Single Hop: Nelson Sauvin | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Single Hop: Nelson SauvinSingle Hop: Nelson Sauvin
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Single Hop: Nelson SauvinSingle Hop: Nelson Sauvin

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our single-hop rye pale ales are created to showcase the flavor and aromas of individual hop varieties. The grain recipe is kept the same and only the type of hop is changed from batch to batch. Nelson Sauvin is a hop native to New Zealand that has a bold, fruity flavor similar to Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

35 IBU

Added by thagr81us on 10-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Pours a hazy, almost murky goldenrod color. I kinda' dig it, actually, bit it isn't pretty. Barely any head or lacing.

The aroma is pretty funky. I've brewed single hop beers using Nelson Sauvin and never have I made a beer that smells as musty as this one. It's lacking in top-end brightness from the hops. There's some grape, there's some botanicals. But mostly its a rye malt aroma that isn't spicy as much as it is musty. Like a Founders Red's Rye if that beer's dankness were replaced with staleness.

It doesn't taste bad though. It tastes like a malt-forward rye pale ale. It's spicy and musty and briefly flush with white-fleshed fruit. Slight bitterness here. The finish is a lingering rye malt character. Not much to this. Pretty OK though.

Overall this beer is a pretty average pale ale. It's way too malty to justify the pricetag. I like Westbrook, but this needs tweaking.

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Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ATLCarl for tracking this one down for me. A new brewery, & with rye to boot, well, could a night start out much better? 22 oz. bomber bottled 9/17/12 split with my wife; bonus points, as always, for the clear dating.

Pour is very pale, quite fizzy, greatly carbonated, & with a quantity of suspended solids bouncing around in the glass. Always like something to chew on with my beer. Could fit most of the nose in the eye of an angel dancing on the head of a pin, bits of earth & citrus, tame. Boring would be a less charitable word.

Nelson Sauvin Rye Pale Ale doesn't light me up like Kings of Steel. The rye is of the duller, earthy variety that starts out strong & buries most everything else underneath, with a fall must as the aftertaste. Hops? Maybe. Maybe not. Touch of musty grape, maybe? Sweet malt. Easy to drink, that's probably it's strong point.

A decent enough beer to while away the time, but nothing stands out. The idea of a rye pale with different hops is an A+ idea, but not sure I care to track down any of the others to see if they're superior to the Nelson varietal. Mediocre.

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Photo of beer2day
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours grainy, dirty, hazy chestnut gold with a thick 2-finger medium cream head. Decent retention and nice strands of lace.

Nose is rye malt, yeasty bread, and a decent shot of piney hop. Muted, but nicely done.

Rye comes out in the flavor, but is overpowered by a general maltiness. Hops go into hiding, but I do get just a hint of brightness in the finish. Just too malty for my taste.

Feel is very nice. Earthy, grainy body that finishes well.

Not a disappointment, but not my favorite in their single hop series.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a dense white head that settles to a slight pillowy haze and thin, soapy ring. Moderate aromas of grassy hops, black pepper, tangerine, orange peel, and the same fairly sweet rye and caramel malt backbone that the other Rye Pale Ales has. Nelson Sauvin character is nice, but kinda muted. More tangerine and topical fruit in the taste, with a touch of peppery hops and smooth malt character. Mouthfeel is crisp and quenching, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a nice addition to the Single Hop line-up, but not the most pronounced entry.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Half growler poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/14/12

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Pale, almost watery orange-brown; medium depth with some cloudiness. One and a half finger head thins slowly leaving thick clumps of foam, ring retention and dense, crackly lace.

The hop aroma is interesting. It starts off with a sweetish, tropical, cotton candy/bubble gum type of smell, but as the beer opens up it has a pronounced peach nose. Fluffy, modest grains stay off to the side. Hints of pineapple, mango and sugar cookie.

After a brief showing of pine prickliness on the palate, the hops shift toward a blended-up tropical citrus montage. This starts to get punchy after several sips; it definitely has a good hop kick. Malts are of the toasty, grainy variety. The finish is dry with grapefruit bitterness.

Medium-light body with gritty resin and an appropriately peppy carbonation to boot. As the beer warms, the finish turns sticky sweet.

Overall impression - Really enjoyable to drink. I'd like to see more of this particular hop.

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Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of rye, hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of the very distinct Nelson Sauvin hops, rye, a hint of citrus, and a good amount of malt as well. A solid flavor that depends on your love of rye and Nelson Sauvin hops. Not bad.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a grainy, earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer certainly won't satisfy everyone, but it is worth a shot. Drinkable, in my estimation.

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Single Hop: Nelson Sauvin from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 47 ratings