Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin single hop IPA

I haven’t had many of the beers from Mikkeller‘s single hop IPA series, but this one was my favorite of the bunch so far. It’s currently got an 89 on Beer Advocate.

I first picked up a Simcoe version last year, and I think the Nelson Sauvin actually offered me what I thought I’d get from that beer. Both were good, but the Nelson Sauvin was exactly how I thought a super floral hop beer would end up.

The smell was very pine-like and as it warmed it picked up a whiff of grapefruit. What I liked the best was as the beer warmed it got sweeter.

The taste was much the same, although the citrus qualities were more present at the beginning. It had just a little bitter hop bite at the end, but by the time I finished it, it was almost like a grapefruit sprinkled with sugar. It was strange how the sweetness came out, especially due to the bitterness at the beginning.

I really liked this. I really think it would work great as a mass-market IPA and put Nelson Sauvin as a hop I could definitely use in my own brewing going forward.

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