like orange zest with some grapefruit and caramel malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a dry bitter aftertaste. Overall this was quite tasty for a single hop beer, characterized by orange and grapefruit. The flavor started sweet but ended a bit harsh/dry. It had nice body and was easy to drink.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 oberon
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I kepp rollin thru the Mikkeller Single Hop series....Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed burnt orange with a large fluffy white head that clung like glue to the sides of the glass as it settled ever so slowly.Milder aromas with a hefty caramel base really standing out as much as citric,orange pith hop aromas.Somewhat bitter at first sip with that orange and some grapefruit hop flavors,again the caramel/biscuit malt flavors hold up to the hops.Its quite quaffable and somewhat refreshing,its not in your face citric hop,but its got nice hop flavors.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Jayli
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Nikki's in Providence on 5/15

A: This beer pours cloudy deep amber color with a three finger of rocky, off white, khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving sheets of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is chalk full of spicy hops, hints of floral hops and some caramel sweetness is coming through.

T: Taste starts with a bit of piney hops, mingled grass notes. Middle has quite a bit of breadiness and then sweet caramel malts come in. Citrusy orange peel come in and linger on the palate through the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at the beginning with an oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, rather tasty, nice representation of style, this is a beer to sit with for a bit.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the other single hops I've tried, this one pours a dark orange color with a 1.5" fluffy head. Lots of lacing. The appearance is without a doubt the best thing about this beer. Smells moderately of musky hops, and I guess this is what nugget hops taste like. Musky and medicinal are the best words I can come up with, not unpleasant, but something is definitely lacking. Not much of the fruity character you get from other hops. Drinkable yes, because it's light, but not something I'd want a bunch of.

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Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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