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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

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4.38
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Photo of kk73
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a very light and slightly hazy golden color with a very smallish and underwhelmingly white head that quickly disappeared and left a little lacing.

S - Smell is a ton citrus hops, primarily grapefruit, also some piney characteristics. Little bit of spice, and bready malt.

T - Tons of grapefruit and citrus goodness, with some hop bitterness that moves into a flash of spiciness from the rye.

M - Solid and medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, and some stickiness.

D - Very drinkable and could easily put down a couple of bombers of this beer.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
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 BB1313
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 3/22/16. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy and cloudy pale golden. Looks like juice. Creamy white head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are great. Very tropical. Lots of pineapple and ripe mango. Very fruity. Some fresh berries in the mix too. The flavors are very crisp and clean. Lots of leafy hop notes. Very floral and earthy. More pineapple. More berries. Hints of fresh pine. Hints of mint in the mix as well. The rye very present, especially in the finish. Dry stuff. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. Very refreshing.

I really like this. This is possibly the best "Rye IPA" I've ever had. I've also had a ton of IPAs with a similar hop profile, but Nelson really follows the aromas with great flavors. Great stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no bottled on date, picked it up at the brewery yesterday so it should be pretty fresh. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very slightly cloudy orange color, produces a thin white head, decent retention, spotty lacing.

S- Huge juicy hop aroma, lots of tropical fruit, oranges and grapefruit, a bit of earthy dankness, also some black pepper spiciness. The aroma is absolutely amazing.

T- Similar to the nose, more tropical fruity hops, mild dank earthiness and some peppery spice, malt is light and bready.

M- Medium-bodied, maybe a bit on the light side, smooth feel, medium to low carbonation, dry and peppery finish.

O- A pretty awesome IPA, great work with the hops from Alpine once again, it doesn't quite stand up there with Bad Boy or Pure Hoppiness, but it still rocks.

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

Bottle. Finally. Perhaps my longest standing want. I've heard its not as good as it was before Green Flash but I don't know if I ever would have had the chance to try it without them. It pours clearer than I was expecting. Probably more filtered. Well structured, white head. Lacing is thick. The aroma brings my favorite hop right to my receptors. Tropical fruit, earth and flora. Some Sauv Blanc notes. Some dankness. A bit of sweetness too. Smells very nice. Love Nelson hops! The flavor starts off with a pronounced, coercive citrus flavor. A combination of several high-acid citrus fruits. Then the more terroir-driven hop flavors come out. Really vibrant hoppiness. Pot and earth and herb as well. Really damn tasty. Rye malt acts as a unique prop for the Nelson deliciousness. Rye tang combines with the unique hop zest. Its medium bodied and quite bitter. Still very drinkable. A morning juice substitute in a perfect world. Whether its different than it used to be or not, this is still an excellent beer. Finally got to scratch this one off the list; grateful.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most recent batch of nelson though I'm not sure of it's actual release date.

A: An ever so slightly hazy amber (think Jurassic Park mosquito petrified amber sap) with an off-white head. The retention isn't so good but it does leave some decent lacing along the glass (dogfish shaped pint).

S: I can smell this thing from across the room and I'm already positive that I've never had this so fresh. Juicy tangerine and tart dried apricot bounce out of my glass from a half foot away. Up close more of the same... with the addition of a complex rye aroma albeit a subtle one. I have to note while this is a great smelling beer there does seem to be a very slight hint of the "catty" aroma which is usually synonymous with Simcoe hopping (just a hint but I bet people sensitive to this would react somewhat negatively)

T: Dried apricot comes to work and make sweet love to a flavor which I tend to identify with good California apple brandy (heirlooms of a spicy nature... Gravenstein?). The rye flavors of this beer are as the nose suggests subdued, nonetheless tricky woody grainy suggestions are present toward the finish. Spicy earthy flavors creep into the long finish (notably when it warms up a bit). Drink this at a warmer than usual temp.

M: Prickly yet sticky.

O: This is a great beer and far better than I remember it being (and I love Alpines products for the most part). It's one of the more complex IPA's ever produced however it needs love and care in order to be fully appreciated. The subtle, yet highly complex flavors of Nelson take time to develop, and do work together harmoniously. Props. Nelson is rad. Grab it Fresh as hell and drink the mother warm.

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Photo of Pencible
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like super dank and citrus, with some wild honey and apricot.
T: It tasted like dank herbal hops, with some citrus and wild honey and apricot. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a fantastic IPA. The scent and taste were so fresh and full of hops, without being too bitter or catty. The body was ok, and the finish was super smooth, so it was easy to drink. Not much rye noticeable, but this was still a top tier brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Has a huge aroma bitter and sweet citrus peel with a hoppy backbone. Flavor is citrusy, bitter hops and pretty smooth. Leaves a nice aftertaste. Just a great delicious IPA

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Pale orange body that is crystal clear. All Alpine IPAs seem to be ridiculously clear. Great white head with beautiful pillowy lace. All Alpine beers look sexy, too.

Smell - Grapefruit hops, but they're not all that dominant. The rye makes it smell piney and a little grassy. I like it, even though I'm neither a fan of pine hops nor rye.

Taste - It has a great hop flavor up front with a nice rye taste as a backbone. It's super clean. Distinct crisp flavors. Again, rye isn't my favorite, but this is done so well I have to give credit. Nice bitterness in the end that I don't really get from other Alpine IPAs.

Mouthfeel - Perfect drinking IPA. Goes down so well. Light bodied, but enough to keep the flavors around.

Overall - It's just such a perfectly executed beer without the flavors I'm looking for. It's tough to rate, because it manages to make me enjoy flavors I don't normally enjoy. Well done, Alpine.

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Photo of shrek806
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer blidly into a Surly Darkness snifter:

It pours a beautiful honeu amber with thick sticky lacing and prominent 1/2 inch head.

The nose is floral, with citrus overtones and a musty grass smell to it.

The taste is hoppy and citrus right up front with tastes of grapefruit and tangerines. The finish is slightly musty with a little "funk" going on and a nice bitterness on the swallow.

The mouthful is lively and refreshing with a slightly oilly finish

This beer has super high drinkablity in my book, But hey, I'm a hophead. A- for me

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Photo of 57md
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark straw color with well over a finger of head. As the head dissipated, it left rings behind on the mug. The hoppiness on the nose is potent, the malt backbone is solid and the hop bitter finish rivals some of the best DIPAs. There is also a sweet citrus fruit note on the finish that complements the hop bitterness.

In short, one of the best single IPAs available.

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

A: Hazy, light golden orange in color, with a thin head.
S: Rye, citrus, dank hops, lemon, herbal.
T: Similar to nose. Dank hops pop out combined with a slightly bitter lemon/citrus finish.
M: Has a pillowy like mouthfeel, medium carbonation, slight bitterness.
O: Another solid Alpine beer!

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Photo of CapnTrav
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22 oz bottle purchased a week ago from alpine brewery to a ballast point tulip

A: pours a great light gold, very clear and with very minimal head. dissipated almost fully within 5 minutes of pouring

S: SUPER PINE. heavy dank. very fresh and almost a cheddar cheese cracker after-smell.

T: very fresh hop taste directly up front. fades into an almost baked parmasean cheese flavor. i dont know if its just me since i know this is a high rated beer yet i havent even read any other official descriptive reviews for it. almost like liquid goldfish crackers. which in my book is A-OK!

M: minimal. its very smooth and potent but not very viscous or thick. goes down very easy and doesnt linger too too much.

O: great beer. really enjoyed it after hearing how good it was!

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a straw yellow with a dense bright white head that lasts forever and leaves some lacing

S-tropical fruits and a slight hint of pine when first poured-as it opens the nose becomes more dank

T-tropical with just maybe the slightest hint of pine in the end-very hoppy and bitter for a standard IPA. A little dank as it opens and a slight malt backbone. There is a slight white wine characteristic to it. It is not incredibly complex just a hoppy west coast style IPA. I didn't notice the rye as much as I had hoped.

M-Pretty thick, but has a good level of carbonation

D-This is a pretty big IPA given the bitterness and alcohol content for the style. I couldn't drink more than this one bomber in a sitting.

Overall, this i is a very good beer. I don't know if I would say it is great, but it is a classic representation of the west coast style. I am glad I was able to try it, but I do not see myself buying a bomber again because I can get IPAs I enjoy as much, if not more, for a better price. Truly a must try for lovers of the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very grassy hoppy beer, this Nelson. Earthy bitterness. Consistent delivery. Easy to drink. Not sure how this compares to the original production (pre Green Flash). But what's happening now is pretty nice.

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Photo of soze47
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes on my trip to Alpine in late May, 2011. 4.5 oz. pour as part of a flight.

One of the most unique beers I've had in recent memory. The rye and NZ hops lend some really cool flavors to this brew. Not a standard IPA by any stretch. The golden body is well carbonated and it dances in your mouth, which is great since the flavors are so complex.

The NZ hops give a white wine quality to the flavor and nose, with the rye giving a nice tangy bitterness. These flavors blend and melt well into the more traditional flowery notes from the other hops. Combined, I get some great spice notes. Clove?

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Photo of mookihouse
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden hazy yellow with a thin head that lasts till the last sip.

Smell is incredible.  I can't recall another IPA with such alluring floral and tropical fruit smells.

Taste of pineapple, citrus, a little fresh cut grass.  Hop is there but no lasting bitter after taste.

Had this many times both on-tap and from bottles.  Bottle in this review is about 30-days old but pretty much as good as fresh.

I prefer Nelson over Pliny most days.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into pint glass

Hazy golden orange , thick white billowy one finger foam cap , great lacings

Aroma of pine, floral, tropical fruits, a bit of spice

Pine Hop taste on the back of the tongue,

Good sudsing, smooth, well balanced, lingering bitter aftertaste

Good beer

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two-finger white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T - The taste is strong piney hops and a white pepper spiciness. There are some good citrus flavors - grapefruit and orange peel. The finish has some light cattiness and a bitter hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Another excellent IPA from Alpine. Definetly recommended for hop heads.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap and apparently a keg from Alpine, not Green Flash.

Gorgeous straw colored ale with fluffy head. Nelson Sauvin hops are interesting and it's nice to have a showcase for the hop in a world-class beer like this. Rye malt provides good balance, bu t this one is all about the hops baby. I liked this one more than Duet, which I wasn't expecting at all.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice dark and hazy copper color with some slight muddy tints. There is a nice white .5 in head that recedes at a moderate pace and leaves a nice thin mat.

S - Aroma of nice sweet citrusy hops with some slight rye spices. Nice toasty and bread like aromas from he rye as well. Would probably be a good beer with a Ruben.

T & M - Pretty well balanced beer with nice rye from the spice that goes hand in hand and plays well with some nice grasy and piney hop flavor. Slight citrus dryness and sweetness as well. Grapefruit and slight orange sweetness battles with the more toasty and grainy malt and rye backbone. Grapefruit aroma and flavor is very present. Nice and warm sensation on a medium-full mouthfeel that is very delicious and crisp.Not as dry or bitter finish as other IPA's. Good Rye-IPA.

D - Refreshing and delicious. Another solid Alpine IPA. Not as good as Pure Hoppiness IMO but still solid brew.

D -

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades fairly slowly leaving behind tons of lacing.

S - Aroma is full of tons of fresh tropical fruit hops. There is also just a bit of caramel malts mixed in as well.

T - Starts off right away with a nice hit of grapefruit/pineapple hops flavor and some mild bitterness. Through the middle, the bitterness seems to grow a bit alongside some sweet caramel malts mixing in. The finish is full of hop bitterness with a touch of caramel sweetness and tropical fruits that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Feels smooth and very crisp. The lingering hop flavor and bitterness are really excellent.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is excellent from start to end and is quite unique. The beer is quite hoppy, but does not go too overboard.

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Photo of koopa
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber received in a trade with BevmoIan thanks!

Appearance: Pours way on the yellow side of the normal yellow orange IPA color spectrum. The body is fairly transparent and the crown is a white 2 finger one that shows some retention and lace!

Smell: Oh baby there is plenty of juicy citrusy hoppy goodness going on here! Slightest inkling of caramel malt is simply over powered by pineapple, orange, and grapeefruit hop notes. Also an underlying note that is sort of "green" but sort of "minty" too.

Taste: A slight touch of bitterness from the hops. The juicy quality doesn't pull through as much on the flavor profile as the nose. Much more orange rind and grapefruit in the flavor than pineapple which clearly dominates the nose.

Mouthfeel: a touch chewy despite the medium body if anything. No major complaints here though.

Drinkability: The abv has legs but the flavor profile and mouthfeel make this one tasty brew I can drink a lot of!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, a hazy IPA - I always love that. The haze has an attractive consistency to it, too. But that's not what matters. What matters is how it smells and tastes. There are absolutely no problems with the former, as it brings a combination of grapefruit, lemon, pine, and white grapes. Malts serve to balance the nose almost perfectly, with just the right touches of sugar cookie and rye spice. Tasting it is a letdown...no, it's damn near on the same level of the incredible nose. It starts off with some touches of rye spice and dank pine, before evolving into pure. Friggen. Grapefruit. Malty touches serve to balance the beer while injecting a bit of welcome complexity. After a while, I even start picking up some white grape. The feel is strange (for an IPA), yet fantastic - thick and creamy at first, yet bone dry and even a touch sharp post-swallow. Drinkability is stunning. Alpine has become readily available in the DMV area, pinch me.

4.37/5: Okay Green Flash, I've forgiven you for Silva Stout now

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