Nelson IPL | Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
There are a few hops out there that brewers everywhere are constantly in pursuit of, and Nelson Sauvin is one of of them. We wanted to brew something that would convey our excitement about this hop, and out of that desire, our Nelson IPL was born. By using a lighter malt base, a blend of pilsner and 2-row, and a squeaky clean German Lager yeast, this allows Nelson to show off, and rightfully so. Exploding with white wine fruitiness and gooseberry, we recruited the assistance of Wakatu and Dr. Rudi to balance the hop profile. This beer is a spotlight on New Zealand and we hope you grow just as fond of the Southern Hemisphere as we have.

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Photo of Myboymi
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pretendeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little bit of haze and plenty of effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam; quite nice.

Smell: melony, grassy, green hop aroma with just a soupçon of dankness. There's a hint of malty sweetness underneath; overall, it works pretty well.

Taste: sweet malt with a very vernal, fresh and refreshing hop character. Like the aroma, there are some hints of melon here which really add a refreshing element to the mix; I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. This actually has a pretty rich texture for the style.

Overall: this is a refreshing and interesting beer. It's on the heavy side for a lager, but I think that's fine, and the melon-laden hops are a very interesting dimension for the style.

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Photo of arizcards
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 3-12-17 for $1.99. Canned on 1-20-17 and stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head on the initial pour.

Nose is fresh fruit, very nice.

Taste is gooseberry forward with a slight hint of citrus, pear, and apple. Finish has enough residual bitterness to let you know this is an IPL.

Feel is pretty crisp and refreshing.

Overall i loved the aroma of this brew and the flavors were very enjoyable. Would have this again!

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Photo of R_i_P
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bomber of Nelson IPL from Hi Times in Newport Beach, CA on 05/15/2017. No bottled or "best by" date. 6.5% ABV. This IPL is brewed with Nelson Sauvin, Wakatu, and Motueka hops from New Zealand.

Nelson IPL pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow with excellent carbonation. 2 fingers of white foam with good head retention. Good lacing too.

The smell is of hops, lemon, and grass. The taste is uniquely complex -- it starts with lemon zest, herbal, grass and gooseberry, followed immediately by an herbal bitterness and slight grape fruitiness, against a mild malt backbone. What really stands out is the distinct spiciness that actually tingles the tongue with each sip. The finish retains the hop bitterness, the spiciness and just a touch of fruitiness. The alcohol is well-hidden behind the complex hop taste of this lager.

Saint Archer's Nelson IPL is complex, spicy and refreshing. It's the perfect refreshing lager without that boring lager taste. Nelson IPL has enough "zing" to add it once or twice a week to my weekly rotation of my favorite DIPA's. The hop complexity of this IPL sets it above other IPLs.

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Photo of sunsjammer
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pajfuwen
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from The Beermongers.

A clear light gold with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is solid. Mildly grassy with an herbal, lemony, minty, moderately fruity note, there's flavor notes of semi-ripe white grapes. Cleanly fermented, this beer begins mildly bitter and moderately creamy on the palate with a nice hoppiness. Mildly resiny, a touch of green grassy bitterness, moderate green grape, a touch of lemondrop and nectarines. Drying and creamy with a clean lager character, a touch of decocted grains, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Solid stuff.

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Photo of andrew8626
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentusaurus
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden color with plenty of foam in the Rodenbach goblet. Light and crispy. Wonderful Nelson hop aroma-- lime, honeydew melon, and a whiff of Concord grape.

Very pleasant and aromatic with a honey-toned malt flavor. Moderately bitter with a scraggly edge to the aftertaste. Easy drinking with that luscious nose. From the six-pack of 12 oz cans purchased at Barons Market in San Diego.

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Photo of taospowder
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChuckTom
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of teraflx
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reema
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz can into a pint glass, bought at the Aloha Poke Bowl in Redlands. Canned roughly two weeks ago.

Pours a bright straw yellow with a moderate amount of turbidity. Smell is of intense grape pith, slight dankness, along with ample resiny hops aroma. A nice biscuity aroma wafts around as well. Yeah, that's Nelson alright. Taste reflects the smell. Initial white grape flavors lead into an almost grassy flavor, resin flavor, that finishes with a crisp biscuity aftertaste. A lingering bitterness finishes suddenly, which makes me want another sip. This is great. Feel is lighter, carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass throughout the drink. Overall, this is a superb beer with great aromas and tastes. It's going really well with my poke bowl.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another classy brew from Saint Archer, who continue to show that they rarely make a bad beer. To be fair, this one showcases one of my favorite hops, Nelson, so I'm a bit of a biased observer. But, for your usual IPA-strong San Diego brewery, cranking out a solid hopped-up lager warrants praise. IPLs can be a tricky thing, too, the squeaky clean nature of lager yeast often ratcheting up the hops to screeching levels. Here, though, SA manages to evoke big Nelson character in the nose - that unique ripened fruit + lightly dank pungency - with a present but not overdone bitterness on the palate. Malt character is present but basic - straight ahead pale malt. It doesn't necessarily change my opinion that ale yeast is a better vehicle for heavy hopping, particularly new world hops like this, but it's a tasty beer to be sure and a better riff on the category than most.

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Photo of lanedlr
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AndyOooo
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannydetox
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

looks like a pale lager when poured, very clear with a small, white head. kaffir lime, a hint of passion fruit, and white wine grapes detected on the nose. drinks clean like a euro lager, but with more bitterness and nelson hop flavors across the palate. finishes as soon as it is swallowed. easy to drink more than one.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Nelson IPL from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 66 ratings