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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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Sanjo

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

08-22-2012 02:43:33 | More by Sanjo
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MrJolly

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-19-2012 19:40:20 | More by MrJolly
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match1112

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:55:42 | More by match1112
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-18-2012 14:30:42 | More by swetsastonic
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EtherealArtistry

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-18-2012 04:20:09 | More by EtherealArtistry
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly hazy golden orange with good carbonation with a promising creamy like white cap, bubbles and moderate lacing. I did spot a little bit of hop oil sticking to the glass

S: Very nice and aromatic. A hefty dose of orchard citrus and tropical fruits; mainly pineapple, mango and orange zest with a light bread, slight pepper and even a touch of honey??

T: Flavorful indeed. The immediate thing I notice is balance. There is a nice breadiness to balance the truckload of hops poured into this. Initially my taste buds get a big passion and tropical fruit blend (kiwi, light pineapple, mango, white grape) with a little green characteristic. Like I would expect a liquid jungle to taste like. The finish is sweet, pretty dry and lighly bitter. Did I say pretty balanced?

M: Medium bodied, sweet, fruity and bready. The rye presents a bigger beer than what you would expect.

O: I can see why this beer is coveted. Also, rye is a love/hate and I seem to find it a difficult task to find one I routinely enjoy so I think mixing rye and Nelson hops together takes balls. Alpine has big balls. Well done but a tad but overrated and hyped. Yeah, i said it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 11:04:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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Domeshot14

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-14-2012 20:16:37 | More by Domeshot14
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-12-2012 01:07:11 | More by nrs207
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle thanks to Airfoil (picked up from brewery exactly 2 weeks ago). Poured into Lawson's snifter.

A- Pours a little bit hazy dark orange slightly amber. About a half finger of white head that quickly recedes. Not too much carbonation. Some light layered lacing.

S- Citrus hops, grapefruit, balanced with Bready/caramel malts. A little bit above average aroma strength and very pleasant smelling.

T- Citrus, grapefruit hops that blend with lightly sweet bready caramel malts with a hint of honey and a sweet citrusy finish that lingers for a little bit. Very nice balance and quite tasty.

M- Medium bodied, maybe slightly thicker then your average IPA, smooth, goes down easily.

O- This was a very nice IPA, that is typical to the other Alpine's that I've had. Alpine definitely nails the balance between hops and malts in their IPAs and I love the malts that they use. I liked Duet a little bit more, but Nelson is very good too. I would definitely drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:46:50 | More by jaasen64
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-09-2012 04:36:55 | More by WorldWideStout
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LaChupacabra

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

08-08-2012 04:20:22 | More by LaChupacabra
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-06-2012 18:33:35 | More by BeerHunter76
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stantheposterman

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

08-06-2012 18:07:58 | More by stantheposterman
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gpawned

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

08-02-2012 05:48:44 | More by gpawned
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-31-2012 23:56:33 | More by fehrminator
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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

on tap at toronado san diego

Pours a clear copper amber color with a crop of beige head resting on top. Patches of lacing accumulate on the glass while drinking, with some wisps of film retaining on top.

Punchy, hoppy nose highlighted by the great addition of rye to the profile. Some hints of slightly sweet fruits and citric peel. Mild malt scents and a bit of caramel. Faint alcohol presence.

Waves of hops crush the tongue right up front with plenty of citrus fruits. Grapefruit and pineapple accompanied by rye spiciness. Bitter and pleasant throughout with a soft tempering of bready malt and caramel character. Light sweetness and dryness on the back end with a soft warm glow.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and dry on the tongue for a bit. I've had this a few times, but I'm pretty sure this is my favorite Alpine beer so far.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 19:25:36 | More by xnicknj
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apocalypsezombie


4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-31-2012 01:10:42 | More by apocalypsezombie
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sdpaul

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

07-19-2012 20:19:11 | More by sdpaul
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-16-2012 23:35:07 | More by ncaudle
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skunk242

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-16-2012 18:40:27 | More by skunk242
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev -10.3%

07-14-2012 17:05:23 | More by duff247
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ChulaVistaBarista

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-08-2012 02:44:02 | More by ChulaVistaBarista
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billmit


4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-07-2012 14:26:25 | More by billmit
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Dine

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -43.9%

07-05-2012 06:30:33 | More by Dine
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Ehammond1

Look: Pours a semi translucent orange color with a 1/3 inch head and good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: The beer has quite a strong hop aroma bringing forth some nice tropical fruits and there is also a slight grape note. The rye adds a subtle spice

Taste: The beer starts out the same way as the nose with some tropical fruits pineapple and peach stick out with a subtle grape undertone. Mid palate the rye spice picks up and to me it seems like the rye spice actual fights with the hop flavor just a bit which creates a unique flavor but throws me off just a bit

Mouthfeel: Not quite medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: I really enjoy this beer and I wish Alpine wouldn't be so fucking stingy with their disto of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 05:06:21 | More by DarthKostrizer
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,941 ratings.