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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler. Super excited for this one; my favorite hop utilized by one of the best brewers. Pours cloudy and opaque yellow. Nice, doughy head. Aroma is full of Nelson Sauvin goodness. The hop is incredibly unique. Earthy, white grapey, and tropical fruity. Has the Hill Farmstead aroma I pick up in all their hoppy beers. The flavor is super smooth and loaded with tropical fruits. The Nelson hops aren't necessarily tame but some of the funkier flavors I pick up in the hop are mellow. It still is loaded with hop-juice, fruit flavor. The malt is awesome pale and bread that accentuates the hops. Lighter bodied with a softer carbonation. Not super bitter. I think my hopes for this one were set a little bit too high. It's a great beer but I have seen this hop showcased more effectively in other brews.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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