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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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Mora2000

Texas

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours a yellow straw color with a white head. The main components of the aroma are rye and peaches with some other fruit as well, a very pleasant and different smelling beer. The flavor is rye, grapefruit and a little bit of bitterness. No real alcohol is detectable. A unique beer with a medium-thin mouthfeel and good carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 19:02:51 | More by Mora2000
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DogFood11

California

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another spectacularly inviting brew. Appearance is very light for an IPA and it looks crisp and refreshing. The best part is the nose. A bouquet of hops livens the mind like smelling salts. I'd recommend this to trainers in the NFL. This would wake me out of a coma. Needless to say the startups are 5's.

Some may argue this is one sided. I say its a damn fine west coast IPA and one sided is what I'm looking for. Hop Resin, mild citrus, and a raw wet taste combine for excellence.

Notes: Nothing but good things to say about this brewer. I will be making this a staple in the arsenal.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 07:04:06 | More by DogFood11
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a hazy orange(with some yeasty floaters) and a sticky white head. The aroma is pine, oranges and pineapple. The flavor follows the nose, with pineapple-orange juice being dominant. The finish lingers and is sweet. The beer is medium bodied and easy drinking. The beer works for me. I was expecting a bigger beer, but the profile is much more sublime and layered.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:48:14 | More by bonkers
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Popkas

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another round of thanks goes out to tpd975 for this one!

A: Nice cloudy gold with a mountain of head - talking 2.5-3 fingers. Took some time for this one to settle.

S: Rush of citrus (pineapple and a little grapefruit?) up front with a hint of hoppiness at the end.

T: Tame upfront but follows through with a taste much the same as the smell.

M: Nice feel with plenty of carbonation.

D: I could see drinking several of these!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 23:34:38 | More by Popkas
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Lothore

California

4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a light tangerine hue with a nice, 1.5 finger frothy white head that leaves decent lacing on the way down.

S- Grassy, Citrus, tons of grapefruit, mixed with light sweet fruits.

T- Bready and a tad spicy that leads into lots of citrus, blood orange, tangerine, grapefruit and has a nice bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- A lot of these new top IPAs (Nelson, Sculpin, etc.) are very similar to pliny in the nose. This was wonderfully complex and balanced and one of the best IPAs i've ever tasted, bar none.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 01:21:44 | More by Lothore
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber received in a recent trade courtesy of mbudner. Thanks again man!

Pours a cloudy dark golden color with ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head with good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap.

Dank oily hop aroma with lots of dry earthy pine needle along with some sweet citrus notes, rye and subtle malt character. It smells like there is some incredibly fresh hops with a good bit of sweet citrus peel and grapefruit but the dry piny scent dominates.

Very well balanced dry, sweet and bitter medium body that is slightly earthy with a lot of uber fresh juicy hops. Lots of dry earthy pine up front that is quickly balanced by a nice citrusy lemon peel/grapefruit character, sweet rye malt and graham crackery malt presence. I was hoping that the rye would be more pronounced but it was a bit subtle providing nice balance. The ABV is excellently masked resulting in a complex, flavorful and dangerously drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 05:11:01 | More by corby112
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billab914

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my southern tier tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden amber color with a thick white pillow for a head. Nice head retention and excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a hoppy mix of pine citrus and grapefruit with a little rye and spiciness. Excellent smelling IPA. Taste is fantastic as well. It has the sweet citrusy floral taste that I love about the best west coast IPA's without the strong malty presence that many of the east coast ones have. It has a nice bitter finish with a little spiciness from the rye.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. I could drink this all the time.

Overall I was very impressed by this beer, I tried Duet and was not that impressed so I wasn't enthusiastic to try this one. I was wrong, this goes into my top 5 favorite IPA's, right up there with Sculpin and Pliney. Really looking forward to trying pure hoppyness and ex hoppyness now. This one is really excellent in pretty much every category.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 23:44:50 | More by billab914
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mbudner

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass.

A- Very interesting how much the color varies from the thinner part of the glass to the part that bubbles out. Very light, apple juice-like, faint golden color to a darker orange (huge gradient variance.) The head is that white, frothy, yet bubbly head that looks like the most comfortable and delicious pillow in the world. The closest thing I can equate the head to is Pliny the elder.

S- Flowers, bubble gum, orange, sweet lemon, bitter spice from the rye. So much going on the in the aroma. It is really just perfect. Bready malts.

T- Mildly citrusy and heavily floral hop profile. I also get a little bit of the bubblegum from the aroma (the taste is of juicy fruit.) Slight piney-ness in the bitter finish. The finish is nice and bready. Ever so slight spicy flavor from the rye really differentiates this (among other things) from some of the other great IPAs out there, very unique.

M- Slightly (very slightly) under-carbonated. Nice slick, oily hop feel with a great amount of body.

D- Really amazing. I could drink this all day and all night. It smells like something I could only dream of an IPA smelling like Deceptively drinkable for 7.1%abv, but if it was 2% I would still want it all night (same if it was 20%.) This is simply a really phenomenal IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 22:52:38 | More by mbudner
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday! (Sadly I will not hit 100 today because of plans later on but tomorrow will be a celebration!)

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber/orange color with about a finger of thick foamy head that is slowly dissipating leaving some nice, chunky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Man this smells great. Lots of grapefruit (not so much bitter, but ripe), orange, tangerine, and a hint of pineapple. There is a slight bitter hoppy smell after the initial citrus wave, which is then followed by just a touch of sweet malt.

Taste - A very impressive and complex taste. Instead of the anticipated sweeter citrus flavors I was expecting, you get an initial slight bitter hoppy taste followed immediately by the unmistakable rye flavor. This is followed by an "after thought" of citrus flavors (not as prevalent in the taste as they were in the nose but still very much there) and it finishes with a slightly bitter/spicy essence, yet also with a sweet malty tang.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, extremely smooth and somewhat creamy. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - I could drink this all night long. I really want to do a tasting with Sculpin, this, PtE, and Yulesmith Summer. Those are my favorite IPA's and this one is right there with them. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 01:34:56 | More by SpdKilz
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tpd975

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very pale yellow with a tall pillow like head. Okay retention and light lace.

S: Nice bold grapefruit aromas, orange, and tropical fruit. Aroma is very juice like.

T: Wonderful grapefruit flavor. Notes of green grass, and floral like perfume.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation.

D: Very tasty and damn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 21:50:22 | More by tpd975
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koopa

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber received in a trade with BevmoIan thanks!

Appearance: Pours way on the yellow side of the normal yellow orange IPA color spectrum. The body is fairly transparent and the crown is a white 2 finger one that shows some retention and lace!

Smell: Oh baby there is plenty of juicy citrusy hoppy goodness going on here! Slightest inkling of caramel malt is simply over powered by pineapple, orange, and grapeefruit hop notes. Also an underlying note that is sort of "green" but sort of "minty" too.

Taste: A slight touch of bitterness from the hops. The juicy quality doesn't pull through as much on the flavor profile as the nose. Much more orange rind and grapefruit in the flavor than pineapple which clearly dominates the nose.

Mouthfeel: a touch chewy despite the medium body if anything. No major complaints here though.

Drinkability: The abv has legs but the flavor profile and mouthfeel make this one tasty brew I can drink a lot of!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 00:18:27 | More by koopa
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drink1121

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mauerhan for this as an extra in a trade.

A- Hazy straw color with a huge head, too big - however, great retention.

S- Very hoppy... pineapple, grapefruit, everything a west-coast IPA should be plus.

T- Similiar to the smell, however a little more spicy. Not too balanced, but this is how I like it.

M - Slight bitterness at the end. Not too watery, not too thick.

D - A lot of hops to drink too too many, but the one I am having is going down just fine.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 03:06:13 | More by drink1121
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed bright golden yellow with at least an inch of fluffy sticky bone white foam. The head leaves a nice lace in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of both white and ruby red grapefruit peel, pith, and juice, tangerines, oranges, lemon oil, fruity, white wine-like notes characteristic of this hop variety. Body is about medium could be a bit fuller, with adequate carbonation and quite dry throughout. Pretty tasty stuff and very easy to drink. Certainly worth checking out. Thanks a bunch Chris!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 05:31:54 | More by ClockworkOrange
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bret27

California

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

A: Cloudy yellow, thick white head.

S: Outstanding. Fresh explosion. Peaches, pine, multiple citrus fruits, take your pick.

T; Same as smell just not as amazing. Not too strong or bitter good balance. Maybe a little breadiness on the back of the tongue from the rye.

M: fairly med/thin

D: No real alcohol presence, just bitterness. Light, hoppy, refreshing= excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 23:29:24 | More by bret27
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Dijeriduster

California

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as fresh as they come straight from the brewery. Growler fills are cheap here so I always get a few.

A - Light, slightly hazy golden colour. Very district luster - shimmery and clean vs. super hazy and amber in some IPAs

S - Amazing citrus notes. Grapefruit dominates the palate, actually a sweet smelling beer with only a hint of hoppy bitterness.

T - Again superb - grapefruit notes are just overflowing with this fresh Nelson. This comes from the Nelson hops a la New Zealand... Some malt notes, but pretty much only enough to support the massive hop profile.

M - Quite nice and drinkable. Thinner then some might like - Alpine IPA's usually are, but supports this sweeter IPA very well.

D - High. This is a stunner with the Nelson hops. Never had a bottle but I imagine it'd be almost as good as the fresh growler I got. Look for this and be suprised!

Serving type: growler

12-02-2009 21:34:27 | More by Dijeriduster
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mauerhan for the opportunity to try this one. 22oz. bottle served in a standard pint. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a rocky, bright white cap. Decent head retention reveals specks and strands of delicate, cloud-like lacing as the brew is consumed. Nose is light, sweet grapefruit. Crisp rye flavor comes out up front, followed by grapefruit sweetness in the middle and finishing with a light, cleansing residual bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation that drops off towards the end of the quaff. This is really delicious. The rye really give it an extra dimension. This is my third IPA from Alpine and it is awesome. A top notch beer from a top notch brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 00:31:40 | More by Jwale73
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to czoch75

Poured into rare vos glass.

Poured about 2 fingers of slightly off white head. Nice retention with some very nice lace walls. Color is a pale yellow with an light orange hue to it. I really am not a big fan of the color here.

Aroma: Mainly a bunch of citrus and floral notes up front. Has a lot of lemon and pine notes with a very subtle background of rye. I get some orange notes in the mix as well. A very fresh beer.

Taste: A very interesting IPA. A lot of unique flavors here. The rye sticks out a lot more here and gives it a bready feel, but complements the citrus flavors in a nice way. I get some lemon, orange, grapefruit, and mango for the citrus flavors. A nice big floral and pine hop profile is present as well.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a little crisp, but overall quite refreshing. Medium bodied with a tad high of carbonation, but I don't mind it. Ends with a rye/citrus flavored sticky aftertaste.

Overall, another great IPA from Alpine. I love the rye in this beer, as it is subtle, but still present. I will have no problem with this bomber. A well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 17:18:56 | More by mothman
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UWDAWG90

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this home with me from San Diego Beer Week and had a couple shipped back as well. Can't get enough of this one.

A - Pours a pale golden peach color, with large fluffy white head. Head retention is huge. Lots of bubbles, good carbonation.

S - The fruit just explodes from the first, nice hoppiness as well. Smells of Grapefruit first with what seems to be peach or apricot.

T - smooth an d buttery, here's where the NZ hops come through. A little sour or bitter with and end tatse of grapefruit

M & D - Good carbonation, very easy to drink.

Overall very good beer, love the hops and fruit flavors in this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 23:40:00 | More by UWDAWG90
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illidurit

California

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of bret27. Pours a light gold color with a frothy off-white head. The lightness is actually enticing considering the darker hues of so many awful, oversweet crystal malt bomb IPAs. Aroma is just ridiculous. A huge wave of tropical fruits explodes from the glass. Peach syrup, tangerines, passionfruit, grapefruit, pineapple; I really can't stop smelling this. The taste is, thankfully, pretty much identical to the aroma, so much so that it was hard to tell when I had stopped inhaling and started imbibing. Fruit salad with a great resinous medium bitterness. Oh and I was so fixated on the fruitiness that I almost didn't notice the rye, which works to spice up (pun intended) the malt base, which would otherwise be imperceivable. Insanely smooth and drinkable. Just a fantastic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 20:01:14 | More by illidurit
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younger35

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just received this brew from Masterski. I had a cup of this beauty at Darkness Day this year and it was fantastic. Glad to have a full bottle of my own. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip while watching San Diego vs. New York.

Appearance- Pours a light chill hazed golden yellow with a super fluffy bright white three fingered head. A fantastic cap and collar remain along with loads and loads of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Way more pungent than its little buddy I drank last night (Duet). Big and citrusy with quite a bit of grapefruit, green apple, tangerine and to a lesser extent, pineapple. Plenty of rye is easily discernable as it's earthy and spicy (wonder what % of the mash is rye?).
Taste- Starts lightly spicy with subtle earthy bitterness that rye brings to the table. The hops aren't near as fruity and citric as they smell but they do add another layer of bitterness. I don't know if the description on the bottle is leading me or I really got this myself but there is a slight vinous quality. White grapes and orange blossoms add that lightly fruity yet lightly floral taste that the hops bring. Really the beer is just about the nice harmony between the hops and rye because it's almost all I can taste.
Mouthfeel- Nice medium feel with that great spicy tingle from the rye and light yet crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Fucking fantastic. This is one of the easiest drinking, nicely balanced IPA's out there. It's somewhere between a single and double IPA to me and the amount of rye used is perfect. I've had too many rye brews where the rye is overbearing and too spicy/bitter. This one got it right. Great brew that's even better than I remember, thanks Alex!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 14:53:57 | More by younger35
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pale gold with hints of orange. A slight haze - not perfectly clear - kinda glows in the light. A huge, fluffy, whipped cream like head sits atop this beer and doesn't give any hint of going away. Lots of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Very good looking IPA.

S - Lots of citrusy, fruity aromas here. Lots of grapefruit, and I'm getting a big hit of pineapple and some mango. A bit of spicyness, maybe some cloves in the background from the rye.

T - Citrus backed up with the distinctive rye spicy zing mixed in. Pineapple, some grapefruit. Sharply bitter, and somewhat alcoholic (a touch phenolic) in character, which is enhanced some by the rye.

M - Light to medium in body...rather high on the carbonation scale. Very tingly in the mouth. The rye leaves an impression in the mouth - spicy, clovely, cool feeling left behind.

D - Pretty nice IPA overall. Really enjoying this beer, but not as much as the other Alpines I've had (Exp Hoppiness, Pure Hoppiness, and Duet). Really great beer though. Definitely would go for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 02:13:37 | More by portia99
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vacax

California

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nelson pours out a unique shade or dark golden that has an almost green look to it. The light tannish head is not enormous, but there is good retention and a gorgeous ring of microbubbles that clings along the edges of the glass. The aroma is a mix of grassy and floral hops that combines with the spicy rye to form an almost funky paper mill scent. I find the nose a bit peculiar, and actually not completely appetizing.

Whie I find the nose a bit esoteric, the flavor is what matters and it is flat out tasty. The front end of the brew has loads of flora, followed up by some grapefruit balanced by a spicy finish. Alpine has the knack to showcase hops in an enormous way without the bitterness that I typically expect. Not that there is anything wrong with bitter beer, but this is an exceptionally crafted brew. The feel is medium with spot on carbonation, well carbonated, but not prickly and bordering on smooth. Sticky with a pleasant floral, grassy quality.

Very tasty beer from one of the top pale ale producers in the country.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:00:33 | More by vacax
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Loterbol tulip. Extra special thanks go out to errantnight for sending this in our recent trade!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold with an unbelievably gorgeous, three fingers of off-white meringue perched on top. The foam is fed by some moderately active carbonation that makes for excellent retention. The head slooowy recedes to some pillowy clumps that leave gobs of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Heavenly aromas of tangerine, white grapes, pineapple, apricot, pine sap, mint, wild flowers, clementines, lemon, grassy hops, and all of this is followed by a touch of rye malt.

T: The primary flavor going on here is an absolutely magical combination of Nelson Sauvin hops and fresh rye malt. I've had plenty of rye beers before, but I've never had one where the rye flavor is complimented so perfectly by the hop choice. As it warmed, I detected flavors of white pepper, more pine, earthy apricots, tangerine rind, orange zest, and white grapes.

M: The ONLY reason this didn't receive a 5 is I felt this was a touch too dry in the finish. This starts off fruity and juicy and then so very quickly it gets all spicy, bitter, and dry and I thought a bit of tropical fruit juicyness in the finish would have been perfect for balance. I completely appreciated the tangyness of the rye.

D: Please. This is one of the best AIPA/RyePA's I've ever had. Hands down. You southern CA SOB's are so lucky!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 00:30:45 | More by GbVDave
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a conic pint glass. Beer is yellow and has high haze. Thick white foamy head, tiny bubbles, high lacing, carbonation moderate. Not feeling the haze but otherwise it looks great.

Aroma is sweet sweet pine hops. Sweet.

Flavor is really complex. First impressions, pine, bitter, sweetness, like candy. There is so much going on. First, its really bitter, but there is no aftertaste. The beer is not dry at all, but its not overly wet. The hop flavor is dominated by a pine like flavor. There is some really nice sweetness at the front of the mouth, its really pleasing. There is an odd early flavor early right before the pine emerges. Its the only thing I can criticize about this beer. Its a little sulfury but its overwhelmed and masked quickly by the hop flavors.

Drinkability high. This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Its great. Lie cheat and steal to get this one, well don't do any of those things just go buy it (or trade for it like me).

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 23:47:08 | More by drabmuh
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad props to Alex (MasterSki) and Shane (HopHead84) for getting me this beer. Much appreciated, bruthas!

Review #200...although this isn't anything too special, I feel it's a great beer on the top 100 that fits this special occasion nicely. I've had this on-tap at the Brewery but wanted to give it a proper review so I waited until I could score a bottle.

Poured from 22oz bomber into imperial nonic.

A - Pours a light rusty golden color that's not clear yet not mirky...right in between. There a good two fingers of white head that stays around and isn't going anywhere. Lots of bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass to the top, feeding the foamy monster of head. Super head retention and super lacing...probably one of the best looking IPA's I've ever reviewed.

S - Hops, bitter, hops, and more bitterness mixed in with notes of rye. Def some citrus notes such as tangerines, orange peels, sharp lemon hints in there as well.

T - Subtle citrus hops, bitterness, and the finish is where I get most of the rye characteristics. Pretty straight forward here, but very solid, with that said.

M - Light to medium bodied, very nice feel, smooth and refreshing. The large amount of head retention feeds into the feel, which I like.

D - One of the top IPAs for me, Alpine continues to kill it when it comes to all things hoppy. A brewery that I won't ever miss when I'm in the area visiting.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 00:32:27 | More by Sean9689
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,697 ratings.