Nelson
Alpine Beer Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1
ABV:
7%
Score:
99
Ranked #230
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 8.52%
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Ratings:
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Notes: 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
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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw. You can really smell the malt bill in this beer which is really supportive of the hops. Hops don't give off a ton of nose but they do taste of pine and grapefruit rind. Mouthfeel is great. The rye really finishes clean.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light hazy gold with rich white foamy head and moderate lacing.
N: Citrus, pine, grapefruit, and soapy notes.
T: Big grapefruit hit with some other citrus mixed in, light tropical notes, light bitterness and a soapy finish.
M: Light to medium with mild dryness.
O: A really solid IPA, smooth but light bitterness make this a well rounded beer.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite enjoyable IPA at Industry! Great citrus aroma, bit of a bite on the tongue, sweet taste, yet delicious and refreshing. Overall a yummy drinkable IPA with Dave!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Soft golden and hazy with moderate carbonation and a finger of off white head.

Smells of real dank, earthy citrus, like hop oil. Almost like a gueuze, with a gravel like scent.

The taste follows the nose with the really unique, hop resin, gravel, asphalt, earthy, stone like quality which is dank and has a hint of citrus, but isn't really fruity.

Medium, somewhat pulpy body, with moderate, soda like carbonation.

Had this one ordered online, drinking in my home, Dec 12th, 2018. So different and unique. Reminds me of a Belgian gueuze meets west coast IPA, though not through sourness, but other gravel earthy qualities. Looks like an North East IPA, taste like a West Coast IPA, sort of.

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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 depechemode1983
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of fmccormi
4.37/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of BEERRACER
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Doesn't compared to before, but this is a good IPA, Nelson hop aroma and taste very prominently featured. A bit rough on the feel.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of MickyMikey
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a light gold color. The appearance is not representative of the overall huge flavor it has. The smell is fresh like orange juice and very piney. The taste is super refreshing and light and very flavorful and the ending notes are exceptionally loaded with fresh hops. It's very high on the drinkability scale. IT's an amazing beer in the IPA category.

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Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grunt fill from Albertsons. Bright golden pour, milky, fluffy head fades fast. Fruity, flowery aroma, mild dank notes. More funk and fruit in the taste, drying bitterness. Sweet and bitter.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy yellow orange with a massive 2 inch head on draft. Leaves loads of lace.

Smell is tangerine, pine resin, guava, and grapefruit.

Taste follows tangerine, pine, guava, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a good size medium, plenty of life, maybe a tad sticky but not dry, and drinks very easy.

Overall this may have been the first NEIPA, hazy and juicy. As good as I was hoping.

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Photo of Perrobravo
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer, my all time favorite.

So cloudy and sweet, like citrus dew drops landing on your tongue after a tropical rainstorm. Life changing.

Near, if not perfect beer. Near, rather than perfect due to inconsistency and availability. Try it at the brewery a few times and you’ll see what I mean about consistency. Have some at Green Flash if you want to mingle with tourists and amateurs. Find it bottled and text me so I can come have some with you you...you’re about to drink bottled unicorn nectar.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

had this on tap. beautiful pour, way hazier than i would have thought - completely opaque. a dense bright white head hangs around for a while and leaves tons of lace. on nose is pine, dankness, grapefruit, citrus peel. this mostly follows on the palate, but there is also a white grape note and a super pithy herbaceous character. some citrus, lemon, grapefruit, orange, showing up as well. good malt presence throughout, and a nice hit of mellow spice from the rye. mouthfeel is on point! this was an absolute pleasure to drink after having so many hazed NE beers - great balance between juicy citrus notes, danky pine and green character, and that touch of spice from the rye. excellent brew!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/14/17...pours pale gold, a little hazy, but able to see through. Dry wine nose, very faint. Crisp dark fruity flavor. White wine throughout. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic old-school hoppy IPA. Bitter, sure, but the right amount of bitterness - not overwhelming. Quenching when guzzled. A tasty brew. Lucky to get it on tap.

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Photo of puck1225
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on draft in a English pint. Hazy bright yellow with a thick, foamy head and great lacing. The smell is intensely citrus. The taste is strong grapefruit and orange, also prominent pine and hoppy bitterness. A very flavorful beer!

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Photo of Radcpa
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber appearance with significant white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is fruit with a touch of citrus and rye. Taste is also a fruit with a touch of citrus and a prominent rye.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Growler USA in Phoenix. Pours a golden effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Pungent aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Piney.

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Photo of hman43
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden with a white head that has moderate head retention. It is fairly clear.

Smell: There are aromas of rye, tropical fruit, and pineapple.

Taste: The hops work very well with the rye to give it a unique rye and tropical flavor. In addition the flavors are highlighted by some citrus and grapefruit.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a moderately high bitterness. The bitterness is high enough to provide a good bite, without being overpowering.

Overall, this is an excellent ipa highlighted by the rye and tropical flavors with just enough bitterness for a good punch.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a howler on the day it was tapped. A vigorous pour produces a thick, creamy, light tan, two finger head on top of an orangish tan, slightly opaque beer. The smell knocks you over with fresh citrus and woody/piney hops. There is also a spiciness to it. The taste is bitter hops resin, and a woody, floral spice. The citrus comes through less on the taste than in the nose. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Overall a great beer I'm happy I had the chance to try. It's a unique flavor.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love love love Nelson hops so I have been trying to get this for a while. Worth the wait. It can stand there with most northeast IPA's. Wish it was more readily available in my area!

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Photo of fireazzi
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the first beers I ever had from Alpine. They are probably over all my favorite west coast brewery for hops right now. Super hoppy super smooth too. Nice mix of rye and citrus hops going on with this.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

beautiful nose of lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit. Nice light body, low maltiness, clean and somewhat dry. leaves a lingering bitterness across the tongue in the aftertaste.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 4205 ratings