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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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99
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2,197 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,197
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,222
Gots: 211 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

kevgod, Oct 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

spark3148857, May 01, 2014
Photo of antoines15
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

antoines15, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz, thanks augustgarage! Been waiting to try this one for a while. Into chouffe tulip.

A- Pale gold with mild orangey qualities, the background of the label looks like the beer color, actually. Thick head that is snowy, good if thin lacing, nice first ring and it follows all the way down.

S- Floral, fruity, hoppy. Tropical fruit and a bit of a citrus note. Slight peppery quality, but faint.

T- Whoa. Hoppy, fruity indeed- tangerines or clementines. What am I tasting? ... Ah, the rye. Didn't know this was brewed with rye but I can def. taste it. My tongue is going back and forth from the fruity hops, the slightly spicy malt... Tasty and a bit of a head-scratcher. Not exactly the most harmonious blend but very good.

M- ABV is well-hidden and this is a balanced beer- strong enough malt to counter the potent hops.

D- Fairly high. Very tasty, the rye threw me for a bit of a loop and I can say I still prefer Alpine's Duet IPA over this one.. that being said this is a great beer and I'm even more impressed with the skills of the Alpine brewers. This one disappeared from my glass faster than I expected- very very drinkable.

ShogoKawada, May 03, 2010
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

ucsbmullet, May 02, 2013
Photo of BeerThursdays
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the bottle into a Smuttynose snifter, this is burnt orange with a two finger white head. Very nice, clean looking beer.

S - Piney hops, some sweetness. Lemon and grapefruit.

T - Out of this world. One of the best. Sweet and juicy hops, decent malty backbone, but not over powering. Bitterness on the tongue.

M - Good feel, just what you would expect. Not over carbed, no alcohol. Excellent.

O - Great beer. Pretty easy to get in a trade, so it ranks very highly. Love the taste, look and smell of this beer.

BeerThursdays, Aug 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

InfernoBoss, Apr 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Chingringo, Oct 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

SPRichard, May 27, 2012
Photo of Beerbuddy21
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Beerbuddy21, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of PHBoiler
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very unique IPA. Bright yellow/gold body with a fizzy white head. Tropical fruit and freshly mown grass on the nose really pop. The taste is balanced with bitterness and sweetness with a little bitter bite and a light spice from the rye. The carb is great for the flavors and the mouthfeel is just slick enough without being oily. Really well made and a great highlight of Nelson Sauvin hops.

PHBoiler, Jul 10, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A truely exciting bottle from Randy in the Loko4locals Bif! Thanks homey! Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color with a little bit of an orange hue. A nice cap of white head sits on top.

A little bit of sweet carmael in the aroma. Just a little bit of citrus hops in the background. A big orange aroma though. Big orange juice aroma. A little bit of a rye flavor. A big bitter hop flavor is a lot more noticable on the pallet than the aroma. Lots of juicy orange on the aroma.

Nice light body with good carbonation. A little bit sticky somehow. Overall pretty tasty here. Pretty malty for an IPA but ths is darn good.

Bendurgin, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of cfrances33
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

cfrances33, Jul 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BuckTuckian, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a bomber with my good friend and roommate, JustinA1.

Served in a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Lightly hazed and very pale; body is predominantly gold-colored but shows mild shades of orange as well. A thin, white film sits atop, surrounded by a sudsy, white crown. Each sip leaves a new layer of spotty lacing on the walls of the glass. Other than the body looking pretty dull, I'm happy with Nelson's appearance.

Smell: Candied orange, white peach, passion fruit, pear, and honey all combine to form a wonderfully soft and fruity aroma. Herbal notes still shine through though, adding a nice sort of dankness. Really diggin' this!

Taste: Grapefruit, honeydew melon, pear, and herbal piney bitterness. The bottle describes white wine characteristics - I can see that. A nutty, bready, even oaty malt profile hangs right in there with the hop half - fantastic balance! With time, the white peach I found in the aroma makes its way into the taste as well. Wonderfully complex and unique, and not over-hopped like most west coast IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light in body with fine, moderate strength carbonation. Doesn't finish as dry as most IPAs, though I think that extra residual sweetness allows the soft fruit flavors to really stand out. Far from intense, this one's pretty easy on the palate.

Drinkability: Oh hell yeah! The light body and delicate balance make this IPA extremely sessionable. No palate-wrecking here. Delightfully complex and suitable for any craft beer lover. Nelson is a truly beautiful IPA.

ThreeWiseMen, Jan 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Norseman, Apr 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Lucnifter, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

kbuzz, Sep 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

TXhomebrewer, Sep 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

thereal_adam, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

virinow, May 05, 2014
Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden color with a nicely sized pure white head that sticks around a while and leaves tonnns of lacing.

grapefruit, tangy tropical fruit, mango, a bit of spice, light rye bread, crackers.

juicy hops. not terribly bitter, but tangy and a bit sour like unripe mango with some peppery spice and grapefruit. light rye bread is definitely noticeable balancing the nelson hops.

lighter side of medium bodied with a nice supple carbonation that finishes pretty crisp but with a slightly tangy and sweet aftertaste. pretty refreshing actually.

another good hoppy offering from Alpine. good, but it doesn't redefine the style for me.

silentjay, Mar 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

millelacsmark, Feb 15, 2014
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,197 ratings.