Nelson Slayer

California
United States
Nelson Slayer, Alvarado Street Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

This a four way collaboration with Sante Adairius, Cellarmaker and Freestyle Farms (New Zealand). It's a double IPA that features EIGHT, hand selected lots of Nelson Sauvin hops from Freestyle and hits all the Nelson marks; passionfruit, lychee, gooseberry and all the punchy, lush aromatics with a hint of dank petroleum.

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
38
Hops: 
Nelson Sauvin
Judges Review 
Susan Ruud's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Nelson Slayer by Alvarado Street Brewery was judged as a New England IPA - BJCP category 21B - specialty IPA.  It poured with a huge off white head, golden in color and extremely hazy.  Before even getting the glass close to my nose I could smell a huge dank, melony, citrusy hop aroma.  The hops pretty much overpowered any malt aroma in this beer.  At first sip this beer was full of hops - dank, garlic, and a touch of citrus.  A low level of malt was in the background but hop flavor dominated.  Surprisingly tho with all of that hop aroma and flavor the finish was just slightly hop with very low levels of hop bitterness lingering but the hop flavor lingers in your mouth for a long time.  The body of this beer was on the medium full side and smooth throughout.  The alcohol was clean and smooth.  This is a beer for a cool fall day sitting out by the lakeshore or out on a pontoon enjoying the end of the summer/beginning of fall.