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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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2,130 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,130
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 1,201
Gots: 196 | FT: 14
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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cofeeguru

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -55.3%

06-28-2013 21:30:55 | More by cofeeguru
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bird22

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-27-2013 17:52:14 | More by bird22
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%

Huge thanks to Mike for splitting this with me - one that I've been dying to try. Nelson pours a murky golden and somewhat orange-ish color. Super hazy and amazingly unfiltered, it looks something like lighter-toned apple cider. Surprisingly little head for an IPA, and it looks a bit thick during the pour, but the yeasty haze is strangely compelling.

Alpine Nelson smells like the West Coast; wall-to-wall tropical fruits that immediately pummel your nostrils as the beer nears your face. Pineapple, mango, and a very large helping of oranges and/or tangerines. It almost has a "juice" vibe too it, and even begins to draw some similarities to Pliny the Elder.

The Nelson hops have a very nice, bursting wet and weedy aroma to them. Fresh, vibrant, and bright, exploding with savory leafiness and a mild twinge of bitterness alongside their wonderful tropical fruit inclusions. Not much malt (or rye, for that matter) in the aroma. This one is clearly all about the hops.

The flavor is just as "West Coast" as the aroma; again, just bursting through with a wonderful fruit profile. More pineapples and a gushing display of tangerines. The leafy side of the hops are more amplified on the palate, coming to life with a nice pungency; weedy, wet, grassy, with a beautiful sustaining bitterness.

Some slight onion-y flavors get tossed about; typically not a flavor I'm fond of in my beer, but it's light enough here to provide another layer of complexity rather than get in the way or distract. I finally get some rye in the finish, adding a nice dryness and the lightest touch of spice in the finale. Not as heavy on the palate as it appeared; slick, oily, and lightly carbonated.

Wow, this stuff went down like nothing. It was like drinking juice with some hops mixed in. Beautiful display of the Nelson hop and what it's capable of. Huge tropical fruit aromas and flavors make this sucker incredibly easy to drink. This is something you could crush just drinking outside on a hot day. Another staple in the already larger-than-life portfolio of West Coast IPAs.

06-27-2013 15:54:38 | More by tectactoe
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-27-2013 14:48:12 | More by mrebeka
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poormishi

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

06-27-2013 14:35:21 | More by poormishi
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-27-2013 02:53:46 | More by teamwiggum
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tswater

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-27-2013 01:54:07 | More by tswater
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earlholman

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

06-26-2013 13:26:59 | More by earlholman
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petermethot

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-26-2013 13:12:04 | More by petermethot
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-26-2013 03:27:03 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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Buff0910

Alabama

5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-26-2013 01:30:02 | More by Buff0910
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-24-2013 22:34:04 | More by xxcarpxx
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Nickyboy777

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-24-2013 16:28:09 | More by Nickyboy777
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mhksuccess

California

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%

Poured from a bottle into a 3FFF glass
golden color and thin head
hops smell is overpowering and can smell the nice bitter hops
taste is smooth that kind of bitter is unreal good
this was bottle about 8 days ago and is so amazing fresh
could drink this all day/night
it is to compare but this one is up there on my tops when done right and fresh

06-24-2013 14:53:43 | More by mhksuccess
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dwoolley1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-24-2013 13:45:41 | More by dwoolley1
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olibeer22

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

06-24-2013 04:42:37 | More by olibeer22
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JammyV

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-24-2013 00:42:59 | More by JammyV
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Fetching

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-23-2013 04:39:31 | More by Fetching
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-22-2013 23:39:27 | More by jsurfs82
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-22-2013 14:48:11 | More by griffeyb
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josephwa

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -32.9%

06-20-2013 20:17:58 | More by josephwa
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Cdunk11

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.5%

06-20-2013 17:23:02 | More by Cdunk11
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SMITHAND

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-20-2013 05:26:06 | More by SMITHAND
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cletusdog

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-19-2013 22:51:05 | More by cletusdog
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HoppyKilaMonster

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.5%

06-19-2013 22:24:19 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,130 ratings.