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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,029
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,180
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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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-01-2011 06:02:20 | More by UncleJimbo
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MrBURTON55

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-30-2011 16:33:57 | More by MrBURTON55
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-30-2011 16:02:39 | More by nathanjohnson
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FlandersNed

Indiana

4/5  rDev -10.5%

11-30-2011 04:00:34 | More by FlandersNed
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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-30-2011 02:36:23 | More by ThirstyHerf
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WrongEmBoyo

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-30-2011 01:36:03 | More by WrongEmBoyo
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Beerwensh

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-30-2011 01:29:13 | More by Beerwensh
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No noticeable bottling date.

A real interesting body color, a very dark brass and polished brown, but slightly hazy. Head forms very nicely with some good lacing and retention, lots of clumpy circular rings, a very nice white color. These nice white bubbles come from the bottom to make the head.

Nose is interesting, mild grapefruit, extremely deep. Dank, mushy and floral with some strong grass. I'll admit this is quite unique but I am not exactly a fan of this nose, it's a little confusing if I could say much going on.

Taste brings some decent pleasure. A real wonderful great vinous texture, more like white wine, certainly as it says, very JUICY feel. The nose gets much larger, bolder, bigger as the tasting commences. Obvious hop angle, but scents and tastes seem to go all over. Almost kind of earthy and dirty after awhile, malts don't seem to become noticeable either.

Overall it's impressive but I don't think I am a big fan of this one. It's very good but I would probably choose something else, this seems a little excessive and all over.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 00:10:38 | More by smakawhat
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ksherry112

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-29-2011 20:57:04 | More by ksherry112
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huadog

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-29-2011 06:57:46 | More by huadog
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Patchmaster

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-29-2011 04:48:08 | More by Patchmaster
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slentz

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brett for this bottle in our recent trade. Served at 50 degrees. Split into two tulips.

A: Easy pour leads to about a fingers worth of nice white head. Really nice lacing here with a couple floaties but seems like that is just the yeast. Nice golden straw color...looks really nice. 4.5

S: Smell is awesome. Really nice hops and fresh fruit, little bit of grass but lots and lots of grapefruit and citrus. This beer smells super delicious. 5.0

T: Really enjoying this beer, tastes awesome. Lots of super fresh hops with really nice bitterness. Just the perfect amount of sweetness. 4.5

M: Mouthfeel is very nice carbonation is spot on and this beer leaves a really nice hop resin throughout. 4.5

O: Overall I really really like this beer. Tons of super fresh hops and great smell. Alpine hit a home run with this beer. Really glad I got to try this one and will be looking for more at any chance. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:22:44 | More by slentz
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-29-2011 01:07:17 | More by DeutschesBier
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rhino54

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-27-2011 19:18:39 | More by rhino54
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really can't wait for my visit to the brewery in a few weeks.

A: Golden colored brew topped with a single fingered, creamy white head that exhibited solid retention and lacing.

S: Hops were more prominent than expected, but followed nicely by the rye and some tropical fruit. The bready notes were slightly detracting from the overall experience.

T: Tropical fruits upfront with a hint of spice, rye and bready malts follow. Very unique flavors here, unlike any other IPA I've tasted to date.

M: Medium/light, well carbonated.

O: A very good IPA, will definitely be having again, hopefully on tap during my visit.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 17:54:23 | More by tjkinate
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girllovesbier

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-27-2011 09:11:26 | More by girllovesbier
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-27-2011 05:56:34 | More by Rhettroactive
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-26-2011 22:59:55 | More by callmescraps
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Jstark5150

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-26-2011 18:50:30 | More by Jstark5150
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

11-26-2011 15:47:36 | More by surlytheduff
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AApparel

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-26-2011 05:19:27 | More by AApparel
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Anaz

California

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

Poured into a Bruery Tulip

A: Wow, beautiful gold color. The bottle says golden IPA, and it lives up to the description. Big, fine white head, dissapates fast, and leaves lacing down the glass like I've rarely seen. Faint haze.

S: Juicy, tropical, floral, faintly grapey...instantly got my mouth watering in anticipation. A winey/Sauvignon Blanc aroma opens up along with tangerine and candied lemon zest. It's really too much for words. The best aroma from an IPA I've experienced yet.

T:The flavor nearly lives up to the aroma. Loads of guava, cherimoya, spicy honey, citrus. Hop bliss in a glass, with a clean bitterness and just enough malty sweetness to leave a pleasant counter to the lingering hop bitterness. This beer tastes almost as good as it smell, and finishes almost too cleanly. The rye comes through more as it warms, and the sweetness comes to the fore on the finish, so it's best to drink this one before it gets too warm, but it's so good, it's a shame to drink it too fast.

M: Medium-light body, faint carbonation, I would like it a bit higher. There's a slight oily feel, which I kind of expect from a beer with this much hop presence.

O-This is an utterly fantastic beer, and as stoked as I was to have found it, I was still blown away. My only real complaint is that I know I won't find it next time I look for it, and the drive down south will surely become more and more tempting as time goes by. If I was able to drink it on a more regular basis it would be fast favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 05:48:57 | More by Anaz
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California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

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California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

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California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,029 ratings.