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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 781
Hads: 3,773
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 1,373
Gots: 572 | FT: 23
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OStrungT on 08-11-2006

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 MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Im not much of a hop guy but I found this beer extremely enjoyable. The hop aroma and flavor were very crisp and fresh and the taste was good without being over the top bitter.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber drink by 3/21/16. Pours pale and a bit hazy with a 1/2 finger head. Thin lacing down the sides. Nose is spicy and citrusy. Taste is like drinking grapefruit juice. There's also some smokiness on the back of the tongue, which is interesting. Finish is quite dry. The bitterness lingers. Feel is relatively light. Overall, a pretty good citrus forward IPA. However, I'd like to have a little more malt to balance the bitterness.

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Photo of tlema1
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: cloudy, straw color, fluffy white head
S: tons of citrus
T: grapefruit, low bitterness, clean finish
F: light body
O: damn fine brew, easy drinking and delicious

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Photo of OsoRojo
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stunninging good! Pored from a Green Flash bomber with an Alpine label on it, love that! I'm a rye lover, and a Nelson Sauvin hop lover, so this beer is a speciality right up my alley. A beautiful burnt smokeness prevades. Going to make sure and get more of this West Coast premium classic.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very devolving beer appearance wise. very light in color almost like a blonde but the taste packs a delicious bite of hopps. One of the best IPA's I've had. Super refreshing!

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nectar of the Gods! So beautiful in the glass. I had heard a lot about Nelson and it lived up to the hype for me.Like Champagne in a glass. This is delicate and refined at the same time. One of the most well crafted beers I've tried.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***Green Flash Version***

Pours a hazy peach color with 1 finger of white pillowy head.

Aroma is of bright citrusy hops, tons of hop floralness, pure grapefruit essence, and a touch of grape must.

Taste is a pretty immediate punch of bitterness. This is closely followed by floral, earthy hops. Clearly tons of hops go into this beer; it’s a hop explosion. While I get the white wine characteristics, they are melded well with the other flavors. Nice bit of carbonation. I will say that the earthy hops and bitterness are the predominant flavors. The finish is extremely dry with bitterness lingering for a bit after consumption.

Overall, this is a good beer. I would love to compare it to a beer actually brewed by Alpine for comparison. I unfortunately found it to be a bit too much in terms of the floral hops. I would love for more of the white wine character to shine through and a bit more citrus as well. Still very good regardless! This is a special occasion beer for my nursing pinning. I see this pairing well clams and chorizo in a spicy white wine broth. It gets a 87/100. I hope to try the real version soon!

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Photo of jancona
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at 2SP Newark, DE - pours a cloudy golden orange with white foam - minimal lacing. First taste was papaya and grapefruit - very juicy and delicious. As it warmed the malt backbone increased and masked the fruit a bit. Overall a nice brew.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap
L: Vibrant neon yellow to orange. Finger of head with some lacing
S: Citrus (tangerine, lemon, orange) along with sweet bready malt
T: Malt flavor comes right away. That is followed by citrus (tangerine, lemon, orange) and some herbal notes
F: Medium, creamy mouth feel
Overall this a good IPA, which surprisingly had a lot of malt character to it

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Photo of KMachHops
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite offering from Alpine. Always loved on draft and bottles, but this is with the Green Flash bottles. Best by date: 21 MAR 16F15284.
Look: Tons of soapy bubbles and golden murky copper. Just the way I like it.
Smell: Clean, citrus, and floral.
Taste: Refreshing and follows the nose. Slightly peppery finish.
Feel: Perfect carbonation and the most pleasant bite of bitterness.
Overall: Green flash got this down right. I would not listen to the haters. Just as good as Alpine made in the past.

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Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 3/22/16. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy and cloudy pale golden. Looks like juice. Creamy white head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are great. Very tropical. Lots of pineapple and ripe mango. Very fruity. Some fresh berries in the mix too. The flavors are very crisp and clean. Lots of leafy hop notes. Very floral and earthy. More pineapple. More berries. Hints of fresh pine. Hints of mint in the mix as well. The rye very present, especially in the finish. Dry stuff. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. Very refreshing.

I really like this. This is possibly the best "Rye IPA" I've ever had. I've also had a ton of IPAs with a similar hop profile, but Nelson really follows the aromas with great flavors. Great stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - hazy, straw yellow with flakes of floating sediment. Medium white head that leaves little lacing.
Smell - bright citrus and tropical fruit dominate the nose!
Taste - grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon flavors power a hop forward masterpiece!
Feel - medium to light body with a zesty carbonation tickle.
Overall - not sure how much a 6 pack or a bomber of this typically runs, but $8/pint is a bit of a flick to the nuts.

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Photo of MacPhergus
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly cloudy, light look; head medium, disappears quickly. Aroma of, what else, Nelson hops - trip fruits. Taste is top notch, no off anything, just pure WC IPA. Body just right at 7% ABV.

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Photo of emyers
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. Best by date March 21, 2016

Pours cloudy pale gold color with a half-inch white head. Slight lacing.

Smell is bursting with pungent, juicy grapefruit hops. One of the best pure grapefruit hop aromas I've experienced. A touch of the rye spiciness comes through in the nose.

Taste is practically identical to the nose - huge grapefruit citrus flavors along with some pine and a nice peppery character from the rye, which balances the hops perfectly without getting in their way at all.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium-high carbonation with an extra lingering bite from the rye malt.

Everything you want in a classic west coast IPA grapefruit-bomb with an added dimension of rye. One of the best IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle. Pours golden with finger head, good retention. Taste is classic west coast grapefruit hops with outstanding light malt sweetness balance. Finishes with a touch of peppery rye. Medium to thick mouthfeel, way soft and slippery. This brew is friggin delish, hoping bottles show up here eventually now that Alpine is under Green Flash.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - One of the most beautiful IPA's I've ever had the pleasure of pouring... Glowing golden in color with a medium amount of white head and lacing that sticks as you drink.
Smell - Pine, rye, and bitter hops, citrus.
Taste - Amazing. The rye is not overwhelming and is in pretty even balance with the hops... they combine to deliver a delicious, citrusy flavor with plenty of bite. Pretty intense for 7%abv
Feel - Smooth and bubbly
Overall - One of the best IPA's around

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Photo of frasergrove
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: very hazy pale, almost a cross between a wit and IPA in appearance. Thick fluffy head

S: classic super dank Nelson, bit of rubber, mild spice note from the rye

T: bitter bite up front, lingering Nelson characteristic taste, medium spice notes

F: good IPA level bitterness across the tongue, only a bit sits from sip to sip.

O: very good super dank IPA, semi one dimensional due to the single hop, but would have again!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Has a huge aroma bitter and sweet citrus peel with a hoppy backbone. Flavor is citrusy, bitter hops and pretty smooth. Leaves a nice aftertaste. Just a great delicious IPA

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed very light golden with a full one finger white head atop.Big tropical fruits in the nose along with a bit of sweet onion wich is more prevalent on the pale,very fruit forward.That sweet onion I talked about comes into play upfront on the palate along with a bit of grass,some sweet caramel/biscuit malts as well.A very good beer but the sweet onion flavors seem to really take over the beer after awhile,again it's very good.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, a hazy IPA - I always love that. The haze has an attractive consistency to it, too. But that's not what matters. What matters is how it smells and tastes. There are absolutely no problems with the former, as it brings a combination of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and white grapes. Malts serve to balance the nose almost perfectly, with just the right touches of sugar cookie and rye spice. Tasting it is a letdown...no, it's damn near on the same level of the incredible nose. It starts off with some touches of rye spice and dank pine, before evolving into pure. Friggen. Grapefruit. Malty touches serve to balance the beer while injecting a bit of welcome complexity. After a while, I even start picking up some white grape. The feel is strange (for an IPA), yet fantastic - thick and creamy at first, yet bone dry and even a touch sharp post-swallow. Drinkability is stunning. Alpine has become readily available in the DMV area, pinch me.

4.37/5: Okay Green Flash, I've forgiven you for Silva Stout now

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Photo of sentimetal
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recommended to me even though I've never taken a particular liking to rye IPAs, I was assured this one is a must try. This is my second time having it and I must agree - fantastic beer! I'm not sure if Green Flash has altered the taste, as I have only tried the post-GF Nelson. That is what I'll be reviewing tonight

Look [5] - Beautiful. It doesn't look like an IPA at all, it looks more like a hefeweizen or a Belgian pale ale. A creamy, hazy golden - almost straw colored beer.

Smell [4] - Spicy, slightly hoppy with lemon and onion. The smell of this beer is a good preview of what comes after.

Taste [4.75] - Burst of bitter hops followed by a combined lemon peel, onion, and bitter hop after taste. The bitterness level is on level with a DIPA. The complexity of the taste is outstanding. I almost wonder if there's some cilantro was thrown in there (not coriander). It's a very complex flavor and I could go on about it for quite a while, but we'll just stick with a lemon / onion taste followed by hops and a bitter hop after taste. it is kind of citrus-y but only if you consider eating lime peels citrus. Huge fan of the taste, though.

Feel [4.5] As the beer hits your tongue the carbonation makes its presence very well known and persists - though to a lesser degree as it settles into a surprisingly sharp but creamy feel. The mouth feel is quite complex. I don't get the same murky feel I get with other rye IPAs, but then again, this is by far the best rye IPA I've tried.

Overall [5] A surprising delight of an IPA. I wish this beer was more readily available, as I would instantly add it to my rotation of IPAs. It's such a complex beer - something that feels lacking in a market full of west coast IPAs hopped to hell and back with little malt back bone or complexity. The citrus is there, but the flavor is so ever changing as is the mouth feel. I held onto this bottle just for the sake of reviewing it and I loved every minute of it. I would recommend this to all hop heads - whether your favorite IPA is Sculpine, Ruination, or Two Hearted. This is an IPA all IPA lovers can enjoy.

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Photo of gopens44
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What can I say, this beer defies gravity or something equally impressive. First off, it looks remarkable with this great Hefeweizen colored body under text book quality stark white lacing and calm, persistent, dense head.

Nose punches immediately with grapefruit, grass, touches of onion and fresh leaves.

Taste follows suit as the grapefruit and grass are taking on a considerably dank crescendo.

Finished slightly dry with nearly nothing other than bitter left behind.


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Photo of Sludgeman
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alpine Nelson

On draft at Lost Dog in North Arlington. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

I’m almost 1500 beers into this journey and this brew made a major impression! Probably the fruitiest beer I have ever had. Hoppy but not totally out of balance. A quaffable and thirst quenching beer. This might be the best American IPA I have ever had. - 4.75

A – Pours a pale cloudy orange. A relatively ugly beer when one considers other American IPAs, but maybe that’s what gives this beer its other great qualities. Great Belgian-like lacing. 4.25

S – Fruity and similar to its taste but not as intense. - 4

T - Pineapple, passion fruit, some citrus and faint white wine, with herbal bitterness as well. Not necessarily sweet, but balanced for an AIPA. I like fruity IPAs so this is the bomb for me. - 5

MF - Medium body, dry finish. 4.75

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm enjoying a bomber of this bought here in the Bay Area. Haters be damned, GF has expanded access to something I would not have been able to try unless I made a trip to San Diego. L: Cloudy yellowish -amber. Huge creamy head. S: amazing. Earthy hops, slight rye, lemon spice. T: incomprehensible balance of bitter and earthy hops, rye spice, lemon and grassy flavors. F: super rich for a single IPA. Very impressive. O: Fcking great. I can't imagine the source beer improving on this bottle, but hey if it's even more fantastic than this...whatever I'm not visiting Alpine. I'll certainly buy more of these bottles though. Even at $8.99.

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Photo of MHurley
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is by far one of the best IPAs ive ever had. Pours a beautiful thick and creamy yellow into a sniffer with 1/2 in of white cloudy head. The lacing is soild and stays around. The smell of Pine and citrus fills the nose as if i stepped outta a cabin in the woods. This beer puts me in a whole other world when i drink it. And the taste... hoppy, citra, earthy and woodie. Overall amazing taste! This beer has you feeling as if your in the cabins walking out to take on the day, with the smell of pines everywhere and last nights camp fire still on your closes. This is one i will definitely be picking up again when i make it down to Alpine Beer co again.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.