1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.
NelsonNelson

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
99
world-class

2,007 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,176
Gots: 162 | FT: 12
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)
View: Beers (46) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,007 | Reviews: 559 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beerguru14:
Photo of beerguru14
beerguru14

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour, Color, & Aroma:
I have the plea­sure of vis­it­ing the hills of San Diego many times a year due to hav­ing sev­eral of my wife’s fam­ily mem­bers liv­ing there. It just so hap­pens there is a gem of a brew­ery down the street called Alpine Beer Com­pany. They quickly became a place I made sure to visit any­time I was near. There­fore, Alpine being my favorite brew­ing com­pany, I wanted to review one of my go to sea­sonal brews.

This beer pours a nice cop­per gold with a slight hazi­ness. The head was a beau­ti­ful white color. Head retained itself for sev­eral min­utes leav­ing a nice lac­ing along the glass. The rye is promi­nent dur­ing the ini­tial sniff, fol­lowed by cit­rus, mostly a nice orange and grape­fruit aroma. There were also hints of caramel, bis­cuits, a bit of mango, a slight pear and another aroma that was hard to put my fin­ger on that could have been some­thing sim­i­lar to a cream/vanilla ice cream.



Taste:
This beer has a great fla­vor. There is a great hop pres­ence with a nice rye back­bone. The hops added a hand­some zesty grape­fruit to the already fla­vor­ful grain bill. Can’t imag­ine a rye beer that is more bal­anced than this. A hint of grape, orange and an earthy fla­vor slowly make its way up the palate. The malts are a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult to iden­tify only due to the other fla­vor pro­files that are right up front, but there was a faint caramel and bready flavor.



Fin­ish & Body:
The beer was light as well as very dry. The alco­hol gave me a slight warmth going down, and even at 7%, this beer was smooth! The beer could eas­ily be con­sumed due to its light body and very smooth finish.



Final Thoughts:
This is a great exam­ple of what a bal­anced rye beer should be. The brew­ers cer­tainly choose the best hops to com­pli­ment the rye used in the grain bill. The com­plex­ity of the beer would make this a dif­fi­cult beer for a new comer to the beer scene. If you are ever in the San Diego area, do your­self a favor and look these guys up! Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:34:53 | More by beerguru14
More User Reviews:
Photo of Resuin
Resuin

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-23-2014 23:18:56 | More by Resuin
Photo of RVT
RVT


4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-23-2014 03:19:49 | More by RVT
Photo of JoeHopster
JoeHopster

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-23-2014 02:36:49 | More by JoeHopster
Photo of bellbw
bellbw

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-22-2014 14:39:41 | More by bellbw
Photo of Jd2391
Jd2391

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-22-2014 03:05:29 | More by Jd2391
Photo of BSW
BSW

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-22-2014 02:46:18 | More by BSW
Photo of dmsulli
dmsulli

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-22-2014 02:23:06 | More by dmsulli
Photo of KnowYourCraft
KnowYourCraft

California

4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours very yellow with a slight golden hue to it, was quite surprised with the color of this IPA, it looks more like a blonde ale, but it still looks good.

S: Tropical fruits, spice, pine, bitterness, and a hint of pineapple and sweet malts, absolutely amazing smell to this beer!

T: Blown away in this category! In the beginning you get a wonderful blend of spice and pine, which transitions to an amazing blend of spice and tropical fruits, and then finishes with spice, tropical fruits, pine, pineapple, and some bitterness. Every flavor in this beer is so perfectly balanced and you get so much of every flavor, and this beer tastes truly incredible!

M: Perfect execution here, crisp, light refreshing, leaves your mouth a little dry which leaves you craving it more and more!

O: This is an incredible beer, easily hits number 2 on my top IPA’s list! You have to try this beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 01:55:34 | More by KnowYourCraft
Photo of terraism
terraism

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-22-2014 01:15:58 | More by terraism
Photo of BubbaMitchell
BubbaMitchell

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-22-2014 01:15:03 | More by BubbaMitchell
Photo of richobrien
richobrien

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-22-2014 00:03:56 | More by richobrien
Photo of Rubalaca
Rubalaca

California

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

07-21-2014 23:20:45 | More by Rubalaca
Photo of Elprico
Elprico

Texas

4/5  rDev -10.5%

07-21-2014 21:41:02 | More by Elprico
Photo of sleuthdog
sleuthdog

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-21-2014 21:15:30 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of BigDaddy79
BigDaddy79

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-21-2014 08:45:11 | More by BigDaddy79
Photo of Hendrick24
Hendrick24

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-21-2014 00:56:44 | More by Hendrick24
Photo of thomda11
thomda11

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-20-2014 22:58:52 | More by thomda11
Photo of gcatchris
gcatchris

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-20-2014 18:51:03 | More by gcatchris
Photo of bricarr74
bricarr74


4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-20-2014 02:18:56 | More by bricarr74
Photo of ironchefkook
ironchefkook

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-20-2014 01:31:00 | More by ironchefkook
Photo of caseyoharaa
caseyoharaa

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-19-2014 23:29:43 | More by caseyoharaa
Photo of jakecattleco
jakecattleco

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-19-2014 22:32:19 | More by jakecattleco
Photo of satisfied1013
satisfied1013

Kansas

5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-19-2014 03:29:55 | More by satisfied1013
Photo of chipawayboy
chipawayboy

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-19-2014 02:31:57 | More by chipawayboy
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.