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Nelson Single Hop | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Nelson Single HopNelson Single Hop

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Nelson Sauvin.

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 453
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev -9%
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

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of jhavs
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am lucky to have a solid beer contact that goes to the Hill often and he recently send me Nelson Single Hop. Nelson is one of my favorite hop varieties!!! Everybody loves Citra and Mosaic as do I, but Nelson hops is so fruity and juicy! This one was right in that wheelhouse! Light, easy drinking, crisp clean Nelson Hops!!!

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow.

Nose - Big citrus notes. A little pine.

Taste - Little bit of pine. Lots of citrus. Little bit of tropical. Lots of awesome!

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy. Medium carbonation. Low attenuation. Incredible!

Overall - Amazing Pale Ale! Top 5 All Time! Seek this out.

Grade (A+)

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy/opaque shade of a uniquely beautiful yellow color with little head. The nose is full of sweet, slightly citrus hops. The taste is all Neslon, slightly bitter and actually quite in contrast to the smell. The feel has a hoppy bite that while somewhat thin, does linger. Overall is the a good to great IPA, driven more by the nose than the taste.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for the share. Review from notes taken 3 months ago. Growler into a HF wine glass, the brew appears a hazy pale golden color with white head that fades leaving spotty lace.

It smells cheesy with sulfur and white grape juice indicadive of nelson hops. This brew smells pretty good, its just missing that pop of cleanliness to take it to the next level.

The taste is bitter greasiness mixed with cheese and sulfur. A mild white grape juice aspect lingers across the back.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A crushable offering but for whatever reason I was expecting a little more from this. Regardless asokid enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nelson is not my favorite hop, but this was really tremendous. The Hill Farmstead single hop pale ale series never disappoints. If you are fan of Nelson, you have to try this beer.

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Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml growler, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 8.10.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a golden straw color, hazy and cloudy with two fingers of soapy, white head with great retention and lace. The aroma is nice, tropical fruits in spades, pineapple, mango, passionfruit snappy and fresh, bitter citrus peel, a touch of rye and the usual Hill Farmstead doughy malt profile that lingers well with just a hint of mineral laden well water. The flavors echo the nose, huge amount of tropical fruits, pineapple and juicy mango, white wine grape, passionfruit, super juicy, super fresh, bright, delicate with a subtle bitterness that reads of mild pine, rye spice and some grapefruit peel. Once again, doughy malt and mineral water linger on the tongue next to the hops. The mouthfeel is great, coating, thick, full bodied, lively, creamy at times with a dry finish.

Verdict: Another excellent pale ale from Hill Farmstead, a great showcase of Nelson Sauvin. Super fruity and bright, juicy and well rounded, extracts everything one could want from such a great hop.

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Photo of groutenberg
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All great stuff, nice clouded yellowish color, maybe 1/2" head that settles down, great mouth feel with really good length, taste stays with you after you swallow, some bitterness lingers but not overpowering, a real effort to get up there, well worth it. REALLY like it a lot!

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a vibrant and hazy lemon yellow.

The aroma offers yellow grapefruit, lychee, spruce, white wine, cracked grains, white bready malt.

On the flavor, lime and grapefruit peel, a touch of yellow grapefruit juice, heavy floral, a hint of juicy honeydew, a light doughy malt in the middle, as the beer finishes very dry with a woody, herbaceous, grass, and drying white wine.

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Photo of lic217
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: pale straw color with slight hint of orange, white head hangs around, cloudy
Smell: Nelson hops, with a little citrus
Taste: tangerine, lingering bitterness, dry, slight sweetness
Feel: a bit thin, but nice creaminess and good carbonation
Overall: a great pale ale that showcases Nelson

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Photo of Mineo
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great showcase of Nelson hops -- tropical fruits and citrus with some notes of peach as well. Very crisp and crushable -- definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From growler purchased 8/6/15 into belgian ale glass.

Pours hazy apricot, a little more bold than straw. Big foamy head, long retention, lots of lacing.

Lots of tropical fruit and citrus up front. Balanced malt profile, some bitterness on finish.

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Photo of irrevjim
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at armsby abby
looks like a golden orange julius but better. orangy golden peach, opaque, head is thick and frothy, sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing.
smell, peach, citrus, grass, orange, melon, earth, a little bread
taste, citrussy fruity hops from start to finish, peach orange, earth, some biscuity malt
feel, medium in body, a little carbonation, earthy, smooth enough
overall it was an impressive fruit hop bomb, my first experience with straight nelson hops

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Photo of Zaximus
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Damn this one's good.

Straw-like hazy yellow. Generous head and lacing pouring from a HF 750. This beers made a trek across the US and is about 2 weeks old.

Nose of citrus. Orange. Some grass.

Taste follows the nose. Very bright. Citrusy. Little dank. Fantastic malt to balance the hops. Subtle hop bitterness at the end. As I've found with several HF IPAs, this one needs to warm just a bit out of the fridge for the real beauty to shine through.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Refreshing. Perfect carb. Maybe the highlight of the brew.

I know they're held on a pedestal and some think Shaun Hill and his brewery are overrated. Not for me. I've by no means had everything, some have fallen short of expectations and their higher end stuff will most likely continue to allude me but overall they consistently produce exceptional PAs and Saisons.


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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a departure from your typical Hill Farmstead pale ale.

Very nicely balanced between the juicy sweetness of the fruit and the bitterness of the hops.

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Photo of mick303
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

On tap at the brewery. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is lemony and gooseberry, spruce, citrus with some herbal tones. Full body, hops create a clean slight acidity. Complexity is very interesting, a light floral citrus with great depth, amazing. Slight peppery/rosemary on the finish. Loved this beer and would look forward to having it again.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a very hazy orangish yellow, about a half finger of white frothy head forms that settles to a thin bubbly top.

S- Juicy oranges, dank resinous hops, definite earthy fresh hops, nice balance with the malts and plenty of aroma for a lower abv.

T- Earthy bitter hops, oranges, light passionfruit, bit of pine, finishes a bit watery with a light bitter orange peel. Not as good as the aroma but still way better then your average pale ale.

M- Super drinkable albeit a little watery, bitterness lingers on the palate.

O- This was a fantastic APA however I think I prefer Edward slightly more. Still definitely at the top of it's class for a single hop pale ale.

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Nelson Single Hop from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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