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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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

Added by OStrungT on 08-11-2006

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a bright, light golden yellow. Pours with compact, bright white one-inch head. Substantial lacing as the head slowly disippates.

S: Hops smells are apparent even when pouring into the glass. Floral and tropical (mango) hops really dominate the smell. Smells clean and refreshing.

T: Like the smell, the hops really show up nicely. Tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, maybe apricot) with some floral and citrus notes. Mid taste, the rye flavors starts to show itself, although it's fairly mild. Just some slight spiciness and grain biscuity flavors. Finish is just a little bitter, but not in a bad way. The fruity hops help pull this beer through to the finish.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Finish is dry.

D: Excellent. This is a very nice, easy drinking beer. The hops are big, but not aggressive or in your face. The rye is perfectly balanced and gives the beer a little body and spiciness without making it too big. Will definitely track this one down again.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- Bright, clear copper color, pours two fingers of sticky white head that retains very well.
Smell-lots of oranges, a floral, spicy quality from the rye that's very reminiscent of pink peppercorns.
Taste-orange juice&zest upfront, green and pink peppercorns, biscuity malt backing it all up. Beautiful
Feel-light yet creamy. Well carbonated. Not overly wet.
Overall-unique, well balanced, delicous. Not all IPA's stand out, this one does. Superb

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Photo of MLDucky
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Love the rye in this. Pours a golden hue, hazy, dissipating head. Get a very grainy, malty, rye nose with the predominant hop profile of nelson. Flavor follows suit. Malty, rye with great hop flavor. Not lingering, not overly bitter. Quintessential drinking ipa. Wish I could get this every day.

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Photo of jale
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jesse for this great beer.

A: Pours a cloudy light apricot with a huge white head. Lacing lasts quite a while.

S: Wonderful citrus aroma with just a hint of malt.

T: Great smooth citrus hops upfront moving into mild malt. Finish is a fantastic grapefruit hoppy bitterness.

M: Lighter side of medium body with great carbonation.

O: What can I say. Some of my favorite IPAs come from Alpine. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellowish orange. Lots of white frothy head. Smells incredibly hoppy. Tons of grapefruit and a touch of pine on the nose. Smells great! Tastes great. Bitter hops and grapefruit on the tongue as well. The malts are very subtle in the background. Nicely carbonated. Overall a very tasty beer. Probably my favorite alpine beer!

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours an orangish golden color.

S: Lots of grapefruit.

T: An entirely unique IPA. The malt base is light but with a slight twinge of spicy rye. The hops are very interesting. Lots of grapefruit but not like any of the traditional American hops. There is also a very unique white wine flavor.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A great IPA. Not the standard that we are used to. Shows the range of the style and the creativeness of American brewers by slightly tweaking the ingredients.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is DANK. Tons and tons of fruitiness on the nose and the perfect balance of fruitiness and hoppiness on the drink with a nice white, clean head and good lacing.

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Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale straw in color. Thick head when poured. Falls quickly but leaves a half inch head and great lacing.

S - Tropical fruit mingles with alcohol heat and a good deal of the grape-ness I always get from Nelson Sauvin hops. Plenty of pine here and some dankness, as well.

T - Palate is hit first with complexity of hops. Tropical fruits--mango is jumping out at me--and a dry, grape-like vinous quality. Alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming. Finish is quite crisp. Possibly a bit of spiciness from the rye.

M - Light and crisp, although a bit heavier than Duet for me.

D - Wish I had another bomber. I could drink this all night.

Overall - I love me some Alpine and am a huge fan of Nelson Sauvin hops. Can't think of a better combination. Had a pour on draft last year that had much more rye spiciness, but I'm certainly not complaining. This is absolutely fantastic. Thanks to Tieman for the bottle.

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Photo of cetherid
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip

A.

beer is a pale straw color that is fairly clear. A HUGE amount of thick foamy head that dissipates slowly, leaving some killer lacing on the glass.

S.

An awesome hop aroma is coming out of the glass (even just out of the bottle). Aromas of citrus fruit, dank weed, and cat pee are present (and amazingly those 3 things smell great together!)

T.

Similar to nose, lots of fresh hops and great bitterness. Mainly citrus rinds and earthy/piney flavors. Almost a slightly sweet, slightly toasted malt taste (has to be the rye) as well that mellows out the bitterness. Such as solid tasting IPA.

M.

Almost medium bodied with great carbonation. Pretty dry finish..bitter and dry..normally I like a little sweeter, smoother IPA but this one is stellar. California knows how to make great IPAs.

O.

This and Sculpin might be my favorite IPAs. Awesome aroma and flavor. Very fresh/pungent, hops. just like an IPA should be. I'll need to try another Sculpin here very soon as my palate have definitely changed since getting into beer hardcore recently. Unfortunately this is a west coast beer but luckily I have connections to grab it.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer nails it.

Simple and skillfully executed, every sip of this brew is good.

Certainly the best representation on Nelson hops out there.

Even the Green Flash version is good.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ehammond1 for sending a bottle of this my way...

A: Pours a a deep cloudy gold with one full finger of slightly off white head. The foam doesn't take long to settle, and I get some nice lacing on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is beautifully hoppy with just a touch of spice. The beer smells inviting and delicious.

T: Yup. Such a great beer. It's sweet and hoppy to start, with tons of citrus hops and a mild spice throughout. It's juicy and delicious, and such an easy drinker.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet and wet to start, great juicy hop flavors in the middle. A touch of spice in the back end. Lingering bitters, but nothing overwhelming.

O: Truly an excellent beer. I would drink this everyday if I could. So much Yum up in this bish.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of millerbuffoon into a tulip; shared with a couple friends at NEBCO. Thanks, Miller!

A: Lightly hazy pale orange body under two inches of delicate ecru head. Great retention and lacing. Very nice.

S: Bizarre. Fruit (both citrus + tropical) is there, but so is honey, floral olive oil, rye, bell pepper, and fruitcake. Weird and fascinating.

T: Spicy, fruity, vegetal, honeyed, malty, and smooth. Moderately bitter finish. Quite a bit sweeter than I expected, and truly strange. Also truly delicious.

M: Soft, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

O: I've never had an IPA, or any beer for that matter, that tasted remotely like Nelson. There are flavors going on here that took everyone who was sharing this bottle completely off guard. Complex doesn't even begin to describe how wacky this thing smelled and tasted, and I really couldn't get enough. Terrific beer, and one that would be in my fridge regularly if I could get it. Crazy good.

Cheers!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into DFH signature glass. No bottle date present, do any Alpine?

A: Pours a deep rusty orange color. Cloudy. Barely any head on this, 1/4 finger if that. Some lacing. Aggressive spin gives BRIGHT white head with tiny bubbles.

S: Nose is amazing. Tons of grapefruit! But also smells like champagne or dry white wine. Almost like sparkling cider or something non-alcoholic I've had in the past.

T: It's so clean. Really sparkling wine-ish. Crisp. The Nelson hops are amazing. Nice crisp finish. Tip of tongue hop bite, mild malt middle tongue, and clean bite to close. Really really like this one!

M: Light to medium bodied. Some chew, but not tons.

O: Another amazing brew from Alpine. Thinks this beats the Duet out as my personal favorite currently. Can't wait for the Expo.

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Photo of bashiba
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dirty yellow/orange with lots of sedimant, a light thin head.

The smell is very Nelson, pungent and fruity at the same time, almost a touch sour.

The flavor is hops driven, the nelson qualities shine with the murkey and pungent old cheese flavors mixing in with the fresh tropical fruit notes. The light rye breadiness comes through nicely in the finish.

The mouthfeel is lightly resiny with a long dry finish.

Very nice, great use of a great hops.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

We pop a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pints. It glows a buffy, wheaty shade of yellow, and holds a reasonable one and a half finger tall head of tight, soapy white foam. This retains well, descending softly into peaked sheets of lacing around our glasses. A definite haze reduces clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be sharp and active. The aroma is delicious, even when ice cold. Warmth really allows it to blossom, giving bright Nelson Sauvin earthy, citric, and nectary fruity zestiness, white wine grapey vine and sugars, daisy blossoms, earthen mineral and metallic grit of toasty rye grain, dry cornflakes, vanilla bean coolness, sweaty pale malts, sunscreen and aloe chemical bite, peach and kiwi fruitiness, sweet bubblegum esters, ethanol airs, soft but sweet plastics, leafy basil resins, lavender wax, and dehydrated strawberry and raspberry leather. As with the aroma, you really get a nice tour of the showcased ingredients: rye and Nelson Sauvin hops. Notes include bitter grapefruity oiliness and nectary fruity sweetness of said hops, lemon zest and rind, mustard seeds, jasmine extract, creamy and buttery pale maltiness, toasty rye grain grit, concrete dust and clayed minerals, raw salted popcorn kernels, white pepper spice, hollow pine wash, musty daffodil florals, and mildly fusel booze. The body is medium to a bit full and chalky for the style, but so, so soft and gluggable. Carbonation is the same, contributing nicely to a foaminess and frothy creaminess that coats the mouth. Slurp and smack are what you would expect follow such a description; they are excellent. The mouth is eventually left pulled a bit tightly of puck, but only at the extreme back of the tongue and palate. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is phenomenal.

Overall, what makes this beer special is how well everything comes together. That’s the thing with a lot of these high-profile brews; it isn’t necessarily one thing that stands out about it, but rather it is just how incredibly well the thing stands as a whole and from a distance. The balance is amazing, with the fruitiness of the Nelsons bonding with the extended, lingering bitterness of the rye grain inclusions. Again, nothing really stands out here, except for everything all at once…if that makes sense. If we had to point out something surprising or particularly exciting about Nelson, it would have to be his feel. It is soft, full, creamy, froth, and slurpy, pulling the mouth in every conceivable direction you would want it to. What a happy experience this has been, making us desperately hope that the rumors about Alpine expanding to our local market are indeed true.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L: Light pale and straw in color. Strong and this pillow like foamy head, lingers quite a bit as well. Slight haze.

S: Citrus and tropical upfront then the rye hits you with some faint black licorice and rubber notes. When it's warmer pine comes out and appears

T: Again citrus upfront with rye blending in nicely fading into a real nice pine.

M: Light and easy to drink. Really nice mouth-feel to his one.

O: Really nice beer, would love to have this all the time. One thing I notice about Alpine is its kinda like my homebrew, at the bottom has some hop bits in it lol.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, undated (but Brian assures me this was just picked up from the brewery several days prior) poured into a FFF teku glass today, 6/16/2013. Thanks a lot to Brian for hooking me up with this beer.

Aroma: Intense, aromatic pine, orange and tangerine nose that I can smell as soon as I open up the bottle. Simply wafts out and slams my nose with piney and citrus goodness. There's a sharp spiciness that I would attribute to the rye. Delicious smelling beer. (4.75)

Colour: Nothing special, just a dark yellow-orange body with a nice fluffy 1cm white head that dissipates into a thick collar and very thin film on the beer. For the most part it's a non-descript IPA, could be any IPA for all I know. The body's quite cloudy. The lacing on this beer is quite nice though! (4)

Flavour: Nice. Lots of sharp spiciness reminding me of rye along with a good dollop of pine cone bitterness and tangerine sweetness. Very interesting and a bit different than most of the other West Coast IPA's I've had. Very tasty. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium (on the thin side) bodied beer that is very well carbonated. Aftertaste is mostly spicy rye and pine bitterness; it finishes cleanly in a mellow way that doesn't singe my palate. I'm really digging the feel of the rye spiciness and how cleanly and smoothly it finishes up. (4.25)

Overall: Delicious Golden Rye IPA, I don't recall having many beers in this particular style but I am really enjoying the rye contribution to the high hoppiness quotient. Alpine makes some awesome IPAs and I'm glad to have had the chance to drink this beer! (4.5)

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Photo of Bighuge
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, hazy golden body. Thin and bubbly cap of ivory white froth. Lacing comes in sporadic thin rings. Aroma brings bright layers of pink grapefruit, lemon zest, MJ, apricot, tangerine, etc... This is one great smelling beer. This IPA has nice balance between bitter and flavor in regards to the hops. Neither overpowers the other. Bitterness is fairly clean and refreshing. Flavor brings a lot of citrus and a little pine too. Not quite as bright and juicy as the aroma led me to believe, but rather, a little rough around the edges, which isn't all bad in an IPA. All of the original suspects are still around to varying degrees....grapefruit, orange, lemon, etc.... This is an interesting IPA and an interesting hop for sure.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very unique IPA. Bright yellow/gold body with a fizzy white head. Tropical fruit and freshly mown grass on the nose really pop. The taste is balanced with bitterness and sweetness with a little bitter bite and a light spice from the rye. The carb is great for the flavors and the mouthfeel is just slick enough without being oily. Really well made and a great highlight of Nelson Sauvin hops.

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Photo of turfy
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the trusty Duvel tulip

A - A golden orange color with a fluffy, off - white one finger head. Admirable lacing throughout

S - Top notch. Sweet grapefruit aroma that lasted throughout the drink. Touch of honey. No fading on this one!

T - Smooth, sweet grapefruit taste with a great balance of bitterness. Perhaps a trace of apricot . A true winner.

M - Just about perfect. Enough body to separate it from the pretenders but not cloying or heavy in any way.

O - Another winner from Alpine, which I believe is now my fave brewery. If you are looking to enjoy high quality IPA's and DIPA's, this is the brewery to try.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from zrab11 (sweet freakin extra!). No dicernable bottling info. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours hazy straw yellow with a vague peach hue and a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Maintains a very thin layer of wispy froth that laces quite well.

Smells of tropical fruits. Mango, peach, mandarins and a little bready sweetness. Mouth wateringly good and both my wife and I can't get enough.

Taste is a fruity explosion. Mandarins, peaches, grapefruit zest, mild mango, floral honey, a hint of berries, some faint cracker and a slight tinge of rose wine. Virtually no alcohol presence. Very nice.

Slighy slick, medium light body with bubbly soft carbonation. Bittersweet, lingering floral and citrus finish.

A delicious and easy drinking showcase for the Nelson Sauvin hop. Fruity and hop forward with just enough malt to add a touch of sweetness and a little body. An excellent single hop IPA.

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Photo of claspada
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aromas are initially citrus (grapefruit) and light pineapple and earthy hops, with an underlying bit of bready, spicy rye and a touch of caramel malt. There is also a nice white vinous characteristic on the nose; must be those special Nelson Sauvin hops.

The tastes initially begin full and malty with bready and caramel flavors, but quickly shifts to the pleasantly bitter grapefruit and light pine hops with lesser notes of earthy hops. The flavors round out with a spicy and drying rye malt which adds another layer of complexity. The Nelson Sauvin hops add that nice light white wine flavors with a nice gooseberry spice in there as well.

Mouthfeel is sticky and coating but not overly so, the perfect amount for the style. Great carbonation and glorious sticky white hops lacing as I examine my half empty glass.

Overall this is freakin' awesome, my favorite Rye IPA and top 2 overall Rye beers I have ever had (The Bruery Rugbrod being the other). Some breweries totally botch rye and add too much where it is unpleasant or too little, but this is spot on. Highly recommended; I'm going to have to ship more of this from the West Coast. Wow top notch indeed.

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Alpine beer co for only being one hour drive away and letting me purchase a half and half case of this and Duet! Spoiled.

Bomber poured into an Alesmith "Decadence" tulip, Thanks Petr Zien

A:A beautiful rich golden cascade with a thick eggshell head that lingers and laces down the glass

S: Very pungent, right off the bat I get the grapefruit of the Savin hops and, like danny hipps, (look down the reviews a page) I can't shake the asphalt/tar aroma that is actually very compelling.

T: Extraordinary, a big botanical/citrus/floral wave with a mellow rye flavor bringing everthing together. Exhaling I still sense the aroma of the street after a rain on a hot day lingering on my tounge.. in the very best of ways, of course

M: Smooth and silky, some might call thick. Oily and slightly tingly. It leaves a beautiful residue on the mouth

D: Very fine. I would bathe in this stuff... of the few hoppy rye beers (and the fewer Nelson Sauvin varieties) I would call this a cut above
Cheers!

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Photo of jhavs
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle poured into a snifter tasting glass.
A= Golden, slight haze, head is white and soapy, visible carbonation rising in the beer, lacing and ring with thin head remains during entire tasting.
S= White grapes, some citrus, pine.
T= Pine, bitter, some citrus rind, bit of a white wine flavor. Melon in the aftertaste with bitter grapefruit.
M= Fairly effervescent, medium body.
O= Crisp and bitter IPA made with rye, unique Nelson hops flavors are abundant.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to anacrime for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazed golden yellow color. Produced a great cap of white froth. Solid retention and plenty of lace left behind.

(S)- A nice burst of citrus up front: lemon, lime, grapefruit, and pineapple. Subtle pine behind the awesome citrus. Even has a light spicy zest in the far background.

(T)- Very nice. Similar to the smell. The same great burst of citrus, smooth and subtle caramel malt, and that same subtle zesty spice in the background.

(M)- A smooth/nice carbonation level. A great balance to it as well. Great citrus with a subtle balanced pine. Great malt balance too to make this quite harmonious.

(D)- Its been awhile since the IPA style has surprised or impressed me since the market is just flooded with them, but this one is quite excellent. A refreshing beer for a style that I have been bored with for awhile.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.