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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 57
Gots: 1 | 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 BeerImmediately:
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

BeerImmediately, Sep 01, 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
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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

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

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

pjvie, Oct 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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

roostor07, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

whatname, Monday at 12:09 PM
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
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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

sfr26, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

hockeypuck, Yesterday at 11:30 PM
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
Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

angrybabboon, Sunday at 12:12 AM
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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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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.