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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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720 Reviews
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Reviews: 720
Hads: 3,497
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 1,386
Gots: 497 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

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 wcu80
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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 mr-jj
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
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 photomike
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at City Beer Store (yep! NorCal! You rule Craig/Beth!)

Pours a very lightly hazy pale yellow with a surprisingly short white head. Very soft with decent retention for such a weak stack. A lot of nice soft lacing sticks around though, for an overall pretty decent appearance.

Aroma is explosive and nice. This smells very fresh. Really dank with a lot of that almost-skunky intoxicating smell you get from a really fresh IPA. A good thing. Cannabis, pine and pineapple.

Taste is really nice and fresh as well--The first thing I notice is the massive fruitiness. A whole lot of peach/apricot flavors that I don't typically see in the style, with a nice wallop of pine and bitter grapefruit. A slight boozy heat on the finish that dries things out a touch. Bitter. Great stuff.

Effervescent with nice tight bubbles and a slight boozy heat. Somewhat oily.

Crazy drinkable; really delicious and goes down easy.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Big thanks to realmpel for the bottle!

Golden yellow pour. Somewhat small white head retains pretty well. Some really nice lacing on the glass.

First thing I smell when I pop the cap is spicy rye. Once Nelson is in the glass, I smell all kinds of delicious fresh hop aromas...grapefruit, orange, pineapple. A little grassy, with some white grape in there, too.

Well, the rye flavor isn't nearly as big as the aroma...which works just fine for me, because it adds a tasty dimension to the flavor without being overpoweringly spicy. Nelson is one of the more interesting IPA's I've tasted. Tons of citric hop flavor, without really being very bitter at all. The citrus/white grape/grass is a really, really interesting flavor combination. Nice spicy finish.

Medium bodied, with an appropriate carbonation level. No hint of ABV. This has scary drinkability. After having Duet not too long ago, I feel like I need to try the entire Alpine lineup. They certainly know how to make a drinkable IPA. Very good stuff.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bells snifter.

A- Two Finger off white frothy head dissipates slowly, nice lacing that sticks to the glass, very clear, golden straw color.
S- Nice hop forward beer, big grapefruit, pine, citrus, nice malt backbone.
T- Really bitter, typical west coast IPA, big grapefruit and pine flavors, some citrus and peach in the background, some spice, and slight malt presence as well.
M- Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, really bitter, crisp finish.
O- Solid IPA, out of all the IPAs and DIPAs from Alpine that I’ve tasted I would have to say this is my least favorite, still enjoyable though and a quality beer.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hamilton23. Thanks!

A: Brackish topaz with a whisp of head. Looks very still and serene.

N: Lime, ruby grapefruit, fresh cut grass clippings. Hints of conifer. Hops overshadow any malt in a good way. There is some biscuit/cracker, and I can follow the nose to some significant mango flavors.

T: Tropical to start, as with Pure Hoppiness, but this has a two tier effect that begins with the mango, grapefruit, pineapple and transitions into the cracker/bread and piney base. There's a significant amount of bitterness to this which is made all the more prominent by the zest and spice of the rye.

M: Dry, medium mouthfeel. Really cuts through the palate.

O: A very good IPA with an incredible bitterness that's well integrated into the whole. Drink and enjoy; Alpine is doing great work

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the bottle. Cheers!

Light orange color with light haze. Awesome rocky white head, long-lasting and leaving a dense curtain of lace.

Grapefruit aroma nicely balanced and supported by bready malts and a bit of a rustic, spicy character that must be due to the rye.

Citrus and tropical hops - papaya and orange, grapefruit - all blend beautifully and with the smooth mouthfeel contribute to a very juicy character. Bready malts add some body to the mix but the emphasis is on the fruity hop characters. Spicy, lightly bitter finish.

Big flavors but well balanced and light on its feet. Nelson proves that a big American IPA doesn't have to be clunky. A pretty beer through and through.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of -Rick
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
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 LSUPT
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DeathVader, 22oz bomber to Stone IPA glass.
Pours a deep straw yellow with a great 3-inch white head. Leaves tons of thick lacing that dissipates gradually over the course of the drink but I prefer a bit darker IPA with better clarity.

Smell is amazing, not strong, but the grapefruit, pineapple and orange scents are divine.

White wine characteristics are noticeable, juicy, juicy hops, some pine, lots of grapefruit, similar to Sculpin but with, in my opinion, a greater complexity of flavor and Nelson Sauvin hop bitterness is really great.

Carbonation is pretty low, and the almost creamy mouthfeel is a bit weird for me for an IPA.

Overall, this is a very good IPA with the mouthfeel the only drawback for me, but I would love to be able to drink this beer more often.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body with a huge froth monster of a head. Almost looks like a hefe.

Nose is spicy-sharp citrus. There's an almost vegetal spiciness contribution from the rye. Love it!

Flavor is a study in contrasts. Smooth up front, sharp on the finish. Light on the palate, but with solid rye and hops all over. Not quite as hoppy as I expected, but really a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. For impact on the palate, this drinks more like a blonde than an IPA.

Hard to believe this is 7.1% It's almost quaffable. Really a good brew.

My first from Alpine. Duet is in the fridge and Exponential Hoppiness is on the way! Thanks to nogidrew63 for the trade on this one.

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Photo of theghost3
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with a 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates. Moderate layered lacing.

The smell is strong of grapefruit and oranges along with coriander and a little bready malt. The taste is grapefruit and herbal hops, peppery with some caramel and bready malts. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied, and slightly sticky.

This is a drinkable IPA. Don't expect a hop bomb; just a citrusy, smooth brew.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in the NOOb BIF from psiweaver...thanks again!

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my tall Allagash snifter/chalice glass. Pours a pale golden color with a massive frothy head, and excelent retention! Huge white froth leaves loads of sticky and full lacing.

Aroma is good, but not my favorite IPA. Full of hops and mild light fruit.

Flavor is fruity...along with the hop bite. Big grapefruit taste, and lasting dryness in the finish. Slightly creamy mouth, but crisp none-the-less in the sence of refreshing! Big carbonation, and low booze in the flavor. A very good IPA!

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Photo of Popp24
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap at the brewery 2 days ago and now enjoying it from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - Dark golden to light amber with a fluffy white one finger head. Tiny bubbles throughout.

S - It smells great. Very fresh hop smells and some sweet citrus smells as well.

T - Hops are very nice and flavorful but not overpowering at all. Nice fresh grass taste with a grapefruit aftertaste.

M - Very nice and smooth and creamy and light.

O - Great IPA with alot of complexity to it. Very easy to drink and super tasty. This beer makes me wish I lived closer to Alpine.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So worth doing. Very spiced a every delicious. Worth thetrip for this beer. Hope for days and so much fruity character. Not very dry. The sweetness makes it better because it isn't very bitter.

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Photo of McStagger
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had on tap, which I've been told is not as good since GF botched the process. Bought a bomber and whaddya know, big ole Green Flash symbol on it too. Oh, well. Best by March 21, 2016.

A: Pours a pale, hazy yellow. Slightly more orange than a hefe. Finger of head. Fairly rocky. Good lacing. Moderate retention. Carbonation is minimal, with tiny bubbles forming along the glass and rising lazily to the surface. Looks unfiltered af.

S: Wow, that is aromatic. Big sauvignon blanc notes. Cat piss, citrus, grapefruit, onion/garlic, dank.

T: So, so good. Bitter, but not incredibly so. Slightly sharp in the front, the flavors bomb the palate after swallowing. Grapefruit rind, floral sweetness, lemon oil, white wine. Maltiness is subdued and the rye is bordering on the nonexistant. Slight spicy tropical fruit. Very, very dry.

M: Not very carbonated, but the light malt presence balances this out. While I wouldn't go so far as to call it quenching, this beer is very, very easy to drink thanks to the impecabble dryness.

O: Killer stuff. Hoppiness really pops through. More hop flavor than most DIPA's. Damn good.

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Photo of Philousa
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow gold with a thin white head. Lacing left on the glass looks like layers of sediment or rock in a cross section. Thin yeast residue left at the bottom of the bottle. Piney, woodsy, earthy hops aroma, as well as citrus and floral aromas. A little twinge of tart light bread also, like it's baking in the oven (read: yeast). Taste starts out very piney, like some spruce tips were used in the making of this beer. Very mild malt, but rye is there and unmistakable, which makes it tart and acidic. Bitterness comes in like the tide taking over your taste buds without you noticing. Tangy yeast comes out with time. A bit acidic in feel, but easily drinkable. dry finish.

I've been waiting for months to try an Alpine Brewing IPA, and I am not disappointed. I was worried when I saw that the only one left on the shelf was a Rye IPA, but Alpine really balanced the rye flavors well. A bit tangy due to the rye and hop oil, it was surprisingly smooth. I drank the bomber by myself and only noticed the acidity halfway through. It was never a problem though, more of an enduring characteristic. I would love to try this on tap!

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Photo of SierraJosh
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks David. I may move to SD for the sole purpose of drinking bombers of this beer on the regular.

Hazing yellow, odd for an IPA. Tropical/grapefruit, white wine, herbal & floral on the nose. Beautiful aroma. Massive tropical fruit and white wine on the taste, the spice of the rye pulls the finish dry and leaves you wanting another sip. Soft carbonation and minimal lacing on the glass. Remarkable beer, unique and simply the best. Nelson transcends the IPA style.

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Photo of tlema1
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: cloudy, straw color, fluffy white head
S: tons of citrus
T: grapefruit, low bitterness, clean finish
F: light body
O: damn fine brew, easy drinking and delicious

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Photo of humuloner22
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received this one on a trade. Just in time to try to drink on a cold snowy night. I don't know why but I felt this strong compulsion to put on Pet Sounds, by the Beach Boys. Hmmm...

Appearance: Light golden straw yellow. Hazy in color reminds me a lot of another beer I have had. Can't recall.

Aroma: Very fruity, Fruity Pebbles aroma. Reminds me a lot of several beers I have had recently, this one reminds me a lot of Pseudosue. I don't know if Nelson Sauvin hops are a dominant hop in Psue or not, but the fruity vinous notes are definitely there. This is not your typical resinous, dank, earthy hop forward IPA that you are used to from CA. I think that is a good distraction.

Taste: Very light and delicate but does have a bitterness to it you would not expect. Almost like a light grapefruit or perhaps some other fruit note in there. This beer really does remind me of a lighter version of Psue in the taste. I kind of like the taste notes but with the less dominant sweet thick mouthfeel. I like how this one is more crisp and clean.

Overall: Very well made beer I am glad I got to try this one. It reminds me a lot in taste and aroma of several others but the clean lighter mouthfeel is what kicks it off for me!

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Photo of kels
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pwoods for sharing with me!

Pours the color of light caramel-honey with a muddy consistency and a 2-finger sticky white head that fades to a thick, bubbly, well-retained skim leaving sticky rings of lacing behind.

Aroma is full of dry, earthy and citrusy hops. Alcohol is lightly noted, along with dry, crisp malts.

Taste is full of juicy and bittersweet citrusy flavors. Very wet and full-feeling. Good malt foundation provides a satisfying profile that is kept light and bright by the hops. Great tongue-coating stickiness promotes a long-standing aftertaste.

Drinkability is really high. While the alcohol was notable in the nose, it barely reaches the taste. It is an IPA that could please anyone - juicy yet sticky, sweet yet earthy, bitter yet bready.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Scored this want in a generous BIF box from domtronzero.

A - Orange-yellow hazy body with a white head resting on top

S - A nice pineapple smell mingles with some funk rye aroma. This thing smells fantastic. I absolutely love the aroma Nelson Sauvin hops produce and the mix of that and a rye make an unforgettable aroma.

T - Picking up more pineapple-y hop flavor mingled with light rye notes. A formidable malt backbone stands up throughout this one. Not nearly as bitter as I was expecting however. Nice flavor but not amazing like the nose.

M - medium body, slightly sticky good amount of carbonation

D - Pretty tasty beer but the flavor doesn't match the awe of the nose. Not as bitter as I was expecting but still a pretty good beer. I wouldn't mind drinking more of this but wouldn't go nuts trying to seek it out.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of rayjay
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bistro's IPA fest last saturday. All New Zealand hops, not sure of the variety used.

Very unqiue. Bright yellow and hazy, almost like a hefe; reminds me of sunsine in a glass. Unfiltered with a capitol "U." I love it because it's a totally different color than any other of the 50 IPA's here today.

Taste/smell is awesome. The hoppiest beer I had that day, but let me explain: not bitter hoppy, rather they captured the essence of the hops more than any other beer I've had. Really really citrusy, with lots of grapefruit, but also lemon zest and kiwis (sorry!) with some pine (more like fir) and white pepper too. 65 IBU's and really smooth, with a relaxing, enjoyable bitterness that shares the aftertaste with the pungent fruits which hit you in the sinuses. Not british tasting hops, not over-the-top bitter US hops, but a totally different vibe that I'm having trouble describing.

Body is almost like a wit beer. Very pale rye must have been used for this to turn out so bright colored and smooth. For contrast, BR's Hop Rod Rye is dark red/brown and has a heavy malt body.

A great drink that really stands out, both for the grains and the hops used. Good luck finding this one, but do not pass it up!

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to a buddy for sharing this with me. Pours a golden orange colour into a snifter glass. I could really pick up grapefruit in the smell. The taste followed suit as a intense grapefruit like flavour followed with each sip. Good bitterness and a nice malty backbone. Very nice beer.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to one of California's many BAs. From notes.

Pours hazy orange with a huge foamy white head. Great looking beer.

Smells of intense floral and citrus with a little malty sweetness on the back end.

The taste follows the smell almost to the letter with a little extra sweetness. Lots of floral and citrus hoppy gootness with a bit of sweet malt on the end to balance things.

Creamy with a nice bit of carbonation and a dry finish.

Very drinkable. I wish I had more.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.