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 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 Lldeegan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark apricot color, with a large creamy off-white, sticky head, that leaves lacing around the glass.

Bright fruity floral aroma with notes of pineapple, orange pith, fresh flowers, ripe pear and pale malt underneath.

Floral and bright flavors on the palate. More pineapple, orange and tangerine, some banana and bready malt in back. This beer is minimally bitter, more fruity, with an expected grapefruit finish.

Creamy mouthfeel, with prickly carbonation.

A very tasty IPA, great drinkability.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly standard medium amber with a parchment head that has great staying power. It slowly melts into liquid and leaves sticky lace on the sides of the pint glass.

The aroma is delicate with a nice perfume of floral hops in the forefront. There is a faint background of buscuity malt as well, but it is defiantly a hop forward nose.

I am inclined to say that the flavor is very malt forward, but I think it is more because the nugget hop character is so delicate. The biscuity and slightly toffee malt are accompanied by a faint hint of flowery and perfume like hops that have a very unique character to them. Herbaceous and akin to eating fragrant herbs, it is a hop flavor that is uncommon in most beers.

The mouthfeel is medium and the finish is a bit too dry for my liking. It leaves a bit of a cheesy over dry hop aftertaste on my tongue.

Not the most drinkable IPA ever, but much like the other single hop beers, this is a tool that helps illustrate the role hops play in brewing. Very intriguing, but nothing I would seek out in the future, unless it was for a special tasting.

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Photo of bashiba
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy light amber with a thick and sticky head.

The nose had a deep slightly sweet medicinal hop quality, very different from the standard Citrusy American IPA's.

The flavor was very funky with the slightly sweet medicinal flavor coming through nicely with a light bit of grain peaking through the Nugget hops.

The mouthfeel has a medium texture with a light creaminess and a long oily coating.

I like this, and the entire single hop idea from Mikkeller, was doing some similar projects at home and enjoy these type of beers. On the flip side its to bad the cost of these is so high, $5 retail per bottle is a bit on the excessive side, while I look forward to buying each one once to compare the hops, as much as I'm enjoying the Nugget, I can't imagine buying more.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010, coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle; BB 16/12/2011, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: given a patient pour, the beige head still builds up in time and makes a 8cm thick frothy head on top of a lightly murky dark amber body, supported by very lively carbonation.
S: piney & citric in aroma, on top of enticingly semi-sweet malts (caramalts and biscuity malts mainly), pear-ish yeastiness and an overall "perfumy" fruit-estery mixture; a deep sniff reveals sweet tangerine fruit candies and more delicate hoppiness that is supposedly Nugget hop's feature? Very pleasant and fresh.
T: a mildly effervescent and quite clean foretaste of juicy, semi-caramely & semi-biscuity malts comes hand in hand with pleasantly sour-sweet citric-tannic flavour, woodiness, and aromatically-tannic longan-fruit shells... An aromatic (exotic?) Chinese roast-tea-ish aftertaste gradually takes over, with hop bitterness expanding like a soft blanket, caressing the taste-buds and rear-end of the tongue ever so smoothly yet deeply. The mid-level tannic-bitter & chewy mouthfeel remains until the finish, not without a mildly powdery-yeasty touch here and there.
M&D: the carbonation is at most mildly effervescent and soft, going well with the medium body; this beer is rather balanced and pleasantly approachable, delicious and sufficiently hoppy & bitter to be rated as a quaffable IPA for me. I've never had any beer brewed with Nugget hops only, so to me this ale is rather educational in a sense!

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, earthy malt, slight sweet malt, slight yeast. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and mouth feel.

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Photo of emsroth
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: huge head that lasts forever. Dark amber.

Smell: strong berry hop aroma with a slight astringency.

Taste: slight berry like the nose. Strong evergreen resin flavor-more complex than just pine. Strong bitterness. Minimal malt flavor, but I'm in this for the hop experience.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO. Around $7 into Sam Adams Perfect Pint, Silver Anniversary Edition.

A: Copper orange in color with a dense cream colored head, great retention, nice lacing, also a fair amount of bubbles moving through this beer.

S: Pretty piney up front, pretty decent hops, but kind of verges on solvent-esque smells. A few malty smells, but really nothing too spectacular, not quite as aromatic as the others in the series. Maybe a

T: Pretty decent flavor, nice bitterness, some pine and a deep lingering grapefruit way way in the back. Somewhat grassy in there as well, not overwhelmingly so, also just a hint of mint in there too. Interesting. Tastes a fair bit better than the smell.

M: Excellent, just like the others in this series, medium body, perfect carbonation, just a hint of alcohol heat, and a nice dryness. Not too shabby.

D: Too expensive to session, and a touch on the strong side, can't say that I love it, or that I'd rush out to make a homebrew version of it, but it is enjoyable. Another great educational beer!

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


After wiping the frost off of my glass, it poured a cloudy golden hue, with two fingers of white, decent retention, and good lacing, which may have been better, given the glass condition. The nose was decidedly full of pine, apple, pear, toffee, and malt. The taste was a nice piney hop/malty blend midpalate, followed by a crisp bitter dry finish. Spritzier feel than it looks, with a medium body. Very pleasant-tasting ipa, possibly sessionable.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: served in a flight of their 4 single hop ipas. orangey light golden amber, really nice dense and lasting head and lacing, slight chill haze recedes.
S: spicy, earthy nugget hops.
T: lightly sweet bready malts, i like the malt bill they chose to showcase the single hops. smooth hop bitterness finishes dry, hop flavors linger.
M: frothy, medium bodied.
D: not a huge fan of nugget, i suppose that's why i'm not that impressed by nugget nectar.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +4.4%
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 -10.4%
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 -5.2%
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 +7.6%
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 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 drtth
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +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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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 +1.6%
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 +4.4%
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 +4.4%
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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Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.83 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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