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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,037
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,185
Gots: 172 | FT: 13
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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Hugonaut13

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-02-2012 03:26:06 | More by Hugonaut13
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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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ricecracker420

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

03-30-2014 06:22:15 | More by ricecracker420
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to grilledsquid for this one, and what an awesome hoppy beer!

A: Hazy golden color, opaque in the center of it and clearer on the sides. A small white head with awesome lacing.

S: Yes! Awesome hop aroma. Huge grapefruit and grassy hops with a definite note of wheat. Even more citrus comes through after the initial blast.

T: hop bite in front, really good grassy sugary center with a bittersweet end. Lots of citrus and rye wheat malt, the rye really platforms the hops well making an overall very fresh tasting hop profile even if its just a single hop. Clean, fresh, and sweeter than the aroma implies, and great.

M: Medium, dry rye, nice.

D: Very good refreshing beer thats very good. Would definitely be in my rotation if I could buy it regularly. Will look to get this, and other alpine hop beers again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 00:10:31 | More by Dreadnaught33
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-18-2013 20:18:24 | More by rowingbrewer
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PopnLoads

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

09-19-2012 21:50:51 | More by PopnLoads
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mjtiernan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-15-2011 05:32:06 | More by mjtiernan
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was blown away by this one, big surprise.

Appearance: Translucent, honey drenched straw hay yellow. Great head and lacing. I perk up a bit and look forward to the bouquet.

Smell: Big juicy grapefruit, pine, orange, and pineapple.

Taste: Just enough malt for an IPA, along with pineapple, grapefruit, pine, pine resin, orange zest, apricot, tangerine, and white grapes. This stuff is delicious. Please put it in six packs.

Mouthfeel: Perfect light body and carbonation, tickles the tongue without any annoyance.

Drinkability: Disappeared way too fast, I wish this was a growler, not a bomber. Every time I reach for an IPA I will wish it was a Nelson.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 03:22:17 | More by craytonic
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-10-2014 22:58:46 | More by jkball01
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden-orange in color with a good-sized off-white and fluffy head that doesn't want to go away. When it does, a craggy lace is left behind. Nose involves a nice big hit of citrusy hops and a slightly sour earthiness in the background. Smooth and malty going down and wrapped in more citrusy hoppiness with a few sour candy notes in the middle. Well-balanced and quite tasty brew, and there's not much more you can ask for than that.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:00:23 | More by stephens101
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rawfish

California

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Agitated the bottle to stir up the yeast. Poured into a pint glass, smooth pour nets a small white one inch head over a slightly hazy gold orange body. Average retention and beautiful curtains of lacing.

Tropical fruit and citrus busting at the seams. Doesn't fill the room like some other IPAs but it's so exotic and inviting. Spicy and dry grains, floral grapefruit with mango, soft apricot and ripe papaya.

Malts leave a very indistinguishable profile, slightly bready and simple, hops are grapefruit, lemon pith with some pine backing and bright, a shift from the tropical and floral aroma but excellent. Finish is drying and a bit spicy from the rye.

Mouthfeel is perfect, medium-light body with adequate carbonation that is a smooth drink, just as smooth as Duet without any noticable alcohol. Finishes bone dry, and peppery with just a bit of stick.

Amazing IPA, aroma is only matched by the likes of Sculpin and Double Sunshine while the flavor is integrated well, a balance of hops and malt that's ideally drinkable. Alpine knocked it out of the park with this beer. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:09:27 | More by rawfish
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jjayjaye

New York

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a nice loose foamy white head that fades slowly leaving a good amount of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is off the charts!!! Really enjoyable aggressive fruity grapefruit orange resin character. Full flavored, the grapefruit taste bursts out and pretty much hides the rye-factor. However, I do sense that the rye is adding to the mouth feel and seems to extend the impact of the resin aftertaste. This is one heck of a nice drinker. Very enjoyable; reminds me some of Pliny. Huge thanks to radshoesbro for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 21:31:35 | More by jjayjaye
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pwoods

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My original review was definitely from a bad bottle. I've since had it a few times and this might be the best IPA out there. The Nelson hops are fucking outstanding and Alpine definitely knows how to make an IPA.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a hazy grapefruit skin color. Large hiss when opened... infection? Still get about 2 fingers on an easy pour(infection... maybe, maybe not), pearl white with good retention. Pretty good lacing.

S: Lots of citrus and pine. There's a sharpness that could be either infection or a sharp spiciness from the rye. A bit of malts in the back but not much sweetness. Hmm...

T/M: Mild bitterness. Still plenty of citrus and pine. There is that sharpness that could definitely be an infection, but it could also be a spiciness from the rye.... really not sure. Not much sweetness from the malts which could be an infection fermenting what the regular yeast can't... and the carbonation is high which leans in that direction as well. I still don't know, though. It's definitely odd to say the least.

D: ABV is reasonable. Kinda of a chore to drink from the high carbonation and what might be an infection.

Alpine should send me another bottle so I know if it's an infection or not :)

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 05:09:54 | More by pwoods
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
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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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Half-finger white head, light golden-yellow color, good carbonation, okay lacing

S: Very appealing aroma, a lot going on here with the nice blend of hops and fruit smells, grapefruit and other citrus, pine

T: Sweet, some spice, pleasant hops then very nicely balanced with malts (specifically rye)

M: Very smooth, medium-bodied, good carbonation, appealing aftertaste

O: Very good IPA, extremely drinkable and tasty

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 05:56:26 | More by derkfromwi
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dfillius

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1.5 fingers of thick creamy head with tremendous retention. Hazy golden-orange is the perfect IPA color. Perfect.
S: Intense tropical fruit with some catty Sauvignon Blanc after-aroma. Sauvignon Blanc aroma is interesting but slightly less than desirable.
T: Oddly "flat", maybe old? (edit: or maybe it came from those flat batches coming out of Alpine?). No date on bottle, but store employees say there is a 2-week turnover on these guys. Bought at Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Earthy with some tropical fruit bitterness following and then maybe banana and cream. Kind of yeasty, funky aftertaste, and maybe some cardboard as the only negative. Different than other IPAs and good.
M: Interesting creamy, then intensely bitter for a moment. A small bit astringent.
O: Very good. I had no problem drinking 22oz. I'd buy again and order another.

Edited on 12/27/13 after trying on draft at brewery. Increased rating from 4.15

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 00:10:51 | More by dfillius
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this from Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego, around $6 if I remember correct.

A: Light amber in color with a smallish stark white head, approximately 1/4" worth, might be the fault of the glass though. Recedes to practically nothing. Excellent clarity. Some very nice lacing.

S: Really resinous pine, big time pine bomb on this beer, holy shit, I guess crushed spruce needles would be the best descriptor. The white wine, as described on the bottle is also a nice note. Below that is a nice blend of caramel and also a bit of a grainy rye bite to it as well. Absolutely in love with the smell, not a 5, but definitely a solid 4.75.

T: Smell follows the nose to an uncanny level, the smell is so thick that smelling it is like drinking it. Definitely have some white wine characteristics, pine, grapefruit rind is very prevalent. Grainy bite of rye and some caramel malts, this one is growing on me, didn't like the first sip but its interesting. Pretty hard to decide if I love or hate this beer, in all honesty each sip is a different experience. There's something somewhat off in the flavor. Still though, incredibly tasty, all the flavors are there, just picking up something weird here.

M: Mouthfeel is spot on with this beer, excellent thickness, just a hint at some alcohol heat, they got this one right on the nose here.

D: Still not totally sure about this one, its in the range of beers that I would probably drink again but it is incredibly odd. Rye and the nelson sauvin hops are a very unique flavor for me for some reason, for tonight this 22oz sample will be more than enough. Hands down the most unique IPA I've had in some time. I wish I could figure out what the one funky flavor is, its something familiar to me, but I can't place it. Definitely interesting, and very glad to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 06:27:29 | More by pokesbeerdude
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-15-2011 02:52:28 | More by plumcrazyfx
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MastaShonuf

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

09-18-2013 06:50:49 | More by MastaShonuf
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CityofBals

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

01-31-2013 23:29:10 | More by CityofBals
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of rmjavanut...thanks Ryan!

Split three ways while inexplicably waiting for the Kentucky Derby. Hazy orange pour, retains head throughout, with a nice lacing as she disappears. Very appealing in the glass.

Smells delicious. Orange marmalade is striking, like sticking my nose in a jar of citric jelly. Some pineapple and white grapes along with a light spiciness finish it off. Still very appealing.

Tastes follow the smell, especially up front. There is a wine like quality that runs through the end of this beer that, though unexpected and different, does not detract. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly viscous, and appropriately carbonated.

Very enjoyable and highly drinkable. I'd like to drink this often.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 22:09:38 | More by BarrytheBear
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-28-2014 00:52:05 | More by CGMLS3
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dwagner003

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-27-2013 16:04:06 | More by dwagner003
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-14-2011 14:53:36 | More by sideshowe
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-07-2012 11:10:19 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,037 ratings.