Monday, August 24, 2009

Nelson Sauvin

Our current favourite hop variety here at a swift one is popping up all over the place at the moment. It seems everyone is having a crack at brewing with Nelson Sauvin, so here's a quick profile of this terrific strain from the informative New Zealand hops website.

"A triploid variety bred from New Zealand variety “Smoothcone” and a selected New Zealand male. Developed at New Zealand HortResearch and released in 2000, the essential oil profile displays “fresh crushed gooseberries” a descriptor often used for the grape variety Sauvignon Blanc, giving rise to this variety’s name.

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."

Look out for beers from Mallinsons (Sportsman Special), Riverhead (Nelson Sauvin) and Fernandes (Nelson IPA) doing the rounds in Huddersfield this week - all featuring this dangerously addictive taste sensation!


haddonsman said...

One of the first Nelson Sauvin hopped beers I tried was Thornbridge Kipling - possibly the first UK beer to utilise the hop and certainly one of the best.

Dubbel said...

I had the Pictish Sauvin Blanc last night. De-licious but quite unlike other Nelson beers I've enjoyed. It seems to me to be a much more versatile hop than, say, Cascade and definitely one of my favourites.

Timbo said...

The more beers I drink with Nelson as the base hop, the more I am coming to the opinion that it works better with stronger beers, the Pictish and Thornbridge mentioned previously being cases in point. I am informed from a reliable source who wanted some for home brewing that it cost £70 a kilo, so not a cheap alternative either.

Anonymous said...

Had the Fernandes and Riverhead beers, both lovely in their own ways, but the Fernades did it for me with its more agresive use of the NZ hop. Hopefully I will be getting hold of a LOT of different NZ hops next week since the new season ones are ariving at last!!