Nuclear Nugget | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial honey IPA

Added by VeganUndead on 06-02-2014

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by MacQ32:
Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a muddied amber with a hint of orange. Dense caramel finger of head with absolutely fantastic retention and a thick and complete lacing slowly slide back into the brew.

S - Mostly honey and caramel malts. A bit of grapefruit type citrus barely peeks through, just enough to make me think the flavor may contain a decent bit of citrusy ipa characteristics.

T - Definite honey up front but a nice bit of boozy citrus come through fairly strongly quickly after. Finish is mostly citrus (orange, grapefruit) with a hint of booze. Aftertaste is slightly bitter/rind-like and boozy.

M - Very interesting feel on this one. I would say medium bodied plus, certainly full bodied for the style. Carbonation is moderate, smooth as all hell.

O - very interesting, definitely growing on me as I go. Tons of honey but the grapefruit/orange type flavors really start to shine as it warms up a bit. mouthfeel is intriguing

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice off-white head that is pretty creamy. The beer itself is a pretty hazy deep amber/brown color. The look isn't bad and it's certainly what I expected given the ingredients.

The smell is super hoppy with only a bit of sweetness and malt notes that do not do much to balance it out. The hope notes are strongly pine with a strong bit of resin in it. The hops seem to have a slight woody note that comes with the dry hopping. While there is a citrus note, it is very faint and impossible to detect. The smell does have some honey sweetness to it but ultimately overwhelmed by the hops.

The taste is just as hoppy as the smell. The hop notes come off mainly as pine and resin. The honey note is much stronger than in the smell and does a better job of balancing out the hop taste.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice. The honey gives the beer bit of thicker feel than normal. The beer is heavy bodied but the carbonation gives it a lighter texture. Really dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good Honey DIPA and a nice and relatively inexpensive substitute for Hopslam. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a hazed/murky amber brown with a thinner off white head atop,very menacing looking.Sharp citric notes in the nose over top of nutty malts,seems kinda old school.Sharp grapefruit rind flavors with some sugary sweetness intertwined with nutty malts and alcohol,some mild honey funk shows itself as well.So yeah it's sweet like too many of the style but it has a nice sharpness to it as well.Not your NE style IPA/DIPA by any means.

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Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cbradio
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of dwren89
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: cloudy burnt auburn color, thick and puffy cream colored head.

Smell: strong biscuit aroma, piney, hint of citrus fruit like a pineapple and mixed berry,

Taste: strong biscuit and medium full body up front, pine and pineapple hop flavors primarily, with a very bitter but not at all astringent finish

Mouthfeel: medium full body, thick and a little chewy, very long finish

Overall: A very fine DIPA. The hop character is what makes it though. A delicate balance between pine and pineapple with a little mixed berry on the nose is backed up by a thick and mildly chewy biscuit malt flavor. I would definitely buy this beer again.

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Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of weareallfalafel
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopAttack3
1/5  rDev -74.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Awful, bitter mess Of a double IPA

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Photo of avisong
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tclipse
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of earlholman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tabascosigned
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TwistofKane
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is an intense brown with golden orange highlights and an offwhite head.

Aroma is intense sweet malt not much aroma.

Taste is a very sweet malt with a touch of hunny with bitter herbal hops running through.

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Photo of mkirkland80
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Goodwire80
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've never had Bells Hopslam, to which this beer is compared. The honey seems to have been added primarily to provide more fermentable sugars to drive up the ABV. Taste was in the vector of sticky/resinous pine. Nice hop bite on the initial nose but to be frank this beer felt a little one dimensional. Drinkable and tasty in its own right, but not something I'd necessarily tell someone to seek out.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of obywan59
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber against my wall, but definitely red when held up to the light. An initial 3 1/2 finger faintly tan head becoming chunky on the way down with thick lacing trying to climb up my tulip glass.

Tart citrus on the nose with honey and herb, flower and spice.

Grapefruit and honey with substantial caramel. Rather bitter as well, which with the caramel, at times closely simulates a dark chocolate caramel bar. Bitter grapefruit rind at the end. Taste of alcohol throughout.

Medium full in body. Rather syrupy with light carbonation and a burn of alcohol.

At first I thought this was reminiscent of a Belgian without the funk, but now I agree with the previous reviewer in that it seems more like a hopped up barleywine. It's a thin line though, you could as easily describe it as a malted up DIPA. At 10.5% ABV, this is definitely a sipper, but there's nothing hard about drinking this. You take one sip, and you just have to wallow awhile in the luxury of it.

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Photo of gopens44
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Where to start....

Well, let's go with the look. This is beautiful. Dark orange, almost dark translucent copper. Massive creme colored head with an odd pattern of lacing but there nonetheless.

Only knock on this beer is the nose. Smells "mealy" or something along with some hop jump.

Tastes just spectacular. Seriously. A touch of heat on the front end that gives way to some citrus, some honey but finally earthy on the tongue. Bitter as hell but with purpose! When I say bitter, I mean crimony, it's a bitter thing indeed. Bitterness is hanging out on the tongue as if protesting something vigorously.

Judging by other ratings, this seems like a polarizing beer. But, well worth givign a try. You may be pleasantly surprised, like I was.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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