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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 781
Hads: 3,773
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 1,373
Gots: 573 | FT: 23
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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 jngrizzaffi
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is very good. Lacing is excellent. Has a nice, fresh, juicy citrus aroma with some piney resin at the end. I wish there was cologne that smells like this! Taste is a big, juicy citrus bomb. Nice piney resin at the end. Moderate astringency. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. So glad this beer came to Texas and hope we get it in a 6 pack soon. This is great!!

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

Bottle. Finally. Perhaps my longest standing want. I've heard its not as good as it was before Green Flash but I don't know if I ever would have had the chance to try it without them. It pours clearer than I was expecting. Probably more filtered. Well structured, white head. Lacing is thick. The aroma brings my favorite hop right to my receptors. Tropical fruit, earth and flora. Some Sauv Blanc notes. Some dankness. A bit of sweetness too. Smells very nice. Love Nelson hops! The flavor starts off with a pronounced, coercive citrus flavor. A combination of several high-acid citrus fruits. Then the more terroir-driven hop flavors come out. Really vibrant hoppiness. Pot and earth and herb as well. Really damn tasty. Rye malt acts as a unique prop for the Nelson deliciousness. Rye tang combines with the unique hop zest. Its medium bodied and quite bitter. Still very drinkable. A morning juice substitute in a perfect world. Whether its different than it used to be or not, this is still an excellent beer. Finally got to scratch this one off the list; grateful.

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Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed yellow with a tall white head.

Smell is a mountain of hops. Smells primarily of grapefruit and pith. Smell of medicine, lots of Phenol.

Starts out strongly hopped with a melon after taste. Very strong Hops.Tastes of wood and strong tea.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Tastes OK, Don't see the charm of this one.

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

This one is DANK. Tons and tons of fruitiness on the nose and the perfect balance of fruitiness and hoppiness on the drink with a nice white, clean head and good lacing.

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Photo of 98green
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wowsers. Yeah this one is great. Pours a cloudy light orange. Smell is all juicy citrus. Taste follows through and more. All citrus and bright clean bitter. Almost no malt to get in the way. This is my kinda IPA. Probably shoulda given this a 5, maybe I will update if I catch this again another time. Updated to add that the rye is also a plus. Joseph James Citra rye similarly kills it, so maybe ima sucker for rye malt

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

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on November 13, 2015. Best by 21 Mar 16 printed on bottle. Look is golden, two finger head and lingering lacing. Smell is grapefruit. Taste is white wine and fruit. Feel is medium in body with a smooth finish.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A bright gold that is color and foamy white head poured.smells of dank,mango,honey,crisp bell pepper....so much going on on the taste profile due to the rye and unique hops.honey,mango,bell pepper,black pepper a little bit of lime,a touch almost garlic funk. I'm giving the taste a 5 doesn't get too much better for a rye ipa,I'm definitely not one to just hand 5's out but lord it's a tasty,spicy,zesty ipa.mouthfeel isn't light,drinks like a big double ipa.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

delicious, but im not sure if im drinking the nelson of alpine lore, or the green flash version. either way, its pretty good. hazy orange in color. huge citrus nose. great flavor, nice backbone. mouthfeel really stands out for me. medium bodied with great carb. very nice.

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Photo of NorthSideSean
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Worth the hype. Happened across this while on a trip to San Francisco - on tap at Hogwash. This is a stand out among IPAs. Beautifully cloudy orange color, dank fruity smell and a mouthful of citrusy hops with a hint of rye. Very drinkable... just wish I could get this in Chicago!

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Photo of Pencible
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like super dank and citrus, with some wild honey and apricot.
T: It tasted like dank herbal hops, with some citrus and wild honey and apricot. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a fantastic IPA. The scent and taste were so fresh and full of hops, without being too bitter or catty. The body was ok, and the finish was super smooth, so it was easy to drink. Not much rye noticeable, but this was still a top tier brew. Highly recommended.

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

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber provided by snaotheus.

Color is hazy pale gold, almost straw, with a large fluffy head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing traces every sip. Smell is mango, citrus and fresh cut grass. Very juicy. It hits the palate with a strong blast of bitterness that matches the nose, gives way to delicious juiciness and finishes with lingering grapefruit rind. Body is medium with ample carbonation. Overall, really good!

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Photo of TooGood
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very unique beer in all areas. Looks very hazy orange in the glass with excellent lacing. Smell is citrusy and unlike anything I've had. Very creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of nj111579
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'll skip the standard format and leave it at this.... this west coast ipa succeeds where every session ipa fails and you
get and extra couple of abv points to boot. Prett much proves session ipas are useless. Nearly perfect. Fantastic stuff. Could drink this all day every day even when it's 108 outside. Lives up to the hype. My mom even liked it.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very bright light golden color with a slight haze and a huge white head. Retention is good with nice lacing. The smell is amazing! Dankness and tropical fruits dominate with a slight sweetness and spicy notes. Taste is much the same with some grassiness and a decent amount of bitterness on the back end. Feel is very light, almost too light for my liking. Overall this is a great tasting beer though. Would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, very bright. Mild haze. Head is off-white and voluminous. Head lasts forever and leaves a large amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is peppery rye, wine grapes, mango, and lemon.

Big hops in the taste. Citrus-y and tropical. Pine on the back end. Lemon, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, wine grapes, and orange. Pepper and rye spiciness. Not really getting any malt notes beyond the rye but despite that, doesn't seem overly unbalanced.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness from the pine.

A solid west coast IPA with big flavors. The pine didn't really agree with me but everything else was great.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic NZ hop aroma, fruity with some grassy notes. Pours a Hazy light orange color. Taste is a little strange to me though, something i can't really put my finger on. It might be the rye malt they use, but overall it's very drinkable and definitely alpine's best.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. Best by date of March 21, 2016.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that slowly settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A very dank and juicy hop forward aroma with a big scent of citrus fruits. Upfront citrus hop presence with a scent of grapefruit, mango, orange juice, pineapple, lemon, tangerine, and melon. Hints of piney hops. Also some fruit hints of white grapes. Malt hints of rye, grains, cracker, and yeast. A really good hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and ripe hop driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit. Big juicy taste of citrus with notes of mango, grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, melon, tangerine, and passion fruit. Some white grape notes along with some pine resin. Backing malt notes of rye, caramel, grains, and yeast. A really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, oily, and drying.

Overall: A great West Coast IPA. Great citrus hop flavors with a nice subtle touch of rye.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Green Flash bottle served in a large mug. Best By 21 March 16 F15284. Found it in a Haggen's in Bellingham.

Pours hazy pale golden with a medium head that looks coarse and lasts a long time. Lots of carbonation. Smell is very strong citrus, grapefruit with a hint of orange, floral and juicy.

Taste is very nice. Strong citrus, a hint of pine, very dry and resinous. Moderate sweetness, but dry enough to make it extremely palatable. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is dry and resinous. Overall, excellent beer.

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Photo of -Rick
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: an orange brown color, a nice white head. Not seeing the turbid look many said to expect
S: lots of grapefruit in this. some sweet fruits, mango, a nice bit of malty, and hints of orange peel
T: grapefruit, white wine, sweet mango, and a bit of malt on the back end.
F: nice carbonation, a bit of a tart mouth feel in there
O: this was a real good beer. My bottle was a GF version, my guess is that the real deal could have been a little better.

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Photo of wcu80
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight up mango bomb. Nearly perfect use of the Nelson Sauvin hop. I usually find that an IPA is best on the first sip; every subsequent sip is less tasty. That's not this case with this beer. Each sip is just as good as the last. I was sad when the bottle was empty.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Big grape, white wine aroma from the Nelson Sauvin hops.

A: Yellow, super hazy with a super thin-ish head. Honestly, looks more like juice than a beer.

T: Big white wine, grape, grapefruit hoppy taste. With a bit of rye spicy malt character. Moderately bitter and dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Big danky IPA with plenty of grapefruit, white wine characteristics in the aroma and flavor. Quite delicious!

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4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy, turbid burnt orange color, like a gem stone glowing in sunlight.
Smell is of sweet rye, and grapefruit.
Taste follows the nose, just much deeper and more satisfying.
Feel is spot on. A little bit of dryness and a little bit creamy.
Overall this is exceptional. The smell wasnt as great as the overall product, but who gives a shit. This is what a rye beer should be. No exceptions.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Alpine Nelson

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 95/100

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Photo of tzieser
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash version. Poured from 750ml(?) bottle into a standard pint glass.

L: hazy golden in color with a white head that quickly settles into nothing. Looks like a glass of grapefruit juice. Pretty below average to be honest. Luckily we don't drink beer for it's looks. After pouring the sediment the head improved a bit but not much

S: a wonderfully hoppy nose. Tons of Nelson sauvin, showing off its prolific aromas of citrus and grape. Literally smells like a blend of grapefruit and white grape/wine. Malt sweetness in the back. Nice

T: loads of citrus hop flavor, notes of white grapes and hints of white wine all balanced by a nice spicy/sweet malt backbone of rye.

M: good mouthfeel.

O: A remarkable IPA that does more than enough to differentiate itself from an already overcrowded style. One of the best in it's class. Recommended.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.