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Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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

Added by OStrungT on 08-11-2006

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Photo of pollocwr
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color. The lightness of the hops really shines through in this for me. It's a very drinkable beer with a light aroma but good hop punch. Citrus notes.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is tropical fruit - I get primarily pineapple, mango, and a hint of orange juice, with a light floral aroma. Taste is a little more general tropical fruit juice mixed with citrus, and a hint of lavender. As is typical with Nelson beers, this is extremely juicy. While it's a good beer I was expecting to like it just a little more than I did.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An Alpine label in a bomber embossed with the Green Flash logo. Heard that GF bought Alpine, so that expalins that. Cloudy light orange-yellow pour with a very light head that quickly fades. Definite one-note aroma of piney hop, not much in the way of fruit. Taste is hops and softened with the rye and malt. This is a good solid West Coast IPA, but doesn't quite live up to the lofty score. Has the beer changed in ten years? That's possible. Alpine was not available in MN until recently.

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Photo of jpro
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into Duvel glass... Pours a hazy, lemon gold, with a fluffy, white head of thick foam. Dabs of retention leave some webs and splotches of lace. Aroma is of citrus zest, white pepper and leather. Thin, bready malt is followed by a rye zing and orange / grapefruit rind on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium; carbonation is medium with a touch of creaminess... Finish is dry. Overall, the unique look of this beer, plus the combo of rye and a unique hop variety deliver a very enjoyable spin on a west coast IPA.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical hop flavor. Pineapple, mango, apricot, nectarine, peach, and grassy hops followed by bready, biscuity, toasted, and caramel malts

Taste: Awesome hop flavor followed by a balanced malt bill, light bitterness, and some chewy notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, light bitterness, a little chewy, crushable, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Yeah, I'll drink this one again. Delicious and tasty.

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Photo of zshaft
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours light golden with minimal head that dissipates quickly. smell of nelson suavin all the way I can't seem to place what im smelling w this hop. maybe some floral notes and lemon? anyway smells pretty nice. taste follows nose w the hop presenting itself from front pallate all the way to the end. rye gives this beer a nice spice at the finish with bitterness lingering. this is a great beer and I love nelson hops even though I can't quite place what im tasteing. seek out this one it's a def winner.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 22oz bottle that says best by March 17th. I keep hearing how this beer has gotten so much worse since the Green Flash buyout. I can't comment on that since I wasn't able to get it where I live until after that buyout, but I have to say, this is still a really solid IPA. Maybe Green Flash has gotten better at making it, or maybe their version was just a victim of hype. Whatever the case, even this much maligned version of Nelson is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - cloudy yellow color with a good lasting sticky white head.
Smell - Citrus Piney smell, For the Citrus I'm picking up maybe some lemon, grapefruit and orange.
Taste - fruity orange taste with some pine in there.
Feel - medium body with a light carbonation.
Overall - Love the beer! Guy at the store recommended and was glad he did. First time Ive heard of this brewery. Dont think they carry it in ohio.

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Photo of nbbyrd
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber best by 24 May 2016. Poured into a tulip glass.
Look: A glowing tangerine, sunny yellow, with one finger of bright white pillowy head that fades rather quickly, leaving light sticky lacing. Looks gorgeous.
Smell: Tangerines and tropical fruits, slight dankness, sweet and juicy and dry white wine, crackery malt background supporting the lovely New Zealand Nelson hops.
Taste: White wine and ripe juicy green grapes, tropical fruits and citrus, tangerine and nectarine, grapefruit and wonderfully juicy juicy! You get a little bit of that dankness riding the sweet and light crackery backbone with a pop of rye spice that is so nice. The bitterness is so soft and balanced with the spiciness of the rye and juiciness that just makes my mouth water wanting more and more. Perfect representation of the Nelson hops.
Feel: Coats the mouth with a wonderful light/medium carb and medium body. Juicy sticky hop goodness that lingers with the soft bitterness that fades every so nicely. One of the best mouthfeels of a beer that I have had the pleasure to enjoy.
Overall: Absolutely wonderful. The taste is a pop of spice and juicy hops that is stronger than the subtle nose would suggest. A very pleasant surprise and treat of a beer to enjoy. I’ve had this on tap as well, but actually enjoyed it from the bottle much more.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours - Cloudy citrus juice golden color with thick white head that stays until almost the glass is gone great lacing.

Smell - The smell is not a pronounced as I expected but still amazing orange and grapefruit stand out as well as some pine notes.

Taste - The main things that stand out are orange grapefruit and a good hop flavor.

Feel - Very smooth light to medium body very clean and crisp.

Overall - An amazing beer that I would have again.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in a stemmed, tulip style glass. Coppery color and nice carbonated white head on the beer after the pour. Outstanding rye IPA. The golden rye adds a touch of spiciness to it really balancing it out, but then it hits you on the palate with all the hop goodness.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle best by 6/18/16.

Very impressive showcase of Nelson Sauvin, this beer is balanced by depth of flavor and lightness on the palate. The nose is pungent with fresh orange rind and pine resin. On the tongue is juicy orange, bitter grapefruit pith and a touch of resinous pine. The malt backbone is extremely light - just the way I like an IPA - but with that slightly spicy rye kick. So nice. The mouthfeel is light and pillowy with light, prickly carbonation. This beer drinks so easy, which is a shame because my 22 oz bottle kicked very quickly.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

GF or not, it is still outstanding. It's been a while since I've had a "real" Nelson, but i would never complain about this being in my fridge. Cheers!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, best by date May 24, 2016 printed on the label. My second beer from Alpine Beer Company, their highly acclaimed Nelson 'golden rye India pale ale'.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Bright juicy golden yellow pour, appears adequately carbonated with one finger of frothy white foam head that falls quickly and leaves spotty lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - A beautiful fresh bouquet greets the senses: fresh, juicy, fruity & floral. Fresh earthy pine hop flowers - mango, grapefruit, white grapes, peach. A very fresh & inviting aroma.

T - Flavor follows the nose: fresh, juicy, fruity, & floral. Crisp, earthy, grassy, piney. Fruity with notes of mango & grapefruit, white grape, peaches. Very juicy and fruity, thanks to the Nelson Sauvin hops. Very delicious stuff.

M - The feel is probably the best part of this beer - dangerously drinkable at 7.00% abv, this thing goes down like a 5.00% session IPA. Juicy & fruity. Floral, with perfect balance. The malts keep the hops from ever becoming too bitter.

Overall, an excellent fresh IPA. Very drinkable & refreshing. Highly recommended.

Alpine Beer Company Nelson -----4.5/5

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Photo of SovereignGood
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from BDBS in SD.

L: Pale yellow with some good carbonation and about a finger head. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as you sip.

S: Lots of citrus, orange rind, lemon, floral notes, pine, sugar, and I'm even picking up something that reminds me of banana.

T: A really clean IPA flavor with a nice balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

F: Medium to light body; suits a 7% ABV well.

Really like Nelson. Hopefully with the Green Flash takeover they can still produce the same quality that Alpine has been known for.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber with best by date exactly 60 days into the future. Not sure when this was born, but seems relatively fresh. Cloudy, golden hue with foamy, white head. Looks to be well carbonated.

Smells piney, with strong citrus notes. Grapefruit mostly. Mouthfeel is rather chewy and finishes dry. Clean finish, but not quite crispy. Flavors are bold grapefruit with some pine undertones. Really refreshing and clean ipa. No signs of the alcohol, just a lot of citrus and medium bitterness that grows to the finish.

Overall and excellent, easy drinking ipa. I haven't had a lot of the Alpine beers, but I'll be seeking them out.

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Photo of Beerdsley419
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pale yellow color, hazy, 1 finger thick sudsy white head that reduces into a the ring. Minimal lacing

S - smell is somewhat subdued but very pleasant. Biscuit, orange and grapefruit present with a dank hoppy background

T - grapefruit and orange come through amazingly well with a nice touch of biscuit, the hops really come trough this beer perfectly adding a dank, piney aspect that really goes great with the citrus. true to smell. Has some bitterness that is enjoyable

F - medium bodied, medium carbonated, good

O - This is a fantastic beer

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at a local (excellent) bar. The rye flavor was pretty good, but not outstanding. Ideally, a rye IPA is an excellent IPA with a just more kick. This tasted like a pretty good IPA with some rye.

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Photo of jspaner
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light, pale yellow color, with a thin layer of white head. Looks like cloudy apple or grapefruit juice. The smell is very fruity and bright, with citrus & slight mango aromas.
The taste is tart & well balanced with the slightly peppery rye flavor. The hoppiness is very nice, strong but not overpowering. There are notes of tropical fruits, but not much malt. The alcohol is well-masked.
The carbonation is moderate, with mild body. Smooth & well-balanced.
This is a delicious IPA. Easy to drink, tart, fruity, bright and very tasty. I highly recommend it & will seek it out again.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

January 14, 2016

16.6 oz. bottle, tulip

A – Medium gold, bright even though it’s mildly hazy. An inch of somewhat craggy, bright white foam sits atop the liquid, with long slow retention.

S – Grapefruit juice, a touch of kiwi, and lemon spritzer all contribute to a strong, dominant hop profile. Light, crackery malt with a bit of sourdough bread impression.

T – A whole lot of grapefruit, perhaps of the ruby red variety, with a light lemon note in the background. Flour/cracker malt profile. Bitterness comes and goes but is strong on the finish and aftertaste.

M – Slightly sweet and slick, not as sudsy/carbonated as it appears to be, though still moderate. Medium body. Bitterness rises and takes over on the finish. At no point is there any real balance are harmony.

O – Fantastic aroma and flavor, lacking in the mouthfeel. Never quite feels cohesive.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised to find a couple of these just hanging around the shelves in my local beer store. I picked one up to give it a try. Well worth it! Very good, west coast style IPA. Tropical, juicy, drank, and highly drinkable at a decent 7% ABV. Very similar to other beers I've had from them. I recommend Alpine.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good IPA. Not sure if I would describe it as a world beater, but I would definitely buy again. It's a little more bitter then I prefer, but I assume that must be th characteristics of the Nelson Sauvin hops. Has a definitely tropical, grapefruit taste going for it.

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Photo of Auraan
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a cloudy golden body with one finger of bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of an excellent IPA, very true to style. Scents of tropical fruit, especially tart passion fruit, a vinous dry white wine character, hints of mango and underlying notes of tart citrus with hints of lemon most noticeable alongside light tangerine and light vegetal hop notes and spicy rye malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a very nice rye IPA that showcases the best of the Nelson Sauvin hops along with the character of the rye. Bright and fruity describes it best. Flavor begins hoppy with notes passion fruit, oniony, vegetal hops, dry white wine, slight citrus peel and some spicy rye malt backbone. Middle continues vegetal flavors with passion fruit fading into the background, spicy rye and spicy hop flavors providing depth, lightly floral flavors and moderate notes of citrus peel. Finish is hoppy and dry with notes of vegetal hops, grapefruit peel, spicy hops and spicy rye malt and some light tangerine. Aftertaste is vegetal hops, grapefruit peel, spicy rye malt and light pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of an excellent Nelson Sauvin hopled rye IPA, bringing forth the best aspects of both flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent IPA, true to form. Overall this is an amazing IPA. It uses two of my favorite ingredients, rye and Nelson Sauvin hops to create a complex and rich IPA.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (drink by March, 2016) poured into Belgian ale glass

L: Nice cloudy amber, typical of good IPAs. Big foamy head, good retention, lots of sticky lacing.

S: More tropical than citrus, I think. Some light malt.

T: Mango, other tropical fruit, some grapefruit. Light malts. Bitter finish. Very little alcohol.

F: A little off-balance on the finish, not bad. Lightly carbonated, light to medium body, fairly dry finish

It's good. Not backflip good like I see from some reviews, but good.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this one. Poured into my Dogfish IPA glass. Golden and luscious, worthy of it's World-Class rating. A tad bitter which may be my only critique here but not significant enough for me to detract that much. A unique take which is pulled off very well. Must be due to the Nelson Sauvin hops.

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