Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

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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:
#187
Reviews:
832
Ratings:
4,131
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of zjhoffma
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Downtown Johnny Browns in San Diego. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Poured a clear orange with a fluffy white head that recedes to a nice haze and thick ring.
S - Incredibly pungent hop aromas that basically smells like the dankest weed you've ever had (sorry, it's all that comes to mind, and I don't even smoke). Quite vegetal, green, and slightly "catty". Very unique aromas, but I'm loving it!
T - Close to the nose, tons of vegetal, dank hop flavors. Very musky and green, but again, quite delicious. This was a challenging beer for me to review since coming up with descriptors was so difficult.
M - Medium-bodied, with a slightly sticky mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.
O - Again, a very unique beer, the Nelson hops bring so much to the party. I'd love to try this again, and will actively seek it out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deliciously rounded and profoundly unique with malt flavors of caramel and butterscotch balanced with citrus and winy notes- Nelson delivers the familiar wash of IPA flavors, but with a unique twist here and there to create intrigue and identity.

Pouring a firm orange camel color, the beer carries the standard hoppy hazy that allows only a mild glow to penetrate. Very well headed with a creamy egg shell white foam cap, the beer's froth retains remarkably and laces the glass with left over traces of foam. It's a sturdy looking beer.

Rich and zesty aromas seem to alternate from malty caramel in one whiff, but orange marmalade the next. Notes of herbs, grapes, citrus, and tropical fruits continue to emphasize the fruity-hop dominance of the ale.

Flavors are full of caramel, butterscotch, honey, and crisp grain as the barley makes a moderate impact on flavor. But what makes it's mark is the hops. Starting citrusy with the taste of grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, and a light mango flavor; the beer also weaves in the slightly woody flavors of white wine, juniper-gin, and sassafras for a truly unique counterpart to the ordinary citrusy-resiny hops. But the resin quality comes into play in finish with a decidedly bitter finish of drying hops, alcohol warmth, and light mint.

Medium bodied, the beer's early creaminess is quickly sheds, in favor of fleeting caramel malts, high hop bitterness, mild grassy astringency, and sappy closure. Only a linger of grapefruit bitterness reminds me of how dry the beer is and encourages a quick visit to the glass, much sooner than it should.

Although the beer has a lot of classic and intelligent characteristics that set it apart, the mild buttery taste gives the hoppy ale a rounded and rich taste while the winy hops give extra acidity with a somewhat twiggy taste. Likely considered flaws to some, the moderate tones of these properties give the beer more intrigue and seduction than they do deterrents.

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Photo of seanchai
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dtmets84
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to saru96!

Poured into my HF snifter.

Pours a dark amber with a light foam leaving a tiny bit of lacing.

Nose is rather tame. Citrus and very faint hops.

Taste is hops. Get that orange taste w some caramel malt notes

Decent body and the taste seems to linger.

Second time having this guy and I felt the first one did this guy better justice then this bottle.

After have expo hoppy yesterday this guy is a more subdued second.

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Photo of silentjay
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden color with a nicely sized pure white head that sticks around a while and leaves tonnns of lacing.

grapefruit, tangy tropical fruit, mango, a bit of spice, light rye bread, crackers.

juicy hops. not terribly bitter, but tangy and a bit sour like unripe mango with some peppery spice and grapefruit. light rye bread is definitely noticeable balancing the nelson hops.

lighter side of medium bodied with a nice supple carbonation that finishes pretty crisp but with a slightly tangy and sweet aftertaste. pretty refreshing actually.

another good hoppy offering from Alpine. good, but it doesn't redefine the style for me.

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Photo of Inglum515
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsander
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hophazzard
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kidzord
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fox82791
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NickSMpls
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An Alpine label in a bomber embossed with the Green Flash logo. Heard that GF bought Alpine, so that expalins that. Cloudy light orange-yellow pour with a very light head that quickly fades. Definite one-note aroma of piney hop, not much in the way of fruit. Taste is hops and softened with the rye and malt. This is a good solid West Coast IPA, but doesn't quite live up to the lofty score. Has the beer changed in ten years? That's possible. Alpine was not available in MN until recently.

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Photo of hopley
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of turbotype
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smarcoly
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH tulip glass with a smallish head. Nice yellowish-orange color which reminds me of a hefe.

I was extremely pleased with the aroma. I love the aroma of a hoppy IPA, but this one was different. More fruity (pineapple, grapefruit, citrus) than piney or floral. Does not have a signature IPA aroma.

Taste is a lot different than I expected from an IPA, but in a good way. Very mild on the hops which makes it easily drinkable for those who dont prefer hoppy bitter beer. If you are doing an IPA tasting with some buddies this is a great one to mix in as it adds a different tasting experience to a flight.

Mouthfeel was decent with mild to medium carbonation.

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Photo of LilLebowskiUrbanAchievers
4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IKR
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light Amber color with a modest-sized white head that faded fairly quickly.

Smell: Primarily Piney hop aromas with some citrus fruits thrown in.

Taste:The pine aromas carry over to the taste, but I also get some grape-like and citrus notes. The rye adds a bit of spicy notes. I can't really pick up the malts in the taste. The finish ends with the grape notes, a bit of rye spiciness and mild citrus notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: IPAs aren't really my thing but this is a good beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this one.
Poured in to Duvel Tulip.

A - Murky looking yellow colour with some brown. Looks kinda like swamp water. Opaque. A lot of visible sediment. Half a finger of bubbly white head. Very strange colour for an IPA.

S - Citrus and piney hops up front with a caramel malt sweetness noticeable in the background. Some spiciness is present as well.

T - Grapefruit, spiciness, caramel. A good amount of bitterness that lingers in the finish. A good malt backbone adds some sweetness and becomes more and more prominent as I continue to drink the beer.

M - Medium body, oily, chewy. Lightly carbonated.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of phingdong
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sebowski for the bottle.

Pours a clear golden hue with a nice sticky white 2 finger head. Leaves nice sticky lacing as it recedes.

Familiar tropical hop aroma with some pine and some funk in there as well. Smell of rye also comes through.

Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel that coats the entire palate. Taste mirrors the smell. Nice tropical hoppy fruit with a dank funk coming through nicely in the background. Very tasty beer. Maybe just a touch muted in aroma/taste compared to the best in this class.

My first beer from Alpine. I look forward to trying the rest of their lineup.

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Photo of Kjbober
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moose90
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a really pale and clear yellow with a thin white head on it, very light and not very appealing. Minimal lacing.

S — Smells of fresh pine and citrus, very earthy and herbaceous, like a pine cone or pine needles. Rye spice.

T — Tastes like the forest in the best possible way, big fresh pine notes, like chewing on a pine needle, very crisp and clean.

M — LIght to medium bodied, adequate carbonation, very refreshing.

O — Very nice IPA from Alpine again, very unique piney hop note on this one.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy orange body with one finger head and lace patches on top of an aroma that is both citric and grapefruit hop infused along with some spices and possible touch of citric acidity and sourness (I assume the Nelson). Medium bodied, rather a more grape/tropical fruit like sweetness but balanced with both dry hoppiness and dry, bold malts (I assume this is the rye). A really enjoyable IPA that doesn't fit the norm and has a little bit of everything.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 4,131 ratings