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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,006
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,175
Gots: 161 | 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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RaulMondesi

California

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

While Raul was sippin' hard on a Blind Pig, he became acquaintances with tha homie sittin' next to him at da bar. It wuz tight like - homeboy is in to da syrup (like Raul), and because he was so nice (and into karma n shit) he ended up giving Raul a bottle of this out of the back of his truck. (Ima get you back, dawg!)

Anyway, dis thing done blow Raul's mind! It got some hype, but unlike Halle Berry's nudie scene in dat dumb dumb movie, Nelson at least lives up to it! It wasn't like any other IPA Raul has ever had before; when I drank tha thang, I knew it was an IPA, but at the same time, holy hell was it different! The finish was all silky like; kinda like this Persian girl that Raul dated in high school.

Anyway, get dis thang. It dat good.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 05:20:37 | More by RaulMondesi
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tarheels86

California

4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Toronado SD. Poured a clear straw/light yellow with excellent sheety white lace. Aroma is unreal, beautiful NZ hops shining forth: lots of rose wine, fresh grapefruit, fresh strawberries, peach, even fresh mint leaves. Taste is earthy hops, lots of butternut squash, grapefruit rind. Would love to try this again. 8/4/7/4/14=3.7

22oz bomber. Pours a clear yellow with a dense bright white head. Excellent lacing. Unreal aroma of fresh nectarines, raw mango flesh, Thai mango and sticky rice. Taste is rich, earthy mango flesh, dank Columbus hops, earthy/chewy hops. Very earthy, squashy, rich mango throughout. Un-f*cken real. So good. 9/4/8/4/15=4.0

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 17:53:08 | More by tarheels86
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-20-2012 04:22:54 | More by eawolff99
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Mic-Lee


4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color. Smells strongly of grapefruit. Earthy, citrusy, grapefruit flavors in the hops. Unique Alpine dank maltiness. Medium body, creamy and medium carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Bright and satisfying taste. Bitterness only after it is swallowed, and it is minor. Smooth. Little alcohol taste.

Overall: This beer has a wonderful scent of grapefruit and white wine. It has the trademark dank maltiness of an Alpine brew as well. The smoothness of this beer is wonderful. Easy drinking, rich flavors, wonderful aromas and hops to satisfy. This one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:03:56 | More by Mic-Lee
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky, light tangerine colour, with a whitish head. Little bits of lace. Aroma is tropical fruits, mango, herbal tones, and juicy citrus. Mirrored quite well on the taste with the sweet orange, mango and fruits. Mild bitterness, full of flavour. It's got a nice substantial feel, lower carbonation, but pleasant. Super easy to drink.

This is great. It's not a bitter bomb, but it's just a super flavourful, easy drinking IPA!

Thanks Alex! (LSUPT)

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 00:34:12 | More by EgadBananas
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littlebeer

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-15-2012 04:09:57 | More by littlebeer
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BigRedEye

Texas

3/5  rDev -32.9%

11-14-2012 05:37:12 | More by BigRedEye
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

11-12-2012 03:45:00 | More by funkyaudio
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mixed_master7

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-10-2012 01:27:04 | More by mixed_master7
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear gold with a one finger white head that leaves some nice spotty lacing and holds a small cap with large bubbles.

Aroma is fruity hops, white grapes, melon (cantaloupe), some resin, onion and weed, a little pine and citrus, some caramel malt. Very good strength.

Flavor follows with resinous hops, white grapes, cantaloupe, fruity hops, decent caramel malt backbone with the rye lending a hint of spice on the finish. Some sweetness, moderate bitterness. Some alcohol on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky and oily with good carbonation.

A very unique IPA. Those Nelson Sauvin hops are something else. Very good, but to be honest not as mind-blowing as I was expecting coming in. The aroma is definitely the strong suit, excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 00:43:11 | More by elgiacomo
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tt0027

New York

4/5  rDev -10.5%

11-07-2012 18:52:53 | More by tt0027
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themom

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-06-2012 05:05:13 | More by themom
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-05-2012 01:23:28 | More by Cyclone8
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DocJitsu

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous orange-golden color that is impenetrable to light. Showcases an antique whit head that dissipates quickly. The nose is glorious. Juicy grapefruit to the hilt! Mouthfeel is wet and a little cottony toward the finish. A lot of grapefruit up front. The rye expresses itself in the middle, followed by distinct pine flavor. This is a magnificent beer. I can't believe how good this is. I'm not a rye fan, but this is phenomenal.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 02:18:34 | More by DocJitsu
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-02-2012 06:14:36 | More by chippo33
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Mister_Joshy

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

11-02-2012 05:28:06 | More by Mister_Joshy
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the blind bif 7, paired beers

Well after a cold from hell and then a pesky storm that we were lucky to skirt for the most part, I am ready to dip into my very generous box from quirkzoo that I received awhile ago. Inside were 12 hobo wrapped bottles and one very nice Crooked Stave shirt. The wait has been killing me but I wanted to hold off until this cold was gone so I could enjoy these beers.

1.a
Pours a golden orange with an inch of white foam that leaves some good lacing down the glass. Right off the bat the aroma of this one is very juicy. Lots of citrus hops and boy is it smelling divine! I don't want to stop smelling it. Its just too damn good.
Nice amount of bitterness but nothing that overtakes the flavor. Very resiny with a hint of soapiness. This is very drinkable. The flavor doesn't knock you over like the aroma does, but its very enjoyable. Very dry finish, sort of reminds me of plink the elder but I don't think its the right bottle for it.

1.b
Pours the same as 1A but a little darker and with just a little less amount of foam. The lacing is not as pronounced and sticky as 1A. In comparison to 1A this has a lot of the same citrusy notes but way more subtle. A little bit more of the malt comes through. Now this one seems a bit more ramped up in the flavor. There is a bigger malty backbone to it which helps bring the flavor of the hops forward. Less bitterness as well. Its thicker bodied than 1A as well.

So these seem to be two different beers, one seems like an IPA and the other a DIPA. Its neat to see how the higher the maltiness really seems to bring out the hops in the flavor while the other one is all aroma. Both of these beers are really good and I was in need of some good hops so these hit the spot. So lets see what I was drinking…

1A is Alpine Nelson
1B is Alpine Pure Hoppiness

I really wanted to guess Alpine on a hunch but never had, and both were wants in my book. Hell of a good start thanks to quirkzoo for a great start to this bif for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 04:43:59 | More by mikereaser
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

10-29-2012 02:14:16 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-28-2012 00:17:49 | More by ASUBeer
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jokely

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-25-2012 00:12:15 | More by jokely
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ACY73

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

10-23-2012 15:51:37 | More by ACY73
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mpetersen

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-22-2012 21:57:16 | More by mpetersen
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-22-2012 14:06:44 | More by TheRuss9585
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is an unimpressive murky golf with a contrasting white head. What is impressive is the spider web of lacing.

Great aromatics... White grapes, grapefruit, and peach with a bready malt.

Delicious citrus hop profile showcases orange, grapefruit, and white grapes. There's a nice rye malt finish but is more bready than peppery.

Mouthfeel is clean and sticky but that sticky gives way to a lingering dryness.

This is a fantastic beer that does a great job showcasing the hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:13:58 | More by Vonerichs
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SEANDOYLE

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

10-20-2012 22:50:36 | More by SEANDOYLE
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,006 ratings.