Hop Profile
Nelson Sauvin

Hop Profile: Nelson Sauvin


Named after both its founding region in New Zealand and the Sauvignon Blanc grape, Nelson Sauvin is an exciting, distinctive hop varietal that was released in 2000. Hailing from a small bay on the north coast of the country's South Island, Nelson Sauvin is a perfect summertime hop; it possesses strong fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit and crushed grapes that mingle with citrus like tangerine and grapefruit. Known to impart a cool climate white wine "fruitiness", its bold, dominant hop character is at home in new-world styles and can be used to produce pithy ales as well as delicate yet bitter lagers.

This bright, juicy hop has recently grown in popularity in the US with its fellow countrymen - Montueka and Riwaka. They're all lucky to call New Zealand home: the nation has hardly any natural pests (therefore no pesticides are needed, hooray!).

    1. Origin

      New Zealand is home to the Nelson Sauvin hop, which also produces other sought-after hop varietals like Monteuka, Pacifica, Pacific Jade and Riwaka. It was released in 2000 and bred from the New Zealand varietal "Smoothcone".
    2. Characteristics

      Sporting a compact cone shape with a tapered end, Nelson Sauvin hops have vigorous spring growth and can lend either a dominant hop character to a beer or something much more subtle. Aromas and taste range from citrus to mango and gooseberry, which are supplemented by hints of pepper and allspice. Nelson Sauvin can be found in more experimental styles - like Mikkeller's Nelson Sauvignon and Yeastie Boys' Pot Kettle Black - as well as more traditional IPAs and saisons.
    3. Vital Statistics

      Typical Use: Dual-purpose Alpha Acid: 12.0% - 13.0% Country: New Zealand Styles: IPAs, Pale Ales, Farmhouse Ales, Saisons, Lagers Flavors: Tangerine, Grapefruit, Gooseberry, White Wine, Passion Fruit, Kiwi
  • Beers to Try

    Modern Times Blazing World Hill Farmstead Nelson Sauvin Single Hop Pale Ale Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc The Kernel IPA Nelson Sauvin Against the Grain The Green Dragon