Nelson - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by hayesez:
3.78/5 rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Yet another Alpine brew received as an extra from Kaiser81. The Duet and the Pure Hoppiness have both been exceptional, and I can't wait to give the Nelson a shot. Split with Ridgley and K-Rho and poured into my Portsmouth snifter.
A light golden-yellow colored beer with a slightly gray dense foamy head. Quite a few tiny bubbles rise around the floaties suspended in this brew. The recession of the cap is leaving an impressive lace on the inside of my glass. This continues all the way down the top 2/3 of my snifter, as I slowly put this one away.
I had a bit of trouble placing all of the smells in this beer. It is a bit fruity and grassy as one might expect. But there is something else in there as well. This is going to be out there, but the aroma that comes to mind is new car tires. Kind of a rubberish smell. Mixed in there is a bit if grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. Weird. Can't say I've smelled anything quite like this one.
Fortunately, the Nelson doesn't taste like new car tires smell. The fruits are more pronounced - grapefruit, pineapple, and perhaps a bit of orange. Not sure I know exactly what the rye is supposed to taste like...this is definitely different than others I've had, but I can't necessarily attribute it to the rye. The taste is dulled down a bit from the nose, but definitely better. Again, a bit thinner than I would like, but still has a small element of creaminess.
I guess I'll place this as my least favorite of the three Alpine beers I've had (Duet, Nelson, and Pure Hoppiness). Still a fine brew, and one I would never pass up, but the smell just didn't quite do it.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2010 07:46:23 | More by hayesez
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A=deep orange, hazy, not a lot of light getting through
S=tropical, mango, papaya, slight citrus at colder temp
T=taste is right on pace with the aroma, all kinds of tropical flavors. real big.
M=the flavors and mouthfeel change drastically as beer warms, all kinds of flavors being released
O=outstanding brew, one of a kind flavor, great use of the nelson hops, did I mention outstanding?
Serving type: on-tap
07-26-2014 02:48:22 | More by HopLover1
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
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,016 ratings.