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Single Hop: Nelson Sauvin - Westbrook Brewing Co.

Single Hop: Nelson SauvinSingle Hop: Nelson Sauvin

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87
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%


Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our single-hop rye pale ales are created to showcase the flavor and aromas of individual hop varieties. The grain recipe is kept the same and only the type of hop is changed from batch to batch. Nelson Sauvin is a hop native to New Zealand that has a bold, fruity flavor similar to Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 10-02-2012)
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Reviews by Reaper16:
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Reaper16

Alabama

2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a hazy, almost murky goldenrod color. I kinda' dig it, actually, bit it isn't pretty. Barely any head or lacing.

The aroma is pretty funky. I've brewed single hop beers using Nelson Sauvin and never have I made a beer that smells as musty as this one. It's lacking in top-end brightness from the hops. There's some grape, there's some botanicals. But mostly its a rye malt aroma that isn't spicy as much as it is musty. Like a Founders Red's Rye if that beer's dankness were replaced with staleness.

It doesn't taste bad though. It tastes like a malt-forward rye pale ale. It's spicy and musty and briefly flush with white-fleshed fruit. Slight bitterness here. The finish is a lingering rye malt character. Not much to this. Pretty OK though.

Overall this beer is a pretty average pale ale. It's way too malty to justify the pricetag. I like Westbrook, but this needs tweaking.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 02:37:49 | More by Reaper16
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Very cloudy pale orange beer with a weak head. Decent lacing though.

Strong grapefruit and citrus aroma. Tropical (mango) fruit. Smells almost like a fruit juice.

Some spicy bitterness upfront. Overtaken by a sweet maltiness. More hops after swallowing, but less fruity than in the aroma.

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Pours a warm orange-amber with a quarter inch creamy bright white head. Plenty of delicate lacing on the edges. Nose is fruity, floral and some aromas I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is medium, appropriate for the style, with smooth yet prickly effervescence.

Delicious rye spiciness mixed with a nice hop bite from that flavor I still can't quite isolate. Malt takes a backseat but yet provides enough balance to even the hop & rye out. Definitely a unique taste and aroma from the nelson sauvin hops. If you're tired of the same old pine or citrus flavors, this is the IPA for you.

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Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy gold in color with a big fluffy white head that lingers. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, pine, tropical fruit hops, and a light malt. It smells really good, although not what I expected from a Nelson-only beer.

T: Follows the nose well. Nice lemony grapefruit citrus, a bit of spice and pine hops, biscuit malt. Bittersweet hang with the hop bitterness tingle.

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Pale, almost watery orange-brown; medium depth with some cloudiness. One and a half finger head thins slowly leaving thick clumps of foam, ring retention and dense, crackly lace.

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After a brief showing of pine prickliness on the palate, the hops shift toward a blended-up tropical citrus montage. This starts to get punchy after several sips; it definitely has a good hop kick. Malts are of the toasty, grainy variety. The finish is dry with grapefruit bitterness.

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Single Hop: Nelson Sauvin from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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