Nelson | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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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Photo of Sean9689
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad props to Alex (MasterSki) and Shane (HopHead84) for getting me this beer. Much appreciated, bruthas!

Review #200...although this isn't anything too special, I feel it's a great beer on the top 100 that fits this special occasion nicely. I've had this on-tap at the Brewery but wanted to give it a proper review so I waited until I could score a bottle.

Poured from 22oz bomber into imperial nonic.

A - Pours a light rusty golden color that's not clear yet not mirky...right in between. There a good two fingers of white head that stays around and isn't going anywhere. Lots of bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass to the top, feeding the foamy monster of head. Super head retention and super lacing...probably one of the best looking IPA's I've ever reviewed.

S - Hops, bitter, hops, and more bitterness mixed in with notes of rye. Def some citrus notes such as tangerines, orange peels, sharp lemon hints in there as well.

T - Subtle citrus hops, bitterness, and the finish is where I get most of the rye characteristics. Pretty straight forward here, but very solid, with that said.

M - Light to medium bodied, very nice feel, smooth and refreshing. The large amount of head retention feeds into the feel, which I like.

D - One of the top IPAs for me, Alpine continues to kill it when it comes to all things hoppy. A brewery that I won't ever miss when I'm in the area visiting.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of halo3one
4.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass. I've had a couple other beers in the past year brewed mostly/entirely with this distinctive hop varietal (Nelson Sauvin); the results were usually quite good. Thanks very much to Ryan (rmjavanut) for bringing a bottle to Portland.

"Drink Alpine Ale or Go to Bed!"
"Ha Ha!" Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons)

A: Good looking beer here - a solid golden with the mildest of hanging fogs and a bounty of racing bubble streams. Head starts strong, reaching maybe a finger of thick cream; sadly, it's short-lived, dropping to a pock-marked film within a couple minutes.

S: There's no denying that these hops pack a bountiful, sweet aroma - lemon verbena, honeysuckle and fruit blossoms, orange and grapefruit rinds. Just keeps wafting from the glass. Strength and 'sniff-ability' are both very high.

T: Sweet fruits, all citrus: lemon sorbet, pink grapefruit. Grassy greens, big and herbal. Latent caramel with a thick dusting of spices and a peppery/dry finish (the rye, I presume). Complexity is wondrous, flavors are divine.

M: Extremely creamy, thicker-feeling without seeming syrupy whatsoever. Smoother than smooth, should be illegal. The vaguest warmth (at just above 7% one might expect more)

D: Alpine BC once again works its magic with a superb IPA that captures my taste buds in a way few brewers have (and this coming from someone not overly thrilled with IPAs/hoppier beer styles). Good lord this is GOOD. Nelson ay have climbed ahead of Ballast Point's Sculpin as my new favorite...

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Photo of srandycarter
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Finally, in the bottle. Almost clear, light honey/heavy straw. Near white head, though not much of it and it reduces to ring fast. Some thin sticky lace.

S - Sticky pine. Almost skunky, pot like in smell.

T - Nice fat malt obliterated by grapefruit hops. Yum.

M - Medium body, nice carb, great balance with heavy elements.

D - I could do a few for sure. Yeah, Nelson in bottle!

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Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devilfluff
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5


Alpine Beer Company
Alpine, CA

A clear goldenrod and yellow. Fluffy and light off-white head. Sticky and consistent lacing down the glass. Gorgeous!

A relatively sweet aroma. Hoppy and bright, citrus and grapefruit, extremely floral, and as this beer warms, it smells more and more of pungent, dank marijuana and grapefruit. Not a bad thing.

Sweet and bright IPA, yet bitter enough for balance. Tastes incredibly fresh and vibrant--floral. Relatively bitter, yet there's also a grape-like sweetness and a decent cracker malt backbone as well. Balanced and delicious. Grapefruit. Rose. Marijuana. This is perfect.

Medium bodied. A pleasure to drink. Slightly creamy even. Unique.

A uniquely perfect IPA.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaswilson2
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

22oz bomber received in a trade with BevmoIan thanks!

Appearance: Pours way on the yellow side of the normal yellow orange IPA color spectrum. The body is fairly transparent and the crown is a white 2 finger one that shows some retention and lace!

Smell: Oh baby there is plenty of juicy citrusy hoppy goodness going on here! Slightest inkling of caramel malt is simply over powered by pineapple, orange, and grapeefruit hop notes. Also an underlying note that is sort of "green" but sort of "minty" too.

Taste: A slight touch of bitterness from the hops. The juicy quality doesn't pull through as much on the flavor profile as the nose. Much more orange rind and grapefruit in the flavor than pineapple which clearly dominates the nose.

Mouthfeel: a touch chewy despite the medium body if anything. No major complaints here though.

Drinkability: The abv has legs but the flavor profile and mouthfeel make this one tasty brew I can drink a lot of!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jhfinn
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DIPAFAN
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of hopley
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sharpski
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Herky21
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snaotheus
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Green Flash bottle served in a large mug. Best By 21 March 16 F15284. Found it in a Haggen's in Bellingham.

Pours hazy pale golden with a medium head that looks coarse and lasts a long time. Lots of carbonation. Smell is very strong citrus, grapefruit with a hint of orange, floral and juicy.

Taste is very nice. Strong citrus, a hint of pine, very dry and resinous. Moderate sweetness, but dry enough to make it extremely palatable. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is dry and resinous. Overall, excellent beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of April 16th, 2016

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow with a white, finger width head. Good retention, then dissipates to to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Not much lace, save a few spots around the glass.

Smell - Hoppy with almost no malt in the aroma to speak of. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango stick out over the citrus and pine. Distant spice.

Taste - Mango is the predominant flavor here, while pineapple, citrus and pine follow up to add complimentary character. Maybe a touch of green banana? Rye spice kicks in near the finish, adding black pepper bite that rides out with moderate citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - On the plus side of medium with lightly bitey carbonation. Almost velvety texture on the swallow with a dry finish.

Overall - Pretty delicious hop profile, but the lack of balance is making it hard to finish this bottle. A bit of malt would go a long way to help break up the sharp, acidic hop attack that this beast displays. That I gave it the score I did is a testament to the amazing hop profile, but buyer beware that it is a double-edged sword.

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Photo of harrymel
3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled last week.

Light golden with a 3/4 moon of white foam atop and nice clarity. Smells like pineapple, sweet mangos, pine and a gobs of sweet malts. I like the nose, as I do with most Sauvin beers. Flavor is sweet and bitter with good bits of the character from the olfactory. I like the slight oxidation I get in Alpine's beers - nice woodiness. If this was in any other kind of beer, I'd be upset, but it is well played here. Medium bodied with sharp, tight carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.6/5  rDev +5%
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 Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -5%
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 BKotch
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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