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Hill Farmstead Nelson Sauvin Single Hop Pale Ale



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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
An American Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Nelson Sauvin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2015
It’s a single hopped Nelson Sauvin APA from Hill Farmstead, exactly what you’d expect. Perfect attenuation, nice clean flavors, great display of the hop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2434) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Lush hugely aromatic lots of vinous notes dank and heavy creamy feel cloudy golden very little bitter. Wow. Mineral water stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle at tasting home. A bit hazy pale golden beer with an offwhite head. Hoppy fruity citrus aroma. Hoppy citrus tropical fruity flavour. A really nice refreshing one :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2466) - Odense S, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle at MrOrla and ShaunHill reconnects. Hazy yellow body with a medium white head. WOW. Fresh hops, grass, cannabis, fruity, light grapefruit, lime, juicy. If I should say something negative, it’s slight waterish on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14915) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle @ MrOrla and ShaunHill reconnects, Growler. Thanks guys. Pours hazy yellow with a creamy egg white head. Nose is dammn near out of this world. Canabis, petroleum, grass and grapefruit. Juicy and dry bitter finish!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (1158) - Odense C, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
Growler at home. Pours hazy yellow with a white bubbly head. Bursting aroma of nelson, grass, weed, tropical, grape. Taste is grape, weed, bitter, lasting jucy taste. With a well rounded bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Berard (500) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Growler. Pours milky yellow with a thin white head that lingers only at the edges. Orange and pine aroma over mild carbonation. Superior complex hop flavor in a 5% pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2015
750mL growler filled 7/24/15 and drunk 8/3/15.
Was worried that, despite having kept this in a very cold fridge for 9 days, since it wasn’t counter-pressure filled, it might not be in prime condition. Wrong. The appearance and mouthfeel/texture were still the same exquisite experience you know and love from Hill Farmstead. Huge, rocky white head tops a lightly hazy blonde beer with ample, fine carbonation. Tight carbonation engages the mouth and proves crisp while at the same time making for a supple, nearly creamy texture.
And the aroma. Dear God. If this isn’t the epitome of what nelson sauvin should be, I don’t know what is. Meyer lemon, dry pineapple, juicy nectarine and and even somewhat reminiscent of a nice, mineral laden chardonnay champagne. Beyond clean and flawlessly executed. Let’s see, there’s no: Resin, aspirin, pine, heavy acidity, dirt, dishwater, astringency, blandness, cat piss, cheese, onion. Just a beautifully made APA with a gentle honey-like maltiness backing the hops. Snappy, bright and infinitely aromatic with no alcohol whatsoever.
Unsurprisingly, the flavor is just wonderfully hoppy, clean and perfectly balanced. Bright, clean, apricot-lemon flavors abound, with light tangerine, bits of dry hay and tart nectarine notes on the finish. Malt is soft, supple and provides just enough sweetness/texture to balance the hop bitterness without adding anything more. Honey, light grains and more fruity hop notes with warming. Unbelievably drinkable. Could nearly chug a liter of this without feeling fatigued/full.
This is about as good as it gets and we are definitely in the "If I’m not giving this a 5.0, what are my reasons??" territory. Because this is just so elegantly presented and clean and a statement of balance. I suppose the aroma could be a bit more full and juicy, though it’s easily a 9.5 here. And I guess, objectively, as has been shown, hops build off each other, so I could imagine adding another hop for just a bit more complexity. But these are nitpicks; this is pretty close to perfection. Much like Treehouse Tornado, my previously highest rated APA, I could easily understand a perfect 5.0 score without batting an eyelash. As is, I’m not giving it a 5.0 but certainly will reserve the right to do so as soon as I can get more of this to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2015
(Bottle) Pours cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma holds typical Nelson with grape and gooseberries but no diesel. Light citrus and crisp cracker and white bread-like malt profile. Light hints of rubber. The flavour is dry, medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of tight malt and typical Nelson notes. Really clean. The mouthfeel is slim and soft with a medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness. Light bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2015
Draught at Sommarprovning 2015-08-05. Slightly hazy pale golden beer with a decent offwhite head. Hoppy fruity pine aroma, mango, pine apples, grapefruit, some lemon. Hoppy citrus flavor, passion fruit, grapes, mango, peachjuice, diesel notes, herbal, orange zest, hay. Hugely refreshing with a great hop profile.

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