Spice Of Life - Nelson Sauvin - Sixpoint Brewery
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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by younger35:
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Received a growler of this from BeerTruth just yesterday. As a homebrewer (and lover of Alpines Nelson) I’ve been extremely interested in this hop and what the exact characteristics are really like. A single hop brewski by a professional; what better way to learn! Drank from my Harriet Brewing nonic pint glass.
Appearance- Pours a lightly chill hazed straw yellow with a nice petite quarter inch bright white head. It fizzles away fairly quickly leaving a thin ring and spotty cap. Not much in the way of lacing.
Smell- You can really smell the white wine characteristic that is often used to describe this hop. It’s snappy and almost tart with a deep fruity earthiness that really is vinous in aroma. Behind the earthiness is a light sort of fruitiness that is grapefruity and almost orange peel like. The harder I smell the more I get some grassiness that really plays into the characteristics of the hop. The base of the beer is pretty neutral with a touch of cracker crumb that really allows the hop to show its shit.
Taste- Very unique flavor here that would really satisfy the dank hophead. Deep and earthy and tastes very much like it smells. Maybe not quite as vinous as the nose but obviously the tartness doesn’t translate to the taste. Pretty damned bitter and it reminds me a lot of raw dandelion stems (don’t ask). There is literally not a shred of fruitiness in this hop. It’s just brutally earthy and bright. Finish is dry with absolutely no shred of any malts. Perfect base for a single hopped beer.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice silky/oily feel. The carbonation is light and prickly and f’n spot on.
Drinkability- As a IPA fan and a homebrewer, I’ve received best of both worlds here. This is an extremely unique hop and I know this beer won’t be a fan of everyone. I’m definitely a fruity/citric hop guy but I find a weird satisfaction in this beer. Add a touch of Simcoe in this with a sprinkle of caramel malt – BOOM - you have Alpine Nelson. Dank, bitter and delicious. Thanks much Adam!
Serving type: growler
10-22-2011 22:18:33 | More by younger35
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3.75/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: A yellow hue, a little bit of transparency but a bit cloudy as well, a nice white head at the top that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass as you drink.
S: Strong hop notes right off the bat, a good amount of fresh fruit and a little bit of sweetness not sure from what, maybe brown sugar.
T: Almost exactly like the nose with a good balance of malts and hops, there is a slight hint of white wine taste, the orange flavor is very present as well.
M: Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, and a little sticky.
O: Overall a good brew from Sixpoint, very subtle, nothing spectacular but a good tasting IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
10-22-2013 19:18:58 | More by thedoubler55
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This beer is one that, despite being a bright, deep, shining gold, is almost entirely opaque, displaying thickness in the body. The pour from the tap brings up an extremely creamy not-quite-white head that drops very, very slowly, developing crags and crannies as it does. A web of sticky lacing is left before diminishing (the term is used lightly) to heavy patching.
The nose is light, with a little fruit, spiciness, and a floral quality.
In the taste, though, this beer is packed. It's spicy and juicy, so extremely citrusy but with something like papaya bursting on the tongue. It's bready with a pale malts balance but nicely hopped. It's not as hop-forward as IPAs are these days, but the hops are in charge.
The feel is crisp and smooth in even measure, with both bite and creamy flow. The body is medium, very clean, and it has a certain brightness to it as well. There are layers to the depth of this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
10-01-2013 15:36:52 | More by Brenden
Spice Of Life - Nelson Sauvin from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.