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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
Ranking:
#187
Reviews:
826
Ratings:
4,101
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,360
Gots:
661
Trade:
17
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Ratings: 4,101 |  Reviews: 826
Photo of jaymo18
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBucks
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EgadBananas
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky, light tangerine colour, with a whitish head. Little bits of lace. Aroma is tropical fruits, mango, herbal tones, and juicy citrus. Mirrored quite well on the taste with the sweet orange, mango and fruits. Mild bitterness, full of flavour. It's got a nice substantial feel, lower carbonation, but pleasant. Super easy to drink.

This is great. It's not a bitter bomb, but it's just a super flavourful, easy drinking IPA!

Thanks Alex! (LSUPT)

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

Photo of LehighAce06
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellow straw in color. Massively hazy with a fingernail of eggshell around the rim. The aroma is tropical fruit with notes of mango and passion fruit. I love the taste in that the earthy rye blends seamlessly with the tropical hops. The mouth is slightly sticky, chewy, and crisp.

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Photo of jak
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
3.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrebeka
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Alpine on 4/2/14

A-Pours a light tangerine hue with a nice, 1.5 finger frothy white head that leaves decent lacing on the way down.

S-Grassy, Citrus, tons of grapefruit, mixed with light sweet fruits.

T-Bready and a tad spicy that leads into lots of citrus, blood orange, tangerine, grapefruit and has a nice bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O-This was wonderfully complex and balanced and one of the best IPAs i’ve ever tasted, bar none.

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Photo of brpendergast85
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of dsshuck
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very pale yellow with a tall pillow like head. Okay retention and light lace.

S: Nice bold grapefruit aromas, orange, and tropical fruit. Aroma is very juice like.

T: Wonderful grapefruit flavor. Notes of green grass, and floral like perfume.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation.

D: Very tasty and damn drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yes to this! Nelson pours a golden-straw color with a sharp citrusy hop aroma. It’s bitter and drying at the end, and I couldn’t get enough of it. (Yes, it’s a highly hyped beer and yes, it lived up to that hype.) I want another.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bcm75
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of 57md
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark straw color with well over a finger of head. As the head dissipated, it left rings behind on the mug. The hoppiness on the nose is potent, the malt backbone is solid and the hop bitter finish rivals some of the best DIPAs. There is also a sweet citrus fruit note on the finish that complements the hop bitterness.

In short, one of the best single IPAs available.

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Photo of Kmlund
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

AP: Deep straw, fairly lively carbonation, big bubbled, continuous 1/8" white head. Sticky lace, very slight haze.

Ar: Light funk. Papaya? fruity, citrusy, pithy. The label tells of grapefruit aromas, I do not get that.

T: Dry wine? more citrus fruit. Hops are the star of the show. Malt is almost nonexistent. There's a touch of fleshy fruit also. I have no clue what gooseberries are supposed to taste like, but nelson hops are supposed to taste like them. This may be the flavor I'm getting

M: Dry, bitter, resinous. This is how I want my IPAs to feel.

O: A touch lighter in color than I expected. I finally got to try this sober, by myself, and not during a bottle share. I feel like my expectations of this were higher because every time I've had it, it has been in 2-4oz increments, after already wrecking my palate. I can't wait to get out to California and visit the brewery.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler acquired in trade with WeeHeavySD.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and rye. Tastes of citrus, pine, the same tropical fruitiness, rye, and toasty.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/14/09

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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 4,101 ratings
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