Double Nelson
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #33
Ranked #161
4.54 | pDev: 5.29%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: An American imperial pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Nelson hops from New Zealand.
Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 430 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Immense thank you to jrc1093 for this one. I've always wanted to try this little Kiwi bastard.

12oz can - dated 10/06/20 - poured into an ale stem at 40°F.

Pours a fully hazed, but just shy of milky peach flesh yellow, topped with a large finger of off-white foamy head with good retention, leaving a tall collar of lacing as it recedes. No visible effervescence through the haze.

Nose: Instantly recognisable as a Nelson single hop IPA. Green, grassy, herbal notes of cut grass, unripe horned melon rind, lime leaf, white grape, passionfruit, feijoa, lychee, leafy, vegetal wild herbs, unripe pineapple, unripe mango, orange zest, and a peppery twinge.

Palate: As expected, this greets the palate with the same Nelson intensity as on the nose. Horned melon, acidic pineapple, white grape, unripe mango, passionfruit, lychee, kumquat, and unripe melon rind, shifting into some greener notes of lime leaf, lime zest, fresh cut grass, and a vegetal, planty root note - green, and slightly earthy. This shifts into oily, resinous, leafy territory, before taking on a very distinct lime zest note. The beer finishes with this lingering lime zest, complete with a firm pithy bitterness, and showing some pale, flakey malt underneath.

Mouthfeel/Body: For the higher ABV, this drinks wonderfully. All the 8% flavor saturation, but remains crisp, fluid, and drinkable. It still has that soft, fluffy New England texture, but it's never sticky, sappy, or heavy. Effervescence is moderate, but very fine, lending a nice fuzziness. There's that signature racey Hill minerality to it, which compliments a wonderful touch of hop acidity.

Overall: A truly fantastic display of Nelson - so on-point, it almost serves as a Nelson caricature, in the best possible way. Densely saturated, green, leafy, and vegetal, with all the uniqueness inherent to Nelson. The base beer is so classically Hill Farmstead, which only serves to elevate the experience with an impressive display of quality and craftsmanship. Balanced, polished, and refined, shining everywhere you could want a Hill IPA to shine.

Oct 31, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/6/20

Pours an opaque, dark sunflower gold body capped with two fingers of dense, fluffy, white foam; great head retention yields a rocky, thin cap, an expansive, frothy collar, and layers of ringed, webby lacing spread uniformly around the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with profoundly ripe notes of fresh grass and vegetal/herbal root, given further definition via accents of green grape skins and sweet lime merengue; tangerine brings a citric depth over the middle as white grape must encroaches beneath; peppery melon, creamy mango, and pithy pineapple all contribute varying tropical and earthy touches interspersed throughout the back end and close of the bouquet.

Taste shows huge notes of oily, resinous, underripe mango with light accents of white grape must for a balanced initial impression; clementine, tangerine, and underripe lychee soon mark the mid-palate as the increasingly herbal qualities of cantaloupe rind, lime zest, and straw bring an about an earthy finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body accompanied with a moderate carbonation enabling a fluffy prickle beautifully timed across the mid-palate with a residual, evenly dispersed, and subtle resin; flaky malts beneath a delicate hop acidity peak into a silky back end as a juicy finish 'pops' against an ever-present moderate bitterness.

Nelson hops in-focus and refined to near-extremes, the steady malt base levels what becomes a truly fantastic all-around hop composition, so relentlessly poised and yet somehow never underwhelming; the comprehensive structure of the Hill Farmstead DIPA is on full display once more with this brew.

Oct 23, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark yellow with finger sticky white head that leaves thin streaks of lace as it settles, canned on 3/9/2020. 4.5

Smell is tangerine, green grapes, ripe melon, papaya, mango, and apricot really nice. 4.5

Taste follows tangerine papaya, mango, cantaloupe upfront leads to green grapes and apricot in the bold but balanced finish. 4.5

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, sticky never dry, soft gentle carbonation, and at 8% ABV extremely easy drinking. 4.75

Overall this is one of the highest reviewed beers going and it lives up to the hype, just tasty NEDIPA that has a bunch going on. 4.5

Mar 27, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for this one.

12oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is pineapple, kiwi, pear and apple. There's a slight citrus fruit zing with copious amounts of cane sugar and a touch of creaminess. Nice and balanced with a great fruit bouquet. Beer opens dank papaya, pineapple, lychee and pear. Some mango in the middle with an awesome pulpiness that finishes cane sugar, more lychee, pear and apple. Absolutely delicious. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Soft and pillowy on the palate and goes down bone dry with a dry, lingering aftertaste. It doesn't get more drinkable than this.

I'm actually surprised that Hill Farmstead finally started to can their IPAs. That being said, I'm glad because it really is a gift to the masses who are able to get their hands on this.

Feb 07, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of yllib.
Hazy gold. Fluffy white head with lacing.
Smell of tangerine pineapple mango heaven.
Tropical fruity taste + malty fairly thick body. Some gentle citrus\pine\grass background. White Grapes. Light malt sweetness. Dry finish. Abv doesn’t even come to mind.
Really well done. Could drink all day. This is the neipa I’ve been waiting for.
Great for style, great for showcasing Nelson hops. One versatile hop.

Dec 30, 2019
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Thebeerhunter89 from Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold w/little head
Very mild citrus nose
Taste is well-balanced between piney hoppines, floral wine, and sweet citrus
Overall, one of the best IPA's I've enjoyed. It is both crushable and complex. Could drink all day with no complaints.

Dec 21, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh hoppy undertones with some dry hops notes and some fruity hops notes is enjoyable. Taste is a mix of floral undertones with some dry hops notes, some light fruity ester and some light vinous notes. Body is pretty full with good carbonation. Really enjoyable but I actually had more expectation. I wonder if the single version isn’t better.

Oct 17, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 9-17-19, opened 10-10-19.
1/2" white head on a pale golden / yellow opaque NEIPA. Retains at 1/4" and then a solid cap. Patchy lacing all the way through.
Grapes, earthiness, weeds - very clean, refreshing aroma.
White grape juice, zingy lemon, some herbal character - such a unique flavor profile...liking it more and more.
Medium to full body, medium carbonation and soft mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Medium length finish.
Very unique flavor, enjoyable and highly drinkable.
Very good. So happy to have been able to visit Hill Farmstead...highly recommended to all.

Oct 10, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Cloudy dirty gold body with a thick white foam ring. Love the nelson sauvin hop and love what HF has done with them. Grape must, earthy hops, lemon zest, peach, slight grass, black pepper, and mango aromas. Taste has the same flavors but the malt meets them all in a dry cracker way, the combination gives the beer a dry, resinous, and elevated finish. Smell delivers more on the promise of the hops. Feel captures the dry earthiness in a matrix of a neipa, good juicy orange and yellow fruits.

Oct 07, 2019
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL growler from the brewery. Pours a hazy place golden orange with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Sharp aroma of white grapes, white wine, green apple and weed. Herbal hop notes as well. First sip is white wine, green apple, herbal hops and weed. A bit peppery. Some doughy malts. White wine and grassy, herbal hop finish. Medium body with a slightly dry mouthfeel. Great showcase for Nelson Sauvin hops.

Oct 06, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a grainy golden. There's a dank note that you may smell in some parts of the city where youths are skipping class to take part in other, once questionable, but not decriminalized in some states behavior. It smells like week and there is definitely a note of it in flavor too. There's a quiet peppery bitterness on the finish. Overall, it's well-made, just not even my favorite beer involving Nelson from Hill.

Sep 21, 2019
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good NE style IPA, that is, hazy unfiltered IPA which is in fact brewed in NE. It's called Double Nelson so I'll assume they're really trying to focus on the Nelson Sauvin hop. That white wine flavour which accompanies this hop is the primary hop flavour in the profile, and I've been somewhat put off by this in the past, especially with Brut IPAs, but here it is really well done, leading to a very nice flavour, smooth mouthfeel, and pleasant sweet finish to each sip. Hill Farmstead is off the beaten path, not the greatest to get to, & my god, do they take their damn time getting the line up to move through their brewery. I would say Treehouse or the Alchemist can move people through about 3 times as fast with the same number of staff. So, while I have enjoyed the Hill beer I've had, I doubt I'll make it back there again.

Sep 08, 2019
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stoumi from California

4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Nelson pours a murky golden orange color with a small quarter inch, white head, which settles quickly, rimming the glass and some very spotty lacing. The smell is quite dank, with a grassy, earthy weed and pine softened by citrus fruits of orange, pineapple, some white grape with some nice malts and assorted grains resulting in a creamy aroma. Wow! Nothing short of excellent! Lush and creamy over the palette making this very easy drinking. Hints of white wine, grass an herbal notes with grapefruit and pineapple with some pricky spiciness but a soft texture all the way through.

Aug 25, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/29/19
Pours a decent foamy frothy almost 1 finger head with moderate retention, mild lacing, hazy cloudy bright orange color

Nose is pretty dank and musty for Nelson, but there is some grape skin, earthy white wine, light generic dank tropical notes with some citrus and a little stone fruit, light doughy malt or wheat

Taste mild doughy malt, creamy wheat I think but not sure, a little sweetness, enough to really prop the hop which come strong, with medium bitterness up front, then spicy like hops kicking in before fruit takes over, some tangerine and mild citrus, mild stone fruit with that, into earthy white wine, musty grape skin, again some dank musty hop characters with a little grassy earthy character, drying a bit on the finish with a medium-high bitterness, lingering dank white grape skin and white wine, with a bit more generic tropical

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, a touch creamy and juicy, nice medium-higher carb and just a flash of alcohol warmth

Overall pretty solid, definite Nelson in there but more dank/musty than I expected, good base beer to balance it, and enjoyable, but doesn't seem as explosive as some of the other double-hop IPAs from Hill

Aug 15, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 6 pack of this at the brewery today.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy golden orange hue with a thin one finger white head that leaves light lacing and fades to leave thin wisps. Wish the retention was better.

S - Aromas of grassy fields, tangerine, little bit of almost tropical dankness. Nice white wine grape aroma that is unmistakably Nelson.

T - Taste is similar tot he nose, great grassy floral notes with waves of vinous Australian hops. Big slightly sweet white wine like flavours mixing with a slight dankness. There's a nice light grain component as well. As it warms that vinous flavour pops even more which is lovely.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, little creamy, good body. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a very nice double ipa with great Nelson characteristics. Considering the ABV though I expected the retention to be much more than what it was and the nose was just a bit weaker than the taste. Still though it was quite enjoyable.

Serving Type: Can

Aug 09, 2019
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

My scores just tell it all. Freekin amazing taste and look and feel good things for my taste buds. If you don’t think this beer is superior it is my humble feeling that you haven’t got a clue about finely crafted IPA’s. New England or otherwise.

Aug 01, 2019
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StoutshoreBeersnob from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been trying to get my hands on this since trying double Citra. Very good brew but personally would still rather double Citra (probably due to my hop preference)

Nose: Dank Weed, Earthy Pine, Some lemongrass, Strong Juicy Citrus mixed in

Taste: Dank Piff, Followed by smooth refreshing citrus, orange, some lemon, but the Dankness is the focus

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with good carbonation to give this beer good Drinkability. A great summer pool beer, even though this is 8% 12 oz cans make it easier to pace yourself ;)

Jun 16, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can (canned on 6/10/19, Drink by 7/22/19, opened and reviewed on 6/14/19) poured into a spiegelau glass.

A golden color with light orange hues and a hazy, frosted opaqueness. Creamy white foam settles in eventually, with good cover and small islands of clumpy foam. Intricate lacing all over the place!

The Nelson Sauvin hops from Australia bring forth aroma's of: white grape juice, tangerine, pineapple, dry summer grasses and Grandma's spice rack. The malt smells creamy, with golden wheat and assorted grains. Overall a very deep nose. the mouthfeel is out-a-sight! Sooo lush, so smooth and full feeling. Somehow achieving a light, golden and crisp body with super smooth edges. There is an incredible, dry and snappy bite in the finish that just has me stunned. Luxurious.

The complexity in the hop flavor is deep... practically bottomless. The unique, earthy, dried fruit and herbal nueances of this hop is on display in every imaginable way. Just when you think you've tasted every aspect, another one rolls in. Earthy...whole cone, wet and dry hopped style flavors roll in, and keep rolling. I love 2xIPA's that focus on one hop strain, so you get to know it's total vibe. Dry pineapple, white grapes, black pepper, herbs and spice mix and snappy citrus notes all sort of mingle and jangle around and on the palate. Team work!!

Double Nelson and the Hill Farmstead folks are setting the bar, very, very high.

Jun 14, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque yellow with a finger of white head. Head retention is good. Aroma is tangerine, papaya, mango, oranges and a touch of spicy yeast at the back. Flavor profile is tangerine, mango, papaya, passionfruit and spicy yeast. It opens up lightly sweet and finishes lightly zesty for a dynamically shaped experience. Mouth feel is soft and fuzzy, like a cozy, warm sweater. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, sweet and zesty for a flavorful little experience pop.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can. Reviewed on Beers by BeerAdvocate.

May 22, 2019
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. can served in a tulip. Pours a bright, hazy orange with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly dissipates into a frothy slick. Nose suggests cannabis of the can pop. In the glass, aromas of dank, earthy notes, citrus and pith. Taste follows nose earthy/herbal qualities overshadow the citrus. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (cloudier to light) with a carbonation shy of bright and a mild acidity. Overall, an interesting variation on the style - juicy, but not overpoweringly so and not the highlight of this beer.

May 13, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA. Colored orange with a white head. Dank aroma with great citrus smell. Medium bodied feel. Very solid taste and great overall IPA. Solid at 8%

May 10, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a hazy orange color with 2 fingers of creamy white head. As with most Hill Farmstead beers, the retention on the head is real, leaving a crown of lacing as it ultimately settles into a thick blanket of foam. Gorgeous as always.

The aroma is dank and pungent. There's a ton of overripe mangoes, melon, guava, papaya, and white wine grapes. Lots of pine and danksauce on the back end.

The flavor follows the nose. Very dank and earthy up front. What can only be described as coriander followed by mango, grapefruit, orange, papaya and grape skin with a strong cracker malt backbone. Unique, but great.

The feel is medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with the expected dry finish.

Overall, another fantastic single hop IPA from Hill Farmstead. Whether it's a pale ale, regular NEIPA or double IPA, no one does single hop beers like Shaun Hill. This one is earthy and dank, yet extremely tropical and having that signature grape note that Nelson hops often bring. So, so good.

May 02, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can.
Canned 04/22/19.
Four days old.
Moderate pour yields a 1.5 inch white head over a hazy light golden, straw colored body with nice, sticky lacing. Nose of orange, orange pith, orange zest, and slight white grape. Taste mirrors nose beautifully with an orange pith bitterness near the finish and then dry white wine at the finish. Very nice feel and overall, after having this on tap a couple times, it was nice to get a can and enjoy (and review!) at home. Cheers to Shaun and crew for yet another delight!

Apr 27, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked-up a single can in a trade. This is my fifth brew from these guys, all outstanding. Canned-on date of 2/8/19. Great brew, wish it wasn't 4 hours away, & would like to see transition to 16-oz cans.

Mar 02, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Grassy and dank and just slightly bitter - but, complementary sweet, juicy notes make this a tremendous pleasure. Nose is complex and lightly floral, dank, sweet. Beautiful, hazy pour with nice lacing. Carbonation is just right - quite pleasant.

Nelson isn't even my favorite hop, but it's so well-utilized in this beer. It amazes me that some people will sleep on Hill Farmstead now, favoring new hype breweries. HF is still killing it.

Feb 24, 2019
Double Nelson from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 430 ratings