Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

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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

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 elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
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 siege06nd
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.50
Purchased: Jan. 5, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 5, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with one finger of off-white head. Good amount of sporadic spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention.

Smelled grapefruit, pine, orange rind, citrus hops, floral hops, spices and resin hops.

Tasted grapefruit and initially it reminded me of a toned down Pliny the Elder. Pine, resin, citrus, orange rind, tangerine and light caramel malts, all in a pretty bitter form.

Light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, bitter, citrusy finish.

This beer lived up to the hype. Just fantastic.

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

Photo of jak
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brpendergast85
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy pale yellow in color. Forms a smallish white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: Loads of sweet tropical fruit. Orange, mango, passionfruit. A little pine in the mix with an obvious sweetness.

T: Very light, sugary sweet malt base. A bit of the rye spice. Then lots of citrus hops: grapefruit, orange, mango. Finishes a mild bitterness and even more sweetness.

M: On the lighter side of medium with appropriate carbonation.

D: With the low malts, this one is a very easy drinker, though, for me, the sweetness is a bit much.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical hop flavor. Pineapple, mango, apricot, nectarine, peach, and grassy hops followed by bready, biscuity, toasted, and caramel malts

Taste: Awesome hop flavor followed by a balanced malt bill, light bitterness, and some chewy notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, light bitterness, a little chewy, crushable, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Yeah, I'll drink this one again. Delicious and tasty.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deapokid
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 3/14. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden color with a full finger of creamy white head. Carbonation is lively and the lacing is dense and sticky. This one was getting me excited from first glance.

The aroma of pineapple and orange is quite heavy. The rye malt acts as a backbone, which makes for a fresh, floral scent with just a dash of black pepper.

Taste is fruity and refreshing up front with a hint of rye saltiness and dry malt on the back end. There's a really nice differentiation between flavors and the hop bite is not strikingly aggressive, which makes for a balanced and unique IPA.

The mouth is like an exhibition of two distinct flavor types (sweet and savory) while the liquid itself is creamy and dry. It manages to be complex and easy to drink at the same time.

It's certainly serendipitous that I drank this the day after I had Oskar Blues GUBNA. This IPA is exactly what that beer isn't. It's a successful display of how well a strong malt and bitter hop pair with the sweet pucker of citrus fruit.

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Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of N1Nkasi
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Barracudas
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

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

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - lightly hazed golden color with a white head that thinned leaving some bits of lacing.

S - tropical fruit, citrus rind and a hint of rye malt.

T - very nice blend of fruity hops, rye spices and citrus rind bitterness.

F - light/medium bodied it goes down very easy.

O - very tasty, highly recommended.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Petegrieco
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IckyT2012
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

22 oz bottle poured in a stemmed, tulip style glass. Coppery color and nice carbonated white head on the beer after the pour. Outstanding rye IPA. The golden rye adds a touch of spiciness to it really balancing it out, but then it hits you on the palate with all the hop goodness.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA on 7/11/09.

A - Clear golden body with no carbonation and slim off-white head that diminished to a patchy veil and left virtually no lacing.

S - Spicy and leafy hops with a slight catbox character, as well as a prevalent citrus character with lots of orange and grapefruit notes. Floral qualities also emerged as it warmed. Very aromatic hop profile overall.

T - Nelson Rye features a really complex hop profile with sweet, spicy and juicy characteristics that are balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Finish is spicy dry due to the addition of the rye malt. Overall, this brew has a very citrusy character with lots of orange and grapefruit flavor.

M - Medium body with a very slick, oily texture and soft carbonation. Dry, lingering bitterness on the palate with a bit of residual spiciness.

D - Nelson Rye displays quite a unique hop character. It's juicy, spicy and dry, and packs lots of flavor. Really pungent aroma too. Alpine makes some fine IPAs.

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Photo of AD17
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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