Singel Hop Saison - Nelson Sauvin
Tired Hands Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
4.08 | pDev: 7.6%
Tired Hands Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Brew Cafe in Ardmore, PA

Single Hop Saison with the Nelson Sauvin pours out a light bright gold color with some yellow peeking through. I get a nice amount of bright white foamy foam clinging to the glass going down. Nice bubbles.

Smell is pretty bright with the Nelson, I get a touch of grass and lemon peel, some earth, some orange. Get a touch of grapefruit and some pale malt with warming, barely a touch. Simple but bold smelling

The Nelson is at the forefront, yet I get more of the saison qualities than I did with the simcoe version. Some Belgian quality fruity esters with some orange and grapefruit, that comes off more like juice the more I think about it. The malt addition is always kept at a minimal IMO with a touch of pepper in the finish.

Feel is very light, body is light, carb is a above medium, not stinging, but you can feel it. No Alcohol in the taste or mouthfeel, A strong aftertaste of pepper and nelson hopping from the fresh keg. I could go for more of this.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy white peach color with a thick, frothy white head that sticks well and leaves plenty of lacing. Doesn't look highly carbonated like a typical saison, but still has a very attractive appearance.

The aroma is of powerful, juicy hops, reminiscent of fresh garden herbs, like sage, pineapple mint and chamomile, with a citrusy kick. Some spicy, peppery notes are there as well, making this a very well-rounded saison aroma. Wonderful!

Juicy hop flavor up front minus harsh bitterness, with a nice grainy malt and wheat flavor mid-palate. Herbal Nelson Sauvin hops mix well with the rustic saison yeast, and the beer finishes with a lingering, dry bitterness.

As is typical of growler pours, the carbonation is much smoother than usual, with a medium body and a dry finish. Pretty on-point for the style.

Another winning beer from the good folks at Tired Hands. They did a great job of highlighting this fantastic hop varietal in their signature style, the "American" saison. What I am assuming is their house saison yeast works very well in complimenting this hop and malt bill. Just a beautiful aroma and a very delicious beer....I am glad I got to share this with good friends.

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4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of Moll. Pours a hazy light straw color. Lots of lacing. Nose is really nice with tropical fruit and plenty of wheat. Some light saison spice. Flavor is a beautiful mix of hops and wheat with saison character in the background. Extremely well executed and impossible to stop drinking. Amazing beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks are owed to Deuane for sharing this growler with me. Review from notes taken a month ago. The brew pours a hazed yellow golden color with a white cap that fades at a normal pace. It leaves a webby and spotty pattern of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma really shines with a scent of white grape juice. An exceptional display of nelson hop character that seemingly outplays all other aromatic aspects. Once I get away from that lovely vinous note, some hints of herbs and almost a vegetative aspect come out. 

The tastes is bitter with rindy and pulp citrus hop flavors. A bit of a residual grain flavor is left along with a veggie and cheesy hop flavoring. Whereas the aromatics really brought it with an enjoyable display of nelson, the taste is a bit forgettable with nondescript hoppy bitterness.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol was surprisingly prominent for the listed abv. The nose here was shockingly good but as the experience continued and the newness wore off, it turned out to be a pretty good offering just lacking a bit with the expected saison attributes.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Second in the Singel Hop series.

Served in an 8oz. stem glass. An incredibly attractive beer, bright golden yellow color, though opaque with haze, under a full inch of creamy white head; nice retention and lacing. Fresh hops up front in the aroma, citrus zest and a bit of musty grass. This is the second (I believe) beer I've had that showcased Nelson Sauvin single-hopped--the first being Iron Hill's tremendous Gary Nelson IPA--and I can definitely say, I like these hops. Juicy citrus, some floral elements, pineapple rind, secondary flavors of biscuity saison yeast, peppery spice, grass. Nice balance. Light-medium body, crisp, fresh, drinkable.

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

Pours a completely hazed golden color with a thick layering of white head. Retains very nicely with creamy film and patchy lacing on the glass.

Funky and hoppy in the nose, nice mix of Belgian yeast with cracked pepper and citrusy hops. Touches of orange peel with clove and bready funkiness.

Snap of citrusy hops with orange peel kiss the tongue followed by some peppery spice. Clove and funk with an up-front yeast presence. Bready and grainy in the backbone with some light sweetness. Finishes funky with spicy hops that linger on the tongue.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, creamy and lingering on the palate. Another well done saison from Tired Hands - I think I might have enjoyed the Simcoe version a little more, but this had a really enjoyable mix of hops and funk that kept me guessing throughout the whole pour.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a unique hoppy aroma that comes off smelling a bit herbal and like green peppers. The taste of the beer is much like the nose, it's got a ton of sweet pepper flavors in there, really something unexpected for sure. The mouthfeel of the beer was light bodied with a pretty good carbonation to it. Overall I thought this beer was decent but not something I would rave about. This is one that needs to be paired with something that will compliment the flavors it's has. Drinking it on it's own wouldn't be something I'd want a lot of.

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4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light, pale orange color with a small fine head barely coaxed out of a vigorous pour. A long car ride may not have helped with the head.

Awesome multidimensional aroma with floral notes, tangerine, grass, and biscuit. Full hop flavor blends citrus and white grapes. Sticky and resinous. Dry finish with a mild but firm lingering bitterness.

Just a bit of saison character peeks through the finish. A hop lover's dream and a great showcase for Nelson Sauvin. Very well done!

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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Thanks to whoever shared a growler of this at Top Hops....was just talking about Tired Hands and someone busted this guy out.

a - Pours a hazy yellow color with one inch of white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, sour fruits, sour citrus hops, some light funk in the nose, yeast, spices, and earthy malts. Really awesome nose. An amazing mix of sour fruit and funk, though not overbearing on either count. Really great.

t - Taste is very good and follows the nose; though it is a bit lighter and weaker. Tastes of fruity malts, floral notes, earthy notes, very light funk, light citrus and sour fruits. Again, quite good, but a little lighter in the sour and funk than the nose.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Definitely an easy drinking saison; a little more carbonation and it'd be fantastic.

o - Overall this was my first Tired Hands beer and it did not disappoint. The nose is fantastic; a nice mix of funk and sour citrus. The taste is great too, albeit weaker and a bit lighter than I was hoping. Easy to drink, could have drank a whole growler of it. Looking forward to trying more of their stuff.

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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Tired Hands for their 1st Anniversary party, served in a wine glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark yellow color, finger of white head, nice lacing.

S- Loads of white grape, a bit herbal and spicy, mild bitterness, really just an awesome showcase for Nelson Sauvin.

T- More great Nelson Sauvin flavors of white grape, herbs and spice, along with the usual TH saison yeasty must, wheat, and very mild tartness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and soft, dry finish.

O- Once again, a great saison from TH. One of my favorites from the day.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by...someone...sorry, can't remember who brought this one!

I've had almost every TH beer on tap at the brewpub and taken a few growlers home with me along the way. In my experience not everyone does as good a job filling them as Jean does, so sometimes the mouthfeel and perfect carbonation these guys always have on tap doesn't translate as well off-premises. In this case the fill was decent enough but the overall feel was just a little watery and undercarbonated and not as smooth and creamy as I'd expect from this brewery.

The beer pours a lightly hazed pale gold with a small cap of white foam that settles quickly and some patchy lacing on the glass; I'd say the appearance might have a taken a bit of a hit in comparison to the draught version, but that's only a guess (these guys always make a lovely looking brew). Nose mixes the juicy, tropical fruit notes of the Nelson Sauvin hops with the peppery, spicy esters of the house saison yeast. Additional citrusy, lemony tart notes detected as well as a bit of dry maltiness underneath propping things up.

The flavor follows the nose to a degree but seems to lack a bit of complexity; I think sometimes single hop beers have this problem in that there's not enough depth and the wider flavor profile created by a mix of hop varieties is missed. Nevertheless this beer is tasty and also instructive in that it puts the fruity, grassy Nelson variety into stark relief.

I'll certainly be interested to try the forthcoming single hop saisons but personally I don't feel they rise to the level of some of the other more complex Tired Hands beers. Definitely worth a shot though.

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Singel Hop Saison - Nelson Sauvin from Tired Hands Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 30 ratings