Nelson Sauvin IPA | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by NeroFiddled on 05-26-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Sly Fox website: Nelson Sauvin is a variety of hop grown in New Zealand. It is not widely used here in the U.S. but we've decided to experiment with it because of it's fantastic citrus flavor and aroma. Early trials with Nelson Sauvin immediately revealed it to be somewhat different in its brewing character than other hop cultivars. This variety imparts certain grape like flavors to the beer, The 4th of this year's IPA Project beers.

Delivered to the bar with a creamy white head that held well and left nice lacing behind. The body was a hazy deep-amber/copper. The nose was more evergreen than fruit, but the flavor was more fruit than evergreen. It has distinctive notes of grapefruit and citrus rind, some orange, some mild grape, and some soft spruce (not harsher pine) amidst a gently caramelish malt. It's a pretty solid IPA with a solidly bitter base, but it's balanced with the malt leaving it at a drinkable bitterness level; and in fact, it's pretty drinkable all around. Interesting and enjoyable! Quite unique.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin, white-wash head; even brickwork on the lacing. Color of a well worn, brown leather baseball glove.

Brite, rindy, leafy, & strong. Maple leaks out as it sits longer & longer. Alcohol seems very evident on my nose, though it doesn't come into play much on the way down. A big middle ground of hops between citrus & pine.

Sweet & peppery initially(loads of sugar flash, then fail before anything else), tastes of macerated bitter orange & extra green Foxy lettuce join in. The finishing coat reminds me of sunflower seeds. I was not expecting that.

Carbonation is low to somewhat moderate. The feel is moist to slippery.

Drinkability, to me, is affected by the lingering taste. I would have preferred a clean, happy ending here. At the very least, for it to aim for a maltier close. Still, it masks the alcohol relatively well, & is quite tasty. It does not sit in my stomach, & it did not blanket my dinner. A solid number is surely required here.

I was very confused by this beer. After a growler, I still don't have everything understood. It was certainly different, & being different is something I can definitely garner enjoyment from.


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Photo of boelker62
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With the catastrophic fire in the in the NW, some brewers have had to turn to other sources, like this one from the Nelson Region of New Zealand, and are the Sauvin variety.

A - this pours a frothy, creamy, off-white head, which is a notable departure from other Sly Fox single varietals. The head is mostly lasting, and has slight lacing through the term. It has an average density, but with a deep amber coloring, as clear as they come, too.

S - another departure, and likely due to the varietal, you actually get an aroma out of this one. It is moderately hoppy with tantalizing citrus tones to it.

T - a moderately bitter start, but a slightly sweet duraton, bringing into play the flutery citrus tones, with a long, almost never ending finish.

M - expected watery texture without the hop oils one might find in their Odyssey or Rte 113 IPA's. Soft carbonation lets it makes it point each time, and the detectable astringent feel lets the long finish feel clean and crisp, preparing your palate for more.

D - absolutely a great addtion to the 2007 IPA Project lineup, and one of the best single varietals I have ever had from them. It's one of my favorites. Now, I can't wait until Deember to have it again.

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4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy copper toned amber with a small head that fades into a mild cap. Lots of lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of juicy grapefruit, perfume, melon, cherries, and flowers, along with a hint of white white tropical aromas.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a deadening flower like flavor that stops in the middle of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and very bitter.
A different hop that would go nicely in a Saison, IMO.

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Photo of Deuane
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my IPA pick for the year at the 2007 IPA project. I loved it so much I made sure to snag a full pint before it kicked.

A-Clear copper with a thin off-white head that left behind spotty lace.

S-Wonderful aroma! I do not have knowledge of ever having a brew with this hop....but if I can I will make sure I do again. Absolutely lovely with sweet white grape notes, resin, pineapple, grapefruit and peach.

T-This is a citrus fruit hop lovers dream. The flavour simply jumps out and grabs hold of your tongue. Interesting suggestion of white wine grapes. All of this is powerful but not overpowering...plain and simple truly wonderful!

M-Medium body and verges on cloying but never reaches that point. Nice crispness and ends with a fair amount of dryness.

D-Bring it on!! Please oh please make a single hop IPA with Nelson Sauvin hops again! I am in love....and I thought Amarillo was the end all be all!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange brown. Great creme head. Smooth hoppy nose and the flavor is niiice. Real great smooth and bitter edge that is an underlining theme. I almost want to say there is a grapey edge on here. Only reason I pull that one out is a very small bit of this reminds me of Cantillon St. Lamvinus at its best. Raelly though it is just nice and smooth. A real pleasure to drink. This on cask would probably be great.

I have had the Horizon, Target, and Centennial besides this, and this is my favorite to this point.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks for weare138 for this limited release treat. This was bottled from a keg for sampling purposes.

App: Clear and clean. Clear orange-copper color. Thin head with light lacing, but not sure how much I can expect from the kegged bottling.
Aroma: Gorgeous. Delicious smelling hop this Nelson Sauvin. Sweet, resiny, pineapple and grapefruit dominate.
Taste: Taste very much resembles the nose, which is nice, but it's even bigger and better. Pineapple, grapefruit, pine needles, sweet fruit, and a good malt backbone to compliment the strong hopping.
Mouth: Wet, thick,a little viscous, and ends medium dry.
Drink: Oh yeah, this one is really delicious and the hop is so mild yet full flavored that drinking a few of these would not get old.

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Nelson Sauvin IPA from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 7 ratings