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Nelson Sauvin Hops

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Nelson Sauvin hops are a variety of hops developed in New Zealand by the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research and released in 2000. It is named after the Sauvignon Blanc grape because it shares some of its aroma characteristics. It is a triploid variety bred from the New Zealand variety Smoothcone and a selected New Zealand male.

The hop is known for its complex flavor profile, with distinct winey aromas, bright gooseberry, peach, and lime characteristics. It is popular in new-world styles such as American Pale Ale and IPAs but also in saisons and wheat ales.

Country of Origin:New Zealand
Hop Growers Code:NSN 85-03-06

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Nelson Sauvin Flavor And Aroma

Nelson Sauvin is a dual-purpose hop that is often described to have the following aroma characteristics:


gooseberry, grapes

tropical fruit




Nelson Sauvin Hop Oil Breakdown

Hop oils can vary from year to year and farm to farm but based on our research, here are the typical values we have seen reported. This information comes from various hop farms, The Hop Aroma Compendium, and For The Love Of Hops.

Alpha Acid % (AA)
Alpha acids are what is isomerized when boiling to create bitterness in beer.
12.0% – 13.0%
Beta Acid %
Beta acids are what give hops their more aroma and flavor compounds.
6.0% – 8.0%
Alpha-Beta Ratio
This ratio of alpha acids to beta acids determines how quickly bitterness fades during aging. Lower ratios are common for aromatic varieties.
1:1 – 2:1
Co-Humulone as a % of Alpha
Higher numbers are said to impart a harsher bitterness.
22% – 26%
Total Oils (mL/100g)
With more total oils, typically comes a more complex hop profile but these are highly volatile compounds.
1.0mL – 1.2mL
green, resinous
21% – 23%
woody, piney
35% – 37%
10% – 12%
0% – 1%
Other Oils: Includes beta-ionine, beta-pinene, limonene, linalool, geranoil & selinene27% – 34%
Hop Storage Index (HSI)
The HSI indicates the percent of alpha and beta acids lost after 6 months of storage at room temperature (68°F or 20°C).
Data Not Available
Hop Storage Index (HSI) RatingData Not Available

Nelson Sauvin Hop Substitutions

Replacing one hop for another is seldom straightforward but sometimes you don’t have the right hop or the right quantity of hops for the beer you want to make. For those situations, we have made a comprehensive list of hops to substitute on brew day.

These substitutions aren’t perfect as hop chemistry is pretty complex.

We wanted to make this list of substitutions with varietals that are easy to find when possible. For Nelson Sauvin, we recommend substituting with the following hops:

Beer Styles

For the most part, any hop could have a place in just about any beer style. Based on popular beers, historical usage, and our own preferences, we would recommend using Nelson Sauvin for IPA, New England IPA, Pale Ale, Wheat Beer, Golden Ale. That being said, experiment and see what works best for you.


Hieronymus, Stan. For The Love of Hops. Brewers Publications, 2012
The Hop Aroma Compendium. 2012