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Cellarmaker / Alvarado / SARA / Freestyle Farms - Nelson SlayerCellarmaker / Alvarado / SARA / Freestyle Farms - Nelson Slayer
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Average: 4.37 | pDev: 5.26%

Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 11

#749 ranked New England IPA | 8.50% ABV

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Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Notes: Limited (brewed once) availibility. This is a four-way collaboration with Cellarmaker, Sante Adairius, Alvarado Street Brewing and Freestyle Farms. It's a double IPA that features EIGHT, hand selected lots of Nelson Sauvin hops from Freestyle Farms and hits all the Nelson marks; passionfruit, lychee, gooseberry and all the punchy, lush aromatics with a hint of dank petroleum. Concept/artwork inspired by an epic trip we had together in New Zealand back in early April, and in tribute to the almighty Nelson Sauvin hop.

40 IBU
Cellarmaker / Alvarado / SARA / Freestyle Farms - Nelson SlayerCellarmaker / Alvarado / SARA / Freestyle Farms - Nelson Slayer
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 11
Photo of TheBrewsky
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a uniform vibrant golden yellow in color with complete opacity. A seemingly patient and slow pour yielded 3 fingers of a bubbly white cap that settled into a nice fingers width cap that retained quite nicely. Lacing is on the upper end of moderate, veiling the glass. As a package, it looks great.
S: That nelson dankness is there, making me yearn for what has become my favorite hop in NEIPAs. Apart from the nelson, there is an underlying sweet element to the beer, alongside a concoction of fruits such as orange, mango, pineapple, papaya and peach.
T: I am on the fence of giving this beer a 3.75 or a 4, but the more I drank it, I found it to be more deserving of a 3.75. Here's the thing- while the nelson flavor is there, it isn't as nelson-y (if that makes sense) as I would hope. It is dank, but the fruit sweetness overpowers the nelson hop profile. Big flavors of pineapple, mango, peach, bubble gum and citrus, with hints of banana and lemongrass at the finish. After taste is a combo of sweet and vegetal, with lingering flavors of orange, onion, apricot and grass.
F: Great feel. Medium body, light to medium in weight. Carbonation is spot-on where it should be, elevating the beer enough to make it smooth with a clean-ish finish but not being overly carbonated. Booze is masked decently for the most part but isn't totally concealed.
O: In the end, I very much enjoyed the beer, and I think it is well deserving of a 4 overall. Though it is far from the nelson perfection I know ASB is capable of, it's still a win. Plus, brownie points for the can art and name. Anyways, I am very glad to try. Cheers!

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

ASB keeps doing everything right with this terrific collab. brew. Dank, pungent, aromatic hops notes and full-on Nelson flavors. Feel is smooth, maybe just slightly lower in body than expected. Overall outstanding, another home run from ASB.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Missed out on cans, draught pour at Cellarmaker. Great nose, bit of green hop notes. Will be great in a couple weeks. Think I still prefer Nelson Baby!, but would've been nice to do blind head-head in a few weeks if I'd scored cans.

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Cellarmaker / Alvarado / SARA / Freestyle Farms - Nelson Slayer from Cellarmaker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 11 ratings