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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:
#188
Reviews:
826
Ratings:
4,101
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,358
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Ratings: 4,101 |  Reviews: 826
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4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Moses_Malone
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft. Corroborating those who have complained about the kegs brewed at Green Flash not being spectacular. The nose was weak, was not overwhelmed by the taste (muted citrus IPA). This was one of the weaker showings of Nelson hops I've ever had. 3.5 - above average, not special.

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4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

3 week old bottle from the brewery in Alpine.

Possibly the best single IPA I've had. Delicious, tropical flavors with a tiny bit of spice from the rye. The pale malt really allows the hops to shine. So smooth and drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a really pale and clear yellow with a thin white head on it, very light and not very appealing. Minimal lacing.

S — Smells of fresh pine and citrus, very earthy and herbaceous, like a pine cone or pine needles. Rye spice.

T — Tastes like the forest in the best possible way, big fresh pine notes, like chewing on a pine needle, very crisp and clean.

M — LIght to medium bodied, adequate carbonation, very refreshing.

O — Very nice IPA from Alpine again, very unique piney hop note on this one.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 3/22/16. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy and cloudy pale golden. Looks like juice. Creamy white head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are great. Very tropical. Lots of pineapple and ripe mango. Very fruity. Some fresh berries in the mix too. The flavors are very crisp and clean. Lots of leafy hop notes. Very floral and earthy. More pineapple. More berries. Hints of fresh pine. Hints of mint in the mix as well. The rye very present, especially in the finish. Dry stuff. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. Very refreshing.

I really like this. This is possibly the best "Rye IPA" I've ever had. I've also had a ton of IPAs with a similar hop profile, but Nelson really follows the aromas with great flavors. Great stuff. Recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 4,101 ratings
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