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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,075
Reviews:
825
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Wants:
1,360
Gots:
660
For Trade:
17
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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Ragnar-Lothbrok
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of scbeerman
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for a while but never got around to it. Finally found a fresh bottle so here goes nothing.
Pours an ultra-hazy gold, kind of like fresh pineapple juice, with a creamy white head that dissipates surprisingly quickly for a rye beer. Nose of muted grapefruit and pineapple and a very distinct rye graininess and spice. Nice but nothing terribly special. Initial taste is of vaguely tropical fruits and maybe a slight (possibly purely subconscious?) hint of Sauvignon blanc, but I'm wondering if I just imagined that because Nelson Sauvin. Follows shortly with the same rye grain note, quite prominent on the back end. Moderate bitterness, with a feel that is creamy and slightly juicy. Overall? This is a good beer and one I'd drink again. It is not, however, the mind blowing beer as the hype might have you believe.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to danwho for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit hops with rye spiciness

T - Starts off with the bitter grapefruit hops then the rye spices come out to balance things a bit

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is a pretty enjoyable beer I'm not all that into rye but this was still a pretty good tasting beer that's going down easily if your into rye IPAs this is a beer that's worth checking out

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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in a stemmed, tulip style glass. Coppery color and nice carbonated white head on the beer after the pour. Outstanding rye IPA. The golden rye adds a touch of spiciness to it really balancing it out, but then it hits you on the palate with all the hop goodness.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at a local (excellent) bar. The rye flavor was pretty good, but not outstanding. Ideally, a rye IPA is an excellent IPA with a just more kick. This tasted like a pretty good IPA with some rye.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 4,075 ratings.
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