Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.26%
Wants: 66
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by BeerImmediately:
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kingcrowing
3.46/5  rDev -21.5%
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!

Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of mtomlins
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of tzieser
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Armsby Abbey. Reviewed from notes, probably the highlight of the day along with Everett.

A- Cloudy golden yellow pour into a pint glass. Creamy white head forms with great size and retention. Huge coat of lace down entire glass.

S- Beautiful fresh bag of hops blasts the nose with mostly citrus and fruit notes. Good grapefruit, lemon and general sweet tart fruits. Some general cereal grains in background.

T- Follows nose with huge hop feel for 5%. Citrus, juicy orange, grapefruit, strawberry and peach fruit punch feel. Some bread and grains but the Nelson hops rule here.

MF- Smooth and silky feel with nice carbonation. Not as creamy as I expected but fine for an APA.

Best single hop beer I have tried thus far. So many amazing fruit flavors.

Photo of jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Some bitter hop sweetness. Getting lots of grapefruit. Traditional Hill malt profile. I think that Nelson by Alpine is a bit better though.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, yellow-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, clingy white head around an inch. Nose of pepper, jasmine, and cedar, with a hint of smoke. Flavors are smooth, with a toffee blast, spiced pepper and oregano, cedar wood and spice, and hints of apple and mango. Crisp, bitter, resiny finish, with a tangy, bitter aftertaste. Unique brew, and damn tasty!

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a standard shaker pint.

A: Deep golden color. Very clear.

S: Exceptional. Strong citrus and pine. A great smelling IPA.

T: Very good. The smell translates to the taste. Citrus, pien resin and a great malt balance.

M: Ample carbonation really brought out the hops.

D: I wanted more of this. I was very suprised with the complexity considering this had a single hop bill but i was very impressed.

Photo of cfrances33
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml growler purchased at the brewery on 8-8-13, so 5 days old at this point. Though the Susan I opened with friends last night on day 4 was fine. Poured into a standard pint glass.

AP: Light peach and apricot colour, almost looks like a Hefe. Foamy 1" head fizzled down to 1/8" with minimal lacing.
AR: Thankfully this has a nice lively nose on it. Pineapple, mango, gooseberry and guava. Little whispers of orange and pine with light grains and cracker.
T: Light grains and cracker for the malt base. The tropical fruits in the nose aren't as prominent in the taste. The main flavours are lemon and pink grapefruit. Damn, this is quite the letdown after how inviting the nose was. The lemon and PG just push the tropical fruits to the back, practically suppressing them from adding more depth to the taste.
M: Moderately carbonated, a bit light in body for a Pale Ale, IMO, crisp and off dry finish.
OV: This is my 2nd HF brew out of 4 that has been a letdown for me. I thought this would be really good by the nose, but the flavours just didn't hold up. The Susan was fine the day after and on day 4, so I don't understand how S&S #7 and this beer could be 'off' on day 3 and 5. I would still visit HF when I go to VT again, but would prefer to get heartier beers next time that might do better in a growler for a few days and a 7 hour Jeep ride home.

Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of BeRanger
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Jayli
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT on 12/7
Served in an oversized wine glass

A: This beer pours an odd light copper/dirty hazy yellow color. One finger of white sudsy head sits on top. Retains nicely leaving spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is very fruity - mango, pineapple and some tangerine.

T: Taste starts with mango and some caramel malts. A pineapple and strong tangerine presence starts coming through. Finish is some grapefruit notes but a continued strong tangerine presence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily at first with a bone dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, mildly filling, mild kick, great representation of style. I think I may have been burned out of IPA's lately - but this is a very well crafted, tasty, big hop beer with out being a palate buster. Oh, and freaking drinkable!

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

- 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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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