TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
22 oz bottle from Gerrit. Thanks, dude. Pours a richer hazed golden hue, a bit dulled. Frothy whitish head dies to a mellow film, laces ok. Aromas are gentle white grape, firm bitter florals, lemons, and grass. Florals, touches of spice, mellow dryness and gentle bready malts. Initial is light bodied, quite drinkable with a firmly Nelson nose, white grape and lemon firmly play with florals, grass, and gentle dryness that grows into a firm or rich presence. Some bread, biscuits, kiss of grainy sweetness, wet. Some dryness, rich Nelson, gentle spice and biscuits. Really well done. Rich Nelson hop presence sets the pace, middle gives a kiss of biscuit with bread, but dryness returns into the backend and finish. Wow, hoppy and a touch of spice, mellow light malt, overall the beer really preaches flavor yet feeling quite light. Very tasty. csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
22oz bottle pours a murky orange with a small white head. Light fruit aroma with a hint of grain. Lightly spicy with a slightly bitter finish. Good beer, but nothing special. Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
A very cloudy blonde ale. I get mostly cat pee and sulfur in the nose with faint white grape and citrus. Ok, so it’s not a very good beer to sniff. It tastes better than it smells, but I can’t say I enjoyed it. Some white grape and orange comes through in the flavor with a mild sweetness. Low bitterness. Boring malt profile. I don’t see myself buying this again.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle sampled in Wicker Park. Much bigger version than the pilot batch was, but this works for sure. Pours gold with a heavy haze and sticky head. Nose is bright Nelson Sauvin. Gooseberries and a touch catty. Light yeasty esters and toasty malts. On tasting, super clean and almost elegant. Showcase of the tropical fruit that you can get from the NS. Plenty of malt support. Fantastic stuff. timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Incredibly drinkable and refreshing. Ripe fruits, coriander, funky yeast, and a dry white wine finish. Very enjoyable.
crossovert (12874) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2013 650ml bottle. Murky pineapple juice color, quickly dissipating head.. Spicy but tropical smell. White grape, candy, mandarin orange. Delicious aroma. The flavor is okay. Sauvin hops dominate, the malt bill is rather buttery which heavily detracts from the beer. Definitely vinous and it doesn’t blend with the butter. The corriander is also quite noticeable. It loses the buttery characteristic as you go and stays a very nelson-y light drinking beer.
Got a bottle as majestic. It is better. Like a sauviny dipa with no bitterness. arminjewell (9635) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, hazy yellow-orange pour with fluffy white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, hints of earth, sweet fruity hops with some orange, nice coriander, spice notes, mix of sweet red ripe fruit, slight tropical fruit but restrained. Taste is a mix of sweet white fruits, coriander, orange peel, touch of earth, biscuit, bread, lots of toffee, yeast, slight diacetyl that works super well, finishing fairly sweet. Nice slightly hoppy and tropical fruit forward english ale. Dig it. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
22oz bottle picked up at wlv... pours a mostly hazy and non-transparent hefe like hue, lively with effervescence, and topped with a thin to medium soapy white head... fresh hop aroma of dank citrus tones and white grape to go alongside some juicy white grapefruit. love nelson and was happy to see if bursting out from this one... flavors follow suit with more juicy focused nelson forward focus which displayed notes of grapefruit and orange as well as the white grapiness that is normally associated with nelson sauvin. it’s almost more of a really hoppy wheat with the citrusy overtones and light malt backing. midway through, a gentle tartness surfaces to go along with a just shy of medium body with adequate carbonation. glad this wasn’t a true english style pale ale and the fellas allowed the nelson to showcase itself almost exclusively and that, to me, was a very good thing. very little bitterness to this one - almost forgot to mention that. let’s hope that pw has a steady supply of this hop coming in for them to utilize. hmmm, i think i drank this one a bit too fast. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2012
22oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Batch #37. Pours a hazy golden-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense, frothy and creamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big and juicy grapefruit and pineapple citruses with lots of sweet florals, some dank pines, a light peach and white grape, lots of orange peel, a touch of coriander spice, and a lightly sweetened grainy malt backing. Flavor is similar. Very fresh and juicy up front with lots of florals and a bit of a dank pine and earth giving off some white grapes and grapefruits with a light peach. Lots of orange peel, a light coriander spice, and a grainy, lightly sweetened malt backing that allows the hops to shine. Finishes lightly spiced, dry, and crisp with a moderate bitterness and a good amount of fruity, somewhat dank hops and orange peel. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a medium-light, crisp carbonation. Overall, a really nice English Pale Ale. Lots of fresh, juicy, catty, dank hops with a nice orange peel addition and a light coriander spice balanced with a lightly sweetened, grainy malt backing. Great beer. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours pale hazy gold with white head. Aroma has a great green grape and cat box, some nice peach fuzz hidden back there too. Flavors are fresh nelson grapey and catty with subtle coriander and florals. Really spicy and hoppy backend. Crisp, light, hoppy, spicy, delicious. Dry and refreshing. Some booze detected on the finish but this is excellent stuff.