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Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Nuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPANuclear Nugget Imperial Honey IPA
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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: 115 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Boone757
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 BillRoth
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a copper brown body with decent head and little lace retention for some lace patches.
Aroma is a mix of citric hops along with touches of sweet honey malt (surprised I even picked it up) along with possible caramel malt as well.
While this is a hoppy brew, naturally, the hops do not overpower beer like I thought they would and this is a genuinely sweet, honeylike IPA that hangs on to both sweetness and a prolific citric hop profile.
This combonation, or the sweetness in general, might irk some people but I really loved it and the over 10% ABV is well-hidden so I was able to really enjoy this beer.

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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 Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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 cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to my man olavzisper for sending me this bottle! Enjoyed from a lccb snifter.
Bottle #775

Brew pours a surprisingly dark almost brown with a thin off white IPA head. Head dissolves mostly leaving a thick skin on the surface of the brew and nice lace on the glass.

Nose is a soft resinous hop.

Taste follows the nose leading with rich resinous hop over a big caramel malt backbone. Almost barleywine like. Very piny and caramel biscuit. Bitterness on the finish, a bit chewy.

Overall falls on the resinous side of the IPA scale as opposed to the citric bombs I love. Not a bad brew and I will have no problem taking down the 750, but this one seems to tow the line on an American barleywine with thick rich hopping and a but syrupy. Very enjoyable and worth checking out if you get the chance, but don't expect west coast or citric IPA here. Almost comes across as an amber and is a bit reminiscent of nugget nectar but on steroids...a hint of booziness tingles my mouth.

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

Photo of cjgiant
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. Retention is excellent, and combines with the creaminess of the head to create some nice aesthetic appeal (even if the body isn't that attractive). A thick ring of lacing is left behind.

S: This nose is ridiculously candy-like - I'm immediately reminded of those little fruit snacks with its notes of stone/tropical fruit and sugar. Caramel malts lie behind it, with bittering notes being nearly imperceptible. Might be too sweet for DIPA standards, but it really works as a barleywine.

T: Follows the nose well. I'm getting an initial hit of juicy fruits - peach, pineapple, mango, and perhaps even cherry. Yeah, cherry in a DIPA. Honey flavors really dominate the midtaste, while it finishes with a combination of caramel malts and piny touches. The malts have a real richness to them that reminds me of a barleywine (and it's not just LC using a buttload of Crystal malt to 'balance' it, either). While quite delicious, it's still too sweet at the end of the day.

M: This is full bodied, soft, and creamy; but then the finish is dried out by the honey presence. Actually, it might be too dry - it's creating an astringent sensation that practically parches the palate. Carbonation is hidden behind the rich texture.

O: Malty DIPAs (which sounds redundant) can be wildly hit-or-miss with me. Some can pull off the sweetness well...others can't. This is the former, mainly because it's closer to a barleywine than a DIPA. The big caramel sweetness works quite well with the almost candied hops and impressive honey presence. It's a very rich beer - hell, I'd even suggest it would be great for dessert.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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 hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a snifter a Capital Grill in Richmond earlier today for $7.75.

Beer was served golden orange with a nice white head.

Nose was nice, dank citrus hop.

Taste is citrus and tropical with a bit of pine. It is a tad sweet but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a solid double ipa that is pretty similar to Hop Slam...definitely would do again.

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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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