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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1697
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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augustgarage

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrived early to Blue Palms to watch the cask of this get put on - a large burst of carbonation was released when Brian drove a corkscrew into the shive (or whatever it is called) - a good sign. Served after sitting for 20 minutes (after about a pitcher of watery foam was poured off) in a 20oz nonic - mine was the very first of the evening!

This was an angry, laborious, frothing pint - a cautious hand pumping still took two glasses and several minutes (the barkeep certainly earned his tip this evening) to finally serve up a proper pour. Remarkable appearance - lacing initially even coated the OUTSIDE of the glass...opaque lemoncello colored body with two fingers of permanent dense creamy shock-white foam. Swirling leaves an avalanche of lacing, like rapidly melting snow...

The aroma grew in intensity as the glass made its way down the bar - it was more intense than many IPAs I've had even from several feet away. Pushed up to my nose, it is a perfect balance of hops and grain - floral and unique.

The rye is subtle but works exceptionally well against the hops. It serves as a spicy foil to the singular grassy blast of pine, citrus, and pepper that the hops embody (they are all of these things yet none of these things). What a uniquely savory brew (I almost get notes of cheddar - and not in a bad way!) - grapefruit and lemon zest, pomelo, fennel, orangsicles, custard, white pepper, persimmon, mango - one could go on...and yet everything is very mild and well integrated into a whole. Quite different and tasty...

Thick, creamy, yet still light bodied, the mouthfeel would be perfect except for a slight chalkiness - a large amount of sediment rests on the bottom of the glass when it is nearly empty - excellent if you enjoy unfiltered brews.

Slightly spicy finish, with lots of fruit on the palate - on cask this is right up there with Sculpin for me in terms of drinkability.

Very well done and luciously fresh - don't miss it if you get the chance to sample this beer in this modality....

Serving type: cask

11-07-2009 05:41:45 | More by augustgarage
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Alpine on 4/2/14

A-Pours a light tangerine hue with a nice, 1.5 finger frothy white head that leaves decent lacing on the way down.

S-Grassy, Citrus, tons of grapefruit, mixed with light sweet fruits.

T-Bready and a tad spicy that leads into lots of citrus, blood orange, tangerine, grapefruit and has a nice bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O-This was wonderfully complex and balanced and one of the best IPAs i’ve ever tasted, bar none.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 20:10:06 | More by reebtaerG
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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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UAhobbes

California

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nelson, to me, is easily one of the best IPA's I've ever had. I'm a big hop head who loves hop-forward beers. Not only is this beer incredibly well balanced, its fruity characteristics give it that respectable nudge into the elites.

If something terribly wrong occurred where one could only choose one brewery to drink from... Alpine would be the one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 00:03:39 | More by UAhobbes
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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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BucannonXC5

California

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.50
Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with one finger of off-white head. Good amount of sporadic spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention.

Smelled grapefruit, pine, orange rind, citrus hops, floral hops, spices and resin hops.

Tasted grapefruit and initially it reminded me of a toned down Pliny the Elder. Pine, resin, citrus, orange rind, tangerine and light caramel malts, all in a pretty bitter form.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, bitter, citrusy finish.

This beer lived up to the hype. Just fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 06:31:11 | More by BucannonXC5
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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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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Received with about half a finger's worth of head. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which appears as a dull straw when held up to the light. Head dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is minimal.

Nose- Lots of citrus, mostly orange and lemon. Some tropical fruits, mainly mangoes. Some peach. Not much else in the way of other IPA aromatics. No real pine or resin. Swirling reveals some caramel and matchstick.

Taste- Starts off with the fruit of the nose and runs with it. There is definite peach and other stone fruits which taste a little green. Some orange and lemon followed by a nice bit of spice from the rye. Definitely a welcome change from the typical pine and resin back of most IPAs. Light melon, light pine and resin on the finish. Seems like it will be a very tasty beer once it warms up a little bit. Some mustiness, even a little bit of musk that pairs with the melon aspects. Pepper, some pumpernickel or rye bread. Grain notes. A tiny bit of earwax on the finish. Definitely a really good beer but I don't know if it deserves its high ranking. It is growing on me as I continue to drink it. Some notes of caramel and honey. Some floral qualities as well. Some tendency to savory notes. Really good to great at this points. Some grapefruit, tropical fruits (papaya and mango). Alpine really has IPAs on lockdown.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation. At the moment it's a bit much for me but maybe it will mellow out.

Drinkability- Very subtle but has tons of complexity. Seems to more of a Pliny the Elder type of IPA. Six bucks for a pint of a beer that doesn't come to Oregon seems reasonable.

Overall- Really good to great beer that owes a lot to its mix of subtlety and complexity. Lovely use of rye to create a malt bill which not only contrasts the fruitness of the hops but interacts with it. Pretty much a great beer. Definitely worth a try. Very accessible IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 02:06:38 | More by artoolemomo
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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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FlyingBull

California

4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Alpine. I really enjoy going there. Not fancy - just down to earth with good people, food, and beer.

The pour was totally filled the glass leaving only a skim of white foam on top. No problem though - I appreciate the full pour. The beer was a clear gold/yellow color showing lively carbonation. The aroma was very citrus to me - grapefruit and orange, backed up by some fruitiness. I could also pick up nice pale malt. The taste was a nice balanced Nelson hop flavor with pale malt. The mouth feel was medium body with nice lively carbonation.

This beer is a very good example of a beer with Nelson S. hops. I generally am not a big fan of that hop but I fully enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2013 23:52:03 | More by FlyingBull
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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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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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