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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,277
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 1,240
Gots: 229 | FT: 16
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 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
Photo of Rado
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Rado, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Yeti1979
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Yeti1979, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of ritzkiss
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

ritzkiss, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of zrab11
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

zrab11, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of HollyHops
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

HollyHops, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of danwho
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

danwho, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Nightrain87
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Nightrain87, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of NooseJustice
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

NooseJustice, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of woodchip
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

woodchip, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of elgiacomo
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

elgiacomo, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
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.

axeman9182, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Hessian257, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of meathookjones
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

meathookjones, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -10.5%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of victory4me
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

victory4me, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of joepais
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

joepais, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of Tom-Peters
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Tom-Peters, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of durlta
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

durlta, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Modernrickk
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Modernrickk, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of BeerBeast
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BeerBeast, May 19, 2013
Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev -10.5%

sgoro, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Stigs
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.

Stigs, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Gatch
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.

Gatch, May 22, 2013
Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

laxer8811, Jun 26, 2014
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.