Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

779 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 779
Hads: 3,765
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 1,382
Gots: 570 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
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
View: Beers (48) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 779 | Hads: 3,765
Photo of emount91
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a gorgeous golden hazy color with foamy head that dissipates moderately. smell is very tropical: mangoes, peaches, citrus, ripe everything. very little malt smell, maybe a sweet fruity one. taste is underwhelming when compared to smell. you get that tropical taste, but there are also grassy notes and a big rye background. maybe I'm just not a fan of rye. taste gets even more mild as the beer warms. mouthfeel is very appropriate for taste, holds it all together. overall a very good beer, would definitely get again, despite high prices for a bomber.

 559 characters

Photo of LAp
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into two stemless wine glasses (somewhere between a table-glass and a snifter). Pours an intensely hazy peach-straw color with a rapidly dissipating 1 finger white head leaving mild lacing with good moderate retention. Nose is dry piney hops and bright citrus fruits - lemon, orange, and kiwi. The palate opens with fruits very much in line with the nose: kiwi most prominently, with lemon undertones, which then give way to a strong hop body, with appropriately subtle rye notes. Rye so commonly overpowers the IPAs it inhabits, but in this case, it is a perfect companion, adding to the flavor and deepening the complexity, without dominating the palate. A not-insignificant malt presence is perceptible on the back-end of the palate. The mouthfeel is medium, chewy, with mild to moderate combination. Overall, an extraordinary IPA, with a phenomenal level of complexity, though the malt elements are perhaps more dominant than is fashionable in modern-day IPAs. The one-line assessment: a tremendously layered beer, well worth the purchase.

 1,070 characters

Photo of Hopped_head
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sooooo fucking good. Robust citrusy, grapefruit nose and taste. A beautiful warm cup of pee look when poured in a glass. A mildly foreboding Sauvignon acidity though it's very well complimented by the huge citrus flavor. I highly recommend this beer.

 250 characters

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw colored pour with a foamy white head. Huge citrusy aroma that has some notes of pineapple standing out. Taste is bright and juicy with tons of citrus (mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange all stand out) and a perfect balance of rye spice. Very bitter but not overpoweringly so. Rye takes over as the beer warms resulting in a bitter and spicy finish.

 367 characters

Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into pint glass

Hazy golden orange , thick white billowy one finger foam cap , great lacings

Aroma of pine, floral, tropical fruits, a bit of spice

Pine Hop taste on the back of the tongue,

Good sudsing, smooth, well balanced, lingering bitter aftertaste

Good beer

 287 characters

Photo of MA_hops
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy, light golden orange in color, with a thin head.
S: Rye, citrus, dank hops, lemon, herbal.
T: Similar to nose. Dank hops pop out combined with a slightly bitter lemon/citrus finish.
M: Has a pillowy like mouthfeel, medium carbonation, slight bitterness.
O: Another solid Alpine beer!

 291 characters

Photo of Meyers1023
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a yellow/orangish color with one finger of foamy white head. Smell is citrus and pine all over leaving you to believe this will be a hop bomb. The taste is not as bitter as you'd think from the smell. You definitely get citrus, probably grapefruit, and a piney flavor followed by a little bitterness. All of this is smoothed out by the European malt like the label says. The mouthfeel is exactly what you'd want from an IPA, good carbonation with a slight creaminess. I love finding Alpine beers out here in Missouri, hopefully the trend continues.

 555 characters

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

nose is juicy, tropical fruits. tons of mango, pineapple, juicy tropical fruit. amazing. carbonation is a little light for the style and the i would like it to be a bit crisper in the body. over all an amazing, beer. will definitely seek out again.

 248 characters

Photo of smanson56
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from Alpine. Poured a lighter golden yellow color into my tulip glass. The nose more floral than citrus with a lingering pine nose. The taste is slightly bitter but lacking in tropical fruits or much of this nature. The taste complex to me more so than most IPA's are but I am enjoying it. A good beer I'll look forward to enjoying again.

 357 characters

Photo of jmasher85
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I would classify this beer in the category of "great American IPAs that I don't really love." While Green Flash's and Lagunitas' IPAs were the beers that turned me on to the style with their complex, juicy, yet gentle flavors, this one is more in the other direction. A hint of fruity flavors with a lot of bitter grapefruit basically drowning them all out, I'm not really sold on the Nelson Sauvin hop as an aromatic. Not a ton going on here, just a lot of bitter, rich hoppy resin.

Now the texture is a whole 'nother thing. Tons of foam, but it's thick and gritty like sea foam, not smooth and velvety like nitro head. Lots of resin and hop oils give a great, sticky texture that sticks around for a while into the dry, bitter finish. But overall, not a beer I need to go back for when I've found so many others I like. Oh well. Sorry to bring down the ratings, boys.

 880 characters

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (Green Flash emblem is clearly shown) into a Belgain Tulip.

For starters I've never had Alpine beers from the Source. I have only had versions of the Green Flash era Alpine brews. Yet this one is speaking to me. This brew pours nearly perfect IPA SRM, you know what I mean!? Sunset Amber with an opaque texture, clearly it's unfiltered (which makes me like her already, she's a dirty girl with dirty intentions). Nice cloud white foam crowns this beaut...she's gonna give plenty of lace!

Next step in the enjoyment of the brew, the aroma. She smacking some veins with that fruity vibe and dank hop resins. It's a mixture of white grape skins and a bit of that marijuana earthiness. The "dank" is kind of aggressive with its touch. Backend has some berry notes and a touch of dried apricots. This is pretty banging.

Da Flavah? First hits with that rye sweetness that, in turn, slaps some spiciness to the tongue...I like what she is Sayin now! Second wave is Hoppy Goodness nice and green. The flavors of the oils explore the senses. This grabs that Hop Resin vibe with some fruity undertones. Nice Passion Fruit , and Grapefruit stand out the most. Then the Resin comes back for thirds and isn't slacking either. In the distant backend there's notes of Dill...weird. This finishes on time with a smooth dryness and a balanced spicy/bitterness. Aftertaste of Grapefruit pith and Hop Resin. This brew feels amazing on the palate. Nice medium smooth body and tight but not aggressive carbonation helps the flavors to pop on the palate.

Overall: I don't care who did what here, this brew is Outstanding! No wonder the high acclaim it's a well brewed IPA that captures the Hop in a drinkable fashion. The malts are there and add body and enough sweetness to carry the oils in a superb fashion. I see this being a repeat purchase. This brew is Recommended.

 1,864 characters

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.

 205 characters

Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle best by March 21 poured into an IPA glass.

A - Hazy golden orange with a fluffy two finger head that retains and maintains nicely.

S - Strong grapefruit. Pine.

T - Rye, grapefruit, A little bit of zing. As it warms it rounds out somewhat. Bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is medium low, fairly creamy for a beer this bitter.

O - First time seeing/trying this. Pretty tasty for what it is, which is a straight grapefruit/rye/ bitter bomb.

 458 characters

Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow color topped with a thick, soapy white head. Smell definitely has that Nelson stank going on...oily herbal greenness, berries, peppercorns, grass, apricot, and general fresh hop zestiness. Flavors of herbs, white wine, floral hops, peppery orange, and pineapple sweetness. Medium bodied with a lingering bitterness. Tasty stuff.

 352 characters

Photo of OldManMetal
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This rye IPA is a pale gold, effervescent beer that straddles the no-man's-land between hazy and cloudy; a brief-lived, medium pebbly off-white head leaves good, somewhat complex bands of lacing. The nose is moderate in intensity: pineapple juice, pine, sweet florals and more subdued citrus notes with slight alcohol overtones and a hint of body odor. Up front, the palate presents as bitter pineapple, pine/floral soapiness and a nutty bittersweetness. By mid-palate, the citrus character shows a bit, as does the body odor from the nose; the bitterness builds to a medium-strong level, offset a bit by a modest bready malt presence (I don't really pick up any rye character). The finish is balanced and closes out with a decent carbonation bite, followed by the onset of a nice strong resinous hop bitterness that lingers quite awhile. Mouthfeel is big for the medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and moderately peppery from the fizzy-yet-restrained carbonation. (22 oz bottle, 98 days before best-by)

 1,016 characters

Photo of exposd
3.69/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very unique Rye IPA that is now one of my new favorites! Pours a hazy golden/orange into a pint glass with a decent head and slight lacing retention as you drink this West Coast brew. The smell of this brew reminds me a Belgian style beer on the nose, but as you take a sip you quickly realize it's anything but a Belgian. This IPA style brew is packed with Nelson hops and is really an interesting and unique style and flavor profile as it's different than any other IPA type of beer I've tasted. Rye and Nelson hops are used in brewing and dry hopping double time!

 566 characters

Photo of Beers-es
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh growler, pours a light orange-gold, slightly hazy and with a greenish tinge around the edges. Head is a solid 2 fingers, dense and white with very fine bubbles. Lasts a long time and never completely fades. Initial smell is dankness, mixed with an herbal spiciness. Also a bit of ripe fruit and something like sweet hay. Taste is spicy, earthy herbs. Finish is bitter grapefruit and lingering spice. Feel is an outstanding balance of pleasing smoothness offset by prickly carbonation. Killer IPA, very unique.

 522 characters

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Green Flash bottle.

Pours bright light orange with a fizzy head that rises, but subsides. Smell is peppery, grassy, dry grapefruit. Big Nelson Sauvin nose. Taste is spicy rye with zesty dry grapefruit. Finishes smooth. Fizzy texture, but dense enough to be pretty slick in the mouth. Great spicy IPA, great use of NS hops.

 343 characters

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy gold body. Large white head. Moderate lacing.
S - Hop forward, citrus, light spice, maybe from the rye or hops.
T - Excellent hop juice. Balancing malt backbone.
M - Medium body, medium card.
O - An excellent beer. My first Alpine brew and I can only hope the rest are as good.

 290 characters

Photo of ONUMello
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into an IPA glass
A: Hazy light orange with a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Lots of grapefruit along with rye and coriander
T: Matches the nose- grapefruit, rye, earth and spice
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, bitter
O: A very solid IPA; the spicy notes the rye adds up the amount of complexity making it quite tasty

 340 characters

Photo of silverblaze540
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Orange, hazy, and not much visible carbonation. Head dissipates quickly.

S - Piney with an almost onion/garlic hint.

T - Aggressive woody, green pine bitterness with a mild alcohol taste.

M - Soft and still. Finish is short.

O - Definitely fits the profile of an IPA, and a good one at that.

 301 characters

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This an outstanding rye IPA. Nice and hoppy and yummy. This is a top tier selection and I will actively seek out this brewer again. Hard to find locally here in Ohio.

 169 characters

Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy gold color. Moderate bar poured head, which leaves streaks and spots on the glass.

Strong, nearly harsh, prickly grapefruit to the nose.

Equally extreme on the tongue...think sucking a hop pellet. The bitterness completely overwhelms the palate creating a dry, biting swallow and long, peppery aftertaste. The body is neutral with a corresponding carbonation level.

Imagine a horror film that features 90 minutes of violence in a 92 minute film. This a bit like that. If you are into this sort of thing, you'll love it. Otherwise, try this to get a sense of a purely hoppy, extreme beer.

 599 characters

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Brassy golden color with a deep haze. Creamy white head retains well and leaves some webby lacing.

S: White grapefruit, mandarin orange, pineapple, star fruit, mild vinous white wine notes. Juicy as hell. Light whiffs of grass. Soft earthy rye and dry crackers malt.

T: Bite of grapefruit and grapefruit rind up front. Pineapple and star fruit. Tangerine juice. Mildly grassy. Sauvignon blanc. Stiff hop bitterness builds to impressive heights and is enhanced by the soft earthy and bitter rye flavors. Dry and crackery malt too. Bitter grapefruit and tropical fruit juice finish.

M: Medium-light body. Soft and creamy and a little airy/foamy. Good dose of hop astringency. Aggressively carbonated for a crisp bite.

O: The bone dry malt base adds some nice spicy rye flavor and really lets the hops shine. Excellent.

 858 characters

Photo of wdberkley
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm hoping I just got a bad bottle. It looked gorgeous in the glass, smelled like I was in for an awesome hop bomb, and then I tasted it and it was nothing but burnt malt. No citrus, no hops. I was totally let down. Will seek out again and revise my review if the second go around is better. (should be noted it was in a green flash bottle)

 341 characters

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.