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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1697
Reviews: 536
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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afksports

New York

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

This was the second post football beer of the day. No La Playa for me. Started with Pliny. Very classy. Then moved on to a top100 and knocked Nelson off the list, which describes itself as a Golden Rye IPA.

So I expected golden and got it. Murky gold with sweet head and nice lacing. The straw of it isn't that appealing, but it looks like a well built beer from the first pour. Smell is interesting - the bottle describes as white wine, and truthfully that's there. Hops too, but of a variety that I'm not totally familiar with. Taste exhibits much more of the rye that's advertised. Not to my liking really, but if you're a rye fan, it definitely matches that rye bitter with the hops nicely. Also a tingle of sweetness.

Drinkability is what it is - for the flavor it's great, for me it's not. At 7.10% you can probably carry two bottles for the evening and really enjoy its medium body. Thanks, Martin, for the trade. This was a pleasure to taste.

Now if only it weren't named Nelson because of the hops, but after the Simpsons character. Hah haaah.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 21:08:31 | More by afksports
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slighlty hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, HUGE thick creamy/foamy white head, with lots of thick creamy/foamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice touch of malts, citrusy, with some slight pine notes. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, with some citrus/pine notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty IPA. Glad to have had a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 20:15:58 | More by Wasatch
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this one.
Poured in to Duvel Tulip.

A - Murky looking yellow colour with some brown. Looks kinda like swamp water. Opaque. A lot of visible sediment. Half a finger of bubbly white head. Very strange colour for an IPA.

S - Citrus and piney hops up front with a caramel malt sweetness noticeable in the background. Some spiciness is present as well.

T - Grapefruit, spiciness, caramel. A good amount of bitterness that lingers in the finish. A good malt backbone adds some sweetness and becomes more and more prominent as I continue to drink the beer.

M - Medium body, oily, chewy. Lightly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 00:30:10 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

A-pours a hazy light golden orange with some sediment floating about and a creamy white head.

S-the nose is so tropical fruity, rather awesome. notes of a musky almost garlic like rye up front with tons of tangerines and oranges taking over and dominating.

T-spicy rye, musky earthy malts, hops take over. tons of bright tangerines, grapefruit and oranges. hops galore with an interesting twang from the rye.

M-slightly more syrupy than the duet with the same highly carbonated active feel to it and crisp clean finish.

D-excellent IPA, the tangerines and tropical fruit flavors are so bright and enjoyable. the bitterness is rather light and the flavors go together pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 15:55:03 | More by cpetrone84
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Gtreid

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber thanks to Mikesgroove. No bottle date, so no way to tell how fresh this is. Poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Cloudy light copper color. The pour drops a two finger head that retains well and leaves nice lace.

A: Sweet floral and citrus hops right away. I do get a malty sweetness as well. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and some spicy herbal qualities.

T: Strong hop profile with notes of citrus and pine sap. A touch maltier than what I was expecting from a West coast ipa. This leads me to beleive this may be a touch past it's prime. but nonetheless, a fine tasting brew. It finishes bitter and dry.

M: Medium body. A touch light on the carbonation, means, this is just a bit too thick on the palate.

O: Really nice nose, pretty nice flavor, below average on the mouthfeel. But all in all not bad. I would really like to try this super fresh, as I think it would be supurb. But, have to rate what's in front of me. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 22:15:17 | More by Gtreid
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armock

New York

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

Thanks to danwho for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit hops with rye spiciness

T - Starts off with the bitter grapefruit hops then the rye spices come out to balance things a bit

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is a pretty enjoyable beer I'm not all that into rye but this was still a pretty good tasting beer that's going down easily if your into rye IPAs this is a beer that's worth checking out

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 23:56:16 | More by armock
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

This is a solid IPA, using the Nelson hop (only?) and some rye.
Nice pour, golden perhaps a bit of haze, but it was darn cold

Aroma is tropical and fruity, some stickiness is in there. Hoppy. A hint of pine, but mostly tropical and citrus with touch of apricot or persimmon

A bit of an odd taste, but that's not a slam. It's smooth in feel, but the flavors pop. Again, tropical fruit and citrus zest. Tangy. Somewhat sweet, a bit of spicy bread. It has a bit of pungency which gives the beer that 'oddness'

A nice beer. Good to see the Nelson and rye together; interesting

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 20:46:12 | More by Mebuzzard
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

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

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint.

A- Pours a cloudy gold with a 2 finger bright white head. Excellent lacing remains on the glass.

S- Citrus, floral hops, and some spices as well.

T- Some citrus (orange mainly) and pine. Has some spicy notes with slight peppery taste.

M- Medium body with lighter carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

O- Good IPA but not getting that vibrant citrus notes that I saw from a few other reviews. Never read reviews before I do my own, but was told that this beer could be off so wanted to see what I should expect.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:51:09 | More by kawilliams81
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

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

Shared 22oz bomber obtained in trade from Vanlingleipa.

Cloudy, pale yellow liquid poured into DFH snifter. One-finger white head, thick lacing.

Aroma of sweet hops, lemon, orange and spice/pepper.

Smooth hoppy bitterness, mild spicy rye notes, grapefruit. All very subtle compared to Alpine's usual hop marvels. The pepper/spice rye lingers on the lips and tongue. Nice touch.

Medium body, well carbonated. Rye provides a bit more body.

This is a quality brew, for sure, but for the effort, I will take the more hop forward offerings from Alpine.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 21:40:26 | More by CaptCleveland
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bomber into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a very pale shade of gold with a solid two finger head. Smell on this is citrusy with a tad bit of onion. Otherwise it's a pretty crisp scent. The taste is similar. Citrus foreground with a fade into onion. I typically don't like that quality even a little, but the citrus helps out tremendously. The finish is clean and crisp. Minimal bitterness or aftertaste of any variety. Overall, another solid Alpine IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:09:24 | More by Retail1LO
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in the NOOb BIF from psiweaver...thanks again!

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my tall Allagash snifter/chalice glass. Pours a pale golden color with a massive frothy head, and excelent retention! Huge white froth leaves loads of sticky and full lacing.

Aroma is good, but not my favorite IPA. Full of hops and mild light fruit.

Flavor is fruity...along with the hop bite. Big grapefruit taste, and lasting dryness in the finish. Slightly creamy mouth, but crisp none-the-less in the sence of refreshing! Big carbonation, and low booze in the flavor. A very good IPA!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 00:05:37 | More by ShadesOfGray
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted 22 March 2013, reviewed from notes. Thanks to BeerThirty for the bottle.

Pours a clear golden-orange. Not a ton of head, but partly due to a gentle pour. What head there is is white, and has good retention and lacing.

Smell is surprisingly weak in the nose. Some pulpy fruit, grapes, a little peach, and a bit of citrus. I have to really bury my nose in it to pull it in.

Taste is relatively sweet. Bitterness is toned down even from Duet, about 3/8 bitter. Has a really nice rye-like tingly spice in the middle. A slightly sugary sweetness topped with pineapple.

Feel is medium-bodied and a little sticky. Carbonation is good, medium, as it should be. There's a nice tingle that combines quite well with the spice in the taste.

An interesting beer, good but not great. The taste is the definite highlight, which is rarely my experience with IPAs. Smell was a minor let-down, disappointing for a purportedly hop-forward beer. Balanced to sweet for an IPA, which I've found true for all the Alpine IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:13:31 | More by zeledonia
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to scribe594 for hooking me up with this brew! 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Body is a quite hazy medium to dark golden amber hue. Pours with an approximately 2 finger foamy white head that eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is VERY good. The emphasis and highlight is delightful juicy citrus and the rye comes through in the backbone very well. Another great smelling IPA.

T-Mild to moderate citrus is the highlight with a huge rye and herbal background. A small dose of pine comes through for the finish and adds to the increasing falvors of rye, herbal hops and citrus. A mild bitterness lingers-but the remaining citrus and mild pine flavors overshadow the rye bitterness. Interesting because the flavor is more bitter upfront and not really bitter at all at the end-the flavor progression is opposite of most brews.

M-Moderate tingly carbonation and a nice smooth, oily yet light to moderate weight hoppy body.

D-This is a good and quite interesting rye IPA. The mouthfeel and smell are great and the taste is above average. Its a little bit heavy on the rye for me without a big piny hop punch to counterbalance it. The citrus is a great touch-and I wish this were more present than the herbal punch. The herbal/rye combo overshadows the other hops trying to shine through. Still a great brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 04:24:53 | More by PittBeerGirl
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 3/14. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden color with a full finger of creamy white head. Carbonation is lively and the lacing is dense and sticky. This one was getting me excited from first glance.

The aroma of pineapple and orange is quite heavy. The rye malt acts as a backbone, which makes for a fresh, floral scent with just a dash of black pepper.

Taste is fruity and refreshing up front with a hint of rye saltiness and dry malt on the back end. There's a really nice differentiation between flavors and the hop bite is not strikingly aggressive, which makes for a balanced and unique IPA.

The mouth is like an exhibition of two distinct flavor types (sweet and savory) while the liquid itself is creamy and dry. It manages to be complex and easy to drink at the same time.

It's certainly serendipitous that I drank this the day after I had Oskar Blues GUBNA. This IPA is exactly what that beer isn't. It's a successful display of how well a strong malt and bitter hop pair with the sweet pucker of citrus fruit.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 21:06:36 | More by deapokid
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Westsidethreat

California

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like cheap airplane orange juice...cloudy, sort of yellowish. The head even looks a bit like pulp, chunky and webby.

S: Over the top smells of rye. Also some orange and grapefruit

T: Packs punches of specific flavors. Begins with massive grapefrut notes then moves towards some sour crab apple mixed with rye. From there the flavors meld towards dried hay. Finishes with lemon rind bitterness.

M: Medium body, mouthfeel is sort of hard.

D: Interesting brew. Definately original and worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 23:18:11 | More by Westsidethreat
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden-orange in color with a good-sized off-white and fluffy head that doesn't want to go away. When it does, a craggy lace is left behind. Nose involves a nice big hit of citrusy hops and a slightly sour earthiness in the background. Smooth and malty going down and wrapped in more citrusy hoppiness with a few sour candy notes in the middle. Well-balanced and quite tasty brew, and there's not much more you can ask for than that.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:00:23 | More by stephens101
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served into a globe glass

Pours a frankly not-pretty yellow-brown color. It looks murky and muddy. It looks like it is _actually_ muddy. When held to light you can make out an orange core though the haze. I got one finger of white head from this pour with some sticky lacing that salvages the score a bit.

Lots of grapefruit on the nose in addition to white grape. The fruit is lively and light; the smells dance around before quickly yielding to the malt backbone. The unique spicy quality of the rye is immediately discernible. I have to consider the possibility of this bomber being old. As is, the aromas are not as hoppy and dank as other rye IPAs like Founders Red's Rye or Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye.

The beer doesn't taste old (though it clearly isn't fresh either). The hops are immediate and strong. Lots of citrus zest and overripe grapefruit come from the Nelson Sauvin hops. There is a woodsy, vinous quality that splashes the middle of the tongue for a brief moment on each sip. The rye flavor appropriately dominates the barley sweetness. Rye's kinda sour, kinda savory, kinda spicy flavor has been proven time and again to be a great match for hoppy beers, and this brew is no exception. The rye and hops blend seamlessly from the beginning of the drink til long after you've swallowed. The bitterness on the aftertaste is tempered by rye taste, creating a dryness more than anything that invites a new sip.

All that rye means that Alpine Nelson is medium bodied, which I suppose is for the best. The carbonation level is remarkably on-point. It doesn't look like it would be very active, but on the tongue this is one prickly beer, which facilitates the flavors nicely. And at 7% ABV this is a bomber that one drinker will have zero difficulty finishing.

I'd bet that this beer is incredible when fresh. In the state that I had it, it has to settle for really, really good. I wish this were in six-packs and more importantly I wish I could buy it in Missouri. This beer is a great companion for a evening of drinking, the body is nice for a chilly evening that happens to coincide with a hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 04:38:27 | More by Reaper16
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HosP

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got from a very generous Scottfrie. Poured 22oz into snifter.

A- Pours almost a golden orange. Slight haze to it. Thin white head.

S- Lots of citrus, grapefruit in the nose. Grapefruit all the way from beginning to end. Some bready notes from the rye.

T- Grapefruit hoppy flavor up front, but not to strong. Some citrus hops blend well to the middle. Bready, rye flavor comes through in the middle to the end. Starts out with mild bitterness, but the rye cuts it down pretty fast. A little thin though but still good flavors.

M- Not quite a medium body. Lower carbonation.

O- Good beer here. Nice juicy, hop flavors with a nice rye mix to it. Smooth drink, something you could drink a few of these pretty easily. Would love to have another one. Thanks Scott!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:15:33 | More by HosP
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harrymel

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled last week.

Light golden with a 3/4 moon of white foam atop and nice clarity. Smells like pineapple, sweet mangos, pine and a gobs of sweet malts. I like the nose, as I do with most Sauvin beers. Flavor is sweet and bitter with good bits of the character from the olfactory. I like the slight oxidation I get in Alpine's beers - nice woodiness. If this was in any other kind of beer, I'd be upset, but it is well played here. Medium bodied with sharp, tight carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 05:44:02 | More by harrymel
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raoulduke37

California

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pretty golden pilsener color, with a steady stream of carbonation rising into an off-white 1/2 cm head. Nice lacing around the glass.

Smell - Wonderful citrusy hop aroma, full of grapefruit and pine. Very aromatic malt profile backing this up, blending all the great scents together.

Taste - Very well-balanced IPA, but I fail to pick up that "something special" from the rye. Hop flavor is restrained as the malt takes over from the start. Nice not to be punched in the face by hops, for a change, but the problem is nothing really stands out too well, here. The best that can be said about this is that it's balanced very well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Average mouthfeel, not too carbonated. Finishes pretty dry, with a nice caress on the tongue. The flavor would probably be enhanced on-tap, but otherwise, there are many other IPA's that I'd seek out before this one. Nothing wrong with it at all, well balanced, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 03:07:06 | More by raoulduke37
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. poured into pint glass

A. hazy honey yellow, 2 finger head with excellent retention. A lot of sandy-like sediment floating around leads to a opaque appearance.

S. Bready Rye, lemon zest, pine and tangerine

T. Bitter pine hits first and then followed by rye and a spicy finish.

M. Crisp and clean but with a nice body, slightly grittiness come intermittently as you drink this, but still smooth.

O. I really enjoy this, I feel as if this bottle is slightly off from normal though and missing some of its "pop" will re-review shortly.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:08:33 | More by Centennial
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden orange with a white head. Good retention with considerable lacing.

S- Smells like an IPA... sort of.... The white-wine styled New Zealand hops are quite pronounced... and intriguing....

T- IPA-like, but quite funky at the same time....

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Intriguing. Daring.... Not your typical IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 04:49:02 | More by UpToMeBeer
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ridglens

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again Thanks to Hayesez for the pour! into a Portsmouth snifter from the fridge temp to room temperature. Looks a pretty dark orange. smell is awesome, with a huge presence of typical fresh hops, citrus smell of orange and grapefruit, and as i smell it, a building presence of mango (hayes says rubber...weird!). This is great! there is also some spiciness that i can't place (not our first beer haha), but adds a nice complexity. Taste follows the smell, but just a hint disappointing. it's decently bitter, and fresh grapefruit is there for sure (comes out a lot more as it warms). the mango and spiciness in the smell, however, didn't come out in the taste. it ended up being just a little odd, but not a terrible one. This one feels pretty good in the mouth, again not incredible. The taste is odd/different enough (to me) that i probably wouldn't want a ton of this one, but definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:37:02 | More by ridglens
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw with a white creamy head. Lots of lacing the whole way down the glass.

Smells strongly of tropical fruits mostly pineapple, same as most beers with Nelson hops I've had.

Taste is about like the smell with loads of tropical fruits hitting you at first. Finishes with a slightly spicy finish due to the rye with medium hop bitterness throughout. Good flavor but seemed to be lacking something I can't quite put my finger on.

Carbonation and body are both about average for the style.

By far the best of the (albeit limited) beers I've had with this hop. Everything from Alpine is solid.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 19:28:02 | More by jmarsh123
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ocmpoma

California

3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip:

The brew is a rich, dark copper with a thin film and some good lacing. The nose is awesome: pepper, heavy citrus (especially lemon), spices (is that cinammon?), and more -- a very complex, delicious nose that carries the expected hops and even a whiff of chocolate at the tail end. One of the best-smelling beers I've encountered.

The taste doesn't quite keep up with the nose; it took some consideration to get over how underwhelmed I was by the flavor. It's a good, well-balanced and well-hopped beer. The citrus and some hints of the spices on the nose are there as well, but I found myself sniffing rather than drinking it. The mouthfeel is very thin, too. If drinkability were 'sniffability' I'd give it a higher mark, too. Overall, a solid effort and a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 20:20:22 | More by ocmpoma
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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