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
Ratings:
4,075
Reviews:
825
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
Wants:
1,360
Gots:
660
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 4,075 |  Reviews: 825
Photo of Hayden34
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cale_dooper
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of zjhoffma
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rhong187
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer is a murky golden color that showed a big head.

Smell - Rye and citrus hops compose the nose.

Taste - The beer is very rye forward, but it is not over the top. Caraway seeds are almost detectable. The hops come into view with citric tendencies. The hops grow more bitter toward the back.

Mouthfeel - Witg the giant head, I would not expect any carbonation to be left. But there it was.

Overall - This has to be among my favorite rye beers.

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Photo of kalenclayton
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Studfarm69
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gerasimos
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Burgh1328
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edthehead
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ginsbera
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EEscobar
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of do_ob
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter. Hazy golden in appearance with moderate translusence. Big ol' pillow head of white foam on top. Looks nice. Big aroma of hop resin, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, and a touch of rye spice. The taste is very citrus and rye/malt forward. A very nice hop bitterness creeps in middleways and takes the wheel, leaving this beer to finish like a true West Coast IPA. The feel is very, very smooth and creamy, possibly the smoothest IPA I've ever had.

This is very good. I've passed this up on the shelf before because of the price, but it's worth it once in a while.

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Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RodSmith
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eden
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty darned ungood. 6/16

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Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy orange color with bubbles clinging to the glass in the body of the brew, leading up to a 1-2 finger foamy off white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes , dissipating very slowly and leaving very good spotty foamy lacing. Second pour from bottom half brought out a much better head and left foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of pungent lemon zest, red grapefruit, clementine, yuzu and all things lemony, with a potent citrus hop aroma from the Nelson Sauvin. Some biscuit, toasted grains and crackers show up but get pushed aside by peppery spices, dry floral hops and rye. A whiff of coriander peeks through, and there is a good degree of balance, but this is basically all lemon and grapefruit in the nose with a nice helping of rye.

Tastes like it smells with the lemon, red grapefruit, clementine, yuzu and juicy citrus hops jumping all over your palate at first, then allowing some of the malt base to come through with biscuit, toasted grains and crackers. Some soapy fruit aspects like a rotting pineapple or guava come with the taste, along with faint caramel and graham cracker. The finale is the spices, pepper, dry floral hops, rye, coriander and other spices that are peppery like dry floral hops. The rye must be bringing those peppery spices and taming the bitterness a bit, which is still very high and a little too bitter for me. It's complex yet on the basic side, hiding the ABV beautifully.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with mild carbonation, a medium body that slides down easy due to it's thin nature, and then zaps you with bitterness before fading semi-dry and leaving lemon and toasted grains as the lasting flavors. Overall a very good beer, but I liked Hoppy Birthday and Pure Hoppiness better than this.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JaredSammy
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rpop11
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdamSkylar
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Volsdawg10
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 4,075 ratings.
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