Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 361
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 17.61%
Wants: 88
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 kingcrowing
3.46/5  rDev -21.9%
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!

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.74/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.87/5  rDev -12.6%
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!

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Nose of sweet fruits (passion fruit, watermelon, orange) and this typical fresh scent that only HF has the secret.
In mouth, it's a brief fruits explosion. Brief, because a bitter and dry taste quickly invades the palate.
Bitterness is moderated and dry
I guess it would be better to enjoy that beer on a warm day in July rather than a cold and rainy October day.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a very hazy orangish yellow, about a half finger of white frothy head forms that settles to a thin bubbly top.

S- Juicy oranges, dank resinous hops, definite earthy fresh hops, nice balance with the malts and plenty of aroma for a lower abv.

T- Earthy bitter hops, oranges, light passionfruit, bit of pine, finishes a bit watery with a light bitter orange peel. Not as good as the aroma but still way better then your average pale ale.

M- Super drinkable albeit a little watery, bitterness lingers on the palate.

O- This was a fantastic APA however I think I prefer Edward slightly more. Still definitely at the top of it's class for a single hop pale ale.

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Photo of tzieser
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml growler, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 8.10.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a golden straw color, hazy and cloudy with two fingers of soapy, white head with great retention and lace. The aroma is nice, tropical fruits in spades, pineapple, mango, passionfruit snappy and fresh, bitter citrus peel, a touch of rye and the usual Hill Farmstead doughy malt profile that lingers well with just a hint of mineral laden well water. The flavors echo the nose, huge amount of tropical fruits, pineapple and juicy mango, white wine grape, passionfruit, super juicy, super fresh, bright, delicate with a subtle bitterness that reads of mild pine, rye spice and some grapefruit peel. Once again, doughy malt and mineral water linger on the tongue next to the hops. The mouthfeel is great, coating, thick, full bodied, lively, creamy at times with a dry finish.

Verdict: Another excellent pale ale from Hill Farmstead, a great showcase of Nelson Sauvin. Super fruity and bright, juicy and well rounded, extracts everything one could want from such a great hop.

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Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at armsby abby
looks like a golden orange julius but better. orangy golden peach, opaque, head is thick and frothy, sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing.
smell, peach, citrus, grass, orange, melon, earth, a little bread
taste, citrussy fruity hops from start to finish, peach orange, earth, some biscuity malt
feel, medium in body, a little carbonation, earthy, smooth enough
overall it was an impressive fruit hop bomb, my first experience with straight nelson hops

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From growler purchased 8/6/15 into belgian ale glass.

Pours hazy apricot, a little more bold than straw. Big foamy head, long retention, lots of lacing.

Lots of tropical fruit and citrus up front. Balanced malt profile, some bitterness on finish.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64oz, filled 7/25/13, drank 8/1/13
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pale straw colored yellow color. Hazy and unfiltered per the usual with HF. Bright white head. Sticky lacing. Still nice carbonation. Pretty beer, IMO.

S: Lots of that white grape character from the Nelson. Bight citrus notes: grapefruit, melon, lemon stands out. Light malt character, which I love about their IPAs and Pales.

T: True to HF IPAs, clean and perfect IPA. Delicious light bitterness up front. You get that white grape and lemon flavor up front. Thin malt bill makes for a clean finish.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy light yellow color with a nice fluffy white head and good lacing

S-pine, malt, tropical fruit, lemon, slight floral, very fragrant

T-light malt backbone with grapefruit and tropical fruit, floral hint, pine, solid bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-great single hop APA, great flavor and so easy drinking

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of angrybabboon
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of lic217
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: pale straw color with slight hint of orange, white head hangs around, cloudy
Smell: Nelson hops, with a little citrus
Taste: tangerine, lingering bitterness, dry, slight sweetness
Feel: a bit thin, but nice creaminess and good carbonation
Overall: a great pale ale that showcases Nelson

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Photo of Jayli
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of mtomlins
4.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nelson is not my favorite hop, but this was really tremendous. The Hill Farmstead single hop pale ale series never disappoints. If you are fan of Nelson, you have to try this beer.

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Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at both Hill Farmstead and the Armsby Abbey. This will be a combination of both notes.

A - Poured a nice slightly hazy golden hue with a really nice almost two finger creamy white head that left good globs of side lacing.

S - Smell is of all Nelson. Lots of good citrus and pine notes with even some light apricot as someone else had mentioned. Some nice pine oil.

T - Taste is more of the same with those delicious Nelson Sauvin hops. Lots of bright citrus with big time grapefruit rind. There is a light earthyness as well to this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, slightly lower carbonated than I'd like. Quite creamy.

O - Overall yet another great beer from Hill Farmstead. Not a single beer disappoints.

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