Another NZ hop variety that I have come across. Here is our profile for Nelson Sauvin Hops.
This variety was developed by HortResearch at their location in the city of Nelson, which probably attributed to its namesake. It’s a cross between the New Zealand hop variety known as Smooth Cone (which is not grown commercially anymore) and a New Zealand male hop. It was released in the year 2000.
Origin: New Zealand
Aroma/Flavor: I think this is the most unusual descriptions I have seen for a hop variety. Nelson Sauvin hops impart a grape-like flavor to beers, defined as a cool climate white wine grape flavors. Other descriptors include extreme fruitiness, Passionfruit, and “Fresh Crushed Gooseberries”.
Alpha Acid: 11 – 13%
Typical Usage: Dual, but pairs nice with American citrus-y hops when used as a bittering hop.
Substitutions: Unique – no substitutions listed
Beer Styles: American ales that you want to push the boundaries of fruitiness, specialty/holiday beers.