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Old 07-19-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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Default Nelson Sauvin- Better alone or paired?

I've got 8 oz and I'd like to know how your experiences have gone with Nelson Sauvin. I'm going to make a pale ale and I'm not sure if they're best alone or would pair well with some good American northwest hops. I've got a pretty wide variety on hand but no Amarillo.

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Old 07-19-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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Probably a matter of preference but I prefer them paired with other hops. To me they can be a tad overbearing alone or even if used in mass quantity. I also prefer the beer have a little age with them also as the taste mellows into something quite nice. YMMV though.

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:19 PM   #3
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they are great either way but I also prefer them paired, but I think most hops work better paired for hop forward beers

they go great with a wide variety of hops though - i did a rye ipa with simcoe, citra and NS that was outstanding

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Thanks guys. I was already thinking to pair it with Citra and I think I am. I'm going to do an oz of each at 15 and 5 then an oz of Nelson at flameout. I'm going with a light bodied pale ale to really try to showcase the hops.

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I did a nelson, citra, columbus ipa last year that was absolutely fantastic

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I'll agree, in my experience they're best with other hops. I did an IPA with amarillo, nelson, and motueka that turned out great.

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I did a nelson, citra, columbus ipa last year that was absolutely fantastic
I've got a Citra/Columbus Pale ale in primary that I'm kegging today that tastes like it was poured from the heavens.
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Thanks guys. I was already thinking to pair it with Citra and I think I am. I'm going to do an oz of each at 15 and 5 then an oz of Nelson at flameout. I'm going with a light bodied pale ale to really try to showcase the hops.
be sure to dry hop with them as well - wonderful aroma IMO

they are one of the most potent hops I have used so far, the oz at flameout may dominate the citra, not a bad thing necessarily just something to be aware of.
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I love Nelson on it's own - but as a new brewer I'm learning one hop per beer at a time (maybe mix them if I have any to spare). However it is used in Brewdogs Punk IPA and 5AM saint with other hops to great effect.

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