Posted July 16, 2013 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts

Nelson Sauvin Hops and Craft Beers Brewed with Nelson Sauvin Hops

prairie merica
prairie merica

Nelson Sauvin hops originate from New Zealand, and are dual-purpose with alpha acid content around 12%. They can be used for bittering and flavor/aroma in craft beers. Nelson Sauvin was named due to it’s strong aroma and flavor notes similar to Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The hops have a range of interesting aromas and flavors, which include white wine grapes, crushed gooseberries, fruity flavors, and peppery notes.

Nelson Sauvin hops are becoming increasingly popular in craft brewed IPAs and Belgian Style beers.

Craft brewed beers which highlight Nelson Sauvin hops include:

Prairie Merica (7.5%)

Single-Hopped Saison brewed with 100% Nelson Sauvin hops. Fermented with wild Brettanomyces yeast. Earthy notes with flavors of wine grapes and gooseberry. | Krebs, OK


Alpine Beer Company Nelson (7%)

Single-Hopped Rye IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin. Notes of white wine grapes and spicy rye. | Alpine, CA 


Toppling Goliath ZeeLander IPA (5.5%, 80 IBUs)

IPA brewed with 100% Nelson Sauvin hops. High hop bitterness. Limited release. | Decorah, IA 


BrewDog Punk IPA (5.6%, 45 IBUs)

Session Style IPA which features Nelson Sauvin hops for flavoring. | Scotland


Community Trinity Tripel (9%, 42 IBUs)

Belgian Style Tripel brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Mandarina Bavaria hops. Flavors of white wine grapes and Mandarin orange. | Dallas, TX 


El Segundo White Dog IPA (6.7%)

Wheat IPA which uses Nelson Sauvin for flavoring and aroma. Crisp and fruity. | El Segundo, CA 


Drake’s Aroma Prieta (6.8%, 75 IBUs)

IPA brewed with all New Zealand hop varieties, including Nelson Sauvin, Pacific Jade, and Motueka. Season summer release. | San Leandro, CA 


8 Wired Hopwired IPA (7.3%, 70 IBUs)

IPA which features Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops for flavoring and aroma. | New Zealand


Brewery at Abigaile Full Nelson (7.3%, 52 IBUs)

IPA which is dry-hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops. Moderate hop bitterness. | Hermosa Beach, CA


Hopworks Tiger Tonic (5.3%, 20 IBUs)

Tropical Fruit Flavored Belgian Style Wit brewed with Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, and Citra hops. Flavored with fresh passion fruit, mango, and pineapple. | Portland, OR 


Acoustic Ales Willow Wolves IPA (6.0%)

IPA brewed with a combo of Simcoe and Nelson Sauvin hops. | San Diego, CA


Block 15 Hellion (12.2%)

Strong Belgian Style Golden Ale brewed with Nelson Sauvin, Chinook, and Simoce hops. Limited release. | Corvallis, OR 


Ithaca Excelsior! White Gold (8%)

Rustic Wheat Ale brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Lublin hops. Crisp and fruity with earthy flavors of white wine grapes. | Ithaca, NY 


Peekskill Brewery Shotgun Willie (7.2%)

Rye IPA which uses Nelson Sauvin hops for aroma, flavor, and bittering. Fruity and spicy notes. | Peekskill, NY 


Societe The Pupil (7.5%)

IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Citra hops. Flavors of grapes and tropical fruit. | San Diego, CA 


Elysian Savant IPA (6.3%, 66 IBUs)

IPA which uses Nelson Sauvin and Chinook hops. Flavors of white grapes, grapefruit, and pine. | Seattle, WA 


Widmer Nelson (8.6%, 70 IBUs)

Imperial IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, and Willamette hops. High hop bitterness. | Portland, OR 


Widmer Drifter Pale Ale (5.7%, 28 IBUs)

Fruity Pale Ale brewed with Summit and Nelson Sauvin hops. Low hop bitterness. | Portland, OR 


Nelson Sauvin IPA Recipe