Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

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NelsonNelson
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
Ranking:
#199
Reviews:
834
Ratings:
4,148
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

The color is a lurid orange, and it pours a bit on the cloudy side. The foamy pour settles down into a pretty light head quickly. The lacing it leaves behind its minimal.

The hop character is bursting out of this beer though it tastes a bit unbalanced to me.

I like this better than dogfishhead 90 minute ipa, although it's probably not a great direct comparison.

Don't like Nelson as much as Hoppy Birthday, but it's still good.

Maybe it's the rye, or maybe it's the higher abv, but there's a harshness to this that HB doesn't have, in my opinion.

Had it on draught at toronado in SF on an empty stomach.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigGold
4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had from 22-oz. bomber, stamped best by "24 MAY 16," poured into nonic pint. Once again I'm left wondering if the Alpine beer I'm drinking here in the Deep South is the original beer that earned its stratospheric ratings here and elsewhere.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertColianni
4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at hopcat was nothing exceptional

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4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcallister
4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice copper orange color with a large slightly off white erupting head. Good lace and great retention.

Great nose on this beauty. Flowery esters lead into a big citrus kick. Some tangerine on the backend with a bit of white pepper and some piney aromas.

I'm a little let down to be honest. It's a good beer but lacking in mouthfeel and a bit watery. Lots of tangerine and citrus flavor with a long bitter finish. Malt is thin and hidden behind the hops. Nice grapefruit but the mouthfeel is a bit off. A bit spicey with a some floral and grassy tastes as well.

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4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtreid
4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber thanks to Mikesgroove. No bottle date, so no way to tell how fresh this is. Poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Cloudy light copper color. The pour drops a two finger head that retains well and leaves nice lace.

A: Sweet floral and citrus hops right away. I do get a malty sweetness as well. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and some spicy herbal qualities.

T: Strong hop profile with notes of citrus and pine sap. A touch maltier than what I was expecting from a West coast ipa. This leads me to beleive this may be a touch past it's prime. but nonetheless, a fine tasting brew. It finishes bitter and dry.

M: Medium body. A touch light on the carbonation, means, this is just a bit too thick on the palate.

O: Really nice nose, pretty nice flavor, below average on the mouthfeel. But all in all not bad. I would really like to try this super fresh, as I think it would be supurb. But, have to rate what's in front of me. Skal.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 4,148 ratings