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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: 55
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%

splendidsplinter, Aug 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

brokentee, Aug 22, 2013
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4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Willytee3, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

jrenihan, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

luvbier, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Pahn
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Pahn, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

morningthief, Aug 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Cooker_stp, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

orangesol, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

emottram, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

ygolordned, Aug 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Abilow33, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

roostor07, Aug 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

ILiveOffHops, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Davepoolesque, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of cfrances33
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

cfrances33, Aug 15, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

rlee1390, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

bobv, Aug 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Brew33, Aug 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

ScottP, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

millerbuffoon, Aug 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

jarrgal, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

cjs61679, Aug 14, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, Aug 14, 2013
Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.