Nelson Single Hop
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Nelson Single HopNelson Single Hop
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #14
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
97
Ranked #498
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 6.61%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
522
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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97
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Nelson Single HopNelson Single Hop
Notes: An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Nelson Sauvin.
Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 522 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wonderful biscuit and grainy character throughout, very clean beer that is perfect to showcase a single hop... this one brings plenty of grassy, floral, and earthy hop character, as well as an pungent grapefruit note that blends beautifully with hints of white grape and pineapple. nelson is such a cool hop and this pale ale perfectly displays its unique flavors.

Jan 01, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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

This ale. made with early harvest Nelson Sauvin hops, gives you more bready, grainy, earthy flavor, especially toward the aftertaste. It's a deep golden brew, with a moderate white head, and a new take on this New Zealand hop variety.

Sep 12, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

"Best consumed by 8/26/16"; drank 8/26/16 (!) @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque yellow/orange appearance.

Nice bright white head; frothy lace.

Lemon & fresh baked bread notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Lemon & fresh baked bread flavors up front; dry earth notes on the finish.

A real earthy, enjoyable pale ale.

May 28, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque honey-orange with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is grapefruit, papaya, mango, pineapple, gritty grain, yeast and syrupy, herbal hops. Tropical fruit notes are ripe and fleshy. Flavor profile is papaya, grapefruit rind, mango, pulpy pineapple and yeast. Grain comes in at the back end, softening up the ripe, fleshy tropical fruits. Despite being centered on a single hop, there is a pleasant dynamic. Mouth feel is soft with a very light graininess at the back end. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, tropical fruits are ripe, almost to the point of being too ripe, but still creates a great experience.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Apr 19, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - 1.5 finger offwhite head atop a murky yellow body.

S - musty grapefruit, herb, sweaty socks.

T - savory, pungent flavors surround this one. Blue cheese, ritz crackers, rotten grapefruit, socks that were hot boxed and never washed. Moderate-low bitterness. No sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body and average carb.

O - despite my description, I really enjoy the bizarre flavors here.

Apr 12, 2019
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light, pale yellow beer. Smells grassy, herbal with some citrus and pineapple. Light body, light sweetness. Great pineapple flavor and a nice bitter finish.

Mar 18, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Blue Stone in Waitsfield. Very nice exhibition of the Nelson hop -- it has the white grape, grapefruit rind, musty dankness, subtle earthiness. Crisp mouthfeel with zero residual bitterness

Mar 04, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Can. Canned on 2/18/19 Best before 4/1/19. Opened and reviewed on 2/25/19

A classic golden-straw color with a white haze and opaque appearance. Robust white foam, levels out pretty quick, thin coverage witj minimal lace.

The aroma is very strong eminating out of the glass with bold hoppy notes from the Nelson Sauvin. A tropical fruity mix of pinepple,white grapes, honeydew melon and sweet tarts. I really being able to know exactly what each hop gives off for aromatics.

You will be greeted with a very crisp hoppy bite. A light mouthfeel, dry and crisp.
This hop is full of earthy tropical fruit style complexity. The earthy tones are seriously grainy, with golden wheat and dry grasses. The tropical fruits taste like pineapple and mild grapefruit with hints of pepper. The hop flavors is deep and fresh tasting. Excellent complexity.

Hill Farmstead has a way of making very fresh and complex IPA's. This is just another high grade can. 12 oz. Is not enough.

Feb 26, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks like a peach juice and it made a thick head with great retention and leaving strong laces.
Aroma with notes of oranges, cantaloupe, lychees, mild mango and white grapes.
Original flavor not really anticipated by the nose with notes of peaches in syrup, lemon, white grapes, melon, lemongrass, a bit of mango and honey drops. Dry aftertaste with a friendly flavorful bitterness.
Medium velvety body with perfect carbonation.
Perfectly done and flavorful NEIPA with an original taste which is not the same usual NEIPA juice of choice. And it feels more complex with additional notes from its Nelson Sauvin hops. Sure, this is worth trying.

Feb 16, 2019
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a finger of bright white head. The head has absurd retention, hanging around for days before settling into a foamy blanket. Leaves a nice ring of lacing along the way.

The aroma brings notes of overripe mangoes, earthy dankness, and white grapes.

The flavor is very tropical with notes of peach and mango. Then comes a wave of dank, earthiness, not dissimilar to green onions. Finishes with some grapeskin and fresh pine needles.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

Overall, a great showcase of the Nelson hop. People forget how dank this hop can get and this beer has no shortness of danksauce. Highly drinkable and refreshing.

Dec 19, 2018
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Can

Big ol' thanks to Greezy Dave for this one! He's OK. Nelson is a juice looking beer. Not in that sense of those overly thick, viscous pieces of nonsense but in the sense of bright orange apricot and pineapple with a decent haze throughout. The foam is the purest of whites and easily forms a finger high on the pour. The head leaves behind sticky, coating, delicate sheet lacing.

Well now, that beer smells pretty good. This guy manages to pull out the full spectrum of Nelson. There's a good sharp cheesiness off the bat that I always get from Nelson with a softly dank middle. Musty white grapes add to that dankness. A smattering of indistinguishable tropical fruits wraps it up, fruit salad like. A little green which in this case adds to the tropical character. The malt base is pretty nonexistent.

That sharp Parmesan rind and middling dankness open this beer up in a big way. Both of which are bright, somehow. It a little chalky and dewey in the middle with that grape must picking up quite a bit. Ripe pineapple and underripe mango wrap it up. That green mango brings about some spicy character. For a single hopped beer this thing brings the depth and it's all vibrant.

This guy sits a tick below moderate in weight with a fairly active effervescence. It's got a light feel and it's fairly crisp, to be honest. The finish is a little chalky with an immediate dryness. I can get behind that dryness. Nelson brings about a sturdy bitterness as well, which I can also get behind. This beer, it's drinkable as hell.

Nelson is a winner from the Hill Farmstead bunch. It takes all the essence of Nelson and spreads it out to ensure total saturation. It's funky and tropical, sharp and bitter, delicious. I would drink this one often. Thanks again, Dave!

Oct 26, 2018
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mdfb79 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky bright orange color. Bitter taste,
Lots of pine, resin, citrus hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

A nice beer but Nelson hops are admittedly not my favorite variant.

Oct 24, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

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

12 oz can poured into a nonic pint glass canned on 10/01

A: Small tight creamy looking white head that coats the glass as it dissipates. The body is a cloudy murky gold tan color.

S: Cantaloupes, grape, light grass, and some cracker malts.

T: Honeydew, cantaloupe, a little peach, with some light grass and lemon undertones.

M: Medium bodied lowish carbonation and low bitterness.

O: This is really good. I’m not sure I’d want a ton of it but it’s quite good.

Oct 14, 2018
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the brewery.
Pours beautiful glowing deep straw color with two fingers of thick head.
Aromas are classic nelson, full of hoppiness.
Mouthfeel beautiful with nelson showcased and almost no bitterness.
Mouthfeel is perfect of course from Hill Farmstead.
All in all...drinkable and beautiful.

Oct 11, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best IPA of the hill farmstead offering. More savory then there other IPAs. Nelson Hops are terrific in this American IPA. Solid offering, one of the best IPA

Oct 10, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque burnt maize with a moderate off-white foam settling to thick fuzzy lump bubbles on the surface that leave some mossy lace on the glass.

The aroma is so fucking amped up of that classic Nelson character--tons of cracker and toasted mixed seeds--that is such a unique hop. This is accented by black pepper, mango and grapefruit.

Tangy, uniquely earthy and spiced up by the toasted seed and cracker-like Nelson characteristics, the flavors are extremely expressive of this super standout hop, delivering green mango, grapefruit and a bit of resin on the backend.

Feel is pretty light with a minimal, paper thin sort of carbonation and a finish that starts slick but then quickly becomes chewy and dry.

Jul 28, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT.

This one pours a golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like pineapple, slight musty grape, earthy resin, a bit of dankness, and orange.

This is a little bit maltier than I expected, which isn't a bad thing. It's a little sweet and bready, and on top of this is just layers of wonderful Nelson flavor- musty white grape, pineapple, mango, earthy sort of dank resin, weed, and orange peel.

This doesn't finish quite as clean as I'd expect for a HF brew, but it's still very drinkable. It's a tiny bit sweet on the finish.

This is another good example of HF's hop wizardry. It's not quite their best, but still very nice.

Sep 19, 2016
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks typical of Hill pales, that mango meat hue. Off white head. White grape and beery fruit aroma with a touch of grass. There is some malt sweetness in flavor but there isn't a whole lot of that white grape and berry character. Instead, it is much more grassy and peppery. Drier than I expected. I love Nelson Sauvin and love well made Nelson pale ales. I can't say this is not one. However, this single hop only possesses some of the characteristics of Nelson that I enjoy.

Aug 22, 2016
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this fresh on site at HF on 8/19/2016. A great showcase of the Nelson hops, which I usually don't love. Very potent pineapple, white wine grapes, dank and the flavors come very bold and juicy. Amazing this is only 5.2%. A lot of complexity and depth and really enjoyable.

Aug 22, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler that I picked up at the brewery. Beautiful to look at and smell, but the taste fell a bit short compared to other Farmstead beers I've had. Still a delicious Pale Ale, but I preferred the Mosaic variant.

Aug 22, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a growler obtained at the brewery on August 20, 2016.

The pour is a hazy looking pale yellow with a lingering white foamy head.

Very fruity and juicy aroma of pineapple, lemon zest, and citrus with toasted breaded malts under it all.

Medium to heavy body.

The citrus and fruity characters are more evident in the nose than in the taste but they are definitely not lost. A pulpy juicy but dry finish

Aug 20, 2016
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This had just replaced Susan on Hill's tap list when I made my maiden voyage up there about two weeks ago. Was disappointed to not get Susan off my Top 250 to-do list but boy Nelson is a great beer and was well worth the trip!

Aug 19, 2016
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jhavs from New York

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent single hop pale ale bursting with lots of Nelson hop flavor including white wine grapes, earthy grass, and a bit of spice.

On tap pour at the blackback pub in Waterbury, VT. Bright straw color, thick, creamy foam head, just off pure-white. Settle into ring around the glass.

Bit on the high side of moderate carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel.

Aug 12, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at both Pro Pig and Blackback in Waterbury, VT. Had three times over one night because I loved it so much. Super hazy golden color with a fluffy head that leaves moderate lacing.

Smell is a punch to the nostrils of Nelson hops, very tropical, juicy, dank, slightly earthy. Very limited malts on the flavor lend some fresh dough and sweetness to the start. The rest of the beer is pure hop juice. Big citrus, pineapple, resin, grass, earth, dusty grape notes. Lingering oily finish, feels like a solid beer despite the low ABV.

Another killer from the Greensboro guys, cheers!

Aug 10, 2016
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GuitarIPA from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wish I had gotten the 2.0 liter - pours a hazy lemon orange with a white head, terrific citrusy aroma and taste and, as with most HF beers, it has a nice medium body for a relatively light beer. Very smooth and drinkable - the growler didn't stand a chance.

Aug 08, 2016
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 522 ratings