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Nelson Sauvin IPA - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 5
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 5.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 05-26-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Sly Fox website: Nelson Sauvin is a variety of hop grown in New Zealand. It is not widely used here in the U.S. but we've decided to experiment with it because of it's fantastic citrus flavor and aroma. Early trials with Nelson Sauvin immediately revealed it to be somewhat different in its brewing character than other hop cultivars. This variety imparts certain grape like flavors to the beer, The 4th of this year's IPA Project beers.

Delivered to the bar with a creamy white head that held well and left nice lacing behind. The body was a hazy deep-amber/copper. The nose was more evergreen than fruit, but the flavor was more fruit than evergreen. It has distinctive notes of grapefruit and citrus rind, some orange, some mild grape, and some soft spruce (not harsher pine) amidst a gently caramelish malt. It's a pretty solid IPA with a solidly bitter base, but it's balanced with the malt leaving it at a drinkable bitterness level; and in fact, it's pretty drinkable all around. Interesting and enjoyable! Quite unique.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin, white-wash head; even brickwork on the lacing. Color of a well worn, brown leather baseball glove.

Brite, rindy, leafy, & strong. Maple leaks out as it sits longer & longer. Alcohol seems very evident on my nose, though it doesn't come into play much on the way down. A big middle ground of hops between citrus & pine.

Sweet & peppery initially(loads of sugar flash, then fail before anything else), tastes of macerated bitter orange & extra green Foxy lettuce join in. The finishing coat reminds me of sunflower seeds. I was not expecting that.

Carbonation is low to somewhat moderate. The feel is moist to slippery.

Drinkability, to me, is affected by the lingering taste. I would have preferred a clean, happy ending here. At the very least, for it to aim for a maltier close. Still, it masks the alcohol relatively well, & is quite tasty. It does not sit in my stomach, & it did not blanket my dinner. A solid number is surely required here.

I was very confused by this beer. After a growler, I still don't have everything understood. It was certainly different, & being different is something I can definitely garner enjoyment from.


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Photo of boelker62
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With the catastrophic fire in the in the NW, some brewers have had to turn to other sources, like this one from the Nelson Region of New Zealand, and are the Sauvin variety.

A - this pours a frothy, creamy, off-white head, which is a notable departure from other Sly Fox single varietals. The head is mostly lasting, and has slight lacing through the term. It has an average density, but with a deep amber coloring, as clear as they come, too.

S - another departure, and likely due to the varietal, you actually get an aroma out of this one. It is moderately hoppy with tantalizing citrus tones to it.

T - a moderately bitter start, but a slightly sweet duraton, bringing into play the flutery citrus tones, with a long, almost never ending finish.

M - expected watery texture without the hop oils one might find in their Odyssey or Rte 113 IPA's. Soft carbonation lets it makes it point each time, and the detectable astringent feel lets the long finish feel clean and crisp, preparing your palate for more.

D - absolutely a great addtion to the 2007 IPA Project lineup, and one of the best single varietals I have ever had from them. It's one of my favorites. Now, I can't wait until Deember to have it again.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy copper toned amber with a small head that fades into a mild cap. Lots of lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of juicy grapefruit, perfume, melon, cherries, and flowers, along with a hint of white white tropical aromas.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a deadening flower like flavor that stops in the middle of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and very bitter.
A different hop that would go nicely in a Saison, IMO.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange brown. Great creme head. Smooth hoppy nose and the flavor is niiice. Real great smooth and bitter edge that is an underlining theme. I almost want to say there is a grapey edge on here. Only reason I pull that one out is a very small bit of this reminds me of Cantillon St. Lamvinus at its best. Raelly though it is just nice and smooth. A real pleasure to drink. This on cask would probably be great.

I have had the Horizon, Target, and Centennial besides this, and this is my favorite to this point.

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Nelson Sauvin IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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