Double Nelson
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #34
Ranked #136
4.54 | pDev: 5.29%
Feb 12, 2022
Jan 18, 2017
Notes: An American imperial pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Nelson hops from New Zealand.
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4.75 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Feb 12, 2022
4.62 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 01, 2022
4.74 by notchucknorris from California on Dec 29, 2021
4.21 by 22Blue from Kansas on Nov 24, 2021
4.5 by Beerbom from California on Oct 29, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

16oz can dated 9/15/21.

Pours hazy gold with a half inch head of white. Moderate retention and lacing. Dank, wild grapes in the nose. Medium bodied with a soft but crisp mouthfeel. Juicy, resinous citrus on the palate with minimal malt and a medium bitterness. Pineapple, white grapes, and papaya. Finishes fairly dry but juicy and wildly dank.

Oct 22, 2021
4.49 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Oct 17, 2021
4.5 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Oct 09, 2021
4.61 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Oct 02, 2021
4.53 by Dmbphoenix from New York on Sep 22, 2021
5 by JAWS from New York on Sep 21, 2021
4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Aug 24, 2021
4.71 by CAcker from California on Aug 09, 2021
5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Jul 10, 2021
4 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.25 by forum8417 from New Jersey on Apr 21, 2021
4.5 by dleiner from New York on Mar 12, 2021
4.25 by DraftDaddy from Illinois on Mar 07, 2021
5 by sentrynate from Wisconsin on Jan 25, 2021
4.25 by tblack4d from Georgia on Jan 21, 2021
4.35 by Hokie95PSU from Pennsylvania on Dec 14, 2020
4.5 by HopBelT from Belgium on Dec 02, 2020
4.56 by nollie77 from Ohio on Nov 19, 2020
4.5 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts on Nov 15, 2020
4.5 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Nov 08, 2020
4.34 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on Nov 01, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

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
4.16 by Lare453 from Florida on Oct 30, 2020
4.5 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Oct 27, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Canned on 10/06/2020. Enjoyed on 10/24/2020.

Oct 25, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

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
4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Oct 18, 2020
4.42 by tscanlon51 from Massachusetts on Aug 14, 2020
4.5 by akang from California on Jul 08, 2020
4 by Jkolls from Ohio on Jul 06, 2020
4.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Jun 14, 2020
4.5 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Jun 13, 2020
4.66 by Prospero from Colorado on May 18, 2020
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
4.25 by beerman2017 from Virginia on Apr 22, 2020
Double Nelson from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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