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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,595
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 1,361
Gots: 291 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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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Photo of sliverX
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Nightrain87
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of BeerBeast
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of jkball01
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Mersh
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dfillius
4.56/5  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

Photo of NooseJustice
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of younger35
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just received this brew from Masterski. I had a cup of this beauty at Darkness Day this year and it was fantastic. Glad to have a full bottle of my own. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip while watching San Diego vs. New York.

Appearance- Pours a light chill hazed golden yellow with a super fluffy bright white three fingered head. A fantastic cap and collar remain along with loads and loads of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Way more pungent than its little buddy I drank last night (Duet). Big and citrusy with quite a bit of grapefruit, green apple, tangerine and to a lesser extent, pineapple. Plenty of rye is easily discernable as it's earthy and spicy (wonder what % of the mash is rye?).
Taste- Starts lightly spicy with subtle earthy bitterness that rye brings to the table. The hops aren't near as fruity and citric as they smell but they do add another layer of bitterness. I don't know if the description on the bottle is leading me or I really got this myself but there is a slight vinous quality. White grapes and orange blossoms add that lightly fruity yet lightly floral taste that the hops bring. Really the beer is just about the nice harmony between the hops and rye because it's almost all I can taste.
Mouthfeel- Nice medium feel with that great spicy tingle from the rye and light yet crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Fucking fantastic. This is one of the easiest drinking, nicely balanced IPA's out there. It's somewhere between a single and double IPA to me and the amount of rye used is perfect. I've had too many rye brews where the rye is overbearing and too spicy/bitter. This one got it right. Great brew that's even better than I remember, thanks Alex!

Photo of match1112
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to ehammond1 for sending this!

a: murky dark orange body with a slow and steady rise of bubbles from the botton. head is dirty white and stands a half inch tall leaving a nice spider web of lacing as this beer goes down all too quick.

s: nice and mello nose to this one. aromas of grapefruit, spice, rye and a little caramel blend nicely.

t: wowza! this is incredibly good. burst of grapefruit up front is nicely smoothed over by the rye.

m: nice carbonation level. the rye gives this a med-full body. little dry and bitter on the finish but is amazingly well balanced.

o: awesome! i grew up stealing sips of rye whiskey from granddad and have had a love for rye ever since. this beer fills that need very well. so smooth and drinkable! can't get over how awesome this beer is. if you havent had it, you need to.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very unique IPA. Bright yellow/gold body with a fizzy white head. Tropical fruit and freshly mown grass on the nose really pop. The taste is balanced with bitterness and sweetness with a little bitter bite and a light spice from the rye. The carb is great for the flavors and the mouthfeel is just slick enough without being oily. Really well made and a great highlight of Nelson Sauvin hops.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Boston_Steve
4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of IndyDad
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the bottle into a Smuttynose snifter, this is burnt orange with a two finger white head. Very nice, clean looking beer.

S - Piney hops, some sweetness. Lemon and grapefruit.

T - Out of this world. One of the best. Sweet and juicy hops, decent malty backbone, but not over powering. Bitterness on the tongue.

M - Good feel, just what you would expect. Not over carbed, no alcohol. Excellent.

O - Great beer. Pretty easy to get in a trade, so it ranks very highly. Love the taste, look and smell of this beer.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head.

Scent of sharp, bitter hops, a hint of earth and a kiss of rye. Very hop focused, though the rye has a small presence, the hops steal the show.

Taste of dry earthy hops and some rye. Similar to the scent, but the rye is much more present here. The rye is coming through an almost poisonous amount of hops, I love it.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with decent carbonation.

Photo of scotv
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of chugalug06
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
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!!!

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color tinged with orange and a tight white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of big hops characterized by pine and grapefruit.

Tastes of a good dose of malt cut by hops. Malt has mostly caramel notes and a bit of spice from the rye. Hops have grapefruit, pine, and pineapple notes. Plenty of fruit notes add to the sweetness. A solid amount of bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and has a creamy amount of carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,595 ratings.