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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 362
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 89
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
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 ArkyVaughan
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nelson is not my favorite hop, but this was really tremendous. The Hill Farmstead single hop pale ale series never disappoints. If you are fan of Nelson, you have to try this beer.

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Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml growler, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 8.10.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a golden straw color, hazy and cloudy with two fingers of soapy, white head with great retention and lace. The aroma is nice, tropical fruits in spades, pineapple, mango, passionfruit snappy and fresh, bitter citrus peel, a touch of rye and the usual Hill Farmstead doughy malt profile that lingers well with just a hint of mineral laden well water. The flavors echo the nose, huge amount of tropical fruits, pineapple and juicy mango, white wine grape, passionfruit, super juicy, super fresh, bright, delicate with a subtle bitterness that reads of mild pine, rye spice and some grapefruit peel. Once again, doughy malt and mineral water linger on the tongue next to the hops. The mouthfeel is great, coating, thick, full bodied, lively, creamy at times with a dry finish.

Verdict: Another excellent pale ale from Hill Farmstead, a great showcase of Nelson Sauvin. Super fruity and bright, juicy and well rounded, extracts everything one could want from such a great hop.

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Photo of groutenberg
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All great stuff, nice clouded yellowish color, maybe 1/2" head that settles down, great mouth feel with really good length, taste stays with you after you swallow, some bitterness lingers but not overpowering, a real effort to get up there, well worth it. REALLY like it a lot!

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a vibrant and hazy lemon yellow.

The aroma offers yellow grapefruit, lychee, spruce, white wine, cracked grains, white bready malt.

On the flavor, lime and grapefruit peel, a touch of yellow grapefruit juice, heavy floral, a hint of juicy honeydew, a light doughy malt in the middle, as the beer finishes very dry with a woody, herbaceous, grass, and drying white wine.

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Photo of lic217
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: pale straw color with slight hint of orange, white head hangs around, cloudy
Smell: Nelson hops, with a little citrus
Taste: tangerine, lingering bitterness, dry, slight sweetness
Feel: a bit thin, but nice creaminess and good carbonation
Overall: a great pale ale that showcases Nelson

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Photo of Mineo
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great showcase of Nelson hops -- tropical fruits and citrus with some notes of peach as well. Very crisp and crushable -- definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From growler purchased 8/6/15 into belgian ale glass.

Pours hazy apricot, a little more bold than straw. Big foamy head, long retention, lots of lacing.

Lots of tropical fruit and citrus up front. Balanced malt profile, some bitterness on finish.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of Zaximus
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
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.


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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a departure from your typical Hill Farmstead pale ale.

Very nicely balanced between the juicy sweetness of the fruit and the bitterness of the hops.

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Photo of mick303
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.21/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

- 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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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