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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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of patre_tim
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear orange yellow amber with a slight cloud and some particles of various sizes- dark spots and smaller particles suspended within. 3 finger yellowish foamy head.

S: Passion fruit, Hawaiian punch, fruity and tropical. Not getting much more.

T: Passion fruit, passion fruit, passion fruit, comes to the front and tropical punch hides in the background. Bitterness is balanced and not extreme, lingers on the tongue. Dry finnish.

M: Medium somewhat resiny body, medium carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable. Got this at Earthfare in Columbia, SC. Love the bottle, love the taste, unique unto itself. Would go well with spicy food, pinapple slices, bbq pineapple spears.

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Photo of brauseboof
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy gold in color with a big fluffy white head that lingers. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, pine, tropical fruit hops, and a light malt. It smells really good, although not what I expected from a Nelson-only beer.

T: Follows the nose well. Nice lemony grapefruit citrus, a bit of spice and pine hops, biscuit malt. Bittersweet hang with the hop bitterness tingle.

M: Medium body for an APA (Rye-PA), good carbonation sensation, minimal alcohol presence.

O: This was a very enjoyable brew! The only weird thing - I got minimal to no rye character out of the beer, and the hop profile isn't what I usually pick up from Nelson Sauvin at all. Both of which led me to expect...well, not the beer that I drank. I even double-checked the label to make sure I had the right beer. Regardless, it was quite tasty.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of marvin213
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of GPHarris
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and a light sheet throughout. the body was a bright, straw gold color.
s - very aromatic beer. hop aromas of fruit and flowers which made this beer have an almost perfume-like quality to it.
t - fruity and floral as the aromas with a spicy, rye finish.
m - slick and a little thin.
o - really pleasant beer, solid rye pale ale.

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Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of Reaper16
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beer2day
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Barley's in Greenville, and decided to pick up a bottle to enjoy and review at home. What I really like about this beer is how nicely the characteristics of the single hop come through- loud and bright. That coupled with the fact that the base is a light, spicy rye concoction means that a nice platform is built for the hops, without too many sweet malts in the way to crash the party. Pours a cloudy golden amber with a moderate head, but a constant stream of bubbles rising to the top. Smells fresh and clean with bright citrus and herbal notes. Even better in the taste department, with some nice orange juice, herb, and zest flavors up front, followed by some spicy rye on the finish and perhaps a bit of white pepper. Great, complex flavors here, but clean, bright, and light enough for a hot day, while deep enough for a cold one. This brewery has impressed me with the beers I've had from them, and this is no exception. Definitely recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of jsanford
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this APA on tap, at the brewery in a pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow color, produced an average white head, featured excellent lacing and head retention. The aroma consisted of malted grain, pear juice, citric grapefruit, lemon and a hemp tea like quality. Medium in body, this APA had a foundation of sweet malted grain, citric hops, pineapple and and spicy undertones. This is my first exposure to the Nelson Sauvin Hop variety and have to say I was impressed with the range of flavor. Excellent session beer, worth a try!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a COAST Willi (semi-proper!). Poured a hazy yellow orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, fruit, marijuana, tropical fruit hop, and fruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, tropical fruit, fruit hop, tropical fruit hop, spice, and subtle pineapple. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Very nicely surprised with what I found on this one. The tropical fruit profile going on here was truly something to behold if I am honest. It was really nicely incorporated throughout each sip with all of the other aspects taking place here. It was also quite easy drinking and rather enjoyable. I could honestly see this one being a great brew to enjoy during the summer out in the sun. Well done on this one Westbrook. Well done. Tick.

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Single Hop: Nelson Sauvin from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 46 ratings
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