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Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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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4.38
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Photo of infinitebruner
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Biggtriksta
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised to find a couple of these just hanging around the shelves in my local beer store. I picked one up to give it a try. Well worth it! Very good, west coast style IPA. Tropical, juicy, drank, and highly drinkable at a decent 7% ABV. Very similar to other beers I've had from them. I recommend Alpine.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good IPA. Not sure if I would describe it as a world beater, but I would definitely buy again. It's a little more bitter then I prefer, but I assume that must be th characteristics of the Nelson Sauvin hops. Has a definitely tropical, grapefruit taste going for it.

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

Poured a cloudy golden body with one finger of bubbly white head. Overall impression of appearance is of an excellent IPA, very true to style. Scents of tropical fruit, especially tart passion fruit, a vinous dry white wine character, hints of mango and underlying notes of tart citrus with hints of lemon most noticeable alongside light tangerine and light vegetal hop notes and spicy rye malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a very nice rye IPA that showcases the best of the Nelson Sauvin hops along with the character of the rye. Bright and fruity describes it best. Flavor begins hoppy with notes passion fruit, oniony, vegetal hops, dry white wine, slight citrus peel and some spicy rye malt backbone. Middle continues vegetal flavors with passion fruit fading into the background, spicy rye and spicy hop flavors providing depth, lightly floral flavors and moderate notes of citrus peel. Finish is hoppy and dry with notes of vegetal hops, grapefruit peel, spicy hops and spicy rye malt and some light tangerine. Aftertaste is vegetal hops, grapefruit peel, spicy rye malt and light pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of an excellent Nelson Sauvin hopled rye IPA, bringing forth the best aspects of both flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an excellent IPA, true to form. Overall this is an amazing IPA. It uses two of my favorite ingredients, rye and Nelson Sauvin hops to create a complex and rich IPA.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (drink by March, 2016) poured into Belgian ale glass

L: Nice cloudy amber, typical of good IPAs. Big foamy head, good retention, lots of sticky lacing.

S: More tropical than citrus, I think. Some light malt.

T: Mango, other tropical fruit, some grapefruit. Light malts. Bitter finish. Very little alcohol.

F: A little off-balance on the finish, not bad. Lightly carbonated, light to medium body, fairly dry finish

It's good. Not backflip good like I see from some reviews, but good.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this one. Poured into my Dogfish IPA glass. Golden and luscious, worthy of it's World-Class rating. A tad bitter which may be my only critique here but not significant enough for me to detract that much. A unique take which is pulled off very well. Must be due to the Nelson Sauvin hops.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, vibrant and golden. Two finger white pillowy head. Smell is magnificent OJ/Mango, right up there with Heady and King Sue. Taste is pine and peppery. Bitterness is good. Lovely beer would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a lasting thin head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of citrus (grapefruit) with a mild minty spicing.

The taste is of grapefruit, lemon, leafy with a soft cracker-like malt balance. Minty, dry finish.

It is smooth. Alcohol well-covered.

This showcases the Nelson Sauvin hops wiell with a nice minty touch.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma is all citrus.
T - Citrus, bitter grapefruit upfront, malty with more bitterness on finish.
M - Medium mouth feel, medium carbonation.
O - My 3rd Alpine beer in the last week. Very good, and a little different from most IPA's.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours straw gold with a slight haze under a sticky 1” foam cap that quickly recedes to a thick film.

S: An aromatic blend of hop aromas including citrus, grapefruit, fruit, and a hint of white wine lightly spiced with rye.

T: Rich malts, grapefruit and a bit of white wine lead a palate that finished with an assertive yet pleasant hop bitterness. Has a solid malt backbone with traces of rye and light malty sweetness. Well balanced with medium malt, hop flavors and bitterness.

F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation. The carbonation is very soft.

O: A flavorful, well balanced beer.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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 dgmirelli
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
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 DudMan
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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 BeerDawgs
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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 emount91
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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 LAp
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of Hopped_head
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Sooooo fucking good. Robust citrusy, grapefruit nose and taste. A beautiful warm cup of pee look when poured in a glass. A mildly foreboding Sauvignon acidity though it's very well complimented by the huge citrus flavor. I highly recommend this beer.

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

Cloudy straw colored pour with a foamy white head. Huge citrusy aroma that has some notes of pineapple standing out. Taste is bright and juicy with tons of citrus (mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange all stand out) and a perfect balance of rye spice. Very bitter but not overpoweringly so. Rye takes over as the beer warms resulting in a bitter and spicy finish.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into pint glass

Hazy golden orange , thick white billowy one finger foam cap , great lacings

Aroma of pine, floral, tropical fruits, a bit of spice

Pine Hop taste on the back of the tongue,

Good sudsing, smooth, well balanced, lingering bitter aftertaste

Good beer

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Photo of MA_hops
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy, light golden orange in color, with a thin head.
S: Rye, citrus, dank hops, lemon, herbal.
T: Similar to nose. Dank hops pop out combined with a slightly bitter lemon/citrus finish.
M: Has a pillowy like mouthfeel, medium carbonation, slight bitterness.
O: Another solid Alpine beer!

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a yellow/orangish color with one finger of foamy white head. Smell is citrus and pine all over leaving you to believe this will be a hop bomb. The taste is not as bitter as you'd think from the smell. You definitely get citrus, probably grapefruit, and a piney flavor followed by a little bitterness. All of this is smoothed out by the European malt like the label says. The mouthfeel is exactly what you'd want from an IPA, good carbonation with a slight creaminess. I love finding Alpine beers out here in Missouri, hopefully the trend continues.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

nose is juicy, tropical fruits. tons of mango, pineapple, juicy tropical fruit. amazing. carbonation is a little light for the style and the i would like it to be a bit crisper in the body. over all an amazing, beer. will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of smanson56
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from Alpine. Poured a lighter golden yellow color into my tulip glass. The nose more floral than citrus with a lingering pine nose. The taste is slightly bitter but lacking in tropical fruits or much of this nature. The taste complex to me more so than most IPA's are but I am enjoying it. A good beer I'll look forward to enjoying again.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I would classify this beer in the category of "great American IPAs that I don't really love." While Green Flash's and Lagunitas' IPAs were the beers that turned me on to the style with their complex, juicy, yet gentle flavors, this one is more in the other direction. A hint of fruity flavors with a lot of bitter grapefruit basically drowning them all out, I'm not really sold on the Nelson Sauvin hop as an aromatic. Not a ton going on here, just a lot of bitter, rich hoppy resin.

Now the texture is a whole 'nother thing. Tons of foam, but it's thick and gritty like sea foam, not smooth and velvety like nitro head. Lots of resin and hop oils give a great, sticky texture that sticks around for a while into the dry, bitter finish. But overall, not a beer I need to go back for when I've found so many others I like. Oh well. Sorry to bring down the ratings, boys.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (Green Flash emblem is clearly shown) into a Belgain Tulip.

For starters I've never had Alpine beers from the Source. I have only had versions of the Green Flash era Alpine brews. Yet this one is speaking to me. This brew pours nearly perfect IPA SRM, you know what I mean!? Sunset Amber with an opaque texture, clearly it's unfiltered (which makes me like her already, she's a dirty girl with dirty intentions). Nice cloud white foam crowns this beaut...she's gonna give plenty of lace!

Next step in the enjoyment of the brew, the aroma. She smacking some veins with that fruity vibe and dank hop resins. It's a mixture of white grape skins and a bit of that marijuana earthiness. The "dank" is kind of aggressive with its touch. Backend has some berry notes and a touch of dried apricots. This is pretty banging.

Da Flavah? First hits with that rye sweetness that, in turn, slaps some spiciness to the tongue...I like what she is Sayin now! Second wave is Hoppy Goodness nice and green. The flavors of the oils explore the senses. This grabs that Hop Resin vibe with some fruity undertones. Nice Passion Fruit , and Grapefruit stand out the most. Then the Resin comes back for thirds and isn't slacking either. In the distant backend there's notes of Dill...weird. This finishes on time with a smooth dryness and a balanced spicy/bitterness. Aftertaste of Grapefruit pith and Hop Resin. This brew feels amazing on the palate. Nice medium smooth body and tight but not aggressive carbonation helps the flavors to pop on the palate.

Overall: I don't care who did what here, this brew is Outstanding! No wonder the high acclaim it's a well brewed IPA that captures the Hop in a drinkable fashion. The malts are there and add body and enough sweetness to carry the oils in a superb fashion. I see this being a repeat purchase. This brew is Recommended.

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.
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