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Alpine Nelson - Is there a better single IPA out there?

Discussion in 'US - Pacific' started by ScottO, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. grandmeaulnes

    grandmeaulnes Savant (275) Ohio Oct 18, 2010

    Nelson is magic.
  2. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (480) California Dec 11, 2010

    Beat you by a minute. Timestamps, son! :D
  3. peteinSD

    peteinSD Savant (255) California Apr 25, 2010

    nelson is a damn good beer. i checked my ratings (all done on ratebeer) and here's what i have relative to Nelson:

    Russian River Blind Pig 4.4
    Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 4.2 [on tap at brewery]
    Russian River IPA 4.2
    Alpine Beer Company Duet 4.2
    Hollister Pocket Full o' Green 4.2 [on tap at brewery]
    La Cumbre Elevated IPA 4.2
    Ballast Point Sculpin 4.1
    Alesmith IPA 4.1
    Surly Furious 4.0
    Nelson 4.0
    Kern River Just Outstanding IPA 4.0
    Cigar City Humior Jai Alai Cedar IPA 4.0
    PP CBad Hakunama Ta Tas 4.0
    Societe the Pupil 4.0
    PP Solana Beach Aggie IPA 4.0
    Bells Two Hearted 3.9

    These were recorded over a period of 2.5+ years so changes in preference and freshness of beer/bottle variation are factors. i really think the firestone walkers hoppy beers are actually underrated if you consider how damn good they are spot on fresh at the brewery. cheers.
  4. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Advocate (735) Colorado Jun 9, 2006

    Nelson is fucking killer. A friend of mine said the last bottle I brought back from San Diego was the best beer he'd ever had. For my money Alpine makes the best IPA's on the planet.
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  5. jrnyc

    jrnyc Advocate (640) New York Mar 21, 2010

    Except Zombie Dust isn't an IPA. But it is an awesome beer, better or on par with Nelson. For my tastes Nelson blows away Duet and Furious.
  6. OTB

    OTB Savant (380) California Sep 2, 2011

    Pretty hard to argue with that !

  7. jpeck13

    jpeck13 Aficionado (150) California Apr 28, 2011

    I personally think calling Zombie Dust an APA is sort of a stretch. 6.4% @60 IBU? The same with Alpha King, 6.66% @66IBU. That places them both firmly in the AIPA category by BJCP standards. Alpha King is even listed as an example of the style on their(BJCP) website. Either way, they're still great beers.

    Oh yeah, Nelson is just about as good as it gets.
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  8. I love Nelson but I am also a HUGE fan of Duet as well.
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  9. Isn't this whole Nelson vs Duet argument really just preference for wetter vs. drier IPA's?
    Both are fantastic, and though they have some difference in hop profiles, ultimately depends on what kind of body you're in the mood for.

    My single IPAs ranked:
    Blind Pig
    Two Hearted
    Alesmith IPA
    White Rajah
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  10. Probably not. But sometimes I prefer Duet. Or Societe's Pupil. Or Blind Pig. Depending on the dry hop used and freshness, double dry hopped Stone IPA can be out of this world, too.
  11. Cracked Duet, Pure, and Nelson for the Niner game. Nelson is banananananananananananas.
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  12. barfdiggs

    barfdiggs Savant (420) California Mar 22, 2011

    Anything from Hermitage just blows my mind.
  13. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Initiate (0) Namibia Nov 8, 2012

    Pretty sure no IPA is better than GLBC Commodore Perry. They don't distribute here, but I've has some as fresh as 6-7 weeks, and there is nothing better out there.
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  14. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (480) California Dec 11, 2010

    And Just Outstanding...just like the Niners.
  15. jtmartino

    jtmartino Savant (480) California Dec 11, 2010

    Me too! Hands-down the worst craft beer made in the Bay Area.