Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPANuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA

Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by VeganUndead on 06-02-2014

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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by cjgiant:
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3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review from bottle in May, 2015, original rating straight 4:
This beer didn't look that great, to be honest, save for a nice creamy ream-colored head that lasted. The beer was brownish-yellow, fairly cloudy, with some floaties. The color reminded me of my homebrews that oxidize, and this is likely a bottle-conditioned beer I got a little aggressive with.

Nose is sweet (honey) and floral (orange blossom), but with a hint of wet grain. Not much bitterness detected.

Taste definitely brings some honey to the front and back of the taste. There is also a candy orange flavor early before a piney/grassy dry bitterness joins the party. The IBUs are noticed, but the malty sweetness keeps the bitterness from destroying your mouth. Alcohol is noticeable and adds a bite when combined with the hops, but not strong.

Body is medium full, carbonation light, but that alcohol/bitter spice bite replaces it.

I think the look might be an anomaly. The bitterness grows throughout the pour such that the beer slowly grows into a nice easy-coast, malt forward IPA. I think the flavors get a bit muddled, making it less clean than I'd like.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of cbradio
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of dwren89
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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 -2.6%

Photo of HopAttack3
1/5  rDev -74%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tclipse
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of earlholman
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tabascosigned
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of TwistofKane
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mkirkland80
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Goodwire80
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev -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 -2.3%

Photo of gopens44
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +3.9%

Photo of Jae61
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of craigyrex1985
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Lelampp
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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