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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,144
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 1,210
Gots: 199 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Golden Rye IPA - An outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to flavor. 1.065 OG 7% AB

(Beer added by: rayjay on 08-14-2006)
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Nice pop of the bomber, recent release picked up by a really swell local BA. Slight chill haze, white grapefruit juice without the pulp. Pretty darn clear golden orange, on the golden side. Fluffy white head in my Moonlight nonic. Lace immediately sticking to the sides while milky way bubbling settles in.

Stong aroma of passion fruit, young pine sap, tart citrus, dash of honey. Somewhat earthy yet very dynamic. Distinct rye smell...so nice.

Crostini cracker pop until the onslaught of hop power. Huge wave of piney grapefruit rind. Tart hop flavor, with a solid block of maltiness allowing the hop flavor to shine brightly. Slight chalky hop bite, and I like it. Dry, bitter hoppy mouthfeel with a twinge of citrus in the back. Lingering dryness.

Quite hearty & complex which continues to remind me, never judge a book by it's cover.

10-27-2009 21:16:17 | More by RustyDiamond
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.5%

Appearance - This is actually brown in color which suggests a monster malt base to this AIPA. The head is huge and yeasty with great retention and left some wonderful lacing.

Smell - The heavy hop aroma is huge here. I can't recall ever having the namesake Nelson Sauvin hops but they remind me of big PacNW hops. The malt here though is also big and provides a strong balance. It is not overly sweet but full of caramel.

Taste - The big hops and malt come out exactly the same at the taste. This beer is perfectly balanced with monster, PacNW style pine and herbal hops and big unsweetened caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with a good bitter bite throughout.

Drinkability - This is a big beer that begs to be sipped. It goes down well enough but will be too big for the casual drinker. It feels like a DIPA in every way except in ABV.

10-04-2010 01:41:54 | More by RoyalT
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%

Huge thanks to Mike for splitting this with me - one that I've been dying to try. Nelson pours a murky golden and somewhat orange-ish color. Super hazy and amazingly unfiltered, it looks something like lighter-toned apple cider. Surprisingly little head for an IPA, and it looks a bit thick during the pour, but the yeasty haze is strangely compelling.

Alpine Nelson smells like the West Coast; wall-to-wall tropical fruits that immediately pummel your nostrils as the beer nears your face. Pineapple, mango, and a very large helping of oranges and/or tangerines. It almost has a "juice" vibe too it, and even begins to draw some similarities to Pliny the Elder.

The Nelson hops have a very nice, bursting wet and weedy aroma to them. Fresh, vibrant, and bright, exploding with savory leafiness and a mild twinge of bitterness alongside their wonderful tropical fruit inclusions. Not much malt (or rye, for that matter) in the aroma. This one is clearly all about the hops.

The flavor is just as "West Coast" as the aroma; again, just bursting through with a wonderful fruit profile. More pineapples and a gushing display of tangerines. The leafy side of the hops are more amplified on the palate, coming to life with a nice pungency; weedy, wet, grassy, with a beautiful sustaining bitterness.

Some slight onion-y flavors get tossed about; typically not a flavor I'm fond of in my beer, but it's light enough here to provide another layer of complexity rather than get in the way or distract. I finally get some rye in the finish, adding a nice dryness and the lightest touch of spice in the finale. Not as heavy on the palate as it appeared; slick, oily, and lightly carbonated.

Wow, this stuff went down like nothing. It was like drinking juice with some hops mixed in. Beautiful display of the Nelson hop and what it's capable of. Huge tropical fruit aromas and flavors make this sucker incredibly easy to drink. This is something you could crush just drinking outside on a hot day. Another staple in the already larger-than-life portfolio of West Coast IPAs.

06-27-2013 15:54:38 | More by tectactoe
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LindaLaneIPA


5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-16-2014 22:44:20 | More by LindaLaneIPA
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-24-2012 04:20:14 | More by Schlais
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Dabeel

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-05-2013 19:49:40 | More by Dabeel
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SanFranJake

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-30-2014 23:44:42 | More by SanFranJake
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surfwahine

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-07-2014 02:52:17 | More by surfwahine
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SkiBum22

New York

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%

A - Pours almost a golden orange. Slight haze to it. Thin white head.

S - Juicy, citrus hop bitterness, hints of pineapple and grapefruit rind. There is some spice from the rye as well.

T - Tropical fruits upfront with a hint of spice, rye and bready malts follow. Very unique flavors here, unlike any other IPA I've tasted to date.

M - Not quite a medium body. Lower carbonation.

O - This is the most unique IPA I've ever had. Really like the white wine characteristics from the Nelson Sauvin hops. Another solid IPA from ABC.

02-05-2012 00:36:39 | More by SkiBum22
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Anstuart5


4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

08-09-2014 21:13:19 | More by Anstuart5
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-29-2014 04:15:03 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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Ben7773

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-11-2014 05:11:31 | More by Ben7773
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%

split bomber with hu5om (who received it in a trade) in new belgium goblets.

A: bronze amber in color with a light fluffy head that quickly dissipates and leaves phenomenal lacing.

S: very front heavy with white grapes, smelling similar to a white zinfidel wine, but with additional citrusy (grapefruit?) hops.

T: a BLAST of flavor, white wine extremely evident with continuous overshadowing of rye. leaves a very yeasty aftertaste.

MF/D: very smooth, carbonation evident but not overwhelming. flavors coat the mouth and throat leaving a champagne/beer feeling following each sip.

07-21-2010 04:51:43 | More by newk340
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%

Bomber pours into my glass a deep orange/yellow with a two finger creamy, bubbling white head and superb clarity. Aromas start with a distinct tropical, pungent, fruity hop explosion. Grapefruit melds in with a nice spicy rye character. There is somewhat of a vinous, white wine character lurking within as well. Quite the lovely aroma.

First sip brings a plethora of fruity, resinous, pungent hops upfront with bold mango and grapefruit flavors. Spicy rye mixes in beautifully. Flows down with a good kick of bitterness that's well placed. Lingering fruity hops on the palate. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with perfect carbonation. This one is exceedingly easy to drink and just amazingly enjoyable. A top notch IPA and I love the addition of rye and the Nelson Sauvin hops. Seek it out if you have the ability!

03-05-2010 01:53:10 | More by orbitalr0x
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briang01

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

08-09-2014 00:19:09 | More by briang01
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supa0525

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-14-2013 21:25:40 | More by supa0525
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Mr_mjr


5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-09-2014 18:39:48 | More by Mr_mjr
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joel66

New York

4/5  rDev -10.5%

03-17-2013 15:56:46 | More by joel66
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gregmoscetti

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

04-17-2012 22:49:39 | More by gregmoscetti
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NWer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-19-2014 15:13:47 | More by NWer
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Sam_Gladieux

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-23-2014 16:23:10 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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Hamburgers

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%

Fresh bottle, only 5 days old. At least that's what Alpine said when I bought it. Pours a cloudy pale gold with one finger white head. Aroma is super grassy, slightly piney with notes of citrus fruit. Flavors of citrus with just a hint of spicy rye. Medium body with ample carbonation. Crisp, clean finish. A smooth IPA, not too bitter.

02-10-2013 07:32:00 | More by Hamburgers
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warnerry

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%

On tap at Alpine. Had right after Keane Idea.

A - Hazy orange with half a finger if head. Pretty nice lacing left behind.

S - Like Keane Idea, lots of citrus with some mango and dank hops.

T - A bit less sweet than KI, with hops really front and center. Lots of citrus and mango. Very tasty. Nice bitter finish. Very tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice bitterness. Alcohol not apparent.

O - Not sure how to compare this with Keane Idea. I think Nelson has less noticeable alcohol, though the abv isn't all that different between the two. Can't really go wrong with either, and Nelson is a beer I would love to have available year-round.

12-16-2012 22:50:18 | More by warnerry
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-28-2011 00:20:36 | More by Callmecoon
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77apm

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

03-16-2014 05:48:57 | More by 77apm
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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,144 ratings.