Nelson Sauvin

Nelson Sauvin’s name is derived from the Sauvignon Blanc wine grape to which many agree has similar flavor and aroma characteristics. Developed in New Zealand and released in 2000, it is considered too wild for many major brewers. Despite this, Nelson Sauvin has found significant use among craft breweries and home brewers for its eccentric characteristics.


They variety has gained popularity in American-style Pale Ales but is definitely a hop that requires prudent and discerning application in brewing. Nelson Sauvin’s oil profile is complex and fortunately works well as an aroma hop, flavor hop and also for bittering. Low cohumulone is responsible for its smooth bittering qualities. It is descended from Smoothcone.

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Also Known As
Characteristics Smooth bittering, rich, fruity, gooseberry and white-wine flavors
Purpose Bittering & Aroma
Alpha Acid Composition 12%-13%
Beta Acid Composition 6%-8%
Co-Humulone Composition 24%
Country New Zealand
Cone Size
Cone Density Compact
Seasonal Maturity Mid to late
Yield Amount
Growth Rate High
Resistant to
Susceptible to
Ease of Harvest
Total Oil Composition 1.1 mL/100g
Myrcene Oil Composition 22%
Humulene Oil Composition 36.4%
Caryophyllene Oil 10.7%
Farnesene Oil 10.7%
Substitutes Pacific Jade, Pacifica
Style Guide American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Pale Ale

Where to Buy Nelson Sauvin Hops

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Comments 3

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      Hi Su-Chen, I’m sorry for the belated reply. Unfortunately I don’t yet have a relationship with any hop distributors in Asia but if you contact (who grow Nelson Sauvin) directly I’m sure they can point you in the right direction. Julian

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