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:
4,078
Reviews:
826
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Wants:
1,360
Gots:
660
For Trade:
17
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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint.

A- Pours a cloudy gold with a 2 finger bright white head. Excellent lacing remains on the glass.

S- Citrus, floral hops, and some spices as well.

T- Some citrus (orange mainly) and pine. Has some spicy notes with slight peppery taste.

M- Medium body with lighter carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

O- Good IPA but not getting that vibrant citrus notes that I saw from a few other reviews. Never read reviews before I do my own, but was told that this beer could be off so wanted to see what I should expect.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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

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

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Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a very pale shade of gold with a solid two finger head. Smell on this is citrusy with a tad bit of onion. Otherwise it's a pretty crisp scent. The taste is similar. Citrus foreground with a fade into onion. I typically don't like that quality even a little, but the citrus helps out tremendously. The finish is clean and crisp. Minimal bitterness or aftertaste of any variety. Overall, another solid Alpine IPA.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to scribe594 for hooking me up with this brew! 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Body is a quite hazy medium to dark golden amber hue. Pours with an approximately 2 finger foamy white head that eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is VERY good. The emphasis and highlight is delightful juicy citrus and the rye comes through in the backbone very well. Another great smelling IPA.

T-Mild to moderate citrus is the highlight with a huge rye and herbal background. A small dose of pine comes through for the finish and adds to the increasing falvors of rye, herbal hops and citrus. A mild bitterness lingers-but the remaining citrus and mild pine flavors overshadow the rye bitterness. Interesting because the flavor is more bitter upfront and not really bitter at all at the end-the flavor progression is opposite of most brews.

M-Moderate tingly carbonation and a nice smooth, oily yet light to moderate weight hoppy body.

D-This is a good and quite interesting rye IPA. The mouthfeel and smell are great and the taste is above average. Its a little bit heavy on the rye for me without a big piny hop punch to counterbalance it. The citrus is a great touch-and I wish this were more present than the herbal punch. The herbal/rye combo overshadows the other hops trying to shine through. Still a great brew overall.

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

Thanks Jesse!

Pours a grainy orange/gold with a big white foam head, despite being a growler pour. Smells like some citrus, but mostly an interesting bready yeastiness I can't put a name to. I see other reviewers calling it "rye," fair enough. Maybe that's it.

Not the most explosive flavor I've seen out of Alpine brewing, but pretty smooth and drinkable. Some notes of grass, pineapple, and a little bit of what I consider the predominant west coast IPA hop flavors: pine and grapefruit. A bit muted, and definitely more of a pale ale than an IPA.

Drinkable, nice juicy mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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

This was the second post football beer of the day. No La Playa for me. Started with Pliny. Very classy. Then moved on to a top100 and knocked Nelson off the list, which describes itself as a Golden Rye IPA.

So I expected golden and got it. Murky gold with sweet head and nice lacing. The straw of it isn't that appealing, but it looks like a well built beer from the first pour. Smell is interesting - the bottle describes as white wine, and truthfully that's there. Hops too, but of a variety that I'm not totally familiar with. Taste exhibits much more of the rye that's advertised. Not to my liking really, but if you're a rye fan, it definitely matches that rye bitter with the hops nicely. Also a tingle of sweetness.

Drinkability is what it is - for the flavor it's great, for me it's not. At 7.10% you can probably carry two bottles for the evening and really enjoy its medium body. Thanks, Martin, for the trade. This was a pleasure to taste.

Now if only it weren't named Nelson because of the hops, but after the Simpsons character. Hah haaah.

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

sunny day
grass and hay

liars club
beer and grub

aroma clean also hoppy
little bit of rye, but it's kinda sloppy

Taste is hoppy, rye is small
is this a Rye IPA at all?

Finish is pretty much the same

Taste like duet, with a bit more burn
Alpines folks have got to learn

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 4,078 ratings.
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