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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,183
Gots: 173 | FT: 13
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

(Beer added by: rayjay on 08-14-2006)
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bccrosley

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-26-2014 01:04:11 | More by bccrosley
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hbchrisg

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-25-2014 02:49:01 | More by hbchrisg
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zhanson88

California

4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy straw color, with about 1/2" of white head that has decent retention and lacing. Not a bad looking beer, but it does not have quite the clarity that I have seen in other Alpine IPAs.

Smell: Light pale malt scents are evident, but that is quickly overshadowed by pungent tropical fruit dankness. Very nice.

Taste: Mirrors the smell. Nice, light malt backbone which adds a bit of sweetness but not too much. Then comes the hop flavors. Tropical fruit flavors shine, namely pineapple and mango. Very little bitterness, almost exclusively tropical fruit and dankness.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The beer has a light body with moderate carbonation, which is about right. Overall, the Nelson hops really shine in this beer. I love tropical fruit notes and limited bitterness in my IPAs, so I was a fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:45:13 | More by zhanson88
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-24-2014 00:17:21 | More by PA-Michigander
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StPaulSuds

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-23-2014 17:36:27 | More by StPaulSuds
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BeerMothaLova

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-21-2014 21:36:00 | More by BeerMothaLova
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Chadical

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-21-2014 16:44:03 | More by Chadical
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tfidler

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-21-2014 01:43:28 | More by tfidler
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jb3304

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

01-20-2014 00:25:41 | More by jb3304
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NWer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-19-2014 15:13:47 | More by NWer
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scotv

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-19-2014 13:46:02 | More by scotv
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1Sunshine

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%

01-18-2014 07:36:23 | More by 1Sunshine
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

01-18-2014 04:52:00 | More by smartassboiler
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NW2285

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-16-2014 17:13:48 | More by NW2285
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bram325

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-16-2014 16:21:42 | More by bram325
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-16-2014 01:31:39 | More by mikeburd1128
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dar482

New York

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The color comes in a surprisingly bright hazy lemon yellow with a 2 finger white fluffy head. Almost looks like a wheat ale because of the haziness and yellow, almost like yellow Gatorade color.

The aroma has pungent juicy sweet grapefruit, orange, tangerine. A nice bready malt in there as well. Some mango and pineapple.

One could write paragraphs and paragraphs about this beer because of the complexity of flavors. The flavor follow with some bright floral, sweet melon, honey dew, sweet grapefruit. Then moves onto a hint of spicy rye, white pepper. Then a honey sweetness and lightly toasted bready malt. The finish has grassiness, astringent grapefruit pith, a bit of pine and resin. Mostly drying and some bitterness. There's a theme of white wine character with the sweetness.

The general theme of this beer is a hoppy grapefruit bomb with a gentle bready malt, light body, and fresh flavors throughout. Certainly one of the best IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 04:10:18 | More by dar482
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-13-2014 18:25:45 | More by mattmarka1
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Bjorn2bWild

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-13-2014 17:59:08 | More by Bjorn2bWild
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Adamostella

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-11-2014 21:42:33 | More by Adamostella
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Booner818

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-11-2014 06:39:53 | More by Booner818
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BucannonXC5

California

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.50
Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with one finger of off-white head. Good amount of sporadic spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention.

Smelled grapefruit, pine, orange rind, citrus hops, floral hops, spices and resin hops.

Tasted grapefruit and initially it reminded me of a toned down Pliny the Elder. Pine, resin, citrus, orange rind, tangerine and light caramel malts, all in a pretty bitter form.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, bitter, citrusy finish.

This beer lived up to the hype. Just fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 06:31:11 | More by BucannonXC5
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Funkwich

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-11-2014 05:47:41 | More by Funkwich
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-10-2014 21:10:01 | More by williamjbauer
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evanforbeer

California

4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours a pretty somewhat murky gold with silky/silvery white head

nose- what a nose. fresh grapefruit, earthy rye spice/ white pepper, buttery bread

taste- starts with floral and sweet grapefruit and tangerine and a dash of tropical fruit, turns crisp and deliciously dry as with rye- like white-peppery buttered rye toast, with a dash of lemon lingering throughout it. finish is fruity and a bit biscuity

feel- crisp, clean, hoppy, light-medium bodied, buttery, spicy

i love this beer! A fantastic IPA, and probably the best rye beer I've had. Darn near perfect

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:27:47 | More by evanforbeer
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.