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:
#186
Reviews:
831
Ratings:
4,129
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,364
Gots:
667
Trade:
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Photo of leroybrown10
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, very bright. Mild haze. Head is off-white and voluminous. Head lasts forever and leaves a large amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is peppery rye, wine grapes, mango, and lemon.

Big hops in the taste. Citrus-y and tropical. Pine on the back end. Lemon, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, wine grapes, and orange. Pepper and rye spiciness. Not really getting any malt notes beyond the rye but despite that, doesn't seem overly unbalanced.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness from the pine.

A solid west coast IPA with big flavors. The pine didn't really agree with me but everything else was great.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wvsabbath
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaswilson2
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doremite
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of DIPAFAN
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of koopa
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +1.4%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
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 sharpski
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duffman79
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blazer22
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kendo
3.85/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Exiled
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of lemmy187
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deereless
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Herky21
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kbuzz
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of harrymel
3.92/5  rDev -11.7%
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 jvillefan
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Danny1217
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 4,129 ratings
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