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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 783
Hads: 3,779
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 19.18%
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OStrungT on 08-11-2006

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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Photo of peacebone116
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from my buddy MrTopher... thanks for sharing!

Poured from a bomber into a festival tasting flute.

A: Pale cloudy honey color with a nice finger of thick white foam.

N: Hoppy, floral, tropical fruit notes with a musty bready note.

T/M: Thick, almost "chewy" body. Spicy (like rye bread). Hops really compliment the rye flavor. It has a light taste but it is very rich...almost contradictory.

This is a great beer. If I could find this beer more locally, it would be a regular for me!

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Photo of FitnessForBeer
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a orange yellow color, cloudy, finger worth of head
S: lots of grapefruit, hoppy, sweet smelling
T: grapefuit, sweet malty backbone but balanced, can tell this is super hoppy
M: great
O: pretty awesome, goes down very easy and very balanced

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle. Pours golden with finger head, good retention. Taste is classic west coast grapefruit hops with outstanding light malt sweetness balance. Finishes with a touch of peppery rye. Medium to thick mouthfeel, way soft and slippery. This brew is friggin delish, hoping bottles show up here eventually now that Alpine is under Green Flash.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes I texted myself, on tap earlier today at Mellow Fellow in King's Beach

Pours a hazy yellow gold- a lot more on the yellow than gold side, almost blonde looking. No visibility, a finger of foam that receded pretty quickly, not bad lacing or anything, very mild carbonation

Smell has a lot of tropical and citrus. Strong grapefruit and pine apple backed up with a very catty pine scent, finishes with a mild bready malt tying it all together with a touch of alcohol

Taste is with the nose- a ton of fruit, a nice mix of grapefruit and other mild citrus notes meeting pineapple and other tropical notes. Same pine and litterbox scent from the smell translates in the best way, finishing with a mild bready malt and alcohol. Taste follows the smell a lot better than most beers

Feel falls on the lighter side. Dry finish, high bitterness, alcohol concealed well. Dangerously sippable

Overall a hands down incredible IPA. Well worth the hype, definitely a top tier beer. I can't get enough of it. Perfect after a day at the lake

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden/yellow color ale with a large foamy head with excellent retention and some really good lacing. Aroma of floral hops of mango, Sauvignon and papaya is just ab out perfect. Taste is also dominated by loads of fresh floral hoppy notes of mango, papaya and Sauvignon. Light residual sugar notes can also be detected and bitterness is very minimal. Body is about average with good carbonation. Can’s say I really tasted the rye malt so much but the hops flavours are just about perfect.

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Photo of dfillius
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1.5 fingers of thick creamy head with tremendous retention. Hazy golden-orange is the perfect IPA color. Perfect.
S: Intense tropical fruit with some catty Sauvignon Blanc after-aroma. Sauvignon Blanc aroma is interesting but slightly less than desirable.
T: Oddly "flat", maybe old? (edit: or maybe it came from those flat batches coming out of Alpine?). No date on bottle, but store employees say there is a 2-week turnover on these guys. Bought at Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Earthy with some tropical fruit bitterness following and then maybe banana and cream. Kind of yeasty, funky aftertaste, and maybe some cardboard as the only negative. Different than other IPAs and good.
M: Interesting creamy, then intensely bitter for a moment. A small bit astringent.
O: Very good. I had no problem drinking 22oz. I'd buy again and order another.

Edited on 12/27/13 after trying on draft at brewery. Increased rating from 4.15

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this one. Poured into my Dogfish IPA glass. Golden and luscious, worthy of it's World-Class rating. A tad bitter which may be my only critique here but not significant enough for me to detract that much. A unique take which is pulled off very well. Must be due to the Nelson Sauvin hops.

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Photo of brian44556
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Bell's pint glass. Curiosity of Sixofsigmas. No dating on the bottle.

Pours a bright yellowish, orange, with an amazing thick, bright white 2 finger head. As the head pulls back into the beer a thick ring of lace is left all over the sides of the glass. Smell notes of piney hops, tropical fruits, and a slight hint of malt. A mellow bitterness from the hops jumps out with each drink and is well balanced with a crisp malt flavor profile. A great piney linger is left on the pallet with each drink that makes you want to hurry back for more. This beer is an easy drinker with a great finish. Carbonation is spot on. This is a great example of how an IPA should be brewed. Every Alpine offering I have had the pleasure of drinking has left me disappointed because I don't know when I'll be able to drink my next. Great brew Alpine!

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Photo of RJB66
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real great tasting Rye IPA. Super smooth and easy to drink. No aftertaste to to stop you from wanting to have more. I'm glad I found the last two in the store. I recommend this beer if you happen by one.

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Photo of azdback
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. A golden orange color. A bit cloudy and full of tiny carbonation bubbles. Head isn't that big (not a very aggressive pour, my fault) under one finger and bright white in color. Lace is pretty sticky and leaves a beautiful spotted pattern.

Smell is of amazing sweet and citrus hops. Pink grapefruit and pineapple. Some orange flavors also and a bit of pine resin.

Taste is a bit different then the nose. The hop bitterness is still there and has the flavors of sweet citrus, but there are earthy notes that taste of fresh cut grass. Quite nice.

Mouth is bright and refreshing. Not a bit thin but on the medium side. Not out of place for an IPA though.

Overall I must say how much I enjoyed this. Another Alpine brew that is hit out of the ball park. Thanks to Jeff for picking this one up for me on his last trip to San Diego.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber pours into my glass a deep orange/yellow with a two finger creamy, bubbling white head and superb clarity. Aromas start with a distinct tropical, pungent, fruity hop explosion. Grapefruit melds in with a nice spicy rye character. There is somewhat of a vinous, white wine character lurking within as well. Quite the lovely aroma.

First sip brings a plethora of fruity, resinous, pungent hops upfront with bold mango and grapefruit flavors. Spicy rye mixes in beautifully. Flows down with a good kick of bitterness that's well placed. Lingering fruity hops on the palate. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with perfect carbonation. This one is exceedingly easy to drink and just amazingly enjoyable. A top notch IPA and I love the addition of rye and the Nelson Sauvin hops. Seek it out if you have the ability!

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden-apricot color with a nice 1 finger bubbly white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

Very nice nose with notes of grapefruit and other citrus hop notes along with tropical fruit like mango and papaya.

Flavor also is very nice with a very nice, different distinct rye flavor with a mild spiciness. Very nice balance with mild floral and citrus hops notes, malty rye and a sweet caramel apple-like aftertaste.

Mouth is very light and smooth with a pleasantly surprisingly low carb. for the style.

Overall a very nice rye that's very different than any other I've had. All around a very nice beer and extremely easy to drink. A must find.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with bb date of March 2016 poured into a Teku. Look is a hazy light orange with lots of lacing. Smell is fantastic with dank earthy onion/garlic, grapefruit and tangerine. Taste follows suit with the nose and has a great earthy white wine flavor after the initial citrus. Can definetaly taste the rye too as a slight peppery malt finish. Feel is a tad thin but not bad for an IPA with medium carbonation and slick oily resin. If Green Flash brews aren't as good as the original Alpine, as I've read, the original Nelson must be killer cause this is pretty fantastic as is.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange in color with some very light visible carbonation. This beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a condensed thick cap over the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: What a great hop aroma - lots of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/pineapple. This is a heck of a wonderful smelling beer.

T: This has a really nice flavor, there is a bit of hop bitterness bite but it is not overpowering. I love the flavors from the hops, the tropical/pineapple and the citrus/grapefruit. There is a very light rye spice as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: This is a really great beer and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would like to have more than one of these at a sitting though I am not sure this is really sessionable. Definitely one I would like to have another time.

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Photo of GJ40
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at the Best Damn Beer Shop in downtown San Diego.

A - More yellow than golden with a have and a fluffy white head. The glass is just covered with lacing as it empties.

S - Loads of tropical fruit, citrus and floral notes. Every bit as complex as it was on tap.

T - As with the aroma, loads of tropical fruit and citrus. The rye is pretty mild and the malts definitely play a bit part but they're solid. It has a low bitterness with a delicate, balanced flavor to it. This is a damn fine beer and one of my new favorites.

M - Smooth and silky with a nice low carbonation.

D - This one goes down so easy. I really wish I could get it back east.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks Deuane for sharing this growler at akorsak's - poured chilled from the growler into a duvel tulip.

A - Beautiful sunny golden w/ mild haze big quick settling cream that creates streamers of lacing w/ a tight bead. This is what I picture in my mind when I think of spring/summer -beautiful IPA appearance

S - The nose has a grassy/sweet citrus and mild spiced fragrance. The hops give off a lemony and slight sour green grape aroma w/ hints of tropical fruit and floral odors. The nose has a nice mellow pineapple ester too.

M - A moderately bitter entry w/ mild astringency and moderate carbonation w/ resinous texture and building bitterness which lingers after the dry finish

T - This is exceptional in flavor - not just the hops, but the cohesion of yeast, malt hops all bring a jazzy, herbal and gently spiced flavor w/ a gental citrus peel essence. The rye malt gives a nice backdrop to the tropical fruit elements the Nelson Sauvin hops provide w/ mild white grapeskin and a light sweet grassy taste in the finish

D - A Great rye IPA, the hoppiness level is full and it is certainly high in its class for overall drinkability and is just an excellently crafted beer all around. The balance is very good and I would definitely consider this a great example of the style!

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous orange-golden color that is impenetrable to light. Showcases an antique whit head that dissipates quickly. The nose is glorious. Juicy grapefruit to the hilt! Mouthfeel is wet and a little cottony toward the finish. A lot of grapefruit up front. The rye expresses itself in the middle, followed by distinct pine flavor. This is a magnificent beer. I can't believe how good this is. I'm not a rye fan, but this is phenomenal.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
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).

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Photo of Hotrod88
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a nice golden look to it once its in the pint glass.

The first and only smell that I get is a sweet hoppy smell which is just fine by me.

Once it hits the tongue I would've expected the taste to be a little bit bitter but I was happily surprised to find it more hoppy than bitter.

It leaves a nice hoppy taste lingering in the mouth after finishing.

Overall an amazing IPA from an awesome brewery.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from the brewery on release day. Gold with a lasting white head. Super green, dank, spicy, grape, and mango hop aroma. Awesome. Smells like no other IPA that I've had, yet is unquestionably one of the best hop aromas that I've ever come across. The flavor has a similar light toasty malt to their other IPAs, but with just a touch of rye spice. The hop flavor is all there, but is not too bitter at all, just very dank, fruity, and juicy. The body is on the light some with smooth carbonation. I know that this is at the peak of freshness, but damn this is amazing. Unique and just awesome all around.

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Photo of newk340
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

split bomber with hu5om (who received it in a trade) in new belgium goblets.

A: bronze amber in color with a light fluffy head that quickly dissipates and leaves phenomenal lacing.

S: very front heavy with white grapes, smelling similar to a white zinfidel wine, but with additional citrusy (grapefruit?) hops.

T: a BLAST of flavor, white wine extremely evident with continuous overshadowing of rye. leaves a very yeasty aftertaste.

MF/D: very smooth, carbonation evident but not overwhelming. flavors coat the mouth and throat leaving a champagne/beer feeling following each sip.

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Photo of HopLover1
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=deep orange, hazy, not a lot of light getting through

S=tropical, mango, papaya, slight citrus at colder temp

T=taste is right on pace with the aroma, all kinds of tropical flavors. real big.

M=the flavors and mouthfeel change drastically as beer warms, all kinds of flavors being released

O=outstanding brew, one of a kind flavor, great use of the nelson hops, did I mention outstanding?

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed 5/14/13

Big cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for getting this in a trade and sharing it

Appearance: Golden orange, rather hazy, with some straw around the edges - pours with a big, bright white head - fluffy, big, creamy head - fades to a remarkably solid, creamy cap - leaves sheets of lacing

Smell: Very, very unique and very, very hoppy - remarkably fruity, bright, and sweet in a very unusual way - malty sweetness kind of reminds me of cake - the hoppiness reminds me of my head exploding or something - extreme citrus and tropical notes - bright, lively orange and tangerine - some mango, pineapple, and melon - lightly spicy and lightly earthy - some rye, but not much

Taste: Brilliantly hoppy executed in a brilliant way - loads of citrus, with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit flesh - some oil, some pith - tropical notes with pineapple, melon, and something like lime - lightly grassy with some herbal and weed notes - moderately bitter - unexpectedly balanced with the nicely pale malts - the light spiciness from the rye adds to the unique, lovely character from the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, excellent carbonation, extremely smooth and extremely drinkable

Overall: You done broke the Nelson Sauvin, son!

I've had beers brewed with New Zealand hops. They have not been stellar. This is mind-blowingly awesome. I need to try everything from Alpine. Now. Seriously. Now!

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Photo of Drunk_And_Sarcastic
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a long time lurker but this will be my first official review.

Serving Type: Growler purchased at the Alpine on Thursday (3 days ago).

A - Hazy straw to gold color, opaque

S - Some citrus notes with light fruits, a little bit of bready malt

T - Upfront I get some lighter fruits and a little bit of grapefruit hop flavor, in the middle I get a great amount of rye and sweat malts, and towards the end I get that pine/resinous hop bite that is crisp and clean.

M - It is a tad undercarbed (definitely a result of the growler and transportation). I would say its about medium body with a little bit of that oily/stick characteristic but still light enough to make this sessionable.

O - This is a top 5 IPA for me and one of my all-time favorites. Rye and Sauvin hops are two of my favorite ingredients and this beer uses them to create an amazing and dangerously sessionable IPA. Like all Alpine IPA's, this one is crisp and clean. I wish more breweries featured rye like this.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The look is definitely on the lighter side for an ipa. Smell was amazing floral aroma. Taste was just about perfect for an ipa. Can not say enough about how much I enjoyed this beer. Can't wait to try there other ipas. Seek this out.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.