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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale
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148 Ratings
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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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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 27, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 11, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

GarthDanielson, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

rudzud, Nov 27, 2011
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4.26/5  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.

cpetrone84, Feb 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

outoffocus, Aug 10, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Reagan1984, Nov 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

tom10101, Aug 05, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

cbutova, Jan 02, 2012
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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.