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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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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 196
Photo of phantomwyse
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy dark orange honey color. Enormous two finger, very frothy, beige head. Heavy, layered lacing.

S: I can actually smell a lot of malts up front. Very dry and biscuit. Hope presence isn't overpowering, sweet and lightly piney, with a touch of acidic citrus.

T: Oh, there's the hops - Grapefruit, lemon/orange blend acidic twist, dried pine. Just a touch peppery with a hint of rye. Malts are just a stabilizing tool, like crackers accompanying a ridiculously good cheese.

M: Medium bodied and puckering, ends vaguely dry.

D: I love being able to judge single hop flavor profiles. This is just a wonderful beer. I look forward to trying the rest in the series. I could enjoy this con frequencia.

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Photo of ckollias
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pour a brownish-orange color with a frothy, 2-finger, off-white head after a violent pour. Leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass and ends in a persistent wispy lace.

S: Wonderful strong hoppy aroma. Sweet floral tang fills the nostrils with every whiff. Very pleasant fragrance to the nose.

T: Strong hoppy bitter brew with nice citrus and a herbal taste with an underlying earthiness background. Alcohol is present but mostly masked by the hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This is my fourth beer in Mikkeller’s single hop series. This one was good but not as fine as the tomahawk.

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

A- pours a deep amber color with orange tones towards the bottom of the glass. Average pour produced a fluffy two and a half fingers of off white head. Superb head retention with some moderate lacing.

S- slight caramel malt aromas with biscuity notes up front that soon give way to pure hop goodness. Leafy pungent hop aromas with notes of yellow grapefruit rind and sweet orange peel. Fininshes with a resiny character that begs for you to take a sip!

T- dry biscuit malt flavor with a pinch of caramel. Hop bitter crunch soon follows. Hop flavors envelope the palate with notes of yellow grapefruit peel and herbal floral characteristics. Great driness with a long lasting finish... Tasty.

MF- slick round mouthfeel with a lighter than average body. Carbonation is higher than normal and seems to thin out the body a bit.

D- refreshing and drinkable.

Overall this is about that wonderfully little hop dubbed Nugget. Crunchy bitterness and solid hop flavor. I'd have this again in a heartbeat.

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

Review from notes taken 1/28/10

Brown bottle with a fresh till date of 9/4/11. Pours a cloudy orange color with a finger of yellow stained head. Sweet aroma that is nearly candy-like in the way the malt and hops blend and preset themselves. Hop flavors are mostly pine and herbal but overall just downright bitter from the front to the finish with a minorly drying finish. Lighly carbonated with medium to light feel. The bitter hops are mildly resine-like with bitterness clinging to the palate well through the finish.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date on cap says 9/4/11

I just heard a new batch of these hit the states. Picked this up at the Charleston Beer Exchange.

Lightly hazy amber color with a pillowy off white head. The head settles quickly, but leave a lot of lace.

I honestly think I could pick out a Mikkeller beer from the aroma. There is this very distinctive caramel…more toffeish malt aroma. It’s great. Vegetal, green, earthy.

Grape, fruits, caramel and more fruit. I see other comment on citrus and frankly, I don’t get much. The malt profile is very nice. Almost some berries coming through. A touch of alcohol near the finish…

Carbonation is almost effervescent. Interesting. Medium bodied with a dry/bitter finish.

Pretty good. Better than the Cascade I had, but nothing like the Nelson. (which I also bought and look forward too enjoying)

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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 jsh420
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cap reads 16/12/11

pours clear golden amber with a big 2 finger head leaves spotted lacing all over the glass

smells of juicy hops grapefruit mango apple pear

taste is much of the same very fruity with some spice and good candy malt backbone

mouthfeel - has a medium body with a high level of carbonation - very dry

drinkability is ok - but again i dont see myself buying another bottle when its $5

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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 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 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 mavbrew
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is a slightly hazy copper with a massive off-white head that takes a good while to dissipate. Little bubbly lacing is left on the glass.

S: Earthy hops are present upfront with sweet caramel undertones that come through strong when swirling the beer around.

T: The nugget hop comes through right off the bat, this is followed by the slightest of citrus flavor. The caramel sweetness comes through towards the end and finishes with a dry bitterness.

M: Light medium in body with average carbonation. There is a hoppy feel with a sweetness of caramel.

D: Highly drinkable beer, very well balanced. I like the idea of using a single hop in an IPA, really gives you a feel for the hops and what it tastes like.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a huge fluffy white head that leaves a huge cap and lots of lacing.

The aroma is very floral, with some pine, plus a strong purfume presence. There are definitely some citrus notes as well, especially oranges. The toasted bready malt and some spices round things out.

The taste also starts out with a hefty floral presence, cedar and pine sap, before the bready malts take over in the middle. The finish has the hop bitterness but also leaves an interesting spicy kick. Not overly complex but pretty damn tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and fairly sticky on the palate with the resinous hops.

I've definitely enjoyed these Mikkeller single hop brews and this is no exception. I wouldn't put it near the top of the list (hello, Simcoe), but it's very good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this definitely isn't retired, as its in a different color bottle now and fresh on the shelves. it pours a little more red than I remember the others being, not sure how much the hops effect color, but its appreciably more amber in color. head is amazing and long lasting, cream color and frothy. the nose is similar to the centennial, although much less intense and woody, and as always, more yeasty than most American india pale ales. the taste of the nugget hop is tame in comparison to some of the bigger C varieties, but its profile is similarly piney and grassy, lower in acidity and oil content, and maybe with just a hint of tangerine sweetness. finish is bitter and yeasty. feel is brightly carbonated, thicker and richer in body than some of the others, and a joy to drink really. I can conclude from this that the nugget hop is quite versatile but maybe little less pungent and distinct as some over the other hop varieties mikkeller has used in this series.

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Photo of Morey
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/27/2009. Bottle. Pours a hazy dirty orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of sweet tropical fruits, citrus, caramel malt, honey. Flavor of tart grapefruit with caramel and bready malt and citrus in the finish. A sweet honey presence too. Very enjoyable!

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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 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 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 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 BigBry
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the IPA selections on-tap at Beer Revolution.
Slightly hazy, amber colored beer, arrived with a short and tight white head. Decent retention and nice looking lace stings. Nice hoppy smell, aroma is slightly citric and earthy.
Earthy, floral hops taste. Just a slight malt sweetness, but the hops are the hilight.
Mouthfeel is slightly dry, with a bitter finish.
Good drinkability, full flavored.
Overall, I need to try this series side-by-side so I can pick out the differences in the hop profiles.
Paired very well with our spicy chicken 'Hot Wing' pizza.

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Nugget Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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