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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%


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

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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head.

Scent of sharp, bitter hops, a hint of earth and a kiss of rye. Very hop focused, though the rye has a small presence, the hops steal the show.

Taste of dry earthy hops and some rye. Similar to the scent, but the rye is much more present here. The rye is coming through an almost poisonous amount of hops, I love it.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with decent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 01:48:53 | More by paco1029384756
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augustgarage

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrived early to Blue Palms to watch the cask of this get put on - a large burst of carbonation was released when Brian drove a corkscrew into the shive (or whatever it is called) - a good sign. Served after sitting for 20 minutes (after about a pitcher of watery foam was poured off) in a 20oz nonic - mine was the very first of the evening!

This was an angry, laborious, frothing pint - a cautious hand pumping still took two glasses and several minutes (the barkeep certainly earned his tip this evening) to finally serve up a proper pour. Remarkable appearance - lacing initially even coated the OUTSIDE of the glass...opaque lemoncello colored body with two fingers of permanent dense creamy shock-white foam. Swirling leaves an avalanche of lacing, like rapidly melting snow...

The aroma grew in intensity as the glass made its way down the bar - it was more intense than many IPAs I've had even from several feet away. Pushed up to my nose, it is a perfect balance of hops and grain - floral and unique.

The rye is subtle but works exceptionally well against the hops. It serves as a spicy foil to the singular grassy blast of pine, citrus, and pepper that the hops embody (they are all of these things yet none of these things). What a uniquely savory brew (I almost get notes of cheddar - and not in a bad way!) - grapefruit and lemon zest, pomelo, fennel, orangsicles, custard, white pepper, persimmon, mango - one could go on...and yet everything is very mild and well integrated into a whole. Quite different and tasty...

Thick, creamy, yet still light bodied, the mouthfeel would be perfect except for a slight chalkiness - a large amount of sediment rests on the bottom of the glass when it is nearly empty - excellent if you enjoy unfiltered brews.

Slightly spicy finish, with lots of fruit on the palate - on cask this is right up there with Sculpin for me in terms of drinkability.

Very well done and luciously fresh - don't miss it if you get the chance to sample this beer in this modality....

Serving type: cask

11-07-2009 05:41:45 | More by augustgarage
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle fresh from the west coast.

Pours pale gold with a slight haze and a half inch head of white. A solid skimcoat remained for the entirety of the glass dropping below plenty of dimpled lacing.

Aromatics blast off with pepper-dusted grapefruit, forest floor, lemon pith, and cedar bark. A hint of biscuity malt in the back with plenty of zesty, earthy citrus up front.

On the lighter side of medium bodied. A crisp and slightly thinnish mouthfeel.

Ripe, juicy, citrus fruits lead off the palate with a peppery follow-through. Barely a trace of malt, less than the Duet from last night. Grapefruit zest, lemon seeds, and pepper-rubbed tangerine ride a wave of bitterness to the finish.

A trace of warming alcohol, lingering fruit, and a firm bitterness draws things to a close.

Right there with the Duet. The Rye adds a nice spicyness and the Nelson hops add a lemony bite. Theres also some additonal earthiness beyond whats found in the Duet. Less malt to balance, but you don't miss it as it allows the rye to shine through.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 01:33:57 | More by brewandbbq
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Mauerhan

California

4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my last bottles.

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color into my glass with an abundant one and a half finger head that leaves sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass. constant stream of bubbles stick in there as I continue the beer.

Smell is fantastic. Very fruity hop aroma. Grapefruit rind, tangerine and lemon. I also get a kick out of the rye in there. It seems to balance out the sweetness from the fruity Nelson hops.

Taste is great. I have to give it to the folks down at alpine. They know how to make a killer IPA. Big assault of hops on my palate to start it off. They follow suit with the smell. Big and fruity. Great malt backbone and a nice bite from the rye.

Leaves a touch of a drying quality in the mouth. otherwise this beer is gone in a matter of minutes.

I love me some Alpine. I would love them more if it was shorter than two hours to drive there for some more.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 23:47:06 | More by Mauerhan
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errantnight

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is a beer that enters immediately into the realm of regular favorites... I've loved it on tap, on cask... only Duet and fresh Pure Hoppiness have surpassed it from that maestro of the hops over there...

Pours a ruddy hazy pale straw with a kiss of orange. Head is creamy and rich, with beautiful organic lacing, if not overly abundant.

Aroma is a rustic, earthy, funky grapefruit blast... blistering and raw, but somehow skirting the boundary without falling too far into that musty, onion-y sent that some beers with similar profiles can succomb to.

On the palate it is a ridiculous solid combination of mid palate sweetness and a moderately clean bitterness, a hint of a ragged, pine-y, resin-y bite just at the end. If there's a criticism to be laid, it's that the sweetness comes through a bit too much like a very pale caramel and clings to the tongue a bit, malt flavors are completely swallowed up, with the exception of a bit of spiciness from the rye that underscores the resiny grapefruit-y blast of hops. This is all hops. And a bit of rye. It's awesome.

Mouthfeel is night perfect, with the high bitterness they've gone with a really delicate bubble that presents just enough head and carbonation to properly highlight the best attributes of the beer.

Dangerously drinkable, as the best of them are. Man, if Duet ever hits our shores as well that's THREE new IPAs I want in my fridge ALL THE TIME, and there's already Stone's two and Union Jack and Alesmith... damn you, delicious, fresh, local(ish) IPAs, ruining me for the day I must leave SoCal!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 00:11:25 | More by errantnight
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Intelligentsia

California

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bottle. My first thought was that this is clearly a rye beer. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill IPA, it's more complex and definitely quite challenging. Ultimately I liked it a lot.

Amber color with some marvelous lacing that stuck the entire time I drank from the glass. Not a whole lot of head here, but some nice soap bubbles.The lacing is really impressive, however.

The aroma wasn't extravagant, and to be honest a bit disappointing. Mostly tropical fruit, but it didn't make me want to jump into it like many other IPAs have done. Better than your average beer, but not by much.

Taste was dominated by the Nelson hops. Very, very unusual. Not what I would expect from a San Diego IPA, but I definitely savored the flavor. Where else can one find Nelson hops? Tropical fruit on the finish, nice malt backbone to it as well.

Not much carbonation and a fairly average weight make it very drinkable. The 7% doesn't hurt, either. Hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 07:21:19 | More by Intelligentsia
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womencantsail

California

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up at Walnut Liquorette yesterday, although the price tag was a bit of a turn-off, I've been wanting to try this one for awhile.

A: Nelson pours a clear, light golden color with a very thin layer of white foam and great lacing.

S: These Alpine IPAs (Nelson and Duet) have an amazingly sweet, fruity hop character that I rarely see in IPAs. Tons of tropical and citrus fruits and not much in the way of malt, but a hint of spice from the rye.

T: The initial flavor is piney and bitter, with a ton of grapefruit. The back-end of the sip features a bit of malt, rye, and that great tropical fruit on the finish.

M: There is low carbonation, and a medium body.

D: This is a dangerously drinkable beer. The excellent fruity hops make this so delicious and leave you wanting more. But at 7.1%, you need to watch out, as a bomber of this can do some damage.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 20:50:57 | More by womencantsail
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very unique IPA...the much talked about Nelson Sauvin hops exude an aroma and flavor unlike any IPA I have had before.

If I had to describe in one word I would say Herbal...almost like tea but this has big chive/garlic notes in the aroma and taste....much more so than Summit hops which can give off some of that as well.

To be honest I am not a huge fan of the characteristics I am smelling and tasting but it is so unique it is enjoyable to taste something different..

Body is medium...easy drinking...there is just a hint of the spicy rye which complements the hops nicely.

I am glad I tried this but one is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 05:30:02 | More by ZAP
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Mauerhan for the trade! 22oz bomber into a Foothills pint glass.

Nelson Rye pours a straw-golden hue with a hefty dose of particulates that jumped in with the last few ounces. Good carbonation level fuels a bone-white head that retains quite well and leaves behind some seriously impressive lacing. Tangerine and grapefruit zest absolutely dominate the aroma, with a subtle hint of rye, pale, and caramel malts in the background. Some spicy, earthy yeast notes if you dig deep enough. Amazing nose.

Wow. Wow-freaking-OW that's good! Huge blast of spicy rye and bitter hops lay the smack down on the front of the palate, dropping notes of citrus peel, white pepper, and tons of hoppy goodness. The slightest hint of band-aid esters is all that keeps Nelson from a perfect "5". However, the mouthfeel is flawless, with a crisp, well-carbonated medium body that finishes smooth and dry, but still manages to come off as refreshing. Solid, solid beer. A+

(Edit: Re-tried thanks to weibull. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I remember, and the beer was bordering on under-carbonated, knocking the mouthfeel from a 5.0 to a 4.0. Still, a wonderful IPA.)

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 21:58:12 | More by wagenvolks
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MisterClean

California

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at south bay drugs.

A - Poured copper golden with 2 fingers of white head. Dissiaptes moderately and left little lacing.

S/T - Rye, roast toffee, grapefruit, citrus and resiny pine. Lots of resinousness.

M - Moderate in body, hop-dominated and finishes smooth. Something is a little off in this beer. The combination of hops give the finish a somewhat chalky mouthfeel.

D - Good overall. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:51:05 | More by MisterClean
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TexIndy

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the brewery during my San Diego trip last week. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but since got at the brewery it's gotta be fresh and well handled. It was a slightly hazy golden color with tinge of orange. Good carb streams and good lacing. It had a massive white head that very slowly settled into a foam. Very similar in appearance to the Duet from them that I had last night.

I believe this is my first beer with the Nelson Sauvin hop so no priors to compare it to. Floral hops, lots of rye and some grapefruit. No pine though. I enjoyed the Duet aroma much more but this is still good. The taste followed the aroma with the hop and rye sharing the spotlight. But kick in at the start and race to the finish and end in a tie. Finish is smooth and not bitter. Mouthfeel is solid with a creamy texture. Carb levl was good in this one so better mouthfeel than the Duet.

Overall, an good AIPA that I recommend. Not sure if it was the nelson hop or the rye or the mix of the two but I didn't love this one like I loved the Duet and Pure Hoppiness from them. During my trip, I got to try a sample on tap at the brewery so this was my first real taste of it. Rotation: not avail here. While I enjoyed this one, if I'm going to get some Alpine shipped to me I'll stick to the others from them. But if in the area and can get on-tap, it would be worth a pint.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:25:07 | More by TexIndy
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, hazy golden body. Thin and bubbly cap of ivory white froth. Lacing comes in sporadic thin rings. Aroma brings bright layers of pink grapefruit, lemon zest, MJ, apricot, tangerine, etc... This is one great smelling beer. This IPA has nice balance between bitter and flavor in regards to the hops. Neither overpowers the other. Bitterness is fairly clean and refreshing. Flavor brings a lot of citrus and a little pine too. Not quite as bright and juicy as the aroma led me to believe, but rather, a little rough around the edges, which isn't all bad in an IPA. All of the original suspects are still around to varying degrees....grapefruit, orange, lemon, etc.... This is an interesting IPA and an interesting hop for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 04:56:08 | More by Bighuge
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GregSVT

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtsey of MASPuros...thanks Mike!

A: Poured a golden hazy color with a small white head that fades to nothing and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Nose is all piney hops with a small amount of tropical fruit in the background. There is a small rye component to the nose but it's barely detectable although it does show up a bit more as it warms. It also get more fruity as it warms and I get a big passion fruit aroma.

T: Taste is all pine bitterness like the nose with a small fruity flavor on the finish. The rye adds a spicey kick towards the end of the finish as well. The fruity sweet flavors get more pronounced as you let the beer warm. I can actually taste the passion fruit that has been mentioned now that it has warmed and the bitterness is all but gone. Very interesting flavors and a big change from right out of the fridge to about an hour later.

M: Feel is par for the style. Creamy and the carbonation is just right.

D: I would have this again but I'm not sure if I'll search for it too hard. The 7% isn't bad and could make me want a few bombers in one sitting.

This is good but I may be tempted to reach for other offerings before this one again. If you like rye in your beer this is one to try though. Let it warm and you will be greeted with a very different beer from when it's cold.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:56:00 | More by GregSVT
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pop of the bomber, recent release picked up by a really swell local BA. Slight chill haze, white grapefruit juice without the pulp. Pretty darn clear golden orange, on the golden side. Fluffy white head in my Moonlight nonic. Lace immediately sticking to the sides while milky way bubbling settles in.

Stong aroma of passion fruit, young pine sap, tart citrus, dash of honey. Somewhat earthy yet very dynamic. Distinct rye smell...so nice.

Crostini cracker pop until the onslaught of hop power. Huge wave of piney grapefruit rind. Tart hop flavor, with a solid block of maltiness allowing the hop flavor to shine brightly. Slight chalky hop bite, and I like it. Dry, bitter hoppy mouthfeel with a twinge of citrus in the back. Lingering dryness.

Quite hearty & complex which continues to remind me, never judge a book by it's cover.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 21:16:17 | More by RustyDiamond
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gford217

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear light golden amber with a big fluffy white head that hangs on for quite a while and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is wonderful, with massive pithy grapefruit, floral pine and grass up front. The rye spiciness is evident as well and it really makes this more original than most in the nose.

The taste seems to be a little less citrusy than the aroma. There is some grapefruit up front, but the sweet malts in the backbone are much more evident than in the aroma and finish is very spicy with the rye and bitter with pine resin and pineapple.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated, but the rye makes it smoother than most IPAs and I think it adds to the feel overall.

This is another great IPA from Alpine, who has never disappointed me in this style. They are clearly making some of the best IPAs out there and I'm pumped they're bottling more of them. Highly recommended...obviously.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:37:01 | More by gford217
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super clean and bright gold with a ton of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass creating a lingering 3 inches of soapy white foam head.

S: Grapefruit aromas with a subtle rye note

T: Grapefruit notes with a bit of pininess and a slight hint of smokiness and soapiness in the finish.

M: Medium body with a lingering bitter note that is slightly off putting

D: Easy sipper for sure and the bomber was gone before I knew it

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 22:08:57 | More by mikey711
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jjayjaye

New York

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a nice loose foamy white head that fades slowly leaving a good amount of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is off the charts!!! Really enjoyable aggressive fruity grapefruit orange resin character. Full flavored, the grapefruit taste bursts out and pretty much hides the rye-factor. However, I do sense that the rye is adding to the mouth feel and seems to extend the impact of the resin aftertaste. This is one heck of a nice drinker. Very enjoyable; reminds me some of Pliny. Huge thanks to radshoesbro for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 21:31:35 | More by jjayjaye
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srandycarter

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Finally, in the bottle. Almost clear, light honey/heavy straw. Near white head, though not much of it and it reduces to ring fast. Some thin sticky lace.

S - Sticky pine. Almost skunky, pot like in smell.

T - Nice fat malt obliterated by grapefruit hops. Yum.

M - Medium body, nice carb, great balance with heavy elements.

D - I could do a few for sure. Yeah, Nelson in bottle!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:49:25 | More by srandycarter
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WeisGuy

New York

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a bright golden color, moderate ivory head with decent retention and great lacing, fairly cloudy

s - you can really smell the spiciness of the rye on the nose, mixes in nicely with the big tangerine and grapefruit aromas from the hops, very unique smell

t - big bite of citrus up front with clear notes of grapefruit and tangerine rind, the mid-palate has a nice amount of sweetness to go along with the bitter citrus, finish is where the rye really comes into play with a good dose of spice mixing nicely with lingering bitterness and grapefruit, not too much alcohol evident

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, quite dry on the finish, not much by way of alcohol warming

d - pretty interesting and unique flavor and aroma keeps me wanting to finish the bottle, not too harsh on the palate, though it is dry, alcohol is not all that evident

Great stuff, all around. Great to see Alpine starting to bottle a few more of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 05:16:52 | More by WeisGuy
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sweetbrew82

California

4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a snifter

P: Brilliant gold with a pearly white head of thick, tightly-packed foam that showed excellent retention. Once it finally evaporated, it formed a thin film of foam on top and left some spotty lacing behind.

A: Wow! Hops just rip open the nasal passages with a fresh and vibrant citrusy goodness that smells like there's a freshly-cut piece of grapefruit in my glass. As it warms, more of a tropical fruit presence comes out that turns up the dial even more on the pleasure factor. Next in line is a bit of floral and pine to deepen the complexity. While the sweetness of the malt is hardly even noticeable, the spiciness of the rye is, even if it is decidedly more subtle than I'd like. This is in the elite class of IPA's as far as I'm concerned!

T: Citric blasts of primarily grapefruit, along with tangerines and pineapples are the initial sensations my palate is greeted with, as the biscuity malt underneath is used as a springboard for the hops. Some spruce-like, oily pine gets in the mix after the initial wave, while some more tropical fruit deepens the profile and broadens the complexity. The rye doesn't add the brilliant amount of spiciness that Hop Rod Rye does, but at least it's flavor isn't as subtle as it was in the nose and does tingle the tongue a bit on the back end. Oily, slightly grassy, and impressively bitter on the moderately dry finish. In my opinion, the flavor doesn't come close to matching the magnificence of the aroma, but it's pretty good nonetheless.

M: Alpine's Nelson Rye is a medium-light bodied beer that offers some stickiness to coat the mouth with. But, it feels a bit thin and watery in spots and doesn't offer any creaminess due to the relatively low amount of C02.

Notes: I have a feeling that this bottle isn't doing the beer justice when compared to the draught version. It seems like the flavor might be able to match the nose, and the amount of carbonation would be improved to give it that slightly creamy feel that I love in my IPA's. Seeing as how Alpine just starting bottling these beers, I wonder if they are still fine-tuning the bottling line because the carbonation seemed a bit off. This doesn't replace Hop Rod Rye as my favorite rye beer, but it will become a staple in my beer diet, for sure. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 10:18:14 | More by sweetbrew82
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HopHead84

California

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up by my buddy ArthurPendragon. Consumed on 10/11/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is transparent straw golden with a creamy one inch head. Retention is good and a little lacing is scattered.

The nose is floral with prominent bitter grapefruit and a little orange pith. Pine notes are evident, as well as grassiness and a touch of mint. Malt imparts a low level of sweetness and the rye contributes a decided spiciness. When it warms up this beer smells so damn good and light tropical notes are apparent.

The taste opens up with bitter grapefruit and strong rye character which lends spicy notes. Other citrus notes are of orange and a little pineapple. I get just a little pine in the flavor. The beer has a bit more sweetness than Alpine's other IPAs but it's fitting. Bitterness is at an upper medium level and alcohol is faint.

The beer is upper light bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. To be honest the bottle could have used a bit more carbonation, but maybe it's just me as I typically prefer higher carbonation on IPAs. This is a fantastic beer. As of now I prefer this beer on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 04:09:10 | More by HopHead84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego in August 2009.

A: Pours an orange-gold with a white head.

S: A little bit of rye behind plenty of citrus and tropical hops.

T: Lots of hops going on with a little bit of rye in the background.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and little alcohol feel.

D: Quite drinkable. Not nearly as good as Duet or O'Brien's IPA, but very good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 18:51:54 | More by Thorpe429
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sunny day
grass and hay

liars club
beer and grub

aroma clean also hoppy
little bit of rye, but it's kinda sloppy

Taste is hoppy, rye is small
is this a Rye IPA at all?

Finish is pretty much the same

Taste like duet, with a bit more burn
Alpines folks have got to learn

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 20:00:22 | More by francisweizen
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Toronado San Francisco anniversary fest. I really, really liked this beer. I've been an Alpine fan for a while, and I think they do a great job with their hoppy beers. I love the zingy, bitter hop onslaught on this one coupled with the spicy rye, it just really works for me. Poured golden with a wispy head, but very nice continuous lacing. Very fresh tasting herbal hops in the nose, quite a bit of dill aroma that I get from the Nelson Sauvin hops sometime, and a bit spicy in the finish as well. I just love the taste of this beer. Lots of herbal hops followed by lots of pine, pretty much my favorite hop situation. Long, tangy, spicy, piney, and herbal. Beautiful interplay between the spicy, slightly sour rye and the hops. Very bitter and long in the mouth with quite an austere malt profile. This is a delicious beer, but its a mouthful.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 22:09:04 | More by Georgiabeer
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden body. Moderate white cap, decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Clean light lemon-citrus hops. Fresh grassy. Pronounced rye.

T: The combination of citrus and grassy hops are so clean and refreshing. Not overwhelming, but very pronounced rye flavor. Definitely the best "rye" beer I've had.

M: Slightly thinner than I would prefer. Refreshing and crisp finish though.

D: Goes down so good. Incredibly drinkable. Could go for another growler easy.

Serving type: growler

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