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Nelson hops

Josh Jan 25, 2013 07:56 AM

Last night I had a fantastic NZ beer from a brewery called 8 Wired. It was called Saison Sauvin, and as the name indicates it was in the saison style, hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops. It was a really well made saison, with the phenols well under control, and that great floral/citrus punch from the Nelson hops.

I have yet to try a beer made with these hops that I don't like. Anchor Humming ale, Alpine Nelson IPA, and Schneider's special release of a Nelson-hopped weizen.

I'm looking for other recommendations for beers made with this hop variety. Any suggestions?

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    TombstoneShadow Feb 11, 2013 05:28 PM

    Are there any Nelson hop brews in the Mikkeller series? They have a bunch of single-hop small batch brews you might want to check.

    Thanks for the heads-up on this, BTW!

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      bte576 Feb 11, 2013 02:03 PM

      I usually don't pay much attention the hop varieties (but probably should) and recalled seeing this variety listed in a description for the Dig Pale Ale from New Belgium.

      We liked it last year and just picked some up, but I haven't sampled this year's batch yet.

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        steveprez Feb 3, 2013 02:32 PM

        Check out the Widmer Full Nelson Imperial IPA. Had one a couple months back and remember it was quite good, though it didn't blow me away (like Alpine does). You may think differently.

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          Spatlese Feb 1, 2013 04:20 PM

          I've grown out of an earlier fascination with Mikkeller beers, but my favorite out of all of the countless brews his name's attached to remains the Nelson Sauvin Brut - not even sure how to characterize it, but it's sour, funky, winy, great.

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            LStaff Jan 30, 2013 08:37 AM

            My favorite beer with Nelson Sauvin hops is Widmer Drifter. Along with Summit hops (which I usually hate) it gives the beer a strawberry like flavor. Its not going to punch you in the face with hop flavor/aroma, but I find its depth and drinkability immensely interesting.

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              Slightly Grey Jan 25, 2013 02:20 PM

              Toppling Goliath ZeeLander - only in Iowa and Wisconsin

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                brentk Jan 25, 2013 01:07 PM


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