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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 54
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 brewandbbq:
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New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +2%

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.

08-27-2013 00:40:27 | More by brewandbbq
More User Reviews:
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3.48/5  rDev -20.9%

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!

09-09-2010 22:04:25 | More by kingcrowing
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

08-04-2013 19:28:03 | More by bpfrush
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-01-2013 14:11:44 | More by doremite
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

08-12-2013 02:39:14 | More by stereosforgeeks
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.1%

07-28-2013 13:45:43 | More by acurtis
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-17-2013 16:00:15 | More by roostor07
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

08-22-2013 14:47:36 | More by brokentee
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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!

09-13-2010 23:20:07 | More by mikey711
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

08-05-2013 15:44:30 | More by huskermike12
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-13-2014 21:31:27 | More by bsm789
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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

08-01-2013 23:28:13 | More by Alieniloquium
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

10-01-2013 16:05:59 | More by Kmlund
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-17-2013 21:51:26 | More by sfr26
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

08-12-2013 18:35:57 | More by mtomlins
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Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8%

08-05-2013 14:48:48 | More by montrealbcr89
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-24-2014 04:02:15 | More by Derekg
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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

08-15-2013 19:39:12 | More by rlee1390
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

08-11-2013 15:47:58 | More by BColton1
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-14-2013 12:18:33 | More by cjs61679
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

11-14-2011 02:47:29 | More by tzieser
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

05-19-2012 01:04:40 | More by erha2
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

08-03-2013 13:24:46 | More by Caudalie
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-05-2014 18:28:02 | More by ThatsThatDude
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

08-01-2013 00:12:05 | More by bubseymour
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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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