Spice Of Life - Nelson Sauvin
Sixpoint Brewery

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IPA - American
4 | pDev: 10.5%
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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thedoubler55 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A yellow hue, a little bit of transparency but a bit cloudy as well, a nice white head at the top that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Strong hop notes right off the bat, a good amount of fresh fruit and a little bit of sweetness not sure from what, maybe brown sugar.

T: Almost exactly like the nose with a good balance of malts and hops, there is a slight hint of white wine taste, the orange flavor is very present as well.

M: Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation, and a little sticky.

O: Overall a good brew from Sixpoint, very subtle, nothing spectacular but a good tasting IPA.

Oct 22, 2013
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Brenden from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is one that, despite being a bright, deep, shining gold, is almost entirely opaque, displaying thickness in the body. The pour from the tap brings up an extremely creamy not-quite-white head that drops very, very slowly, developing crags and crannies as it does. A web of sticky lacing is left before diminishing (the term is used lightly) to heavy patching.
The nose is light, with a little fruit, spiciness, and a floral quality.
In the taste, though, this beer is packed. It's spicy and juicy, so extremely citrusy but with something like papaya bursting on the tongue. It's bready with a pale malts balance but nicely hopped. It's not as hop-forward as IPAs are these days, but the hops are in charge.
The feel is crisp and smooth in even measure, with both bite and creamy flow. The body is medium, very clean, and it has a certain brightness to it as well. There are layers to the depth of this beer.

Oct 01, 2013
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance was a dark straw color with little head, but some lacing left behind. The nose is very weak - nothing bad, but nothing really good either.

The dominant taste is of dried fruits and wine. Overall, it was pretty thin. This offering did have a dry finish, but it lacked any punch of hop bitterness

Mar 04, 2012
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is lightly hazed straw colored golden color with a faint tinge of orange to it and a ½” white head that recedes slowly leaving some lacing on the glass. Sipping leaves rows and speckles of lacing for part of the beer.

Smell: The, grassiness, citrus and fruit from the hop are right up front and supported nicely by some biscuit and a hint of caramel.

Taste: The flavor displays a touch of grassy pine resin and grapefruit with some biscuit malt in the background. There are also hints of tropical fruits and a faint touch of caramel sweetness shows up here and there. biscuity malt in the background, some lemongrass and bits of tropical fruits

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side of medium with lots of light prickly carbonation that keeps it nice and crisp. The finish is medium length and mostly dry and mildly bitter as the malts disappear early on leaving behind the moderately long dry bitter tail.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This beer made my night. It was thoroughly enjoyable and each ship was soon followed by the next. If I see this one again it will be at the top of my list. My overall impression is that this is a well made beer that showcases the Nelson Sauvin hop to good advantage.

Feb 27, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice, clear light golden color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good dose of the Nelson Sauvin hops with some green berry and white wine. The flavor has a nice hop presence with just a touch of malt in the background. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a dry bitterness through the finish. Quite solid.

Feb 20, 2012
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fmccormi from California

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured to a standard shaker point at J. Ryan’s in Syracuse, NY

Appearance (4.0): The body is an almost opaque medium orange, with an opaque white haze on top—a solid sheet of lace on the sides appears as the beer recedes. This is a darn good looking beer, to tell the truth.

Smell (4.0): Starts out with a beautiful citrus note, mild to moderate in strength but fragrant as all get out. Somewhere between lemon and orange. Very simple, light bread note is also evident in the nose.

Taste (3.5): There’s a tart, vinous note that comes out first—it’s like white wine mixed with a chalky, light malt body. The finish is composed of an interesting mix of lemon and white wine characteristics. The yeast note is nowhere to be found . . . and where is the malt? It’s almost non-existent here. Would like some more balance to this, but the notes lent by Nelson Sauvin are quite nice.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Dry finish, with a light to medium body in feel—quenching. Easy drinking, all things considered.

Overall (3.5): I always applaud different breweries’ experimentations, and this is no exception. Single hop beers might be an easy way to make a buck (relatively cheap to brew I imagine, and almost guaranteed to sell a certain volume) but I’m a sucker for it anyway. Glad I tried this beer, but as interested as I am in Nelson Sauvin and other kiwi hop varieties, this one didn’t work particularly well. Yes, it’s a decent IPA, but it didn’t do what I was hoping Nelson Sauvin would do for me.

Feb 12, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured out as a lightly hazy yellow color with a sticky white head on top. The lacing is very good here. The smell of the beer has a good amount of lemon on the nose. The taste of the beer was also quite citrusy and bitter. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and very drinkable. Good carbonation too. Overall this beer was pretty good, I think it's better than the Warrior.

Jan 10, 2012
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, tangerines, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also a bunch of fantastic citrus taste. It reminded me a little bit of the Green Flash IPA, but mixed in with that Sixpoint taste that is common with all of their beers. It ends with a hoppy citrusy aftertaste.

Overall - An excellent beer.. probably the best Sixpoint beer I've had so far. I hope they put this one into cans at some point, I'd buy it for sure.

Dec 07, 2011
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a hazed light golden color with some orange hues. Thick white head fades into filmy retention with plenty of sticky lacing all over the glass.

Pungent hop aroma with citrus and grapefruit notes. Pith and rind notes with faint sweetness and acid. Some bready and caramel notes.

Big time hop presence up front with pithy citrus notes. Grapefruit and orange with some rind and peel. Very spicy and dry with continuing bitterness throughout. Biscuit and bready malt notes with a light touch of caramel sweetness. Finishes bitter and dry on the tongue.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the palate. A wonderfully explosive IPA with a distinct hop flavor - I really like these single hops from Sixpoint.

Nov 12, 2011
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 10/26/11.

A - Poured into a pint glass a crystal golde hue with a one finger white head that leaves very thick and creamy side lacing.

S - Some sweet malts but this is very nice...full of those strong Nelson hop aromas. There are some light citrus as well as some light white wine on the nose.

T - More of those sweet malts and the great nelson hops. Slightly musty and bitter with good citrus notes (like others have said with oranges and tangerines). Very nice vinuos white wine grape characteristics too that go with Nelson Sauvin hops.

M - Nice carbonation, as usual for Sixpoint. Good bitter finish.

O - Overall enjoyed this beer just like I did every other Spice of Life offering Sixpoint has created. Cant wait to try the rest as they debut.

Nov 10, 2011
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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, this should be interesting. I am a fan of almost everything Sixpoint and also almost everything Nelson.. I also just received the Hill Farmstead Nelson which I'll drink this weekend. Figure its time to have these go head to head. Stay tuned.

The pint comes with overflowing whipped cream as a head. Slowly settles like the same whipped cream does on hot chocolate. Lace clings everywhere and coats the inside of the glass.
The beer is a light and very slightly hazy amber color tolting towards orange.

Aroma is fantastic. A fruit explosion up front and then just below some nice toasted malt. Perhaps some grassy notes.

Ok, this continues to go very well. Awesome IPA. The fruit and grassy hop flavors are fantastic. Maybe some papaya, a touch of grapefruit peel some lemon and then grassy notes. The malt notes underneath are very bready and wonderful.

Fairly light and really refreshing. I could sit and drink this all day.

What a fantastic beer. Sixpoint does it again.

Nov 04, 2011
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at armsby abbey.

Creamy almost 1 finger creamy head fades slowly with lacing, super hazy golden orange color.

Nose has that typical nelson sauvin, light lemongrass, some citrus, tangerine, peach, light tropical fruit and resin, hint of white wine, juicy fruit.

Taste brings musty tropical fruit, wet hop like oily resinous taste, bit of pine and lemongrass, tons of white grape seeds and the fleshy part of a musty concord like grape, grape skin too. But fruity with light citrus, touch of tangerine and peach and apricot, hint of sweet like malts underneath. It gets quite bitter, and as it finishes dry gets astringent, and more musty chewy hop resins.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb, bit oily.

Overall nice, great representation of nelson sauvin hop. Great white grape flavors, nice fruits, malts to balance, but gets a bit astringent and too bitter on the finish.

Oct 29, 2011
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younger35 from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a growler of this from BeerTruth just yesterday. As a homebrewer (and lover of Alpines Nelson) I’ve been extremely interested in this hop and what the exact characteristics are really like. A single hop brewski by a professional; what better way to learn! Drank from my Harriet Brewing nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a lightly chill hazed straw yellow with a nice petite quarter inch bright white head. It fizzles away fairly quickly leaving a thin ring and spotty cap. Not much in the way of lacing.
Smell- You can really smell the white wine characteristic that is often used to describe this hop. It’s snappy and almost tart with a deep fruity earthiness that really is vinous in aroma. Behind the earthiness is a light sort of fruitiness that is grapefruity and almost orange peel like. The harder I smell the more I get some grassiness that really plays into the characteristics of the hop. The base of the beer is pretty neutral with a touch of cracker crumb that really allows the hop to show its shit.
Taste- Very unique flavor here that would really satisfy the dank hophead. Deep and earthy and tastes very much like it smells. Maybe not quite as vinous as the nose but obviously the tartness doesn’t translate to the taste. Pretty damned bitter and it reminds me a lot of raw dandelion stems (don’t ask). There is literally not a shred of fruitiness in this hop. It’s just brutally earthy and bright. Finish is dry with absolutely no shred of any malts. Perfect base for a single hopped beer.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice silky/oily feel. The carbonation is light and prickly and f’n spot on.
Drinkability- As a IPA fan and a homebrewer, I’ve received best of both worlds here. This is an extremely unique hop and I know this beer won’t be a fan of everyone. I’m definitely a fruity/citric hop guy but I find a weird satisfaction in this beer. Add a touch of Simcoe in this with a sprinkle of caramel malt – BOOM - you have Alpine Nelson. Dank, bitter and delicious. Thanks much Adam!

Oct 22, 2011
Spice Of Life - Nelson Sauvin from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 52 ratings