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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company


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Ratings: 1685
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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Photo of AgentMunky


4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Clear gold with minimal effervescence and a thin cap of white head. Scattered lacing.

S: Wet, piney hops. A touch of peach. Aggressively hoppy.

T/M: Tasty! Hm. Initially, I found it one-dimensional, but now I'm not sure. Perhaps the most impressive thing is just *how long* the taste lasts. The initial carbonation and piney-astringent hop burst dominant for several seconds, longer than some full tastes in other beers. This is what led to the initial impression of one-dimensionality. But then something interesting happens. The hops soften and sweeten into a fruit-like character that still reminds me mostly of peach, maybe pineapple. Though fruit is there, a vegetal/earthy character is even more dominant when the hops fade. This gently spicy sort of expansive, chewy beer lingers for a while on the aftertaste, and remains after both bitterness and fruit have faded. Mildly dry.

O: This is a delicious beer. One of my favourite hops. A little English-esque for my liking, but perhaps it's an older bottle? At any rate, highly recommended. Would have again. I've tasted better IPAs, but nothing quite like Nelson.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:47:50 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of chugalug06


4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome white foamy head. Fluffy white head has great retention and nearly perfect lacing. Brew is light orange with lots of light yellows, moderately clear.

Very light and pleasant aroma. Apricots galore, light pineapple, almost like tropical fruit bubblegum. Very light, yet distinguished.

Light, creamy, full flavors, easy drinking, prickly-silk carbonation, well blended. Sweetness is non-existent same with bitterness. Bitterness starts in then is overwhelmed by creamy smoothness. Orange, pineapple, apricot, bready, oats.

Super drinkability, a fantastic offering from Alpine. As smooth of an IPA as I've ever had. Missing slightly with the aroma and slightly deeper flavors. A awesome brew nonetheless. Highly recommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 01:11:24 | More by chugalug06
Photo of Dope


4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Major fail for no bottle date.

A: Pours a hazy dull orange. Enormous frothy white head. Great head retention with a huge island of foam. Widespread spiderweb lacing from top to bottom.

S: Crisp grapefruit and a dry white wine. I guess Nelson hops really earn their name. Lost of apricot as it warms. A nice sharp rye malt to follow it. Familiar cat urine aroma in all the right ways.

T: Lots of grapefruit and cat urine. LOTS of it. One of the strongest ever. Robust but not overpowering spicy rye follows it and seemingly amplifies it. Not hugely bitter but has plenty of hop flavor to go around. Kind of an astringent, mouth-drying feel through the finish. Interesting white wine flavor lingering between sips. Really has a pretty convincing aftertaste. As it warms, the white wine is more and more prevalent.

M: Nice medium bodied. Long lasting bitterness and dryness leaves a lasting impression.

O: Man, Alpine can really make them, can't they? Had Duet last night which was amazing. This isn't QUITE as good. Very good, very different, just not quite as amazeballs. Not super bitter like duet but still has that big strength and complexity of hop flavors. Rye malt adds a further layer and stands out a bit. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 02:56:46 | More by Dope
Photo of Roguer


4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bright, pale yellow - lemon-colored. Despite the bright appearance, it's thick and pulpy, almost completely opaque. One finger of perfectly white head, quickly fading, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit and sweet lemon. Hint of rye or spice, barest sign of clover honey or flower. Slightly delicate.

Immediately sweet, followed by a noticeable hoppy dryness, and then you're hit with a ton of fruit: ultra-sweet grapefruit, lemon, a hint of rind. The rye comes through in the finish, if at all. Very little malt balance, but still comes across as very smooth.

Alive and bubbly, but still a medium-light feel. You can toss it around with no foaming and no sting, although the carbonation makes you feel its presence. Lovely hop oil residue.

This should be up there with other single-IPA stalwarts such as Jai Alai and Flower Power. It is absurdly juicy, bright, and hoppy, alive, and yet eminently drinkable.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 21:07:28 | More by Roguer
Photo of Davepoolesque


4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade, Thanks lookrider!
Poured out of a 22oz bottle

A: Light straw colored, hazy unfiltered goodness.
S: Tons of tropical fruit, followed up with some citrus and a little underlying bready malt sweetness
T: You're hit with a some sweetness up front, that turns into a citrusy bitterness at the finish.
M: Not super carbonated, but just enough to coat your mouth in bitter goodness. Dry finish makes you want to go back for another sip.
O: This is the closest to a Hill Farmstead pale ale/ipa that I have tasted. It was delicious. I had high expectations going in, but this surpassed them. Very solid effort. Wish this was distributed to MA.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 15:00:56 | More by Davepoolesque
Photo of StrongAleSkeptic


4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle fresh from brewery.
A - Pours a slightly unfiltered pale yellow with a thick foaming head with great retention. Decent pair of legs to stand on.
S - Rich, pungent, piny hops with an intense floral bouquet permeate the nose. Grain is represented by a nice biscuit overtone. Dry-hopping success! The New Zealand hop schedule is represented very well.
T - Delicious hop-forward presence that seems to be balanced by a nice, simple grain bill. Some citrus notes with contributions of grapefruit and lemon.
M - Textured, medium-bodied standard that is extremely quaffable. Bold but sessionable.
O - Alpine brewing is definitely one of the gems of San Diego county that unfortunately live in the shadows of the larger scale operations. This is a phenomenal IPA that I believe easily contends with the bigger So-Cal IPA's. Wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:27:55 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
Photo of jeff1973


4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Marin Brewing pint glass. Bought at the brewery last week, so no more than 2 weeks old.

A - Hazy light gold. Eggshell head w/ really good lacing.

S - White wine, catpiss, cantaloupe.

T - Same hops as the smell comes thru, but w/ great intensity. Also get some peach, pineapple, loquat, really fruity and intense. Ends with a nice, but subtle grapefruit bitterness and drys out nicely. Not a lot of malt here, mostly tropical fruits.

M - Medium w/ medium carbonation. Gives a silky, creamy body.

O - This is my favorite beer right now. Just an intense tropical fruit explosion in beer form.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 23:34:13 | More by jeff1973
Photo of Hotrod88


4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 04:16:32 | More by Hotrod88
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ehammond1 for sending a bottle of this my way...

A: Pours a a deep cloudy gold with one full finger of slightly off white head. The foam doesn't take long to settle, and I get some nice lacing on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is beautifully hoppy with just a touch of spice. The beer smells inviting and delicious.

T: Yup. Such a great beer. It's sweet and hoppy to start, with tons of citrus hops and a mild spice throughout. It's juicy and delicious, and such an easy drinker.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet and wet to start, great juicy hop flavors in the middle. A touch of spice in the back end. Lingering bitters, but nothing overwhelming.

O: Truly an excellent beer. I would drink this everyday if I could. So much Yum up in this bish.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 14:20:34 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of alaimoa


4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks @tauroe for sharing this gem with me.
Pours hazy golden with huge white head and spectacular lacing. Smell and taste of citrus grapefruit orange lemon. Great full and creamy mouthfeel
Overall solid Nelson, would love to have again. Hill Farm Nelson a bit better

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:13:01 | More by alaimoa
Photo of cfrances33


4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle thanks to ehammond1, poured into a 3F stem. Thanks Eric!

Pour: Pours a beautiful, hazy, mango colored body. Two fingers of creamy white head for, and leave some really fantastic lacing. This looks awesome!

Smell: Bright mango, lemon rind, grapefruit, and orange juice mix with a light pine and some raw dough. Wow this smells amazing.

Taste: This is just astounding. Juicy grapefruit, tangelo, and oranges mix with some pineapple and mango. Absolute just gushing with fruit juice. Some lightly bitter pine and citrus play off a delicately bready malt profile. Finishes as lush with fruit as the start.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and juicy throughout. Easy drinking.

Overall: This is absolutely one of the best IPAs I've ever had, if not the best. Truly a treat. Thank you again Eric for helping me finally try this long due want!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 18:45:38 | More by cfrances33
Photo of superspak


4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was traded fresh. Pours moderately hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big mango, passion-fruit, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light rye, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big mango, passion-fruit, peach, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, bread, light rye, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, passion-fruit, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light honey, bread, light rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible balance and complexity of bright tropical/citrus hop notes with light-moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible IPA! Fantastic balance and complexity of tropical and bright citrus hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:15:47 | More by superspak
Photo of kindbill

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

7/23/13 Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Cloudy, unfiltered, golden yellow. Really beautiful. Almost looks like a Mimosa.

S: Citrus notes up front, grapefruit. This is my type of IPA. Really fruity. Must come from the Nelson Sauvin Hops.

T: Getting the rye most on the finish. Really fucking tasty. Citrusy, nice hop profile, finishes bitter.

M: Clings to the mouth nicely. Medium to high carbonation. Nice and lively.

This was my first east coast/west coast beer swap and I am extremely pleased. Need to search out more IPA's using this Nelson hop.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 23:16:05 | More by kindbill
Photo of thebigredone


4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, thanks Chris!

For this review, all I want to say is this beer redeemed Alpine for me. I first tried Duet and Pure Hoppiness, completely overhyped IMO. Put a real downer on my desire to try other Alpine brews. Fortunately, Nelson is the real deal.

Very strong grapefruit and slightly tropical fruit flavors, a pleasing bitterness, refreshing carbonation, this beer is amazing.

This among my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 20:01:02 | More by thebigredone
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden orange. Not much of a head for an IPA, settles into a light lacy cap. Aroma of tropical fruit; smells like a stick of juicy fruit gum with a hint of grassiness. Big fruit flavor up front on the palate. Finishes dry with a slight rye aftertaste. Medium bodied and slightly carbonated. Overall, an extremely well crafted IPA and one that ranks right up there with the best of them! Well done, Alpine!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 23:14:17 | More by JohnG190
Photo of tectactoe


4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Mike for splitting this with me - one that I've been dying to try. Nelson pours a murky golden and somewhat orange-ish color. Super hazy and amazingly unfiltered, it looks something like lighter-toned apple cider. Surprisingly little head for an IPA, and it looks a bit thick during the pour, but the yeasty haze is strangely compelling.

Alpine Nelson smells like the West Coast; wall-to-wall tropical fruits that immediately pummel your nostrils as the beer nears your face. Pineapple, mango, and a very large helping of oranges and/or tangerines. It almost has a "juice" vibe too it, and even begins to draw some similarities to Pliny the Elder.

The Nelson hops have a very nice, bursting wet and weedy aroma to them. Fresh, vibrant, and bright, exploding with savory leafiness and a mild twinge of bitterness alongside their wonderful tropical fruit inclusions. Not much malt (or rye, for that matter) in the aroma. This one is clearly all about the hops.

The flavor is just as "West Coast" as the aroma; again, just bursting through with a wonderful fruit profile. More pineapples and a gushing display of tangerines. The leafy side of the hops are more amplified on the palate, coming to life with a nice pungency; weedy, wet, grassy, with a beautiful sustaining bitterness.

Some slight onion-y flavors get tossed about; typically not a flavor I'm fond of in my beer, but it's light enough here to provide another layer of complexity rather than get in the way or distract. I finally get some rye in the finish, adding a nice dryness and the lightest touch of spice in the finale. Not as heavy on the palate as it appeared; slick, oily, and lightly carbonated.

Wow, this stuff went down like nothing. It was like drinking juice with some hops mixed in. Beautiful display of the Nelson hop and what it's capable of. Huge tropical fruit aromas and flavors make this sucker incredibly easy to drink. This is something you could crush just drinking outside on a hot day. Another staple in the already larger-than-life portfolio of West Coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 15:54:38 | More by tectactoe
Photo of mhksuccess


4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 3FFF glass
golden color and thin head
hops smell is overpowering and can smell the nice bitter hops
taste is smooth that kind of bitter is unreal good
this was bottle about 8 days ago and is so amazing fresh
could drink this all day/night
it is to compare but this one is up there on my tops when done right and fresh

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 14:53:43 | More by mhksuccess
Photo of Stevedore


4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, undated (but Brian assures me this was just picked up from the brewery several days prior) poured into a FFF teku glass today, 6/16/2013. Thanks a lot to Brian for hooking me up with this beer.

Aroma: Intense, aromatic pine, orange and tangerine nose that I can smell as soon as I open up the bottle. Simply wafts out and slams my nose with piney and citrus goodness. There's a sharp spiciness that I would attribute to the rye. Delicious smelling beer. (4.75)

Colour: Nothing special, just a dark brownish-orange body with a nice fluffy 1cm white head that dissipates into a thick collar and very thin film on the beer. For the most part it's a non-descript IPA, could be any IPA for all I know. The body's kind of dark and viscous looking- more like a quad than an IPA, really. So it's kind of weird. The lacing on this beer is quite nice though! (3.75)

Flavour: Nice. Lots of sharp spiciness reminding me of rye along with a good dollop of pine cone bitterness and tangerine sweetness. Very interesting and a bit different than most of the other West Coast IPA's I've had. Very tasty. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium (on the thin side) bodied beer that is very well carbonated. Aftertaste is mostly spicy rye and pine bitterness; it finishes cleanly in a mellow way that doesn't singe my palate. I'm really digging the feel of the rye spiciness and how cleanly and smoothly it finishes up. (4.25)

Overall: Delicious Golden Rye IPA, I don't recall having many beers in this particular style but I am really enjoying the rye contribution to the high hoppiness quotient. Alpine makes some awesome IPAs and I'm glad to have had the chance to drink this beer! (4.25)

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:41:21 | More by Stevedore
Photo of dvmin98

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into a Allagash tulip glass

A: Appearance is cloudy orange with a thin white head. Good lacing, that sticks around for several minutes.

S: The aroma is pineapple, rye, tangerine, mango, and some spice.

T: Taste is spicy rye, tropical fruit, white wine. Nice lingering aftertaste that's not overpowering.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, dry finish.

O: Overall one of my new favorite IPAs. Grab it if you can find it. Well done, Alpine!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 21:53:38 | More by dvmin98
Photo of zipper8650

New York

4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer Sunday. First IPA review. Exponential is my all time favorite IPA so I have high hopes here. I love Duet as well but Hopiness didnt do it for me...snifter poured right down the middle
A - huge white head, murky yellow/orange.
S - a lot of citrus but I also get lychee out of it
T - grapefuit times 10. I have never had an IPA this heavy on the grapefruit before, not overly bitter
M - its fine, nothing mind blowing or poor, right where it should be
O - i am NOT a fan of grapefruits BUT i think this is a super well made, quality solid beer and I am glad I had it and I am enjoying it!!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 22:45:00 | More by zipper8650
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an opaque orangy yellow pour with a full 2 fingers of white fluffy head which dissipated slowly and left some great amount of sticky lacing behind. smells of fruity hops, slight pine, herbal garlic-like scent, grapefruit, mint leaves.

this is my first experience with these nelson sauvin hops, and i am really liking it. there is a minty/fruity/grape-like flavor to it. add a nice malty sweet backbone (but dry enough almost like wine) and you have a delicious ipa.

this is a very easy drinking, refreshing ipa medium in body with highr carbonation (for the style) and a nice dryness in the finish.

this is an excellent ipa, with a nice semi bitter lingering flavor mixed in with what feels like white wine. reading the label on the bottle, i now see that this comes from the hops. what a wonderful experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 01:33:37 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of rlee1390


4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Bright orange, one finger head and cloudy.

S-Grapefruit, tropical citrus, great balance, slight grass, grapes and rye.

T-Great balance, can't stress that enough, very citusy and tropical notes. Mild bitterness, grapes and rye.

M-Light to medium bodied, some hop resins.

O-Wow. An amazing IPA, one of the best out there. Such a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 15:01:02 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Hendry


4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nelson pours a cloudy golden color with a super fine 1 finger head,and superb lacing.

Aroma is difficult to describe, but aside from some hops, there is a strange dampness to the smell, like the air just before it rains...difficult to describe, but I suspect it is the European rye that it is blended with that gives off the unusual nose. Smells like no other beer I have had.

Taste is another matter altogether: a precise blend of rye,hops,and malt create a unique flavor and finish. There is a distinct hopiness that is muted by the rye and the malts. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and enjoyable unlike some of the highly acidic beers brewed with rye that I have sampled. Medium bodied and quite smooth drinking.

Mouthfeel is medium,carbonation is lively moving everything along.

All in all, a really nice IPA with a rye twist. The funkiness of the aroma is a bit off, but outside of that, a solid effort from Alpine, and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 03:18:22 | More by Hendry
Photo of Gatch


4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a bright white, soapy, fluffy head. Great lace and decent retention.

S: All pungent NZ hops with lots of resin and some pine.

T: Super delicious, sticky hops. Grassy, earthy, woody.

M: Smooth, clean, great body, massive flavor, proper carbonation.

O: This definitely highlights the beauty of NZ hops. They're so unique and delicious. Not the most delicious use of Nelson Sauvin hops but its such a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 03:25:49 | More by Gatch
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 00:38:36 | More by angrybabboon
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.