Nelson
Alpine Beer Company

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From:
Alpine Beer Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4
ABV:
7%
Score:
98
Ranked #347
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 8.35%
Reviews:
890
Ratings:
3,455
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 17, 2022
Added:
Aug 11, 2006
Wants:
  1,389
Gots:
  692
SCORE
98
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NelsonNelson
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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Reviewed by SaltofOH from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can with unreadable date. GL Tulip.

A: pours a turbid hazy yellow with three fingers of meringue-like frothy white head. No visible carbonation; it’s too hazy.

S: from a foot away I can smell the sweet, tropical fruitiness. Like papaya and gooseberries in syrup.

T: on first arrival, hop burn; tangy, tart, tropical, citric, floral, ending on a grapefruit rind light bitterness. There is a lingering bitterness that I actually find unpleasant. I think it’s the rye. I love rye whiskey, but I can’t think of a single rye beer I’ve liked - including this one. The hop burn and sweetness on the arrival make it unpleasant, as does the weird rye finish.

M: lighter side of medium, pillow-soft.

O: I saw this on the shelf ten years ago, and wanted to buy it but passed it up. I didn’t start seeing it here again until a year ago, and that’s post AB acquisition. I wasn’t willing to get a six, but I saw a single today and wasn’t going to miss it again. When this beer came out, ten years ago, it was revolutionary. Not so much today. Its beautiful to look at and smell, and is still a great example of the hazy IPA style, but strikes me as too fruity and unpleasant on the finish. At least it’s got a good name.
Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by laketang from Arizona

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice golden hue and minimal head.
Earthy and floral notes.
Malty backbone, bitterness is on point here.
Good carbonation, nice balance.chewy.
I can't find flaws, great drinking beer.
Sep 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by IanX from New York

Aug 31, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Truly outstanding, but I prefer Pure Hoppiness.
Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.26 by magic_swaggin from Georgia

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by kflorence from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Picked up a six pack of cans based on the rating. Best by date of 08/13/22.

Pours a clear, golden orange with hints of amber and a lovely half inch of frothy head. Carbonation looks slightly below average. A good amount of lacing as you drink, some slides and some clings. Looks as expected.

Interesting, the aroma is overall a bit sour -- wasn't expecting that. Grape, stone fruit, cantaloupe, some pine and a bit of funky earthiness and spice. Malts are lingering in the background with a light toastiness. Not sure I will like this based on the aroma, but here we go.

Has a kind of "green" flavor. Overall a bit sour, just like the aroma hinted. Spicy and piney hops mixed with stone fruit, cantaloupe, grape... not getting a lot of citrus or tropical fruitiness, perhaps some mango. The malts just kinda chill in the background, lending some toastiness, and maybe some of that sourness as well. Finishes pretty crisp and dry with lingering grape and grapefruit bitterness. Also getting a hint of wood near the swallow and into the finish. Well, this is certainly complex but comes off a bit like a hoppy wine... interesting.

An excellent mouthfeel. Medium bodied with average but zesty carbonation and a good amount of body/chewiness. Drinks very smooth.

I can see why this is highly rated, there is a lot of complexity in the flavor profile and it's quite unique. I can't think of another IPA I've had that tastes like this. That said, I don't really care for it. I'm going to struggle through the rest of this six pack and probably will not seek this one out again.
Jun 10, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at a reputable establishment. This was a hazy, pale yellow. Pretty bland overall, faint grape, muted tropical fruit, mild honey sweetness. Certainly not bad but definitely disappointing.
Apr 22, 2022
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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can (“PKGD 01/10/22”) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Hazy amber gold with a thick, rocky head of white foam and streaky lace. Layered aromas of orange citrus, pine, stone and tropical fruit. More fruit follows in the taste with orange citrus, melon and tropical fruit, slight rye spice, pine resin and dank notes. Finishes crisp, bitter and dry. Medium body, smooth feel and moderate carbonation. Densely flavorful with plenty of unique hop character.
Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Mar 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Mar 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by JohnDon from Texas

Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a completely hazy (100%), pale yellow color with a large, white head. SRM of 6. One of the haziest and most opaque beers I have seen. (4.50)

Aroma: Absolutely giant aromas of mandarin orange, orange pulp, green banana, pineapple, citrus, and more tropical fruit. Green Cantaloupe Melon. Even some cinnamon spice. A bit of herbal qualities underneath. Extremely juicy and green. Huge green citrus and tropical banana.

Flavor: A giant bomb of biting mandarin orange citrus, marmalade, orange pulp, green banana, pineapple, green mango, gooseberry, and cantaloupe melon altogether. Extremely green and juicy citrus with pine underneath. Finishes sweet and juicy. The green fruit is showcased here mostly in a Citra format, however some gooseberry and grape underneath, but less than I expected.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Sweet and biting. Leaves a green juiciness on the palate that is palate-wrecking.

Compared to Lagunitas Stereohopsis Volume 1, 1/3/21: Pours a lighter and much hazier color. Stronger and juicier aromas. Much more fruity and hazier. The Nelson evolves into more of a green citrus rather than green orchard fruit. More citrus, less orchard-fruit. Overall, quite a similar flavor from the Nelson which is interesting. Finishes much juicier, sweeter, but possibly a lighter body.

Compared to Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue 1/2/22: Pours slightly hazier. Milder aromas. More mandarin orange, marmalade, and cantaloupe. Less lemon citrus and citrus flower.

Compared to Surly's Axe Man IPA 2/6/22: Pours a lighter and hazier color. Milder aromas. More gooseberry, grape, and deep and resinous tropical and berry notes. Less citrus peel, pineapple, pine, flower, and flavor complexity.

Compared to Stone Deliciousness IPA 3/4/22: Pours a hazier and lighter color. Stronger aromas. More grapefruit, sweet lemon, yellow, and green plastic flavors. Less grapefruit citrus, tangerine, and pine. Slightly less bitter. More grape flavor

Overall: What a giant and juicy IPA. Fantastic mandarin orange, pulp, green gooseberry, and cantaloupe melon flavors. Even some slight cinnamon spice. You could brush your teeth with this beer. Palate cleansing and green. The Nelson doesn't provide the green grape/gooseberry/orchardfruit I was expecting and leans more citrus. Almost like the Citra hop. Actually tastes quite similar to Toppling Goliath's PseudoSue. Would be worth a comparison to PseudoSue, Axe Man, or KIng Sue if I manage to pick this one up again. So dense, so juicy, and so good. (Final Rating: 4.48)
Jan 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by desint from Belgium

Dec 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by TheBrewsClues from California

Dec 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by Nitty703 from Virginia

Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Nov 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Twotonsandwich from Minnesota

Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours a hazy orange into a paper hotel coffee cup with a big 3" head, excellent retention and lacing despite the vessel. Nose is tropical juice at first before turning into floral honey and pine as it warms; a hint of malt, grain, and maybe some diesel (though might be the cup). Taste is nicely balanced between sweet, juicer hop elements and a lingering bitterness on the finish. Super smooth on the palate with no hint of alcohol. Glad to finally give it a try.
Nov 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.53 by RollDamnTide from Florida

Oct 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.65 by Jstevew from Maryland

Sep 16, 2021
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

3.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Canned 3/10/21. Consumed from a tulip glass 8/6/21. I would have liked to have tried a fresher version, but smell and taste were both examples of the Nelson hop. Disappointing Look: very small head that was very short lived and there were solids in the beer. It was hazier than I expected. Quite hoppy. My ratings here are somewhat generous and take into account the possible effect of canning date vs. consumption date. With all the great IPAs out there I did not feel that this was a stellar example worth repeating. I was very surprised to see a 98 pt rating.
Aug 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jul 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jun 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by shigg85 from Japan

Jun 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

May 15, 2021
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Reviewed by blazerkor from Nevada

4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
It smells like fresh pine and a little dank. Then the more I smell it i get some breadwater sweetness but the piny hops are the predominant scent.

Oh yeah, now I get the hype. The taste is so clean. First it's barely sweet with a hint of pine and then it's a really bright piny hoppiness.

It's not quite as thin as most IPAs with a medium body.  The finish is bitter and then dank. It lasts for a long time.

Overall it is one of the better IPAs I've had.  It's smooth, balanced and incredibly refreshing. I give this one a really great 5.7 out of 6.
May 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Dan2213 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look is opaque orange and more hazy than you would think. Nice one finger of white head with decent retention. Smell is white white and cedar with notes of tropical fruits. Taste is white whine with grape notes. I always seem to get a wood/Cedar flavor from the Nelson Sauvignon hops. Not hating it at all. Feels soft and approachable, easy to drink. This beer is outstanding and worth its reputation
Apr 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by Dadthew from New York

Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a 12oz can dated 3/9/21 into a weizen glass.

Pours an opaque orangish yellow with about two and a half fingers of white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of oranges, faint grapes, pineapple and pine.

Taste...Getting a white wine vibe along with slight citrus acidity (not off-putting). Oranges and grapefruit in the background.

Soft, smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a really decent beer with an interesting taste.
Apr 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Juggerr from New York

Apr 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.58 by Shatik from California

Mar 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.36 by Eldyr from Texas

Mar 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by NappyB from Illinois

Mar 09, 2021
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Reviewed by BigMac59 from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
It pours a golden straw color with a nice sized head.
There are aromas of rye and tropical fruit.
I’m not usually a fan of Rye IPAs. But this one is very nice The hops work very well with the rye to give it a unique rye and tropical flavor.
It has a nice body and mouthfeel.
Leaves a nice aftertaste. The rye works well with the bitterness.


Overall, this is an excellent ipa highlighted by the rye and tropical flavors with just enough bitterness for a good punch.
Mar 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.26 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania

Mar 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by hester7 from Texas

Mar 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.68 by Lucoli from New York

Feb 25, 2021
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Reviewed by FrauBrewcher from California

4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Pours well out of a can, head looks good, foam clings to glass, etc. Very hazy with some larger particulates floating around.

White wine-like characteristics of the hop prominent in smell, along with some mango/tropical fruit.

The most prominent flavor is ripe mango both in flavor profile and sweetness. Not getting much else but mango is awesome so that's a plus.

Robust feel but still dangerously smooth and easy to put down, even at 7%.

Would buy on sight, wife--approved and she hates IPAs.
Feb 24, 2021
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