Nelson Single Hop
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #13
Ranked #628
4.38 | pDev: 6.62%
Jul 15, 2022
Sep 07, 2010
Nelson Single HopNelson Single Hop
Notes: An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Nelson Sauvin.
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Rated: 4.33 by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Jul 15, 2022
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
3 months old. Can to wine glass.

L: Pours a hazy yellow with a pillowy white head that dissipates after a while and leaves plenty of lacing. Some floaters visible.

S: Tropical with notes of ripe citrus fruits and strawberries. Hoppy and a bit woody.

T: Subtle notes of pineapple, mango, strawberries and ripe white grapes. Medium sweetness with a slightly bitter finish. Malty, biscuity and a bit grassy.

F: Very juicy, even a bit sticky. Low carbonation. Quite full for a Pale.

O: Great Pale Ale that showcases the hop variety in an remarkable way. Nice mix of NZ hops and American craft. Very flavorful despite its low ABV. Not as crushable as other HF Pales (which isn‘t necessarily a bad thing).
Jun 27, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by brewskis from Indiana

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 4.55 by Jstuart23 from North Carolina

Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cloudy, burnt gold color. Moderate sized head from a reasonably violent pour. It settles to a film of minute bubbles but leaves ample and broad streaks on the glass.

Mostly white pepper nose (hops) and light tutti-fruity (malt). Subsequent smells draws out some weediness and other green organic matter. The strong aromas mellow as the beer settles.

The malt holds up as long as I don't swallow. That's the moment where the strong bitterness kicks in. The mouthfeel leans thinner, but the swallow makes it seem bigger. Either way, the carbonation is a bit muted. The finish is similar to sucking a hop pellet with a lot of black pepper spiciness dominating. Long, bitter aftertaste.
Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by TangoJuliet from New York

Sep 13, 2019
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.7%
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
Rated: 4.25 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Aug 31, 2019
Rated: 4.61 by Johncnh from New Hampshire

Aug 26, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jun 13, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 3.84 by DaveCash from New York

Apr 14, 2019
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Reviewed by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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
Rated: 4.37 by WaffleNugget from Vermont

Apr 11, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by bl00 from Pennsylvania

Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Mar 21, 2019
Rated: 4.94 by Khaack from New York

Mar 19, 2019
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Reviewed by FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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
Rated: 4.5 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Mar 11, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by Hurl4bru from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by TomWight from New York

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by Big_V from Maryland

Mar 08, 2019
Rated: 4.01 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Mar 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Rated: 4.38 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Mar 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by grapeshops from California

Mar 01, 2019
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Rated: 4.27 by rangerred from Tennessee

Feb 24, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by Samact from Vermont

Feb 23, 2019
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Rated: 4.65 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Feb 09, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Jan 25, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by cp45 from New Jersey

Jan 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Jan 08, 2019
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