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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:
4,101
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,360
Gots:
661
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,101 |  Reviews: 826
Photo of jtaylord
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

L: Moderately hazy golden-straw with a white head and visible effervescence. A bit of lacing

S: Big pungent tropical hop notes with some citrus behind them. Guava and passionfruit all the way, with lemongrass and puckering citrus notes of kefir lime and the like. Very balanced malt backbone taking the sideline, with the rye adding a hefty dose of spiciness.

T: More juicy tropical hop notes with very restrained bitterness, and some white wine character upfront. Just enough malt to keep everything in check, with a bit of rye character to boot, but otherwise decently dry. Relatively short finish for an IPA, but very pleasant and with more bright fruit, some bready malt and a little bit of grassiness at the very end.

F: Medium body with pretty moderate carbonation. The carbonation is very tight-knit, giving the beer a fluffy mouthfeel.

Overall: Quality tropical IPA, and very drinkable. The rye is restrained enough not to take the spotlight away from the superb tropical hoppiness.

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Photo of Userme59
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chucker17
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of SRBush1974
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanfox81
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dgmirelli
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

beer monger just got these for the holiday so I had to put in basket - pours a gorgeous golden orange deep hazy color with great foamy head that dissipates well smell is very tropical: ripe mangoes and clementines for a great citrus approach very little malt taste is taste you get that tropical taste and a definite rye background which i was surprised to be able to decipher taste continues to develop as the beer warms. feel is very appropriate for taste, holds it all together great carbonation level. overall a very good beer, would definitely get again.

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Photo of Brewski
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DudMan
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with nice head and lacing. Nice citrus grapefruit smell. Taste is grapefruit up front but mellows as it finishes. The rye adds a nice touch. Smooth. I would definitely buy this again.

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

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Blond, cloudy, 1 finger of head and some slight lacing

S - grapefruit, hop juice, rye and spices

T - Citrus, oranges, lemon, grapefruit, and nice malty backbone

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - An awesome, well balanced IPA.

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

Photo of Mealhouse
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris77McGrath
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjklaus1
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emount91
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a gorgeous golden hazy color with foamy head that dissipates moderately. smell is very tropical: mangoes, peaches, citrus, ripe everything. very little malt smell, maybe a sweet fruity one. taste is underwhelming when compared to smell. you get that tropical taste, but there are also grassy notes and a big rye background. maybe I'm just not a fan of rye. taste gets even more mild as the beer warms. mouthfeel is very appropriate for taste, holds it all together. overall a very good beer, would definitely get again, despite high prices for a bomber.

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Photo of RobDB
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of jpuetz
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KidSalami
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAp
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into two stemless wine glasses (somewhere between a table-glass and a snifter). Pours an intensely hazy peach-straw color with a rapidly dissipating 1 finger white head leaving mild lacing with good moderate retention. Nose is dry piney hops and bright citrus fruits - lemon, orange, and kiwi. The palate opens with fruits very much in line with the nose: kiwi most prominently, with lemon undertones, which then give way to a strong hop body, with appropriately subtle rye notes. Rye so commonly overpowers the IPAs it inhabits, but in this case, it is a perfect companion, adding to the flavor and deepening the complexity, without dominating the palate. A not-insignificant malt presence is perceptible on the back-end of the palate. The mouthfeel is medium, chewy, with mild to moderate combination. Overall, an extraordinary IPA, with a phenomenal level of complexity, though the malt elements are perhaps more dominant than is fashionable in modern-day IPAs. The one-line assessment: a tremendously layered beer, well worth the purchase.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 4,101 ratings
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