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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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4,063
Avg:
4.38
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8.68%
 
 
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Photo of NickSMpls
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
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 yamar68
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to quirkzoo for this one!

Hazy honey golden body, tons and tons of beading, dense milky finger of paper white head leaves tremendous gobs of lacing.

Hops explode from this beer... syrupy mango/citric sweetness gives my nose an orgasm. So intense, massive stuff. Faint spicy herbal qualities, fresh oranges, just delightful I think. Grapefruit bitterness evolves as it warms.

Incredibly thick tropical fruit, definite Sour Diesel flavors are everywhere, pleasant bitterness transitions into a clean, thirst quenching finish.

Overall, I can see why this beer is so highly sought after. I could drink only this beer everyday for the rest of my life and die happy.

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Photo of scottoale
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nelson Rye IPA on-tap and cask conditioned at O'Brien's today...This is an IPA, definetely not an APA as listed, but what the heck...who really cares?

Served in a pint glass, a very yellow-straw gold with a 1/2" white foamy head and some very sticky resinous lace...looks like liquid gold! Very cloudy, much like a wheat, but it's rye.

The smell is delightful, grapefruit orchard and a pine forest mixed into one. Very aeromatic and refreshing essence...just makes you want to taste it!

The taste mimmics the smell, full-blown grapefruit that turns into a pine wallop, a classic IPA flavor with character and a unique balance that finishes clean and crisp.

The alcohol is very well masked in this medium bodied ale of bliss. Too easy to drink as well as a hot weather pleaser. You don't want to miss this one...another winner from Alpine!

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a howler on the day it was tapped. A vigorous pour produces a thick, creamy, light tan, two finger head on top of an orangish tan, slightly opaque beer. The smell knocks you over with fresh citrus and woody/piney hops. There is also a spiciness to it. The taste is bitter hops resin, and a woody, floral spice. The citrus comes through less on the taste than in the nose. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Overall a great beer I'm happy I had the chance to try. It's a unique flavor.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber thanks to Mikesgroove. No bottle date, so no way to tell how fresh this is. Poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Cloudy light copper color. The pour drops a two finger head that retains well and leaves nice lace.

A: Sweet floral and citrus hops right away. I do get a malty sweetness as well. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and some spicy herbal qualities.

T: Strong hop profile with notes of citrus and pine sap. A touch maltier than what I was expecting from a West coast ipa. This leads me to beleive this may be a touch past it's prime. but nonetheless, a fine tasting brew. It finishes bitter and dry.

M: Medium body. A touch light on the carbonation, means, this is just a bit too thick on the palate.

O: Really nice nose, pretty nice flavor, below average on the mouthfeel. But all in all not bad. I would really like to try this super fresh, as I think it would be supurb. But, have to rate what's in front of me. Skal.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber with a rising white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves a nice ring of lace with each sip.
Smells of some nice citrusy, grassy hops. There's a nice, sweet malt backbone to support the hops. Nothing is overpowering or overwhelming, just a nice sipping IPA.
Feels rich and creamy and leaves a lingering sweet residue. Well done for an American IPA.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.19/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at City Tap House Logan in Philly. Served in your basic pint glass. Very little character from the servers, which reflected on my love of this beer. I've had other Alpine's and LOVED them! Again, environment has a lot to do with perceived taste. I hope to have another somewhere else so I can edit my review.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber with best by date exactly 60 days into the future. Not sure when this was born, but seems relatively fresh. Cloudy, golden hue with foamy, white head. Looks to be well carbonated.

Smells piney, with strong citrus notes. Grapefruit mostly. Mouthfeel is rather chewy and finishes dry. Clean finish, but not quite crispy. Flavors are bold grapefruit with some pine undertones. Really refreshing and clean ipa. No signs of the alcohol, just a lot of citrus and medium bitterness that grows to the finish.

Overall and excellent, easy drinking ipa. I haven't had a lot of the Alpine beers, but I'll be seeking them out.

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

This beer pours a cloudy light golden yellow color. It boasts a huge thick fluffy white head, with a slight yellow tint. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a strong citrus hop aroma. It smells of lemon, and orange. It smells slightly sour also. A slight piney aroma is present.

This beer tastes slightly sour. Not like a lambic, just subtly sour. It has a citrus flavor. Orange is dominate, with some lemon mixing in. Some piney hops are present, but only slightly. The rye flavor is quite appealing.

This beer is very smooth. It is also very crisp and refreshing. It leaves a citrus aftertaste. Almsot a lemonade like aftertaste, just not as sour.

I think that this beer would make a good session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, at 7.2%, but it is very well hidden. I could drink this all day long. Since I have a growler, I probably will.

Overall: As usual, I am not let down with Alpine Beer Company. This is another winner to add to the list of great Alpine brews.

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Photo of tzieser
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash version. Poured from 750ml(?) bottle into a standard pint glass.

L: hazy golden in color with a white head that quickly settles into nothing. Looks like a glass of grapefruit juice. Pretty below average to be honest. Luckily we don't drink beer for it's looks. After pouring the sediment the head improved a bit but not much

S: a wonderfully hoppy nose. Tons of Nelson sauvin, showing off its prolific aromas of citrus and grape. Literally smells like a blend of grapefruit and white grape/wine. Malt sweetness in the back. Nice

T: loads of citrus hop flavor, notes of white grapes and hints of white wine all balanced by a nice spicy/sweet malt backbone of rye.

M: good mouthfeel.

O: A remarkable IPA that does more than enough to differentiate itself from an already overcrowded style. One of the best in it's class. Recommended.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-amber haze with a medium thick foamy white head. Good retention and lacing left behind. Citrus and dank hop aromas right up front. Slight resin hop tinge in the back ground. Smells like good things are going to come. Taste is incredibly well balanced, with fantastic notes of citrus, dank hops, and a splash of orange and lemon at the end. Fantastic. Mouth feel is smooth and filling. It has a great consistency to it that makes it feel like it could be served as a dessert course on a summer picnic, or downed pronto after a mountain bike ride. Overall, stupendous. Love the packaging on top of everything else. Just wish I could have it in 6 packs of cans or at least smaller bottles to take camping.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

Poured from a bomber bottle again gotten via trade with dabecassis. Thanks to him. Poured into my SN tulip glass.

A: Ok, I see reviewers stating the color was a golden color, my beer was anything but that. Color was clearly a light brown mixed with a deep orange that was cloudy beyond belief. A big fluffy white head stays on top.

S: Alpine surely makes some citrus quality beers. This one had an aroma of grapefruit, orange and sugar sweetness. A bit of wheat and probably the rye pokes out.

T: Massive hoppy grapefruit flavors with some orange, tangerine, lemon, grass and some pine mix with the sugar sweetness that does not back down. The rye pokes through at the end to add a spicyness to the beer. Finish is smooth without much bitterness. Another great beer by Alpine.

M: Medium, creamy, smooth, slightly bitter and a hint of alcohol.

D: High, what another great beer to drink.

Overall another winner by Alpine. Boy these beers rock. So damn fruity and easy drinking it should be a crime. Great job Alpine, come to PA please.

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Photo of Jonada
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of a white, soapy head with good retention and lacing. Body is lightly hazy with good visible carbonation.

Smell: Orange, pineapple, nectarine, mango and lightly grassy. Overall smells super juicy.

Taste: Light malt sweetness followed by grapefruit, pineapple, orange/tangerine rind and a slight dankness in the finish. Bitterness is surprisingly mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an almost soft mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall: Excellent IPA. Awesome flavor and super drinkable. Definitely worth seeking out.

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

Bomber poured into my trusty pint glass.

A: Pale gold with hints of amber in color. One finger pillowy white head that doesn't quit. Big chunks of lacing left behind.

S: In your face grapefruit, light malt sweetness, a bit of pine as well.

T: Tangy grapefruit, light sweet caramel, dank, pine and resin hops.

M: Very smooth. Light to medium bodied. Clean crisp finish.

D: Great for 7% abv. Very happy I tried this beer, definitely gonna purchase again.

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

What can I say. As I sat and enjoyed my pint of Neslon I couldn't get the grin off of my face. Light, slightly peppery malt backbone with a dry finish (just a little bit of sweetness), allows for a perfect canvas for the Nelson Sauvin hops to come alive. Big tropical notes, and the expected 'white wine' notes in the background. This lived up to the Alpine hype that I have been hearing for so long. One of the highlight beers of my SD trip.

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

This was the second post football beer of the day. No La Playa for me. Started with Pliny. Very classy. Then moved on to a top100 and knocked Nelson off the list, which describes itself as a Golden Rye IPA.

So I expected golden and got it. Murky gold with sweet head and nice lacing. The straw of it isn't that appealing, but it looks like a well built beer from the first pour. Smell is interesting - the bottle describes as white wine, and truthfully that's there. Hops too, but of a variety that I'm not totally familiar with. Taste exhibits much more of the rye that's advertised. Not to my liking really, but if you're a rye fan, it definitely matches that rye bitter with the hops nicely. Also a tingle of sweetness.

Drinkability is what it is - for the flavor it's great, for me it's not. At 7.10% you can probably carry two bottles for the evening and really enjoy its medium body. Thanks, Martin, for the trade. This was a pleasure to taste.

Now if only it weren't named Nelson because of the hops, but after the Simpsons character. Hah haaah.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden-apricot color with a nice 1 finger bubbly white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

Very nice nose with notes of grapefruit and other citrus hop notes along with tropical fruit like mango and papaya.

Flavor also is very nice with a very nice, different distinct rye flavor with a mild spiciness. Very nice balance with mild floral and citrus hops notes, malty rye and a sweet caramel apple-like aftertaste.

Mouth is very light and smooth with a pleasantly surprisingly low carb. for the style.

Overall a very nice rye that's very different than any other I've had. All around a very nice beer and extremely easy to drink. A must find.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold, with lots of little sediment particles floating in the brew. A massive pillowy sudsy foam head lasts forever, leaving clouds of sticky chunky lacing on the glass as the brew is consumed.

Aromas of citrus, green grapes, green hops, and ocean saltspray. Although you can smell lots of hops were used, there is nothing overboard, just a smooth inviting aroma.

The taste is quite different from the usual IPA and is quite laid back. At first there is some sweet malt, then a slightly bitter citrus hop taste kicks in, but then a bit of a grapy taste that adds a sub-layer of subdued sweetness (somewhat like Sauvignon Blanc, whence the Nelson Sauvin monicker comes from). Citrus rind prevails in the long finish.

Body seems a little more viscous than is typical of the style, as the yeast and other sedimentary particles remain in suspension. Ample carbonation gives this a somewhat creamy, as opposed to crisp, mouthfeel. The hops approach tongue numbing levels.

This is a very drinkable IPA, a different IPA with a unique aroma and taste, due to the Nelson Sauvin hop variety. Might be good to compare with Mikkeller Nelson or another Alpine beer like Exponential Hoppiness.

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Photo of thebeers
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptionally clear orange-straw color with a finger-and-a-half of white head and heavy lacing. Subtle floral aroma, with orange, peach, grapefruit and lemon peel in the background, definitely reminiscent of white wine, as advertised. The fruit carries over to the taste, perhaps more than balanced out by a stronger-than-expected hop bitterness and clear rye character in the malt. Medium bodied, slightly creamy with good carbonation. Very glad to have tried this one.

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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 MiScusi
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/9/09
Pint had at O'Brien's. Flavor was amazing and it was what I thought was missing in the growlers I purchased back in December. Grapefruit was bursting out of this beer like crazy. Light Grape-like flavor as described for the Nelson Sauvin hop was there as well. Just an amazingly tasty beer, which had been lacking for one reason or another in my growlers from the batch in December.
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Growler filled 2 days ago.

A- Very light, gold, almost yellowish. Head builds up doesn't stick around that long. Just love the very light color of this. You could easily think this is a pils.

S- Big grapefruit. Also some of that juicy catty type flavor like you get in Gumballhead. The Pacific Brew News guys nailed that one... it is very much like Amarillo hops.

T- Hard to say what hop flavor I'm getting... maybe a tad fruity, a bit green. Hops taste really fresh. Nice bitterness the whole way and finishes pretty clean with only a small, soft lingering bitterness. I wish I could detect where the rye comes in here, probably cause the of lack of rye in my diet.

M- This serving is actually quite creamy- for an IPA, as light as the body is it must be the 7% alcohol slicking it up a little.

D- Really good. Doesn't leave a harsh bitterness like so many beers, which I do love, but this is very nice having a fairly clean hoppy finish.
4.5/4/4/4/4 = 4.1

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Urbancaver for sharing.
From notes

A - clear golden yellow body, with a medium white head.

S - sweet (tropical fruits) and citrusy hops. It's great!

T - tropical fruit, mild citrus bitterness

M - a little bit flat, dry, medium-bodied.

O (D) - very nice IPA, would love to try this again.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a very pale shade of gold with a solid two finger head. Smell on this is citrusy with a tad bit of onion. Otherwise it's a pretty crisp scent. The taste is similar. Citrus foreground with a fade into onion. I typically don't like that quality even a little, but the citrus helps out tremendously. The finish is clean and crisp. Minimal bitterness or aftertaste of any variety. Overall, another solid Alpine IPA.

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Photo of Lunch
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bomber courtesy of the very generous volatilesther into my 22oz. HopDevil nonic pint glass at the appropriate temperature (03/24/10).

A: Pours a very odd shade of light brown that looks like no other beer I have seen, but I like it. Capped by 2+ finger of a white foam with excellent retention and some nice ringed lace.

S: Aroma was very pleasant and filled with a great variety of pine and citrus hops and a faint malt backbone. The rye in this one is certainly there, but not nearly as overpowering as some.

T: The rye and pine hops hit first and leave a pleasant bitterness. Citrus comes next with some orange and grapefruit. I'm really enjoying the integrating of the rye in this one.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation and just a bit of lingering bitterness and rye.

D: Extremely easy to drink and 7.1% is nowhere to be found.

Overall this was nice American IPA with rye, which was expertly balanced. If you are looking into trying a great IPA with hint of rye, this is your beer. Thanks again Esther! Recommended.

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