Self Reliance: Nelson Sauvin
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - American
4.39 | pDev: 4.1%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance” inspires and compels our persistent reflection, examination, and refinement. From our ongoing pursuit of unique and personally selected hops to our steady quest after refinement and the individualized expression of elegance in all of our beers, Emerson’s urging to “insist on yourself; never imitate” provides motivation towards greater self-exploration, self-expression, and self-realization.

To that end, we present you a reimagining of our Self-Reliance series—once our exploratory pale ales, now our Farmstead® single hop India pale ales featuring varieties of our own selection. This new series allows us to showcase each hop’s characteristics within the framework of our delicately tart, lightly effervescent base beer.

This batch was brewed and dry-hopped with personally selected Nelson Sauvin hops from Freestyle Farms—our agricultural partner in Upper Moutere, New Zealand—and conditioned in oak barrels for nearly 8 months.
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Hazy orange. Smells of herbs, white grape, tropical fruit, light acidity. Tastes herbal, lime acidity, grape and wine like. Lightly tart. Some pale malt. Medium body. A simple and very pleasant beer. Excellent.

Dec 16, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, bottled on July 4, 2019, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a very cloudy but bright golden color, honey and straw hues with a nice foamy white head, about two fingers tall with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is very nice, bright lemon citrus, white grape and soft stone fruits, lightly floral with a nice earthy spice, green and piney with a layer of oak and funk while a touch of pale biscuit and mineral water emerge as it warms. The flavors are good but a bit muted and understated at times, crisp and bright citrus, light tartness, white stone fruits, pale dough and a nice oaky and funky profile. A wildflower bouquet brings out a nice earthiness full of pine, spice and raw grassiness. The mouthfeel is good, coating and lively with a delicate medium body that finishes with a lightly tart and dry bite.

Verdict: A nice funky IPA from Hill Farmstead. This one really leans into the farmhouse/saison edge to this series and has more funk, more barrel and a much softer flavor profile than the Motueka, Hallertau, and Galaxy.

Oct 17, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into the large goblet.
A - Bright sun color, excellent clarity, cabonation is determined to keep a .5 inch white cap alive through the entire experience.
S - White wine, grape skin, some mineral notesinclude an initial sulphur thread that was gone in seconds. the farmstead touch in aromatics. Mixed culture, a touch of wood. and lemon.
T - Lemon reduction, grilled pineapple, orange jam on saltines, there is a Savignon Blanc in there, nice chalky minerality. A touch of funky rime.
M - Medium in body, Semi tart start, then waves of sweet, a nice middle with a balanced acidity, Soft in texture, nice dry finish
O - A delightful display of a great hop. The canvas is all farmstead for sure, a little like single hop E for thoase who have had that offering. Exceptionally well done showcase Nelson Sauvin hops

May 25, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color, with a fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like super juicy and funky pineapple, white wine, oak, soft grassy funk, and pine.

This is as up my alley as it gets, basically. Fresh, it's still fairly hoppy, with loads of pineapple and Nelsony grape/white wine layered throughout, along with some tart barrel, citrusy funk, flowers, oak, and grapefruit.

This is light bodied, fluffy and a bit creamy, with a great drinkability.

I really hope they keep this series going, because it has such amazing potential.

Feb 27, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a dry hopped saison not an IPA.

wicked funky pineapple flavor, lemon juice, hay, earthy funk, slightly floral and some white grape character, grassy and floral hoppy character. overall a crisp and enjoyable beer, some interesting flavors for sure, nice offering!

Feb 23, 2020
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

not what you’d expect out of an ipa...but everything you hoped it’d be after sitting on oak. the extreme funk and saison tartness somewhat muted the Nelson flavor. nonetheless I enjoyed and wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to try another offering out of this series.

Feb 22, 2020
Self Reliance: Nelson Sauvin from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 17 ratings