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:
4,079
Reviews:
826
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Wants:
1,360
Gots:
661
For Trade:
17
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Photo of dsa7783
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Growler USA in Phoenix. Pours a golden effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Pungent aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Piney.

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Photo of N1Nkasi
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of AndrewMichael
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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Photo of Petegrieco
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow straw in color. Massively hazy with a fingernail of eggshell around the rim. The aroma is tropical fruit with notes of mango and passion fruit. I love the taste in that the earthy rye blends seamlessly with the tropical hops. The mouth is slightly sticky, chewy, and crisp.

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Photo of Adamostella
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of shirtless_mike
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Lucular
3.01/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am not a fan of onion in my IPA's.

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Photo of Brew33
4.25/5  rDev -3%

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 szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA on 7/11/09.

A - Clear golden body with no carbonation and slim off-white head that diminished to a patchy veil and left virtually no lacing.

S - Spicy and leafy hops with a slight catbox character, as well as a prevalent citrus character with lots of orange and grapefruit notes. Floral qualities also emerged as it warmed. Very aromatic hop profile overall.

T - Nelson Rye features a really complex hop profile with sweet, spicy and juicy characteristics that are balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Finish is spicy dry due to the addition of the rye malt. Overall, this brew has a very citrusy character with lots of orange and grapefruit flavor.

M - Medium body with a very slick, oily texture and soft carbonation. Dry, lingering bitterness on the palate with a bit of residual spiciness.

D - Nelson Rye displays quite a unique hop character. It's juicy, spicy and dry, and packs lots of flavor. Really pungent aroma too. Alpine makes some fine IPAs.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Bright, pale yellow - lemon-colored. Despite the bright appearance, it's thick and pulpy, almost completely opaque. One finger of perfectly white head, quickly fading, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit and sweet lemon. Hint of rye or spice, barest sign of clover honey or flower. Slightly delicate.

Immediately sweet, followed by a noticeable hoppy dryness, and then you're hit with a ton of fruit: ultra-sweet grapefruit, lemon, a hint of rind. The rye comes through in the finish, if at all. Very little malt balance, but still comes across as very smooth.

Alive and bubbly, but still a medium-light feel. You can toss it around with no foaming and no sting, although the carbonation makes you feel its presence. Lovely hop oil residue.

This should be up there with other single-IPA stalwarts such as Jai Alai and Flower Power. It is absurdly juicy, bright, and hoppy, alive, and yet eminently drinkable.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

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

Best by date of April 16th, 2016

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow with a white, finger width head. Good retention, then dissipates to to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Not much lace, save a few spots around the glass.

Smell - Hoppy with almost no malt in the aroma to speak of. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango stick out over the citrus and pine. Distant spice.

Taste - Mango is the predominant flavor here, while pineapple, citrus and pine follow up to add complimentary character. Maybe a touch of green banana? Rye spice kicks in near the finish, adding black pepper bite that rides out with moderate citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - On the plus side of medium with lightly bitey carbonation. Almost velvety texture on the swallow with a dry finish.

Overall - Pretty delicious hop profile, but the lack of balance is making it hard to finish this bottle. A bit of malt would go a long way to help break up the sharp, acidic hop attack that this beast displays. That I gave it the score I did is a testament to the amazing hop profile, but buyer beware that it is a double-edged sword.

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

Photo of tbone1384
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Moose90
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a really pale and clear yellow with a thin white head on it, very light and not very appealing. Minimal lacing.

S — Smells of fresh pine and citrus, very earthy and herbaceous, like a pine cone or pine needles. Rye spice.

T — Tastes like the forest in the best possible way, big fresh pine notes, like chewing on a pine needle, very crisp and clean.

M — LIght to medium bodied, adequate carbonation, very refreshing.

O — Very nice IPA from Alpine again, very unique piney hop note on this one.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 4,079 ratings.
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