Nugget Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Nugget Single Hop IPANugget Single Hop IPA

Brewed by:
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 vandemonian
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at ChurchKey where they had 10+ Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It was interesting to taste the characteristics of this hop without interference from other hop types. This hop added sweetness and citrus to both the aroma and flavour.

A: Orange color and 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Sweet with a hint of citrus. Not especially strong though. 4

T: Crisp and sweet with some slightl citrus notes. 4

M: Pretty thick and reasonably carbonated. 4

O: Sweet and citrussy. 4

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Photo of Dope
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy amber pour that is almost red. Decent, fizzy white head that fades fast. Middle of the pack lacing.

S: Not a super strong aroma like some IPAs. A bit of citrus and a bit of caramel malt.

T: Citrusy and caramel like the aroma. Nothing too strong, well balanced and tasty overall.

M: Nice carbonation and a typical medium body. Pretty clean and crisp with a little bit of a dry finish.

O: Very drinkable and well balanced IPA. Nothing extraordinary and quite simple (as you would expect) but the experiment is an enjoyable one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyable understated bitterness. More like a pale ale, featuring this hop. Some citrus, fairly pleasant and drinkable. Not as tasty as many another IPA, not exciting, just pleasant. Bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Suitable carbonation. Golden unfiltered appearance.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a dark orange with a very puffy, three finger slightly offwhite head. Head sticks around for awhile. Lacing is off the charts. Impressive looking IPA

S- faint fruity hop aroma. Really not a lot going on here

T- uh, yeah. Getting some faint citrus, and really not much else. Must have some age on it, because this one is not powerfully hoppy at all

M- slightly syrupy...not overly thick though

O- if only it were fresher...if the hops weren't so faded, I could see this being a winner. But yeah, the trip across the ocean and then sitting on a store shelf with a 6.99 price tag for god knows how long must have killed everything going on here

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Photo of OneBrewru
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a deep amber color that is almost mahagony in tone. The carbonation is minimal. The aroma is of sweet nutty malts and fresh citrus and skunk hops. The taste follows suit, with a smooth balance between the sweet and slightly roasted malt notes and the refreshing sweet bitterness of the citrus and earthy hops. The mouthfeel on this beer is a little too syrupy for my taste, but that doesn't prevent it from being delicious.

This is a very good IPA that really allows people to explore the taste of a single hop, which is a cool idea.

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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 moshiric
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- on tap. This beer is a very nice golden brown.

S- a bit of alcohol and hops but no real nose.

T- not overwhelmingly hoppy. Some nice sweet notes balance out the hops.Could drink a few. Not a single beer sort of ipa.

M- not too full. Very drinkable for the style.

O- mikkelller is a great brand Andiamo cant wait to see more in Japan!

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nabbed at Connecticut Avenue Wine and Liquors along with some other Mikkellers. Third I've had in the series after Nelson and Simcoe. I'd say it falls between the two, with Nelson still running 1st. Pours a bubbly, cloudy-bright orange. Just a little bit of head. Smells of citrus and flowers with a little bit of tart pineapple and pine. A little bit airy though as well.

The taste isn't explosive. Dry with some of that pineapple turning into more of a grapefruit tanginess. A little bit of savory caramel comes in, but it's all a little subdued. The body is a little bit much for the brew, and it feels a bit hollow, vacant. The creaminess offsets this a little bit, matching the hops well. A nice beer, but not the world-rocking Nelson Sauvin by a stretch. Enjoyed.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrus in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very balanced, having flavors of citrusy hops, caramel malts and a medium amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is quite drinkable because the taste has a good balance of flavors and the alcohol content is well hidden.

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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 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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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a dark copper with some gold highlights when held up to the light. The head built so thick and frothy that it essentially looks like whipped cream on top of the beer, literally holding its shape outside the top of the glass. Pretty amazing, only have experienced this with Orval before. Leaving some tight, sticky lacing on its way down.

S: Smells of caramel malts and fruity and citrusy Nugget hops. Interesting to know that this one hop is what I am smelling for sure. I get notes of grapefruit with apples and pears and just a bit of lemon tartness. Definitely on the fruitier side with a nice sweet malt body under.

T: Some strong grapefruit and bitter notes followed by a pretty substantial malt body. Has some grassy, earthy flavors in there as well. Good amount of bitterness throughout. What's interesting is that the brewers didn't overdo it and try to make up for a lack of other hops. The hop flavor is just pronounced enough to pick up on its characteristics.

M: Feels a little bit flat to me, which is surprising with how huge the head built up in the beginning. Definitely on the low side of carbonation. Has a fairly light body as well, drinks pretty slick.

D: Easy drinker, glad to have tried it and would love to try some of the other hop varieties in the series. A good idea by Mikkeller, more of a one and done type beers for me.

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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 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 eclaycamp
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and hazy amber orange with a very big, super sticky, and clingy head. This beer has some pretty amazing head retention. Has a very interesting citrus, orange-grapefruit thing going on in the nose. Moderate bitterness, light for the style, the beer almost comes across as sweet with the first taste. Taste follows the nose, with a caramel sweetness chased by bitter orange rinds. There's an underlying character of spruce and freshly mown grass that isn't unpleasant for the style. The malt bill stands up in this beer, though it moves away from the strong notes as in others and moves more towards the spiced (think rye bread) realm. This beer reminds me of similar IPAs which use Cascade or Amarillo for hopping. I've had several of these now (unfortunately not all in the same evening) but this stands out a bit more.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is probably the fourth or fifth single hop ive had, but first ive decided to review (ill go back and review previous beers). first note being the big frothy mess that takes over my glass as soon as i pour it. it takes forever for the head to diasipate and leaves legs all over the place. i enjoy this single hop because its on the milder side, with some nice pineapple and orange notes poking through. its not overly bitter and the dryness is also managable. i generally enjoy all ends of the spectrum when it comes to hop varietals and this is no exception. i would recommend it to those looking to see what hops can be used in the balancing act of making an ipa. this beer is such a nice mouthful because the carbonation fills out the sweet flavor of the hops. yum.

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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 flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light tawny brown hue with boatloads of haze in the body. Head is two fingers of frothy tan foam. Not a bad looking brew.

Smell: citrusy, resiny, piney hops atop a pretty serious malt backbone. Not bad, but I'm still on the fence about how well Nugget is suited to the aroma application.

Taste: super citrusy, resiny, piney hops with plenty of bitterness are the raison d'être for this beer, and it shows. The malt is there, but this is an extremely unbalanced beer -- no doubt the intent. It's not bad, but I'm really not in love with it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but there's enough fizz here to go along with the bite. Definitely above-par in the texture arena.

Drinkability: this is a pretty good and relatively refreshing beer, but it grates on the palate with its one-note hops and lack of balance. I won't seek this out again, but nor do I regret the experience.

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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 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 laituegonflable
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish bronze colour, the colour of scorched earth, with stunning and generous off-white head that froths up crazy and exuberantly, giving nice bouncy reverse cascades as it puffs out. Sinks slowly, creating a few crater layers around the top and little specks of lace. Haze in the body obscures the slow, light carbonation. That's a damn good-looking IPA.

So what do nugget hops smell like? Largely fruity here, with smacks of tropical pineapple and a touch of coconut flesh. Some floral notes with lavender and jasmine as well. Slight metallic aroma lingering at the back, and all underlined by a sweet buttery caramel malt that sits back and lets the hops take centre stage. Very appealing.

Tastes quite fruity and floral to begin with, with hints of pineapple and paw-paw on there. Gets more floral midway with more of that jasmine character. Quite a malty note emerges mid-palate which has a slight toffee character and distracts slightly from the main event. The hops re-emerge late for the finale, and are really rather robust, with green tea bitterness blending with some herbal zing, a touch of metallic flavour as well as a slight soapiness. Slight citric twang where the flavour hops and bittering hops meet late-mid; otherwise a quite earthy hop bitterness, too robust to be orgasmically pleasurable but enjoyable enough to maybe induce a figurative erection.

Mostly smooth and velvety texture with a nice body, but a touch of carbonation sizzle which is unfortunately rough. Otherwise pretty OK.

I think a lot of the whole single hop series comes down to what is your favourite hop? I have to say I'm quite enjoying these little nuggets, but moreover I also think Mikkeller has constructed a very nicely balanced IPA, and if I got given this independently of the whole 'let's compare hops' idea, I would very much enjoy drinking it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hoppy notes are dominant and enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some hoppy notes with some citrus notes and some bitterness with a dry caramel malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed and interesting though it gets kind of hard to distinguish some of those West-Coast hops.

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Photo of berebrando
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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: 16-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: Biscuitness, in late mid pallate. swee smell with calcium finish, poissible vanilla
Brandon: candy sweet citrus. good bitterness.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly hoppy with a citrus overtone, mainly grapefruit and sour orange. It pours a slightly hazy mahogany, darker than most IPAs I have sampled, with a very thick and fluffy pale orangy-tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy, if not overwhelmingly so, a little bitter with hints of citrus and even a whisper of caramel. Texture is smooth and just a little edgy and fizzy. Definitely worth at least a try.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy apricot color with some visible carbonation. Nice bit semi-rocky white head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Pretty light/mellow aroma with a bit of grapefruit and some florals. There's a sweeter, honey-like undertone that I can't quite place.

Taste: Flavorful in a unique way - has some apricot, citrus (lemon and grapefruit), and floral flavors. Not very spicy and just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Some residual sugar and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied, though slightly viscous. Light carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, alcohol isn't too high.

Interesting concept of having these single-hop IPAs. I must confess that I'm not well versed in the different styles of hops; perhaps with a few of these in the fridge I can work on that. Something with this one, though, isn't too impressive. Reminds me a bit of Kern's Apricot Necar - albeit alcoholic and slightly carbonated. Not my favorite IPA, but interesting to try.

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