Nelson - Alpine Beer Company
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4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
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.
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
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