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Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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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Reviews: 821 | Ratings: 4,032
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Blond, cloudy, 1 finger of head and some slight lacing

S - grapefruit, hop juice, rye and spices

T - Citrus, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, and nice malty backbone

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - An awesome, well balanced IPA.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Moderately hazy golden-straw with a white head and visible effervescence. A bit of lacing

S: Big pungent tropical hop notes with some citrus behind them. Guava and passionfruit all the way, with lemongrass and puckering citrus notes of kefir lime and the like. Very balanced malt backbone taking the sideline, with the rye adding a hefty dose of spiciness.

T: More juicy tropical hop notes with very restrained bitterness, and some white wine character upfront. Just enough malt to keep everything in check, with a bit of rye character to boot, but otherwise decently dry. Relatively short finish for an IPA, but very pleasant and with more bright fruit, some bready malt and a little bit of grassiness at the very end.

F: Medium body with pretty moderate carbonation. The carbonation is very tight-knit, giving the beer a fluffy mouthfeel.

Overall: Quality tropical IPA, and very drinkable. The rye is restrained enough not to take the spotlight away from the superb tropical hoppiness.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to BeerThursdays for sending me this bottle.

A: Golden in color with a slight haziness. Fluffy 1.5 finger head with great retention, lasting the duration. Sticky lacing.

S: Very nice aroma, extremely inviting. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, orange. Very floral and grassy.

T: Tons of grapefruit as well as some orange, lemon, grass, and a little bit of pine. Has a little bit of spice. Very smooth, slightly bitter on the finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy. Spot on for an IPA, pretty much what I am looking for. Alpine continues to impress.

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Photo of nc41
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I drink is IPA's, and it's been a long time since I had a mind blowing one, and I've tried a lot of the great name CA brews. This one is beyond sensational, the nose is fruity, not quite as sharp as grapefruit, and the taste follows. Fruity, kinds peachy, a little sharp like sucking on the peach pit, is the best I can relate to. You think this would be a typical CA IPA, but it's not... it's so much better. Definitely not sweet, well balanced, but still very bold, a little xtra malt, drinks like a DIPA. . Must be the different hops is all I can add. As good an IPA as I've ever had, and I have tried most of the higher rated ones. You have to give this one a try, i can't believe it hasn't had it's own thread yet.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky, light tangerine colour, with a whitish head. Little bits of lace. Aroma is tropical fruits, mango, herbal tones, and juicy citrus. Mirrored quite well on the taste with the sweet orange, mango and fruits. Mild bitterness, full of flavour. It's got a nice substantial feel, lower carbonation, but pleasant. Super easy to drink.

This is great. It's not a bitter bomb, but it's just a super flavourful, easy drinking IPA!

Thanks Alex! (LSUPT)

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Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One excellent IPA. Tons of tropical fruit juiciness on the nose followed by the same tropical fruit and grapefruit hops in the taste. Very juicy and very clean with minimal malt presence to showcase the hops.

Bitterness is crisp at the end and the carbonation is just right in enhancing the crispness.

Beautiful. I'd love to see some more IPAs made with Nelson hops.

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Photo of Xul
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent goldenrod, topped by a one finger white head. Moderate lacing remains in the head's wake.

S: A melange of tropical aromas - pineapple, papaya, some mango, and grapefruit. Floral hops contribute quite a bit, along with hints of rye and white grapes.

T: The floral hops make themselves known right away, followed by a blend of the tropical and citrusy hop characters and the spiciness of the rye. The grapefruit and rye play off each other very well, leaving an aftertaste that's a blend of the two.

M: Extremely smooth with moderate carbonation. Could be a touch more carbonated.

D: Very easy drinking and the ABV doesn't make itself known at all. I've knocked back a few pints of this on a Friday afternoon on more than one occasion.

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Photo of Etan
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle sent to me by rmaste. Thanks!

A: Pours a slightly murky straw-gold color with a fine white head.

S: Nelson sauvin hops shining brightly in the nose. Dense tropical fruits (papaya, mango, overripe pineapple), lemony and a bit catty, light earthiness from the rye. Very nice.

T: Moderately sweet hop taste establishes itself first with some some pineapple and grapefruit and pine notes. Malt profile is clean and light, lending some mild breadiness, a bit of vanilla, some slightly spicy rye. Very restrained bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with active carbonation, creamy feel. Has some heft to it.

O: Fantastic rye IPA with some nice complexity from the Sauvin hops.

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Photo of gthornton
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite IPAs out there. A creamy haystack yellow with a thick head that recedes shortly leaving a beautiful lacing that covers the whole glass.

The Nelson hops smell outstanding here. Up front, with a mild citrus and dare I say roasted Marshmallow and very subtle hazelnut. The flavor follows very closely along these aromas, and finishes cleanly with a lingering of fresh rye/whole grain bread.

Very drinkable, and an overall pleasure.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewpub.

Pours a hazy yellow, unlike any IPA i've had before in that sense. If it weren't for the smell you'd think it was a hefe.

And oh that smell. Pure hops and grapefruit.... if it weren't for the extensive description of the hops actually used, i'd assume this to be tons of amarillo hops... as it is though its a fantastic smell, probably the best i've had in an IPA.

Taste is in line with the smell. Lots of citrus fruits and an agressive bite to end each drink, presumably from the rye. A very "sharp" and crisp beer, with fruitiness permeating throughout. A lot of complexity to the taste which holds up through the entire glass.

Drinkability in turn is good. Because there is that bite to it, I couldn't say its overly easy to drink, but its far from harsh. 7% feels about right for it. As a whole a lot of fun to drink and very unique in the IPA world.

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Photo of Mikus
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say. As I sat and enjoyed my pint of Neslon I couldn't get the grin off of my face. Light, slightly peppery malt backbone with a dry finish (just a little bit of sweetness), allows for a perfect canvas for the Nelson Sauvin hops to come alive. Big tropical notes, and the expected 'white wine' notes in the background. This lived up to the Alpine hype that I have been hearing for so long. One of the highlight beers of my SD trip.

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Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of sleepyhead, thanks again!

Pours a bright gold color with a decent off white head, good lacing.

Aromas are wonderful. Hard candy sweetness, tangerines, sweet oranges, and resin.

Taste is quite nice. Light spicy rye up front, beer then settles into creamy sweet caramel candied malt flavors. Finish is crisp, dry, with some light white wine, grass, resin, and tropic fruit hops noters.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Smooth, but I wish it had a little more body though.

Drinkability is excellent. Very great hoppy ipa, very complex, yet easy and very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of DavidST
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a long glass, unknown freshness. This was poured a hazy golden amber color with a smaller laced leading off white head. The smells are of oranges, citrus fruit, grapefruit and sweet malts. The feel is medium with a nice creamy carbonation. The taste is very balanced and good, lots of bitter hops, citrus fruit, good stuff.

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Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (thanks sleepyhead!) poured into a tulip. Hazy straw color with a 1-finger white head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is a burst of bright grapefruit and juicy, mouth-watering orange. I could smell this all day long.

Taste follows nose: grapefruit, pineapple. This is a citrus bomb if I've ever had one. Simply delicious. And deliciously simple. Great, succulent mouthfeel too with a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of pschul4
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

150th Review! Huge HUGE thanks to ehammond1 for an unsolicited box with this, duet, and some pint glasses. Total class act

A- Pours a dark golden orange with a 1/2 inch head that quickly receeds

S- Boom. Nelson sauvin hops hit you right away. I can't put my finger on the exact scent they give off but its similar to a pine cone in a grapefruit. Simply stunning

T- The steal the show, tons of that fruity yet piney taste along with just enough rye and malt to keep everything clean. Leaves that familiar rye bite on the back end of the sip

M- Super smooth for the style. It works amazingly

O- Can't thank you enough Eric this was a big want of mine for a long time and it really lived up to my hopes. Trade for this if you don't live near Alpine!

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hair6a11 hooked it up. Huge score, really appreciate this one. Bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: Copper/burnt orange. Frothy stubborn finger n a half head. Lacing is noteworthy. Very impressive.

Nose: Dry, citric, and sweet. Reminds me of an Jimmy Russell Old Fashion. Wet hop notes.

Taste: The rye is fantastic. It gives great support to the bitter hop.
Mouth: Chalk rye dryness. Really great. Carbonation was spot on and as the beer warmed up brought some great chew.

Drink and overall: Great beer. It really is. Can't argue there. Good hop character, complex body. Awesome.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - lightly hazed golden color with a white head that thinned leaving some bits of lacing.

S - tropical fruit, citrus rind and a hint of rye malt.

T - very nice blend of fruity hops, rye spices and citrus rind bitterness.

F - light/medium bodied it goes down very easy.

O - very tasty, highly recommended.

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Photo of emyers
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. Best by date March 21, 2016

Pours cloudy pale gold color with a half-inch white head. Slight lacing.

Smell is bursting with pungent, juicy grapefruit hops. One of the best pure grapefruit hop aromas I've experienced. A touch of the rye spiciness comes through in the nose.

Taste is practically identical to the nose - huge grapefruit citrus flavors along with some pine and a nice peppery character from the rye, which balances the hops perfectly without getting in their way at all.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, medium-high carbonation with an extra lingering bite from the rye malt.

Everything you want in a classic west coast IPA grapefruit-bomb with an added dimension of rye. One of the best IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle fresh from the west coast.

Pours pale gold with a slight haze and a half inch head of white. A solid skimcoat remained for the entirety of the glass dropping below plenty of dimpled lacing.

Aromatics blast off with pepper-dusted grapefruit, forest floor, lemon pith, and cedar bark. A hint of biscuity malt in the back with plenty of zesty, earthy citrus up front.

On the lighter side of medium bodied. A crisp and slightly thinnish mouthfeel.

Ripe, juicy, citrus fruits lead off the palate with a peppery follow-through. Barely a trace of malt, less than the Duet from last night. Grapefruit zest, lemon seeds, and pepper-rubbed tangerine ride a wave of bitterness to the finish.

A trace of warming alcohol, lingering fruit, and a firm bitterness draws things to a close.

Right there with the Duet. The Rye adds a nice spicyness and the Nelson hops add a lemony bite. Theres also some additonal earthiness beyond whats found in the Duet. Less malt to balance, but you don't miss it as it allows the rye to shine through.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale apricot with a thick, foamy white head that has good retention. Aroma is very unique. It is spicy, fruity, and herbal with some green onion, grass, and bread.

Initially you are hit with a lot of fruitiness (grapes perhaps?) from the hops, a very wine-like fruitiness. Grapefruit is noticeable. The spiciness from the rye is definitely present. That grass and onion like funk noticed in the aroma is in there too. Finish is a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, with a nice creaminess and a pleasant carbonation level. This is probably the most unique IPA I have ever had. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Allpe45
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz, no freshness date
purchased at the brewery less than 2 weeks ago
poured into a nonic

Appears bright golden orange, great clarity, easy to see the carbonation. Short fluffy yellowish white head, about 1 finger, good retention and a thick layer of sticky lacing.

Smells like fresh grapefruit, citrus rind, pine and a hint of what must be rye.

Tastes incredibly balanced. Grapefruit up front, malt and rye sweetness followed by a tropical and piney hop finish. Full of hop flavor, moderate bitterness.

Smooth. Medium bodied, low carbonation that is slightly active in the mouth. Lingering bitterness that makes me want to take sips faster.

I should have bought more.

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Photo of snpub540
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Delicate lacing is left on the glass. Pale copper hue, slightly cloudy.

Aroma is grapefruit and citrus mostly with a nice hint of the rye in the back. Smells very clean.

Taste is a nice bitter, citrus symphony of hop deliciousness. Super smooth with a nice malt backbone and a crisp hop profile. No complaints whatsoever here on flavor.

Drinkability is great. No alcohol harshness or extreme tongue buckling bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel that is enhanced by the incredibly smooth taste. An almost perfect double IPA.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep amber, almost bronze/brass, with a slight haze. white head that leaves a bit of lace. nose is nelson for sure... fruits like grape, pear and melon mix with grapefruit, citrus and grass while playing with sweet, spicy rye and blending with a slight caramelly undertone. taste follows suit while evoking memory of "dank". not cellar dank... cali dank. hate to be cliche, but the juicy goodness in here is really reminding me of mj. the taste is well-balanced, and flavors pop out and shine for a second, then go back and blend while something else pops up. not muddy, just full of nelson. at times i'm also definitely reminded of why this hop is called nelson sauvin. lovely. medium body with no bad aftertastes. gripping bitterness that opens up the palate to the rye and other sharp flavors that are toying with the juicy, fatty flavors of fruit. overall, another very fine beer from alpine with a very, very fine name!

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Half-finger white head, light golden-yellow color, good carbonation, okay lacing

S: Very appealing aroma, a lot going on here with the nice blend of hops and fruit smells, grapefruit and other citrus, pine

T: Sweet, some spice, pleasant hops then very nicely balanced with malts (specifically rye)

M: Very smooth, medium-bodied, good carbonation, appealing aftertaste

O: Very good IPA, extremely drinkable and tasty

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Photo of ozzman54
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Happy to have tried this beer. Pour was nice and clean with a golden orange color. Smell was hop forward with some citrus orange and grapefruit. Taste was like the smell but lacking a little on the citrus flavors, nice and bitter with good carbonation. Mouthfeel was smooth but not something that left me craving more with each swig. After drinking this side by side with Duet, I felt like this was a bit lacking. All in all, great beer from Alpine and will likely try it again if I get the chance.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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