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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,195
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,222
Gots: 209 | FT: 15
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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Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

mothman, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of UWDAWG90
4.2/5  rDev -6%

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.

UWDAWG90, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of illidurit
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

illidurit, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev -2%

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!

younger35, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

portia99, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

vacax, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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!

GbVDave, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%

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).

drabmuh, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -6%

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.

Sean9689, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head.

Scent of sharp, bitter hops, a hint of earth and a kiss of rye. Very hop focused, though the rye has a small presence, the hops steal the show.

Taste of dry earthy hops and some rye. Similar to the scent, but the rye is much more present here. The rye is coming through an almost poisonous amount of hops, I love it.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with decent carbonation.

paco1029384756, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%

Arrived early to Blue Palms to watch the cask of this get put on - a large burst of carbonation was released when Brian drove a corkscrew into the shive (or whatever it is called) - a good sign. Served after sitting for 20 minutes (after about a pitcher of watery foam was poured off) in a 20oz nonic - mine was the very first of the evening!

This was an angry, laborious, frothing pint - a cautious hand pumping still took two glasses and several minutes (the barkeep certainly earned his tip this evening) to finally serve up a proper pour. Remarkable appearance - lacing initially even coated the OUTSIDE of the glass...opaque lemoncello colored body with two fingers of permanent dense creamy shock-white foam. Swirling leaves an avalanche of lacing, like rapidly melting snow...

The aroma grew in intensity as the glass made its way down the bar - it was more intense than many IPAs I've had even from several feet away. Pushed up to my nose, it is a perfect balance of hops and grain - floral and unique.

The rye is subtle but works exceptionally well against the hops. It serves as a spicy foil to the singular grassy blast of pine, citrus, and pepper that the hops embody (they are all of these things yet none of these things). What a uniquely savory brew (I almost get notes of cheddar - and not in a bad way!) - grapefruit and lemon zest, pomelo, fennel, orangsicles, custard, white pepper, persimmon, mango - one could go on...and yet everything is very mild and well integrated into a whole. Quite different and tasty...

Thick, creamy, yet still light bodied, the mouthfeel would be perfect except for a slight chalkiness - a large amount of sediment rests on the bottom of the glass when it is nearly empty - excellent if you enjoy unfiltered brews.

Slightly spicy finish, with lots of fruit on the palate - on cask this is right up there with Sculpin for me in terms of drinkability.

Very well done and luciously fresh - don't miss it if you get the chance to sample this beer in this modality....

augustgarage, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.47/5  rDev 0%

22oz bottle fresh from the west coast.

Pours pale gold with a slight haze and a half inch head of white. A solid skimcoat remained for the entirety of the glass dropping below plenty of dimpled lacing.

Aromatics blast off with pepper-dusted grapefruit, forest floor, lemon pith, and cedar bark. A hint of biscuity malt in the back with plenty of zesty, earthy citrus up front.

On the lighter side of medium bodied. A crisp and slightly thinnish mouthfeel.

Ripe, juicy, citrus fruits lead off the palate with a peppery follow-through. Barely a trace of malt, less than the Duet from last night. Grapefruit zest, lemon seeds, and pepper-rubbed tangerine ride a wave of bitterness to the finish.

A trace of warming alcohol, lingering fruit, and a firm bitterness draws things to a close.

Right there with the Duet. The Rye adds a nice spicyness and the Nelson hops add a lemony bite. Theres also some additonal earthiness beyond whats found in the Duet. Less malt to balance, but you don't miss it as it allows the rye to shine through.

brewandbbq, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Mauerhan
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%

One of my last bottles.

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color into my glass with an abundant one and a half finger head that leaves sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass. constant stream of bubbles stick in there as I continue the beer.

Smell is fantastic. Very fruity hop aroma. Grapefruit rind, tangerine and lemon. I also get a kick out of the rye in there. It seems to balance out the sweetness from the fruity Nelson hops.

Taste is great. I have to give it to the folks down at alpine. They know how to make a killer IPA. Big assault of hops on my palate to start it off. They follow suit with the smell. Big and fruity. Great malt backbone and a nice bite from the rye.

Leaves a touch of a drying quality in the mouth. otherwise this beer is gone in a matter of minutes.

I love me some Alpine. I would love them more if it was shorter than two hours to drive there for some more.

Mauerhan, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of errantnight
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Well this is a beer that enters immediately into the realm of regular favorites... I've loved it on tap, on cask... only Duet and fresh Pure Hoppiness have surpassed it from that maestro of the hops over there...

Pours a ruddy hazy pale straw with a kiss of orange. Head is creamy and rich, with beautiful organic lacing, if not overly abundant.

Aroma is a rustic, earthy, funky grapefruit blast... blistering and raw, but somehow skirting the boundary without falling too far into that musty, onion-y sent that some beers with similar profiles can succomb to.

On the palate it is a ridiculous solid combination of mid palate sweetness and a moderately clean bitterness, a hint of a ragged, pine-y, resin-y bite just at the end. If there's a criticism to be laid, it's that the sweetness comes through a bit too much like a very pale caramel and clings to the tongue a bit, malt flavors are completely swallowed up, with the exception of a bit of spiciness from the rye that underscores the resiny grapefruit-y blast of hops. This is all hops. And a bit of rye. It's awesome.

Mouthfeel is night perfect, with the high bitterness they've gone with a really delicate bubble that presents just enough head and carbonation to properly highlight the best attributes of the beer.

Dangerously drinkable, as the best of them are. Man, if Duet ever hits our shores as well that's THREE new IPAs I want in my fridge ALL THE TIME, and there's already Stone's two and Union Jack and Alesmith... damn you, delicious, fresh, local(ish) IPAs, ruining me for the day I must leave SoCal!

errantnight, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Intelligentsia
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from a 22-oz. bottle. My first thought was that this is clearly a rye beer. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill IPA, it's more complex and definitely quite challenging. Ultimately I liked it a lot.

Amber color with some marvelous lacing that stuck the entire time I drank from the glass. Not a whole lot of head here, but some nice soap bubbles.The lacing is really impressive, however.

The aroma wasn't extravagant, and to be honest a bit disappointing. Mostly tropical fruit, but it didn't make me want to jump into it like many other IPAs have done. Better than your average beer, but not by much.

Taste was dominated by the Nelson hops. Very, very unusual. Not what I would expect from a San Diego IPA, but I definitely savored the flavor. Where else can one find Nelson hops? Tropical fruit on the finish, nice malt backbone to it as well.

Not much carbonation and a fairly average weight make it very drinkable. The 7% doesn't hurt, either. Hidden well.

Intelligentsia, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%

I picked this one up at Walnut Liquorette yesterday, although the price tag was a bit of a turn-off, I've been wanting to try this one for awhile.

A: Nelson pours a clear, light golden color with a very thin layer of white foam and great lacing.

S: These Alpine IPAs (Nelson and Duet) have an amazingly sweet, fruity hop character that I rarely see in IPAs. Tons of tropical and citrus fruits and not much in the way of malt, but a hint of spice from the rye.

T: The initial flavor is piney and bitter, with a ton of grapefruit. The back-end of the sip features a bit of malt, rye, and that great tropical fruit on the finish.

M: There is low carbonation, and a medium body.

D: This is a dangerously drinkable beer. The excellent fruity hops make this so delicious and leave you wanting more. But at 7.1%, you need to watch out, as a bomber of this can do some damage.

womencantsail, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of ZAP
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.

ZAP, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%

Many thanks to Mauerhan for the trade! 22oz bomber into a Foothills pint glass.

Nelson Rye pours a straw-golden hue with a hefty dose of particulates that jumped in with the last few ounces. Good carbonation level fuels a bone-white head that retains quite well and leaves behind some seriously impressive lacing. Tangerine and grapefruit zest absolutely dominate the aroma, with a subtle hint of rye, pale, and caramel malts in the background. Some spicy, earthy yeast notes if you dig deep enough. Amazing nose.

Wow. Wow-freaking-OW that's good! Huge blast of spicy rye and bitter hops lay the smack down on the front of the palate, dropping notes of citrus peel, white pepper, and tons of hoppy goodness. The slightest hint of band-aid esters is all that keeps Nelson from a perfect "5". However, the mouthfeel is flawless, with a crisp, well-carbonated medium body that finishes smooth and dry, but still manages to come off as refreshing. Solid, solid beer. A+

(Edit: Re-tried thanks to weibull. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I remember, and the beer was bordering on under-carbonated, knocking the mouthfeel from a 5.0 to a 4.0. Still, a wonderful IPA.)

wagenvolks, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%

Purchased at south bay drugs.

A - Poured copper golden with 2 fingers of white head. Dissiaptes moderately and left little lacing.

S/T - Rye, roast toffee, grapefruit, citrus and resiny pine. Lots of resinousness.

M - Moderate in body, hop-dominated and finishes smooth. Something is a little off in this beer. The combination of hops give the finish a somewhat chalky mouthfeel.

D - Good overall. Definitely worth trying.

MisterClean, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%

Picked up at the brewery during my San Diego trip last week. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but since got at the brewery it's gotta be fresh and well handled. It was a slightly hazy golden color with tinge of orange. Good carb streams and good lacing. It had a massive white head that very slowly settled into a foam. Very similar in appearance to the Duet from them that I had last night.

I believe this is my first beer with the Nelson Sauvin hop so no priors to compare it to. Floral hops, lots of rye and some grapefruit. No pine though. I enjoyed the Duet aroma much more but this is still good. The taste followed the aroma with the hop and rye sharing the spotlight. But kick in at the start and race to the finish and end in a tie. Finish is smooth and not bitter. Mouthfeel is solid with a creamy texture. Carb levl was good in this one so better mouthfeel than the Duet.

Overall, an good AIPA that I recommend. Not sure if it was the nelson hop or the rye or the mix of the two but I didn't love this one like I loved the Duet and Pure Hoppiness from them. During my trip, I got to try a sample on tap at the brewery so this was my first real taste of it. Rotation: not avail here. While I enjoyed this one, if I'm going to get some Alpine shipped to me I'll stick to the others from them. But if in the area and can get on-tap, it would be worth a pint.

TexIndy, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Pale, hazy golden body. Thin and bubbly cap of ivory white froth. Lacing comes in sporadic thin rings. Aroma brings bright layers of pink grapefruit, lemon zest, MJ, apricot, tangerine, etc... This is one great smelling beer. This IPA has nice balance between bitter and flavor in regards to the hops. Neither overpowers the other. Bitterness is fairly clean and refreshing. Flavor brings a lot of citrus and a little pine too. Not quite as bright and juicy as the aroma led me to believe, but rather, a little rough around the edges, which isn't all bad in an IPA. All of the original suspects are still around to varying degrees....grapefruit, orange, lemon, etc.... This is an interesting IPA and an interesting hop for sure.

Bighuge, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%

22oz bomber courtsey of MASPuros...thanks Mike!

A: Poured a golden hazy color with a small white head that fades to nothing and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Nose is all piney hops with a small amount of tropical fruit in the background. There is a small rye component to the nose but it's barely detectable although it does show up a bit more as it warms. It also get more fruity as it warms and I get a big passion fruit aroma.

T: Taste is all pine bitterness like the nose with a small fruity flavor on the finish. The rye adds a spicey kick towards the end of the finish as well. The fruity sweet flavors get more pronounced as you let the beer warm. I can actually taste the passion fruit that has been mentioned now that it has warmed and the bitterness is all but gone. Very interesting flavors and a big change from right out of the fridge to about an hour later.

M: Feel is par for the style. Creamy and the carbonation is just right.

D: I would have this again but I'm not sure if I'll search for it too hard. The 7% isn't bad and could make me want a few bombers in one sitting.

This is good but I may be tempted to reach for other offerings before this one again. If you like rye in your beer this is one to try though. Let it warm and you will be greeted with a very different beer from when it's cold.

GregSVT, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Nice pop of the bomber, recent release picked up by a really swell local BA. Slight chill haze, white grapefruit juice without the pulp. Pretty darn clear golden orange, on the golden side. Fluffy white head in my Moonlight nonic. Lace immediately sticking to the sides while milky way bubbling settles in.

Stong aroma of passion fruit, young pine sap, tart citrus, dash of honey. Somewhat earthy yet very dynamic. Distinct rye smell...so nice.

Crostini cracker pop until the onslaught of hop power. Huge wave of piney grapefruit rind. Tart hop flavor, with a solid block of maltiness allowing the hop flavor to shine brightly. Slight chalky hop bite, and I like it. Dry, bitter hoppy mouthfeel with a twinge of citrus in the back. Lingering dryness.

Quite hearty & complex which continues to remind me, never judge a book by it's cover.

RustyDiamond, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear light golden amber with a big fluffy white head that hangs on for quite a while and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is wonderful, with massive pithy grapefruit, floral pine and grass up front. The rye spiciness is evident as well and it really makes this more original than most in the nose.

The taste seems to be a little less citrusy than the aroma. There is some grapefruit up front, but the sweet malts in the backbone are much more evident than in the aroma and finish is very spicy with the rye and bitter with pine resin and pineapple.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated, but the rye makes it smoother than most IPAs and I think it adds to the feel overall.

This is another great IPA from Alpine, who has never disappointed me in this style. They are clearly making some of the best IPAs out there and I'm pumped they're bottling more of them. Highly recommended...obviously.

gford217, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%

A: Super clean and bright gold with a ton of carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass creating a lingering 3 inches of soapy white foam head.

S: Grapefruit aromas with a subtle rye note

T: Grapefruit notes with a bit of pininess and a slight hint of smokiness and soapiness in the finish.

M: Medium body with a lingering bitter note that is slightly off putting

D: Easy sipper for sure and the bomber was gone before I knew it

mikey711, Oct 26, 2009
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,195 ratings.