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
Ratings:
4,078
Reviews:
826
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.68%
 
 
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1,360
Gots:
660
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Ratings: 4,078 |  Reviews: 826
Photo of wvsabbath
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Metalmonk
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is pure yellow-gold, lacking the orange hues of other IPAs. Head is bone-white and not huge but looks healthy.

If you've ever visited California and taken in the many local IPAs while there, this nose will take you right back there. Nelson is west coast IPA incarnate, and I'm just talking about the aroma: fresh pine needles and citrus rind pair up to wallop the nostrils something fierce. With the freshness of a dryer sheet and the hops sizzling off this thing in waves, there's nothing not to like about the aroma here.

There's a spiciness to the flavor that points to the rye used; it's an earthy and very bright graininess, electrified by the Nelson Sauvin hops that give it even more vividness. This thing just explodes with flavor, neither too astringent nor too salty as some jacked-up IPAs can be. Bitter, vinous, earthy, bright, spicy and fruity, all in equal measure.

Texturally Nelson is on the lighter side of the style, buoyant and airy, yet having that kind of roundness that's also just shy of creamy. The dryness helps bring the bitterness in sharper focus.

A pretty intense flavor...maybe not as comforting as a chewier, more candy-like double IPA, and even somehow lacking that "daily IPA" utility of other, less demanding IPAs, the drinkability is maybe only a mere "4," but that's not to say this isn't excellent...because it is.

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Photo of Hendrick24
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jas45678
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of SkiBum22
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost a golden orange. Slight haze to it. Thin white head.

S - Juicy, citrus hop bitterness, hints of pineapple and grapefruit rind. There is some spice from the rye as well.

T - Tropical fruits upfront with a hint of spice, rye and bready malts follow. Very unique flavors here, unlike any other IPA I've tasted to date.

M - Not quite a medium body. Lower carbonation.

O - This is the most unique IPA I've ever had. Really like the white wine characteristics from the Nelson Sauvin hops. Another solid IPA from ABC.

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Photo of BB1313
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Beervana
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bilco
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of South2NW
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GbVDave
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Loterbol tulip. Extra special thanks go out to errantnight for sending this in our recent trade!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold with an unbelievably gorgeous, three fingers of off-white meringue perched on top. The foam is fed by some moderately active carbonation that makes for excellent retention. The head slooowy recedes to some pillowy clumps that leave gobs of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Heavenly aromas of tangerine, white grapes, pineapple, apricot, pine sap, mint, wild flowers, clementines, lemon, grassy hops, and all of this is followed by a touch of rye malt.

T: The primary flavor going on here is an absolutely magical combination of Nelson Sauvin hops and fresh rye malt. I've had plenty of rye beers before, but I've never had one where the rye flavor is complimented so perfectly by the hop choice. As it warmed, I detected flavors of white pepper, more pine, earthy apricots, tangerine rind, orange zest, and white grapes.

M: The ONLY reason this didn't receive a 5 is I felt this was a touch too dry in the finish. This starts off fruity and juicy and then so very quickly it gets all spicy, bitter, and dry and I thought a bit of tropical fruit juicyness in the finish would have been perfect for balance. I completely appreciated the tangyness of the rye.

D: Please. This is one of the best AIPA/RyePA's I've ever had. Hands down. You southern CA SOB's are so lucky!

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of CoryR
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kendo
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the (Green Flash) bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear golden yellow with a half-finger white head on top. Good lacing.

S: Odd nose. I get cat pee and white wine, with a touch of rye. It doesn't really seem to all come together, however, and frankly, it's not all that pleasant.

T: Lots of tropical fruity hops, along with that cat pee and white wine sensation again. Spicy rye noted towards the back end. Lingering lemony bitterness competing with the white wine taste and a touch of pine finishes it off. Heat from the 7% ABV is felt in the belly but not noted on the palate.

M: Medium in heft, with a slight oiliness to the feel. Carbonation is muted.

O: Not really impressed with this one - I think the hop profile just isn't in my "wheelhouse" (I tend towards the C-hops and what I guess are now the "traditional" American Pale Ales' and IPAs' flavor profiles.) Disappointed given the reputation of this one - and my excitement over finally getting to try it now that Green Flash is distributing the Alpine beers. Ah well, so it goes.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a bright golden color, moderate ivory head with decent retention and great lacing, fairly cloudy

s - you can really smell the spiciness of the rye on the nose, mixes in nicely with the big tangerine and grapefruit aromas from the hops, very unique smell

t - big bite of citrus up front with clear notes of grapefruit and tangerine rind, the mid-palate has a nice amount of sweetness to go along with the bitter citrus, finish is where the rye really comes into play with a good dose of spice mixing nicely with lingering bitterness and grapefruit, not too much alcohol evident

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, quite dry on the finish, not much by way of alcohol warming

d - pretty interesting and unique flavor and aroma keeps me wanting to finish the bottle, not too harsh on the palate, though it is dry, alcohol is not all that evident

Great stuff, all around. Great to see Alpine starting to bottle a few more of their offerings.

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Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jvillefan
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of dheldman
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BPMeyer27
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
4.38 out of 5 based on 4,078 ratings.
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