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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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2,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,195
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,222
Gots: 209 | FT: 15
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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Tauroe, Aug 02, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%

Thanks @tauroe for sharing this gem with me.
Pours hazy golden with huge white head and spectacular lacing. Smell and taste of citrus grapefruit orange lemon. Great full and creamy mouthfeel
Overall solid Nelson, would love to have again. Hill Farm Nelson a bit better

alaimoa, Aug 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Mersh, Jul 28, 2013
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4.86/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle thanks to ehammond1, poured into a 3F stem. Thanks Eric!

Pour: Pours a beautiful, hazy, mango colored body. Two fingers of creamy white head for, and leave some really fantastic lacing. This looks awesome!

Smell: Bright mango, lemon rind, grapefruit, and orange juice mix with a light pine and some raw dough. Wow this smells amazing.

Taste: This is just astounding. Juicy grapefruit, tangelo, and oranges mix with some pineapple and mango. Absolute just gushing with fruit juice. Some lightly bitter pine and citrus play off a delicately bready malt profile. Finishes as lush with fruit as the start.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and juicy throughout. Easy drinking.

Overall: This is absolutely one of the best IPAs I've ever had, if not the best. Truly a treat. Thank you again Eric for helping me finally try this long due want!

cfrances33, Jul 27, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev -0.9%

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was traded fresh. Pours moderately hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big mango, passion-fruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light rye, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big mango, passion-fruit, peach, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, light rye, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, passion-fruit, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light honey, bread, light rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of bright tropical/citrus hop notes with light-moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible IPA! Fantastic balance and complexity of tropical and bright citrus hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 25, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%

7/23/13 Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Cloudy, unfiltered, golden yellow. Really beautiful. Almost looks like a Mimosa.

S: Citrus notes up front, grapefruit. This is my type of IPA. Really fruity. Must come from the Nelson Sauvin Hops.

T: Getting the rye most on the finish. Really fucking tasty. Citrusy, nice hop profile, finishes bitter.

M: Clings to the mouth nicely. Medium to high carbonation. Nice and lively.

This was my first east coast/west coast beer swap and I am extremely pleased. Need to search out more IPA's using this Nelson hop.

kindbill, Jul 23, 2013
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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,195 ratings.