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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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714 Reviews
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Reviews: 714
Hads: 3,466
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 19.59%
Wants: 1,391
Gots: 485 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% 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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Photo of nj111579
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'll skip the standard format and leave it at this.... this west coast ipa succeeds where every session ipa fails and you
get and extra couple of abv points to boot. Prett much proves session ipas are useless. Nearly perfect. Fantastic stuff. Could drink this all day every day even when it's 108 outside. Lives up to the hype. My mom even liked it.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very bright light golden color with a slight haze and a huge white head. Retention is good with nice lacing. The smell is amazing! Dankness and tropical fruits dominate with a slight sweetness and spicy notes. Taste is much the same with some grassiness and a decent amount of bitterness on the back end. Feel is very light, almost too light for my liking. Overall this is a great tasting beer though. Would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, very bright. Mild haze. Head is off-white and voluminous. Head lasts forever and leaves a large amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is peppery rye, wine grapes, mango, and lemon.

Big hops in the taste. Citrus-y and tropical. Pine on the back end. Lemon, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, wine grapes, and orange. Pepper and rye spiciness. Not really getting any malt notes beyond the rye but despite that, doesn't seem overly unbalanced.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness from the pine.

A solid west coast IPA with big flavors. The pine didn't really agree with me but everything else was great.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic NZ hop aroma, fruity with some grassy notes. Pours a Hazy light orange color. Taste is a little strange to me though, something i can't really put my finger on. It might be the rye malt they use, but overall it's very drinkable and definitely alpine's best.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. Best by date of March 21, 2016.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that slowly settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A very dank and juicy hop forward aroma with a big scent of citrus fruits. Upfront citrus hop presence with a scent of grapefruit, mango, orange juice, pineapple, lemon, tangerine, and melon. Hints of piney hops. Also some fruit hints of white grapes. Malt hints of rye, grains, cracker, and yeast. A really good hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and ripe hop driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit. Big juicy taste of citrus with notes of mango, grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, melon, tangerine, and passion fruit. Some white grape notes along with some pine resin. Backing malt notes of rye, caramel, grains, and yeast. A really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, oily, and drying.

Overall: A great West Coast IPA. Great citrus hop flavors with a nice subtle touch of rye.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Green Flash bottle served in a large mug. Best By 21 March 16 F15284. Found it in a Haggen's in Bellingham.

Pours hazy pale golden with a medium head that looks coarse and lasts a long time. Lots of carbonation. Smell is very strong citrus, grapefruit with a hint of orange, floral and juicy.

Taste is very nice. Strong citrus, a hint of pine, very dry and resinous. Moderate sweetness, but dry enough to make it extremely palatable. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is dry and resinous. Overall, excellent beer.

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Photo of -Rick
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: an orange brown color, a nice white head. Not seeing the turbid look many said to expect
S: lots of grapefruit in this. some sweet fruits, mango, a nice bit of malty, and hints of orange peel
T: grapefruit, white wine, sweet mango, and a bit of malt on the back end.
F: nice carbonation, a bit of a tart mouth feel in there
O: this was a real good beer. My bottle was a GF version, my guess is that the real deal could have been a little better.

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Photo of wcu80
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight up mango bomb. Nearly perfect use of the Nelson Sauvin hop. I usually find that an IPA is best on the first sip; every subsequent sip is less tasty. That's not this case with this beer. Each sip is just as good as the last. I was sad when the bottle was empty.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Big grape, white wine aroma from the Nelson Sauvin hops.

A: Yellow, super hazy with a super thin-ish head. Honestly, looks more like juice than a beer.

T: Big white wine, grape, grapefruit hoppy taste. With a bit of rye spicy malt character. Moderately bitter and dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Big danky IPA with plenty of grapefruit, white wine characteristics in the aroma and flavor. Quite delicious!

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4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy, turbid burnt orange color, like a gem stone glowing in sunlight.
Smell is of sweet rye, and grapefruit.
Taste follows the nose, just much deeper and more satisfying.
Feel is spot on. A little bit of dryness and a little bit creamy.
Overall this is exceptional. The smell wasnt as great as the overall product, but who gives a shit. This is what a rye beer should be. No exceptions.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Alpine Nelson

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 95/100

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Photo of tzieser
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash version. Poured from 750ml(?) bottle into a standard pint glass.

L: hazy golden in color with a white head that quickly settles into nothing. Looks like a glass of grapefruit juice. Pretty below average to be honest. Luckily we don't drink beer for it's looks. After pouring the sediment the head improved a bit but not much

S: a wonderfully hoppy nose. Tons of Nelson sauvin, showing off its prolific aromas of citrus and grape. Literally smells like a blend of grapefruit and white grape/wine. Malt sweetness in the back. Nice

T: loads of citrus hop flavor, notes of white grapes and hints of white wine all balanced by a nice spicy/sweet malt backbone of rye.

M: good mouthfeel.

O: A remarkable IPA that does more than enough to differentiate itself from an already overcrowded style. One of the best in it's class. Recommended.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Im not much of a hop guy but I found this beer extremely enjoyable. The hop aroma and flavor were very crisp and fresh and the taste was good without being over the top bitter.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber drink by 3/21/16. Pours pale and a bit hazy with a 1/2 finger head. Thin lacing down the sides. Nose is spicy and citrusy. Taste is like drinking grapefruit juice. There's also some smokiness on the back of the tongue, which is interesting. Finish is quite dry. The bitterness lingers. Feel is relatively light. Overall, a pretty good citrus forward IPA. However, I'd like to have a little more malt to balance the bitterness.

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Photo of tlema1
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: cloudy, straw color, fluffy white head
S: tons of citrus
T: grapefruit, low bitterness, clean finish
F: light body
O: damn fine brew, easy drinking and delicious

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Photo of OsoRojo
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stunninging good! Pored from a Green Flash bomber with an Alpine label on it, love that! I'm a rye lover, and a Nelson Sauvin hop lover, so this beer is a speciality right up my alley. A beautiful burnt smokeness prevades. Going to make sure and get more of this West Coast premium classic.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very devolving beer appearance wise. very light in color almost like a blonde but the taste packs a delicious bite of hopps. One of the best IPA's I've had. Super refreshing!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***Green Flash Version***

Pours a hazy peach color with 1 finger of white pillowy head.

Aroma is of bright citrusy hops, tons of hop floralness, pure grapefruit essence, and a touch of grape must.

Taste is a pretty immediate punch of bitterness. This is closely followed by floral, earthy hops. Clearly tons of hops go into this beer; it’s a hop explosion. While I get the white wine characteristics, they are melded well with the other flavors. Nice bit of carbonation. I will say that the earthy hops and bitterness are the predominant flavors. The finish is extremely dry with bitterness lingering for a bit after consumption.

Overall, this is a good beer. I would love to compare it to a beer actually brewed by Alpine for comparison. I unfortunately found it to be a bit too much in terms of the floral hops. I would love for more of the white wine character to shine through and a bit more citrus as well. Still very good regardless! This is a special occasion beer for my nursing pinning. I see this pairing well clams and chorizo in a spicy white wine broth. It gets a 87/100. I hope to try the real version soon!

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Photo of jancona
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at 2SP Newark, DE - pours a cloudy golden orange with white foam - minimal lacing. First taste was papaya and grapefruit - very juicy and delicious. As it warmed the malt backbone increased and masked the fruit a bit. Overall a nice brew.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap
L: Vibrant neon yellow to orange. Finger of head with some lacing
S: Citrus (tangerine, lemon, orange) along with sweet bready malt
T: Malt flavor comes right away. That is followed by citrus (tangerine, lemon, orange) and some herbal notes
F: Medium, creamy mouth feel
Overall this a good IPA, which surprisingly had a lot of malt character to it

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Photo of KMachHops
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite offering from Alpine. Always loved on draft and bottles, but this is with the Green Flash bottles. Best by date: 21 MAR 16F15284.
Look: Tons of soapy bubbles and golden murky copper. Just the way I like it.
Smell: Clean, citrus, and floral.
Taste: Refreshing and follows the nose. Slightly peppery finish.
Feel: Perfect carbonation and the most pleasant bite of bitterness.
Overall: Green flash got this down right. I would not listen to the haters. Just as good as Alpine made in the past.

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Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 3/22/16. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy and cloudy pale golden. Looks like juice. Creamy white head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are great. Very tropical. Lots of pineapple and ripe mango. Very fruity. Some fresh berries in the mix too. The flavors are very crisp and clean. Lots of leafy hop notes. Very floral and earthy. More pineapple. More berries. Hints of fresh pine. Hints of mint in the mix as well. The rye very present, especially in the finish. Dry stuff. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. Very refreshing.

I really like this. This is possibly the best "Rye IPA" I've ever had. I've also had a ton of IPAs with a similar hop profile, but Nelson really follows the aromas with great flavors. Great stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - hazy, straw yellow with flakes of floating sediment. Medium white head that leaves little lacing.
Smell - bright citrus and tropical fruit dominate the nose!
Taste - grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon flavors power a hop forward masterpiece!
Feel - medium to light body with a zesty carbonation tickle.
Overall - not sure how much a 6 pack or a bomber of this typically runs, but $8/pint is a bit of a flick to the nuts.

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Photo of MacPhergus
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slightly cloudy, light look; head medium, disappears quickly. Aroma of, what else, Nelson hops - trip fruits. Taste is top notch, no off anything, just pure WC IPA. Body just right at 7% ABV.

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Photo of emyers
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. Best by date March 21, 2016

Pours cloudy pale gold color with a half-inch white head. Slight lacing.

Smell is bursting with pungent, juicy grapefruit hops. One of the best pure grapefruit hop aromas I've experienced. A touch of the rye spiciness comes through in the nose.

Taste is practically identical to the nose - huge grapefruit citrus flavors along with some pine and a nice peppery character from the rye, which balances the hops perfectly without getting in their way at all.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium-high carbonation with an extra lingering bite from the rye malt.

Everything you want in a classic west coast IPA grapefruit-bomb with an added dimension of rye. One of the best IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.