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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 1,339
Gots: 278 | FT: 16
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rayjay on 08-14-2006

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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4.95/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the brewpub in Alpine two weeks ago. This review's from notes.

Pours a clear deep gold, just a touch darker than straw, with a creamy, pure white head that lasts the whole glass and drapes the glass with lace trails. Gigantic hop aromas in the nose - lemony, NS white grape skin, some resiny bitterness, very potent. The taste is awash with hop flavors - citrus, white grapefruit, tropical fruit, white grapes, it runs the gamut. A crackery malt base shows itself here and there, but never gives any semblance of 'balance'. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium carbonation level and mouth-coating hop oils. The finish is long and very bitter.

This is a majorly hoppy and complex IPA. Nelson Sauvin hops taste amazing at this hopping rate. A must try if you get a chance.

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a finger of very dense head with a vigorous pour. Amazing retention and tons of lacing.

S: Lots of Nelson Sauvin hops upfront - I mostly get peach and musty grapey barn farm-like aroma. tough to describe, but very typical Nelson Sauvin. Maybe a touch of caramel sweetness, but the sweetness is mostly fruity.

T: Very interesting. The Nelson Sauvin hops again are very prominent. I get grapes and must first and foremost with some mango and citrus in the background. The hop/malt combination also allows for some great mango and vanilla sweetness. I typically dont like much sweetness in my IPAs, but this is certainly welcome. The bitterness is balanced and on the lower end. Complex and very well executed.

M: On the thick side with low, creamy carbonation. I've never really seen carbonation like this in an IPA - very soft. I very much enjoy it. It really helps the flavors come out of the beer.

O: I love this IPA. Complex, interesting, well put together, and balanced. One of the best I've ever had.

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4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 22 fl. oz bottle
Served in a pint glass
Acquired in a trade with stawn

The crystal clear, light amber body was topped by a frothy, bright white, two-finger head which faded to a lasting film. Thick streaks of lacing stuck along the sides of the glass.

Tons of hops in the aroma. Fruity and citrusy with strong notes of sweet ruby red grapefruit and tropical fruits. Some earthiness came through as well. A bit of spicy rye appeared as the beer warmed. Overall, rather intriguing.

The taste was impressive. Hoppy right off the bat. Crisp and citrusy. Tart and spicy rye notes appeared up front and intensified in the center. At this point, the hops became more earthy and herbal. The finish was piney, pithy and dry yet surprisingly balanced.

The mouthfeel was silky smooth and creamy. However, likes it's brethren Duet, this IPA could have a bit more heft.

Drinkability was notable. While super hoppy, this beer was surprisingly balanced. Furthermore, the alcohol was well buried.

I was skeptical as to how the addition of rye would work in a West Coast-style IPA but I was very satisfied with the results. The folks at Alpine really know how to make their hops sing.

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4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint.

A- Pours a cloudy gold with a 2 finger bright white head. Excellent lacing remains on the glass.

S- Citrus, floral hops, and some spices as well.

T- Some citrus (orange mainly) and pine. Has some spicy notes with slight peppery taste.

M- Medium body with lighter carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

O- Good IPA but not getting that vibrant citrus notes that I saw from a few other reviews. Never read reviews before I do my own, but was told that this beer could be off so wanted to see what I should expect.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (thanks sleepyhead!) poured into a tulip. Hazy straw color with a 1-finger white head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is a burst of bright grapefruit and juicy, mouth-watering orange. I could smell this all day long.

Taste follows nose: grapefruit, pineapple. This is a citrus bomb if I've ever had one. Simply delicious. And deliciously simple. Great, succulent mouthfeel too with a nice crisp finish.

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4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy grapefruit and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture with soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Very good brew.

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,499 ratings.