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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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of EricYames
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dpnelson1978
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper body with considerable haze. I wasn't able to see to the other side through 50mm of beer. The head was fairly thick, about 15mm and was retained nicely. Moderate lacing.

S: My nose is still pretty unsophisticated, but I picked up lots of hops (obviously) and citrus. There were other scents but I can't distinguish yet.

T: Pretty hoppy with a citrus end. Still developing my palate.

M: Soft, with moderate carbonation. Has some body but doesn't coat.

D: It was pretty good, better than my Sierra Nevada stand bye. I love IPA so I may be a bit bias!

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Dark Amber/brown in color with an orange haze when held up to the light. Reasonably clear, not too hazy. Good sized foamy off white colored head, many sized bubbles, sticks around for awhile.

Smell is very good and clean. Herbal, floral and earth hops. Good caramel sweetened malt backbone; almost like a natural melted sugar.

Taste is the slightest step down from the smell. Malt backbone is more detectable in the flavor. Good initial sweetness, caramelized malts. The bitterness from the hops is good. Herbal, almost tea like, earthy.

Mouthfeel is good. For how earthy it tastes, it feels pretty clean. Good carbonation level with a clean bitter finish. Another good brew from Mikkeller.

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Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

A cloudy amber color with a decent white froth on top and excellent lacing. The aroma is a lightly sweet grass with some flowery-herbal edges. Subtle but nice. The flavor says more herbal-grass hops blended nicely with delicate floral notes. There’s plenty of sweet grain, oatmeal and barley-yeast. A great medley in a medium-light bodied brew with a smooth frothy feel. An anytime IPA and very drinkable.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Vogt52
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color with lots of sediment. The head is tan, thick and fluffy with ample lacing around the snifter.

Smells sweet and fruity. Quite a bit of caramel malt with a touch of citrus.

Strong bitterness coming from the high alpha acid Nugget hops. There is some caramel malt that adds a touch of sweetness, but the Nuggets are really dominant here. A bit of booze comes out as well. There is a long bitter finish, but it is not overpowering.

Smooth and soft in a medium body.

I really enjoyed this one as I've grown Nugget hops for several years and have used them in homebrewing, but never alone. This beer really highlights their bittering properties.

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Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a centimtre or so of slightly off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Herbal and overripe tropical fruit hop aromas with some slightly sweet bready maltiness.
T - Herbal & earthy with hints of tropical fruit. Bready maltiness also in the taste.
M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Quite a strong bitterness.
D - Like all the Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs it's well worth a try. Yes, the hops are quite dominant but it is afterall supposed to be a hop showcase.

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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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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