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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1685
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%


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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PSU_Mike

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Pours a yellow, hazy, hefeweizen-like color with a white 2 finger head. It looks like pilsner malt to me.

S - Faint dankness and some grapefruit. No malt presence that I can detect. Maybe some tropical fruit notes as well.

T - Mildly piney. I was not expecting that from the nose. Again, some subtle citrus and tropical fruit notes. No dankness like I was expecting from the nose. White wine?

M - Very prickly and dry on the finish. A little bitterness lingers on the tongue.

O - Pretty mundane. Not offensive but not outstanding in any way.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 03:00:17 | More by PSU_Mike
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 22oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy burnt orange with a 1.5 finger of white head. Good retention that leaves a thick collar and large spotty lacing.

S - Musty hops that are tropical and citrus. Malt comes through as sweet honey and there is a large rye aroma at the end.

T - Plenty of musty tropical hops with some bitter grapefruit and pine. Malt is clean and light with some honey sweetness. The finish is notes of rye and biter pine hops.

M - Medium bodied and dry. Good carbonation.

O - A terrific take on the IPA and one that I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 19:40:07 | More by Ri0
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CapnTrav

California

4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22 oz bottle purchased a week ago from alpine brewery to a ballast point tulip

A: pours a great light gold, very clear and with very minimal head. dissipated almost fully within 5 minutes of pouring

S: SUPER PINE. heavy dank. very fresh and almost a cheddar cheese cracker after-smell.

T: very fresh hop taste directly up front. fades into an almost baked parmasean cheese flavor. i dont know if its just me since i know this is a high rated beer yet i havent even read any other official descriptive reviews for it. almost like liquid goldfish crackers. which in my book is A-OK!

M: minimal. its very smooth and potent but not very viscous or thick. goes down very easy and doesnt linger too too much.

O: great beer. really enjoyed it after hearing how good it was!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:44:04 | More by CapnTrav
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koutkid41

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:28:56 | More by koutkid41
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BoardwalkBock

New York

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
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Surprisingly light yellow/orange color (thought it might be more cloudy & orange, based on smell). Relatively thin fluffy white head, which dissipated somewhat quickly. Lots of tiny bubbles, and good/sticky/even lacing throughout the quaff. On the nose, strong pine dominates over grapefruit/orange citrus notes. There is a distinct dankiness to the nose, which becomes all the more prominent upon first sip. As the beer settles and warms, the beer becomes more hoppy/piney/dank and less floral/citrusy on the palette, which is fine by me (that's how I like them, although a little more balance would be preferred here). Mouthfeel is full and coating. Alcohol burn is subdued until final points of the finish. All in all, I liked this very much. A very good example of West Coast style (reminds me a little of Sucks in that regard). Duet is better, but Nelson is a close second. Nice work, Alpine!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:50:08 | More by JohnParadee
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jjdc

District of Columbia

4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer looks stunning, like liquid sunshine in the glass. The nose is sumptuous with Sticky citrus notes of tangerine and grapefruit. The rye adds a dry backbone that is perfect complement to the juicy, tropical sweetness of the hops. This beer is perfectly integrated and balanced. As good as IPAs get. This is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:29:27 | More by jjdc
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pjkelley82

New York

4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review #400... and man a good one to review...

A- Beautiful . Hazy golden color. Nice head... great soapy lacing..

S- Simply put- the best hoppy beer I ever smelt... maybee it just tickled "my" fancy more than others..candied orange and mango, pineapple and guava. .. I can't even describe how damn good this beer smelled... there was something else in the smell that's hard to describe but simply when you smell it you smile... outstanding...

T-now my expectations are high and it did not disappoint....everything described In the smell is in the taste with a beautiful balancing showcase and nothing is too overwhelming but meshed together perfectly... bitterness and hops were present but again, nothing singled out another..

M-smooth and medium to light bodied with a great juicy aftertaste that begged you to keep sipping...

O- Best IPA out!...I swear by lunch (which is still world class imo):but damn you grze for getting me hooked on this beer...I drank it in a matter of 10 min. And that's pretty rare for me by myself.. but all I wanted was more... there is nothing left to say... you have to try this beer....

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:01:15 | More by pjkelley82
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zhanson88

California

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy straw color, with about 1/2" of white head that has decent retention and lacing. Not a bad looking beer, but it does not have quite the clarity that I have seen in other Alpine IPAs.

Smell: Light pale malt scents are evident, but that is quickly overshadowed by pungent tropical fruit dankness. Very nice.

Taste: Mirrors the smell. Nice, light malt backbone which adds a bit of sweetness but not too much. Then comes the hop flavors. Tropical fruit flavors shine, namely pineapple and mango. Very little bitterness, almost exclusively tropical fruit and dankness.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The beer has a light body with moderate carbonation, which is about right. Overall, the Nelson hops really shine in this beer. I love tropical fruit notes and limited bitterness in my IPAs, so I was a fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:45:13 | More by zhanson88
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dar482

New York

4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The color comes in a surprisingly bright hazy lemon yellow with a 2 finger white fluffy head. Almost looks like a wheat ale because of the haziness and yellow, almost like yellow Gatorade color.

The aroma has pungent juicy sweet grapefruit, orange, tangerine. A nice bready malt in there as well. Some mango and pineapple.

One could write paragraphs and paragraphs about this beer because of the complexity of flavors. The flavor follow with some bright floral, sweet melon, honey dew, sweet grapefruit. Then moves onto a hint of spicy rye, white pepper. Then a honey sweetness and lightly toasted bready malt. The finish has grassiness, astringent grapefruit pith, a bit of pine and resin. Mostly drying and some bitterness. There's a theme of white wine character with the sweetness.

The general theme of this beer is a hoppy grapefruit bomb with a gentle bready malt, light body, and fresh flavors throughout. Certainly one of the best IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 04:10:18 | More by dar482
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evanforbeer

California

4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours a pretty somewhat murky gold with silky/silvery white head

nose- what a nose. fresh grapefruit, earthy rye spice/ white pepper, buttery bread

taste- starts with floral and sweet grapefruit and tangerine and a dash of tropical fruit, turns crisp and deliciously dry as with rye- like white-peppery buttered rye toast, with a dash of lemon lingering throughout it. finish is fruity and a bit biscuity

feel- crisp, clean, hoppy, light-medium bodied, buttery, spicy

i love this beer! A fantastic IPA, and probably the best rye beer I've had. Darn near perfect

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:27:47 | More by evanforbeer
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie brought out a Nelson, Duet and a Pure Hoppiness a while back. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with good retention. Slightly cloudy amber yellow with some carbonation evident. Slowly fades to a healthy wisp and clings to the sides. Slight wisp and ring remain, leaving some very nice lacing down the glass. Similar to Duet but definitely lighter in color.

SMELL: Similar nose as well. Pale malts, light butterscotch, with honeydew melon and lots of grapefruits instead of the apricots in Duet. Piles of pine as well. Very piney. Bold and very enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts and honeydew melon up front, with some citrus, lots of grapefruit and piles of pine flavors at the swallow. Some buttery notes, butterscotch through the middle, into a piney and bitter finish. Bold and lingering finish of grassy pine, grapefruit bitterness and some sweet melon notes. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy enough, though a touch less than Duet, goes down nice and finishes very dry on the palate. Full and creamy enough, but a little too dry of a finish perhaps.

Really enjoyed this one, as I did all the Alpine hop bombs we had that afternoon. Perhaps my favorite all-around IPA brewer in the USA. Compared to Duet, this one was lighter in color and had more pine and grapefruit as opposed to apricot. Both are world class, however. Thanks again Doopie. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 08:34:22 | More by Jeffo
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ozzman54

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Happy to have tried this beer. Pour was nice and clean with a golden orange color. Smell was hop forward with some citrus orange and grapefruit. Taste was like the smell but lacking a little on the citrus flavors, nice and bitter with good carbonation. Mouthfeel was smooth but not something that left me craving more with each swig. After drinking this side by side with Duet, I felt like this was a bit lacking. All in all, great beer from Alpine and will likely try it again if I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 21:06:29 | More by ozzman54
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utopiajane

New York

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a delicate and brilliant gold with a faint orange hue when held to the light in the room. When held to natural light it is all golden yellow and with a faint greenish presence. Head is cottony, white, and fell slowly leaving spectacular and decorative lace.

The nose on this is delicate and floral. Bright citrus zest. It's grassy and has a bit of spicy rye. The malt is almost invisible on the nose except for a light clover honey. It has the scent of grape must on it. A sweet white grape with an earthy musk. As it warms it has a wine like nose that is deep and rich without any real heaviness or sugar on it. There's a bit of pineapple but it's very light. Sunny orange is lightly throughout but nothing you can pinpoint. It's ethereal this nose.

The taste is stellar. Impeccable clarity in the palate. It has the sweet presence of the white wine grape, with it's earth and instead of any acidity this beer offers a hop pungency and a tad bitter. The body of the beer is fantastically light. It is as light as water. The malt is but a breath underneath and you don't smell it or taste it but it has to be there. The rye gives it a bit of spice and a bit of an edge. Then that spice tickles the back of the throat as much as the delicate carbonation and that's how smooth it is. The light orange juicy quality of the fruit gives it a sweetness that's not overplayed to sugar. There is grapefruit but it's so delicate as to simply be a mouthwatering pleasure.

This beer is stellar. It's approach to the palate is lightness and grace. it dares you to taste it it's so light and then it hits you with an epic hop character that has every taste and aspect of hops. From grass, to a light herbal spice, juicy fruits, to a dry white wine like finesse. This finishes lightly dry and with much aplomb. Sublime.

Thanks Jay O'Rear.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 15:32:44 | More by utopiajane
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade from a generous dude. Thanks! Pours a beautifully clear light golden color with big fluffy white two finger head. Massive aromatics coming from this, with grapefruits, sweet honey, flowers, more citrus, some creamy sweet wine like aroma as well. Not like anything I have smelled. Flavor begins with a light sweetness on the tongue, and explodes into raw hops, grassy, grapefruit, honey, melons. A nice bitter pine on the way down. The flavor has a pleasant creamy mouthfeel, with sweet honey and big juicy hops. So light on the palate, with medium high carbonation. Up there with the best of them, especially in the single IPA category.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:29:31 | More by BMMillsy
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pimpinmidget

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to drbenzo for this one

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with about 1-2 fingers of white foamy head. Leaves nice lacing throughout the glass.

S: Grapefruit, Tangerine, Orange, mango, slight lemon quality. Some herbal spice and breadiness comes through. Really great aroma.

T: Wow! Big juice flavor. Same fruit flavors as on the nose, A little peach also that I did not pick up on in the smell. Nice hop bitterness is also present. Picking up a nice slight spice flavor that turns to a breadiness at the back end. Superb.

M: Nice medium body. Carbonation that is not too much, nor too little - just right. Has a dry finish to it that is really nice.

O: Again, huge thanks to drbenzo. He also sent me Duet and Pure Hoppiness. Of the 3, this is hands down my favorite. One of the best IPA's I've had. Since getting this bottle I have actively pursued more bottles. Outstanding. Seek this one out - you will not be let down.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 14:33:40 | More by pimpinmidget
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Light hazy orange color with some yellow as well. Good lacing. Small head hangs around.

Aroma: Just wonderful. Lots of citrus with some spicy rye character. Grassy notes as well with hints of white wine fruitiness and grapefruit. Very big aroma and everything works together perfectly.

Taste: The rye spice manifests itself quickly along with some of that same grassy character. Hints of tropical fruit and lots of grapefruit/citric peel flavors. The malt is light but the rye spice seems to tie everything together. Bitterness is assertive, but the beer remains super drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation seems slightly lower than most IPAs, though the beer is still well-carbed. Finishes dry with a lingering citrus peel bitterness and hints of stonefruit. This slightly diminished carbonation and medium body leads to a mouthfeel that borders on creamy at times.

Overall: More or less a toss-up between this and Hill Farmstead Susan as my favorite American IPA. The aroma almost keeps me from drinking this beer so I can just keep smelling it. Almost.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 15:40:04 | More by jacewg
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a light gold with mild haze, lots of visible carbonation, and 1 1/2 finger's worth of white fluffy head. Very pretty.

S: Tropical fruits, grapefruit, melon, lemon, grassy and a bit of dank and resin. I do feel like there's some white vinous character as well, but I don't know if that's just the power of suggestion from the label.

T: Tropical fruits, melon, a bit of spicy character; then citrus (lemon and some grapefruit). The resinous pine that I got in the nose doesn't appear in the palate. A light cracker malt lurks underneath the cacophony of hop flavors. Only mildly bitter on the hang for style.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Nelson's not always my favorite hop, but this is really quite enjoyable. Wonderfully crafted IPA. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:54:04 | More by macrosmatic
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw colored gold, foamy head settles to a comfortable pillow of fluff on the surface, tight lacing. Nose is cantaloupe, grapefruit, passion fruit, and pineapple hoppy aromatics, more pine as this warms, with spicy caramel malt in the finish. Taste is light melon, grapefruit and heavy pine, strong bitterness with a softer finish, light caramel malts and rye spice. Bright palate, mouthfeel remains light, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:31:40 | More by jbaker67
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AgentMunky

California

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Clear gold with minimal effervescence and a thin cap of white head. Scattered lacing.

S: Wet, piney hops. A touch of peach. Aggressively hoppy.

T/M: Tasty! Hm. Initially, I found it one-dimensional, but now I'm not sure. Perhaps the most impressive thing is just *how long* the taste lasts. The initial carbonation and piney-astringent hop burst dominant for several seconds, longer than some full tastes in other beers. This is what led to the initial impression of one-dimensionality. But then something interesting happens. The hops soften and sweeten into a fruit-like character that still reminds me mostly of peach, maybe pineapple. Though fruit is there, a vegetal/earthy character is even more dominant when the hops fade. This gently spicy sort of expansive, chewy beer lingers for a while on the aftertaste, and remains after both bitterness and fruit have faded. Mildly dry.

O: This is a delicious beer. One of my favourite hops. A little English-esque for my liking, but perhaps it's an older bottle? At any rate, highly recommended. Would have again. I've tasted better IPAs, but nothing quite like Nelson.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:47:50 | More by AgentMunky
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome white foamy head. Fluffy white head has great retention and nearly perfect lacing. Brew is light orange with lots of light yellows, moderately clear.

Very light and pleasant aroma. Apricots galore, light pineapple, almost like tropical fruit bubblegum. Very light, yet distinguished.

Light, creamy, full flavors, easy drinking, prickly-silk carbonation, well blended. Sweetness is non-existent same with bitterness. Bitterness starts in then is overwhelmed by creamy smoothness. Orange, pineapple, apricot, bready, oats.

Super drinkability, a fantastic offering from Alpine. As smooth of an IPA as I've ever had. Missing slightly with the aroma and slightly deeper flavors. A awesome brew nonetheless. Highly recommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 01:11:24 | More by chugalug06
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Major fail for no bottle date.

A: Pours a hazy dull orange. Enormous frothy white head. Great head retention with a huge island of foam. Widespread spiderweb lacing from top to bottom.

S: Crisp grapefruit and a dry white wine. I guess Nelson hops really earn their name. Lost of apricot as it warms. A nice sharp rye malt to follow it. Familiar cat urine aroma in all the right ways.

T: Lots of grapefruit and cat urine. LOTS of it. One of the strongest ever. Robust but not overpowering spicy rye follows it and seemingly amplifies it. Not hugely bitter but has plenty of hop flavor to go around. Kind of an astringent, mouth-drying feel through the finish. Interesting white wine flavor lingering between sips. Really has a pretty convincing aftertaste. As it warms, the white wine is more and more prevalent.

M: Nice medium bodied. Long lasting bitterness and dryness leaves a lasting impression.

O: Man, Alpine can really make them, can't they? Had Duet last night which was amazing. This isn't QUITE as good. Very good, very different, just not quite as amazeballs. Not super bitter like duet but still has that big strength and complexity of hop flavors. Rye malt adds a further layer and stands out a bit. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 02:56:46 | More by Dope
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bright, pale yellow - lemon-colored. Despite the bright appearance, it's thick and pulpy, almost completely opaque. One finger of perfectly white head, quickly fading, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit and sweet lemon. Hint of rye or spice, barest sign of clover honey or flower. Slightly delicate.

Immediately sweet, followed by a noticeable hoppy dryness, and then you're hit with a ton of fruit: ultra-sweet grapefruit, lemon, a hint of rind. The rye comes through in the finish, if at all. Very little malt balance, but still comes across as very smooth.

Alive and bubbly, but still a medium-light feel. You can toss it around with no foaming and no sting, although the carbonation makes you feel its presence. Lovely hop oil residue.

This should be up there with other single-IPA stalwarts such as Jai Alai and Flower Power. It is absurdly juicy, bright, and hoppy, alive, and yet eminently drinkable.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 21:07:28 | More by Roguer
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade, Thanks lookrider!
Poured out of a 22oz bottle

A: Light straw colored, hazy unfiltered goodness.
S: Tons of tropical fruit, followed up with some citrus and a little underlying bready malt sweetness
T: You're hit with a some sweetness up front, that turns into a citrusy bitterness at the finish.
M: Not super carbonated, but just enough to coat your mouth in bitter goodness. Dry finish makes you want to go back for another sip.
O: This is the closest to a Hill Farmstead pale ale/ipa that I have tasted. It was delicious. I had high expectations going in, but this surpassed them. Very solid effort. Wish this was distributed to MA.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 15:00:56 | More by Davepoolesque
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StrongAleSkeptic

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle fresh from brewery.
A - Pours a slightly unfiltered pale yellow with a thick foaming head with great retention. Decent pair of legs to stand on.
S - Rich, pungent, piny hops with an intense floral bouquet permeate the nose. Grain is represented by a nice biscuit overtone. Dry-hopping success! The New Zealand hop schedule is represented very well.
T - Delicious hop-forward presence that seems to be balanced by a nice, simple grain bill. Some citrus notes with contributions of grapefruit and lemon.
M - Textured, medium-bodied standard that is extremely quaffable. Bold but sessionable.
O - Alpine brewing is definitely one of the gems of San Diego county that unfortunately live in the shadows of the larger scale operations. This is a phenomenal IPA that I believe easily contends with the bigger So-Cal IPA's. Wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:27:55 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.