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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,039
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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11-17-2011 01:20:15 | More by rbrefbeerman
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

12-14-2013 20:29:14 | More by aquazr1
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

11-20-2011 16:57:59 | More by Rempo
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3.68/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber with a rising white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a nice ring of lace with each sip.
Smells of some nice citrusy, grassy hops. There's a nice, sweet malt backbone to support the hops. Nothing is overpowering or overwhelming, just a nice sipping IPA.
Feels rich and creamy and leaves a lingering sweet residue. Well done for an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 18:37:54 | More by kirok1999
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

08-30-2012 19:53:18 | More by Tom-Peters
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-01-2013 01:41:26 | More by TKEbeerman
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-14-2014 12:11:17 | More by patm1986
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-05-2012 23:47:28 | More by marine1975
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-01-2013 19:02:32 | More by eulerthegrape
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4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is gold and straw-colored. Very pale and pilsener-like. It sports a nice 2-finger creamy white head. I get some nice notes of lemon, orange, pine, and cedar on the nose.

Crisp and light-bodied, almost like a hopped-up American Pale Wheat Ale, but somehow retains a nice, creamy feel. The flavors are very well-balanced, but hoppy enough so that you don't forget this is an American IPA. Up front I get some orange marmalade, lemon zest, and a nice cracker-like graininess. Flavors of grapefruit come in at mid-palate. Not sure if I'm getting any of the rye. If I am, then it's very subtle. Right in the back of the mouth, there's a nice pineapple and apricot-like sweetness that joins the bitterness on the finish. The finish is dry and lingering, but this is in no way a palate-wrecker. Very, very refreshing and well-balanced. Not a trace of booziness.

I got this beer in a trade (thanks ThaFATkid!) and I'm glad it was included. Those West Coasters really know how to make a good IPA. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 11:55:41 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

08-02-2012 05:48:44 | More by gpawned
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5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy light golden yellow color. It boasts a huge thick fluffy white head, with a slight yellow tint. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a strong citrus hop aroma. It smells of lemon, and orange. It smells slightly sour also. A slight piney aroma is present.

This beer tastes slightly sour. Not like a lambic, just subtly sour. It has a citrus flavor. Orange is dominate, with some lemon mixing in. Some piney hops are present, but only slightly. The rye flavor is quite appealing.

This beer is very smooth. It is also very crisp and refreshing. It leaves a citrus aftertaste. Almsot a lemonade like aftertaste, just not as sour.

I think that this beer would make a good session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, at 7.2%, but it is very well hidden. I could drink this all day long. Since I have a growler, I probably will.

Overall: As usual, I am not let down with Alpine Beer Company. This is another winner to add to the list of great Alpine brews.

Serving type: growler

08-11-2006 20:55:24 | More by OStrungT
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from zrab11 (sweet freakin extra!). No dicernable bottling info. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours hazy straw yellow with a vague peach hue and a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Maintains a very thin layer of wispy froth that laces quite well.

Smells of tropical fruits. Mango, peach, mandarins and a little bready sweetness. Mouth wateringly good and both my wife and I can't get enough.

Taste is a fruity explosion. Mandarins, peaches, grapefruit zest, mild mango, floral honey, a hint of berries, some faint cracker and a slight tinge of rose wine. Virtually no alcohol presence. Very nice.

Slighy slick, medium light body with bubbly soft carbonation. Bittersweet, lingering floral and citrus finish.

A delicious and easy drinking showcase for the Nelson Sauvin hop. Fruity and hop forward with just enough malt to add a touch of sweetness and a little body. An excellent single hop IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh Nelson how I've longed for thee. Last time we met was not soon enough.

A: Pours a hazy and sort of dull golden straw pale hue that clears up around the edges. Its incredibly light in body visually...almost like a 2nd runnings brew. First pour just had a fizzy little head but the next produced a much more pronounced fluffy white foam with just grips of lace down the glass.

S: Grapefruit nose with some soft pines. A sort of tart and fruity yeast ester and a definite champagnesque aroma. Like that of white wine grapes. Very perfumey and floral aromatics.

T: Taste follows suit to the aroma. Big grapefruit and pine hop bursts up front with that signature Nelson white wine grape nuance. Slightly sweet with some caramel malts and the rye is there but it's very subtle for me. Really seems to give a nice dry component that catapults the hop flavors. So light a brew and insanely hopped. Subtle notes of passion fruit even. Finishes dry, crisp and so refreshing. More please!

M: Very light in body with a slight sticky sleekness to the tongue and a definite hop bitterness that puckers out the cheeks.

D: Amazingliy light in body with a refreshingly dry crisp hoppy punch. If you seek that hop zing that just hits you in the mouth Nelson will deliver.

Definitely one of my fav IPA's at the moment. I find myself just wanting more and more Nelson and apparently I am not alone. Different from all the rest and a great high water marker for what this hop can do. Had some Nelson on cask at the PP Real Ale Fest and it was hands down one of the top selections of the day!


Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 23:43:47 | More by Nugganooch
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-14-2014 01:00:06 | More by Modernrickk
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear golden yellow, with a finger of foamy bubbly, off-white head. Head leaves a thick lacing as it slides back into the glass, with many large bubbles staying at the surface of the beer. Some light carbonation is visible.

Nose is really interesting. Sweet fruitiness, but unlike any of the other fruity hops I've ever smelled before. Sweet white grapes, white peaches, then a bit of spiciness from the rye and light biscuit malts. Really nice and complex aroma.

Taking a sip, a bit of the white wine characteristics comes through, fruity but slightly astringent, earthy bitterness, some lemon peel, then a wash of spicy malts. Finishing fairly clean and crisp, with just a slight hint of lingering spiciness from the rye on the back of the tongue.

Light bodied, well carbonated with enough small bubbles to scrub your tongue clean without too much irritation. Very easy to drink beer, and a very unique flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 02:29:29 | More by nataku00
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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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