Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPANuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
lickingholecreek.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by VeganUndead on 06-02-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
13.7%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of obywan59
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 AngusOg
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Deep amber in color, head doesn't stick around long at all.

Very heavy on the malty sweetness. Seems more like a hoppy barlywine, rather than a dipa. There is some pineapple and piney flavors from the hops, and if the malt was dialed back a bit, they'd have a real winner in my book. I just like my dipas a bit more hop toward.

Still, not an entirely bad beer, just not normally what l look for in this style. Relatively easy to drink for the high abv, but I do feel it creeping up on me. Good thing I waited until the night before a day off work, to take on this 750 mil bottle.

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Photo of thoglund
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip. Had a moderately brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and a floral aroma.

T: Tasted of light malt notes, a good shot of hops (not as much as in other DIPAs), a lot of citrus (grapefruit, especially), pine, some honey and the aforementioned floral quality. An interesting flavor that's not as hoppy as other beers of the style. Tasty, and it gets better as you go along.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made DIPA that's easy to drink. Tasty and well made.

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Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lelampp
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of token_23223
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL capped bottle, poured into a stemmed glass. Brown color to the beer, with a nice, off white head after poured. I got a nice honey aroma, with a floral bitterness after tasting. Pretty smooth for the abv, and overall, an outstanding beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a pint glass, a clear dark amber color with light highlights when held to a light. Big light tan head with a hard pour and almost complete lacing coverage on the glass. Head retention is good. Aroma is mostly piney hops and a bit of sweetness (more likely honey than sweet malt). The initial taste includes some strong bitterness but it fades with honey sweetness. The honey doesn't overwhelm the bitterness, but definitely cuts it a bit. Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter to start and then more smooth and sweet. No hint of alcohol. A good DIPA, very enjoyable.

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Photo of avisong
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of delta490
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has a lovely dark amber body with a golden tint. There is a moderately thick cap of very light tan head that has great retention and leaves ribbons of small sticky lacing. The aroma isn't huge but it has great hops qualities, citrus and pine, with just a hint of sweetness, I think more from the honey than the malt. The taste is also at the very good level, nice hops, well-balanced with the sweetness of the malt. It is medium-bodied with a just a little bitter finish and a small but steady trickle of carbonation.

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Photo of Buckeyeguy10
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AMCPhD
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joshmistake
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, deep, vibrant, bronze coloring with a low profile, clingy, foamy, off-white head. Aromas of wet, sticky, piney hops forward, with a solid pepper spice, and hints of tropical fruit, with a rich, solid honey backbone. Flavors are roasted forward, with a solid blast of bitter hops notes, heavy on pine, resin, wet grass, and pepper spice. This dankness is followed by rich honey sweetness, earthy notes, and subtle tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango. Very heavy and dynamic palate, on a rich, robust, oily slick body. The aftertaste is heavy on the hops bitterness, with the tropical sweet and richly sweet honey blend still lingering on, as well. Solid, lingering bitterness on the slick, dry finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Sumner. Thanks man. Copper body with an off-white head. Breast, biscuity, malty. Some pine resin, bitter hops, honey sweetness. Out of balance, too sweet. Malt body overshadows hop character. I did not enjoy this.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Jae61
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cubatobaco
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. No freshness date on bottle. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy, opaque orange-copper with 1-finger oatmeal colored head with good retention and a lot of spotty lace around the glass.

S: A lot of woody, herbal hops aroma which doesn't really mix that well with the heavy medium-heavy caramel malt presence. I don't get much citrus, mostly herbal and resinous notes. Alcohol burns the nostrils.

T: The flavor is a palate hammer for sure with heavy herbal and resin notes which are enhanced by the medium and medium-high caramel malt components. The maltiness is modestly sweet, caramelly and a little candylike. I don't get much if any citrus or floral notes -- just a hefty blast of resin and woody, herbal hops. Alcohol is pretty heavy as well -- too much, especially in the finish, and it makes this beer come of a lot more harsh than it should. Bitterness is definitely high.

M: Very heavy in body and I agree with those that put it in the near-barleywine category. Carbonation is medium. This is too hefty for me for this style and it is approaching American Barleywine in style.

O: A very heavy IIPA -- close to American barleywine and I would love to try it side by side with Avery Hog Heaven or another hoppy fresh example. Be ready for a big bitter, alcoholic beer.

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Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
3.87 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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