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:
4,075
Reviews:
825
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
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1,360
Gots:
660
For Trade:
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Ratings: 4,075 |  Reviews: 825
Photo of rcamp28
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of baklo
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured a cloudy golden body with one finger of bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of an excellent IPA, very true to style. Scents of tropical fruit, especially tart passion fruit, a vinous dry white wine character, hints of mango and underlying notes of tart citrus with hints of lemon most noticeable alongside light tangerine and light vegetal hop notes and spicy rye malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a very nice rye IPA that showcases the best of the Nelson Sauvin hops along with the character of the rye. Bright and fruity describes it best. Flavor begins hoppy with notes passion fruit, oniony, vegetal hops, dry white wine, slight citrus peel and some spicy rye malt backbone. Middle continues vegetal flavors with passion fruit fading into the background, spicy rye and spicy hop flavors providing depth, lightly floral flavors and moderate notes of citrus peel. Finish is hoppy and dry with notes of vegetal hops, grapefruit peel, spicy hops and spicy rye malt and some light tangerine. Aftertaste is vegetal hops, grapefruit peel, spicy rye malt and light pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of an excellent Nelson Sauvin hopled rye IPA, bringing forth the best aspects of both flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent IPA, true to form. Overall this is an amazing IPA. It uses two of my favorite ingredients, rye and Nelson Sauvin hops to create a complex and rich IPA.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (drink by March, 2016) poured into Belgian ale glass

L: Nice cloudy amber, typical of good IPAs. Big foamy head, good retention, lots of sticky lacing.

S: More tropical than citrus, I think. Some light malt.

T: Mango, other tropical fruit, some grapefruit. Light malts. Bitter finish. Very little alcohol.

F: A little off-balance on the finish, not bad. Lightly carbonated, light to medium body, fairly dry finish

It's good. Not backflip good like I see from some reviews, but good.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this one. Poured into my Dogfish IPA glass. Golden and luscious, worthy of it's World-Class rating. A tad bitter which may be my only critique here but not significant enough for me to detract that much. A unique take which is pulled off very well. Must be due to the Nelson Sauvin hops.

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Photo of Ebru
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraigP83
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, vibrant and golden. Two finger white pillowy head. Smell is magnificent OJ/Mango, right up there with Heady and King Sue. Taste is pine and peppery. Bitterness is good. Lovely beer would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a lasting thin head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of citrus (grapefruit) with a mild minty spicing.

The taste is of grapefruit, lemon, leafy with a soft cracker-like malt balance. Minty, dry finish.

It is smooth. Alcohol well-covered.

This showcases the Nelson Sauvin hops wiell with a nice minty touch.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WKyle
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Flyn4beer
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma is all citrus.
T - Citrus, bitter grapefruit upfront, malty with more bitterness on finish.
M - Medium mouth feel, medium carbonation.
O - My 3rd Alpine beer in the last week. Very good, and a little different from most IPA's.

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Photo of Steve_Trick
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of IamScuba
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MPSTARR
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of broadway848
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Onelife184
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sohearn
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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