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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,127
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,201
Gots: 195 | 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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tylermains

Kentucky

2/5  rDev -55.3%

06-30-2012 05:37:08 | More by tylermains
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -55.3%

06-28-2013 21:30:55 | More by cofeeguru
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dmsohyea

California

2.35/5  rDev -47.4%

On-tap at the brewpub in Alpine. Taster glass.

A - standard IPA coloring, maybe a bit lighter yellow. Some lacing and good retention.

S - Smells floral and a bit uninviting. Not sure how I feel about it, but I couldn't know the horrors to come.

T - Tastes just off. The rye flavor and yeast selection just makes for a blah taste. I didn't enjoy it one bit and couldn't finish the 4 oz taster. Not super bitter, but it did taste a little like i was eating a flower.

M - Mouthfeel was above average. Not that I could really notice through the flavor that I hated.

O - Didn't like it. Sorry guys, I feel like this one is WAY over rated.

05-01-2011 06:34:46 | More by dmsohyea
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airohead2001

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -46.3%

Part of a blind tasting that included Nelson, Duet, and Pure Hoppiness. Nelson was my least favorite and Pure Hoppiness was my favorite.

A - Nelson is a nice looking IPA - hazy brown, one finger head with excellent retention, and some nice lacing.

S - Not a whole lot of smell here. Just some mellow pine. No citrus or malts. Not as painfully piney as Duet, but also a whole lot less exciting.

T - Similar to the smell. In my opinion, this one is pretty weak and bland. The hop profile is very mild. Some malts show up in the finish, but without a piney or citrus hop kick, this one is clearly lacking.

M - Similar to Duet, the mouthfeel is so-so. Pretty thin.

D - I guess this beer is drinkable because it is so thin. But really, it just lacks so much flavor that I can't see myself wanting much more.

After having such high expectations for Alpine, I have to admit that I was pretty disappointed by this beer and Duet. Luckily, Pure Hoppiness was outstanding.

07-02-2010 04:18:39 | More by airohead2001
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Dine

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -44.1%

07-05-2012 06:30:33 | More by Dine
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pzymali

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -44.1%

12-23-2011 23:35:20 | More by pzymali
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Hoppytree

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -38.5%

08-08-2014 23:01:55 | More by Hoppytree
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alkchrios

New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev -33.3%

Purchased at the "best damn beer shop" in san diego california on vacation with my girlfriend. she spend a semester in new zealand and since something about this bomber had to do with NZ I was pressured into getting it.. it wasnt that bad but I was not all that impressed. Its a golden ipa rendering it a bit less hoppy with a lower IBU than I would prefer.. still not a bad beer by any means. Poured a copper color with a minimal head..very basic almost bland appearance. Upon the first sip I got a lot of grapefruit and burnt sugar...a bit of coriander comes to the nose which is a pleasant suprise. This beer is very crisp and slightly complex..it seems as though a ton of flavor is rather non-existent but still has some of those citrus tones I previously mentioned...the flavor just kind of dissipates the more you drink it.

09-02-2010 21:56:20 | More by alkchrios
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cashew70

Georgia

3/5  rDev -32.9%

12-18-2011 00:01:42 | More by cashew70
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lillitnn92

Virginia

3/5  rDev -32.9%

06-14-2014 12:09:15 | More by lillitnn92
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Daniel101

California

3/5  rDev -32.9%

08-16-2014 00:52:41 | More by Daniel101
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3/5  rDev -32.9%

11-15-2011 12:30:19 | More by AleWatcher
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BigRedEye

Texas

3/5  rDev -32.9%

11-14-2012 05:37:12 | More by BigRedEye
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -32.9%

01-22-2012 21:16:32 | More by djaeon
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brianlindman

Colorado

3/5  rDev -32.9%

11-18-2011 01:20:47 | More by brianlindman
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josephwa

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -32.9%

06-20-2013 20:17:58 | More by josephwa
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StoutFest

Illinois

3/5  rDev -32.9%

12-07-2011 04:57:24 | More by StoutFest
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -32.9%

11-20-2011 02:56:27 | More by jenray
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

3/5  rDev -32.9%

06-28-2013 22:08:45 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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ajs4bd

Missouri

3/5  rDev -32.9%

06-12-2012 02:19:43 | More by ajs4bd
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noahfree

California

3/5  rDev -32.9%

03-10-2012 07:10:46 | More by noahfree
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topdown

California

3/5  rDev -32.9%

08-06-2013 19:58:05 | More by topdown
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rmalinowski4

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -31.1%

Poured into a Mikasa tulip from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a clear straw color with two fingers of fluffy white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves tons of lacing. Very aggressive pour. You can see lots of tiny bubbles dancing up the glass to the nice crown that seems to be sticking around.

Smell is citrus, tangerine and pineapple, with some earthy pine in the background. The smell is somewhat faint and you really have to work to pick up the different components. Smells nice but should be stronger.

The smell is the opposite of the taste, lots of earthy pine upfront with some faint citrus grapefruit and pineapple in the background. The finish is of more bitter pine and earthiness. Was hoping for more citrus, but still not bad. I just expected a different flavor from the nose.

The mouthfeel is thin but not watery, and the carbonation is lively. It is easy to drink and pretty refreshing.

Overall this is not a bad beer, but it not great either. Expected more citrus than what was delivered. I would drink it again and reccommend that others try it as well. Slightly above average.

06-03-2011 23:59:42 | More by rmalinowski4
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MichaelinFishers

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -30.6%

Poured from a bomber into two pint glasses for my wife and I to split. Thanks to Esther for the trade.

A: Pours with a very pale head, very light retention and just a little lacing. The color is a little odd. There's an unusual hue to it that I would describe as almost pink, but I'm slightly colorblind, so take that with a grain of salt.

S: Wow! The aroma is incredible! I'd heard that Nelson Sauvin smells almost wine-like, but this is amazing! (Looking on the label, it actually says that. How about that!) Delicate, fruity, floral, this is a beautiful aroma hop.

T: OK, this is where is starts to let down. Now that I've looked at the label, I'm reminded that this is a rye beer. And the rye just isn't working for me with such light malt accompanying it. I've had, and loved, other rye beers (Red's Rye, Cane & Ebel), but those pair the rye with bolder, fuller malts.

M: Nice, but nothing special. Pretty typical for a west coast IPA.

D: Having a hard time getting past the taste. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I dislike it -- I finished my pint with no problem -- but I don't think I'll be seeking this one out again.

04-02-2010 21:35:22 | More by MichaelinFishers
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -28.9%

Thanks to Grapehops for the extra! Poured from bomber (no date stamp) into a pint glass. Pours hazy gold, medium to thin off-white head, pretty lacing. Nose is soft, fleshy stonefruit and papaya, lush and fruity, with both fresh and dried pineapple here as well. Flavors are soft and fruity, but deceptively bitter. Pineapple and guava in the mouth, as well as a pervasive nutty earthiness from the rye. Mostly upfront palate, but some "white wine" acidity on the finish with caraway again on the long finish. Quite a complex beer but was not my style among my favorite IPAs. Overhyped IMO, so I am going against the tide on this one.

03-15-2011 00:13:59 | More by CuriousMonk
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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,127 ratings.