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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
Ranking:
#188
Reviews:
826
Ratings:
4,093
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,355
Gots:
661
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,093 |  Reviews: 826
Photo of SovereignGood
4.35/5  rDev -2%
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 GreatStoutman
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber with best by date exactly 60 days into the future. Not sure when this was born, but seems relatively fresh. Cloudy, golden hue with foamy, white head. Looks to be well carbonated.

Smells piney, with strong citrus notes. Grapefruit mostly. Mouthfeel is rather chewy and finishes dry. Clean finish, but not quite crispy. Flavors are bold grapefruit with some pine undertones. Really refreshing and clean ipa. No signs of the alcohol, just a lot of citrus and medium bitterness that grows to the finish.

Overall and excellent, easy drinking ipa. I haven't had a lot of the Alpine beers, but I'll be seeking them out.

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Photo of Beerdsley419
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pale yellow color, hazy, 1 finger thick sudsy white head that reduces into a the ring. Minimal lacing

S - smell is somewhat subdued but very pleasant. Biscuit, orange and grapefruit present with a dank hoppy background

T - grapefruit and orange come through amazingly well with a nice touch of biscuit, the hops really come trough this beer perfectly adding a dank, piney aspect that really goes great with the citrus. true to smell. Has some bitterness that is enjoyable

F - medium bodied, medium carbonated, good

O - This is a fantastic beer

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Photo of phowar00
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of webweb2
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldGriz
4.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hophead7117
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlakeH215
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nhoelzen
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of captainkrad
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carlso_aw
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at a local (excellent) bar. The rye flavor was pretty good, but not outstanding. Ideally, a rye IPA is an excellent IPA with a just more kick. This tasted like a pretty good IPA with some rye.

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

Photo of driftlessbeer
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jae61
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jspaner
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Smconnor
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ucmike11
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of infinitebruner
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

January 14, 2016

16.6 oz. bottle, tulip

A – Medium gold, bright even though it’s mildly hazy. An inch of somewhat craggy, bright white foam sits atop the liquid, with long slow retention.

S – Grapefruit juice, a touch of kiwi, and lemon spritzer all contribute to a strong, dominant hop profile. Light, crackery malt with a bit of sourdough bread impression.

T – A whole lot of grapefruit, perhaps of the ruby red variety, with a light lemon note in the background. Flour/cracker malt profile. Bitterness comes and goes but is strong on the finish and aftertaste.

M – Slightly sweet and slick, not as sudsy/carbonated as it appears to be, though still moderate. Medium body. Bitterness rises and takes over on the finish. At no point is there any real balance are harmony.

O – Fantastic aroma and flavor, lacking in the mouthfeel. Never quite feels cohesive.

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Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.96/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of KMcG
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breadman73
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blinkyoureyes
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 4,093 ratings
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