Stoned99 (1155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml 2 days old growler from Hill Farmstead shared with family in law. Aroma: exotic fruits, piney, white grapes. App: hazy straw, small white head, little lacing. Taste and palate: light body, resinous, light bitter, at the limit of astringent finish. Overall: not my favourite hop but well done. Easy to drink like all their other ipa in the single hop serie.
HonusWagner (2072) - Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís a single hopped Nelson Sauvin APA from Hill Farmstead, exactly what youíd expect. Perfect attenuation, nice clean flavors, great display of the hop.
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 25, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lush hugely aromatic lots of vinous notes dank and heavy creamy feel cloudy golden very little bitter. Wow. Mineral water stuff
Aniela (4207) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 :-)
hallinghansen (2815) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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, itís slight waterish on the palate.
Dedollewaitor (15471) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
MrOrla (2181) - Odense C, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Berard (620) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
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ClarkVV (5681) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2016 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 wasnít 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 isnít the epitome of what nelson sauvin should be, I donít know what is. Meyer lemon, dry pineapple, juicy nectarine and even somewhat reminiscent of a rich, mineral laden chardonnay champagne. Beyond clean and flawlessly executed. Letís see, thereís 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 Iím 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 itís 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, Iím 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.
Marsiblursi (3076) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(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.