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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,491
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 1,336
Gots: 274 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rayjay on 08-14-2006

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
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Photo of Agold
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I even comment on the appearance of this beer, the aroma after opening the bottle was outstanding. Big tropical lush citrus with another note which jumped right to peppermint in my brain, but I can't really place aside from that association. Maybe some spicy and crisp. An IPA second only to masala mama in aroma. Appearance is average. Mildly cloudy orange color with a short white head that dissipates to a thin film. Very sparse lacing, almost none. Flavor is very tropical fruity as well. Lush and full, but does not quite live up to the world class aroma of this beer. There is a similar unique characteristic in the flavor which I cannot pinpoint, perhaps earthy, or maybe herbal, but not in an english way. Very balanced with a nice, but definitely not overwhelming, caramel quality. Mouthfeel is medium light and is lacking a bit of carbonation, but it is not so bad at all.

Photo of tjkinate
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really can't wait for my visit to the brewery in a few weeks.

A: Golden colored brew topped with a single fingered, creamy white head that exhibited solid retention and lacing.

S: Hops were more prominent than expected, but followed nicely by the rye and some tropical fruit. The bready notes were slightly detracting from the overall experience.

T: Tropical fruits upfront with a hint of spice, rye and bready malts follow. Very unique flavors here, unlike any other IPA I've tasted to date.

M: Medium/light, well carbonated.

O: A very good IPA, will definitely be having again, hopefully on tap during my visit.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very proper looking IPA. Nice white puffy head which leaves a trail of tight belgian lace behind it. Hazy and opaque but a nice golden orange color. Such a fruity aroma, big grapefruit and citrus fruit. Sticky and hoppy, could pop a bit more. The flavor is clean and pure west coast IPA. Big fruit notes, grapefruit, melon, citrus, really great. I'm missing a little complexity from multiple strains of hops, I think? The rye is a nice touch, faintly spicy. But where the rye shines is helping create a dry clean finish. Nice, alot of IPAs have a bit of a cloying finish from the hops, but not this one! An IPA of the highest order.

Photo of HalfFull
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass, from notes last month. Shows a rather clear medium golden color with a half inch of nearly white head. Bumpy head leaves lots of lacing initially, reducing through the glass.

Very hoppy on the nose with notable rye scents mixed in. Hops are of fresh pine and citrus and unusually well balanced. Taste follows with light citrus and rye, moderate on the malts. Light and flavorful. Feel is a touch chewy but not in a rich malt sense, as there is a coarseness from the rye that accompanies the finish. Just the right amount of bitterness concludes.

Note: Called an IPA by the brewery(golden rye IPA) and tastes as such. Very nice hop flavor, would like to see more of this Nelson Sauvin hop.

Photo of ANIMOUL
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jpmclaug
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Scored this want in a generous BIF box from domtronzero.

A - Orange-yellow hazy body with a white head resting on top

S - A nice pineapple smell mingles with some funk rye aroma. This thing smells fantastic. I absolutely love the aroma Nelson Sauvin hops produce and the mix of that and a rye make an unforgettable aroma.

T - Picking up more pineapple-y hop flavor mingled with light rye notes. A formidable malt backbone stands up throughout this one. Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting however. Nice flavor but not amazing like the nose.

M - medium body, slightly sticky good amount of carbonation

D - Pretty tasty beer but the flavor doesn't match the awe of the nose. Not as bitter as I was expecting but still a pretty good beer. I wouldn't mind drinking more of this but wouldn't go nuts trying to seek it out.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden orange color with a little sediment. A nice head and minimal lacing.

Smell – Smells kind of citrusy, primarily grapefruit with a hint of lime. Also, a very nice pine scent that blends well with the citrus.

Taste – Taste is very similar to the smell, although the pine is a little stronger. Not terribly hoppy for an IPA, which is ok.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation, slightly creamy, with kind of a nice peppery aftertaste.

Drinkability – I find this very drinkable, as the hops doesn’t overpower. Maybe a bit too much grapefruit for my taste.

Photo of Phelps
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: unimpressive, color-wise. Kind of a pale lager-yellow trending gradually toward a deeper orange. Almost no head; just a white film, though it does leave blobs of sticky lace.

Smells: bountiful. Sweet lemon, bright pine, fresh-cut grass and a subtle onion funk. Also earthy soil, dish soap, mint and green peppers. A smorgasbord of aromas!

Tastes: similar to the smell. Funky and grassy. That unique minty-soil flavor is there as well. Is that the Nelson Sauvin? A very light bitterness akin to green peppers alights on the tongue.

Feels: smooth and filling. Medium-low carbonation with a medium-full body. I likes it.

Drinks: like one of the better beers with rye I've had. The malt is used generously but kept in check; the enigmatic Nelson hops blend with it perfectly to create an intriguing beer experience.

Photo of bufante
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Toronado, San Francisco.
Rose tan, no head.
Mad gooseberry and papaya nose.
Almond croissant and rosewater then big grapefruit, spiced white grape, kiwi and kumquat hops.
Grapefruit juice end and powdery bitter linger.
Medium, chewy, some oil.

Hops redux. Tart, yet perfumed and delicate. So grapefruity it’s almost a sour. Maybe loses some of the more delicate NS notes, but also probably the fullest expression of the hop.

Photo of Philousa
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow gold with a thin white head. Lacing left on the glass looks like layers of sediment or rock in a cross section. Thin yeast residue left at the bottom of the bottle. Piney, woodsy, earthy hops aroma, as well as citrus and floral aromas. A little twinge of tart light bread also, like it's baking in the oven (read: yeast). Taste starts out very piney, like some spruce tips were used in the making of this beer. Very mild malt, but rye is there and unmistakable, which makes it tart and acidic. Bitterness comes in like the tide taking over your taste buds without you noticing. Tangy yeast comes out with time. A bit acidic in feel, but easily drinkable. dry finish.

I've been waiting for months to try an Alpine Brewing IPA, and I am not disappointed. I was worried when I saw that the only one left on the shelf was a Rye IPA, but Alpine really balanced the rye flavors well. A bit tangy due to the rye and hop oil, it was surprisingly smooth. I drank the bomber by myself and only noticed the acidity halfway through. It was never a problem though, more of an enduring characteristic. I would love to try this on tap!

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Soonami
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Nelso was provided to me via trade courtesy of tbase. This is a really interesting IPA! The Nelson Sauvin hops used in the brewing of this beer really adds a fresh vinous, fruity aspect to this otherwise solid IPA. Without the interesting hops I think this a pretty typical IPA, in fact it reminds a lot of hill farmstead citra which I thought was pretty good but Nelson really has it going on. The bitterness in this beer is slightly subdued but i like that because it helps you really taste and smell the Nelson Sauvin. The rye also contributes a nice earthy spiciness helps keep the beer grounded. If possible get a hold of this beer, even if you have to pay ridiculous shipping for it. It's worth it!

Photo of mocktm
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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