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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,941
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 1,154
Gots: 154 | 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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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a slightly murky, golden color, with a creamy thin white head. Dissipates slowly, but clings to the glass the whole way.

S: A tropical yet earthy aroma. Not a punch you in the face aroma like many of my favorite IPAs, but very pleasant. Grapefruit and mango up front, with a dank spiciness behind it.

T: A light sweetness right off the bat, but finishes with a spicy bite of the rye. Really quite smooth and subtle. Not overly bitter with hops.

M: Very light carbonation and a surprisingly creamy texture.

O: Really solidly balanced beer. The flavor and aroma are subtle but delicious. Always a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

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California

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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.3%

12-31-2012 23:01:38 | More by Davihaw
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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-31-2012 04:30:54 | More by runner440
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Drunk_And_Sarcastic

California

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a long time lurker but this will be my first official review.

Serving Type: Growler purchased at the Alpine on Thursday (3 days ago).

A - Hazy straw to gold color, opaque

S - Some citrus notes with light fruits, a little bit of bready malt

T - Upfront I get some lighter fruits and a little bit of grapefruit hop flavor, in the middle I get a great amount of rye and sweat malts, and towards the end I get that pine/resinous hop bite that is crisp and clean.

M - It is a tad undercarbed (definitely a result of the growler and transportation). I would say its about medium body with a little bit of that oily/stick characteristic but still light enough to make this sessionable.

O - This is a top 5 IPA for me and one of my all-time favorites. Rye and Sauvin hops are two of my favorite ingredients and this beer uses them to create an amazing and dangerously sessionable IPA. Like all Alpine IPA's, this one is crisp and clean. I wish more breweries featured rye like this.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2012 03:57:38 | More by Drunk_And_Sarcastic
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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Louisiana

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Massachusetts

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California

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.3%

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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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warnerry

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine. Had right after Keane Idea.

A - Hazy orange with half a finger if head. Pretty nice lacing left behind.

S - Like Keane Idea, lots of citrus with some mango and dank hops.

T - A bit less sweet than KI, with hops really front and center. Lots of citrus and mango. Very tasty. Nice bitter finish. Very tasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice bitterness. Alcohol not apparent.

O - Not sure how to compare this with Keane Idea. I think Nelson has less noticeable alcohol, though the abv isn't all that different between the two. Can't really go wrong with either, and Nelson is a beer I would love to have available year-round.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 22:50:18 | More by warnerry
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mbixler

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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zac16125

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
no born on date but picked up from the brewery approximately 1 week ago

Thanks to harink for sending this over in a trade.

A: Pours a very murky, kind of urine yellow with just under 1 fingers width of sea foam white colored head. Honestly, this is pretty ugly in the glass. It does leave tons of really cool honey comb lacing, which is its redeeming factor.

S: Aroma is very vinous, white grapes and sweet white wine - like a moscato. Accompanied by mild dank, resinous notes. A hint of rye spiciness, citrus rind, and a touch of bready malts.

T: Follows the nose in thats its full of sweet white grape notes. There is a big rye spice component, along with piney bitterness, some citrus rind and tropical fruit sweetness. Better than the nose, as flavors as a whole are stronger than the aroma. Very tasty, I really like the combination of sweet vinous and rye spiciness notes.

M/D: Smooth for the style, with an appropriate carbonation, medium bodied with a rather wet mouthfeel. Drinkability is excellent.

O: Overall, an excellent beer. Dont let the somewhat nasty look of it scare you off cause its delicious. Not one of my favorite IPAs, and not as good at Duet (which I had yesterday so my memory is fresh), but certainly unique and very good in its own right. I would drink this again in a heartbeat, and if it was local Id definitely buy it on a consistent basis, but its not something I will aggressively seek out via trade.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 15:09:58 | More by zac16125
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California

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,941 ratings.