Nelson Sauvin | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yes! It's finally happened. Man, we love this hop. Tons of unique flavors and aromas (now, we've never had a gooseberry, but we're SURE this hop is packed with gooseberry aromas). This Imperial IPA was brewed with single hop additions of New Zealand Nelson Sauvin, and whoa, it's real good.

Added by MasterSki on 11-24-2014

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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pipeworks Nelson Sauvin

A: This version of the series formerly known as "Ninja" pours, like the others, a lighter golden orange with mild haze. The head, while somewhat small at only one-and-a-half fingers, is the beautiful color of virgin snow. Lacing is disappointing. This is good, not great. 3.75/5

A: Classic Nelson hop character is surprisingly not as obvious as one would hope. Golden raisins and passion fruit are the distinct notes associated with the hop, but there is none of the dankness to be found that one associates with Nelson. Lots of mango and even some grapefruit do show up as it warms. More classic white wine and dank character would be nice since they are hallmarks of the hop, but what is here is nice and juicy smelling. 4.25/5

T: Again, lots of juicy fruit, particularly passion and mango up front again. Some orange sneaks in along with mildly bitter grapefruit. Again, a strange lacking in the classic white wine and dank, green flavors. It also suffers from being too high in alcohol, with a just a little acetone and alcohol in the back end, not to mention the sweetness that this reviewer likes kept to a minimum. Tasty but flawed. In a word, disappointing, based on expectations from the hop used. 3.5/5

M: The mouthfeel is a pleasant, medium fullness, almost creamy. Bitterness is at a perfect level. The finish is marred by heat, however, and the beer does not dry out as much as it should due to the sweetness. Average. 3.25/5

O: This was a huge disappointment. While it is a good beer, nothing about it lives up to what it could have been. Further, it falls to the same issues that all IIPAs but the Fish Series from Pipeworks falls victim to: too high of an ABV. PW could really do with following the NvU in cans model and lowering the ABV on the entire "Ninja" series. Nelson Sauvin hops are my personal favorite, and this beer really does not hit the main notes that the hop normally does; maybe it was a bad crop; either way it probably is not Pipeworks's fault, but that does not excuse the shortcomings of the beer. To reiterate, this is a solid offering, but does not show Pipeworks or Nelson Sauvin in a particularly flattering light. Pair with Periphery's newest release, "Peiphery III: Select Difficulty." 3.25/5

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Photo of RobertD
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle purchased in Chicago.

Pours a deep hazy orange. 1 finger of off-white head that falls quickly.

Aroma is dank and tropical. A little of the classic white grape character of the Nelson hops. Then it's mango/guava with some lingering pine. Maybe gooseberry as well?

Taste is pretty balanced for a 10% Dipa. Bitterness is perfect. Juicy hop flavor is followed by a nice mellow malt backbone. Lots of sweet orange zest and pineapple in the finish and some more white grape. Extremely drinkable and makes its presence felt. Definitely split this one another drinker.

Overall it's a winner. Perhaps even better than the other single hop variants like Citra Ninja. I would be wary to buy it anywhere else besides the Chicago area, due to the freshness factor.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #581-582 which means this was bottled on 12/6/14 so less than a month old. Going off of what I remember from last night. Thank god I drank this first or else I wouldn't have remembered it at all. Poured a cloudy dark orange with a nice white head. Smell was full of tropical fruits, grapes, and a little weed. Some alcohol detected. Taste followed for the most part. A bit on the malty side. Sweet with hints of white grape, citrus, and weed. Alcohol is somewhat overpowering. Mouthfeel is pretty full for an IPA. A little sticky but still easy to drink for 10%. Overall, a pretty good Nelson brew. I was looking forward to this after trying (and loving) Noble Ale Works Nelson Showers and I have to say this one fell somewhat short. I think 10% is a bit high when you're trying to showcase a hop like this. Alcohol and malt sweetness get in the way too much. It doesn't let you fully experience all that Nelson has to offer.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JC333
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of virinow
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PatrickG
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of timc100
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Tons of clean, dank, fresh hops. Has that midwest juiciness, significant malt backbone and booze. Pungent tropical fruits, orange, kiwi, strawberry, fresh pine. Very smooth beer - pretty well balanced, wish it were a little less in abv to balance it out.

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Photo of brians52
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of robgage
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bieniek30
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vonerichs
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant golden orange, clear, and a tight head that leaves an ok spotted lace.

Heavy fruity aroma. White grapes and pear. Some tropical touches of mango and papaya.

Fruity flavor. More of the white grapes, almost a dry vinous quality. Pear. Finishes with a tropical yet spicy papaya.

Medium bodied and crisp. Bitter and slightly dry on the back end.

Another fantastic Ninja from PDub. This series is one of my favorites out there.

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Photo of mbmiche
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Photo of needMIbeer
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber orange with a very thin head and somewhat oily.

Berries, earthy, tangerine, grapefruit, and white grape.

Tons of tangerine, melon, white grape, and berry notes.

Medium-bodied, light carbonation, oily, soft, and smooth.

Overall, this brew has a ton of berry and tropical notes and goes down smooth as hell.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, batch 581-582, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with an orange hue, one-finger foamy white head reduces to a ring around the glass, a couple of patches of lace left behind

S- fruity hop character with notes of berry, orange peel, and passionfruit, also picking up some vinous white wine aromas and a hint of vegetal/garlic. Finishes with some spicy earthy aroma

T- sweet red berries up front with lots of fruity/tropical hop flavor; grapefruit, passionfruit & guava. Grassy & spicy earthy flavors turn into a malty sweet backbone that is slightly sugary and bready, more berries on a sweet finish with tropical hop linger

M- heavy and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy and slightly chewy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- a nice showcase of the nelson sauvin hop, sweet malty finish

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Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose starts with a nice fruity tone of oranges, tangerines, pears and apricot. I do get a bit of the caramel malt before it becomes flowery and perfumey.

The flavor is thick and sweet with some light bitterness. The hops remind me more of Mosaic as it tends towards rose petals and perfumes with some herbal tones. Hop cone, flowers and pine finishes this out.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of sahd-1
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Nelson Sauvin from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 231 ratings