- 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!