Hop Nouveau | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Slatetank
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this growler up at the brewpub after enjoying a sample on tap, poured chilled from the 2L into a cervoise.

The color is beautiful hazed amber with 2 fingers of ecru cream with ultra fine bead, visibly carbonated with specks of lace sticking on the glass. The smell has lots of green hop scents with moderate level of caramel in the aroma with light fruit ester of yeast and pleasant combination of herbal/citrus in the hop smell. The feel is very good with semi-full body with mild sweet texture followed by a resinous and oily hop quality with moderate carbontion and low astringency with slight bitterness increasing to a mostly dry finish with low alcohol influence on the palate.

The flavor begins with a nice clean bitter herbal taste with tea-like hop and mildly caramel malt entry with more toasted flavor mid palate and lightly spice oriented flavor of hops with a fruity/tangy yeast accent. The hops have a subtle bitter but not quite grassy flavor with nice caramel body enhancing the fresh hops by supporting into a mostly dry and only leaning slightly toward the hop bitterness balance-wise. This is a decent pale ale which is easy to quaff -a good example of the style with sufficiently bitter flavor it has a nice amount of hop flavor which makes for a drinkable American Pale

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Selin's Grove. Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a small white head on top that dissipated quickly leaving behind a few bubbles. No lacing.

S: Fruity and rather green. Some grassy hops, slightly sweet.

T: Decent, some nice hop characteristics, with some grass, earthy hops, and slight bitterness. Some caramel mixed in.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: A decent beer, was hoping for a bit more of an assertive hop presence.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as an orange red color with a soapy white head on top. The head settles rather quickly and doesn't leave behind much retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is earthy, some grain aromas and hops on the nose that give off more of an English style Pale Ale than an American one. The taste is rather mellow, it's much like the aroma, it's earthy with some sweet dry malt in there with a subtle bitterness following up the finish. The mouthfeel was light, I felt this could be a very sessionable beer coming in around 5.5% with it's lighter body. Overall it's a good brew, Nothing I would need to have again but wouldn't decline it if it were offered to me.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one last Friday (9/28) poured from a firkin perched on the bar. It had been crossed off on the menu, and i figured I was out of luck. Server gave me the info. Always check with your server I guess.

Dark amber, a bit on the cloudy side. A small head, which quickly disappeared.

Floral hops smell, grassy. Very good indeed.

Taste...good, but...must confess, had anticipated better. Pleasant, hoppy, just left me wanting a bit more

Overall, nice, but...

Will apparently be on tap very soon, so looking forward to giving it another go.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here we are a year later with a new batch of SGB's pale ale that is made with the hops that were grown on premise. Served this time via the hand pull into a pub glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden color. A frothy finger of off-white head appears and maintains throughout the duration.

The smell is lightly fruity with some grassy notes mixed with a mineral touch. Some herbal quality mixes with rindy aspects that are a bit zesty. This is a very clean smelling brew that is easily approachable.

The taste is hop flavored without much bitterness. A mild amount I green cantaloupe is present mixed with a sweetness of bready to caramel grain. There is some mild rindy bitterness present alon with undertones of tropical fruits.

This is a medium bodied brew that is smooth and quite light on the carbonation. It gets a little watery at times but is excessively drinkable. This is some pretty good stuff. It's not fair to compare on year to the next but honestly this is a step up from last year. I distinctly remember this being very malt forward last year and this years take is much more balanced.

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Selin's Grove into a pint.

A - Pours a slightly hazy, copper, amber with a creamy two finger head that dissipates down to a small cap of white head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Large amounts of hops with some biscuity, sweet, malts. Hops are herbal with a few wisps of tropical fruits. A very well balanced nose.

T - Strong malt presence in this one but it is balanced very well with the herbal hops. The hops are similar to the nose but they appear to be faded a little bit but are still plenty strong. Not as good as the fresh hop version but still very good.

M - Medium body and flavor with excellent carbonation. A very good balance of hops and malts.

D - Fairly high. I had a fresh hop version of this on cask about a month ago and it was much better. This was still good but not as good as that one.

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Photo of koopa
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange to amber with a 1 finger white to slightly buttery crown that displays some retention and lace.

Smell: Herbal hops, citrus hops, some fresh wet hop dankness. Fairly restrained.

Taste: Same as nose but a bit more flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly sessionable.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light amber look pours into the bottle.

S- sweet smell with hops and malts.

T- Hoppy with little citrus flavor and a sweet yeast background.

M- wet with hop citrus and a doughy yeast present through out sip.

D- A pretty good session beer. enjoy


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/30/2009. On tap at the brewpub. The beer pours a cloudy amber/brown with a white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel malts. The flavor is more of the same citrus/caramel and sweet malt. Overall a good APA, practically an IPA.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mday for a growler of this through GAtM.

A swoop, a dive, and the plunge has been taken. It's perfectly clear, this amber, the fingers that drop so quickly and leave nothing save a golden liquid peering languidly, begging to be consumed. For the first moments, there's a contest between this bubble and that bubble as to whose life will end the most quickly, who can finish the race to the top and be lost to the atmosphere. For a few moments, the race, and then they have all been spent, my love.
The reminiscence of the outdoors in the fragrance, a smattering of pine sap, always so sticky to get off of your hands, you should not have leaned in for that kiss, it wasn't the right moment... and Old Man Chrumhauer is cutting his grass the old-fashioned way, there's no smell of gasoline, just the freshly cut blades, each dying to provide the rest more nourishment. Herbal and spicy aromas there as well, with the sappiness having an underlying sweetness, bready, perhaps we should go inside and have a fresh slice...
Ah, sweet honeycomb malt character, though with a puzzling banana and clove, the herbs are prominent, did you use the correct recipe? Herbishness and honey-yeast-roll overwhelm the palate, and leave little room for the lovely little hops to do their bitter work. The germans, perhaps, perhaps it was the Germans, a substitute for the yeast, producing the esters. It seems to me a strange combination yet a logical conclusion given the factors: Honey yeast roll breadiness, banana and clove, herbal spicing, the American hops being few and far between...
And syrupy, it is, a light tongue-prickle with the carbonation there, lingering stickiness and warming, my love. An American pale ale, this seems not to be, and a hoppy beer this certainly isn't. Were you to tell me with gravity that this were a steam beer or a spiced ale, I would believe readily. I hate to be harsh, for it is a good drink, but seemingly misleading.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewpub on 10/2/09. Served in a pint glass. 2009 release of this annual beer.

Pours a deep hazy copper, with a thin covering of brite-white foam. Retention is just OK, with some head and lacing sticking around for a bit but this does eventually go completely dead on the surface. The aroma is floral and herbal smelling, with a nice fresh dankness to it. Malts and citrus give this an extra silky layer of sweetness in the nose. I'm picking up just a touch of warmth in here as well.

The taste is fresh biting bitterness, with notes of spice and herbs mixed in. Citric hops and pale malts back things up with a sticky bready sweetness. The bitter feel lingers long into the finish, wiht a spicy and pithy feel that is hard to shake sometimes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp feel to the carbonation (that stayed strong throughout despite the eventual flat look on this) and then a slicker and more oily presence underneath. A flush of light warmth spreads out in the finish of this. Nothing distracting here but it was noticable.

Despite getting dinged on the look, this is another well done edition of this annual fresh hoppy treat. Definitely more mellow and earthy (but still biting), this is always a welcome addition each year to an already great lineup of Pale Ales and IPAs from here.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 release (I believe it's the 12th hop harvest now)

A: Dark orange-amber body. Moderately dense off-white cap. Decent retention and sheet like lacing.

S: Not particularly pungent, but there is a sold dose of floral and herbal hops. Some light grapefruit and pine. Healthy dose of malt.

T: Amped up version of the nose. You can tell this is a nice fresh hop pale ale here. Good grapefruit, pine, herbal bitterness. Subtle caramel malt fills things out nicely.

M: Smooth, resinous medium bodied brew. Slight bite, but nothing crazy.

D: A deliciously enjoyable beer that I look forward to trying again next year. (Went well with my ham and cheese sandwich at Selin's Grove!)

Misc: Got a firkin of this to go. After the first glass the beer started to fade quickly. Not sure if it got messed up during the 3 hour drive back or whether the hop presence just doesn't stand up after the firkin had been first opened an hour earlier.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SGB on 12/6/08.

A - Poured a hazy, rusty orange-colored body with one-finger creamy, off-white head that settled to a thin ring with patchy retention, but left pretty substantial lacing.

S - Fruity notes of apple and pear with some hints floral and perfumy hops, though quite subtle, and just a tinge of soft piney hops. Malt is sweet with a predominant caramel and toffee character.

T - Quite the fruity affair! While the hop bitterness is subtle, this is a very well-balanced pale ale with a malt character that is sweet with caramel and toffee notes as well as sugar candy.

M - Medium body with a eally smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Finishes with minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - I prefer this on tap this year over the firkin, mainly because it is not as sweet. While the hop presence is still subdued (especially for something named Hop Nouveau), the sweetness of the malt complements the fruity hop profile quite nicely here.

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Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made with the pubs own hop straight out of their hop garden that greets patrons as you enter the establishment. From notes on the 2007 offering served on hand pull cask.

A-Hazy yellowish amber with a medium off-white head that held on to leave nice lace behind.

S-Healthy biscuit malt and a wafting of herbal fresh hops.

T-Strong malt profile supported with a herbal hop bitterness. The hops feel so fresh you would swear they were just cut...like freshly cut grass. Malty sweetness takes over in the finish.

M-Medium-light body with a very clean feel. This is a subtle brew.

D-Lovely, a yearly offering I always look forward to. The freshness is crazy and the herbal quality very pleasant. A must try beer each and every year.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewpub on 10/28.

A: The growler has lost a portion of its carbonation, failing to generate much head by the second pour. Only a sliver of white head pools at the top of the glass. The ale is a hazy orange color, looking like a glass of tang with too much of that magical powder in the glass.

S: The nose mirrors what I noticed in the tap version, grainy malts with only the meerest hint of hops. As the ale warms, a floral scent emerges, albeit faint, to match with maltiness.

T: The ale sees a significant improvement as it warms (it was served cold in my on-tap review), revealing a deeper hop profile than a cold version betrays. The malts remain the initial showcase, their cereal grains standing out. The ascent to room temperature reveals a subtlely soft hop presence, floral but bitter profile that has the wet and restrained flavor that fresh hops give an ale. The finish retains the bitterness of the hops, keeping a low-key but lively taste in the mouth.

M: This is a beer to enjoy at or near room temperature. The subtle flavor of the hops fails to emerge when the ale is cold but at the warmer temps the fresh hops are readily apparent.

D: The alcohol is well hidden here, a solid beer that needs some time to breathe. This is a nice little beer from a great little brewery.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A terrific craft brew made using hops grown on site at the restaurant. Beer is a light to medium amber color with a bit of cloudiness, smelling of fresh piney hops. The taste is exactly the same, very fresh and citrusy, with a slightly dry hoppiness to finish. Not a very heavily carbonated brew, but has a nice smoothness to it, not too overpowering with hop bitterness. A very drinkable harvest ale.

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Photo of michaelpauling
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When entering the brewery you notice hops growing in the garden outside the door. This beer is made with their own hops. The first thing you notice is the hops, however this beer has a very different hops taste. A nice change from all the other hoppy beers.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the two beer engine offerings (along with the barleywine) at the brewpub during my first (of many) visit to this wonderful place.

Per the beer menu: "This rose gold colored pale was hopped exlusively with our own mongrel mix of fresh whole hops harvested by the staff during our 8th annual 'Hop Drop'. Just a few hours separate these hops from this vine and this wonderful beer."

Hazy in color, matching the above description. Fresh notes of citrus/grassy hops. Slight sweetness. Flavor, though muted somewhat by the conditioning, is still very fresh and clean. Lots of soft hop character here. Smooth. Nicely balanced by a firm malty sweetness. Lingering aftertaste of softly bittered hops. Slick mouthfeel. 5.5%? More, please.

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Hop Nouveau from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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