Nuclear Nugget | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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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: 116 |  Reviews: 28
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 PaulsBrew
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
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 LanguedocRocks
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Medicinal, boozy & very sweet up front. Not a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of JohnathanColeman
2.75/5  rDev -30%

This beer is extremely disappointing. Classified as an unfiltered IPA, but could pass as an IPL all day. Poured a dark copper brown and had very little hints of honey. Tasted more like hoppy cough syrup.

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Photo of ElGordito
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of rjs246
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Damn. I wanted to like this more. It's totally fine. And if you love big beers and don't mind that extra alcohol burn this might be your thing. But for me this was just ok. The standard bearer for big honey DIPAs is Hopslam and what makes it so unique is its ability to pack a huge abv punch without burning out your tastebuds. At no point when drinking Nuclear Nugget was I unaware of the alcohol. Not necessarily bad, but not great either. I hope they stick with it and refine it down because there's promise here.

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Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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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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 BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of julielynndubee
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy dark copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit zest and earthy copper, with some sweet honey.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit zest and resin and earthy copper, with some sweet honey. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice IPA, but the scent and taste weren't super delicious. The body was solid, but the finish was a little harsh, so it was better to sip. Not a bad brew, but doesn't compete with some of the more extreme IPAs in the past few years.

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Photo of sebaastionb
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of cambabeer
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This was really good, for the most part. Nice malt character and very bitter hop finish. Nose is really nice as well, very citric and sticky. What kills this beer is that the alcohol seems a little out of place, and it's a little too sweet, in a "this doesn't fit" type of a way. That being said, it's still good beer, nice hops. Not extremely drinkable.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aidan_Stewart
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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 oldn00b
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's interesting - the kind of IIPA you can give to someone who just thinks "hops = bitter = don't like" and they'll be more open to it. I don't want to say I thought there was too much honey, but it was a bit too sweet for me with the higher abv and honey notes. Still, for a relatively inexpensive bottle from LHC - definitely worth a try and a good one to share on a warm day.

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Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Nuclear Nugget from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 116 ratings