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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

koopa, Sep 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

erha2, May 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

RSchaeffer, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of cbutova
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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4/5  rDev -9.1%

InspectorBob, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Jayli
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Jayli, Dec 20, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at the reservoir on my most recent trip up to hill farmstead this pas Saturday. This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a large slightly off white head. The smell is tropical fruits and citrus, with the slightest hints of malt. The flavor is fruity hops with a hint of grassyness but a very small one. The mouthfeel is light with food carbonation. Overall this is one of the better single hop beers I have ever had. Double galaxy still takes the cake.

rowingbrewer, Dec 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

bpk59, Dec 01, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

jbertsch, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of rudzud
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

tzieser, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
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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4.75/5  rDev +8%
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!

SFLpunk, Sep 17, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

mikey711, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -20.9%
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!

kingcrowing, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

mymrnngjckt, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Skrip
4.49/5  rDev +2%
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!

Skrip, Aug 18, 2013
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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.