The Northwest for decades has enjoyed being one of the few areas that Humulus lupulus can be grown and we show our appreciation often with each pint. However there are time when we have to recognize both regions from Europe, Japan, and yes even New Zealand. This time around we want to draw attention to a lesser known hop profile in Nelson Sauvin.
A hop that requires judicious application in the brew house, this truly unique dual-purpose variety can be used to produce big punchy Ales as well as subtle yet bitter Lagers. The fruitiness may be a little overpowering for the un-initiated, however those with a penchant for bold hop character will find several applications for this true brewer's hop.
Now that you are acquainted Nelson we would like to introduce you to another beer brewed exclusively with Nelson Sauvin hops, Idiot Sauvin.
You're not as smart as you think you are. An IPA showcasing the distinct citrus and passion fruit character of Nelson Sauvin hops.
Suggested Style Guidelines from the Brewers Association
American strong pale ales range from deep golden to copper in color. The style is characterized by floral and citrus-like American-variety hops used to produce high hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. Note that floral, fruity, citrus-like, piney, resinous, or sulfur-like American-variety hop character is the perceived end, but may be a result of the skillful use of hops of other national origins. American strong pale ales have medium body and low to medium maltiness. Low caramel character is allowable. Fruityester flavor and aroma should be moderate to strong. Diacetyl should be absent or present at very low levels. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.
You Should Try This. Name association not withstanding, Nelson Sauvin has been a provider of inspiration to many brewers throughout the world. Based out New Zealand, this hop profile will definitely turn some heads and yours too. Try this side by side with something zesty like pork tacos.
Emerging from its 22 ounce vessel, Idiot Sauvin is dark orange with a fair amount of opaque density. Not be confused with a chilly haze this beer produces a strong two inches of protein rich head. Unfortunately this cap of froth fails to withstand the pressures outside as the cap is soon replaced by a tattered, curtain of lace inside the glass.
With aroma of orange citrus, and a slight (grass-like) floral quality it's easy to see why so many brewers enjoy this hop. Further analysis reveals bits of roasted caramel malt.
Balanced with orange citrus, floral, and spice, Idiot Sauvin finishes with some mild caramel notes. Overall this India Pale Ale produces a medium mouthfeel and there is some residual stickiness.
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About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.