Nelson Sauvin has made a name for itself as one of the most intriguing variety of hops out there. After extensive breeding and development by the Horticulture and Food Research Institute (HFRI) of New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin was released in 2000. Steadily gaining popularity, it is now one of the most sought-after hops coming out of New Zealand.
The aroma and flavour profile is full of fruity and berry characters, with similarities to the Sauvignon Blanc grape - which is how it got its name! Nelson Sauvin is used in an array of different brews, although most often found in more hoppier styles where it can shine on its own, or it can be paired with other fruity hop varieties like Citra and Galaxy to produce complimenting flavours.
In our October Hop Quest box you’ll find a handful of beers utilising Nelson Sauvin including Mountain Culture’s Willie Nelson Single Hop IPA. Enjoy exploring and see if you can identify the distinctive flavours of this very unique hop!
How to try it:
Nelson Sauvin is a very popular hop and you'll find it in many beers by craft breweries. Here are a few examples that also featured in our October Hop Quest box:
- Mountain Culture - 'Willie Nelson' DDH IPA
- The Mill - 'Southern Lights' NZ IPA
- Equilibrium - 'Fractal Nelson / Citra' IPA
- Garge Project x Other Half - 'No Dreams Til Brooklyn' Oat Cream IPA
Feature image by NZ hop growers Kotare Hops, showing a fresh harvest of Nelson Sauvin hops.