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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,182
Gots: 173 | FT: 13
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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South Carolina

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New York

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05-19-2012 01:06:41 | More by erha2
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

05-18-2012 23:43:50 | More by bhir
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California

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

05-17-2012 23:37:33 | More by hopfrenzy
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a very pale shade of gold with a solid two finger head. Smell on this is citrusy with a tad bit of onion. Otherwise it's a pretty crisp scent. The taste is similar. Citrus foreground with a fade into onion. I typically don't like that quality even a little, but the citrus helps out tremendously. The finish is clean and crisp. Minimal bitterness or aftertaste of any variety. Overall, another solid Alpine IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:09:24 | More by Retail1LO
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Rayman


3.55/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chilled 16 oz glass, the bottle itself was just pulled from my refrigerator at the said temperature. Yellow golden hue that is transparent with a very light head.

S - Smell was very pleasing and a strong citrus aroma which can only be described as piney and grapefruit. The smell of this American IPA alone makes my mouth water

T - Having the privilege to try a lot of IPAs this ranks up there really well. Its not your average IPA, that being said the initial taste goes in well, but after it is sharp. The taste of rye really comes in that instance. It feels as if your mouth puckers a bit and just wants to keep drinking.

M - Mouth feels a bit puckered, perhaps because this is where the grapefruit characteristic comes out. If i were describe this after taste. I think it is what gives the characteristic of the grapefruit used and that gives it a personality. Which is strong flavorful and tad bitter like a grapefruit

O - This is definitely a must try because this beer will not disappoint the IPA enthusiasts. It will definitely be a plus if you do like grapefruits.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 03:15:03 | More by Rayman
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Irrationalist

California

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

05-12-2012 16:38:40 | More by Irrationalist
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SaneMan

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-09-2012 18:21:53 | More by SaneMan
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kojevergas

Texas

3.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta Pilsner pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Alpine yesterday. Expectations are very high; I've had it before on-draft and loved it. I'm a huge Alpine fan.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I had this side by side with Alpine Duet for comparison.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice cream, pretty good hickness, okay lacing, and above average retention. Colour is a clear translucent vibrant pale yellow. It isn't much to look at, but I'm looking forward to trying it. No yeast particles are visible (not that they should be for the style). No bubble show.

Sm: Piney potent citrus ester hops. Some floral character. Hop oil. Very hop-laden, but the lack of bitterness in the aroma suggests good balance. Clean malts provide the foundation; I don't detect any rye. A rather strong aroma. I could smell it before I poured it (and my nose is broken). Much more piney and oily than the Duet.

T: Quite piney, with some citrusy and more minor floral impact. Light grapefruit citrus. Little bitterness - to its credit. The rye comes through a bit in the flavour, but the foundation still seems to be mainly pale malts. I suspect rye wasn't the primary grain used. It's well balanced in terms of both flavour and structure, but it's actually rather simple (at least in comparison to the Duet); the hop character is well layered but lacks true complexity. It has good depth of flavour, however. The finish is my favourite aspect due to its somewhat refreshing quality. It's a good IPA for what it is. No alcohol or yeast comes through. I'm impressed by the balance in particular.

Mf: More dry and coarse than I'd expect. I blame the rye, but it's nicely complemented by the refreshing feel of the pale malts. The roughness in the second act makes the smooth wet finish that much more refreshing. It could be more crisp, but it complements the flavour profile very well. Not as soft as Duet.

Dr: It's a very drinkable IPA and hides its above average ABV quite well. Would I get it again? Definitely, but preferably on-draught. This will please fans of the style and is more balanced than most IPAs. Rye was an interesting choice here. Another incredible IPA from Alpine.

Having had them side by side, I have to say the verdict is in: I prefer Duet.

A poor candidate for aging. Drink Fresh.

Drank fine out of a pilsner glass, but a conical pint glass is recommended.

Would pair well with spicey food or an aggressively dressed salad.

Probably best on-draught.

B+

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 06:05:49 | More by kojevergas
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DrWalterWhite

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-06-2012 02:05:20 | More by DrWalterWhite
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

05-05-2012 01:39:14 | More by iL0VEbeer
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

05-04-2012 21:49:52 | More by nickfl
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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BrokenStones

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%

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livewire78

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I even comment on the appearance of this beer, the aroma after opening the bottle was outstanding. Big tropical lush citrus with another note which jumped right to peppermint in my brain, but I can't really place aside from that association. Maybe some spicy and crisp. An IPA second only to masala mama in aroma. Appearance is average. Mildly cloudy orange color with a short white head that dissipates to a thin film. Very sparse lacing, almost none. Flavor is very tropical fruity as well. Lush and full, but does not quite live up to the world class aroma of this beer. There is a similar unique characteristic in the flavor which I cannot pinpoint, perhaps earthy, or maybe herbal, but not in an english way. Very balanced with a nice, but definitely not overwhelming, caramel quality. Mouthfeel is medium light and is lacking a bit of carbonation, but it is not so bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 03:37:19 | More by Agold
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Spartan213

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-30-2012 18:39:42 | More by Spartan213
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GeoBrewer71

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-25-2012 03:17:24 | More by GeoBrewer71
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rawfish

California

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Agitated the bottle to stir up the yeast. Poured into a pint glass, smooth pour nets a small white one inch head over a slightly hazy gold orange body. Average retention and beautiful curtains of lacing.

Tropical fruit and citrus busting at the seams. Doesn't fill the room like some other IPAs but it's so exotic and inviting. Spicy and dry grains, floral grapefruit with mango, soft apricot and ripe papaya.

Malts leave a very indistinguishable profile, slightly bready and simple, hops are grapefruit, lemon pith with some pine backing and bright, a shift from the tropical and floral aroma but excellent. Finish is drying and a bit spicy from the rye.

Mouthfeel is perfect, medium-light body with adequate carbonation that is a smooth drink, just as smooth as Duet without any noticable alcohol. Finishes bone dry, and peppery with just a bit of stick.

Amazing IPA, aroma is only matched by the likes of Sculpin and Double Sunshine while the flavor is integrated well, a balance of hops and malt that's ideally drinkable. Alpine knocked it out of the park with this beer. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:09:27 | More by rawfish
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Ajax84

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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New York

4/5  rDev -10.5%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-18-2012 23:17:50 | More by mrelizabeth
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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,030 ratings.