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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPANelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA
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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (nelson sauvin) and yeast.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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179
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251
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4.01
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well appreciated IPA. The hop smelled pleasant. The body, though medium yellow was nicely topped by a huge and lasting volume of head in my anti-gravity glass. This beer took the place of a glass of white wine in my meal. Citrus well integrated. If you like hops at all, seek it out. If you like white wine ever at all, seek this out.Creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden orange color with a generous amount of head. The lacing is pretty sticky so it holds pretty well to the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy, it's also got a good aroma of malts in there too. The taste of the beer reminded me of a Belgian IPA, it's was earthy but still had a very lively taste. Interesting flavor for sure. The mouthfeel was pretty good. Overall I thought that this one was interesting. All of these are worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapes, grapefruit and tangerine in the nose.
T: The hops contribute fruity flavors of gooseberries, grapefruit and grapes as well as a light to moderate amount of bitterness; these are balanced by the underlying malts so they don't overpower the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink. I would definitely try this again because the flavors from the hops are very unique.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright introduction to the fairly unknown Nelson Sauvin hops. Fruity and tawny, the beer takes a distinct wine-like or boozy turn.

Like all other Mikkeller Single Hop Series beer, the beer takes on a deep copper color with greater than normal haze. Great formation and retainage of off white foam and good lacing. A good but hazy look even for an IPA.

Fruity/citrus aromas emmit from the hops, but with a quick and sturdy rebuttal from the biscuity and caramelized malts. The beer takes a distinct wine-like tawny aroma, similar to gin or other fruit-forward alcohols.

Flavors of the malt hit first but with the white grape, juniper, under-rippended berry notion following closely behind. Bitterness seems sharp and seems to amplify the bitterness of the alcohol is quite a boozy fashion. Interestingly, the beer seems to have a more estery fruitiness because of the hops used. Finishes with a cool/minty tawny-tanic flavor.

Creamy and medium fullness early but the alcohols and hop bitterness seems to thin the beer without the classic dry-maltiness and smooth hop bitterness that I've seen in previous Single Hop Mikkellers.

This may be my least favorite beer in the series. Not saying that this hop doesn't work but I think it would pair well with Amarillo or Saaz hops for more roundness in flavor/aroma and for smoother bitterness.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color topped by a huge head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Classic Nelson Sauvin aromatics, with a vinous white grape and lychee character

Taste: Very light malt treatment here, just enough to provide a platform to deliver the hops; starting out with a spicy lychee character, the vinous notes start to emerge at mid-palate; after the swallow, the hops add a grassy edge to the other elements that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nelson Sauvin is one of my favorite hops and this beer shows them off in all of their complexity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with medium floral notes and medium caramel malt. Taste is also a good mix between some bitter hops with light earthy notes and subtle floral undertones with a solid caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed though not my favorite hops from this series.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. I like the use of hop country of origin flags on the otherwise consistent labels of these single varietal offerings.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with three solid fingers of firm, foamy pale beige head, which leaves some Roman columns of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sweet, tangy fruit - pineapple, kiwi, and papaya the prime notes, with a meaty graininess, and a wee (sorry) bit of dank, earthy uric acidity. The taste is nice and bitter - the nondescript citrus peel, a bit of forest floor pine needle - with more tropical fruit, and some musty herbal character, over a decent bready caramel malt, tinged with toffee. Cat pee evocations are mostly burnt off, I guess.

The carbonation is moderate, a bit airy, and generally clean, the body showing a challenged medium weight, the subtle prickliness more imagined than real, rendering it above all else, smooth. It finishes a fair bit off-dry, the exotic (sort of) zingy fruitiness dancing a slow jig with the lingering herbal notes, the supportive grainy malt remaining mostly unappreciated.

Another lovely example of what a tight focus can do for flavour determination - all those Marlborough Sauv Blancs I've enjoyed over the years reborn in this beer - terroir tying it all together - nice.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with no-frills purple label and standard white pressure cap acquired in a trade with Duff27 (thanks, buddy!) and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; Mikkel is my favourite brewer but this series is mostly an experimental educational type of thing, not an attempt to brew great beer. The cap reads "5561010." Not sure what that means. Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 6.9% ABV confirmed.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive head; the glass is 80% foam. The head is beige in colour with nice thickness, decent cream, and very good retention (~9 minutes). Body colour is a hazy translucent nontransparent caramel-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Fairly vibrant. No bubble show. Light thin even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Heavy caramel. Biscuit malts. Floral hop notes; lightly soapy. Caramel is dominant. It's more malty than hoppy. Some bubblegum. Candylike. Not nectary or citrusy; I expected more from Nelson Sauvin. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Not great for an IPA, but passable and different. The hop character could definitely be better.

T: Heavy caramel malts. Floral hops. Noticeable hop bitterness - the cardinal sin of an IPA. Light hints of bubblegum. Vague tropical hop notes. It's not all that well balanced, but it's decent for what it is. If this is showcasing the nelson sauvin hop, I guess I'm none too impressed. Built badly for an IPA, but as an educational experiment it accomplishes its aims.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decent thickness. Undercarbonated. Suits the flavour profile decently. It's passable.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. I appreciate what Mikkel's doing, but this isn't great. I wouldn't get it again. Apparently Nelson Sauvin isn't my favourite hop. Hides its ABV well. Forgettable and pricey (thanks to the Shelton Bastards).

High C-

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderate amber with an off-white head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Nice citrus and tropical smells, but nothing too overpowering or special.

T: Similar to the nose. Everything is pretty good, although not intense in any way. Not really any popping, which is what I expected in a beer that's to show me how a particular type of hop tastes.

M: Medium bodied and a bit dry. A little bit of an alcohol presence. Not quite as smooth as it should be given the lack of a strong hop presence.

D: Pretty good. Nice and easy, but nothing too special either.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin patches of lace on the glass.

S - A very potent aroma of grapefruit and pine. It overwhelms any caramel or malt aroma that might be present.

T - Good bubblegum and grapefruit flavors from the hops. Also, quite bitter with mild caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that drinks easy despite its ABV.

D - This was a treat to try on tap. I've had a few Mikkeller single hop beers from a bottle but trying this fresh on tap was quite delicious.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never heard of the Nelson Sauvin hop until I tried this beer.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed deep orange/amber with a large fluffy two finger head that left broken lace as it settled rather slowly.Love thid big grapefruit rind aromas along with a touch of evergreen,a lighter caramel malt base shows through as well.Again big grapefruit notes on the palate,some tropical-like fruitiness as well,the evergreen/pine is more subdued but noticeable,caramel malt lends some balance.A great single hop beer,I really liked this one.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of brownish-white foam on top of a copper-brown body. Decent retention and moderate lace.

S - Fruity, citrus hops balanced by brown, toasty malt with some caramel and brown sugar. Distinct grapefruit notes, somewhat musty.

T - Spicy grapefruit with moderate bitterness, less harsh than the cascade version. Good malt backbone with caramel and dry toasty malt that combines with the hops in the finish to produce some light tobacco notes.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Smooth bitterness and fruity hops. Lots of malt but not enough to balance the sharp hop character. The hops are more complex than the cascade version with a strong grapefruit character that compliments the malt well.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Big fluffy Belgian style pillowy head overflowing the top and sides of the glass, which fades slowly over the very hazy and cloudy woody brown with a little reddish orange color.

N: Lots of fresh hop aroma, despite being all NS hops, it still adds some depth with some spicy and musty fresh hops, some chewy hop aspects, a little citrus, and all that with a light sweet malt backbone.

T: Fluffy with a nice light malt taste, almost like Belgian pale malts which brings a touch of sweetness. More chewy hop flavors with a hint of nougat, spicy hop characteristics, with some fresh musty astringent hop bitterness and some orange peel and citrus. Somewhat bitter overall. There's also a slight juicy flavor.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter still, nothing overpowering which is good for just a single IPA. Gets a little astringent with more of that musty hop resin taste here as well but its manageable. Lingering bitterness with more chewy and slight citrusy hop flavors also lingering. Somewhat dry too which accentuates the bitter profile a bit. Tasty beer, but as there are so many good IPAs out there it doesn't stand out much as great, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumn leaves orange with a great deal of uprushing carbonation that produced a huge crown of beige colored foam after a gentle pour. The head becomes hugely rocky with meltage and is leaving assorted scraps of suds on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is wonderful for anyone who likes the little green cones. Nelson Sauvin hops are so named because they're supposed to smell and taste like 'crushed gooseberries', which is a characteristic of Sauvignon blanc grapes. Actually, the beer does smell white grape-like, and also has juicy pineapple notes that are tremendous.

This IPA is yet another winner from the brewmasters at Mikkeller. They've hit on a winning combination of malt, water and yeast that goes very well with large amounts of various hops. Anyone wondering if this relatively new variety from New Zealand can carry the flavor load need wonder no longer. It ain't Simcoe good, but it's still might tasty.

The toasted-nutty-earthy malts don't intrude too much on the flavor front, which is as it should be. Specifics include a modest amount of caramel-toffee, orange peel, pineapple, white grapes and pine. It's a similar profile to many American hops... with a slightly different twist to keep things interesting.

Too bad the mouthfeel is a minor letdown. The beer is slightly too buzzy early, then feels flattish once the bubbles fade. Any sort of volume or creaminess would have earned the next highest score.

Carbonation issues might have impacted the taste score in a downward direction. Having said that, Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA is good stuff from a brewery that impresses much more often than not. Even though they're too expensive, I plan to pick up a single bottle of as many of these brews as Mikkeller decides to release.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's pit the Nelson Sauvin Single Hop versus the Cascade, Nugget, Warrior, and Simcoe versions.

Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.

Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a distinct waft of white grapes as well as some lightly earthy, herbal hints. I've always appreciated Nelson Sauvin hops for being so different and unique. It's shame I don't see it used too often.

Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Nelson Sauvin hops serve up a faintly tart, fruity white wine flavor with some milder earthy, fresh herb undertones. Moderate bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. I'm diggin' this though!

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours almost copper in color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: There is a ton of pineapple aroma to this beer, which is really quite nice. A mild toffee and caramel, but still plenty of hops. Nice grapefruit and other citrus notes along with a bit of tangerine.

T: Like with the aroma, a big time fruitiness is present. Grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple are the most intense. The malt flavor is subdued compared to the amount of influence it had on the nose. A moderate bitterness as well as some orange peel flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: The best of the Single Hop series I've had from Mikkeller, and really not a bad IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle, poured chilled into a willybecker.

A - A very hazy dark amber w/ 2.5 fingers of rocky light tan head, thick lace collects on the glass like webbing

S - A strong sweet fruit like candied citrus and honeyed pineapple w/ a hint of mango and papaya w/ a subtle green tea tinge like herbs w/ a gentle grape/lemony acidic nose

M - The feel is delightful and not at all what you would expect considering the fruit filled aroma - not overly sweet. The texture is aided by tingling carbonation and mild juicy fruity notes w/ light sweet and nutty/woody earthy tinges and mild acidity w/ a semi-sweet finish. The astringent aspect is mild w/ alcohol only noted in very slight ways

T - A lot of tropical fruit and white grapeskin flavor like gooseberry w/ a mild pineapple and sweet pine w/ herbs, tea and lychee w/ a hint of mango. The flavor is accented by sweet but not syrupy malt that accompanies a mild pear and pine taste w/ very very light minty clean elements. the taste of citrus is there but enveloped by papaya and passionfruit w/ an alcohol flavor and resinous slightly bitter finish. The finish is semi-dry w/ a refreshing flavor -more than any other single hop ale I have had.

D - I found the taste of this to be like fruit in peculiar fresh hoppy aspects w/ great drinkability and bitter/sweet blend which is intensely packed with Nelson Sauvin hop goodness - juicy and delicious.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown with hints of orange with 2 fingers of white head. Nice lacing and retention, and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and some sweet fruity malts.

t - Tastes of wine, citrus, and hops. Has more bitterness than I was expecting. A very interesting combination.

m - Medium body and light carbonation.

d - An interesting and enjoyable IPA. The wine taste from the sauvin combined with the citrus makes the taste very interesting. Worth checking out and I'd try again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Never brewed with this hop either...WHOA! STRONG pineapple aroma, tons of fruit in here. Beer is really smooth too, overall bitterness is low, which is kind of a bummer and it has an odd aftertaste. I think this would be a great aroma hop for sure.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - ~80% opacity. Orange brown in color.

S - Wonderful mandarin orange aroma. Touch of ruby red grapefruit and Minute Maid fruit punch.

T - Fantastic mirror of the nose with more of the grapefruit up front. Floral, lightly herbal. Some orange zest mid profile along with a honey flavor sans the sweetness. Fresh, green hop character in the finish with a nice dry bitterness.

M - Medium light body with a semi-dry finish. Nice carbonation.

D - Great citrus hop flavor, remarkably fresh, with a well balanced bitterness.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep caramel brown with a two finger head which gives sticky frothy lacing.

S: love the hoppy smell with sweet malts and grapefruit lemon zest.

T: the taste is more orangy with a good balance between the malts and the hops, but has more sweetness to it. I kinda get hints of honey

M: meduim body with light carbonation.

D: it almost seems as it can be a session beer. It's not as hoppy as I thought it would be coming from mikkeller, but still a decent offering.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy, dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice citrus/grapefruit hop scent along with a pale and caramel malt aroma. It's bitter, but not overly so. The taste is good as well. It has a well balanced flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a citrus hop character. It's a mild citrus, but it's present and it melds well with the malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. It's not a hugely bitter brew, but the hop character is well represented.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm gonna name my first born son Mikkeller. Jeez, good stuff. Well maybe my next dog's name.

This beer looks great. A copper body just glows. At first glance it looks cloudy, upon further inspection it's just deep and rich copper/amber. White head...maybe a bit pinkish, billows up to about 2 fingers. Thick and rich, even up top. As it settles the lacing is great and the middle of foam forms a convex dome.

Aroma is fantastic. Simple, but complex. White grape at first with a bit of astringency. Soft pine and juniper creep in and a flash of resin takes them off. It seems like it will just kill the nose hairs, but that's just a tease. A very nice bouquet; subtle but influential.

Malt has more affect in the taste. A tight caramel, soft biscuit provides the pool in which the hops swim (oh, I'm a poet). Pine and white grape, some pineapple float around. Green vines and some gooseberry. Tight wrapping of flavors provides the bite an extra punch. Dry lingers on the middle of my tongue mocking me to have another sip. Bastard! I'll drink ya! Let me type some more.

The feel is almost perfect for an IPA I feel. Easy drinking. Damn fine beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark ornage in color with a thick and fluffy 3" head that lingers around a long time. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: caramel and a moderate bitterness is easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, green grapes, pineapple, a hint of earthiness, and a biting bitterness are the most noticeable flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Very long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: another easy drinking IPA. Bitterness is a bit stronger with this hop variety.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for picking this beer up for me while he was driving through Lafayette, LA.

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is white peaches with some other citrus. The flavor is peaches, medium bitterness with some orange and other citrus characteristics. High carbonation, thin-medium mouthfeel.

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Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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