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Sly Fox Nelson Sauvin IPA

Sly Fox Nelson Sauvin IPA
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Nelson Sauvin is a variety of hop grown in New Zealand. It is not widely used here in the U.S. but we've decided to experiment with it because of it's fantastic citrus flavor and aroma. Early trials with Nelson Sauvin immediately revealed it to be somewhat different in its brewing character than other hop cultivars. This variety imparts certain grape-like flavors to the beer.

Known years: 2007

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Pours a murky orange brown. Great creme head. Smooth hoppy nose and the flavor is niiice. Real great smooth and bitter edge that is an underlining theme. I almost want to say there is a grapey edge on here. Only reason I pull that one out is a very small bit of this reminds me of Cantillon St. Lamvinus at its best. Raelly though it is just nice and smooth. A real pleasure to drink. This on cask would probably be great. I have had the Target and Centennial besides this, and this is my favorite to this point.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
(Rating in comparison to the reson of the IPA project, Jan ’08 @ Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn) I’d never had Nelson Sauvin hops before, and I really enjoyed them. What jumped out at me in the aroma and the finish is lychee fruit. Grapes and light fruit also prevalent in the aroma, fairly bitter as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Clear orange color with frothy off with head. Great lacing. Citrus fruity aroma. Lighty sweet taste. Fruity with grapefruit and pineapple notes throughout. Nice oily body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11601) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2007
On tap at the Phoenixville location. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Very nice aromas that consisted of citrus, pine, some caramel, and grapes (had a nice wine like characteristic to it). Tastes of citrus, pine, caramel, and lighter grapes. This is one of my favorite of the IPA series. I want more of this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil. Wasn’t crazy about this, though the keg was a bit old.

Before I start writing, let me say that, before I was big in to craft beer, I was in Nelson, New Zealand. We were on a bus ride, and we drove by a hop field that the driver pointed out. He said what kind of hops they were, which I don’t remember in the slightest, but I bet it was these.

Pours deep orange with a decent head. Weird, acrid bite. Kind of oily. Earthy hops. Kind of cheesy. Quite bitter. Didn’t enjoy this too much, though I do think the comment about using this as a saison hop is right on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Orangy deep copper color with aroma of piney hops, citrus, and caramel malt. The flavor is very hoppy and citric, with the hops being very sticky and almost syrupy, leaving this one with a pretty dry and floral finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Appears a hazy copper toned amber with a small head that fades into a mild cap. Lots of lacing is left all around the glass. Smell is of juicy grapefruit, perfume, melon, cherries, and flowers, along with a hint of white white tropical aromas. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a deadening flower like flavor that stops in the middle of the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and very bitter. A different hop that would go nicely in a Saison, IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Draught at Pete’s Waterfront Ale House, Brooklyn. Orange color with a frothy head. Bright grapefruit hop aroma (like someone twisting a rind under your nose). Prominent citrusy hops (grapefruit and underripe orange) define the overall flavor, but they never overpower the underlying caramel malts. In the few Sly Fox varietal IPA projects that I’ve tried, as here, there is always a consistency in the hop character-- not a sharp and biting bitterness, but a steady and mellow to moderate and lasting bitterness which remains tingling on the tongue. These Kiwi hops are wonderful. Fresh and light citrusy and not overly resiny or woody. Another great one in the SF IPA varietal series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2007
Tap at Barcade. Bright orange beer. Very fresh juicy hop aroma. Orange, grapes and a strong woody resinousness. Lots of cohumulones in this hop. Very aromatic hop with loads of character. This is easily the hoppiest of this series. Fresh grassy/resiny flavour with a soft grapey fruitiness along with orange marmalade and grapefruit. Soft toasted malt profile. Moderate to heavy bitterness on the back with lots of strong resinousness. One of the best of the series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Tap at Barcade: Deep amber pour with a nice lacing tan head. Huge hoppiness to this beer. Aroma is extremely fragrant with tons of mangoes, peaches, citruses and cascade. Flavor also has that fruity hop depth. Lots of mango, apricot with a huge resiny finish that lingers like grapefruit rind. There’s also just enough malt to give this stuff a roasty sweet balancing edge. I have been impressed with Sly Fox’s IPA Project so far.

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