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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,693
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 1,378
Gots: 314 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OStrungT on 08-11-2006

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
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Ratings: 2,693 | Reviews: 612
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 3FFF glass
golden color and thin head
hops smell is overpowering and can smell the nice bitter hops
taste is smooth that kind of bitter is unreal good
this was bottle about 8 days ago and is so amazing fresh
could drink this all day/night
it is to compare but this one is up there on my tops when done right and fresh

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by @suncrust, Thx Kyle

Relatively light bodied - great aromas of citrus, sugared grapefruit, lemon zest, tropical fruit. Not overly bitter, not heavy, and extremely fresh. One could conceivably drink this elixir in mass quantities in the hot sun. Peach, guava, papaya, lemon, tangerine - mucho tasty

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, undated (but Brian assures me this was just picked up from the brewery several days prior) poured into a FFF teku glass today, 6/16/2013. Thanks a lot to Brian for hooking me up with this beer.

Aroma: Intense, aromatic pine, orange and tangerine nose that I can smell as soon as I open up the bottle. Simply wafts out and slams my nose with piney and citrus goodness. There's a sharp spiciness that I would attribute to the rye. Delicious smelling beer. (4.75)

Colour: Nothing special, just a dark yellow-orange body with a nice fluffy 1cm white head that dissipates into a thick collar and very thin film on the beer. For the most part it's a non-descript IPA, could be any IPA for all I know. The body's quite cloudy. The lacing on this beer is quite nice though! (4)

Flavour: Nice. Lots of sharp spiciness reminding me of rye along with a good dollop of pine cone bitterness and tangerine sweetness. Very interesting and a bit different than most of the other West Coast IPA's I've had. Very tasty. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium (on the thin side) bodied beer that is very well carbonated. Aftertaste is mostly spicy rye and pine bitterness; it finishes cleanly in a mellow way that doesn't singe my palate. I'm really digging the feel of the rye spiciness and how cleanly and smoothly it finishes up. (4.25)

Overall: Delicious Golden Rye IPA, I don't recall having many beers in this particular style but I am really enjoying the rye contribution to the high hoppiness quotient. Alpine makes some awesome IPAs and I'm glad to have had the chance to drink this beer! (4.5)

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22 oz bomber poured into a Allagash tulip glass

A: Appearance is cloudy orange with a thin white head. Good lacing, that sticks around for several minutes.

S: The aroma is pineapple, rye, tangerine, mango, and some spice.

T: Taste is spicy rye, tropical fruit, white wine. Nice lingering aftertaste that's not overpowering.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, dry finish.

O: Overall one of my new favorite IPAs. Grab it if you can find it. Well done, Alpine!

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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