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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
99
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2,131 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,131
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 1,205
Gots: 197 | 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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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -28.9%

Thanks to Grapehops for the extra! Poured from bomber (no date stamp) into a pint glass. Pours hazy gold, medium to thin off-white head, pretty lacing. Nose is soft, fleshy stonefruit and papaya, lush and fruity, with both fresh and dried pineapple here as well. Flavors are soft and fruity, but deceptively bitter. Pineapple and guava in the mouth, as well as a pervasive nutty earthiness from the rye. Mostly upfront palate, but some "white wine" acidity on the finish with caraway again on the long finish. Quite a complex beer but was not my style among my favorite IPAs. Overhyped IMO, so I am going against the tide on this one.

03-15-2011 00:13:59 | More by CuriousMonk
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -28.9%

Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for another Alpine beer procured on his trip out west.

Bottle split and poured into my tulip the beer is golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Two fingers of off white head settle leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is mostly citrus hops. However there are a few components that perplex me. I pick out an off putting burnt rubber smell and a bit of onion. It also seems a touch skunky.

The flavor is much better than the nose. Citrus like hops are the main thing I pick up. A slight grassiness and a bit of the burnt rubber is there again.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall a bit of a dissapointment. Expo and duet were quite good. Their brother nelson not so much. Maybe another bottle someday will change my mind.

07-11-2010 19:29:11 | More by beerwolf77
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -28.4%

Very unique IPA...the much talked about Nelson Sauvin hops exude an aroma and flavor unlike any IPA I have had before.

If I had to describe in one word I would say Herbal...almost like tea but this has big chive/garlic notes in the aroma and taste....much more so than Summit hops which can give off some of that as well.

To be honest I am not a huge fan of the characteristics I am smelling and tasting but it is so unique it is enjoyable to taste something different..

Body is medium...easy drinking...there is just a hint of the spicy rye which complements the hops nicely.

I am glad I tried this but one is enough for me.

10-31-2009 05:30:02 | More by ZAP
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Sndvl1999

Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -27.7%

08-12-2014 04:34:22 | More by Sndvl1999
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JupiterJesus

California

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

03-26-2013 13:49:55 | More by JupiterJesus
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Insubordinator

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

07-25-2013 04:16:18 | More by Insubordinator
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Clear golden yellow beer pours from the bottle. The tall pour creates a nice bone-colored head that rises to two fingers and lowers without haste leaving thick, patchy lace all over the glass.

S - It's got a surprisingly low nose for an IPA. Nelson finally starts to open up but it may have well stayed low. The first thing I smell is an off-putting burnt rubber aroma that continues to decline the more I smell it. A tiny hint of skunkiness appears in the back but it's definitely not an aroma I'm font of in the least. Beer smell is pretty absent here.

T - Burnt rubber still pulls through into the flavor but is mostly hidden (thank God) by citrusy, floral hops. A light and unintrusive caramel malt backing provides a sweet balance to the pine, grapefruit, and floral "green" hops. It still doesn't amount to much in my book though.

M - Nelson is medium-bodied and smooth with a mellow bitterness to the finish. There is a twang of astringency from the burnt rubber on the finish that continues to be a little off.

D - Meh. A very weak IPA this one is. Rubber all over the place is a big turn-off. It's still drinkable but I won't be looking to get it ever again.

07-05-2010 18:38:04 | More by BeerFMAndy
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

07-16-2013 23:01:54 | More by mwbrady12
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bigjoe786

California

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

03-12-2014 08:04:13 | More by bigjoe786
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sustyhops

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

07-30-2013 23:37:25 | More by sustyhops
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Babbatron

California

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

07-26-2014 00:34:04 | More by Babbatron
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Irrationalist

California

3.25/5  rDev -27.3%

05-12-2012 16:38:40 | More by Irrationalist
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DearthVader

California

3.4/5  rDev -23.9%

22oz bomber poured to my La Fin Du Monde tulip (thanks for the glass Alex!)

What a beautiful beer. Pours a clear golden yellow that shoots bubbles of carbonation ferociously to the top where it meats the billowing pure white 3" of foam. The head dissipates to a creamy crown and a thin layer of film over the top. Gobs of lacing clinging to my glass. Picture perfect.

Smell is maltier than expected. The sweet malts overpower the crisp citrus and rye I was expecting my nose to explode with. I still get hues of slight grapefruit and orange peel. Definite notes of earthy bark tones, and the nice hop finish.

Taste has a powerful punch of grapefruit, but yet again the malt takes over. Slight orange and lemon zest, followed by the nice slightly hopped finish.

Extremely drinkable beer and perfectly carbonated. A dangerous beer with a ABV, but I could imagine drinking these all summer long if more available.

I was definitely expecting more. I'm starting to wonder if this is an old bottle, which I would be very upset with the store I bought this from yesterday. I will most definitely revisit this beer and hopefully be able to come back in and change the scores a little bit. I have an insane amount of respect for Alpine and the things they do.

07-22-2011 22:03:58 | More by DearthVader
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gregshead

California

3.43/5  rDev -23.3%

A - Light, light yellow color. Did a double take and almost asked the bartender if they handed me the correct beer.

S - Citrus and pine hops domintate the smell

T - Pine and Citrus/Orange hops dominate the taste. If their is malt/rye taste, it didn't show up for me.

M - Very light and carbonated mouthfeel. If I didn't have taste buds, I'd swear this beer was a wheat or hefeweizen by feel and appearance.

D - Overall, an ok IPA. I wasn't awed but I wasn't upset either. I would drink again but I would take other IPAs before it.

09-07-2010 06:26:48 | More by gregshead
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beergrrrl2

California

3.45/5  rDev -22.8%

I had this new Alpine Nelson that was contract brewed at Greenflash on tap. Nelson was probably my favorite beer and I've written beergasm reviews of it but this new collaboration needs to be tweaked. The beer was exceptionally cloudy with a chewy mouthfeel. It lost it 'brightness' and extraordinary deliciousness. While the Nelson hops were there, if I had this beer for the first time, I wouldn't order it again :( I hope they fix it.

04-25-2014 18:10:54 | More by beergrrrl2
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juhl31

California

3.45/5  rDev -22.8%

-a very foggy yellow color with a white head. lacks much head retention

-good amounts of grapefruit. big time meaty english hop smell, but not a good meat smell if that makes sense at all

-probably the most actual rye tasting ryePA i have had. that meat is back up in there. the hop profile tastes english for sure, but not as much in the malt side

-very thick and smooth for an IPA

-not a great one for me. my least favorite of the alpine IPA's. i warmed up to it a bit as i got towards the bottom of the glass, but i still wouldnt want to order more. i am usually a big fan of ryePA's too

11-14-2010 09:14:07 | More by juhl31
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

12-27-2011 19:27:35 | More by Skye1024
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

07-03-2013 01:24:14 | More by Dave_Treat
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amnesia85

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

09-24-2012 01:15:24 | More by amnesia85
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spoonsock

California

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

06-21-2014 07:12:14 | More by spoonsock
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joepais

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

Big thanks to errantnight for hooking me up with this. Bottle spit among friends produced a smaller white head than expected that went off to nothing. it has a somewhat cloudy yellow in color body to it.

I will say I wasn't to much impressed with the new hop variety. I didn't get the grapefruit aroma the touted on the bottle but more of grassy earthy hops to it. It was nice but having tried this right after their Duet It was a little underwhelming.
The flavor was kind of a nice for Rye. PA and I will say one of the better of that hybrid that I have tasted. It had a good balance of pepper and hop to it and it finished rather dry in the mouth. The feel was light with somewhat a lack of carbonation for me. I think this brew needed more.

I finished the glass easily. it's a ok beer but I have had better in this Hybrid of a style.

Edit.. after looking at others reviews I would be up to try this one again to see if it wasn't a fluke or a bad bottle

02-27-2010 17:28:47 | More by joepais
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Pando

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

01-13-2013 05:58:02 | More by Pando
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johnhenryconway


3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

12-18-2011 02:44:56 | More by johnhenryconway
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Rubalaca

California

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

07-21-2014 23:20:45 | More by Rubalaca
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

08-31-2012 21:39:46 | More by JAHMUR
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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