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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 1,152
Gots: 152 | FT: 11
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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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-15-2014 11:27:16 | More by Gotti311
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split 22oz bomber, served in pint glasses

A - light gold in color, hazy. light and fluff yet ample head...spotty lacing.

S - insanely citrus. almost like Tang. freshly squeezed oranges, grapefruit, lemon rind, pineapple. a little bitter but very sweet and floral. great sniffer.

T - huge rush of grapefruity sweetness and bitterness, quite juicy. grassy in the middle with some floral notes, light buttery caramel malt throughout. lightly soapy at the finish.

M - medium bodied, very oily and slick. carbonation is ample and lively.

D - very nice, and unique, IPA. easily the strongest citrus notes (especially in the nose) I've ever come across, great aromatics.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 03:56:01 | More by Stigs
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

01-19-2013 19:00:40 | More by ChrisPro
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-29-2014 20:23:25 | More by standardcherry
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-15-2013 01:45:16 | More by kbuzz
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-01-2013 14:56:57 | More by IndyDad
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-09-2014 15:08:56 | More by dkw0063
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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-15-2013 00:27:05 | More by HumanParaquat
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.3%

07-07-2013 22:52:53 | More by Anonymous1
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Colorado

5/5  rDev +12.1%

05-02-2013 23:44:21 | More by ucsbmullet
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-19-2014 13:46:02 | More by scotv
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California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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New Jersey

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brycevolk

Ohio

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04-29-2013 13:10:34 | More by brycevolk
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another lovely Cali bomber gathered from teh internets.

Appearance - Copper-hued brew with a fluffy mound of virgin white head. Lovely...

Smell - To me, this smells uncannily like an english muffin with butter and orange marmalade...

Taste - Much less of the sweet citrus, more bitter rind. Again with the buttered bread. Spicy rye toward the back end along with some grassy, vegetal taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a tasty beer! My experience with rye beers is limited, as is with the Nelson Sauvin hop varietal, and I have to say this beer has piqued my curiosity in both. The beer seemed to disappear as if by magic. So well rounded, with flavors that are completely foreign to me (The buttered bread, I'm telling you!).

I found this to be a very exciting and supremely drinkable brew. The fact that Alpine doesn't distribute in my state is unfortunate as this could have easily become one of my go-to beers...

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 20:24:20 | More by yeahnatenelson
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sloelco

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-26-2013 17:27:07 | More by sloelco
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POTABLE83

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

02-24-2014 22:14:20 | More by POTABLE83
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theminutemen

Missouri

5/5  rDev +12.1%

09-01-2012 19:38:53 | More by theminutemen
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Pecan

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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alcstradamus

Washington

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown/gold pour with a finger of head that leaves some webby lacing.

Smell is a nice punch of pine and floral hoppiness and noticeable rye bread. Balanced fairly well between the malt and hops yet still packs a punch.

The taste is also very well balanced for an IPA, yet still very flavorful. The addition of the rye was a great choice to help tone down some of the palate crushing bitterness that usually comes with this much hop flavor, and add a nice malty complexity. Hops are still #1 here though, and they pack a juicy mix of citrus, pine, and floral notes.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very oily. Lower levels of carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. Alpine is great at packing a ton of hop flavor into a beer yet somehow keeping it balanced and complex. This is a perfect example of that prowess.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 23:21:01 | More by alcstradamus
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MisterClean

California

4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at south bay drugs.

A - Poured copper golden with 2 fingers of white head. Dissiaptes moderately and left little lacing.

S/T - Rye, roast toffee, grapefruit, citrus and resiny pine. Lots of resinousness.

M - Moderate in body, hop-dominated and finishes smooth. Something is a little off in this beer. The combination of hops give the finish a somewhat chalky mouthfeel.

D - Good overall. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:51:05 | More by MisterClean
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served into a globe glass

Pours a frankly not-pretty yellow-brown color. It looks murky and muddy. It looks like it is _actually_ muddy. When held to light you can make out an orange core though the haze. I got one finger of white head from this pour with some sticky lacing that salvages the score a bit.

Lots of grapefruit on the nose in addition to white grape. The fruit is lively and light; the smells dance around before quickly yielding to the malt backbone. The unique spicy quality of the rye is immediately discernible. I have to consider the possibility of this bomber being old. As is, the aromas are not as hoppy and dank as other rye IPAs like Founders Red's Rye or Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye.

The beer doesn't taste old (though it clearly isn't fresh either). The hops are immediate and strong. Lots of citrus zest and overripe grapefruit come from the Nelson Sauvin hops. There is a woodsy, vinous quality that splashes the middle of the tongue for a brief moment on each sip. The rye flavor appropriately dominates the barley sweetness. Rye's kinda sour, kinda savory, kinda spicy flavor has been proven time and again to be a great match for hoppy beers, and this brew is no exception. The rye and hops blend seamlessly from the beginning of the drink til long after you've swallowed. The bitterness on the aftertaste is tempered by rye taste, creating a dryness more than anything that invites a new sip.

All that rye means that Alpine Nelson is medium bodied, which I suppose is for the best. The carbonation level is remarkably on-point. It doesn't look like it would be very active, but on the tongue this is one prickly beer, which facilitates the flavors nicely. And at 7% ABV this is a bomber that one drinker will have zero difficulty finishing.

I'd bet that this beer is incredible when fresh. In the state that I had it, it has to settle for really, really good. I wish this were in six-packs and more importantly I wish I could buy it in Missouri. This beer is a great companion for a evening of drinking, the body is nice for a chilly evening that happens to coincide with a hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 04:38:27 | More by Reaper16
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,934 ratings.