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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
Reviews:
821
Ratings:
4,032
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
19.18%
 
 
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Reviews: 821 | Ratings: 4,032
Photo of deaddear
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, stamped best by June 2016, poured into IPA glass.

A: Beautiful golden color, pours clear but carbonation is so widespread and steady that it looks hazier in the glass than it actually is. Three-fingered head settles into a finger of pillowy foam, eventually subsides to about an 1/8" spread uniformly on top.

S: Passion/tropical fruit, white wine, bit of pine sap

T: Strong pine flavors, wine-like tartness, and then strong, sharp rye maltiness. Long, enjoyable finish.

M: Super silky body with plenty of carbonation.

O: Amazing. Wish I had bought more of this!

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Photo of cfalls
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - the head is a little thin, but the body is a beautifully hazy neon yellow

S - guava, dank, peach, rye

T - more guava, grapefruit, not very sweet or malty, but the rye adds something

F - tiny bubbles, dry finish, lingering bitterness

O - pretty unique, and a must-try if you like NZ hops

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a anchor steam glass.Smell is a strong grapefruit.Taste is a grapefruit maybe pineapple mix.A lot of bitterness.Overall a solid IPA but I believe a little over rated.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 2/3 - Slightly hazy pale yellow with medium bubbly head that hangs around for a real long time
S 10/12 - Pretty strong tropical fruit, pineapple dominating, but pretty solid grapefruit, too.
T 18/20 - A very solid sweet presence throughout, the pineapple coming throughout with a mild bitter hang, and a little spice on the finish...maybe that’s the rye?
M 5/5 - Bubbles lead to dryness that keeps me coming back for more
O 8/10 - Such a shame that it took me so long to get to this beer, an ancestor of what has become a genre: the tropical fruit IPA. If only pineapple sodas would taste like this (and have 5% ABV), I’d start drinking sodas again. For now, I’ll enjoy this Alpine.
43/50

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Photo of JHouse11
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious. Great aroma, huge Nelson character. Incredibly clean flavor. Pure west coast IPA. Wow, I'm glad to see that Green Flash has continued the excellence set forth by Alpine with this one. I will be picking this one up whenever I see it. No complaints here, give it a try! Cheers

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Photo of BigGold
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
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 BrownAleBollocks
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach with a two finger white head. Aroma is big citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruits, white wine/white wine grapes. Flavor follows with citrus, white wine, a zesty quality for lack of a better word, and a spicy bitterness from the hops and rye. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, perfectly carbed for a rye ipa. Overall, not always a fan of the stigma that Alpine has, but this is a damn fine beer that I would happily drink again.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer looks excellent in a glass. It pours a murky yellow-orange with a fizzing white head. Lots of bubbles streaming.

There's not much on the aroma, which is fine. I care more about the taste. At the most I get pine and grapefruit.

This beer stands out because of this flavor. I guess it's the rye that adds that wonderful extra somethin'. I get piney hops, orange rind, and a kind of dry hay quality. Also there's this greenery-type thing going on - like flowers or grass - it's good. It's very refreshing and bright.

The mouth feel is a perfect medium-light with just enough carbonation to make this beer very refreshing.

This is one of my favorite IPAs because it's unique. I'm assuming that's from the rye, but Alpine also just makes some great IPAs. Cheers!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. best by June 18th, 2016.

A: really hazy. extremely pale. wouldn't mind a touch more clarity here. head is off white and frothy. decent lacing and retention.

S: green floral hops, soft tangerines, sticky hop oils.

T: honey sweetness and flavor. citrus, grapefruit, pine, hop resins. wheat like graininess behind. bitterness is low and not lingering by any means. hoppy, hoppy, hoppy.

M: a little extra body, but still drinks lighter than all hell. medium body I guess but could go light.

D: similar to most hoppy things from alpine this is super easy to drink will being very aromatic and hop flavored. the hop character is a little light for me as I prefer a more sticky resinous character, but still a well made beer. ive had Duet a couple times and find the rye adds a nice touch of complexity.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Fantastic lacing.

S: A sweet, alluring aroma of hops, citrus, and other light fruits.

T: Tasted of a good amount of hops, some rye notes, light malt, citrus (grapefruit), mango, and some other tropical fruits. A balanced flavor that's not too hoppy or too sweet. Very fruity and focused.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is another excellent West Coast IPA. It's quite well made and definitely easy to drink.

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Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. The nose is tropical and fruity, with a touch of maltiness. The taste has notes of mango and orange and decent malt undertones. The feel is smooth and the finish lingers on the palate. Overall, it's a good IPA but doesn't blow me away in any aspect. Nice and fruity, goes down easy and very drinkable.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy yellow with a finger of white head
S: citrus hops with a rye backbone
T: big rye then some citrus hops. Bittering finish. Not my to my tastes.
F: smooth, and the flavor hang around for a long time.
O: many others that are better and more available.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD 6/18/16. Pours a hazy gold with a touch of amber. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

World class nose of tropical hops (mango, pineapple), citrus (orange) and a strong dank background over a touch of biscuit.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture that has an oily slick element. World class carbonation with a nice effervescent middle that coats the tongue and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. Complexity is a bit weak, but the intent is to showcase the Nelson Sauvin hop and that is done in a world class fashion. Balance is perfect for the objective as a subtle cracker biscuit sweetness arrives in the middle to contrast a tasty bitterness that is quite mild for the style. Hop flavor is the name of the game with this one. The flavors of the nose all arrive...citric followed by tropical as the sweetness of the middle allows the tropicals to shine. Then a significant dankcentric element takes command and holds through the finish. The finish hints at dryness initially, but makes a lingering flourish underneath an amazing blend of tropical and dank hop flavor. This is a bomber...Alpine / GF, 6 pack this bad boy!!

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Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is worthy of the hype. Juicy, sweet, smooth, velvety. Layers of melon, white grapes, slight rye spiciness and hops to offset. Nice fluffy head with amazing lacing that follows you down.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of pollocwr
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color. The lightness of the hops really shines through in this for me. It's a very drinkable beer with a light aroma but good hop punch. Citrus notes.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is tropical fruit - I get primarily pineapple, mango, and a hint of orange juice, with a light floral aroma. Taste is a little more general tropical fruit juice mixed with citrus, and a hint of lavender. As is typical with Nelson beers, this is extremely juicy. While it's a good beer I was expecting to like it just a little more than I did.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An Alpine label in a bomber embossed with the Green Flash logo. Heard that GF bought Alpine, so that expalins that. Cloudy light orange-yellow pour with a very light head that quickly fades. Definite one-note aroma of piney hop, not much in the way of fruit. Taste is hops and softened with the rye and malt. This is a good solid West Coast IPA, but doesn't quite live up to the lofty score. Has the beer changed in ten years? That's possible. Alpine was not available in MN until recently.

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

Bomber into Duvel glass... Pours a hazy, lemon gold, with a fluffy, white head of thick foam. Dabs of retention leave some webs and splotches of lace. Aroma is of citrus zest, white pepper and leather. Thin, bready malt is followed by a rye zing and orange / grapefruit rind on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium; carbonation is medium with a touch of creaminess... Finish is dry. Overall, the unique look of this beer, plus the combo of rye and a unique hop variety deliver a very enjoyable spin on a west coast IPA.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical hop flavor. Pineapple, mango, apricot, nectarine, peach, and grassy hops followed by bready, biscuity, toasted, and caramel malts

Taste: Awesome hop flavor followed by a balanced malt bill, light bitterness, and some chewy notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, light bitterness, a little chewy, crushable, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Yeah, I'll drink this one again. Delicious and tasty.

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Photo of zshaft
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours light golden with minimal head that dissipates quickly. smell of nelson suavin all the way I can't seem to place what im smelling w this hop. maybe some floral notes and lemon? anyway smells pretty nice. taste follows nose w the hop presenting itself from front pallate all the way to the end. rye gives this beer a nice spice at the finish with bitterness lingering. this is a great beer and I love nelson hops even though I can't quite place what im tasteing. seek out this one it's a def winner.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 22oz bottle that says best by March 17th. I keep hearing how this beer has gotten so much worse since the Green Flash buyout. I can't comment on that since I wasn't able to get it where I live until after that buyout, but I have to say, this is still a really solid IPA. Maybe Green Flash has gotten better at making it, or maybe their version was just a victim of hype. Whatever the case, even this much maligned version of Nelson is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - cloudy yellow color with a good lasting sticky white head.
Smell - Citrus Piney smell, For the Citrus I'm picking up maybe some lemon, grapefruit and orange.
Taste - fruity orange taste with some pine in there.
Feel - medium body with a light carbonation.
Overall - Love the beer! Guy at the store recommended and was glad he did. First time Ive heard of this brewery. Dont think they carry it in ohio.

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Photo of nbbyrd
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber best by 24 May 2016. Poured into a tulip glass.
Look: A glowing tangerine, sunny yellow, with one finger of bright white pillowy head that fades rather quickly, leaving light sticky lacing. Looks gorgeous.
Smell: Tangerines and tropical fruits, slight dankness, sweet and juicy and dry white wine, crackery malt background supporting the lovely New Zealand Nelson hops.
Taste: White wine and ripe juicy green grapes, tropical fruits and citrus, tangerine and nectarine, grapefruit and wonderfully juicy juicy! You get a little bit of that dankness riding the sweet and light crackery backbone with a pop of rye spice that is so nice. The bitterness is so soft and balanced with the spiciness of the rye and juiciness that just makes my mouth water wanting more and more. Perfect representation of the Nelson hops.
Feel: Coats the mouth with a wonderful light/medium carb and medium body. Juicy sticky hop goodness that lingers with the soft bitterness that fades every so nicely. One of the best mouthfeels of a beer that I have had the pleasure to enjoy.
Overall: Absolutely wonderful. The taste is a pop of spice and juicy hops that is stronger than the subtle nose would suggest. A very pleasant surprise and treat of a beer to enjoy. I’ve had this on tap as well, but actually enjoyed it from the bottle much more.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours - Cloudy citrus juice golden color with thick white head that stays until almost the glass is gone great lacing.

Smell - The smell is not a pronounced as I expected but still amazing orange and grapefruit stand out as well as some pine notes.

Taste - The main things that stand out are orange grapefruit and a good hop flavor.

Feel - Very smooth light to medium body very clean and crisp.

Overall - An amazing beer that I would have again.

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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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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
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