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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,201
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,223
Gots: 212 | FT: 15
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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Photo of jtingue
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Very hazy golden orange in color. Pours with 3 fingers of tight white head, which descends beautifully forming meringue like peaks and tons of thick lacing.

Smell. A split between tropical fruit and hearty rye bread aromas.

Taste. Starts out with the bite of a bitter, bready rye malt flavor. Lots of citrus hops follow, with tangerine being predominant. A garlic like flavor develops, and is accompanied by the bitterness of the hops, but not the citrus flavor. The finish is slightly herbal and sees the return of those citrus hops. Herbal bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel. Medium to heavy body and tight carbonation give this one a very creamy mouthfeel. Reminds me more of a double IPA than a single.

This one is very interesting, and different than what I expect out of california IPAs. The addition of rye seems to make this a completely different beast. Not sure how I feel about the metallic flavor in the beginning.

jtingue, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of AndrewRoecker
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

AndrewRoecker, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jkane101
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

jkane101, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of redliner8
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

redliner8, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of noahfree
3/5  rDev -32.9%

noahfree, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of gkatsoris
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super murky! Honey in color. Big thick, foamy head. The head lasted forever.

S: Yellow Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice. Unripened green grapes. Honey. Pineapple. Tangerine. Ginger.

T: Pretty malty considering the smell. Damn this is balanced. Grapefruit rind. Grassy.

M: Thick, fluffy and chewy. Yum!!!

O: This went down like butta. Crazy delicious!!!

Crazy props to aekoops for the gift!!!

gkatsoris, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ObeMaltKinobee, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of syrupjoe
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

syrupjoe, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev -10.5%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of spicelab
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber with big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN.

Mildly hazed light apricot with a very resilient white head and a vigorous bead. Eventually leaves a curtain of lace around the glass. Looks brilliant.

Smashed passionfruit, pulped grass, compost, kiwi fruit, white grapes, lime sherbet and apricot. Smells almost alive.

Similar flavours joined by a gentle and divine bitterness that doesn't intrude on the hop profile one iota.

Velevety mouthfeel, thanks to amazingly smooth carbonation and bitterness which, although moderate, is so unassuming you almost forget it's there.

Stunningly brewed IPA that demonstrates how making an outstanding beer is not about more, nor about less, but about zeroing in on that elusive 'just-rightness'.

spicelab, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden color with a nicely sized pure white head that sticks around a while and leaves tonnns of lacing.

grapefruit, tangy tropical fruit, mango, a bit of spice, light rye bread, crackers.

juicy hops. not terribly bitter, but tangy and a bit sour like unripe mango with some peppery spice and grapefruit. light rye bread is definitely noticeable balancing the nelson hops.

lighter side of medium bodied with a nice supple carbonation that finishes pretty crisp but with a slightly tangy and sweet aftertaste. pretty refreshing actually.

another good hoppy offering from Alpine. good, but it doesn't redefine the style for me.

silentjay, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
5/5  rDev +11.9%

FunkyMacGroovin, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared 22oz bomber obtained in trade from Vanlingleipa.

Cloudy, pale yellow liquid poured into DFH snifter. One-finger white head, thick lacing.

Aroma of sweet hops, lemon, orange and spice/pepper.

Smooth hoppy bitterness, mild spicy rye notes, grapefruit. All very subtle compared to Alpine's usual hop marvels. The pepper/spice rye lingers on the lips and tongue. Nice touch.

Medium body, well carbonated. Rye provides a bit more body.

This is a quality brew, for sure, but for the effort, I will take the more hop forward offerings from Alpine.

CaptCleveland, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev -10.5%

sgoro, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Gilmango
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Gilmango, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

GarrettB714, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of smurfbeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

smurfbeer, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of MickeyHops
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

MickeyHops, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of surfotog
5/5  rDev +11.9%

surfotog, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

xnapshot, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

micstache, Feb 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

mrand01, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -10.5%

ygtbsm94, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint.

A- Pours a cloudy gold with a 2 finger bright white head. Excellent lacing remains on the glass.

S- Citrus, floral hops, and some spices as well.

T- Some citrus (orange mainly) and pine. Has some spicy notes with slight peppery taste.

M- Medium body with lighter carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

O- Good IPA but not getting that vibrant citrus notes that I saw from a few other reviews. Never read reviews before I do my own, but was told that this beer could be off so wanted to see what I should expect.

kawilliams81, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of arizcards
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Da Boss and I stopped at the Alpine Brewpub earlier today on the way to Torrey Pines area. A pint went for $5.50

Beer poured a clear golden with a decent head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is fragrant floral hops that are very fresh and is a big part of the beer.

Taste is very good, grapefruit is predominate with mango and tangerine. Pale malts take a back seat in the balancing act. Finish is very clean.

Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated.

Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very flavorful and clean finishing ipa. It has a wonderful array of flavors and the hop bitterness is definitely there but not overpowering. I would recommend you try this if you can get your hands on a bottle!

arizcards, Feb 18, 2012
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,201 ratings.