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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,496
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 1,338
Gots: 278 | 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: rayjay on 08-14-2006

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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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Ehammond1

Look: Pours a semi translucent orange color with a 1/3 inch head and good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: The beer has quite a strong hop aroma bringing forth some nice tropical fruits and there is also a slight grape note. The rye adds a subtle spice

Taste: The beer starts out the same way as the nose with some tropical fruits pineapple and peach stick out with a subtle grape undertone. Mid palate the rye spice picks up and to me it seems like the rye spice actual fights with the hop flavor just a bit which creates a unique flavor but throws me off just a bit

Mouthfeel: Not quite medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: I really enjoy this beer and I wish Alpine wouldn't be so fucking stingy with their disto of this.

Photo of DavidST
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a long glass, unknown freshness. This was poured a hazy golden amber color with a smaller laced leading off white head. The smells are of oranges, citrus fruit, grapefruit and sweet malts. The feel is medium with a nice creamy carbonation. The taste is very balanced and good, lots of bitter hops, citrus fruit, good stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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2/5  rDev -55.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the pub in Alpine and later out of a 22 I brought back to the midwest with me.

Of the three IPA's of theirs I tried (Pure Hoppiness and Duet), this was actually my favorite. The level of rye perfectly balanced out this IPA and made for a delightful experience. Pure west coast IPA with all hops and zero sweetness, but manages to be smooth enough to not leave a chalky aftertaste and instead have you reaching for more.

Definitely glad to have made the trip out to this gem of a brewery. It's worth the trip.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no bottled on date, picked it up at the brewery yesterday so it should be pretty fresh. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very slightly cloudy orange color, produces a thin white head, decent retention, spotty lacing.

S- Huge juicy hop aroma, lots of tropical fruit, oranges and grapefruit, a bit of earthy dankness, also some black pepper spiciness. The aroma is absolutely amazing.

T- Similar to the nose, more tropical fruity hops, mild dank earthiness and some peppery spice, malt is light and bready.

M- Medium-bodied, maybe a bit on the light side, smooth feel, medium to low carbonation, dry and peppery finish.

O- A pretty awesome IPA, great work with the hops from Alpine once again, it doesn't quite stand up there with Bad Boy or Pure Hoppiness, but it still rocks.

Photo of argock
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a Shaker pint at Downtown Johnny Brown's (San Diego, CA).

A: Darker amber than Duet with a similar short cap of off-white head which leaves a valence of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Huge hop aromas with spicy, somewhat earthy edge presumably from the rye. The hops aromas combine tropical fruits like pineapple and mango with lime and peach but with a leafy, raw, earthy, spicy edge from the rye. The malt component is more robust than Duet with some caramel-toffee but it works due to the rougher edge to the hops profile.

T: The is a very hoppy wand moderately bitter beer but very complex. The passion fruit and pineapple flavors are most prominent but they have more roundness due to the earthy, herbal nature that the rye adds. This beer just seems more leafy and raw hoppy than Duet, and I think it is a more challenging beer in many ways. The malt contribution is bigger than most IPAs although this works well to have more toffee to work with the earthy nature of this beer. Really an incredible IPA that I was blown away to find and try (on multiple nights).

M: Medium-bodied but with a thicker slicker feel. The carbonation and dryness quotient is low-average on this beer.

O: Nelson is a more contemplative beer than Duet (I was lucky enough to get to try the back to back on separate nights), but I think it has a bit more to offer as well with a more complex hop aroma and flavor. I liked them both a lot, but I would pick Nelson if I could have just a beer or two.

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4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to kawilliam81 for sharing this brew!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from natoes on 6/16/12.

Appearance: clear and brilliant yellowish orange bodied beer with 1 finger of white head.

Smell: Citrusy, and fruity with spicy rye and a bit of yeast.

Taste: mild bitterness and moderately spicy. Citrus, grass, and floral notes. Grapefruit and peach. Rye is really spicy and is found midpalate and continues into the finish. A peppery note combines with the rye in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Super drinkable with a touch of creaminess.

Overall: My first Alpine beer! Mellow bitterness with big flavor is the best way to summarize this beer. Really unique IPA that is both memorable and unique!

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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Adam, 650ml into a snifter.

Clear golden orange with minimal head and almost no lacing. Nose has a really bright citrus quality, Nelson Sauvin is obviously prominent, tangerine, mango and perhaps a bit of white wine character I've always heard to be characteristic of the hop. A kiss of rye spice. Taste has more vibrant citrus qualities, mango, white wine, and again only a wee bit of rye, but just enough to be identifiable. Light body, lower medium carbonation and dries out super quick once the hops have made their appearance. An awesome Rye IPA - had this next to a FFF Rye'd the Lightning - two completely different rye beers, but each awesome in their own regard.

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3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden orange with a white head. Good retention with considerable lacing.

S- Smells like an IPA... sort of.... The white-wine styled New Zealand hops are quite pronounced... and intriguing....

T- IPA-like, but quite funky at the same time....

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Intriguing. Daring.... Not your typical IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thins white head on a clear dark golden. Spotty lacing, good head retention.

Fresh bright hops. Tad of the rye.

Citrus noticed on nose isnt as prevalent on tongue. Rye spice on the back end but not overpowering in the least. Pretty easy drinkin, would guess around 6.5%abv

Good carbonation point, medium to medium thin mouthfeel.

Just a tinge different from most IPAs to set it apart. The rye aspect had me craving another sip repeatedly. Thanks kawilliams82!

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4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden orange color with a little sediment. A nice head and minimal lacing.

Smell – Smells kind of citrusy, primarily grapefruit with a hint of lime. Also, a very nice pine scent that blends well with the citrus.

Taste – Taste is very similar to the smell, although the pine is a little stronger. Not terribly hoppy for an IPA, which is ok.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation, slightly creamy, with kind of a nice peppery aftertaste.

Drinkability – I find this very drinkable, as the hops doesn’t overpower. Maybe a bit too much grapefruit for my taste.

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,496 ratings.