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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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2,275 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,275
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 1,239
Gots: 228 | FT: 16
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Major fail for no bottle date.

A: Pours a hazy dull orange. Enormous frothy white head. Great head retention with a huge island of foam. Widespread spiderweb lacing from top to bottom.

S: Crisp grapefruit and a dry white wine. I guess Nelson hops really earn their name. Lost of apricot as it warms. A nice sharp rye malt to follow it. Familiar cat urine aroma in all the right ways.

T: Lots of grapefruit and cat urine. LOTS of it. One of the strongest ever. Robust but not overpowering spicy rye follows it and seemingly amplifies it. Not hugely bitter but has plenty of hop flavor to go around. Kind of an astringent, mouth-drying feel through the finish. Interesting white wine flavor lingering between sips. Really has a pretty convincing aftertaste. As it warms, the white wine is more and more prevalent.

M: Nice medium bodied. Long lasting bitterness and dryness leaves a lasting impression.

O: Man, Alpine can really make them, can't they? Had Duet last night which was amazing. This isn't QUITE as good. Very good, very different, just not quite as amazeballs. Not super bitter like duet but still has that big strength and complexity of hop flavors. Rye malt adds a further layer and stands out a bit. Great beer.

Dope, Sep 18, 2013
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bright, pale yellow - lemon-colored. Despite the bright appearance, it's thick and pulpy, almost completely opaque. One finger of perfectly white head, quickly fading, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit and sweet lemon. Hint of rye or spice, barest sign of clover honey or flower. Slightly delicate.

Immediately sweet, followed by a noticeable hoppy dryness, and then you're hit with a ton of fruit: ultra-sweet grapefruit, lemon, a hint of rind. The rye comes through in the finish, if at all. Very little malt balance, but still comes across as very smooth.

Alive and bubbly, but still a medium-light feel. You can toss it around with no foaming and no sting, although the carbonation makes you feel its presence. Lovely hop oil residue.

This should be up there with other single-IPA stalwarts such as Jai Alai and Flower Power. It is absurdly juicy, bright, and hoppy, alive, and yet eminently drinkable.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,275 ratings.