Early Harvest Nelson Pale Ale
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.41 | pDev: 4.76%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Exploring the diverse characteristics expressed throughout the harvest, this single hop pale ale allows us to explore the delicate nuances between crops even a few days apart. A particular hop variety’s harvest window (depending upon crop size) may extend from a few hours in a single day to more than week; the flavor and aroma profiles of hops manifest subtle distinctions across the duration of the harvest window, regardless of its length, which we are able to experience first hand during selection.
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 8
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4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz can into a willi becher glass. pours a thick-looking, milky orange with a finger and a half of bright white head. smells so good. all that juicy, earthy, dank nelson hop character. beets and green onions. a little dirt. crazy aromatic for an APA. taste is similar with a tinge of maltiness to it that i did not expect. a good mix of juicy and earthy with that touch of malt and pretty much zero bitterness. feel is medium bodied. it’s very soft but finishes a little thin and watery. really my only complaint about this beer and it’s literally just on the backend. overall, another excellent nelson hopped beer from HF. incredibly drinkable and quite refreshing but also full of flavor. well done.

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4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 08/19/19, drink by 09/30/19 “EH Nelson”
This beer was the main reason I was excited to finally make it up to the brewery. Nelson Sauvin hops are my favorite varietal and to enjoy them in a new way? Sign me up. One would have to pair this side by side with a regularly harvested Nelson beer to truly discern the differences, but you get some of the “juvenile” hop aromas and flavors. Grassy, resinous, and nuanced overall. A subtle yet delicious beer. Has the smoothness and drinkability of all HF beers, that’s expected. Really cool to experience such a small change in a beer from one ingredient. The bartender did a great job of explaining the harvest differences when I had my growlers filled. Well done, Shaun!

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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly hazy golden orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like spicy hops, grape, peach, citrus, and piney hops.

I really, really like this one. It's got a such a clean and exotic spicy hop flavor. it's bitter but not in an overwhelming way at all - super fresh. There's melon and light grape type flavors, some biscuity malt, clean pine, and lots of citrus rind.

This is light bodied, super drinkable, super crisp, and super clean. I could drink quite a bit of this.

I really like this one, and I really like the idea behind this mini-series of beers.

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Early Harvest Nelson Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8 ratings