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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,266
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 1,237
Gots: 225 | FT: 16
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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Beestin, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Very hazy orange amber in color topped by a fairly sturdy slighty off white head.

Aroma has a nice spicy character to it but I'm not sure if it's coming from the malted rye or from the hop profile since I'm not familiar with the Nelson Sauvin hops. Also some great floral and pine notes here along with a dry pungent bitterness.

Still spicy on the palate, I'm sure now it's coming from the rye more than from the hops. Quite a bit fruitier in flavor than what I got from the aroma with citrus and a healthy dose of tropical fruit which is rounded out with a mouth drying bitter hop aftertaste.

Delicate but active carbonation and pleasant dry finish contribute to an excellent feel.

Another great hoppy ale from Alpine. The rye adds a nice element to it as does the unique choice in hops. Not a mouth blistering hop bomb but definitely complex and very enjoyable.

berkey, Jan 11, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

santa216, Nov 15, 2013
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1424IpA, Sep 03, 2013
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waffles, Apr 18, 2012
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Johnnyramirez, Mar 10, 2013
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jamvt, Nov 17, 2013
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hopkrid, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of jtingue
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Very hazy golden orange in color. Pours with 3 fingers of tight white head, which descends beautifully forming meringue like peaks and tons of thick lacing.

Smell. A split between tropical fruit and hearty rye bread aromas.

Taste. Starts out with the bite of a bitter, bready rye malt flavor. Lots of citrus hops follow, with tangerine being predominant. A garlic like flavor develops, and is accompanied by the bitterness of the hops, but not the citrus flavor. The finish is slightly herbal and sees the return of those citrus hops. Herbal bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body and tight carbonation give this one a very creamy mouthfeel. Reminds me more of a double IPA than a single.

This one is very interesting, and different than what I expect out of california IPAs. The addition of rye seems to make this a completely different beast. Not sure how I feel about the metallic flavor in the beginning.

jtingue, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received from hophead84 - thanks for the hook-up!

Pours a lighter than average golden straw color, a bit of haze. Tons of head builds up in the tulip - whoah! Leaves a sticky, rocky head in the glass and chunks of lacing down the glass. Pretty.

Loads of citrus in the nose - candied grapefruit, lemons, a hint of spicy rye in there - very juicy and a hint on the tropical side.

The rye comes out way more in the flavor, giving a nice earthy spicy balance to the citrus hops. Loads of juicy grapefruit, hints of pine and floral hops, lemons, a medium bitterness that kicks in mid sip and has a medium lasting finish, light caramel malt tries to hold its own and without the rye it would lose - as it is, it's tasty!

The drawback on this beer is the carbonation - it's too heavy. Spritzy and gives it an edge that detracts on the drinkability. Sparkly but with a nice dryness in the finish.

Dial down the carb and you've got one of the tastiest IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking - very complex and layered with enough hops to please everyone. Love the rye - Yum.

ritzkiss, Jan 02, 2010
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light gold in color with a very nice inch of white head. Leaves plenty of webby, spotty lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell is floral hops with just a hint of rye there to compliment.
Taste is wonderful. Beautiful hops, wonderful balance with hops. Citrusy and piney.
Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Absolutely refreshing and a pleasure to drink. This bottle is drinking well, I'd imagine it's even better on tap.
Great beer.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 08, 2010
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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,266 ratings.