Nelson - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
4.18/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22 oz. into a snifter
P: Brilliant gold with a pearly white head of thick, tightly-packed foam that showed excellent retention. Once it finally evaporated, it formed a thin film of foam on top and left some spotty lacing behind.
A: Wow! Hops just rip open the nasal passages with a fresh and vibrant citrusy goodness that smells like there's a freshly-cut piece of grapefruit in my glass. As it warms, more of a tropical fruit presence comes out that turns up the dial even more on the pleasure factor. Next in line is a bit of floral and pine to deepen the complexity. While the sweetness of the malt is hardly even noticeable, the spiciness of the rye is, even if it is decidedly more subtle than I'd like. This is in the elite class of IPA's as far as I'm concerned!
T: Citric blasts of primarily grapefruit, along with tangerines and pineapples are the initial sensations my palate is greeted with, as the biscuity malt underneath is used as a springboard for the hops. Some spruce-like, oily pine gets in the mix after the initial wave, while some more tropical fruit deepens the profile and broadens the complexity. The rye doesn't add the brilliant amount of spiciness that Hop Rod Rye does, but at least it's flavor isn't as subtle as it was in the nose and does tingle the tongue a bit on the back end. Oily, slightly grassy, and impressively bitter on the moderately dry finish. In my opinion, the flavor doesn't come close to matching the magnificence of the aroma, but it's pretty good nonetheless.
M: Alpine's Nelson Rye is a medium-light bodied beer that offers some stickiness to coat the mouth with. But, it feels a bit thin and watery in spots and doesn't offer any creaminess due to the relatively low amount of C02.
Notes: I have a feeling that this bottle isn't doing the beer justice when compared to the draught version. It seems like the flavor might be able to match the nose, and the amount of carbonation would be improved to give it that slightly creamy feel that I love in my IPA's. Seeing as how Alpine just starting bottling these beers, I wonder if they are still fine-tuning the bottling line because the carbonation seemed a bit off. This doesn't replace Hop Rod Rye as my favorite rye beer, but it will become a staple in my beer diet, for sure. Quite nice!
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2009 10:18:14 | More by sweetbrew82
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4.61/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is my second Alpine beer, Pure Hopiness being the first. PH was very good. Let's see if Nelson lives up to the hype. Thanks to Sebowski for the trade.
A: Surprisingly very light looking. Yellow, slightly hazy. Lacing covers the glass. Good head retention. Almost looks like Hop Ranch.
S: Big grapefruit, citrus and guava. Very nice caramel malt base. Quite amazing.
T: Taste follows the aroma. Very big hop profile but it does not overpower the beer. Very balanced beer. This satisfied my hop thirst on every single level.
M: Light to medium bodied. Perfect carbonation and bitterness.
O: After having the pleasure of trying so many delicious, wonderful IPA's in the past few weeks (Gandhi-Bot, PtE, PH, Jai Alai, Schlafly Tasmanian IPA, Sea Hag, Hopslam, etc, etc, etc.), Nelson definitely got my attention. Wonderful beer by Alpine. Glad to have acquired this since I failed at making it to the brewery when I was out in SD. Thanks again to Sebowski.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 02:29:33 | More by BoardwalkBock
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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