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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 1,213
Gots: 202 | 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 Bendurgin


3.53/5  rDev -21%

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.

07-26-2011 04:14:04 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Evan


4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-23-2013 22:29:08 | More by Evan
Photo of cfrances33


4.86/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

07-27-2013 18:45:38 | More by cfrances33
Photo of ucsbmullet


5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-02-2013 23:44:21 | More by ucsbmullet
Photo of InfernoBoss


4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-20-2014 05:38:59 | More by InfernoBoss
Photo of Chingringo


5/5  rDev +11.9%

10-17-2013 00:44:02 | More by Chingringo
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.65/5  rDev +4%

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.

01-23-2011 02:32:57 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of antoines15


4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-25-2014 20:54:38 | More by antoines15
Photo of TXhomebrewer


5/5  rDev +11.9%

09-22-2012 22:57:56 | More by TXhomebrewer
Photo of sbricker


4/5  rDev -10.5%

11-14-2011 15:17:29 | More by sbricker
Photo of silentjay


4.03/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

03-01-2012 03:04:52 | More by silentjay
Photo of PHBoiler


4.51/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

07-10-2013 13:52:38 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

22oz bomber received from hophead84 - thanks for the hook-up!

Pours a lighter than average golden straw color, a bit of haze. Tons of head builds up in the tulip - whoah! Leaves a sticky, rocky head in the glass and chunks of lacing down the glass. Pretty.

Loads of citrus in the nose - candied grapefruit, lemons, a hint of spicy rye in there - very juicy and a hint on the tropical side.

The rye comes out way more in the flavor, giving a nice earthy spicy balance to the citrus hops. Loads of juicy grapefruit, hints of pine and floral hops, lemons, a medium bitterness that kicks in mid sip and has a medium lasting finish, light caramel malt tries to hold its own and without the rye it would lose - as it is, it's tasty!

The drawback on this beer is the carbonation - it's too heavy. Spritzy and gives it an edge that detracts on the drinkability. Sparkly but with a nice dryness in the finish.

Dial down the carb and you've got one of the tastiest IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking - very complex and layered with enough hops to please everyone. Love the rye - Yum.

01-02-2010 18:44:51 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of kbuzz


4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

09-15-2013 01:45:16 | More by kbuzz
Photo of virinow

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

05-05-2014 01:35:45 | More by virinow
Photo of Beerbuddy21


5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-14-2013 04:32:39 | More by Beerbuddy21
Photo of zrab11


4.43/5  rDev -0.9%

A- Pours a wonderful burnt orange color with frothy 2 finger head. Great Lacing

S- Citrus noes hit you right away folloed by a orange peel and some white grapes, Also catch alittle hop scent

T-Citrus and honey hit your tastebuds right away. With a nice balanced hop flavor in the middle and then finish's with a lovely grassy zesty taste

M-Medium body with Great carbonation.Has a thick but crisp feel in your mouth

D-Overall this is a great ipa. I have found alot of ipas to just be hoppy and not have much flavor or other things going on in them But this one has a well balanced citrus and honey flavor. Thats not too sweet or citrusy that its almost not an IPA but gives just enough to the hops to make this beer memorable. Will get this again.

04-20-2011 13:31:02 | More by zrab11
Photo of scotv

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-19-2014 13:46:02 | More by scotv
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-29-2013 13:10:34 | More by brycevolk
Photo of elgiacomo


4.05/5  rDev -9.4%

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear gold with a one finger white head that leaves some nice spotty lacing and holds a small cap with large bubbles.

Aroma is fruity hops, white grapes, melon (cantaloupe), some resin, onion and weed, a little pine and citrus, some caramel malt. Very good strength.

Flavor follows with resinous hops, white grapes, cantaloupe, fruity hops, decent caramel malt backbone with the rye lending a hint of spice on the finish. Some sweetness, moderate bitterness. Some alcohol on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky and oily with good carbonation.

A very unique IPA. Those Nelson Sauvin hops are something else. Very good, but to be honest not as mind-blowing as I was expecting coming in. The aroma is definitely the strong suit, excellent.

11-08-2012 00:43:11 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%

22oz bottle courtesy of rmjavanut, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Nelson pours a murky tangerine. it's completely opaque, and not a particularly pleasant hue. The vigorous initial pour yields a creamy bone colored cap of about two fingers in height. Head retention is decent, but lacing is a little underwhelming. The nose is delicious, and pungent as all hell. It's a massive grapefruit bomb, with a subtle white wine presence in the background. One of the best smelling beers I've had in a while. The flavor manages to improve the beer still. A faint suggestion of bready malts kicks things off, before an exceptionally smooth wave of bitterness rolls into town. The end is a perfect blend of grapefruit rind, white wine (maybe chardonnay), and some spice from the rye. The combination of the unusual Nelson Sauvin hops and some rye in the grain bill has resulted in one of the most unique, and flavorful IPAs I've ever had. The body is surprisingly full for a beer that's as restrained on malty flavors as Nelson is. There's also a certain smoothness that I don't always find in the style. Unfortunately, the carbonation is a little bit lacking/dull, and this leads to the beer starting to hint at a syrupy mouthfeel. As much as I love the flavor of this beer, the lack of carbonation keeps jumping out at me and keeps Nelson from being as quaffable as it could be. All in all though, an excellent brew from Alpine.

11-14-2010 07:31:34 | More by axeman9182
Photo of meathookjones


4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

12-06-2013 18:16:29 | More by meathookjones
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-30-2014 01:42:55 | More by Norseman
Photo of joepais


3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

Big thanks to errantnight for hooking me up with this. Bottle spit among friends produced a smaller white head than expected that went off to nothing. it has a somewhat cloudy yellow in color body to it.

I will say I wasn't to much impressed with the new hop variety. I didn't get the grapefruit aroma the touted on the bottle but more of grassy earthy hops to it. It was nice but having tried this right after their Duet It was a little underwhelming.
The flavor was kind of a nice for Rye. PA and I will say one of the better of that hybrid that I have tasted. It had a good balance of pepper and hop to it and it finished rather dry in the mouth. The feel was light with somewhat a lack of carbonation for me. I think this brew needed more.

I finished the glass easily. it's a ok beer but I have had better in this Hybrid of a style.

Edit.. after looking at others reviews I would be up to try this one again to see if it wasn't a fluke or a bad bottle

02-27-2010 17:28:47 | More by joepais
Photo of sgoro


4/5  rDev -10.5%

02-26-2012 01:26:15 | More by sgoro
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,152 ratings.