Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

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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%
 
 
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1,360
Gots:
660
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Photo of brewjoel
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of raycoll
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (Green Flash emblem is clearly shown) into a Belgain Tulip.

For starters I've never had Alpine beers from the Source. I have only had versions of the Green Flash era Alpine brews. Yet this one is speaking to me. This brew pours nearly perfect IPA SRM, you know what I mean!? Sunset Amber with an opaque texture, clearly it's unfiltered (which makes me like her already, she's a dirty girl with dirty intentions). Nice cloud white foam crowns this beaut...she's gonna give plenty of lace!

Next step in the enjoyment of the brew, the aroma. She smacking some veins with that fruity vibe and dank hop resins. It's a mixture of white grape skins and a bit of that marijuana earthiness. The "dank" is kind of aggressive with its touch. Backend has some berry notes and a touch of dried apricots. This is pretty banging.

Da Flavah? First hits with that rye sweetness that, in turn, slaps some spiciness to the tongue...I like what she is Sayin now! Second wave is Hoppy Goodness nice and green. The flavors of the oils explore the senses. This grabs that Hop Resin vibe with some fruity undertones. Nice Passion Fruit , and Grapefruit stand out the most. Then the Resin comes back for thirds and isn't slacking either. In the distant backend there's notes of Dill...weird. This finishes on time with a smooth dryness and a balanced spicy/bitterness. Aftertaste of Grapefruit pith and Hop Resin. This brew feels amazing on the palate. Nice medium smooth body and tight but not aggressive carbonation helps the flavors to pop on the palate.

Overall: I don't care who did what here, this brew is Outstanding! No wonder the high acclaim it's a well brewed IPA that captures the Hop in a drinkable fashion. The malts are there and add body and enough sweetness to carry the oils in a superb fashion. I see this being a repeat purchase. This brew is Recommended.

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Photo of TooHop4U
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RJB66
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real great tasting Rye IPA. Super smooth and easy to drink. No aftertaste to to stop you from wanting to have more. I'm glad I found the last two in the store. I recommend this beer if you happen by one.

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Photo of jdwilliamson79
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of capnamerica
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle best by March 21 poured into an IPA glass.

A - Hazy golden orange with a fluffy two finger head that retains and maintains nicely.

S - Strong grapefruit. Pine.

T - Rye, grapefruit, A little bit of zing. As it warms it rounds out somewhat. Bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is medium low, fairly creamy for a beer this bitter.

O - First time seeing/trying this. Pretty tasty for what it is, which is a straight grapefruit/rye/ bitter bomb.

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Photo of wedge
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow color topped with a thick, soapy white head. Smell definitely has that Nelson stank going on...oily herbal greenness, berries, peppercorns, grass, apricot, and general fresh hop zestiness. Flavors of herbs, white wine, floral hops, peppery orange, and pineapple sweetness. Medium bodied with a lingering bitterness. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This rye IPA is a pale gold, effervescent beer that straddles the no-man's-land between hazy and cloudy; a brief-lived, medium pebbly off-white head leaves good, somewhat complex bands of lacing. The nose is moderate in intensity: pineapple juice, pine, sweet florals and more subdued citrus notes with slight alcohol overtones and a hint of body odor. Up front, the palate presents as bitter pineapple, pine/floral soapiness and a nutty bittersweetness. By mid-palate, the citrus character shows a bit, as does the body odor from the nose; the bitterness builds to a medium-strong level, offset a bit by a modest bready malt presence (I don't really pick up any rye character). The finish is balanced and closes out with a decent carbonation bite, followed by the onset of a nice strong resinous hop bitterness that lingers quite awhile. Mouthfeel is big for the medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and moderately peppery from the fizzy-yet-restrained carbonation. (22 oz bottle, 98 days before best-by)

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Photo of dipaslife4me
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of exposd
3.69/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very unique Rye IPA that is now one of my new favorites! Pours a hazy golden/orange into a pint glass with a decent head and slight lacing retention as you drink this West Coast brew. The smell of this brew reminds me a Belgian style beer on the nose, but as you take a sip you quickly realize it's anything but a Belgian. This IPA style brew is packed with Nelson hops and is really an interesting and unique style and flavor profile as it's different than any other IPA type of beer I've tasted. Rye and Nelson hops are used in brewing and dry hopping double time!

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Photo of Beers-es
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh growler, pours a light orange-gold, slightly hazy and with a greenish tinge around the edges. Head is a solid 2 fingers, dense and white with very fine bubbles. Lasts a long time and never completely fades. Initial smell is dankness, mixed with an herbal spiciness. Also a bit of ripe fruit and something like sweet hay. Taste is spicy, earthy herbs. Finish is bitter grapefruit and lingering spice. Feel is an outstanding balance of pleasing smoothness offset by prickly carbonation. Killer IPA, very unique.

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Photo of PJHOY
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jdotswizz
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Filabee
3.08/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Green Flash bottle.

Pours bright light orange with a fizzy head that rises, but subsides. Smell is peppery, grassy, dry grapefruit. Big Nelson Sauvin nose. Taste is spicy rye with zesty dry grapefruit. Finishes smooth. Fizzy texture, but dense enough to be pretty slick in the mouth. Great spicy IPA, great use of NS hops.

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Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Onenote81
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kdoolin
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ipa_kyle
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dreynolds1808
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of codytwo
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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