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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 353
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 5.86%
Wants: 83
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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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 353
Photo of DonFrap
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (488 characters)

Photo of Willytee3
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev -2%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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! (1,098 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.74/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,098 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.87/5  rDev -12.8%
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! (408 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of BeRanger
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml Growler, about a week old into my HF Tulip - thanks for this one Alex!

A: Yellow/Orange in color, a fair amount of head when poured pretty hard, the white rim slowly fades. As I drink through it, small amount of lacing.

S: Tropical Fruits hit you first, followed by a little bit of a pine and malt smell - a little floral. Everything comes together quite nice, it has a nice smell, not too overpowering, very subtle.

T: Tropical fruits hit you up front, a little bit of citrus - then comes the piney/malty characteristics on the back end, finishes slightly dry but its a nice balance of the tropical fruits and hop flavor.

M: Pretty light bodied and carbonated, as expected.

O: Very nice APA from HF, per usual. Everything comes together nicely and finishes quite clean, certainly a great beer on a nice summer day (like today). I envision this 750ml disappearing very shortly. (904 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev -2%
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 (358 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev -2%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of MasterCraft
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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! (836 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,394 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (396 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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! (964 characters)

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Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.