Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 303
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 6.31%
Wants: 66
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mymrnngjckt on 09-07-2010

An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Nelson Sauvin.
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Photo of irrevjim
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at armsby abby
looks like a golden orange julius but better. orangy golden peach, opaque, head is thick and frothy, sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing.
smell, peach, citrus, grass, orange, melon, earth, a little bread
taste, citrussy fruity hops from start to finish, peach orange, earth, some biscuity malt
feel, medium in body, a little carbonation, earthy, smooth enough
overall it was an impressive fruit hop bomb, my first experience with straight nelson hops (478 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Damn this one's good.

Straw-like hazy yellow. Generous head and lacing pouring from a HF 750. This beers made a trek across the US and is about 2 weeks old.

Nose of citrus. Orange. Some grass.

Taste follows the nose. Very bright. Citrusy. Little dank. Fantastic malt to balance the hops. Subtle hop bitterness at the end. As I've found with several HF IPAs, this one needs to warm just a bit out of the fridge for the real beauty to shine through.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Refreshing. Perfect carb. Maybe the highlight of the brew.

I know they're held on a pedestal and some think Shaun Hill and his brewery are overrated. Not for me. I've by no means had everything, some have fallen short of expectations and their higher end stuff will most likely continue to allude me but overall they consistently produce exceptional PAs and Saisons.

A+ (843 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

On tap at the brewery. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is lemony and gooseberry, spruce, citrus with some herbal tones. Full body, hops create a clean slight acidity. Complexity is very interesting, a light floral citrus with great depth, amazing. Slight peppery/rosemary on the finish. Loved this beer and would look forward to having it again. (347 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a very hazy orangish yellow, about a half finger of white frothy head forms that settles to a thin bubbly top.

S- Juicy oranges, dank resinous hops, definite earthy fresh hops, nice balance with the malts and plenty of aroma for a lower abv.

T- Earthy bitter hops, oranges, light passionfruit, bit of pine, finishes a bit watery with a light bitter orange peel. Not as good as the aroma but still way better then your average pale ale.

M- Super drinkable albeit a little watery, bitterness lingers on the palate.

O- This was a fantastic APA however I think I prefer Edward slightly more. Still definitely at the top of it's class for a single hop pale ale. (723 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 750ml growler 2 nights back. Thanks Me.

A - Hazy pale orange with a white head. Good retention and great and lacing as usual from HF.

S - Nice dank tropical fruits. Earthy, peach, passionfruit, grapefruit, tropical goodness.

T - Lots of earthy danky peach and general tropical fruit, slight sugar cookie malt, mostly hops with some decent bitterness for a pale ale.

M - Carbonation is a little on the lower side, good bitterness, light and very drinkable, maybe a bit thin if I had to nitpick but overall fine.

O - Yeahhhh, really good, especially for a single hop beer, definitely a nice showcasing the flavors and complexities of the Nelson hop. Lots of great Nelson danky funky fruits and big flavors for the low ABV. (736 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my hill Farmstead stemmed goblet, filled on Wednesday, reviewed on Saturday.

Pours a huge fluffy soapy frothy 2 finger head that fades slowly with tons of frothy soapy lacing, hazy murky peach tangerine orange color. 4.75

Nose is all Nelson! Big fruit, tropical fruit more generic and not really citrus variety, papaya pineapple like, and a musty resin and dank earthy note, a little tangerine and rind later, fluffy airy malt base. Not very complex, just shows off the Nelson nicely. 4.5

Taste brings more fresh Nelson hop, with a bitter rind out front, quickly into genetic tropical fruit, again that pineapple papaya like, and a mild tangerine citrus. a light grapefruit like pith note but very light, quickly into mango and a big bitter rind, that turns a little spicy on the back end. Nice light fluffy malt base adds just enough to prop up the hops. Besides being spicy on the back end, the hops also bring a mild dank resin. Finish is drier with a mild fluffy malt, and big spicy rind hop and little tropical note lingering. 4.5

Mouth is med bod nice fluffy feel with great carbonation. 4.75

Overall great as expected, as usual for hill Farmstead, great hop profile, great fluffy make base too back it up, great carbonation esp for growler. Again not very complex, not over done either, just perfect to showcase the great Nelson hops. Very tasty and drinkable. (1,384 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Did Sonny Liston just knock me out? Wow. Alpine Nelson, move over, the champ may have just entered the building. All those beautiful Nelson hops, but again with that yeasty backbone. Raul just found the Treasure of the Sierra Madre; Raul just found The Maltese Falcon... Yes. (324 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Tasted against Abner, Double Citra, Legitmacy, and Nelson Single Hop. Of the four, I ranked this one 3rd, though not sure if its a fair comparison as it's supposedly only a pale ale.

It's difficult to compare this to other top-tiered APA's like ZD. Pseudo might be closer. I found it comparable to Alpine's Nelson, but maybe a slightly less drinkable due to it's juicier, thicker body. Still, one of the best beers that highlights this varietal that I've tasted yet. (564 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler. Super excited for this one; my favorite hop utilized by one of the best brewers. Pours cloudy and opaque yellow. Nice, doughy head. Aroma is full of Nelson Sauvin goodness. The hop is incredibly unique. Earthy, white grapey, and tropical fruity. Has the Hill Farmstead aroma I pick up in all their hoppy beers. The flavor is super smooth and loaded with tropical fruits. The Nelson hops aren't necessarily tame but some of the funkier flavors I pick up in the hop are mellow. It still is loaded with hop-juice, fruit flavor. The malt is awesome pale and bread that accentuates the hops. Lighter bodied with a softer carbonation. Not super bitter. I think my hopes for this one were set a little bit too high. It's a great beer but I have seen this hop showcased more effectively in other brews. (803 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 6 hours ago

Consumed 10/25/14

A: Lightly hazy, pours a golden honey color with some tangerine - pours with a big, white head, keeps a frothy head, leaves some nice streaks and blobs of lacing

S: Nelson hops everywhere - not extreme, but very aromatic - nice hop profile some with orange, grapefruit, pine, spices, and some tropical notes like melon, hint of pineapple - more citrus with something that smells like lime - very hoppy but not aggressive at all - pale malts, nicely light body

T: Fruity, flavorful, and clean - tangerine, orange, ruby red grapefruit, lime flesh - some pine - pineapple, cantaloupe, melon - very bright, very floral - grassy and earthy, too - low bitterness - pale malt, low level of sweetness - extremely clean

M: Medium to light body, nice carbonation, very smooth, very dry and very clean finish

O: Hooray Nelson!

This is a creative use of Nelson Sauvin hops. They impart a big, bold flavor that usually fits better in an IPA or DIPA. But Hill Farmstead has managed to subdue them to the degree that they fit in an APA. This is extremely drinkable. I might even like this more than Edward, which is unexpected. (1,196 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy dark golden yellow. Head is a massive pillowy white. Lacing coats the glass in streaks. Decent head retention leave a clumpy cap and collar. Loose and chunky. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Malts are very light. Slightly bready with a very light powdery yeast. Hops are lightly tropical with a bit of a bitter edge. Passion fruit, melon, and some grapefruit. Soft fruitiness. A touch of pineapple. Slightly woody. Kumquat. Not the most complex nose in the world, but it's solid. Balanced.

Taste: Slight woody bitterness. Mildly herbal as well. Malts run light and slightly sweet. A touch of cracker and a mild bready element. Fresh green wood. A touch of mint. Slight citrus zest bitterness. A touch of pith. Peach pit, kumquat, and soft mellow - mostly honeydew. Soft fleshy fruit. Lightly floral with something woody thrown in the mix. Has the same balance as the nose. Yeast adds a small touch of fruity esters. Light and fluffy.

Mouthfeel: Matches every other Hill Farmstead pale ale. Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Smooth, slightly creamy sip.

Overall: Ha Ha

I like Nelson Sauvin when it's used well. This uses it well. It's delicate in the right places with enough balance to make it drinkable and interesting. (1,315 characters)

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Nose of sweet fruits (passion fruit, watermelon, orange) and this typical fresh scent that only HF has the secret.
In mouth, it's a brief fruits explosion. Brief, because a bitter and dry taste quickly invades the palate.
Bitterness is moderated and dry
I guess it would be better to enjoy that beer on a warm day in July rather than a cold and rainy October day. (364 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a cloudy pale yellow with a fluffy pure white head. Nose is heavy tropical fruit of pineapple and grapefruit with a nice balance of grain and bread crust. Taste is very balanced, strong clean grain, less hop forward than the nose. Carbonation is strong and the body is light with a powerful bitterness on top of the grapefruit on the rear end of the palate. (365 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Flip-Top growler opened on 9.6.13

A - Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a large soapy off-white head that just sits there.

S - Mostly melony and some grassiness.

T - Grassy and earthy with a touch of melon.

D - Good carbonation with a very light body. A touch bitter.

O - A nice crisp pale - earthy and melon dominate. (327 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Growler picked up at HF 10 days ago (I know, shame on me). But it turned out very well.

Pours with a healthy 2F of fluffy, bright white head that fades to a skim film over a very cloudy golden body. Awesome lacing.

Aromas have a LOT going on. Dull mango, guava, lime, herbal oregano, earthy, and leafy.

Mouthfeel is clean, dry, and refreshing. Medium body. Flavors continue the herbal and tropical fruity qualities. Mango, peach fuzz, guava fruit, some bready malt - wheat crackers. Even a kiss of lime in the finish. Light bitterness, some funk, but not distracting.

What a kick ass pale ale. Just exudes pure quality. Glad I made the huge trip, and can't wait to share the two other growlers of Susan and S&S #7 with beer buds on Monday. (746 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Brewery - Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale, poured into a tulip glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy yellow with a massive frothy head. Tons and tons of lacing. Great looking APA.

Smell - Nelson hops sour dank tropical citrus, almost a roasted caramelized malt behind it.

Taste - Dank tropical citrus hops with a slight roasted finish, quite interesting and unique.

Mouthfeel - Sits dry and clean. Zero booziness. Great drinkability and moderate carbonation.

Overall - This is a great brew, I love trying single-hop varieties from kings like Hill, this is how you find what you prefer and what you do not. I am still not sure if Nelson is my favorite hop but I definitely give credit where it is due, and credit is due here, exceptional brew! (744 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is yellow with a towering, pure white head. Moderately hazy. The aroma offers Nelson hops, which is one of the best smelling and tasting hop varieties I have had. A showcase of for hops, with a subtle malt presence. Incredibly smooth and drinkable. A beer that is hard to savor, as it goes down so effortlessly. Delicious. (374 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler courtesy of Ruth, thanks!

Pours pale, hazy gold with a half inch head of white. Tattered lacing and a partial skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with peach fuzz, pears, dank weed, and tropical fruit. Floral and fruity but short of pungent.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Tropical fruit and hop resin starts the palate. Extremely light malt character, perhaps a bit biscuity and that's it. Low bitterness with plenty of peach, mango, and a hint of pine.

Finishes with some lingering fruit but quite dry and quenching.

Great beer with plenty of Nelson character. Would I drive hours to stand in line hours to get a growler though? No. (688 characters)

Photo of DonFrap
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 growler to a tree house snifter. Not a huge Nelson Sauvin fan, but figured is give this a shot to see what Shaun could do with it. Definitely has that peppery Hop smell, but with a citrus backup. Poured very light, lighter than I remember HF APAs being. Nice head, good retention. Taste was a surprise. The hop profile comes out up front, but finishes with a smooth citrus finish, very crisp. I liked this WAY more than I thought i would. Definitely get this if you can! (488 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque glowing golden yellow with huge foamy pure white head. Reduces to bubbly film with great Japanese Mountain lacing.

Smells of high alpine evergreen with light candy malt backbone. Kiwi, pear and mango jucicy fruits with some spicy floral qualities.

Tastes of rosemary bread with pineapple and mango. Alpine evergreen with delicate earth and white pepper. Nice bittering on the back side with northern and tropical fruits. Lemon finish with a touch of straw and dry tartness.

Overall an amazing single hop that displays well a balance of light fruits and delicate earth. (589 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is a cloudy straw colour- very light golden. Moderately sized snow-white head. Great lacing.

Nose contains juicy tropical fruits and some weedy herbal notes. Fruits include pineapple, apricot, mango. The interplay between the fruit and weeds that is characteristic of Nelson Sauvin is really well displayed.

Taste is very nice. The herbal, weedy flavours get revved up and are the most prominent part of the beer. The tropical fruits are also quite evident, mango, pineapple. Moderately bitter, very flavourful. A bit of bready malt, quite minimal. Tasty stuff indeed.

Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Nice feel.

Overall, really good stuff. I am a big Nelson Sauvin fan and this is a very good showcase for it. (732 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

32oz growler into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange yellow. 2 inch fluffy white head that laces up the glass. The glowing, inviting look of a good IPA/APA.

Smell: Explosion of tropical fruit, lime, and funky, earthy, smoky undertones. The full character of Nelson Sauvin hops. Beyond improvement.

Taste: Follows the nose, with less tropical fruit, more lime and cheesy funk. Crisp dryness and high carbonation leave a clean finish. Missing the cereal grain of What is Enlightenment? or the Amarillo single hop, but the toasted cracker flavor that's there instead is nice, and works well as a counterpoint to the hop explosion up front.

Extremely delicious. Unbalanced in favor of hops in a way not truly characteristic of Hill Farmstead, but this is a small complaint.

Mouthfeel: Perfect American Pale Ale. Fills the mouth with hop succulence, but it's still light side of medium bodied, super dry, well carbonated. Nailed; like the smell, it's simply perfect.

Overall: I like great beer, I like Nelson Sauvin hops, I like crisp pale ales. Easy drinking, powerfully hoppy, just excellent in every respect. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured in a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ glows like the sun. glowing yellow on the outsides which fads to a bright orange in the middle. nice white head and a lot of lacing.

S~ earthy pine, all kinds of citrus, and a little bit of that delicious vomit smell. in the best way possible of course haha.

T~ pretty much follows the nose and reminds me a lot of Enjoy By and Bitter Valentine. Nelson must play a huge roll in those brews. the citrus opens up even more here with lots of tropical guava, mango, and papaya.

M~ i should really just start giving the mouthfeel for all HF brews a 5 lol. well maybe except for BoT haha. anyway... amazing carbonation, smooth as can be and super refreshing.

O~ Nelson the boy who threw up the earth haha. i really enjoy that vomity, earthy pine in IPA's. i now believe i know where that comes from but i could still be totally wrong lol. this is definitely one of my favorite hoppy HF brews (i might say that too much lol) but in my defense i don't usually enjoy (by) single hop pales/IPA's. this is surly amazing though, go for it! (1,098 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2L growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Bright, glowing yellow orange body, with two fingers of frothy, sticky white head. Lots of lacing, and the head hangs around for a while.

Smell: Juicy, tropical mangos and citrus fruits up front. Some of the earthiness associated with Nelson comes through, with a very light white peppercorn. As a whole, the fruits dominate.

Taste: More of the same tropical fruit forward mango and citrus, as well as some white pepper. More earthy Nelson. Not much malt presence to speak of, except a very light, raw dough. Finishes lightly bitter with a lingering mango juiciness.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly refreshing and drinkable. Dare I say thirst quenching. Beautiful carb.

Overall: I think this could be the best hoppy offering I've had from Hill Farmstead. So flavorful, yet so light and refreshing. (845 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Very cloudy bright yellow, two finger head, very fluffy with great lacing.

S-Suck dank tropical notes, lemon orange, grass and some malt.

T-What balance. Starts with very tropical notes, lemon, orange, grapes, grass and some malt. Has a pleasant bitterness in the finish.

M-Tad lighter, but nicely carbonated with hop bite.

O-Nelson hops are amazing. Great way to showcase them. (384 characters)

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