Brewer's Pale Ale (Nelson Hop Blend)
Anchor Brewing Company

Brewer's Pale Ale (Nelson Hop Blend)Brewer's Pale Ale (Nelson Hop Blend)
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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.73 | pDev: 9.12%
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Brewer's Pale Ale (Nelson Hop Blend)Brewer's Pale Ale (Nelson Hop Blend)
Notes: Brewers' Pale Ale is an aromatically complex, double dry-hopped American Pale Ale. The Nelson Hop Blend has a bright, citrus-peel and fresh-hop aroma, balanced with a slightly sweet finish.
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 119
Photo of Joe6pax
2.61/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As a big fan of Anchor Brewery, I always try their new offerings.
The ale poured fine and smelled fine but like Licular’s review, I couldn’t finish the one bottle out of the six-pack I brought home.
You know that taste you get on your tongue from the strong smell of nail polish? That was the aftertaste I experienced, very chemically. This can’t be right. I’ve got 5 bottles left and will see what some friends think.
This was bottling #8SE in case the gang on Mariposa Street wants to look into it.

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Photo of Lucular
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up as part of a mix-six pack. I didn't know how Anchor's dating system worked so I took a chance on a bottle marked 8N(something). Unfortunately, the beer was undrinkable and I poured out half of it. The hops were dead and that's not surprising since the beer was bottled last November. Stale cardboard was the predominant flavor. I will revise my ratings if I ever have this beer fresh(er).

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why this is listed as no longer brewed when it was part of a variety pack I picked up just a few weeks ago...

In any event, this beer provided me with a first time experience. After cracking open the bottle I started to pour the pale ale into a pint glass. The smell of sweet citrus smacked me in the nose like no other beer ever has, and by smack I mean *smack*. The citrus smell just permeated the areas where I held the glass and it was deliciously sweet, and though it tamped down after about 10 seconds, it still held at a discernible level in the glass.

As far as the rest of this beer - it was decent enough. The look is a cloudy yellow with creamy head and some lacing, mouthfeel is light with a touch of astringent feel across the tongue. The taste was the least appealing aspect - very muted, almost watered down. Nonetheless, like I wrote above, it's a solid enough beer to at least give it one go.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into IPA glass. No date.
Look is hazy yellow. Smell is dank citrus. Taste follows nose with citrus top and dank ending. Feel is light. Overall an interesting APA but I.m not sure I would seek it out.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reminds me of a slightly hazy NEIPA in look with a small head that dissipated quickly. Has a moderate but nice hop aroma. Taste is equally light with the hops and slightly citrus and pineapple but a good taste for a lighter style beer. Again it's light in the feel for an American Pale Ale and could make a fair session beer. Easy drinking with some flavor. Overall I like this beer, and could have several on a hot Texas day. Should have bought more. I see this one is retired already. Undated bottle but a '8AS' printed code.

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Photo of hophugger
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly pale orange in color with almost a finger of fizzy white head. Aroma is full of fresh orange and light guava. Taste is tropical citrus with a light hop bitterness and the mouth feel is light and crisp

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

what a rotten use of nelson hops, or else this beer is really dated, not sure which, but its like a malty almost english pale at its base, with a fuller malt body, some sweetness, and a bready english sort of yeast strain, not at all the right context for these unique tropical fruity hops that always burst with fruity white wine, stone fruit, meyer lemon, and melon to me, seems like nowhere near a delicate enough beer for these hops to work, too much grain all the way through it, and it smells and tastes a bit messy, but it could also be not fully fresh by now, unless they brewed it again more recently. it has a sort of lemon cleaner essence to it, like the hops are stressed trying to get through all the malt here. lightly estery which is kind of weird with the old worldy ale yeast character, and there is an almost doughy rawness as well, its all disjointed and even sloppy to me. i just dont think nelson was the right choice for this recipe, something with some pine character and higher alpha to balance, or even something distinctly citrus forward could work, like an orange peel vibe might make sense, but the fragrant and distinctive nelson hops just dont really fit in well here. did anyone else think that or am i crazy?! not a beer i will be in a hurry to go back to.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep gold/pale amber producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, glowing white, moderately lasting head that recedes to a clumpy surface cap and thick collar ring leaving an ample coat of lacing behind. Aroma is malt forward biscuit and a hint of grain with berries, lemon, grass, thin grapefruit, spice and floral. Taste is pale malt, grain, fruity, citrus, berry and earthy floral foward!; finishing with grass, berry, grapefruit pith and floral hints it transitions to a malt, tart berry and faintly bitter aftertaste. This New Zealand Nelson hop blend is very fruity and berry like. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouth filling for its body it has a light prickle and is dry throughout the sip but is especially so in the aftertaste. Simple and straightforward it offers a pleasant experience. Too bad it is no longer available.

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Photo of Amendm
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz. bottle needed an average pour for a finger sized soapy white head with good retention and small spots of lacing. Hazy golden-straw color, yellow-straw in front of light.
Bright smell of fruity, herbal hops, faint biscuit and bread dough.
Taste begins semi-dry and moderately bitter with a grape and citrus juice tang. The middle is neutral featuring pale malt, cracker and biscuit, hop bitterness increases. The finish is dry and bitter, smooth and malty with a spicy hop aftertaste.
Above average body, normal carbonation, malty rich and smooth. alcohol is well hidden.
Easy session drinker, true to style yet unique.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold with rich white foam and sticky lacing.
N: Very clean bright citrus, hops, and sweet notes.
T: Follows the nose, clean crisp flavors of citrus and malt, some light honey.
M: As smooth as it gets, light mouth feel but heavy on taste.
O: Would drink this beer anytime, loved it.

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Photo of JRed
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy orange with white head that fades. Aroma of lemon, citrus, orange peel, peaches, pine. Tastes of citrus, peach, pine, candy, light bitterness. Medium bodied medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a moderate head. Decent retention on the head, light lacing and a ring crown. Pretty good looking brew.
The aroma opens up very grassy and leafy. Then, a large whiff of passion fruit and gooseberry adds a nice fruity fragrance throughout. In the final phase, hints of bready malt aromas come through.
The taste opens up rather clean and dry. There is a developing flavor of passion fruit, although it is subdued compared to the aroma. A flavor of gooseberry and a touch of lemon add a light tartness in the finish. However, the taste that soon becomes most dominant is that of leafy, floral and grassy hops. They also add an earthy pine like bitterness that unfortunately feels somewhat out of balance with the muted bready malt and fruity flavors.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry, crisp and moderate carbonation.
An interesting APA for its use of hops, although there was a slight imbalance that takes the score down a notch.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, piney hops, slight floral hops, alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong citrus hops, earthiness, tea, piney hops, slight floral hops, alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, light-bodied, but complex.

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber orange color with a thin head.
Aroma with predominant notes of fresh oranges, white grapes and bready malt.
Refreshing flavor with notes of tangerine peel, pine, white grapes, that particular Anchor Steam accent, lemon and ginger. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Hard to be more refreshing than this pleasant APA that has lots of Nelson Sauvin fresh hops. Assertive with medium complexity.

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Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Camelback on 6-14-18. Bottled on 2-8-18; cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a cloudy golden orange with a solid white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose has hints of citrus and some tropical fruits.

Taste is nicely balanced per the style guide. Light malt base is infused with some grapefruit and mango. No bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer but probably sat too long on the Total Wine shelves.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle. Brewed with 2-ROW PALE, RED WHEAT, PILSNER & ACIDULATED malts. Double dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin "blend". 5.3% ABV.

Pours out to a cloudy medium golden, forming a tall, poofy creamy head with beautiful retention and lacing. Carbonation is a little brisk, about 3.0 carbs. Bottle conditioned. The nose has a nice balakcne of floral (rose), fruit (grapefruit, pineapple) and pine. The mouthfeel is tart for a pale ale, medium bodied. The taste is a recap of the nose, the malt body is nice and has some chew for a 5.3% abv beer, but the acidulated malt doesn't help here, giving the already copious hops an even more sharp and vegetal character. The bitterness is medium. No off flavors or aromas.

This packs quite a bit of flavor into a 5.3% beer, however the hops are green, sharp and abrasive which limits it's drinkability for me. I'd drink a liberty ale over this every single time, but it's worth a try if you're looking for a hop bomb with a lower abv.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: Pours golden and hazy with a abundant sticky white head that showed superior retention and some serious side glass lace.

SMELL: Citrus rind nose with undertones of spicy hops, rye, and orange rind.
TASTE: I pick up some notes of wheat, and clove which for me is not to my liking.
This one wasn't for me.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one brings me another bottle closer to the end of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I am getting really anxious to bring this to an end so that I CAN CANcentrate on what really matters - The CANQuest (tm)! Once I get it back up & running, there will be no stopping me.

From the Bottle: "Brewers' Pale Ale is an aromatically complex, double dry-hopped American Pale Ale. The Nelson Hop Blend has a bright, citrus-peel and fresh-hop aroma, balanced with a slightly sweet finish."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was dissatisfied with what I was seeing, so I employed an in-glass swirl to raise just under two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with modest retention that left decent lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon to come running in from my living room where they were watching Game 5 of the ALCS between periods of the Pens/Leafs game. Nose had a pronounced fruitiness, a rich blend of everything from citrus to tropical fruits, but it was difficult to parse. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but certainly big for an APA. The taste, while not as intense as the nose, remained a mélange of fruit flavors, more tropical than citrusy, but still quite fruity. Therein lay the rub - I consider SNPA to be the standard-bearer for the style & this was nothing like SNPA. 8=( It was quite drinkable, but it lacked any perceptible bitterness which is an intrinsic component of the style. Finish was semi-dry, but an argument could easily be made for semi-sweet. Like I said, the perceptible bitterness was low. I get what they were trying to do & I applaud them for doing it, but when rating to style, it just did not measure up. YMMV.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

De Hopt. En copa Teku. Jugando a Avernum 5. Las tipicas notas de las cervezas de anchor, supongo que por la levadura, combinadas con un ligero toque citrico. Bien pero nada especial

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Photo of q33jeff
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


Bottle to sniffer.

Yellow orange, small off white head. Good retention.

Leaves, citrus, touch of tropical fruit.

Same as aroma. Not as much tropical as you would expect from Nelson, but it is there. Slight metallic late.

Smmoth, medium body. E vellent carbonation.

Good brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My good friend from Salt Lake brought a bottle of this down to our rendezvous in Moab. It poured a clear copper with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had subtle citrus peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bitter hop presence some citrus flare. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Creamy and thick rich bright white top three finger head. Light pale amber body, almost opaque with lemon highlights.

Wet bodied flavor with touches of sugary malt and somewhat grape fruity white flavor. Sugar almost water finish and a bit of dry flour.

Starts off pretty good but washes out pretty quickly on the palate. Sort of a chalky and wet bodied texture, with an odd hop bent that seems more muted pine sol and sugary taffy malt caramel than anything.

An unfortunate angle it seems on this pale ale which while drinkable isn't making me very drawn to it, and I usually expect more from this brewery.

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Photo of Scottyboy
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the few pale ales that I have really enjoyed and better than some IPA's. Poured into Duvel tulip which had about a finger and a half of white head and a hazy yellow orange tint. Nice residual lacing remained on the sides. Not much of distinctive smell, maybe a bit of citrus and pine. Tastes a rather nice aforementioned citrus and pine and smooth aftertaste - very refreshing. This is a top shelf pale ale and would highly recommend.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting and quite good. I hope Anchor's new owners give this a chance to work its way into the market.
Looks great with a cloudy orange-yellow and an abundant head that sticks around and laces nicely.
Smells bring me back to a vacation in New Zealand (where the Nelson hop is indigenous and used lots.) Citrus. Inviting.
After a similar attack, Tastes slip a bit in mid-palate. The dry finish, to me, is a blemish as I want the malt's sweetness to win.
OA: I want this again, particularly for lunch with a sandwich. Balanced. Even Anchor's newborns seem like classics !

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is interesting because I really taste the hops, but it isn't as bitter as I'd expect with the hop forwardness. I'm getting mostly citrus rind-like tasting notes in the forefront. Good beer, I'd drink again.

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Brewer's Pale Ale (Nelson Hop Blend) from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 119 ratings