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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 779
Hads: 3,761
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 1,381
Gots: 568 | FT: 22
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OStrungT on 08-11-2006

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 nbbyrd
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber best by 24 May 2016. Poured into a tulip glass.
Look: A glowing tangerine, sunny yellow, with one finger of bright white pillowy head that fades rather quickly, leaving light sticky lacing. Looks gorgeous.
Smell: Tangerines and tropical fruits, slight dankness, sweet and juicy and dry white wine, crackery malt background supporting the lovely New Zealand Nelson hops.
Taste: White wine and ripe juicy green grapes, tropical fruits and citrus, tangerine and nectarine, grapefruit and wonderfully juicy juicy! You get a little bit of that dankness riding the sweet and light crackery backbone with a pop of rye spice that is so nice. The bitterness is so soft and balanced with the spiciness of the rye and juiciness that just makes my mouth water wanting more and more. Perfect representation of the Nelson hops.
Feel: Coats the mouth with a wonderful light/medium carb and medium body. Juicy sticky hop goodness that lingers with the soft bitterness that fades every so nicely. One of the best mouthfeels of a beer that I have had the pleasure to enjoy.
Overall: Absolutely wonderful. The taste is a pop of spice and juicy hops that is stronger than the subtle nose would suggest. A very pleasant surprise and treat of a beer to enjoy. I’ve had this on tap as well, but actually enjoyed it from the bottle much more.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours - Cloudy citrus juice golden color with thick white head that stays until almost the glass is gone great lacing.

Smell - The smell is not a pronounced as I expected but still amazing orange and grapefruit stand out as well as some pine notes.

Taste - The main things that stand out are orange grapefruit and a good hop flavor.

Feel - Very smooth light to medium body very clean and crisp.

Overall - An amazing beer that I would have again.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in a stemmed, tulip style glass. Coppery color and nice carbonated white head on the beer after the pour. Outstanding rye IPA. The golden rye adds a touch of spiciness to it really balancing it out, but then it hits you on the palate with all the hop goodness.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle best by 6/18/16.

Very impressive showcase of Nelson Sauvin, this beer is balanced by depth of flavor and lightness on the palate. The nose is pungent with fresh orange rind and pine resin. On the tongue is juicy orange, bitter grapefruit pith and a touch of resinous pine. The malt backbone is extremely light - just the way I like an IPA - but with that slightly spicy rye kick. So nice. The mouthfeel is light and pillowy with light, prickly carbonation. This beer drinks so easy, which is a shame because my 22 oz bottle kicked very quickly.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

GF or not, it is still outstanding. It's been a while since I've had a "real" Nelson, but i would never complain about this being in my fridge. Cheers!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, best by date May 24, 2016 printed on the label. My second beer from Alpine Beer Company, their highly acclaimed Nelson 'golden rye India pale ale'.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Bright juicy golden yellow pour, appears adequately carbonated with one finger of frothy white foam head that falls quickly and leaves spotty lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - A beautiful fresh bouquet greets the senses: fresh, juicy, fruity & floral. Fresh earthy pine hop flowers - mango, grapefruit, white grapes, peach. A very fresh & inviting aroma.

T - Flavor follows the nose: fresh, juicy, fruity, & floral. Crisp, earthy, grassy, piney. Fruity with notes of mango & grapefruit, white grape, peaches. Very juicy and fruity, thanks to the Nelson Sauvin hops. Very delicious stuff.

M - The feel is probably the best part of this beer - dangerously drinkable at 7.00% abv, this thing goes down like a 5.00% session IPA. Juicy & fruity. Floral, with perfect balance. The malts keep the hops from ever becoming too bitter.

Overall, an excellent fresh IPA. Very drinkable & refreshing. Highly recommended.

Alpine Beer Company Nelson -----4.5/5

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Photo of SovereignGood
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from BDBS in SD.

L: Pale yellow with some good carbonation and about a finger head. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as you sip.

S: Lots of citrus, orange rind, lemon, floral notes, pine, sugar, and I'm even picking up something that reminds me of banana.

T: A really clean IPA flavor with a nice balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

F: Medium to light body; suits a 7% ABV well.

Really like Nelson. Hopefully with the Green Flash takeover they can still produce the same quality that Alpine has been known for.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber with best by date exactly 60 days into the future. Not sure when this was born, but seems relatively fresh. Cloudy, golden hue with foamy, white head. Looks to be well carbonated.

Smells piney, with strong citrus notes. Grapefruit mostly. Mouthfeel is rather chewy and finishes dry. Clean finish, but not quite crispy. Flavors are bold grapefruit with some pine undertones. Really refreshing and clean ipa. No signs of the alcohol, just a lot of citrus and medium bitterness that grows to the finish.

Overall and excellent, easy drinking ipa. I haven't had a lot of the Alpine beers, but I'll be seeking them out.

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Photo of Beerdsley419
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pale yellow color, hazy, 1 finger thick sudsy white head that reduces into a the ring. Minimal lacing

S - smell is somewhat subdued but very pleasant. Biscuit, orange and grapefruit present with a dank hoppy background

T - grapefruit and orange come through amazingly well with a nice touch of biscuit, the hops really come trough this beer perfectly adding a dank, piney aspect that really goes great with the citrus. true to smell. Has some bitterness that is enjoyable

F - medium bodied, medium carbonated, good

O - This is a fantastic beer

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at a local (excellent) bar. The rye flavor was pretty good, but not outstanding. Ideally, a rye IPA is an excellent IPA with a just more kick. This tasted like a pretty good IPA with some rye.

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Photo of jspaner
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light, pale yellow color, with a thin layer of white head. Looks like cloudy apple or grapefruit juice. The smell is very fruity and bright, with citrus & slight mango aromas.
The taste is tart & well balanced with the slightly peppery rye flavor. The hoppiness is very nice, strong but not overpowering. There are notes of tropical fruits, but not much malt. The alcohol is well-masked.
The carbonation is moderate, with mild body. Smooth & well-balanced.
This is a delicious IPA. Easy to drink, tart, fruity, bright and very tasty. I highly recommend it & will seek it out again.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

January 14, 2016

16.6 oz. bottle, tulip

A – Medium gold, bright even though it’s mildly hazy. An inch of somewhat craggy, bright white foam sits atop the liquid, with long slow retention.

S – Grapefruit juice, a touch of kiwi, and lemon spritzer all contribute to a strong, dominant hop profile. Light, crackery malt with a bit of sourdough bread impression.

T – A whole lot of grapefruit, perhaps of the ruby red variety, with a light lemon note in the background. Flour/cracker malt profile. Bitterness comes and goes but is strong on the finish and aftertaste.

M – Slightly sweet and slick, not as sudsy/carbonated as it appears to be, though still moderate. Medium body. Bitterness rises and takes over on the finish. At no point is there any real balance are harmony.

O – Fantastic aroma and flavor, lacking in the mouthfeel. Never quite feels cohesive.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised to find a couple of these just hanging around the shelves in my local beer store. I picked one up to give it a try. Well worth it! Very good, west coast style IPA. Tropical, juicy, drank, and highly drinkable at a decent 7% ABV. Very similar to other beers I've had from them. I recommend Alpine.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good IPA. Not sure if I would describe it as a world beater, but I would definitely buy again. It's a little more bitter then I prefer, but I assume that must be th characteristics of the Nelson Sauvin hops. Has a definitely tropical, grapefruit taste going for it.

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Photo of Auraan
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a cloudy golden body with one finger of bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of an excellent IPA, very true to style. Scents of tropical fruit, especially tart passion fruit, a vinous dry white wine character, hints of mango and underlying notes of tart citrus with hints of lemon most noticeable alongside light tangerine and light vegetal hop notes and spicy rye malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a very nice rye IPA that showcases the best of the Nelson Sauvin hops along with the character of the rye. Bright and fruity describes it best. Flavor begins hoppy with notes passion fruit, oniony, vegetal hops, dry white wine, slight citrus peel and some spicy rye malt backbone. Middle continues vegetal flavors with passion fruit fading into the background, spicy rye and spicy hop flavors providing depth, lightly floral flavors and moderate notes of citrus peel. Finish is hoppy and dry with notes of vegetal hops, grapefruit peel, spicy hops and spicy rye malt and some light tangerine. Aftertaste is vegetal hops, grapefruit peel, spicy rye malt and light pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of an excellent Nelson Sauvin hopled rye IPA, bringing forth the best aspects of both flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent IPA, true to form. Overall this is an amazing IPA. It uses two of my favorite ingredients, rye and Nelson Sauvin hops to create a complex and rich IPA.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (drink by March, 2016) poured into Belgian ale glass

L: Nice cloudy amber, typical of good IPAs. Big foamy head, good retention, lots of sticky lacing.

S: More tropical than citrus, I think. Some light malt.

T: Mango, other tropical fruit, some grapefruit. Light malts. Bitter finish. Very little alcohol.

F: A little off-balance on the finish, not bad. Lightly carbonated, light to medium body, fairly dry finish

It's good. Not backflip good like I see from some reviews, but good.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this one. Poured into my Dogfish IPA glass. Golden and luscious, worthy of it's World-Class rating. A tad bitter which may be my only critique here but not significant enough for me to detract that much. A unique take which is pulled off very well. Must be due to the Nelson Sauvin hops.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, vibrant and golden. Two finger white pillowy head. Smell is magnificent OJ/Mango, right up there with Heady and King Sue. Taste is pine and peppery. Bitterness is good. Lovely beer would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a lasting thin head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of citrus (grapefruit) with a mild minty spicing.

The taste is of grapefruit, lemon, leafy with a soft cracker-like malt balance. Minty, dry finish.

It is smooth. Alcohol well-covered.

This showcases the Nelson Sauvin hops wiell with a nice minty touch.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma is all citrus.
T - Citrus, bitter grapefruit upfront, malty with more bitterness on finish.
M - Medium mouth feel, medium carbonation.
O - My 3rd Alpine beer in the last week. Very good, and a little different from most IPA's.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours straw gold with a slight haze under a sticky 1” foam cap that quickly recedes to a thick film.

S: An aromatic blend of hop aromas including citrus, grapefruit, fruit, and a hint of white wine lightly spiced with rye.

T: Rich malts, grapefruit and a bit of white wine lead a palate that finished with an assertive yet pleasant hop bitterness. Has a solid malt backbone with traces of rye and light malty sweetness. Well balanced with medium malt, hop flavors and bitterness.

F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation. The carbonation is very soft.

O: A flavorful, well balanced beer.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Moderately hazy golden-straw with a white head and visible effervescence. A bit of lacing

S: Big pungent tropical hop notes with some citrus behind them. Guava and passionfruit all the way, with lemongrass and puckering citrus notes of kefir lime and the like. Very balanced malt backbone taking the sideline, with the rye adding a hefty dose of spiciness.

T: More juicy tropical hop notes with very restrained bitterness, and some white wine character upfront. Just enough malt to keep everything in check, with a bit of rye character to boot, but otherwise decently dry. Relatively short finish for an IPA, but very pleasant and with more bright fruit, some bready malt and a little bit of grassiness at the very end.

F: Medium body with pretty moderate carbonation. The carbonation is very tight-knit, giving the beer a fluffy mouthfeel.

Overall: Quality tropical IPA, and very drinkable. The rye is restrained enough not to take the spotlight away from the superb tropical hoppiness.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

beer monger just got these for the holiday so I had to put in basket - pours a gorgeous golden orange deep hazy color with great foamy head that dissipates well smell is very tropical: ripe mangoes and clementines for a great citrus approach very little malt taste is taste you get that tropical taste and a definite rye background which i was surprised to be able to decipher taste continues to develop as the beer warms. feel is very appropriate for taste, holds it all together great carbonation level. overall a very good beer, would definitely get again.

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Photo of DudMan
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with nice head and lacing. Nice citrus grapefruit smell. Taste is grapefruit up front but mellows as it finishes. The rye adds a nice touch. Smooth. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Blond, cloudy, 1 finger of head and some slight lacing

S - grapefruit, hop juice, rye and spices

T - Citrus, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, and nice malty backbone

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - An awesome, well balanced IPA.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.