Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

NelsonNelson
BA SCORE
4.44/5
4,090 Ratings
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:
#188
Reviews:
826
Ratings:
4,090
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,358
Gots:
660
Trade:
17
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,090 |  Reviews: 826
Photo of dipaslife4me
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of exposd
3.69/5  rDev -16.9%
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 0%
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 +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Filabee
3.08/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Onenote81
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kdoolin
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirtnasty
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dreynolds1808
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of codytwo
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy gold body. Large white head. Moderate lacing.
S - Hop forward, citrus, light spice, maybe from the rye or hops.
T - Excellent hop juice. Balancing malt backbone.
M - Medium body, medium card.
O - An excellent beer. My first Alpine brew and I can only hope the rest are as good.

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Photo of Gr8Scott
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fordknox
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ONUMello
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into an IPA glass
A: Hazy light orange with a two-finger head that slowly settles
S: Lots of grapefruit along with rye and coriander
T: Matches the nose- grapefruit, rye, earth and spice
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, bitter
O: A very solid IPA; the spicy notes the rye adds up the amount of complexity making it quite tasty

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Photo of craftaholic
3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ambruns1979
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wizmasta
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CotterEU
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Oakley
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pnelting
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 4,090 ratings
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