Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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

Added by OStrungT on 08-11-2006

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#264
Reviews:
841
Ratings:
4,173
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
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Photo of ju53o8nyg9
3.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antg8989
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclekeith
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of antihero404
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Avatar113
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brutalist
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rubezahl
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matcris
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: A hazy, burnt lemon with a finger of white foam that slowly fades to a ring. Fair lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Big pineapple and mango with a nice cracker bread malt.
TASTE: Ditto for the flavor, and some lemon drops, as well.
FEEL: Well carbonated, medium body, and dry.
OA: Very nice!

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of depechemode1983
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a cloudy straw color. The head is off-white with moderate retention. Lacing is moderate as well.

The nose full of ripe pineapple and sweet orange. It has a mild orange zest bitterness to it for some balance. Reminds me of a fruit juice blend. The aroma is very strong on is one. Very good.

Very juicy. Tons of tropical fruit with a mild piney bitterness. Its also has a slight earthy quality to it. Its very well balance and tasty. The 7% abv is undetectable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is light. It feels wet and goes down nicely. No

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4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IneloquentSteve
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hot shit 3 years ago, not so much now. The competition kicks this beer in the nuts and says fuck you old man.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to a flared pilsner glass—AZ Wilderness’ Wilderpils glass. This has a bottling date of … who knows. “8254 1 0812,” whatever that means. All I know is that I bought the first sixer I saw in a store, and it’s a very recent release—past couple of weeks.

Appearance (4.0): Two fingers of bone white, fluffy foam rise off of the pour, capping a modestly hazy, glowing yellow-golden body. The head dies down slowly, leaving a pock-marked cap and concentric collars of delicate lacing linked to the beer with light, tight, lacy webs. The lacing doesn’t stick around forever, but the overall impression is quite pretty while it’s there.

Smell (4.5): Navel orange zest and alphonso mango flesh mix with lightly peppery, spicy rye that shakes off a bit of dusty straw as it wafts into your nostrils. Bright, grassy notes, underripe pineapple, and passionfruit rind mix together to make a slightly bracing, refreshing tropical mélange that’s never sweet and cloying (as much as I love those sweet, juicy aromas of some contemporary (D)IPAs). As it opens up, oodles of passionfruit and gooseberry come out. Classic Nelson Sauvin, boosted by the spicy earth of rye, which adds a nice depth off of which the hops can play out in their full expression.

Taste (4.5): In spite of the haze, this beer is all West Coast (which should be obvious, given this beer long predates the haze craze). The hops roll in clean and bitter, offering a nice grapefruit zest bite, quickly punctuated by earthy, peppery rye and a bit of that dusty straw character noted in the nose. In turn, that straw note rolls into wads of grass and a weedy, dank feel that underlies the bitter, lingering finish that weirdly turns into a nice, subtly sweet citrus note. Going back to the midpalate, passionfruit stays on the downlow, staying subtle and adding depth and color to everything else going on, but leaving a nice, funky tropical character that echoes across everything else. Meanwhile, gooseberry comes out in full tartness. It’s beautiful. No sign of booze.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Dry, medium weight but far from full-feeling, the body comes in atop a layer of medium-grain, somewhat prickly carbonation that foams up in a classically effervescent kind of way, not soft and velvety but not aggressive and champagne-like, either. It maintains a steady dryness throughout, before fizzling away with a not-quite-starchy, even dryer finish. This drinks like a West Coast IPA.

Overall (4.25): I like this beer. I like it a lot. It’s a West Coast IPA through and through, in spite of the rye and the haze. It’s actually a nice little case study in substyles, for that reason, and the end result is delightful. I’ve been wanting to try fresh Nelson for years, and I finally got to. This, to me, is a must-try. It’s maybe not the absolute best or most memorable West Coast (D)IPA I’ve ever had, but it’s also so well executed that its merits are unimpeachable. Like, it’s as solid as this substyle gets, and its individual components are outstanding: a nice showcase for Nelson with excellent brewing execution and a perfect use of rye. Very highly recommended. I’m going to enjoy the shit out of the rest of this sixer.

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4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERRACER
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few dry cases at, wait for it...Total Wine..Huh? yep, Total had 4 cases on hand and I helped myself to all of them. Tested the 1st bottle slightly chilled, IMO, it's still Nelson, but a little dumbed down in the 12oz bottle. The Nelson that was produced in Alpine before the sale to Green Flash, had so much Nelson hop aroma in the head it would almost trigger a gag reflex, and was unmistakeable for any IPA's that that had Nelson in the recipe. Still overall it's Nelson, and consumed the next 2 bottles chilled and poured into a Riedel 32oz burgundy stem, the look was spot on as in the 1st bottle as was the mouth feel, the smell and taste was evident that they did not use enough Nelson hops. However, at $12.99 a 6pack I think it's tasting better. Lately it's been showing up on tap in LA and the OC, it's always better on tap but get it while you can, however you can. Hopefully New Zeland will cut loose enough Nelson hops for Beachwood BBQ to put Alpha Supreme back on the menu, we can only hope.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/5/18, consumed 9/22/18

Not sure how this compared to before, but this is an all-around outstanding IPA, Nelson hop aroma and taste very prominently featured.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 12oz bottle

A - A hazy deep golden straw, with half finger foamy white head and some nice sugar legs

S - A really nice balance of sugar, hops and a slight dry. Pine, pineapple and grapefruit abound! Clean water, lots of sweet malt/grain and just a hint of dry to "git 'er done", peach, some nice earthy and sweet yeast notes, floral with a slight dry earth hop and loving the nearly perfect booze.

T - A well rounded IPA. It has the west coast to east coast styles with a touch of the old world, really nice and rounded. Rad booze, slight and yet perfect. Lots of green earth, very bitter grapefruit, nice pine both resin and needle, some peach/nectarine, cracker style yeast and some serious hop/dryness.

M - Full bodied, awesome balance, great complexity, medium plus acidity and medium minus to medium carbonation.

D/O - Maybe one of the most balanced AND easy to drink IPA's I have had in quite a long time. With the ABV, bitterness and sugar it should not be as slammable or crushable as it is, but it is. The hops, water, yeast and malt/grains work so harmoniously. Great with a bacon/tomato/avocado/american cheese omelet, wow!

Final thought - the price point at $15 a sixer makes the a not daily, but worth the price of admission. The 7% ABV is pretty ok and really want to have this on tap again. tap > bottle.

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4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wilymobastardo
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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