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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,621
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 1,368
Gots: 299 | FT: 17
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is gold and straw-colored. Very pale and pilsener-like. It sports a nice 2-finger creamy white head. I get some nice notes of lemon, orange, pine, and cedar on the nose.

Crisp and light-bodied, almost like a hopped-up American Pale Wheat Ale, but somehow retains a nice, creamy feel. The flavors are very well-balanced, but hoppy enough so that you don't forget this is an American IPA. Up front I get some orange marmalade, lemon zest, and a nice cracker-like graininess. Flavors of grapefruit come in at mid-palate. Not sure if I'm getting any of the rye. If I am, then it's very subtle. Right in the back of the mouth, there's a nice pineapple and apricot-like sweetness that joins the bitterness on the finish. The finish is dry and lingering, but this is in no way a palate-wrecker. Very, very refreshing and well-balanced. Not a trace of booziness.

I got this beer in a trade (thanks ThaFATkid!) and I'm glad it was included. Those West Coasters really know how to make a good IPA. Highly recommended.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,621 ratings.