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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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2,496 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,496
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 1,338
Gots: 278 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rayjay on 08-14-2006

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received from hophead84 - thanks for the hook-up!

Pours a lighter than average golden straw color, a bit of haze. Tons of head builds up in the tulip - whoah! Leaves a sticky, rocky head in the glass and chunks of lacing down the glass. Pretty.

Loads of citrus in the nose - candied grapefruit, lemons, a hint of spicy rye in there - very juicy and a hint on the tropical side.

The rye comes out way more in the flavor, giving a nice earthy spicy balance to the citrus hops. Loads of juicy grapefruit, hints of pine and floral hops, lemons, a medium bitterness that kicks in mid sip and has a medium lasting finish, light caramel malt tries to hold its own and without the rye it would lose - as it is, it's tasty!

The drawback on this beer is the carbonation - it's too heavy. Spritzy and gives it an edge that detracts on the drinkability. Sparkly but with a nice dryness in the finish.

Dial down the carb and you've got one of the tastiest IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking - very complex and layered with enough hops to please everyone. Love the rye - Yum.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Ehammond1

Look: Pours a semi translucent orange color with a 1/3 inch head and good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: The beer has quite a strong hop aroma bringing forth some nice tropical fruits and there is also a slight grape note. The rye adds a subtle spice

Taste: The beer starts out the same way as the nose with some tropical fruits pineapple and peach stick out with a subtle grape undertone. Mid palate the rye spice picks up and to me it seems like the rye spice actual fights with the hop flavor just a bit which creates a unique flavor but throws me off just a bit

Mouthfeel: Not quite medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: I really enjoy this beer and I wish Alpine wouldn't be so fucking stingy with their disto of this.

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,496 ratings.