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Nelson - Alpine Beer Company

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2,125 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,125
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,201
Gots: 195 | FT: 14
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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POTABLE83

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

02-24-2014 22:14:20 | More by POTABLE83
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Beerbuddy21

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-14-2013 04:32:39 | More by Beerbuddy21
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-04-2013 00:39:58 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

03-22-2014 21:43:00 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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theminutemen

Missouri

5/5  rDev +11.9%

09-01-2012 19:38:53 | More by theminutemen
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Pecan

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-01-2013 04:31:27 | More by Pecan
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.38/5  rDev -2%

Murky brown/gold pour with a finger of head that leaves some webby lacing.

Smell is a nice punch of pine and floral hoppiness and noticeable rye bread. Balanced fairly well between the malt and hops yet still packs a punch.

The taste is also very well balanced for an IPA, yet still very flavorful. The addition of the rye was a great choice to help tone down some of the palate crushing bitterness that usually comes with this much hop flavor, and add a nice malty complexity. Hops are still #1 here though, and they pack a juicy mix of citrus, pine, and floral notes.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very oily. Lower levels of carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. Alpine is great at packing a ton of hop flavor into a beer yet somehow keeping it balanced and complex. This is a perfect example of that prowess.

01-20-2010 23:21:01 | More by alcstradamus
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craftbeerasian

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-01-2013 04:56:45 | More by craftbeerasian
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MisterClean

California

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%

Purchased at south bay drugs.

A - Poured copper golden with 2 fingers of white head. Dissiaptes moderately and left little lacing.

S/T - Rye, roast toffee, grapefruit, citrus and resiny pine. Lots of resinousness.

M - Moderate in body, hop-dominated and finishes smooth. Something is a little off in this beer. The combination of hops give the finish a somewhat chalky mouthfeel.

D - Good overall. Definitely worth trying.

10-30-2009 02:51:05 | More by MisterClean
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.93/5  rDev -12.1%

22oz. bomber served into a globe glass

Pours a frankly not-pretty yellow-brown color. It looks murky and muddy. It looks like it is _actually_ muddy. When held to light you can make out an orange core though the haze. I got one finger of white head from this pour with some sticky lacing that salvages the score a bit.

Lots of grapefruit on the nose in addition to white grape. The fruit is lively and light; the smells dance around before quickly yielding to the malt backbone. The unique spicy quality of the rye is immediately discernible. I have to consider the possibility of this bomber being old. As is, the aromas are not as hoppy and dank as other rye IPAs like Founders Red's Rye or Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye.

The beer doesn't taste old (though it clearly isn't fresh either). The hops are immediate and strong. Lots of citrus zest and overripe grapefruit come from the Nelson Sauvin hops. There is a woodsy, vinous quality that splashes the middle of the tongue for a brief moment on each sip. The rye flavor appropriately dominates the barley sweetness. Rye's kinda sour, kinda savory, kinda spicy flavor has been proven time and again to be a great match for hoppy beers, and this brew is no exception. The rye and hops blend seamlessly from the beginning of the drink til long after you've swallowed. The bitterness on the aftertaste is tempered by rye taste, creating a dryness more than anything that invites a new sip.

All that rye means that Alpine Nelson is medium bodied, which I suppose is for the best. The carbonation level is remarkably on-point. It doesn't look like it would be very active, but on the tongue this is one prickly beer, which facilitates the flavors nicely. And at 7% ABV this is a bomber that one drinker will have zero difficulty finishing.

I'd bet that this beer is incredible when fresh. In the state that I had it, it has to settle for really, really good. I wish this were in six-packs and more importantly I wish I could buy it in Missouri. This beer is a great companion for a evening of drinking, the body is nice for a chilly evening that happens to coincide with a hop craving.

02-09-2010 04:38:27 | More by Reaper16
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hopkrid

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

10-25-2013 02:26:55 | More by hopkrid
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Tom-Peters

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

08-30-2012 19:53:18 | More by Tom-Peters
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moonknight31

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

05-21-2013 21:16:00 | More by moonknight31
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%

HUGE thanks to quirkzoo for this one!

Hazy honey golden body, tons and tons of beading, dense milky finger of paper white head leaves tremendous gobs of lacing.

Hops explode from this beer... syrupy mango/citric sweetness gives my nose an orgasm. So intense, massive stuff. Faint spicy herbal qualities, fresh oranges, just delightful I think. Grapefruit bitterness evolves as it warms.

Incredibly thick tropical fruit, definite Sour Diesel flavors are everywhere, pleasant bitterness transitions into a clean, thirst quenching finish.

Overall, I can see why this beer is so highly sought after. I could drink only this beer everyday for the rest of my life and die happy.

10-15-2012 23:55:00 | More by yamar68
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scottoale

California

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%

Nelson Rye IPA on-tap and cask conditioned at O'Brien's today...This is an IPA, definetely not an APA as listed, but what the heck...who really cares?

Served in a pint glass, a very yellow-straw gold with a 1/2" white foamy head and some very sticky resinous lace...looks like liquid gold! Very cloudy, much like a wheat, but it's rye.

The smell is delightful, grapefruit orchard and a pine forest mixed into one. Very aeromatic and refreshing essence...just makes you want to taste it!

The taste mimmics the smell, full-blown grapefruit that turns into a pine wallop, a classic IPA flavor with character and a unique balance that finishes clean and crisp.

The alcohol is very well masked in this medium bodied ale of bliss. Too easy to drink as well as a hot weather pleaser. You don't want to miss this one...another winner from Alpine!

09-01-2006 07:23:53 | More by scottoale
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-22-2012 14:06:44 | More by TheRuss9585
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cp45

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-28-2014 01:30:40 | More by cp45
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Nightrain87

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

08-12-2014 01:57:17 | More by Nightrain87
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Modernrickk

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-14-2014 01:00:06 | More by Modernrickk
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kmanjohnson

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

03-09-2014 19:57:54 | More by kmanjohnson
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BeerBeast

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

05-19-2013 07:12:02 | More by BeerBeast
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-01-2013 01:41:26 | More by TKEbeerman
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Rempo

Indiana

4/5  rDev -10.5%

11-20-2011 16:57:59 | More by Rempo
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -17.7%

Nice clear amber with a rising white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a nice ring of lace with each sip.
Smells of some nice citrusy, grassy hops. There's a nice, sweet malt backbone to support the hops. Nothing is overpowering or overwhelming, just a nice sipping IPA.
Feels rich and creamy and leaves a lingering sweet residue. Well done for an American IPA.

06-21-2010 18:37:54 | More by kirok1999
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%

22oz bottle from zrab11 (sweet freakin extra!). No dicernable bottling info. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours hazy straw yellow with a vague peach hue and a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Maintains a very thin layer of wispy froth that laces quite well.

Smells of tropical fruits. Mango, peach, mandarins and a little bready sweetness. Mouth wateringly good and both my wife and I can't get enough.

Taste is a fruity explosion. Mandarins, peaches, grapefruit zest, mild mango, floral honey, a hint of berries, some faint cracker and a slight tinge of rose wine. Virtually no alcohol presence. Very nice.

Slighy slick, medium light body with bubbly soft carbonation. Bittersweet, lingering floral and citrus finish.

A delicious and easy drinking showcase for the Nelson Sauvin hop. Fruity and hop forward with just enough malt to add a touch of sweetness and a little body. An excellent single hop IPA.

05-13-2014 04:00:22 | More by ThickNStout
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,125 ratings.