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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,183
Gots: 173 | FT: 13
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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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 07:31:34 | More by axeman9182
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PHBoiler

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 13:52:38 | More by PHBoiler
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

12-06-2013 18:16:29 | More by meathookjones
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virinow

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

05-05-2014 01:35:45 | More by virinow
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-02-2013 23:44:21 | More by ucsbmullet
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joepais

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 17:28:47 | More by joepais
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-15-2014 11:27:16 | More by Gotti311
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IndyDad

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-01-2013 14:56:57 | More by IndyDad
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sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

02-26-2012 01:26:15 | More by sgoro
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Evan

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-23-2013 22:29:08 | More by Evan
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-11-2013 04:34:23 | More by victory4me
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a bright white, soapy, fluffy head. Great lace and decent retention.

S: All pungent NZ hops with lots of resin and some pine.

T: Super delicious, sticky hops. Grassy, earthy, woody.

M: Smooth, clean, great body, massive flavor, proper carbonation.

O: This definitely highlights the beauty of NZ hops. They're so unique and delicious. Not the most delicious use of Nelson Sauvin hops but its such a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 03:25:49 | More by Gatch
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laxer8811

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-26-2014 12:02:20 | More by laxer8811
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scotv

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-19-2014 13:46:02 | More by scotv
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

09-15-2013 01:45:16 | More by kbuzz
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-10-2012 18:36:04 | More by jkane101
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Soto

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-25-2013 06:18:01 | More by Soto
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-29-2013 13:10:34 | More by brycevolk
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

split 22oz bomber, served in pint glasses

A - light gold in color, hazy. light and fluff yet ample head...spotty lacing.

S - insanely citrus. almost like Tang. freshly squeezed oranges, grapefruit, lemon rind, pineapple. a little bitter but very sweet and floral. great sniffer.

T - huge rush of grapefruity sweetness and bitterness, quite juicy. grassy in the middle with some floral notes, light buttery caramel malt throughout. lightly soapy at the finish.

M - medium bodied, very oily and slick. carbonation is ample and lively.

D - very nice, and unique, IPA. easily the strongest citrus notes (especially in the nose) I've ever come across, great aromatics.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 03:56:01 | More by Stigs
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

01-19-2013 19:00:40 | More by ChrisPro
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

11-15-2013 00:27:05 | More by HumanParaquat
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redfox405

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-30-2014 05:09:45 | More by redfox405
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

04-29-2014 20:23:25 | More by standardcherry
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dkw0063

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-09-2014 15:08:56 | More by dkw0063
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sloelco

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-26-2013 17:27:07 | More by sloelco
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,032 ratings.