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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale
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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 56
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Nelson Sauvin.

(Beer added by: mymrnngjckt on 09-07-2010)
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Reviews by BeRanger:
Photo of BeRanger
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml Growler, about a week old into my HF Tulip - thanks for this one Alex!

A: Yellow/Orange in color, a fair amount of head when poured pretty hard, the white rim slowly fades. As I drink through it, small amount of lacing.

S: Tropical Fruits hit you first, followed by a little bit of a pine and malt smell - a little floral. Everything comes together quite nice, it has a nice smell, not too overpowering, very subtle.

T: Tropical fruits hit you up front, a little bit of citrus - then comes the piney/malty characteristics on the back end, finishes slightly dry but its a nice balance of the tropical fruits and hop flavor.

M: Pretty light bodied and carbonated, as expected.

O: Very nice APA from HF, per usual. Everything comes together nicely and finishes quite clean, certainly a great beer on a nice summer day (like today). I envision this 750ml disappearing very shortly.

BeRanger, Aug 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into an ommegang tulip.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy orange color that's really nice. Small light yellow head with some awesome clingy lacing. Nose is odd, these hops are earthy and a bit funky.

Taste is sweet, bitter, fruity and it still has that funky earthy flavor from the nose. It's got a fairly light mouthfeel, it's easy drinking and quite tasty. Overall pretty good showcase of the Nelson hops!

kingcrowing, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +8%

bpfrush, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of doremite
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

doremite, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of pjvie
3.96/5  rDev -10%

pjvie, Yesterday at 11:16 PM
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of roostor07
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

roostor07, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of brokentee
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

brokentee, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of mikey711
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to joe for hooking me up with this growler

A: Cloudy amber color with a faint tannish color head that is only about a quarter inch thick but leaves very nice gobs of weblike lace.

S: Nice citrus pine note with hints of apricot, lemon, pineapple, and mango. there is also a sticky pine note. Minimal amounts of caramel sweetness present in this hop forward IPA. Some floral notes and a hint of earthiness

T: Heavy pine and lemon citrus is the first flavor follow by a slight scallion note. Bits of caramel present. The pine is sticky and oily. The scallion/earthy tone to this one is a bit off putting. its not terrible but it over took the citrus a little bit

M: Very smooth with not harshness and light but with a good amount of body. No heat and good creaminess

D: This one goes down very easily and has all the qualities i usually look for in a IPA. the only complaint i have is that the citrus got overshadowed a bit otherwise this is a great brew!

mikey711, Sep 14, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

huskermike12, Aug 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

bsm789, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright yellow orange. Nice white head. Laces nicely. Uneven chunky foam on the surface.

Smell - Tons of nelson hops. Grapefruit, herbal notes, pine, and some lemon. Very distinctive. Touch of grain but it's a hop bomb.

Taste - All hop here again. Great hop flavor. Herbal notes and lemon are stronger. The grapefruit comes second. Drops off to a clean pale malt and grainy finish. Dry.

Mouthfeel - Light, medium carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Overall - This gives Zombie Dust a run for its money. I'd take this over so many beers and drink it all day.

Alieniloquium, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Kmlund, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of sfr26
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

sfr26, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of mtomlins
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml flip-top growler into a stemmed tulip glass (Filled Aug 2; Poured Aug 7).

A: A hazy straw color (an unfiltered beer so haze is expected); A big frothy white head (2-3 fingers) slowly settling leaving lots of lace.

S: A nice hoppy nose, citrus includes orange and grapefruit, pine needles, but those NZ hops are so prevalent and I have a hard time describing them: a bit woody (cedar?) or winey, a touch of the barnyard funk, slightly vegetal (cauliflower?).

T: Soft on the palate relative to some of the more aggressive hopped ales (e.g., Edward); again the NZ hops are there in full force: a winey oaky/cedar wood, grapey or woodzy, the barnyard funk is in the back. The finish is very short, clean and dry.

M: Very smooth and clean with medium body and carbonation.

O: A very good beer and very well balanced. This is my first experience with a Nelson Sauvin single hopped beer; it is so different and really exciting as it sets this beer apart in a market saturated with other pale ales. This beer is definitely hop driven but not overly pungent or bitter, really nice.

mtomlins, Aug 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

montrealbcr89, Aug 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Derekg, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

rlee1390, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

BColton1, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

cjs61679, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of tzieser
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed on-tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

a: served in a hill farmstead pint glass. hazy light orange in color with a pretty thin head that sticks for a long time.

s: noticeable citrus hop character in the aroma. not much malt to speak of.

t: citrus hop flavor dominates the flavor with a subtle piney bitterness. deliciously hoppy, yet not too unbalanced thanks to the subtle malt sweetness.

m: smooth mouthfeel.

quite a delicious beer. i now see why Hill Farmstead is so highly regarded.

tzieser, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

erha2, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Caudalie, Aug 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 05, 2014
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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.