Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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

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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, 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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Photo of Tilley4
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 2nd Alpine brew here... Pure Hoppiness was good so let's give this one a try...

Pours brilliantly into my SA glass... Light golden with a huge fluffy head and lots of carbonation... Lots of lacing as well..

Spicy piney aromas right up front and they are pungent... This is terrifically floral as well.. The rye used gives this a sharp peppery kick as well...a touch of booze as well... This is quite nice... Seems more aromatic than the Pure I had a few days ago...this smells world class to me...

Very vibrant feeling with each sip... I can definitely pick up the white wine aspects of the Nelson hop here... Very fruity and citrusy... This is delicious... Its hoppy as hell in an unconventional way, I guess... I'm loving the profile of this hop... Almost light and airy on the palate... No trace of the booze...excellent...
The rye kicks you in the teeth on the finish... Very well crafted...
I actually liked this one better than PH... I loved the profile of the hops and rye together here...a masterpiece...

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is gold and straw-colored. Very pale and pilsener-like. It sports a nice 2-finger creamy white head. I get some nice notes of lemon, orange, pine, and cedar on the nose.

Crisp and light-bodied, almost like a hopped-up American Pale Wheat Ale, but somehow retains a nice, creamy feel. The flavors are very well-balanced, but hoppy enough so that you don't forget this is an American IPA. Up front I get some orange marmalade, lemon zest, and a nice cracker-like graininess. Flavors of grapefruit come in at mid-palate. Not sure if I'm getting any of the rye. If I am, then it's very subtle. Right in the back of the mouth, there's a nice pineapple and apricot-like sweetness that joins the bitterness on the finish. The finish is dry and lingering, but this is in no way a palate-wrecker. Very, very refreshing and well-balanced. Not a trace of booziness.

I got this beer in a trade (thanks ThaFATkid!) and I'm glad it was included. Those West Coasters really know how to make a good IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Shagtastic
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vissai for this new Cali brew

Poured from a bomber into my tulip glass.

A: Light golden color with a huge head, great retention and exceptional lacing.

S: I love the fruity aroma that i get out of this one. Really comes through strong on the initial pour.

T: Wow, this is an interesting beer to say the least. I love the rye in the IPA but this is a new experience for me. I can't say much bad about it because it really is a great tasting beer.

M: Good carbonation on this beer, really heavy on the tongue but enjoyable.

Overall: I do like this beer, while it might not be an every day beer for me, If I had access I'd return to it for sure.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Received with about half a finger's worth of head. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which appears as a dull straw when held up to the light. Head dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is minimal.

Nose- Lots of citrus, mostly orange and lemon. Some tropical fruits, mainly mangoes. Some peach. Not much else in the way of other IPA aromatics. No real pine or resin. Swirling reveals some caramel and matchstick.

Taste- Starts off with the fruit of the nose and runs with it. There is definite peach and other stone fruits which taste a little green. Some orange and lemon followed by a nice bit of spice from the rye. Definitely a welcome change from the typical pine and resin back of most IPAs. Light melon, light pine and resin on the finish. Seems like it will be a very tasty beer once it warms up a little bit. Some mustiness, even a little bit of musk that pairs with the melon aspects. Pepper, some pumpernickel or rye bread. Grain notes. A tiny bit of earwax on the finish. Definitely a really good beer but I don't know if it deserves its high ranking. It is growing on me as I continue to drink it. Some notes of caramel and honey. Some floral qualities as well. Some tendency to savory notes. Really good to great at this points. Some grapefruit, tropical fruits (papaya and mango). Alpine really has IPAs on lockdown.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation. At the moment it's a bit much for me but maybe it will mellow out.

Drinkability- Very subtle but has tons of complexity. Seems to more of a Pliny the Elder type of IPA. Six bucks for a pint of a beer that doesn't come to Oregon seems reasonable.

Overall- Really good to great beer that owes a lot to its mix of subtlety and complexity. Lovely use of rye to create a malt bill which not only contrasts the fruitness of the hops but interacts with it. Pretty much a great beer. Definitely worth a try. Very accessible IPA.

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Photo of Bartzilla
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewery and filled up the growler. Excellent beer. Very fruity, but in a grapefruit kind of way. Looks like orange juice. So clean, refreshing, and goes down easy. I could pound this stuff all day long. One of these days, I will.

I always look forward to new beers from Alpine as it seems they can do no wrong. The sleeper beer hit of San Diego. Great job.

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Photo of jspaner
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light, pale yellow color, with a thin layer of white head. Looks like cloudy apple or grapefruit juice. The smell is very fruity and bright, with citrus & slight mango aromas.
The taste is tart & well balanced with the slightly peppery rye flavor. The hoppiness is very nice, strong but not overpowering. There are notes of tropical fruits, but not much malt. The alcohol is well-masked.
The carbonation is moderate, with mild body. Smooth & well-balanced.
This is a delicious IPA. Easy to drink, tart, fruity, bright and very tasty. I highly recommend it & will seek it out again.

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Photo of younger35
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just received this brew from Masterski. I had a cup of this beauty at Darkness Day this year and it was fantastic. Glad to have a full bottle of my own. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip while watching San Diego vs. New York.

Appearance- Pours a light chill hazed golden yellow with a super fluffy bright white three fingered head. A fantastic cap and collar remain along with loads and loads of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Way more pungent than its little buddy I drank last night (Duet). Big and citrusy with quite a bit of grapefruit, green apple, tangerine and to a lesser extent, pineapple. Plenty of rye is easily discernable as it's earthy and spicy (wonder what % of the mash is rye?).
Taste- Starts lightly spicy with subtle earthy bitterness that rye brings to the table. The hops aren't near as fruity and citric as they smell but they do add another layer of bitterness. I don't know if the description on the bottle is leading me or I really got this myself but there is a slight vinous quality. White grapes and orange blossoms add that lightly fruity yet lightly floral taste that the hops bring. Really the beer is just about the nice harmony between the hops and rye because it's almost all I can taste.
Mouthfeel- Nice medium feel with that great spicy tingle from the rye and light yet crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Fucking fantastic. This is one of the easiest drinking, nicely balanced IPA's out there. It's somewhere between a single and double IPA to me and the amount of rye used is perfect. I've had too many rye brews where the rye is overbearing and too spicy/bitter. This one got it right. Great brew that's even better than I remember, thanks Alex!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours a yellow straw color with a white head. The main components of the aroma are rye and peaches with some other fruit as well, a very pleasant and different smelling beer. The flavor is rye, grapefruit and a little bit of bitterness. No real alcohol is detectable. A unique beer with a medium-thin mouthfeel and good carbonation. Very drinkable.

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

New Beer Friday! (Sadly I will not hit 100 today because of plans later on but tomorrow will be a celebration!)

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber/orange color with about a finger of thick foamy head that is slowly dissipating leaving some nice, chunky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Man this smells great. Lots of grapefruit (not so much bitter, but ripe), orange, tangerine, and a hint of pineapple. There is a slight bitter hoppy smell after the initial citrus wave, which is then followed by just a touch of sweet malt.

Taste - A very impressive and complex taste. Instead of the anticipated sweeter citrus flavors I was expecting, you get an initial slight bitter hoppy taste followed immediately by the unmistakable rye flavor. This is followed by an "after thought" of citrus flavors (not as prevalent in the taste as they were in the nose but still very much there) and it finishes with a slightly bitter/spicy essence, yet also with a sweet malty tang.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, extremely smooth and somewhat creamy. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability - I could drink this all night long. I really want to do a tasting with Sculpin, this, PtE, and Yulesmith Summer. Those are my favorite IPA's and this one is right there with them. A very good beer.

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

Had this beer on tap at the pub in Alpine and later out of a 22 I brought back to the midwest with me.

Of the three IPA's of theirs I tried (Pure Hoppiness and Duet), this was actually my favorite. The level of rye perfectly balanced out this IPA and made for a delightful experience. Pure west coast IPA with all hops and zero sweetness, but manages to be smooth enough to not leave a chalky aftertaste and instead have you reaching for more.

Definitely glad to have made the trip out to this gem of a brewery. It's worth the trip.

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

22 oz. bottle, best by date May 24, 2016 printed on the label. My second beer from Alpine Beer Company, their highly acclaimed Nelson 'golden rye India pale ale'.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Bright juicy golden yellow pour, appears adequately carbonated with one finger of frothy white foam head that falls quickly and leaves spotty lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - A beautiful fresh bouquet greets the senses: fresh, juicy, fruity & floral. Fresh earthy pine hop flowers - mango, grapefruit, white grapes, peach. A very fresh & inviting aroma.

T - Flavor follows the nose: fresh, juicy, fruity, & floral. Crisp, earthy, grassy, piney. Fruity with notes of mango & grapefruit, white grape, peaches. Very juicy and fruity, thanks to the Nelson Sauvin hops. Very delicious stuff.

M - The feel is probably the best part of this beer - dangerously drinkable at 7.00% abv, this thing goes down like a 5.00% session IPA. Juicy & fruity. Floral, with perfect balance. The malts keep the hops from ever becoming too bitter.

Overall, an excellent fresh IPA. Very drinkable & refreshing. Highly recommended.

Alpine Beer Company Nelson -----4.5/5

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

Picked this up from BDBS in SD.

L: Pale yellow with some good carbonation and about a finger head. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as you sip.

S: Lots of citrus, orange rind, lemon, floral notes, pine, sugar, and I'm even picking up something that reminds me of banana.

T: A really clean IPA flavor with a nice balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness.

F: Medium to light body; suits a 7% ABV well.

Really like Nelson. Hopefully with the Green Flash takeover they can still produce the same quality that Alpine has been known for.

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

Murky brown/gold pour with a finger of head that leaves some webby lacing.

Smell is a nice punch of pine and floral hoppiness and noticeable rye bread. Balanced fairly well between the malt and hops yet still packs a punch.

The taste is also very well balanced for an IPA, yet still very flavorful. The addition of the rye was a great choice to help tone down some of the palate crushing bitterness that usually comes with this much hop flavor, and add a nice malty complexity. Hops are still #1 here though, and they pack a juicy mix of citrus, pine, and floral notes.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very oily. Lower levels of carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. Alpine is great at packing a ton of hop flavor into a beer yet somehow keeping it balanced and complex. This is a perfect example of that prowess.

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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 Mic-Lee
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color. Smells strongly of grapefruit. Earthy, citrusy, grapefruit flavors in the hops. Unique Alpine dank maltiness. Medium body, creamy and medium carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Bright and satisfying taste. Bitterness only after it is swallowed, and it is minor. Smooth. Little alcohol taste.

Overall: This beer has a wonderful scent of grapefruit and white wine. It has the trademark dank maltiness of an Alpine brew as well. The smoothness of this beer is wonderful. Easy drinking, rich flavors, wonderful aromas and hops to satisfy. This one is a winner.

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

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug.

A- Pours a medium to light yellow color, almost reminiscent of a macro brew. There is a fair amount of head retention with a pretty white one finger head. There is also a lot of carbonation activity after the pour. Overall a decent looking beer.

S- The smell coming from this beer is your run of the mill hoppy West Coast IPA. I am picking up a strong citrusy presence as well as some little hints of pine. Overall this a good smelling beer, better than the looks.

T- As with the other Alpine beers I have had the taste is where the beer makes it money. This beer starts off relatively mild which continues throughout. It isn't overpowering or too bitter in anyway, rather it is a nice well balanced IPA that has a nice hoppy flavor. A very good tasting beer that I would love to drink in again.

I recieved this beer as part of my Secret Santa haul, oner in a series of 3 Alpine beers and I am very happy to finally mark this Want off my list. Like I stated above this is a very good tasting beer and I would love having this again. Thanks Matt!

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

Appearance: Pours a fizzy golden peach toned orange with huge carbonation--a couple inches. Huge mid sized carbonation bubbles and swirl around the glass to the top. The head on this one's going nowhere. The head retention is amazing given that the bubbles are so big--they look like the type that are going to disappear at any moment, but they stick around impressively--I'm not sure at this rate I'll be able to get through to the beer. A beautiful pattern of sticky lacing.

Smell: A sweet bouquet of sugary, floral hops. There's a slight honey note, but it really does come across more as sugar and flowers. And of course, it's quite hoppy, but not really particularly bitter. There's a slight mowed grass smell to it--and even a bit of chives, as well as a slight rye element. Simple, light, hoppy, and nice, as it should be.

Taste: There's a mild sweetness here, but it's very slight, as is any bitterness from the hops. The taste is really largely predominated by a light floral and grass taste, and even a bit of green onion. There's a sweet citrus present as well, particularly as it warms up a bit. Very light, refreshing, and interesting. A bit more hoppy bitterness emerges as it warms, as does a very mild strawberry note.

Mouthfeel: Very large carbonation bubbles in the mouthfeel at first, which force the beer down quickly and leave behind a very dry aftertaste. The bubbles settle down quite nicely and what remains is tiny, crisp, and smooth. Turns out to be very well balanced.

Drinkability: goes down incredibly easily--not too harsh, bitter, or in your face, and done quite nicely. Could drink this one all night and not think twice about it. At the same time, it's quite unique and nicely done--I've never had a beer quite like this.

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Photo of scotvega18
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a southern tier tulip

A - as advertised a golden hazy body with a thin amount of eggshell white head. A pretty nice looking golden IPA. the hop haze and lacing are great as well.

S - Nice floral hop and rye off the nose. A subtle but nice smelling beer. The sweetness im smelling, although i expected it from the malt or rye, believe is coming from some rather citric hops. Really makes me look forward to having a sip...

T - The first taste is all citrus. And boy is it abundant. Take the freshest and sweetest mango youve ever had and double it. It follows up with some mild bitterness and finishes with that floral hop component again. Just an experience ever sip.

M - If BA hadnt told me this was 7 percent, i would never have guessed, the carbonation is nice and subtle.

Notes - What a surprise of a beer. This beer was a shock right off the bat and continued to please till the very last drop. I cant imagine how good this would be on tap but out of the bottle this was an experience.

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

Big thanks to Metallitone1, this was super fresh! I split this with a friend and it was entertaining. Orange color, not quite perfectly clear but maybe it was hazed from being too cold at first. I could barely taste the rye but the hops were certainly quite pungent and tasty and bitter! It had a real full feel to it, robust hoppiness. We drank a Duet right after and Nelson was much more interesting. Overall this was a good IPA but I'm not surprised given the source.

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

On-tap at Blue Palms,

A: Pours a vibrant yellow, with a full foamy white head which leaves generous lace.

S: Notes of rye, sweet malt, grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Rye is clearly evident with a spicy undercurrent which works well with almost herbal and at times and citrus notes of the hops. There's like a tropical fruit salad, orange, sweet wine, lemon, mango, very interesting.

M: Smooth, creamy, lots of carbonation, medium-bodied.

D: A nice beer from Alpine, a joy to drink, but I wasn't as blown away with it as I was with Duet, but a very good effort nonetheless.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have to say that if the stories are true about Nelson beeing not quite what it used to be since the Green Flash aquistion, I need myself a time machine to get back a year or so and try the original, because this was still pretty good. Yellowish staw color, just a tinge murky, with a finger of foam that stuck around a bit. The aroma is a nice blend of tropical and stone fruit; pear, mango, nectarine, grape, rounded out with an incredible floral quality. The taste is incredibly piney along with more of the aforementioned fruit flavors. Very rich mouthfeel for an IPA. Glad Alpine found its way out east!

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

22 oz. bottle purchased from Beverages 4 Less, poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly bleached golden peach in to my stemmed cervoise, and I should have eased back on the pour as soon as I noticed the frothy foam quickly forming, but alas - my failure to do so resulted in an explosive three finger white head erupting forth from this massively carbonated brew. The pillow of white marshmallow foam that sits atop a body teeming with large, sprightly effervescence is impressively rocky, sports some impressive retention, and leaves large patches of coagulated lace.

Aroma: Most of the reviews I've read of this brew - and, indeed, the side of the bottle itself - comment on the extensive use of Nelson Sauvin hops in this one. I presume this is what I'm smelling when I'm greeted by the massively floral, herbal bouquet that erupts from this glass. A nice amount of golden, honey sweetness provides an excellent backdrop for spicy, freshly-mowed grass, chives, basil, white grapefruit, and oranges. Very subtle, inviting, and approachable.

Taste: "Surprisingly dry" is my first thought, and "truly unique" is my second. The malts here are - though perhaps faintly roasted in places - mostly incredibly well-attenuated, biscuity, like water crackers or Wildflower honey that's, well, not sweet. Much dryer than in the smell, really. The rye is definitely present, and its earthy, almost dirty, spicy dryness - as well as the bonecrunching dryness (perhaps an overstatement) - really opens things up for a very herbal, floral, leafy hop profile. It's difficult at times to describe what I'm tasting: definite chives (which have been mentioned several times below) emerge from an allium-influenced though also decidedly herbal note; a large amount of white pepper-ish spice; basil; spearmint; some faint pine or rosemary; lavender; and the juicy but still dry citrus presences, orange, grapefruit, subtle tropical fruits. It's phenomenally complex and unique, and though that enhances the drinkability (insofar as drinkability is a factor of that "what on earth am I tasting, let me take another sip!" mentality), I'm a little mixed on the impact it has on the flavor itself.

Mouthfeel: The explosive carbonation continues to present itself, though it's a little more offputting here. The body is dry enough that the carbonation wreaks havoc a little, and though this helps in places - it doesn't come across as too cloying or too soda-like, as many sweet and highly-carbonated beers do, and the zip from the bubbles compliments the spicy zip of the hop profile - it also makes the body a little too rocky and uneven at times. Not a huge critique, and it does improve as it warms, but one worth noting.

Drinkability: A startlingly drinkable brew. The rye pairs masterfully with the unique elements of the Nelson Sauvin hop, making for a full-bodied, flavorful and aromatic brew that's drinkable not only by virtue of its reasonable abv% but also because of the aforementioned "what am I tasting?" effect. I keep getting new things out of this one, and that's really one of my favorite aspects of drinking and reviewing beer - that with four simple ingredients, a masterful brewer can evoke ten, fifteen, twenty, sometimes more identifiable flavors. Nelson - despite not being a perfect brew - is a perfect example of why I love reviewing beer, and in my mind, that makes it as drinkable as any beer I've ever had.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 4,055 ratings.
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