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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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2,131 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,131
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 1,205
Gots: 197 | FT: 14
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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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-20-2012 22:06:26 | More by mecmd
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-20-2012 20:54:52 | More by BoRaeCho
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Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +10.3%

Had this at the brewpub in Alpine two weeks ago. This review's from notes.

Pours a clear deep gold, just a touch darker than straw, with a creamy, pure white head that lasts the whole glass and drapes the glass with lace trails. Gigantic hop aromas in the nose - lemony, NS white grape skin, some resiny bitterness, very potent. The taste is awash with hop flavors - citrus, white grapefruit, tropical fruit, white grapes, it runs the gamut. A crackery malt base shows itself here and there, but never gives any semblance of 'balance'. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium carbonation level and mouth-coating hop oils. The finish is long and very bitter.

This is a majorly hoppy and complex IPA. Nelson Sauvin hops taste amazing at this hopping rate. A must try if you get a chance.

10-19-2012 02:03:54 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%

HUGE thanks to quirkzoo for this one!

Hazy honey golden body, tons and tons of beading, dense milky finger of paper white head leaves tremendous gobs of lacing.

Hops explode from this beer... syrupy mango/citric sweetness gives my nose an orgasm. So intense, massive stuff. Faint spicy herbal qualities, fresh oranges, just delightful I think. Grapefruit bitterness evolves as it warms.

Incredibly thick tropical fruit, definite Sour Diesel flavors are everywhere, pleasant bitterness transitions into a clean, thirst quenching finish.

Overall, I can see why this beer is so highly sought after. I could drink only this beer everyday for the rest of my life and die happy.

10-15-2012 23:55:00 | More by yamar68
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-14-2012 04:29:20 | More by SocalKicks
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

10-10-2012 14:22:43 | More by Brew33
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-10-2012 03:43:01 | More by kevgod
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-04-2012 20:34:23 | More by Dinz400
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-04-2012 15:04:44 | More by jheezee
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-04-2012 02:48:03 | More by JRod1969
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-03-2012 04:49:50 | More by aztec87
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-02-2012 08:11:15 | More by shoyoroll
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

09-29-2012 23:14:45 | More by roblund
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%

150th Review! Huge HUGE thanks to ehammond1 for an unsolicited box with this, duet, and some pint glasses. Total class act

A- Pours a dark golden orange with a 1/2 inch head that quickly receeds

S- Boom. Nelson sauvin hops hit you right away. I can't put my finger on the exact scent they give off but its similar to a pine cone in a grapefruit. Simply stunning

T- The steal the show, tons of that fruity yet piney taste along with just enough rye and malt to keep everything clean. Leaves that familiar rye bite on the back end of the sip

M- Super smooth for the style. It works amazingly

O- Can't thank you enough Eric this was a big want of mine for a long time and it really lived up to my hopes. Trade for this if you don't live near Alpine!

09-29-2012 01:46:13 | More by pschul4
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

09-29-2012 01:09:20 | More by scottyshades
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

09-27-2012 02:54:28 | More by huskermike12
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

09-25-2012 15:30:45 | More by ChanChan
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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

09-24-2012 01:15:24 | More by amnesia85
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

09-22-2012 22:57:56 | More by TXhomebrewer
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

09-21-2012 01:51:29 | More by fiver29
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

09-19-2012 21:50:51 | More by PopnLoads
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3.93/5  rDev -12.1%

Bottled last week.

Light golden with a 3/4 moon of white foam atop and nice clarity. Smells like pineapple, sweet mangos, pine and a gobs of sweet malts. I like the nose, as I do with most Sauvin beers. Flavor is sweet and bitter with good bits of the character from the olfactory. I like the slight oxidation I get in Alpine's beers - nice woodiness. If this was in any other kind of beer, I'd be upset, but it is well played here. Medium bodied with sharp, tight carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer.

09-18-2012 05:44:02 | More by harrymel
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4.05/5  rDev -9.4%

Appearance: Light Amber color with a modest-sized white head that faded fairly quickly.

Smell: Primarily Piney hop aromas with some citrus fruits thrown in.

Taste:The pine aromas carry over to the taste, but I also get some grape-like and citrus notes. The rye adds a bit of spicy notes. I can't really pick up the malts in the taste. The finish ends with the grape notes, a bit of rye spiciness and mild citrus notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: IPAs aren't really my thing but this is a good beer.

09-16-2012 23:44:27 | More by IKR
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%

Thanks to saru96!

Poured into my HF snifter.

Pours a dark amber with a light foam leaving a tiny bit of lacing.

Nose is rather tame. Citrus and very faint hops.

Taste is hops. Get that orange taste w some caramel malt notes

Decent body and the taste seems to linger.

Second time having this guy and I felt the first one did this guy better justice then this bottle.

After have expo hoppy yesterday this guy is a more subdued second.

09-15-2012 22:50:47 | More by dtmets84
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

09-13-2012 17:10:24 | More by udubdawg
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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