Self Reliance: Nelson Sauvin
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Self Reliance: Nelson SauvinSelf Reliance: Nelson Sauvin
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American IPA
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4.33 | pDev: 1.62%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Self Reliance: Nelson SauvinSelf Reliance: Nelson Sauvin
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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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Self Reliance: Nelson Sauvin from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 3 ratings