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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

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4,047
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
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Photo of FUNKPhD
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lucky enough to have this beer a few occasions, so I felt that it was time to review.

Pours out with a nice honey color, with the aroma of hops and citrus being noticed immediately. Gives a nice two finger head that sticks around for while before an appearance of descending. Hops are at the forefront, quickly followed by citrus, giving it a very satisfying grapefruit taste. Nelson leaves a nice extended stay tingle in the mouth, a very welcome guest.

Overall, this is a most excellent example of a double IPA done right. Unfortunately for me, its not readily available in my area, so feel blessed if it sits on your beer station's shelves.

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Photo of kungpao
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a world class American made beer.

A- A nice dirty dark blonde and very clear beer, very unusual considering the style. This thing is alive, obviously bottle conditioned, yeast floaties aplenty. Poured semi aggressively into a pint glass. Pours an impressive eggshell color 3 finger pillowy head with tons of retention. The head is reminiscent of Duvel... I'm impressed.

S- Citrusy, fruity, piny dank hops. This beer smells great. Definitely up there with some of the best IPAs available in terms of fragrance. Earthy rye and clean yeast are hidden somewhere amongst the dank hops.

T- Awesome. Slight bittering hops up front, followed by a TON of piney/ fruity hop flavor. I'm surprised that the rye didn't get lost amongst the hops but it shines threw at the end to help add to complexity and balance the lack of malts.

M- Amongst the best I've ever had. Chewy, thick, simply luxurious. A little bit more carbonation than I was expecting but it works well. This is probably the most memorable and unique quality of the beer, which is saying alot.

O- Excellent beer.

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden amber with two fingers of fluffy white head, sticky lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma and taste are both full to the brim of white grapes, giving it a flavor similar to white wine. Sharp hop blasts of grapefruit, musky wet grass and herbal notes, backed by a slight spiciness I assume is from the rye, which complements the hop profile perfectly. Also getting a bit of that catty, onion flavor I'd normally associate with simcoe, though in a much more subtle way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation and slightly dry, finish. Fresh, slightly acidic citrus notes linger on your tongue for longer than you can wait to take another sip.

Really a beautiful beer. Sometimes I feel I've reached a point where even the best Double IPAs taste repetitious. This one was refreshing - in more ways than one.

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Photo of jale
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jesse for this great beer.

A: Pours a cloudy light apricot with a huge white head. Lacing lasts quite a while.

S: Wonderful citrus aroma with just a hint of malt.

T: Great smooth citrus hops upfront moving into mild malt. Finish is a fantastic grapefruit hoppy bitterness.

M: Lighter side of medium body with great carbonation.

O: What can I say. Some of my favorite IPAs come from Alpine. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass

A - A golden burnt orange body that is clear and slightly bubbly with a medium sized white head.

S - Tons of awesome citrus and tropic notes that are big and bold but an unmistakable spice and rye and grassy earthen aroma as well. This not only brings in a nice complexity but gives the beer a natural rustic feel.

T & M & D - Just what you would expect from Alpine in terms of IPA and Rye. The beer opens with a citrus juicy hop bomb and then the spice and chew of the rye comes in on the back end without completely overwhelming the front end. Fantastic. The beer is medium bodied and is bold on the palate with the good intensity of the hops and rye spices.

O - Another great offering from Alpine. Rye makes an interesting addition to the IPA as it fully embrasses a spicy flavor profile and does not try to ease up on the palate at all.

-Cheers

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Photo of arukasa
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light amber, golden color with a thick, persistent head that leaves significant lace. Quite floral nose with light hops. Grapefruit nose becomes more prominent as the beer warms up.

There is a rye bite and bitterness that is amplified by the grapefruit nose. Light hop bitterness. This combination gives an almost salty "zing" that clears the palate. Good carbonation, smooth mouthfeel with a bitter salt/rye kick.

Overall, this is a great second or third beer that will cleanse your palate for what's next.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the third time I have been fortunate enough to have this beer. Thanks EHammond and Airfoil for this OUTSTANDING and one of my top 3 favorite IPA's.

A- Light straw, kind of cloudy, effervescent clarity on... the....

Oh the hell with this. This beer is amazing. Such a wonderful citrus hop aroma and flavor, so clean, so non-piney, so refreshing. Seriously, it's taking me about 6 minutes to almost nail this whole bomber on a 95 degree day. I have to force myself to slow down to appreciate it because it tastes SOOOO good but is so amazingly easy to drink.

Find it, trade for it, try it, you won't be sorry. Excellence in a bottle. Thanks Alpine!

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Photo of Janderson91
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one from dmsohyea, thanks Ian! This one was picked up at the time of the Expo release and enjoyed on 08/11/11.

A - Lighter color than expected. Pale straw yellow color. Clear with a one finger white head that leaves great looking lacing.

S - That signature fruity hop aroma that seems to come from all Alpine beers which I love. Big grapefruit and mango aromas with some sugary sweet malt behind it.

T - Similar to the nose, great stuff. Grapefruit up front and then comes some sweet malts and some rye spiciness. Finishes with a great fruity hop presence that lingers for a while.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Pretty light bodied with lively carbonation.

O - Overall, this is another great one from Alpine. Consistently making some of the best IPAs around.

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Photo of jm1229
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served on 8/6/11 into my Alpine pint glass. Picked this up from the brewery about a week ago.

A- Clear, golden orange with pale white head. Slowly dissipates into sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks really refreshing.

S- It's not even necessary to bring the glass up to my nose; I can smell this beer from a mile away and it smells absolutely amazing. So much fruit in this, it's like a Hawaiian buffet. Pineapple. Mango. Pine. Perhaps my favorite smelling single IPA of all time.

T- Follows the nose. Pineapple, mango, and pine. It's so juicy and delicious. Great bitter aftertaste. If it was socially acceptable (and perhaps a little cheaper), I would drink this with every breakfast. It's like juice! Crazy...

M- Maybe the one downfall of the beer is how drinkable it is. Since it's just a little thin, you want to constantly pour this down without one hesitation. Then again, carbonation is great, but if this was just a little stronger (tastes like there's NO alcohol in this), it could be perfection.

O- Alpine is one of my favorite breweries and Nelson is probably my favorite offering from them. This is a superb IPA and if you can find it, buy it. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (thanks sleepyhead!) poured into a tulip. Hazy straw color with a 1-finger white head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is a burst of bright grapefruit and juicy, mouth-watering orange. I could smell this all day long.

Taste follows nose: grapefruit, pineapple. This is a citrus bomb if I've ever had one. Simply delicious. And deliciously simple. Great, succulent mouthfeel too with a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Pale orange body that is crystal clear. All Alpine IPAs seem to be ridiculously clear. Great white head with beautiful pillowy lace. All Alpine beers look sexy, too.

Smell - Grapefruit hops, but they're not all that dominant. The rye makes it smell piney and a little grassy. I like it, even though I'm neither a fan of pine hops nor rye.

Taste - It has a great hop flavor up front with a nice rye taste as a backbone. It's super clean. Distinct crisp flavors. Again, rye isn't my favorite, but this is done so well I have to give credit. Nice bitterness in the end that I don't really get from other Alpine IPAs.

Mouthfeel - Perfect drinking IPA. Goes down so well. Light bodied, but enough to keep the flavors around.

Overall - It's just such a perfectly executed beer without the flavors I'm looking for. It's tough to rate, because it manages to make me enjoy flavors I don't normally enjoy. Well done, Alpine.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the bottle into a Smuttynose snifter, this is burnt orange with a two finger white head. Very nice, clean looking beer.

S - Piney hops, some sweetness. Lemon and grapefruit.

T - Out of this world. One of the best. Sweet and juicy hops, decent malty backbone, but not over powering. Bitterness on the tongue.

M - Good feel, just what you would expect. Not over carbed, no alcohol. Excellent.

O - Great beer. Pretty easy to get in a trade, so it ranks very highly. Love the taste, look and smell of this beer.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My last brew from a trip to Alpine a week or so ago. Wish I had more, but it's been a good ride!

A - Pours a golden yellow with a two finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lacing that sticks to the glass...

S - Smells very inticing. Grapefruit, oranges, peach, and various other citrus fruits. Scent comes through like a bowl of sweet fruit...

T - Sweet malts, grapefruit, lemon, peach, oranges, and a little pine. Ends on a smooth hop bittereness with some lingering grapefruit. Rye makes a slight appearance in the finish, but it is very subdued. Nothing is over the top or out of place here. Delicious. Abv is very well hidden

M - Very smooth. On the lighter side of medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation for the style. This is one of those beers that taste so good, and go down so easy; you can easily get yourself in trouble drinking. Ends crisp...

O - One of my favorites beers at the moment. Alpine strikes again with another exceptional brew. Now I just have to conjure up a way to talk the wife into heading back to Alpine...

Cheers...

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Photo of amphion1065
3.72/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the shot at this one Brian - I've been making quick work of that box! 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pour is pale, straw yellow. It reminds me of hay, with some orange highlights. The head is a touch small even with a vigorous pour, but there's some nice lacing around the glass.

I can detect tangerines immediately in the nose. There's a very classic citrus-forward hop profile in the aroma. I swear I can swell hay as well, though that may just be psychomatic. I'm picking up on a little bit of grass as well. This just smells fresh.

Taste follows closely on the aroma. I get lemons and mangoes up front, with a slight citric burn in the back end. Actually, it really reminds me of lemon or orange juice. There's a bitter, astringent finish, with a touch of fruity sweetness for balance.

It's a tad overcarbonated, which only serves to amplify that bubbly, citric burn in the taste. Quite drinkable, but if the carbonation were toned down the mouthfeel would really benefit.

More than fine, just not exceptional. Ultimately, I'd call it a little dull.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into DFH signature glass. No bottle date present, do any Alpine?

A: Pours a deep rusty orange color. Cloudy. Barely any head on this, 1/4 finger if that. Some lacing. Aggressive spin gives BRIGHT white head with tiny bubbles.

S: Nose is amazing. Tons of grapefruit! But also smells like champagne or dry white wine. Almost like sparkling cider or something non-alcoholic I've had in the past.

T: It's so clean. Really sparkling wine-ish. Crisp. The Nelson hops are amazing. Nice crisp finish. Tip of tongue hop bite, mild malt middle tongue, and clean bite to close. Really really like this one!

M: Light to medium bodied. Some chew, but not tons.

O: Another amazing brew from Alpine. Thinks this beats the Duet out as my personal favorite currently. Can't wait for the Expo.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ben for sharing! Poured into a tulip. Nice hazy orange color with a half inch head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

The aroma is orange candy and mango, slightly sweet.

The taste starts out a little sweet and follows with orange candy and a hefty dose of bitterness to balance out the sweet malt.

The body is medium, and this is pretty refreshingly drinkable with the smooth carbonation.

Well I am happy to finally have some Alpine, I really want some more!

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A truely exciting bottle from Randy in the Loko4locals Bif! Thanks homey! Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden color with a little bit of an orange hue. A nice cap of white head sits on top.

A little bit of sweet carmael in the aroma. Just a little bit of citrus hops in the background. A big orange aroma though. Big orange juice aroma. A little bit of a rye flavor. A big bitter hop flavor is a lot more noticable on the pallet than the aroma. Lots of juicy orange on the aroma.

Nice light body with good carbonation. A little bit sticky somehow. Overall pretty tasty here. Pretty malty for an IPA but ths is darn good.

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Photo of beerguru14
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour, Color, & Aroma:
I have the plea­sure of vis­it­ing the hills of San Diego many times a year due to hav­ing sev­eral of my wife’s fam­ily mem­bers liv­ing there. It just so hap­pens there is a gem of a brew­ery down the street called Alpine Beer Com­pany. They quickly became a place I made sure to visit any­time I was near. There­fore, Alpine being my favorite brew­ing com­pany, I wanted to review one of my go to sea­sonal brews.

This beer pours a nice cop­per gold with a slight hazi­ness. The head was a beau­ti­ful white color. Head retained itself for sev­eral min­utes leav­ing a nice lac­ing along the glass. The rye is promi­nent dur­ing the ini­tial sniff, fol­lowed by cit­rus, mostly a nice orange and grape­fruit aroma. There were also hints of caramel, bis­cuits, a bit of mango, a slight pear and another aroma that was hard to put my fin­ger on that could have been some­thing sim­i­lar to a cream/vanilla ice cream.



Taste:
This beer has a great fla­vor. There is a great hop pres­ence with a nice rye back­bone. The hops added a hand­some zesty grape­fruit to the already fla­vor­ful grain bill. Can’t imag­ine a rye beer that is more bal­anced than this. A hint of grape, orange and an earthy fla­vor slowly make its way up the palate. The malts are a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult to iden­tify only due to the other fla­vor pro­files that are right up front, but there was a faint caramel and bready flavor.



Fin­ish & Body:
The beer was light as well as very dry. The alco­hol gave me a slight warmth going down, and even at 7%, this beer was smooth! The beer could eas­ily be con­sumed due to its light body and very smooth finish.



Final Thoughts:
This is a great exam­ple of what a bal­anced rye beer should be. The brew­ers cer­tainly choose the best hops to com­pli­ment the rye used in the grain bill. The com­plex­ity of the beer would make this a dif­fi­cult beer for a new comer to the beer scene. If you are ever in the San Diego area, do your­self a favor and look these guys up! Prost!

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Photo of Chizoad
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pale clarity, and on the light side for an IPA. Very little head. Looking at it doesn't promise much.

Good aroma of hops, but little else. Citrus is mainly apparent.

Stupendous flavor that is dominated by lemon and shockingly the slightest bit of funk. Not particularly balanced but who cares, it's so good.

Nice, light and crisp. Perfect for a summer day.

Yet another great one from Alpine. No question in my mind that they make the world's best IPAs overall (nevermind that I haven't had all the IPAs in the world.)

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Photo of DearthVader
3.44/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured to my La Fin Du Monde tulip (thanks for the glass Alex!)

What a beautiful beer. Pours a clear golden yellow that shoots bubbles of carbonation ferociously to the top where it meats the billowing pure white 3" of foam. The head dissipates to a creamy crown and a thin layer of film over the top. Gobs of lacing clinging to my glass. Picture perfect.

Smell is maltier than expected. The sweet malts overpower the crisp citrus and rye I was expecting my nose to explode with. I still get hues of slight grapefruit and orange peel. Definite notes of earthy bark tones, and the nice hop finish.

Taste has a powerful punch of grapefruit, but yet again the malt takes over. Slight orange and lemon zest, followed by the nice slightly hopped finish.

Extremely drinkable beer and perfectly carbonated. A dangerous beer with a ABV, but I could imagine drinking these all summer long if more available.

I was definitely expecting more. I'm starting to wonder if this is an old bottle, which I would be very upset with the store I bought this from yesterday. I will most definitely revisit this beer and hopefully be able to come back in and change the scores a little bit. I have an insane amount of respect for Alpine and the things they do.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great foamage/lacing. Light yellow.

Outstanding smell, peaches, bitter light hops.

PEACHES, orange, bread, hops are mellow and smooth.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Never had an IPA like this. Light carbonation. Bitter/dry.

Great little IPA, taste is very fruit forward. My first beer from Alpine, I can see why they're so highly regarded.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bells snifter.

A- Two Finger off white frothy head dissipates slowly, nice lacing that sticks to the glass, very clear, golden straw color.
S- Nice hop forward beer, big grapefruit, pine, citrus, nice malt backbone.
T- Really bitter, typical west coast IPA, big grapefruit and pine flavors, some citrus and peach in the background, some spice, and slight malt presence as well.
M- Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, really bitter, crisp finish.
O- Solid IPA, out of all the IPAs and DIPAs from Alpine that I’ve tasted I would have to say this is my least favorite, still enjoyable though and a quality beer.

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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 armock
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to danwho for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit hops with rye spiciness

T - Starts off with the bitter grapefruit hops then the rye spices come out to balance things a bit

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is a pretty enjoyable beer I'm not all that into rye but this was still a pretty good tasting beer that's going down easily if your into rye IPAs this is a beer that's worth checking out

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Photo of iadler
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to DearthVader for sending this one.

A- Pours a clear gold with a nice two finger head that slowly dissipates into a nice white cap. Little bits of sediment floating around. Some nice spots of lacing are left behind

S- Fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, peach, pineapple, white grape, mandarine, peppery spice, funk, grass, pine and sweet malt. Very complex and intoxicating smell. My girlfriend could not stop smelling the beer.

T- Grapefruit, pineapple, peach. mandarine, white grape, rye, pine and some sweet biscuit malt. Has some floral and herbal hops including basil. There also seems to be this garlic/onion flavor that hurts the taste for me.

M- Medium carbonation and body and is pretty smooth. Finishes sweet with a good amount of herbs and a bit of orange.

O- A very interesting IPA. Not to familiar with Nelson Sauvin hops, but added some nice white wine qualities as well as the rye adding some peppery spice. I much prefer Duet and Pure Hoppiness over Nelson, that onion/garlic taste really got to me.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 4,047 ratings.
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