Nelson The Greeter | Port Brewing

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Nelson The GreeterNelson The Greeter

Brewed by:
Port Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by Mleblanc25:
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an ipa with nelson hops, and one of the less extreme port ipa types i have had, they all seem to be so strong and dank, this one is real drinkable, and its well made too as is to be expected from these guys, but i definitely dont think its the best expression of nelson hops out there, and i assume this is fresh, being on tap at hops and pie and all, they are usually real good about quality. the beer is golden and pretty, with a short white head after a second and mostly clear, well carbonated, and bright. the beer is bitter and oily and resinous and fruity to an extent, but i dont get the white grape and citrus and pineapple complexion i am used to from nelson, it seems less dry hopped and more late kettle, with some good bitterness, very west coast, but the aromatic and the flavor of the nelson specifically, which i ordinarily love, seems muted to me here for some reason, like its not quite dosed well enough, or maybe all these east coast quintuple dry hopped abominations have ruined my palate to the subtleties of my favorite hops, although that would be sad huh? drinkable and even crisp to finish, far more easy going than i am used to from these guys. i liked this, but it didnt pop for a nelson beer. more balanced, even pale ale-ish in some ways. i wanted a little more of a burst from the nelson, but this is good beer.

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Photo of MAbrew88
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Triklino
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beersampler6
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a brand new brewery for me but I really enjoyed this first offering. A nice, crisp, clear IPA with good flavors and aromas. Pours a nice golden color with some fluffy white head that slowly reduces to a mild film, as well as some spotty lingering lacing that slowly dissipated. Smells great - lots of grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, orange and a little passion fruit. Also some nice aromas of piney hops, herbal hops, malt, bread and caramel. Taste follows the nose but surprisingly the strength of the flavors was not as robust and forward as the aromas would’ve let me believe. They all seemed muted and in the distance. Smooth, thin, mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. A solid IPA, I just would’ve rated it higher if the head and lacing lingered longer, and if the flavor intensity matched the aromas. All in all a very enjoyable beer and I will definitely be looking out for other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of citizencane
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours sort of hazy orange with slight head. This dissipates a bit but then lingers. Smell is orange marmalade. Taste is a hint of the orange marmalade with a good bit of something approaching herbal or citrus rind notes and some malt. Overall, not as hip-heavy as i would have liked and a touch thin, but a solid enough beer with one of my preferred hop varietals.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear dark yellow with thick, soft head.

Smell is citrusy with some pine and green tea mixed in.

Taste is citrusy with some resinous notes and a solid bitterness. Some green tea, pine and strawberries peek through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky and well carbonated.

Overall, a very good, solid west coast IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by citrus. Taste is of tart lemons, some grapefruit, a bit of resin, not as bitter as I would have liked. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can poured into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a bright white head, some retention, lots of lacing.

A: Grapefruit peel, guava, peach skin, very aromatic and pungent, fruitiness along with a slight white grape aroma.

T: Deep rich flavors of guava, citrus peel, peach, apricot skin, white grapes, nice balance of malts on the backend, moderate amount of citrus peel bitterness, long dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a long dry finish.

O: Nelson hops are one of my favorites, Nelson the Greeter is well brewed with a moderate amount of bitterness and the Nelson hops really shine, definitely going to drink more of this as long as its available.

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Photo of dental
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzy
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDB51
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It should be noted that I have been on a Nelson kick. Unfortunately, Alpine's Nelson was sold out so I took a small chance buying a six pack of 'Nelson the Greeter'. It was a small chance because I like Port Brewing and choice of hops/ multiple hops is a good predictor of my approval.

This beer gave me the Nelson fix I was looking for. The carbonation, head body and color were all acceptable. But the taste and smell was all Nelson. For me the Nelson hop is less piney, more grapefruit and lemon, and last through the wonderful dry finish.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keithkam
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can, aka POUNDER (yes the all caps means you should yell it). This is the first beer I've ever had from Port Brewing Co., having only seem them start popping up on store shelves around my way recently. Look: like a slightly hazier and darker Miller lite. Smell: not much of a discernible smell either way to my nose, but hey at least it doesn't smell bad. Taste: honestly the taste is a slight letdown. After reading reviews on it I was expecting a classic west coast IPA with some character, but am not getting much of anything other than a grainy hay/straw bite at the finish. Maybe my palate is temporarily shot from the beers that preceded this, or maybe that freshest by date is a little later than it should be (for the record I much prefer "canned on" dates). Still not bad, but I'm not getting the juicy hop bite that I was expecting. Feel: on the thinner side but it makes for a refreshing ipa, so no complaints there. Overall: I've had much worse, but at the same time have had much better. It was okay enough that I'd be willing to give it another try sometime, but would make sure it's as fresh as can be and try it first.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to firm layer and leaves some light lacing.

S: Floral, citrus, nice fruitiness, white grape and gooseberry from the Nelson come through, grassy herbal notes, a little pine, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Floral, citrus, lemon lime, grapefruit, a a hint of tangerine, resinous pine, fruity, tropical, pineapple, apricot, gooseberry, white grape, and faint papaya, slight grassy herbal notes, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Nice light sipper.

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Photo of terrysjag
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mickyge
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wlynch
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ghrymm
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can. Best buy 01/30/18.
A: Pours a very light Golden with a very thick creamy white head and awesome sticky lacing.
S: A mild nose some pine resin and hops.
T: Bitter and a hop resin hit it sneaks up on you.
F: Medium body with good carbonation and a dry clean bitter finish.
O: A very good IPA.

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Photo of Shanex
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Nelson The Greeter from Port Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 90 ratings