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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 361
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 17.61%
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 Pahn
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

32oz growler into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange yellow. 2 inch fluffy white head that laces up the glass. The glowing, inviting look of a good IPA/APA.

Smell: Explosion of tropical fruit, lime, and funky, earthy, smoky undertones. The full character of Nelson Sauvin hops. Beyond improvement.

Taste: Follows the nose, with less tropical fruit, more lime and cheesy funk. Crisp dryness and high carbonation leave a clean finish. Missing the cereal grain of What is Enlightenment? or the Amarillo single hop, but the toasted cracker flavor that's there instead is nice, and works well as a counterpoint to the hop explosion up front.

Extremely delicious. Unbalanced in favor of hops in a way not truly characteristic of Hill Farmstead, but this is a small complaint.

Mouthfeel: Perfect American Pale Ale. Fills the mouth with hop succulence, but it's still light side of medium bodied, super dry, well carbonated. Nailed; like the smell, it's simply perfect.

Overall: I like great beer, I like Nelson Sauvin hops, I like crisp pale ales. Easy drinking, powerfully hoppy, just excellent in every respect.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of DonFrap
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 growler to a tree house snifter. Not a huge Nelson Sauvin fan, but figured is give this a shot to see what Shaun could do with it. Definitely has that peppery Hop smell, but with a citrus backup. Poured very light, lighter than I remember HF APAs being. Nice head, good retention. Taste was a surprise. The hop profile comes out up front, but finishes with a smooth citrus finish, very crisp. I liked this WAY more than I thought i would. Definitely get this if you can!

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Photo of Willytee3
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque glowing golden yellow with huge foamy pure white head. Reduces to bubbly film with great Japanese Mountain lacing.

Smells of high alpine evergreen with light candy malt backbone. Kiwi, pear and mango jucicy fruits with some spicy floral qualities.

Tastes of rosemary bread with pineapple and mango. Alpine evergreen with delicate earth and white pepper. Nice bittering on the back side with northern and tropical fruits. Lemon finish with a touch of straw and dry tartness.

Overall an amazing single hop that displays well a balance of light fruits and delicate earth.

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Photo of MasterCraft
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pale, murky yellow/orange color

Smells of kiwi, rotting tropicals fruits, lemon, weed, and cat piss. We got something different here, boys.

Taste is intense kiwi and lychee with mango, papaya, orange and lemon rind , with an underlying white bread dough. Totally wowed at this point.

Mouthfeel is typical hoppy HF; airy and light. Despite the flavor this beer packs, it's insanely drinkable.

Maybe the best hoppy offering from Hill Farmstead that I've had.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Quick review: Pours an clear amber with fluffy off-white head that collapses rather quickly. Nose is very herbal with notes of leather and grapefruit rind. Palate is clean and crisp with lots of pink grapefruit flavor, rind too, with a grassy hop character.

So clean, so fresh, so delicious! This is my favorite Hill Farmstead beer yet! Keep going Shaun!

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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 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 Reagan1984
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Once again) Thanks to Mtardiff for sending this along in trade. Excellent trading partner. Always a treat to try another Hill Farmstead beer.Just yesterday enjoyed and reviewed Six Point Spice of Life (Nelson) IPA. Wanted to have these back to back to see how they stacked up.

A finger of white head forms and fades fairly quickly. The beer is a slightly hazy orange color with no visible carbonation. Rings of lace form with every sip.

Aroma is a burst of tangerine, citrus and tropical fruit. Very heavy tangerine. Nice.

Flavor is excellent (no surprise) The fruit burst is here for sure and the tangerine/citrus is certainly features. What’s funny is that the flavor is less tangerine focused vs. the aroma. Some more grassy notes in the flavor along with just a touch of hop resin greenness. Light cracker malt flavors with nice bread notes below the surface. But the Nelson hop is center stage all the way. The finish is a nice combination of green bitterness, fruit and a bit of citrus peel. I think lemon now and again, but it seems to pull back and head in a more tropical direction.

Nice light refreshing body. The bitterness almost makes it finish with a dry edge, but I love that.

A great IPA, the freshness and big juicy fruit notes make this special. This along with the Sixpoint version is the type of IPA I could drink all the time. The freshness is just so fantastic.

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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 Alieniloquium
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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 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 jbertsch
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey.

Poured into a HF stemmed glass. 1-2 finger white head was frothy. Smelled terrific - tropical hop notes plentiful including grapefruit starfruit and slight orange. It tastes similar to its aroma with sweet citrus notes as well as pine. A little bready malt provides some backbone. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and round (didn't expect that).

Was glad to have my first HF brew...and it was a great one. Full of flavor and it tastes like it sports a higher ABV. Great brew.

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Photo of Gatch
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge expectations for this beer because New Zealand hops are my favorite at the moment. Super cloudy, bright golden yellow with a massive bleach white head that's soapy, sticky, and tall leaving behind great last and retention. The nose and flavor are all massive NZ hops. Sticky resin, bright tropical fruit, pungent earth and pine. Delicious hops cling to the palate and don't let go. Finish is incredible, although slightly chalky and cloying after a few glasses. Another incredible PA from HF.

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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 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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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 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 brewandbbq
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Skrip
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured in a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ glows like the sun. glowing yellow on the outsides which fads to a bright orange in the middle. nice white head and a lot of lacing.

S~ earthy pine, all kinds of citrus, and a little bit of that delicious vomit smell. in the best way possible of course haha.

T~ pretty much follows the nose and reminds me a lot of Enjoy By and Bitter Valentine. Nelson must play a huge roll in those brews. the citrus opens up even more here with lots of tropical guava, mango, and papaya.

M~ i should really just start giving the mouthfeel for all HF brews a 5 lol. well maybe except for BoT haha. anyway... amazing carbonation, smooth as can be and super refreshing.

O~ Nelson the boy who threw up the earth haha. i really enjoy that vomity, earthy pine in IPA's. i now believe i know where that comes from but i could still be totally wrong lol. this is definitely one of my favorite hoppy HF brews (i might say that too much lol) but in my defense i don't usually enjoy (by) single hop pales/IPA's. this is surly amazing though, go for it!

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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.