MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent copper body, large beige head. Nose is very fruity with grape and berry, also some pepper and an odd note, somewhat spicy. Flavor is similarly sweet with heavy berry and grape, but there is also nice balance with pine, caramel, and doughy bread. Great balance here, but the fruit is the special highlight.
ChainGangGuy (4486) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Letís pit the Nelson Sauvin Single Hop versus the Cascade, Nugget, Warrior, and Simcoe versions.
Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.
Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a distinct waft of white grapes as well as some lightly earthy, herbal hints. Iíve always appreciated Nelson Sauvin hops for being so different and unique. Itís shame I donít see it used too often.
Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Nelson Sauvin hops serve up a faintly tart, fruity white wine flavor with some milder earthy, fresh herb undertones. Moderate bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. Iím digginí this though!
NosirIwont (2056) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a big, fluffy off-white head. Nice lacing. Very sweet fruit aroma Ė rhubarb porridge is what comes to mind. Took a few seconds to appreciate it (felt like cooked vegetables at first), but itís really quite alright. Flavour is sweet as well, with the same rhubarb-like fruits. A bit tart as well, and a mild bitterness mucks about on the left. Mild finish Ė a lot like the initial flavour. Bitter with remote liquorice notes. Lingering grassy notes. Bit of metallic notes as it warms. Very interesting, but a tad cloying in the long run (both aroma and flavour). Still, a quite nice beer. 14-08-09.
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 9, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ordered from crackedkettle.com. Appearance: It pours a beautiful, slightly hazy copper beer with a tall creamy beige head leaving a beautfiul lacework. Fantastic aroma of gooseberries, (I usually associate this component with Tettnanger hops), sweat, a lot of mango, wild strawberries, pepper, vanilla, basil, hop resin, blood orange, lemon peel, rose, clotted cream and grapefruit- very impressive and mindblowingly inviting. Flavor and palate: Great hop profile with grapefruit, clotted cream, apricot, sweat, wild strawberries and lemon showing up. Good bitterness. Slight peppery elements sneaking in. Subtle carbonation. Long dry bitter finish which is reminiscent of apricot, lemon peel, faint licorice, clotted cream, wild straberries, light pepper and a huge amount of wonderful Nelson Sauvin hops. Overall impression: Fantastic, divine- I reveled in every sip. By far the best single hop IPA from Mikkeller Iíve had so far!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010
Name: Nelson Sauvin IPA
Date: July 19, 2009
Source: Greenís, Atlanta
Appearance: cloudy burnt orange, huge frothy beige head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity orange and tangerine aroma, nice citrus
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, crystal sweetness, lots of balancing citrus, light earthyness, plenty of balancing bitterness, long bitter finish
Name: Nelson Sauvin IPA
Date: August 21, 2010
Source: taco mac the fred
Appearance: hazy orange, fine off white head, sticky lace
Aroma: sweet crystal and pine aroma
Flavor: sweet and yeasty flavor, well placed bitterness, touch of citrus and pine, long lingering bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Home. Loads of fruit, flowers and citrus in the aroma. Hazy, orange/amber colour, beige firm large head, good lace. Again in the flavour all these flowers and fruits. Mouth feel is a bit disappointing however as well as the short finish.
Trev (1984) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange colour with a very large off white head.
aroma is floral then citrus hop. Light fruitiness.
Quite a bit of tart fruitiness in the flavour. A delicate light maltiness to the body.
bitterness mellows in the floral finish.
drfabulous (4511) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet hoppy IPA with very strong fruit flavors mixed in there. Floral with lots of citrus. Pricey for a 12 ounce.
Oakes (13156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber. Big fresh, slightly metallic hop nose (Sauvin, of course). Quite vinous with kiwi and gooseberries. Very bitter, but fresh with fruity qualities. Really nice hop showcase.
daknole (10045) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber pour. Whitish head. Floral hops abound with some caramel and fruit notes as well. This is the most complex of the 4 Mikkeller Singe Hop beers that I tried. Somewhat perfumey, citrus, malty, nutty. Good. Very nice.