Beer Review: CELLARMAKER MT. NELSON

Beer Review: CELLARMAKER MT. NELSON

Cellarmaker Mt. Nelson pours into the glass with a hazy, straw-colored body, crowned by a resilient, frothy head. This beer boasts remarkable head retention, remaining stable throughout my tasting experience. Unlike some of its hazy counterparts, it doesn’t exhibit the same murkiness, which is a welcome departure.

Aroma

Upon bringing the glass to my nose, an exhilarating burst of crushed gooseberry, white grapes, pineapple, and Angel food cake fills the air. As it warms up, additional notes of Bartlett pear and green mango emerge, creating a captivating olfactory sensation. This aromatic profile truly showcases the vibrant and distinctive qualities of Nelson hops, going above and beyond expectations.

Taste

Taking my first sip, Mt. Nelson reveals itself as snappy and light-bodied with a mouthfeel reminiscent of a session IPA. It stands apart from the grainy and chalky textures often found in the hazy beer category. This brew offers a refreshing and ethereal palate, allowing it to effortlessly glide across the tongue. It maintains a low level of sweetness, emphasizing the bitterness and avoiding any potential astringency. The clean finish is devoid of any soapy or undesirable traits. In contrast to the typical New England-style pale ale, Mt. Nelson breaks the mold with a pronounced hop bitterness and reduced sweetness.

Mouthfeel

Mt. Nelson’s mouthfeel resembles that of a Session IPA, offering a light and crisp experience. It steers clear of the grainy or chalky sensations frequently associated with hazy beers. The overall sweetness remains minimal, which accentuates the bitterness and contributes to a clean finish. This beer’s texture is well-behaved, with no traces of unwanted qualities.

Overall

Cellarmaker’s Mt. Nelson is a rare gem that truly lives up to its billing in terms of aroma. It diverges from the conventional New England-style pale ale, sparing drinkers from excessive sweetness and a muddled, chalky mouthfeel. Instead, Mt. Nelson shines with its bright, Session IPA-like character, delivering a clean finish and pronounced, heightened bitterness that showcases the unique hop variety employed. The moderate alcohol content firmly places it within the APA category. Even when sampled a month past its recommended best-by date, Mt. Nelson impresses with one of the most memorable Nelson hop aromas in recent memory.

Similar Beers

In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to review Modern Times Space Ways, which is marketed as a “Hazy Nelson IPA.” While Space Ways is undeniably excellent and does justice to the divisive Nelson Sauvin aroma, I must give the nod to Mt. Nelson for its exceptional ability to capture the coveted gooseberry and Sauvignon Blanc notes, surpassing Space Ways, which leaned more towards diesel-like attributes. As mentioned earlier, Alpine Nelson failed to capture the essence of Nelson hops, despite being fresher when reviewed compared to Cellarmaker’s offering.


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